March 26, 2015 |
WHIPPANY - Gov. Christie described his political philosophy, including his belief that individual rights are derived from God, in front of a crowd Tuesday that included several people he grew up with. At a town-hall-style meeting in a packed community center in Morris County, the Republican governor - who said he would decide on a 2016 presidential campaign in "the next three months" - responded to a question from a gun-rights supporter by saying his authority to change existing state laws was limited.
February 27, 2015 |
A MEASLES outbreak among more than 100 children has turned political, and apparently so has hand-washing. Earlier this month, repeating the conservative trope of an over-regulated America, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., told a bipartisan group in our nation's capital that "restaurants should be allowed to opt out of certain regulations, like making employees wash their hands after going to the toilet. " This misguided belief in the primacy of individual liberty over the larger benefits of society often transcends political parties.
February 19, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Republican Party, after months of trying to recruit a high-profile candidate for mayor, must now decide whether to endorse one of four virtually unknown contenders. Republican committeeman Elmer Money and businesswoman Melissa Murray Bailey pitched themselves to party ward leaders Tuesday night at a meeting. So did lawyer Rhashea Harmon, 38, who ran for state Senate in 2010, and Sean Clark, 35, who is vice president of a nonprofit called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
January 21, 2014
AND NOW, just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, another bright idea from the Pennsylvania Legislature. A 10-year-veteran Lancaster County lawmaker wants to amend the state Constitution to free us all from the burdens of anti-discrimination laws. You could say he has a dream. Republican Rep. Gordon Denlinger, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy, an elder in the Zeltenreich Reformed Church of New Holland, Pa., is circulating a memo seeking co-sponsors for his effort.
May 26, 2013 |
Barack Obama, vowing to elevate Washington to the level of his fastidiousness, came from Chicago, where the political machine inoculates itself from scandals by the proliferation of them: Many scandals mean merely cursory scrutiny of most. Now, notice the scant attention being given to an assault on civil liberties by the misconceived Education Department's misnamed Office for Civil Rights. Responding to what it considers the University of Montana's defective handling of complaints about sexual assaults , OCR, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, sent the university a letter intended as a "blueprint" for institutions nationwide when handling sexual harassment , too. The letter, sent on May 9, encourages (see below)
March 6, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - They can't breathe. They don't bleed. They don't digest food. But, as Mitt Romney famously blurted, corporations are people - at least under the law. In the Citizens United decision in 2010, for instance, the Supreme Court recognized that corporations have the constitutional right of free speech, something most people assumed belonged to actual carbon-based life-forms. The court struck down limits on corporate election spending, ruling them the same as banning speech.
August 22, 2012 |
Ayn Rand, the novelist and philosophical thinker whose books have for decades been ignored by literature and philosophy departments, had her revenge earlier this month when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney named sometime Randian Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick. "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand," the Wisconsin congressman told the Randian Atlas Society in 2005. The attention has generated a swell of posthumous popularity for Rand that has boosted sales of her books Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead , which jumped 20 percent on Amazon.com in one day last week, according to Bloomberg News Service.
August 11, 2012
Not everybody likes Madonna. But one reason the controversial Queen of Pop continues to be popular around the world is her compelling embrace of individual freedom. In Moscow Tuesday, Madonna urged authorities to free the three women in the punk-rock band Pussy Riot, who were arrested for staging a protest in an Orthodox church against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, could face up to three years in prison for storming the altar and belting out a "punk prayer" calling on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin.
July 23, 2012 |
It isn't just policing, it's poverty Missing in a letter Tuesday, "Don't blame the police for fear," were the words "poverty" and "jobs. " Many youths in the inner city do not believe they will live to see age 25. Why? Because too many don't. The police are also victims in a society that has many ills and is dominated by an elite class that prefers simple answers to complex issues. I lived in the inner city and have witnessed suburban "conservatives" turning their backs on the fact that the money in our society comes from the cities, and when the cities are not supported or maintained — and when jobs go overseas — people will do anything they can to survive.
July 19, 2012 |
Legend will outlive Paterno statue Babe Ruth famously said, "Heroes are remembered, but legends never die. " Joe Paterno, former head coach of the Penn State football team, was and will forever remain a legendary coach who changed college football forever. As a University of Connecticut student, I have always respected Joe Paterno and the Penn State football program. Many people feel that Paterno's legacy is stained because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. However, it is important to separate the artist from his art. As Penn State is thinking about removing his name from history books, people should remember Paterno for his work, which included 38 winning seasons, numerous bowl wins, and dozens of accolades.