Thursday November 26, 2015
June 25th, 2015
What makes a conservative conservative?
Aversion to reality, that’s what.
President Obama's decision to send up to 450 more U.S. military advisers into Iraq comes off as another piecemeal response to the Islamic State he pledged a year ago to "degrade and ultimately destroy." It underscores his limited commitment to wage the war while striving to keep more Americans out of harm's way.
It's not only on trade that President Barack Obama seems to be losing his party. With inequality rising and wages flat, Democrats are pushing Hillary Clinton to move beyond Obamanomics and offer something more dramatic and more radical.
But before repudiating Obama's entire program, it's worth recalling this: Obamanomics has not failed. It just has not been tried.
Last week, Jeb Bush was asked to answer for a passage from his book from two decades ago, "Profiles in Character," in a chapter titled "The Restoration of Shame," in which he blamed the "irresponsible conduct" of births to unmarried women on a flagging sense of community ridicule and shaming.
On Friday, House Democrats shocked almost everyone by rejecting key provisions needed to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement the White House wants but much of the party doesn't. On Saturday Hillary Clinton formally began her campaign for president, and surprised most observers with an unapologetically liberal and populist speech.
His campaign is a long shot, but I'm happy to see Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders putting forth a good impersonation of a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Like a near-sighted javelin thrower, the self-described democratic socialist may not score many points but he'll keep the crowd alert.
It has come to this: The chairman of the Federal Election Commission and a fellow Democratic commissioner have filed a petition asking their own agency to do its job.
Don't hold your breath.
Whenever I write about people who are struggling, I hear from readers who say something like: Folks need to stop whining and get a job. It's all about personal responsibility.
On Saturday mornings, I love to watch reruns of the TV Western "The Rifleman." Each show is a little moral fable, with Chuck Connors' widowed rancher and crack shot, Lucas McCain, teaching his son, Mark, about actions and consequences.
If you neglect to do this now, you will pay a penalty later. If a corner is cut here, you will regret it there.