The Democratic Convention–An Exercise in Evasion

The Democrats left Boston last week, confident that their presidential nominee is within striking distance of winning the White House in November. The 2004 Democratic National Convention generated both media support and public momentum for the Democratic ticket, but at the expense of candor, truth telling, and political responsibility.

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Why Do Europeans Hate America? Jean-Francois Revel Explains

“Democracy may, after all, turn out to have been a historical accident, a brief parenthesis that is closing before our eyes.” With those words, French philosopher Jean-Francois Revel sounded an alarm as the ramparts of democratic conviction were under attack by the political left. Revel, one of the most important conservative thinkers in France, saw European intellectuals and the political left in America undermining the very foundations of democracy.

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Who Is Senator John Kerry? It’s Time to Take a Closer Look

“We in Iowa are marking the beginning of the end of the Bush presidency. That’s what this is about.” Thus declared John Kerry as he celebrated his come-from-behind victory in Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Time will tell if John Kerry is any real threat to the Bush presidency, but his decisive win did put an end to the presidential hopes of Rep. Dick Gephardt and threw into question the viability of former Vermont governor Howard Dean as a national candidate.

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Why Doctrine Matters

The 20th century witnessed an increasingly energetic revolt against doctrine. A denial of specific formulations of classical Christian doctrine has been evident in some quarters, while others have rejected the very notion of doctrine itself.

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Looking at the Record: Judicial Activism at the High Court

Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and one of the most influential voices in American evangelicalism, claims that Anthony Kennedy, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, is “the most dangerous man in America.” That’s quite a claim. Where’s the evidence?

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Is The Religious Right Really Right?

With the 2004 presidential election looming before us, the secular media are sure to begin issuing ominous warnings about the influence of the so-called “Religious Right.” Every four years or so–roughly following the pattern of presidential elections–the media rediscover conservative Christians and set out to warn the rest of the population of the supposed threat posed by evangelicals active in the political sphere.

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A Twisted Tale–Bill Clinton’s Autobiography

Former President Bill Clinton’s much promoted autobiography has hit the bookstores in a big way–and it’s a big book. Coming in with more than 950 pages, the book is the literary debut of the summer, and it represents Bill Clinton’s effort to explain himself, his presidency, and his scandals.

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Religious ‘Progressives’ Mobilize for Political Action

“Round up the usual suspects, ” ordered Captain Louis Renaud, the Vichy police chief played by Claude Rains in the movie classic, Casablanca. Those famous words apply to the “Faith and Progressive Policy” conference held June 9 by the Center for American Progress. When it comes to religious liberals, most of the usual suspects seemed to gather for this major event in Washington–and they all had plenty to say.

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Leadership Lessons from President Ronald W. Reagan

Today’s state funeral for President Ronald W. Reagan offers an historic moment of reflection for the American people. Central to that should be a renewed appreciation for the founders’ vision of the presidency as a uniting force for leadership in the nation.

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Ranking the Presidents–A New Look at the Best and the Worst

How would you rank America’s presidents? That question is a matter of historical preoccupation for a large number of presidential historians, both amateur and professional. Various schemes for rating America’s presidents have been attempted, but none so comprehensive as a recent project undertaken by The Wall Street Journal and The Federalist Society.

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A Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan’s Enduring Legacy

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.” Those words catapulted Ronald W. Reagan onto the stage of national politics. Though the “Great Communicator” has left the scene, his ideas continue to define the political landscape.

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Unsafe on Any Ballot–Ralph Nader Runs Again

Ralph Nader’s announcement that he would run again for president sent some Democrats into apoplexy. “Nader’s old crusading spirit has been buried under a mountain of megalomania,” declared one Democrat. In the words of Yogi Berra, some Democratic strategists saw Nader’s announcement as “deja vu all over again.”

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Spain’s New Cultural Revolution–Will America Follow?

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spain’s new Prime Minister, is about to launch nothing less than a social revolution. Mr. Zapatero, 43, was sworn into office by King Juan Carlos last Saturday, and he immediately set out to recall Spain’s troops from the allied coalition now fighting in Iraq.

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John Kerry’s Faith–A Closer Look [Part Two]

The 2004 presidential election campaign will pit two very different candidates against each other, representing not only two different political parties, but two divergent worldviews. On issues ranging from stem cell research and abortion to same-sex marriage, the candidates represent two different worlds of moral conviction. Interestingly, President George W. Bush, a Methodist, stands much closer to the Catholic Church’s teaching on these issues than does Sen. John Kerry, who identifies as a practicing Roman Catholic. What is going on here?

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John Kerry’s Faith–A Closer Look

Senator John Kerry, soon to become the Democratic Party’s official candidate for president, has been using biblical language of late, and infuses his campaign speeches with religious content. Speaking to a church in St. Louis, Missouri, Kerry recently cited a Bible verse to criticize leaders who have faith without deeds, apparently intending to criticize President George W. Bush. “The Scriptures say, what does it profit, my brother, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?,” Kerry said. “When we look at what is happening in America today, where are the works of compassion?” Kerry got the biblical text [James 2:14] almost right, but he set off a firestorm of criticism.

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The Blackmun Papers: One Man’s Shadow

When the constitutional framers established the Supreme Court as the third branch of America’s government, they left the role of the Court largely undefined and unfinished. In recent years, the Court has taken on an entirely new importance, with a majority of justices pushing an activist agenda that now assumes a legislative responsibility–encroaching on the constitutional powers of Congress and the President.

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President Bush and the War on the Family

As Eugene McCarthy once quipped: “Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and stupid enough to think it’s important.” Of course, McCarthy was only half right, for, when dealing with the most significant issues of life, the political game can be supremely important.

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Is The Religious Right Really Right?

With the 2004 presidential election looming before us, the secular media are sure to begin issuing ominous warnings about the influence of the so-called “Religious Right.” Every four years or so–roughly following the pattern of presidential elections–the media rediscover conservative Christians and set out to warn the rest of the population of the supposed threat posed by evangelicals active in the political sphere.

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