Saturday January 31, 2015
October 9th, 2014
How smart are the American people? Smart enough to be quite skeptical of President Barack Obama's vow to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria without putting American "boots on the ground."
Today would be my mother's 88th birthday, which is not so old, but my mother seemed very old eight years ago, when she died. She did not have a happy life. Her mother died when she was still a teenager, she went to work while her brother went to college, and she was painfully divorced after 23 years of marriage.
In striving to sell his strategy for taking on the jihadist terror group the Islamic State, President Obama has offered a heavy dose of wishful thinking about the new Iraqi leadership and his coalition of the willing that includes Arab allies.
My mother used to leave the front door unlocked. She used to leave the side and back doors unlocked, too. This was mostly a function of sloppiness - she had four kids, three pets and a whole lot else on her mind - but when pressed about it, she reasoned that anyone bent on intrusion would find a way and that it was all a matter of chance in the end.
She missed her calling as the director of the Secret Service.
Although the American economy has rebounded from the Great Recession, many people still struggle to find jobs. Politicians blame taxation, trade policies and automation. Some have even singled out the current welfare system.
Often overlooked? The many punitive effects of the criminal justice system.
President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.
Do your jobs, everybody.
“In respect of civil rights,” wrote Justice John Harlan, “all citizens are equal before the law. The humblest is the peer of the most powerful."
Well, at least that’s so on paper.
It's been noticed by just about everyone except what we call the "liberal establishment" that of the eight Senate seats now up for grabs, four are in the South -- Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. H. Brandt (Brandy) Ayers, the publisher of The Anniston Star in Alabama, has certainly noticed the neglect. And boy, is he frustrated.
A few weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. gave a speech at the New York University School of Law on the subject of white-collar prosecutions. In it, he offered a full-throated defense of his department's efforts in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. With his resignation announcement coming eight days later, one can't help but view his speech as a kind of valedictory.