Fifty years after Dylanâ€™s riveting verses, special interest groupsâ€™ claims about both the nature and dynamics of marriage are changing more dramatically than any of the social phenomenon of theâ€™60â€™s. For years, the argument for deeply altering an ancient institution was framed entirely in terms of individual â€śrights.â€ť We were told homosexuals possessed an inherent right to have their relationships deemed â€śmarriage,â€ť end of story.
America prides itself on being the land of the free, but over the past four decades our prison population has risen tenfold. We have by far the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and as a consequence, at least 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison. Some fathers have abandoned their children, but others have been locked away from them.
The Americans who will bear the brunt of the influx of illegal immigrants over our southern border are not the policy makers in Washington or the supposedly compassionate elites in New York or San Francisco. It is mostly Latino communities that will be exposed to communicable diseases and crime as more and more unscreened individuals make their way into the general population.
Every sensible person wants to live in a peaceful country, but there are two fundamentally different views of how to best achieve this. The first holds that war is an inevitable part of the human experience and that the best way to achieve peace is to make oneâ€™s country an unattractive target for would-be attackers. The second view sees war as an anomaly that must have a specific and treatable cause. Eliminate the â€ścause,â€ť and you can have world peace. The first view is often associated with constantly strengthening oneâ€™s defense capabilities, while the latter may be associated with greater reliance on efforts to appease oneâ€™s enemies.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more parents are going into larger amounts of debt in order to finance their childrenâ€™s education. Since 1999, the number of parents taking out loans for their childrenâ€™s college has grown 60 percent, while the amount of debt they are incurring (adjusted for inflation) has increased 40 percent. For students who take out their own loans, about 10 percent will default the first year after graduation, according to the Department of Education. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the class of 2012 owes and average of more than $29,000.
Most of the media coverage has understandably focused on the apparent inability of the Nigerian government to rescue the girls, who were students at a Western-style boarding school. But the evil act also shined the light on two horrifying practices: child marriage and polygamy. For those of us who have lived our entire lives in societies that do not tolerate such things, the fact that they are still commonly practiced in some parts of the world is almost unimaginable.
By now, nearly everyone has heard about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterlingâ€™s racist remarks, recorded by his mistress and leaked on the internet. While Sterlingâ€™s comments themselves are not particularly newsworthyâ€”it is not uncommon for some people to say racist things when they think the conversation is privateâ€”their aftermath does provide some interesting insight into where our country is and where we are headed.
The Michigan ban on Affirmative Action has already spawned backlash. Brooke Kimbrough, a black student from Detroit with a 3.6 GPA and a 23 ACT score, protested her rejection from U-M. Kimbrough held a press conference and rally at the U-M campus, along with fellow students Daisha Martin, Mario Martinez, Alfredo Aguirre and the group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN).
On paper, the Act outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It applied to voter registration requirements, as well as segregation in schools, workplaces and public facilities. Together with the Voting Rights Act that passed the following year, it was arguably the most important legislation of the twentieth century.
Conservative whites are often puzzled by the nearly unconditional loyalty to President Obama in most of the black community. After all, they point out, under his administration that black Americans have fared worse by almost every measure, whether it is employment (down more than 4%), home ownership (down 7%), or median income (down more than 11%). Even PBSâ€™s Tavis Smiley admitted, â€śThe data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category.â€ť