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Fewer Traditional Values Means More Government

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The White House is lit with the colors of the rainbow in celebration of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, June 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)More unsettling than the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges directing states to recognize same-sex marriage is the reasoning that went into the decision.

It would be nice to believe that the men and women who wear black robes and occupy seats on America’s highest court are serious people — or that they are wise.

But going forth, unfortunately, it should be clear that the real thought leaders of America are in Hollywood, and that our Supreme Court, save three conservatives, is just a ship that rides the wave of public opinion.

A good deal of the court’s opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, gets into the history of marriage, what it is and what it’s for. But when I read Article III of the U.S. Constitution, which defines our judicial branch, I see nothing that says it’s the job of judges to explain to the American people why institutions like marriage, that have defined and long preceded our nation, exist and what they mean.

We actually have a source that defines marriage for us. In the Book of Genesis, the first of the five biblical books that form the foundation of the Judeo-Christian tradition that has guided Western civilization, it says that God created woman from man, and that “a man shall leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife and they shall become one flesh.”

So with all the to-do on this issue, the choice before our nation has been simple and clear. Is marriage defined by the Bible or by Justice Kennedy? Now we have the answer: Justice Kennedy.

Does it matter?

Let’s grasp the whole picture. Although many note the quickness of the change in public opinion on marriage, this is really a process that has been going on for many years. Perhaps we might start in 1962, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prayer in school is unconstitutional. Another milestone was in 1973, when the court discovered a right in our Constitution for women to destroy their unborn children.

It has been a long but not so winding road as the moral fiber of our nation has come apart. The degradation of marriage is but the latest chapter.

Kennedy is so absorbed in creating reality that he appears oblivious that any reality might exist outside his own imagination. He notes “deep transformations” in our understanding of marriage, and that “these new insights have strengthened, not weakened, the institution of marriage.”

Really? In 1960, 9 percent of American adults over 25 had never married. Today it is 20 percent. In a recent Pew Research survey, only 47 percent said it is “very important” that a couple legally marries if they plan to spend the rest of their lives together.

In 1960, about 5 percent of our babies were born to unwed mothers. Now it is 41 percent. Sixty-one percent of Americans now say out-of-wedlock birth is morally acceptable.

Justice Clarence Thomas zeroed in on the truth in his dissent on the court’s opinion. “Since well before 1787, liberty has been understood as freedom from government action, not entitlement to government benefits.”

The marriage redefinition movement has been driven by two motivations: 1) de-legitimization of religion, and 2) expansion of the welfare state.

It is no accident that as marriage has broken down, dependence on government has exploded. The percentage of our national budget consisting of transfer payments to individuals has expanded from less than 30 percent in 1960 to around 70 percent today.

The idea of American freedom was that by living by God-given prior truths and designing a Constitution to secure them and limit government, we could live free.

Now arbitrary political power fills the vacuum of degraded truths and a degraded Constitution. We’ll see how long Americans will continue to think this is a good idea.

Conservatives Must Fight for Minority Hearts and Minds

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

return GOPRepublican pollster Whit Ayres’ new book, “2016 and Beyond: How Republicans Can Elect a President in the New America,” bears a crucial message.

Republicans must make inroads into non-white America if they wish to occupy the White House in the foreseeable future.

A Government of Laws, Not of Men

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

U.S. CongressA column in The Washington Post last week, co-authored by two prominent Democrats, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, is entitled “How to revive the American dream.” It’s a good place to turn to see that for many holding office in America today and for those who vote for them, today’s American dream is about politicians running our lives.

The Ongoing War Against Christianity

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Anti-ChristianColumnist George Will points out that Apple’s openly gay CEO, Tim Cook, “…thinks Indiana is a terrible place. (But) He opened marketing and retail operations in Saudi Arabia two months before a man was sentenced to 450 lashes for being gay.”

Ted, Monica, and Mickey

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Ted CruzIn 1979, the year before Republicans nominated Ronald Reagan as their presidential candidate, the Rev. Jerry Falwell and conservative activist Paul Weyrich founded the Moral Majority.

A Time for Clarity

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Netanyahu and ObamaFreedom House, which publishes an annual report measuring freedom around the world, rating nations based on political rights and civil liberties, has recently issued its 2015 report.

According to this report, there is only one free nation in the Middle East region. It so happens that it is the one nation that seems to trouble our American president the most – Israel.

Pass the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Marriage and the constitutionThe Marriage and Religious Freedom Act was introduced in the last Congress — in the Senate by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) with 11 co-sponsors and in the House by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) with 92 co-sponsors.

Black Christians Love Israel

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

NetanyahuIn April 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. landed in jail in Birmingham, Alabama for violating a local injunction against demonstrations.

Is Rand Paul a Racist for Opposing Loretta Lynch?

Monday, February 16th, 2015

US Senator Rand PaulThe Congressional Black Caucus will forgo no opportunity to retard black progress in America and undermine the ideals that were once understood to be the goals of the civil rights movement.

America on the Wrong Path on Race and Poverty

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

blind conceitI’ve got a new book out which is not really so new.

It’s new because it has just been released as an eBook. But it is not so new because it is a collection of some of my columns from past 10 years with Scripps Howard News Service. And those columns reflect what I have been saying over the last 20 years – about race, about politics, about religion, about America’s problems and my sense of the answers to these problems.