Trump wants GOP platform to allow for abortion

Donald Trump said that he wants to change the Republican platform so that it allows for abortion in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

This makes no difference to Christian followers like activist Phyllis Schafly, even though she rejects those exceptions (unlike other recent Republican nominees) and formerly fought other attempts to change the platform on this issue.   The current language calls for a human life amendment and for legislation to apply the 14th amendment to unborn children. [Read more…]

Trump’s foreign policy address

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump gave a major foreign policy address.  OUT:  nation building; military interventions; protecting other countries at our expense; globalism; international trade agreements.  IN:  our relationship with Russia; Americans’ economic interests.

Sound pretty good?  Or not?

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Ted Cruz picks Carly Fiorina for Vice President

Ted Cruz took the step of choosing a running-mate before the convention:  Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO whose own campaign for the GOP nomination ended, despite some good debate performances.

Do you think this will matter to Cruz’s chances for winning the Republican nomination?  And if he does, for winning the election?

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Trump sweeps 5 primaries; Clinton takes 3

“The Smug Style in American Liberalism”

There is an astonishing article in the (liberal) Vox by the (liberal) Emmett Rensin entitled “The Smug Style in American Liberalism:  How liberals came to look down on the people they once tried to help.”

It castigates liberals for their Daily-Show habit of mocking those they disagree with, particularly those of lower social class than themselves, saying how stupid and uneducated they are, compared to their cool and knowing selves.

Rensin points out that liberals used to be largely from the working class.  Today, though, the base of liberalism is in academia and the upper middle class.  Today, he says, many Democrats don’t even know a poor or blue collar person.  Their disrespect has translated into not really doing anything about the economic issues that have so ravaged the working class.

Whatever your politics, you need to read this, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]

The four tenets of Progressivism

George Will has discerned four core tenets of progressivism.  See them after the jump.  Where do you see these ideas being manifested in, for example, the Democratic presidential campaigns and in academic speech codes?  Those of you who are progressives, do you agree that this is what you believe?

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