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19 May 2013 12:01 am
Remember the 1996 movie, “A Time to Kill”?
An adaptation of John Grisham’s 1989 legal thriller, it stars Matthew McConaughey as a small-town lawyer in Mississippi who defends a black man who killed the two white racists who had raped his 10-year-old daughter.
In his closing arguments McConaughey asks the jury to close their eyes and listen to the painful details of a story about the brutal rape of an innocent little girl.
Then he ends his gripping story with a powerful request to the jury — “Now imagine she’s white.”
I was reminded …
Learn from History
12 May 2013 12:01 am
History is one of our greatest teachers.
It’s just too bad so many of our young people think history started with the death of Princess Di or the birth of the iPhone.
I was painfully reminded of America’s historical illiteracy and the failure of our educational system last week while golfing with a few strangers in Burbank, Calif.
One of the young men in my foursome was about 30 and ran a restaurant in Los Angeles.
When I told him in passing that I was going to be flying to Normandy, France, the next …
Out of the Closet and into Identity Politics
5 May 2013 12:10 am
I’ve never sought the spotlight.
Though I’m coming out to the world, I intend to guard my privacy.
I’m making this blanket statement in part to keep rumors and misunderstandings at bay.
I’m not just a white, Catholic Republican. I’m not just a Reagan conservative. I’m a heterosexual.
Like Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards, I just want everyone in America to know my sexual orientation.
And like Collins — the veteran NBA center who became the first major male professional athlete to announce he was gay and got himself plastered on the cover of …
Lessons Learned in Boston
28 Apr 2013 12:01 am
The beautiful Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs in Simi Valley, Calif., was the last place I expected to be reminded of the violence that paralyzed the city of Boston last week and turned it into a mini-Baghdad.
But I was reading my father’s presidential dairies and there it was in his very first entry — the issue of terrorism and how to fight it.
On Jan. 26, 1981, on his first Monday on the job, Ronald Reagan wrote that he called the FBI, the CIA and other intelligence …
Gosnell’s Clinic of Horrors
21 Apr 2013 12:01 am
Did you catch The Rev. Jesse Jackson the other night on CNN demanding a Senate hearing into why regulators never cracked down on that gruesome abortion clinic in Philadelphia?
Did you hear Al Sharpton on MSNBC saying that if Dr. Gosnell had been killing white babies in Bryn Mawr, his women’s clinic would have been shut down 30 years ago?
Did you see the tears in Oprah’s eyes when she read that passage from the grand jury report describing Gosnell’s abortion mill as “a baby charnel house” that “regularly and illegally delivered …
Remembering Margaret Thatcher
15 Apr 2013 12:01 am
Margaret Thatcher, who served as prime minister of Britain from 1979 to 1990, is most famous for teaming up with my father Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II to peacefully end the Cold War and bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union.
But at home, the “Iron Lady’s” intellect, political will and love of freedom and capitalism also saved Britain from its long, slow death by socialism.
Prime Minister Thatcher freed up Britain’s economy by deregulating business, privatizing government-owned industries and breaking the back of the powerful unions that were …
Provocative? Yes. Hateful? No.
14 Apr 2013 12:01 am
Two weeks ago I wrote a column encouraging churches to take a moral stand and make their voices heard as the Supreme Court deliberates the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which voters in my home state approved in 2008 to ban same-sex marriage.
I pointed out that the fight over Proposition 8 is not just about the legality of gay marriage; it’s part of a larger effort by some factions to change the culture. In that context I wrote: “There is also a very slippery slope leading to other alternative relationships …
Renew our Founding Principles
7 Apr 2013 12:01 am
Billions of Christians around the world celebrated Easter last Sunday, but not our media.
Once again the holiest day of the Christian year slipped under their godless radar.
I saw Easter pop up in the news a only few times last weekend, but the stories had nothing to do with God or religion, or the importance to Christianity of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Easter “news” was Easter egg hunts. ABC and USA Today covered the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll like it was a nuclear arms treaty.
Churches: Time to Fight!
31 Mar 2013 12:01 am
Making Sense, by Michael Reagan
You can’t win the fight if you don’t put on the gloves.
A punch-drunk, old heavyweight boxer knows that’s a truism, but not the churches of America.
The Supreme Court heard arguments this week on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state by a 52 to 47 margin in 2008 but has since been declared unconstitutional by federal courts.
Fox TV, Rush Limbaugh and other talk-show pundits have weighed in, arguing the conservative — and moral — position that sanctifying gay marriage with …
New Song, New Singers
24 Mar 2013 12:01 am
I love talk radio; I love Fox News.
If it weren’t for the arrival of their strong conservative voices, Americans would still have nothing to listen to but the one-sided news and opinions of the left-liberals who run the mainstream New York-D.C. media.
But I’m frustrated.
Talk radio and Fox are getting so boring, so predictable, so shrill, I can barely tune in anymore.
Night after night on Fox, it’s the same issues, the same arguments, the same lame liberal guests showing up to be browbeaten by Hannity and O’Reilly.
How many Juan Williamses does …
A Catholic Pope, Revisited
17 Mar 2013 12:01 am
By the time you read this, the world’s billion-plus Roman Catholics may have a new pope. And when the black smoke of Tuesday’s indecisive first vote has turned to the white smoke of final decision, don’t be surprised if the cardinals have chosen… a Catholic pope.
After the election of Benedict XVI in 2005, I wrote that the cardinals had correctly ignored the desires of some people to install a wimpish equivocator willing bend with the winds of compromise. I believe the cardinals will show the same wisdom in 2013.
In other …
Getting Wise to Government Lies
10 Mar 2013 12:01 am
Take President Obama and his Cabinet of Liars, please.
We all know what dirty tricks they played to try and stop the sequester’s automatic budget cuts from happening.
They spent weeks trying to frighten the America people into believing the country would collapse into chaos and suffering if the federal government’s sequester-forced spending cuts went into effect.
The campaigner in chief and his chorus of toadies did everything they could to make sure the puny spending cuts — which would have merely taken the federal budget back to its 2012 level — would …
Get Out of the Weeds
3 Mar 2013 12:01 am
America’s got some serious problems to solve.
Our Obama Economy is still stuck in a ditch by the side of the road.
Our campaigner in chief is running around the country pushing for higher taxes and no spending cuts and crying, “The federal sky will fall!” if Congress doesn’t stop the puny 10 percent sequester from happening.
In Washington the incompetents and cowards in Congress can’t get our fiscal house in order, and they’re too stupid or self-serving to realize they are wrecking the greatest economic machine humans have ever created.
We have a …
The Real Answer to the Immigration Question
24 Feb 2013 12:01 am
America has almost 12 million illegal immigrants.
Many of them came here on visas and never left.
But about 60 percent of them walked in from just one country — Mexico.
Though the stalled Obama Economy has caused about 900,000 to go home since 2007, there are still about 6 million Mexicans living in the United States who’ve sneaked across our borders.
Everyone from Marco Rubio to John McCain and our golfer in chief are trying to figure out how to deal with the illegal immigrants we have already and prevent future waves of …
State of the Union: Failure
17 Feb 2013 12:01 am
Our failure in chief gave us his annual blurred vision of America again Tuesday night.
Based on his State of the Union message, Barack Obama’s eyesight is as ideologically impaired as ever.
Despite four years of failure, he still sees only one road America can go down to regain its economic health.
Not down the capitalist road of free enterprise and liberty that made us the richest country in history.
He wants to continue down the socialist road to more federal government — which means more Obama taxes, more Obama spending, more Obama debt …
Pedophilia is the Problem
10 Feb 2013 2:01 am
The bosses of the Boy Scouts of America surprised everyone this week by postponing their decision on whether to allow gay leaders and gay Scouts to join their ranks.
If the BSA’s long-standing ban on gays is lifted by national officials in May, the choice to admit gays may be left to local Boy Scout chapters — as it should be.
Churches and civic groups that sponsor Boy Scout troops wouldn’t be forced by the national organization to admit gays. And parents can choose whether they want their child to be in …
Arrogance isn’t the Answer
3 Feb 2013 12:15 am
I’m getting tired of President Obama blaming Republicans for everything.
This week it was immigration.
In Las Vegas the president called for a policy that would provide a clear path to citizenship for illegal residents who pay their taxes, learn English and abide by the law.
He warned that if bipartisan talks in Congress break down in bickering, he’ll use his bully pulpit and present an immigration bill based on his ideas — ideas that barely mention the need to secure the border as the first order of business.
The president and his liberal …
27 Jan 2013 12:18 am
Phil Mickelson choked on a gimme putt this week, but it wasn’t on a golf course.
According to the AP’s golf writer, America’s most popular golfer “put his popularity on the line with polarizing comments about how much he has to pay in state and federal taxes.”
Now it’s “polarizing” for an American to hint that because of the higher federal and state income tax rates on millionaires leveled by Sacramento and Washington, he might have to migrate to Florida or Texas?
Though he had every right to, Mickelson didn’t knock …
Obama Ignores the Rational Answer
20 Jan 2013 1:01 am
What do Al Hunt of Bloomberg News, David Gregory of “Meet the Press” and President Obama have in common — besides their liberal politics?
They all send their kids to Sidwell Friends School.
With campuses in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Md., the highly selective private school is where the Clintons and the Gores sent their kids, along with Joe Biden’s grandchildren.
It’s also where the local 1 Percenters and the government-media elites who can afford to shell out about $32 grand a year to send their children to be indoctrinated — excuse me, …
Waiting for the Sequel
14 Jan 2013 12:07 am
The latest horror movie from Washington — “The Fiscal Cliff” — finally came to an exciting end in the early hours of 2013.
But after two years did its climax — more taxes, more spending and more chicken-livered can-kicking by our politicians — really shock any of you over the age of six?
Didn’t think so.
Spinning the budget deal as a last-minute victory for the American people, the White House and Congress are saying that all the actors knuckled down, did the right thing and created a compromise budget deal that kept …