Check out this new CBS News/New York Times poll on the 2014 midterms. It's still very early, but it's starting to look ominous for the Democrats. Can't imagine why, what with the Obamacare disaster, the border crisis, the stalled economy, stubborn unemployment, dropping wages and net worth, the VA scandal, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Putin running wild, Iran headed toward a nuclear weapon, Israel under attack, an AWOL president...
In my new job as Online Opinion Editor at The Washington Times, I get to request pieces from writers who I think have interesting and controversial things to say. When I asked the iconic actress Suzanne Somers to write a piece for us, she chose to write about the lack of civilized political conversation. I hope it will make you stop and think:
The Founders made the protection of free speech, a free press, freedom of religion, and freedom of assembly the FIRST Amendment to the Constitution for a reason: they are the most critical liberties in a free society, necessary to the healthy and vibrant functioning of this free republic.
Now that priceless First Amendment is under direct legislative assault by the Democrats, who need to reign it in in order to fully realize their "fundamental transformation of the nation." It's called the Udall Amendment. Thank goodness for Senator Ted Cruz, who is leading the charge against it---and to protect our most valuable freedoms.
Must Cruz do everything? Apparently.
I commissioned a piece from him about it for The Washington Times, and it's running at the top of the paper and website today. Please read it:
I am honored to join The Washington Times as their new Online Opinion Editor! I will be curating and editing all online opinion content to make The Washington Times THE online destination for influential opinion and fresh debates. I will also be doing some writing for them. Here is my debut column. I hope you enjoy it. And I hope you'll bookmark and favorite www.WashingtonTimes.com . We're taking a great journalistic enterprise and making it even more dynamic, important and fun.
Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court has stepped up to defend Americans' most basic freedoms from the full-frontal assault by the rampaging band of leftists running America. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, a Christian business that objected on religious ground to Obamacare's mandate that they must cover certain contraceptives.
Hobby Lobby is among about 50 businesses that have sued over covering contraceptives. Some, like Hobby Lobby, are willing to cover most methods of contraception, as long as they can exclude abortifacients.
Justice Samuel Alito said the decision is limited to contraceptives. "Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer's religious beliefs," he said. He suggested two ways the administration could deal with the birth control issue. The government could simply pay for pregnancy prevention, he said. Or it could provide the same kind of accommodation it has made available to religious-oriented, not-for-profit corporations.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was part of the majority, also wrote separately to say the administration can solve its problem easily. "The accommodation works by requiring insurance companies to cover, without cost sharing, contraception coverage for female employees who wish it," Kennedy said. He said that arrangement "does not impinge on the plaintiffs' religious beliefs." Everyone's rights respected and problem solved. Easy peasy.
Of course, Obamacare was never about health care or health insurance. It was only and always about government power and control. Over you. That's what the contraceptive mandate was all about: social engineering, abortion made even easier to get, and with the government holding the strings of control over all of it.
Thank goodness the Supremes ruled on the side of religious liberty. It's about time. But that 5-4 split is too close for comfort. As we head into 2016, don't forget that the Supreme Court---like all of our courts---hangs by a thread, and with it, our most basic freedoms.