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The left’s evolving hierarchy of rights

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[Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.]

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve noticed the growing clash between religious freedom and issues like same-sex marriage and forced funding of abortion.

Recently, the Supreme Court heard a landmark case on whether the federal government can compel a business to fund abortion drugs in defiance of the religious beliefs of the business owner. It’s merely one such case amid a flurry of lawsuits that even includes the Little Sisters of the Poor. Or, consider these situations involving gay marriage: Read More»

The progressives’ crusade against any and all tax cuts

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[Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.]

There’s an ongoing effort by President Obama and fellow “progressives” not only to continue to blame George W. Bush for every economic woe facing America — even as every economic indicator is far worse under Obama — but to permanently discredit the value of tax cuts. Tax cuts are an unmitigated evil that progressive crusaders must forever exorcise. Read More»

Worried about privacy? Check Common Core data collection

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There’s an intense debate right now over “Common Core,” a major effort to implement a set of federal education standards in public schools nationwide. The Common Core State Standards thus far have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Though it isn’t my area of expertise, I’ve received numerous impassioned emails on the subject. Among them, one person’s concerns particularly struck me. Read More»

Liberals embrace fatherless families

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[Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The Guardian.]

With the Supreme Court giving a major boost to gay marriage, liberals face fewer impediments to their relentless push for fatherless (and motherless) families. Read More»

The progressive income tax turns 100

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[Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Investor’s Business Daily.]

Maybe it’s a measure of progressives’ refusal to look back, to always move “forward.” Otherwise, they should be celebrating right now.

In fact, President Obama and fellow modern progressives/liberals should be ecstatic all this year, rejoicing over the centenary of something so fundamental to their ideology, to their core goals of government, to their sense of economic and social justice — to what Obama once called “redistributive change.” Read More»

Progressive values: Forever changing

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Bill and Hillary Clinton have endorsed gay marriage, completely reversing their support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton calls herself a “progressive.” It’s funny: I wrote an entire book on Hillary Clinton, and never once heard her call herself a “progressive.”

Well, that’s just as well. The progressive tag fits best. After all, that’s what she and other liberals are doing: they are ever evolving, changing, progressing along to something. Read More»

The challenges of America’s growing government class

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[Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.]

The latest unemployment figures are again depressing, but not for the usual reasons. They provide further confirmation of Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of America, specifically through his creation of a growing government class.

The numbers show a massive increase in government jobs created over the last five months (through November 2012) — 621,000, to be exact, dwarfing private-sector job growth. Read More»

The fundamental transformation of America is advancing

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Timing is everything in politics. For four years, I angered conservatives by insisting Barack Obama would get reelected. I figured that an electorate willing to elect a man with ideas and a record that far to the left in 2008 would do so again. I began changing my view, however, after the first presidential debate. Over the last three or four weeks, I became confident that Mitt Romney would defeat Obama. Read More»

‘Memories of Deer Season’ strikes a chord

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Last week I wrote an article on Deer Season a half century ago, focusing on my grandmother’s town in the mountains of Emporium, Penn. Each year, my grandmother and other households opened their doors and kitchens and beds to perfect strangers who came to town to shoot a deer — and there were no problems.

The piece was about more than Deer Season. It was about America, our culture, and how much this country and its people have changed. Read More»

Memories of Deer Season a half century ago

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This month hunters across America storm the woods loaded for deer. For yet another indication of how times have changed, consider this account of Deer Season a half century ago:

My mother’s family lived in Emporium, Penn., as did dozens of their relatives. Emporium is a tiny town nestled in the mountains near the north/central part of the state. Back in the 1940s, when my mother was born, my grandmother had worked as a Rosie Riveter at the Sylvania plant. Some reading this article will remember owning a huge, heavy Sylvania TV — back when you got only three channels. Read More»