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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:16:42 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 John Kass, Chicago Tribune
When it comes to race in America, the last thing I'd want is to be considered a coward.But then, it's so easy to be cowardly in America when it comes to race.It's not normal for people to take positions that can leave them vulnerable and make it easy for others to brand them as racist and then shun them. Such pressure is a fact of American life. So instead of talking, they clam up.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/no_time_for_cowards_--_let039s_talk_about_race_330594.htmlhttp://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-race-in-america-kass-met-0423-20140423,0,3435121,full.columnhttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-race-in-america-kass-met-0423-20140423,0,3435121,full.column 100330594 PM Update John Kass, Chicago Tribune No Time for Cowards -- Let's Talk About Race Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:57:24 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Adam Serwer, MSNBC
Simmering tensions over the high court’s approach to race burst into the open Tuesday morning when Justice Sonia Sotomayor, reading from her dissent in an affirmative action case, mounted a full-scale assault on the right wing of the court, calling her conservative colleagues “out of touch with reality.”http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/sotomayor_court039s_right_wing_quotout_of_touchquot_330638.htmlhttp://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/sonia-sotomayor-slams-supreme-court-right-wing-race-mattershttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/sonia-sotomayor-slams-supreme-court-right-wing-race-matters 100330638 PM Update Adam Serwer, MSNBC Sotomayor: Court's Right Wing "Out of Touch" Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:29:00 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 John Fund, National Review
You can often tell when advocates of one side in an argument fear they will ultimately lose. They change their branding. A few years ago, warnings about “global warming” were replaced with scare stories about “climate change.” One reason? The Earth had stopped appreciably warming in the late 1990s, making the change a PR necessity.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/race-based_preferences_forever_330598.htmlhttp://www.nationalreview.com/article/376358/raced-based-preferences-forever-john-fund 100330598 PM Update John Fund, National Review Race-Based Preferences Forever Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:32:18 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Robert Solow, The New Republic
Income inequality in the United States and elsewhere has been worsening since the 1970s. The most striking aspect has been the widening gap between the rich and the rest. This ominous anti-democratic trend has finally found its way into public consciousness and political rhetoric. A rational and effective policy for dealing with it—if there is to be one—will have to rest on an understanding of the causes of increasing inequality. The discussion so far has turned up a number of causal factors: the erosion of the real minimum wage; the decay of labor unions and collective...http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/thomas_piketty_is_right_330596.htmlhttp://www.newrepublic.com/article/117429/capital-twenty-first-century-thomas-piketty-reviewedhttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117429/capital-twenty-first-century-thomas-piketty-reviewed 100330596 PM Update Robert Solow, The New Republic Thomas Piketty Is Right Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:41:20 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Ben Domenech, The Federalist
What are we talking about when we talk about inequality?This is one of those examples of a term which gets thrown around in the modern media space over and over again without anyone bothering to define it. It’s analogous to when we talk about “health care costs”. What do we mean by that? Do we mean the amount of money Americans are spending on health insurance premiums per capita? Do we mean the amount of money taxpayers are spending on reimbursing insurers, hospitals, and drug companies for health care services and products? Do we mean the portion of the economy taken up by...http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/why_inequality_doesn039t_matter_330645.htmlhttp://thefederalist.com/2014/04/23/why-inequality-doesnt-matter/http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://thefederalist.com/2014/04/23/why-inequality-doesnt-matter/ 100330645 PM Update Ben Domenech, The Federalist Why Inequality Doesn't Matter Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:45:19 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Jason Horowitz, NY Times
BOSTON — After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment. There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/amid_politics_obama_drifted_away_from_kin_330642.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/us/politics/amid-politics-obama-drifted-away-from-kin.htmlhttp://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/us/politics/amid-politics-obama-drifted-away-from-kin.xml 100330642 PM Update Jason Horowitz, NY Times Amid Politics, Obama Drifted Away From Kin Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:59:38 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Christopher Hayes, The Nation
Before the cannons fired at Fort Sumter, the Confederates announced their rebellion with lofty rhetoric about “violations of the Constitution of the United States” and “encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States.” But the brute, bloody fact beneath those words was money. So much goddamn money.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/the_new_abolitionism_330571.htmlhttp://www.thenation.com/article/179461/new-abolitionismhttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.thenation.com/article/179461/new-abolitionism 100330571 PM Update Christopher Hayes, The Nation The New Abolitionism Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:10:54 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Byron York, DC Examiner
Before the cannons fired at Fort Sumter, the Confederates announced their rebellion with lofty rhetoric about “violations of the Constitution of the United States” and “encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States.” But the brute, bloody fact beneath those words was money. So much goddamn money.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/msnbc_host_pens_radical_climate_manifesto_330572.htmlhttp://washingtonexaminer.com/msnbc-host-pens-radical-climate-justice-manifesto/article/2547587http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://washingtonexaminer.com/msnbc-host-pens-radical-climate-justice-manifesto/article/2547587 100330572 PM Update Byron York, DC Examiner MSNBC Host Pens Radical Climate Manifesto Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:42:56 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone
President Obama is not even halfway through his second term yet, but you can almost feel the cement hardening around his feet. The glory days of hope and change have faded, his approval rating has flat-lined below 50 percent, and jockeying for 2016 has begun in earnest. But for Obama, the game ain't over yet. In the next few months, he will take one of the biggest gambles of his presidency by testing the radical proposition that even SUV-loving Americans believe that global warming is real and are ready to do something about it.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/obama039s_last_shot_on_climate_change_330650.htmlhttp://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-last-shot-20140423http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-last-shot-20140423 100330650 PM Update Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone Obama's Last Shot on Climate Change Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:05:40 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Cathy Young, RCP
Game of Thrones, the HBO hit series now in its fourth season, based on George R.R. MartinÂ’s pseudo-medieval fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire, is big news. Every episode generates not only a tsunami of fan reaction but intense discussions by bloggers and journalists; the death of sadistic boy-king Joffrey may have made more headlines than RussiaÂ’s attempted takeover of Eastern Ukraine.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/23/game_of_thrones_debate_tests_feminist_concept_of_rape_122386.htmlhttp://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/23/game_of_thrones_debate_tests_feminist_concept_of_rape_122386.htmlhttp://dyn.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/23/game_of_thrones_debate_tests_feminist_concept_of_rape_122386.html 200330615 PM Update Cathy Young, RCP Feminists and the "Game of Thrones" Rape Debate Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:09:20 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Jon Krakauer, The New Yorker
For many years, the most lucrative commercial guiding operation on Mt. Everest has been a company called Himalayan Experience, or Himex, which is owned by a New Zealand mountaineer named Russell Brice. In the spring of 2012, more than a month into the climbing season, he became increasingly worried about a bulge of glacial ice three hundred yards wide that was frozen tenuously to Everest’s West Shoulder, hanging like a massive sword of Damocles directly over the main route up the Nepal side of the mountain. Brice’s clients (“members,” in the parlance of Himalayan...http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/death_and_anger_on_everest_330553.htmlhttp://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/04/everest-sherpas-death-and-anger.htmlhttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/04/everest-sherpas-death-and-anger.html 100330553 PM Update Jon Krakauer, The New Yorker Death and Anger on Everest Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:13:21 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 John Cassidy, The New Yorker
It’s been almost fifty years since Richard Nixon settled on his “Southern strategy” of mobilizing white voters alienated by civil-rights reforms. Almost the same amount of time has elapsed since the John Olin Foundation and other conservative groups set out to rein in the nation’s courts, and, in particular, the Supreme Court, which had played a key role in expanding the civil-rights agenda.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/another_bad_day_for_affirmative_action_330577.htmlhttp://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2014/04/another-bad-day-for-affirmative-action.htmlhttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2014/04/another-bad-day-for-affirmative-action.html 100330577 AM Update John Cassidy, The New Yorker Another Bad Day for Affirmative Action Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:11:56 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 John Podhoretz, New York Post
Few issues have tumbled more vertiginously from the top of the political agenda than affirmative action. There was a time when the topic of quotas and racial preferences partly dominated the discussion of domestic policy. That time has long since passed.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/antonin_scalia039s_plain_truth_330588.htmlhttp://nypost.com/2014/04/22/scalias-plain-truth-on-affirmative-action/http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://nypost.com/2014/04/22/scalias-plain-truth-on-affirmative-action/ 100330588 AM Update John Podhoretz, New York Post Antonin Scalia's Plain Truth Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:15:50 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Norm Ornstein, National Journal
The LBJ Library recently held a multiday program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and by all accounts, the program was stirring and stimulating, up to and including President Obama's speech.But there was one downside: the reactivation of one of the most enduring memes and myths about the presidency, and especially the Obama presidency. Like Rasputin (or Whac-A-Mole,) it keeps coming back even after it has been bludgeoned and obliterated by facts and logic. I feel compelled to whack this mole once more.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/obama_can039t_be_the_green_lantern_330573.htmlhttp://www.nationaljournal.com/washington-inside-out/obama-can-t-be-the-green-lantern-20140422http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.nationaljournal.com/washington-inside-out/obama-can-t-be-the-green-lantern-20140422 100330573 AM Update Norm Ornstein, National Journal Obama Can't Be the Green Lantern Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:16:40 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Ed Rogers, Washington Post
On Friday, the State Department quietly released a notification that the Keystone XL pipeline decision is being delayed yet again. The president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Terry O’Sullivan, called the delay “another gutless move” by the administration. We could also dismiss the announcement as just more of the usual dithering from this White House.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/the_president039s_cynical_keystone_strategy_330566.htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/04/22/the-insiders-the-presidents-cynical-keystone-xl-strategy/ 100330566 AM Update Ed Rogers, Washington Post The President's Cynical Keystone Strategy Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:10:23 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Thomas Friedman, New York Times
KIEV, Ukraine — The word “maidan” means “square” in Ukrainian and in Arabic. And the “Independence Maidan” of Kiev, like the “Tahrir Maidan” of Cairo, has been the scene of an awe-inspiring burst of democratic aspirations. The barricades of piled cobblestones, tires, wood beams and burned cars erected by Ukrainian revolutionaries are still there — indeed, it looks as if it could be the set of “Les Misérables” — and people still lay fresh flowers at the makeshift shrines for the more than 100 people killed in the Maidan by the old and now deposed regime here. Walking...http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/it039s_all_about_may_25_in_ukraine_330574.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/opinion/friedman-its-all-about-may-25.htmlhttp://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/opinion/friedman-its-all-about-may-25.xml 100330574 AM Update Thomas Friedman, New York Times It's All About May 25 in Ukraine Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:15:08 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Michael Goodwin, New York Post
As a young reporter, I once expressed shock at how routinely and reflexively government officials lied to the press. A savvy newspaper vet who overheard me just smiled and told me not to take it personally.“Why shouldn’t they lie to you?” the late, great Murray Kempton asked. “They lie to themselves all the time.”http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/obama039s_lies_have_led_to_global_mistrust_330595.htmlhttp://nypost.com/2014/04/23/obamas-lies-have-led-to-global-mistrust/http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://nypost.com/2014/04/23/obamas-lies-have-led-to-global-mistrust/ 100330595 AM Update Michael Goodwin, New York Post Obama's Lies Have Led to Global Mistrust Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:33:47 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Harold Meyerson, American Prospect
Pittsburgh is the perfect urban laboratory,” says Bill Peduto, the city’s new mayor. “We’re small enough to be able to do things and large enough for people to take notice.” More than its size, however, it’s Pittsburgh’s new government—Peduto and the five like-minded progressives who now constitute a majority on its city council—that is turning the city into a laboratory of democracy.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/revolt_of_the_cities_330555.htmlhttp://prospect.org/article/revolt-citieshttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://prospect.org/article/revolt-cities 100330555 AM Update Harold Meyerson, American Prospect Revolt of the Cities Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:16:02 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Thomas Sowell, Investor's Business Daily
Liberals advocate many wonderful things. In fact, I suspect that most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world envisioned by liberals, rather than in the kind of world envisioned by conservatives.Unfortunately, the only kind of world that any of us can live in is the world that actually exists. Trying to live in the kind of world that liberals envision has costs that will not go away just because these costs are often ignored by liberals.One of those costs appeared in an announcement of a house for sale in Palo Alto, the community adjacent to Stanford University, an institution...http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/22/_the_high_cost_of_liberalism_122363.htmlhttp://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/22/_the_high_cost_of_liberalism_122363.htmlhttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/22/_the_high_cost_of_liberalism_122363.html 200330499 AM Update Thomas Sowell, Investor's Business Daily The High Cost of Liberalism Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:35:54 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Thomas Edsall, New York Times
The decision by the I.R.S. to flag for special review applications for tax-exempt status from organizations with “Tea Party” or “patriot” in their names has provoked sustained outrage on the right for nearly a year.Take the following American Thinker article by Karin McQuillan, which was published on March 7: “Democrats Unleash the I.R.S. Tyrant.”http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/scandals_republicans_like_330591.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/opinion/edsall-scandals-republicans-like.htmlhttp://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/opinion/edsall-scandals-republicans-like.xml 100330591 AM Update Thomas Edsall, New York Times Scandals Republicans Like Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:17:42 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Peter Berkowitz, RCP
According to an increasingly influential bloc of same-sex marriage supporters, Americans cannot reasonably disagree any longer. The Constitution obviously mandates it, they say; no sensible person can dispute the proposition that legalizing it is just and will advance the public interest. Explicitly opposing same-sex marriage, these proponents insist, places a person beyond the pale.Friends of moderation and good sense, therefore, should laud the approximately 50 distinguished advocates of both gay marriage and freedom—including University of Minnesota Law School professor Dale Carpenter,...http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/23/gay-marriage_backers_admirably_open_to_dissent_122355.htmlhttp://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/23/gay-marriage_backers_admirably_open_to_dissent_122355.htmlhttp://dyn.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/23/gay-marriage_backers_admirably_open_to_dissent_122355.html 200330568 AM Update Peter Berkowitz, RCP Gay-Marriage Backers, Admirably Open to Dissent Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:38:38 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Maureen Dowd, New York Times
WASHINGTON — There were some disturbing elements to the Easter Mass I attended at Nativity, my childhood church.The choral director sang “Amazing Grace” to the tune of “Danny Boy.” The pews were half-empty on the church’s most sacred day.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/pope_john_paul_ii_a_saint_he_ain039t_330580.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/opinion/dowd-a-saint-he-aint.htmlhttp://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/opinion/dowd-a-saint-he-aint.xml 100330580 AM Update Maureen Dowd, New York Times Pope John Paul II: A Saint, He Ain't Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:39:22 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg
Republican politicians are at war over the world.Representative Peter King of New York says that Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky encourages "paranoia." Paul says his critics are distorting his views. Walter Jones, a North Carolina representative seeking his 11th term, is being challenged in a primary that features ads saying he "preaches American decline" and "opposes sanctions on Iran."http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/the_republican_foreign-policy_mess_330481.htmlhttp://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-04-21/the-angry-republican-foreign-policy-mess 100330481 AM Update Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg The Republican Foreign-Policy Mess Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:40:29 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Sen. Rand Paul, National Review
The knives are out for conservatives who dare question unlimited involvement in foreign wars.Foreign policy, the interventionist critics claim, has no place for nuance or realism. You are either for us or against us. No middle ground is acceptable. The Wilsonian ideologues must have democracy worldwide now and damn all obstacles to that utopia. I say sharpen your knives, because the battle once begun will not end easily.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/buckley039s_realist_foreign_policy_330554.htmlhttp://www.nationalreview.com/article/376307/buckleys-realist-foreign-policy-sen-rand-paul 100330554 AM Update Sen. Rand Paul, National Review Buckley's Realist Foreign Policy Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:41:36 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Naomi Klein, The Guardian
This is a story about bad timing.One of the most disturbing ways that climate change is already playing out is through what ecologists call "mismatch" or "mistiming." This is the process whereby warming causes animals to fall out of step with a critical food source, particularly at breeding times, when a failure to find enough food can lead to rapid population losses.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/climate_change_is_the_fight_of_our_lives_330585.htmlhttp://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/23/climate-change-fight-of-our-lives-naomi-klein 100330585 AM Update Naomi Klein, The Guardian Climate Change Is the Fight of Our Lives Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:44:35 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 M.G. Oprea, The Federalist
Harvard student Sandra Y.L. Korn recently proposed in The Harvard Crimson that academics should be stopped if their research is deemed oppressive. Arguing that “academic justice” should replace “academic freedom,” she writes: “If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of ‘academic freedom’?”http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/the_closing_of_the_academic_mind_330454.htmlhttp://thefederalist.com/2014/04/21/the-closing-of-the-academic-mind/http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://thefederalist.com/2014/04/21/the-closing-of-the-academic-mind/ 100330454 AM Update M.G. Oprea, The Federalist The Closing of the Academic Mind Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:46:58 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Mark Bittman, New York Times
In the food world, change from the ground up is all well and good. We desperately need cooks, gardeners, farmers and teachers. But we also need legislation. The recently passed and almost uniformly abysmal Farm Bill is a lesson in how legislation affects those of us working to change the chaotic so-called food “system.” Pittances were tossed at supporters of local and organic food, fortunes’ worth of agribusiness subsidies were maintained, and much-needed support for the country’s least well-off was slashed.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/why_care_about_mccutcheon_330575.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/opinion/bittman-why-care-about-mccutcheon.htmlhttp://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/opinion/bittman-why-care-about-mccutcheon.xml 100330575 AM Update Mark Bittman, New York Times Why Care About McCutcheon? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:37:26 -0500 04/23/2014/00/00/00 Brian Walsh, US News & World Rpt
In a new book released today, Massachusetts Democratic senator and potential presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren attempts to rewrite history regarding the controversy surrounding her “Native American” ancestry that emerged in the 2012 Senate campaign. What’s remarkable is that, at least in the initial book reviews, the press largely allows her to get away with it. In fact, it’s virtually ignored that to this day Warren still refuses to release any law school records that may shed light on this controversy.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/elizabeth_warren_is_rewriting_history_330592.htmlhttp://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/brian-walsh/2014/04/22/elizabeth-warren-glosses-over-native-american-controversy-in-new-bookhttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/brian-walsh/2014/04/22/elizabeth-warren-glosses-over-native-american-controversy-in-new-book 100330592 AM Update Brian Walsh, US News & World Rpt Elizabeth Warren Is Rewriting History http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/racial_equality_loses_at_the_supreme_court_330590.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/opinion/racial-equality-loses-at-the-court.html http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/opinion/racial-equality-loses-at-the-court.xml 100330590 Editorials Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:16:53 -0500 New York Times Racial Equality Loses at the Supreme Court http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/sotomayor039s_legally_illiterate_logically_indefensible_dissent_330599.html http://www.nationalreview.com/article/376340/half-win-racial-discrimination-editors 100330599 Editorials Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:37:54 -0500 NRO Sotomayor's Legally Illiterate, Logically Indefensible Dissent http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/why_obama_must_be_in_asia_330603.html http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2014/0422/Why-Obama-must-be-in-Asia http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2014/0422/Why-Obama-must-be-in-Asia 100330603 Editorials Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:22:24 -0500 Christian Science Monitor Why Obama Must Be in Asia http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/23/keystone_uncensored_330613.html http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303825604579517990421310908 http://mobile2.wsj.com/device/article.php?mid=1&CALL_URL=http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303825604579517990421310908 100330613 Editorials Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:21:34 -0500 Wall Street Journal Keystone Uncensored
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CVR Member Robert Smith

A Man For All Seasons

"I don't find happiness in stuff, I find it in being  of service to others whether it is in the community or in a different country. Most stuff is a temporary fix," says CVR member Robert Smith.

And, he should know.  For the past 10 years, Bob has traveled to Honduras on mission trips with his church to help that area which was torn apart by Hurricane Mitch.  Each year, Bob spends 11 days in Honduras and, with the mission team, has: built latrines, built small chapels, worked in orphanages, and built water purification systems.  These systems are essential in preventing disease.

Bob has lived in Brecksville his whole life.  He is married to Lisa, a "soon to be retired" 8th grade math teacher.  The Smiths have three grown children, Emily, who also lives in Brecksville, Hannah, who lives in Toledo and Abram who lives in Brecksville.  The Smiths also have two grandchildren.

Bob graduated from Brecksville-Broadview Hts high and has been a concrete finisher for 35 years.  Bob has been a member of St. Basil's since it opened its doors.  He is a Republican because of what our party stands for, "smaller government, morals and freedom of religion."

A recovering Democrat, he clearly sees that the Obama administration is taking us down a path to socialism.  "Democrats say they are for the working class, but that is a facade."  He goes on to quote Allen West, "Democrats make people enslaved to the government."

Smith lost his parents early in life, but that just gave him more resolve to work hard.  He believes in our capitalist system, "Has a poor guy ever given you a job?"

Since becoming politically aware in the last 10 years, he is flabbergasted that more people don't want to talk about the issues that are going on in this country.  "We have gone from a country of strong individuals to a country of moral relativism.  How did we get here?"

He wonders if people in America just haven't seem enough hardship, which has contributed to complacency.  If more people had seen what he has seen in place like Honduras, maybe they would appreciate our country more.

That is why Bob sees that his conservative values and his charitable work go hand in hand.  And, that is why he is a member of CVR and gives so much of himself to help others in need.


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