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Stat of the Day: Terrible Deterioration of Race Relations Under Obama

In our Liberty Update commentary last week, we noted the many failures of Barack Obama as president over the past eight years.  Today, as the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a Washington Post-ABC News survey shows just how disastrously race relations have declined under his watch:

In a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 63 percent of Americans think race relations are 'generally bad.' Shortly after Obama took office, that number was 22 percent. In the same time period, those who think race relations are 'generally good' plummeted from 66 percent to 32 percent." Of his failures and disastrous legacy, this may be the most depressing.…[more]

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61 Black Votes Matter

  Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach used by Republicans. However, the point is that Democrats must not only continue to get nine-tenths of black votes, they also need to get a high turnout of black voters on election day. People who…

62 Have Faith in America

I think it's time to clear the air. For those of you who still don't seem to understand my job, let me make it perfectly clear: I do not work for a political party. I work for America, its ideals and our Constitution. It's not my job to be the cheerleader for a party or an individual. It's my job to protect America and defend its principles. And frankly…

63 Irrational Unease Over "Militarization of Police"

In harrowing and tragic detail, recent murders of police officers across the nation illustrate the mortal risks that our nation's police officers face every single time they leave for work.  In Dallas this month, a deranged racist thug brutally murdered five officers who had ironically been providing safety and security for a "Black Lives…

64 The Dumbest Idea

If there were a contest for the most stupid idea in politics, my choice would be the assumption that people would be evenly or randomly distributed in incomes, institutions, occupations or awards, in the absence of somebody doing somebody wrong. Political crusades, bureaucratic empires and lucrative personal careers as grievance mongers have been…

65 How Obama Divides America

At the funeral service for five slain Dallas cops, President Barack Obama delivered another one of his needlessly politicized lectures. As is customary these days, those who were critical of his rhetoric were branded racists and unthinking haters. That's one theory. Another one is that people may be put off by Obama's grating habit of turning every…

66 Gallup Poll: Americans Still Value Police and Military Highest

Events this summer make each day seem worse than the preceding one, creating an alarming sense of national disintegration while defining deviancy downward a little bit more.  Exacerbating matters, it seems we often collectively undervalue those whom we should value most:  military and police personnel who every day risk their very lives…

67 Congressional Black Corruption

If Black Lives Matter, then why have entrenched members of the Congressional Black Caucus spent more time enriching themselves than taking care of their neglected constituents? Too many social justice protesters are busy throwing shade, rocks, bottles, concrete blocks and vicious death threats at police officers of all colors trying to keep the peace…

68 The War on Cops

There was never a more appropriately named book than "The War on Cops" by Heather Mac Donald, published a few weeks ago, on the eve of the greatest escalation of that war by the ambush murders of five policemen in Dallas. Nor is this war against the police confined to Dallas. It is occurring across the country. Who is to blame? There is…

69 The War on Cops: Part II

Even in this age of runaway emotions, there are still some people who want to know the facts. Nowhere are facts more important, or more lacking, than in what has been aptly called "The War on Cops," the title of a devastating new book by Heather Mac Donald. Few, if any, of the most fashionable notions about the police, minorities and the…

70 Dem Platform Follies

On Friday, the Democratic Party unveiled its 2016 national platform, promising to put "a middle-class life within the reach of more Americans." Unfortunately, the party's proposals will do the opposite. They will slow economic growth, prevent millions of people from advancing up the economic ladder and hold back their children, too. Democrats…

71 Iovi Et Bovi: The Teflon Hillary Standard

There is a classic Latin epigram about double standards that resounds in the aftermath of the FBI's surrender this week to the corruptocracy: "Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi." Translation: "What is permissible for Jove is not permissible for an ox." Jove is the Roman god Jupiter, untouchable ruler of the skies, wielder of the…

72 What Are We Celebrating?

There was a time when the Fourth of July meant something more than a three-day weekend. Speeches, writings and commemorative ceremonies reminded us of the origins and greatness of America. No matter where in the world our ancestors came from, we today are almost invariably better off because they came to America. Independence Day signified much more…

73 Clinton and Lynch - Corruption, Not 'Optics'

Attorney General Loretta Lynch tells us that her meeting with Bill Clinton aboard a private jet on the Phoenix airport tarmac was "primarily — you know, just two Democrats swapping stories about their grandkids and whatnot. The nation's top law enforcement official and the former president and husband of the presumptive Democratic…

74 Benghazi Report Confirms Culpability of Hillary Clinton and Obama Administration

"House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton," read this week's transparently apologist New York Times headline.  But that constitutes a proverbial "Dog Bites Man" headline, because it doesn't address the relevant question.  Namely, when even The Huffington Post observes that "just…

75 CFIF Independence Day Quiz

Take CFIF's 13 Question Independence Day Quiz to test your knowledge of American history and civics. (Answer key may be found at the bottom)   1. Americans celebrate the Fourth of July for which one of the following reasons? a. It marks mid-summer vacation b. It is the day America declared her independence c. It marks…

76 The Gun Control Farce

Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades. And most of those arguments are irrelevant to the central question: Do tighter gun control laws reduce the…

77 Inconvenient Truths Undermine Gun Controllers' Myths

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.  And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."  So said Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, in February 2009.  In so doing, Emanuel signaled an Obama Administration modus operandi of exploiting tragedies for partisan gain…

78 Florida: America's Jihad Playground

The home of the "Happiest Place on Earth" has been breeding killer jihadists and Muslim zealots for years. Omar Mateen, the cold-blooded mass murderer who gunned down 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub and wounded 53 more before police took him out late Sunday, may have worked alone. But he operated in the larger context of a teeming,…

79 Will Orlando Change Anything?

However great the shock of the massacre in Orlando, it is only a matter of time before we start hearing again the fact-free dogma that "diversity is our strength." If there is any place in the Guinness Book of World Records for words repeated the most often, over the most years, without one speck of evidence, "diversity" should…

80 Socialist Paradises? More Scandinavians Migrate to America Than Vice-Versa

Beyond the intrinsic merit of human freedom itself, free market economies bring greater prosperity and well-being to mankind than their alternatives.  Socialism's history, in contrast, remains one of comparative misery, material deprivation and brute oppression under the force of government.  That record isn't coincidental or statistically…

81 CFIF Flag Day Quiz

Take CFIF's 13-Question Quiz to test your knowledge of our Nation's Flag. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. On which one of the following days in 1777 did Congress pass the resolution establishing the American flag? a. June 14 b. July 4 c. September 17 d. December 7 2. When did Congress officially designate Flag Day a national…

82 Measuring Life By the Spoonful

"How is your daughter doing?" is one of the most complicated questions I've had to answer. As Veronica marks her 16th birthday this month, we are sharing an update in hopes of de-stigmatizing and demystifying life with chronic pain, fatigue and other undiagnosed chronic illnesses. It's been a year since Veronica lay bedridden, unable to…

83 Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?

Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working to provide their own livelihoods. Generations ago, both religious people and socialists were agreed on the proposition that "he who does…

84 Don't Go Wobbly on Criminal Justice

Senator Tom Cotton (R - Arkansas) recently created controversy by observing that, contrary to fashionable opinion on both the political left and right, the United States suffers an "under-incarceration problem":  "Take a look at the facts.  First, the claim that too many criminals are being jailed, that there is over-incarceration…

85 Socialism for the Uninformed

Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster. While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has…

86 CFIF Memorial Day Quiz

(Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Which one of the following Revolutionary War heroes is credited with stating, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”? a. Patrick Henry b. Nathaniel Greene c. Nathan Hale d. Paul Revere 2. Which of the following conflicts was the costliest…

87 Commencement Season

This is the season of college Commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable, but has increasingly become toxic in recent times. Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported by the taxpayers or donors, saying how nobler…

88 How the Clintons Cashed In

When Bill and Hillary Clinton moved out of the White House 15 years ago, they were "dead broke," said Hillary Clinton. Today, they're worth up to $150 million. A new documentary, "Clinton Cash," reveals how they went from broke to filthy rich, with an emphasis on filthy. The Clintons have made out like bandits compared with another…

89 The Puerto Rican Government Bailout that Only Few Know (and We're Pretty Sure They Don't Want You to Know)

Who knew that the scariest word to official Washington these days isn't ISIS?  It isn't Iran or North Korea or Russia.  It isn't even indictment.  It's “bailout.” We learned that when CFIF ran some television and radio ads and sent around some position papers saying that Congress was about to bail out the Puerto Rican government…

90 Donald Trump: An Equal and Opposite Reaction to Barack Obama

Regardless of one's position on the Trump phenomenon, it's important to rebut a convenient, self-serving, but false claim by Barack Obama, the Clinton campaign and the political left that Donald Trump is somehow a reflection only of maladies ailing the Republican party or the conservative movement.  Here is what Obama recently claimed, exhibiting…

 
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Which one of the following was simultaneously a member of the House of Representatives, a U.S. Senator-elect and U.S. President-elect?
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"Not since 1980 --” or perhaps 1932 -- has such a political revolution hit the banks of the Potomac River. Donald Trump comes into the White House with a bright, clear mandate to make wholesale changes to every aspect of the federal government. From the darkest corners of the bloated federal bureaucracy to the bright marble columns of the Supreme Court, Mr. Trump's mandate is as broad as it is dramatic…[more]
 
 
—Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
 
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If ObamaCare repeal and replacement begin immediately, but take 2 to 3 years to fully implement, will you consider the promises of President Trump and the Republican Congress to be met?