Is Christianity morally equivalent to radical Islam?

At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama asserted the moral equivalence of Christianity and radical Islam.  Read what he said after the jump and consider:  Though Christianity too has violence in its history, what is wrong with what he says? [Read more...]

Tonight’s State of the Union address

Tonight, President Obama will give the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST.  The previews suggest that the president will put forward a number of liberal fantasies–raise taxes, offer free community college–that have absolutely no chance of passing in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate.

But let’s see what he has to say.  Feel free to live-blog the speech here by commenting on it as it unfolds. [Read more...]

Free community college?

President Obama wants to provide two free years of community college to all Americans, at the government’s expense.  Do you think this would be a good idea or a bad idea?  (My view after the jump.) [Read more...]

Consequences of normalized relations with Cuba

The fallout from President Obama’s decision to extend diplomatic relations to Castro’s Cuba is mixed.  As some worry about another cave-in to tyranny, others are excited about the commercial prospects:

Some Republicans think Obama’s move will put Florida in their column for decades, while some Democrats think the anti-Castro sentiment in Florida’s Cuban population is dying out.  See this.

After the jump, see Sen. Marco Rubio’s reaction.

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We’re recognizing Cuba

In another use of executive power to implement his legacy apart from Congress, President Obama has announced that he is going to extend diplomatic recognition to Cuba.  We will be re-opening our embassy in Havana, ease travel restrictions, and eliminate economic sanctions against the still-Communist regime.   Good idea?  Bad idea?  What does it mean? [Read more...]

Amnesty by decree

President Obama has issued an executive order protecting some 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.

On what authority, you may ask?  He is invoking the principle of “prosecutor discretion,” under which a law enforcement officer may choose, for example, which speeders to chase down.  So here the Executive Branch, charged with carrying out the laws passed by the Legislative Branch, is just choosing not to enforce the law against illegal immigrants unless they have committed other crimes.  (But in forbidding immigration officials from enforcing the law, isn’t he taking away their “prosecutor discretion”?) [Read more...]