Selective Justice From President Obama And His Justice DepartmentMar. 01, 2011
Last week, President Barack Obama directed the U.S. Department of Justice to relinquish defending the Defense of Marriage Act, a law passed by Congress in 1996 defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The positive I find in this announcement is that finally the Obama administration is being honest about its hostility toward DOMA — no more halfhearted statements. The negatives, however, are overwhelming. As I told the Richmond Times-Dispatch last week, the president is responsible for defending the laws duly enacted by Congress. It's disappointing that President Obama would unilaterally make a decision to abdicate that duty. The job of the executive branch is to enforce and defend the nation's laws, not to selectively pick and choose. Thirty-one states have marriage amendments on the books defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Clearly, voters believe that the content of DOMA is a reasonable measure. This administration has been clear on its position on homosexual rights, but they stand outside the majority of Americans. President Obama's directive could have far reaching consequences. This decision could potentially impact every yet-to-be-decided case related to marriage (including California's Proposition 8 appeal). Essentially, the fully compensated defense attorney is failing to show up for his defendant's court date, an action where the judge would sanction the attorney. In what other area of the law would this be tolerated? With the president ordering the Justice Department to abandon its duties, the only course of action to defend DOMA is for Congress to intervene. According to Politico, House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican majority on Friday will announce a course of legal action to defend DOMA, perhaps directing the House's legal counsel to defend DOMA in court. (On a side note, this situation perfectly illustrates the importance of elections. Had Nancy Pelosi retained her position as House Speaker, it is highly unlikely that she would even consider defending DOMA in the Justice Department's stead and the fate of marriage would be doomed.) A breakdown of DOMA ties to a breakdown of American families. There is a litany of statistics showing that a one-man, one-woman marriage is the best institution in which to raise children and to lower the potential for poverty, illiteracy and crime. Even if the president refuses to order the defense of the laws of the land, we must continue to push for the defense of a law that is good for our families, our churches and our communities.
Virginia News Stand: May 17, 2010May. 17, 2010
Annotations & Elucidations Lots Of Info, Two Points
The Monday edition brings a lot of news and features and I won't begin to try to review them. There are two items of note, however. In one, it's funny how the Governor Bob McDonnell is raising money for the Washington Post. Yes, that Post, that basically not only sponsored his Democrat opponent, but basically conceived of him, and then skewered and tried to embarrass Mr. McDonnell during the recent campaign. It's peculiar, to be sure and Accuracy In Media Editor Cliff Kincaid takes a look in Analysis. Speaking of the governor and the peculiar, he endorsed a Congressional candidate that donated money to Barack Obama's campaign.
The other item concern's Florida Senate Republican candidate Marco Rubio. He made a forceful statement on the relationship between our reliance on government and our crumbling society — broken families, crime, abortion. Who keeps saying social issues have no place in campaigns?
Virginia tax income shows year-over-year growth (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
State revenues up 2nd straight month (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Lawmakers press McDonnell to act on bipartisan redistricting (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell: Cuccinelli suit won't hurt other anti-HCR lawsuits (Washington Post Right Now Blog)
Gingrich, McDonnell to talk health care (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Va. toll plan sees early opposition (Washington Examiner)
McDonnell to endorse Rigell in GOP primary (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Fla. contributor to Va. campaigns raises questions (Roanoke Times)
Dispute over theology, background led to Caner probe (Lynchburg News & Advance)
State bonds get top ratings, are sold for roads program (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Why is GOP Gov. McDonnell Raising Money for the Post? (Cliff Kincaid/GOPUSA.com)
Should we ask if Supreme Court nominee is gay? (Martha Irvine/AP/GOPUSA.com)
Three Big Primaries This Week (Fresh Ink Blog/GOPUSA.com)
One More Reason Democrats Should Have Read Their Healthcare Bill (Fresh Ink Blog/GOPUSA.com)
Rubio says country relying too much on government (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Abortion foes capitalize on health law they fought (AP/Yahoo! News)
Small business lobby joins challenge to health law (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Kagan courts converts, gains favor on Capitol Hill (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Kagan unlikely to see GOP filibuster on nomination (AP/GOPUSA.com)
IRS pitches tax credit for health insurance (AP/GOPUSA.com)
The Power of Incumbency No More (Michael Reagan/GOPUSA.com)
Gingrich Calls a Spade, a Spade. Can the rest of the GOP do it? (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Berwick and Obamacare Equal Socialism on Steroids (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)
American History, Not Ethnic Studies (Linda Chavez/GOPUSA.com)
An Obvious but Muzzled Truth, Islamist Terrorism (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)
Who is Governing America? (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)
We Have to Talk About Elena Kagan (Frank Salvato/GOPUSA.com)
Jesus, Mohammad and Comedy Central (Brent Bozell/GOPUSA.com)
Conservatism On Defense Will Ultimately Lose (Christopher G. Adamo/GOPUSA.com)
Job? You Don't Need No Stinkin' Job.(Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Obama Knows Best (Harris R. Sherline/GOPUSA.com)
Intolerance is a Beautiful Thing (Doug Patton/GOPUSA.com)
He Wasn't Just Whistling Dixie! (Henry Lamb/GOPUSA.com)
Application Deadline For Virginia Boards And Commissions ExtendedApr. 16, 2010
Over the last couple of weeks we've sounded the call about the opportunity to serve on the hundreds of boards and commissions that set policy for the Commonwealth. The McDonnell administration is looking to fill hundreds of positions subject to gubernatorial appointment for everything from college boards of visitors to commissions that deal on crime, sanctity of life, women's issues, education and government reform, housing, medicine, transportation and just about any aspect of policy and government that affect life in Virginia (see list here). The deadline to apply for (or nominate someone) to a board or commission originally was yesterday. However, in a letter from Director of Appointments Jennifer Aulgur yesterday afternoon, the administration announced that it is extending the application deadline one more week:
A few weeks ago, we notified you of the new online system for applying to serve in the McDonnell administration on a board or commission.
Thank you for your cooperation, patience and positive comments as we launched this new site and process.
Today was the original deadline to apply for boards or commissions with openings between now and June 30. However, to allow time to ensure that the everyone's application is complete in the new system and to provide grace to any folks who waited until the deadline to apply, we have extended the deadline to Thursday, April 22nd.
If you have questions about OASYS, the board and commission application process or if you need technical assistance in filling out your application or nomination please contact the Appointments staff, and we will gladly assist you. Additionally, anyone who does not have access to a computer or the Internet or who needs assistance filling out the online application because of a disability can contact us as well.
We renew our encouragement for pro-family Virginians from across the Commonwealth, who have an interest in moving Virginia in a positive, pro-traditional values, conservative, limited government direction, to get involved and apply to serve the Commonwealth and influence its public policy in a way that reflects our values and improves lives of all Virginians. For more information, click hereor e-mail Ms. Aulgur at Jennifer.Aulgur@governor.virginia.gov or her deputy, Courtney Groves, at Courtney.Groves@governor.virginia.gov. You may also call their office at 804-786-2441.
U.N. President Is RightSep. 08, 2009
The following comes from a President of the United Nations:
"I am going home America — farewell.
"For seventeen years I have enjoyed your hospitality, visited every one of your 50 states. I can say I know you well.
"I admire and love America. It is my second home.
"What I have to say now in parting is both a tribute and a warning: Never forget, Americans, that yours is a spiritual country.
"Yes, I know that you are a practical people. Like others, I have marveled at your factories, your skyscrapers and your arsenals.
"But underlying everything else is the fact that America began as a God-loving, God-fearing, God-worshipping people, knowing that there is a spark of the Divine in each one of us. It is the respect for dignity of the human spirit which makes America invincible. May it always endure.
"And so I say again inparting, thank you, America, and farewell. May God keep you always — and may you always keep God."
Shocking, isn't it, that someone associated with the United Nations could ever make such a proclamation?
Oh, I forgot to tell you, these are the words of the former president of the U.N., former Philippino delegate to the U.N. and former Ambassador to the U.S., Carlos Romulo. The words above were spoken in 1962 — just as the United States was discovering the so-called separation of church and state; just as the Supreme Court was ordering God out of schools; just as the cultural revolution of the '60s was about to explode.
Good thing we know better now. Good thing we didn't listen to Mr. Romulo and "always keep God." I mean, look how much better off our nation is today. Lots more abortion, lots more divorce, lots more out-of-wedlock births, lots more crime, lots more greed, lots more poverty, lots more of all those things that make America "progressive"! Good thing we don't see the divine spark in each one of us — or at least not in the unborn.
God bless America Amerika.
A World Without MenJul. 28, 2009
On this blog, we often extol the phenomenal scientific breakthroughs of adult stem cell research and the numerous significant medical and scientific advances that such research has achieved. We also plainly and frequently dismiss embryonic stem cell research because it has produced not one advancement nor demonstrated a method to improve any malady or condition. Rather, the destruction of embryos for research is a convenient excuse to expand the culture of death by destroying the beginning of life. Until now . . . sort of. If you want to call it that — and it's a radical feminist's dream.
Some scientists in Britain (aren't British scientists the ones who gave us Dolly, the first cloned sheep?) recently reported what they consider a breakthrough from embryonic stem cell research, although numerous doctors and scientists remain skeptical: They claim they can create sperm from embryos (see Baltimore Examiner). (Also, see this other bizarre project Brits are undertaking.)
Even if truly possible, it's at least 10 years away. But if it ever did come to pass, the reasoning goes, a woman can give up an embryo, have sperm extracted from it, and inseminated into her "partner," and a lesbian couple can have a child biologically (revel in the hope at the Socialist Worker).
Perhaps better, a woman could impregnate herself with herself. Supposedly. So, then, what need for men? As this ABC News Nightline report flippantly states, men cause all the crime, wars and automobile accidents, so good riddance.
Congratulations, then, to the loon-lefties out there who "feel" (and don't know) that embryonic stem cell research is the wave of the future — you've finally got your one scientific (extremely weird) "breakthrough" from embryonic stem cell research (if you can even call it that). We hope you are proud of the future it might bring.
Ending "Disposable Marriage"Jul. 07, 2009
In yesterday's News Stand, we posted a commentary from CNN.com entitled, "Let's End Disposable Marriage," by retiring Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears. It is a startling piece about an issue that affects nearly every American family — divorce — yet is seldom addressed by the political class. In her column, Justice Sears wrote:
The coupling and uncoupling we've become accustomed to undermines our democracy, destroys our families and devastates the lives of our children, who are not as resilient as we may wish to think. The one-parent norm, which is necessary and successful in many cases, nevertheless often creates a host of other problems, from poverty to crime, teen pregnancy and drug abuse.
It has become too easy for people to walk away from their families and commitments without a real regard for the gravity of their decision and the consequence for other people, particularly children.
These are the words not of a "right winger," but of someone who has been mentioned as a potential Barack Obama nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court and who was a target of the Georgia Republican Party and Christian Coalition during her 2004 re-election. She has seen the catastrophic results of unilateral divorce both personally and professionally, writing, "As a judge I have long held a front row seat to the wreckage left behind by our culture of disposable marriage and casual divorce."
The tide is turning on the issue of no-fault divorce. Last fall, a poll found that 62 percent of Californians do not think that either spouse should be allowed to terminate marriage at any time for any reason. This from the state that gave us no-fault divorce in the first place! It is time that we address this issue head on, both in the church and in the arena of public policy.
Few can doubt the harm that unilateral divorce has brought to American families. Still, many think this is one of those issues where the most one can do is throw up their hands. It's not.
The Family Foundation has proposed that mutual consent must be required for a couple to divorce when children are involved — meaning that one spouse cannot simply walk away without cause. Unfortunately, this proposal has met with little support from either political party in Richmond. In fact, when presented, most elected officials we've talked with have run for cover. But we will continue to advocate for this proposal until it receives a fair and complete hearing in the General Assembly and becomes law.
We can talk all we want about fixing our tax code to help families. We can work toward "fixing" health care and all of the other economic challenges we face. But the fact is that we will not adequately address the issue of saving the American family until we address the issue of unilateral divorce. Until we elect representatives with the courage to tackle this issue we will be doing little to save the next generation from the same devastating consequences that we seek to overcome today.
Live From The GAB: TFF Asks Governor Kaine To Re-Look The Causes Of PovertyJun. 11, 2009
We're live from the GAB's House Briefing Room where Delegate Bill Janis, The Family Foundation of Virginia, First Things of Greater Richmond and others are addressing the media and calling on Governor Kaine to add members to his poverty commission and look at different angles as to the cause of poverty, i.e., the governor thinks poverty is reduced by increased unemployment insurance. Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb is addressing the news conference: Solutions include more choice in education to give individuals a better chance. But the major factor is marriage! U.Va. sociology professor Brad Wilcox sent statistics that show clearly the major reason for poverty is lack of intact families. Childhood poverty could drop as much as 20 percent if we increased the marriage rate in Virginia. Each Virginia tax payers are on the hook for millions of dollars because of the results of family fragmentation.
Increasing the number of marriages and strengthening existing marriages is essential to decreasing poverty. Governor Kaine did not mention these at all when creating his commission. The Family Foundation sent the governor a letter yesterday asking him to make marriage a priority of his commission in its efforts to reduce poverty in Virginia.
The great thing about marriage is that it works and costs tax payers nothing! But divorce and illegitimacy does in crime, poverty and lack of education.
Now, Delegate Bill Janis is on: He starts by quoting then-candidate Barack Obama about the importance of fathers in children's lives. Hillary Clinton says, "It takes a village to raise a child." But it takes a dad!
The governor has set the table. We want a seat at the table and a responsible discussion. He now repeats stats from here. Two-thirds of poor children live in collapsed homes and results in higher proportions of poverty, teen pregnancy and crime. We spend a trillion dollars in means tested poverty programs every year. This doesn't count K-12 education, either.
This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. Forget about the Swine Flu, broken families are the real epidemic.
What can be done? First thing the government should do is do no harm. In 1996, the last time this country had a serious discussion on poverty was 1996 when President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act. The bill's language included as goals the stablization of families, promote marriage, encourage the maintenance of two-parent families and prevent and reduce out of wedlock families. We need to get back to addressing the goals.
We have $16 million in TANF funds in Virginia that was supposed to be earmarked for these goals, but are not being used for them. Why study the problem further when we know what the problem is? Even the Brookings Institute, a liberal think tank, says that a significant percentage of single moms and their families would be instantly lifted out of poverty if they were married to the fathers of their children.
We want to take this out of the realm of partisanship and politics. The governor has led. That's good. But if he wants to try to score political points, that's a shame. If not, we want to help him, those in this room. We started this in 1996, let's finish it now. There are federal funds available now, let's go get them.
Welcome To The Blogosphere School Choice VirginiaAug. 13, 2008
Last month, we twice commented on a new coalition we joined to help bring real school choice in public education to Virginia. The group, School Choice Virginia, was founded by Delegate Chris Saxman (R-20, Staunton). Less than a month old, School Choice Virginia has got itself off to a great start, generating press coverage all over the Commonwealth and highlighting the critical need for the freedom parents must have to choose the best possible public education for their children. It also started its own blog where people can stay up to date on new developments in this important issue. We added it to our lengthy blogroll and encourage you to take a look at it from time to time.
Education is important because it affects all citizens. When people fail in life or do not make use of their full potential because of the lack of a quality education, it often manifests itself in crime, poverty and broken families, among other social ills that burden the public at large. The sooner we can create freedom in public education in Virginia, the sooner public education will improve — as will the quality of life for all Virginians.