Linda Chavez: Let the People Decide – As someone who believes strongly in our federalist system, in which states are the basic units of political power with only delegated power given to the federal government, I think marriage should be the provenance of the states. The Supreme Court would do well not to throw out 2,000 years of tradition in one fell swoop. A better — and more conservative — approach would be to recognize the right of states to determine marriage qualifications by striking down those provisions of DOMA that contradict that principle, but also to hold off on recognizing marriage as a constitutional right.
Kathryn Lopez: Don’t Pull a Roe, Don’t Short-Circuit the Debate - Will that be the most compelling argument, giving some Supreme Court justices some cover, in the end? It was Jennifer Roback Morse’s plea during remarks at a rally for marriage in Washington. She said: “We are gathered here to send one simple message to the Justices of the Supreme Court: allow the conversation about marriage to continue. Do not try to short circuit the debate over marriage the way Roe v Wade short circuited the debate over life.”
Michelle Malkin: The Bloody Company Hollywood Keeps – Bleeding-heart liberal Robert Redford is already the subject of early Oscar buzz. His much-hyped new film glamorizing the lives of Weather Underground domestic terrorists, “The Company You Keep,” will be released in the U.S. next week. But peace-loving moviegoers should save their money and take a stand.
Javier Manjarres: Will Rubio’s Immigration Reform Gamble Pay Off? – The immigration reform debate has entered into new and potentially dangerous waters, as the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have “forged an agreement in principle to develop a new type of employer visa system.” Details of the deal have not been disclosed, but Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer was on the call between the two parties, and helped broker the agreement. Nothing good ever really comes out of what Schumer proposes, or sticks his nose into.
Anthony Bradley: Protesting for Chicago’s Failed Education Future - Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the Chicago Public School (CPS) System have reached an agreement that the way to cover the school system’s $1 billion deficit is to restructure the system by closing 54 under-utilized schools. This type of fiscal responsibility may be prudent in the private sector but it is being protested in Chicago as USA Today reports.
Brandon Brice: What’s Really Wrong with America’s Education System – Sadly, our failing schools have continued to diminish in quality, not because our students and teachers are inferior, but because of politics. Washington bureaucrats, national legislators, governors and local leaders have for the last forty years tied themselves to the failed education policies supported by teachers’ unions. Any attempt by these elected officials to allow parental choice or create more charter schools is likely to reduce the number of incompetent educators, hence these attempts are automatically viewed as a threat by union leaders.
Silvio Canto: Obama’s Nightmare of a Second Term – There is a lot of talk these days about “same sex marriage,” “gun control,” “voter ID,” et al. We are not hearing a lot about jobs, GDP growth or any of those complicated foreign policy problems that could just overwhelm President Obama’s time in the next couple of years.
Lloyd Marcus: The GOP’s $10M Could Fund Long-Suffering Under-Funded Black Conservative Outreaches - I have been after the GOP to reach out to minorities, educating them as to the benefits of conservatism, for years. Their response has been “Why bother? Blacks are going to vote Democrat no matter what.” Beyond attracting voters, we are morally obligated to set minorities free — free from the Democrats’ hideous, relentless mantra that minorities are inferior.
Crystal Wright: RNC Growth & Opportunity Project: Dead on Arrival – Evidently, it takes four months and 100 pages for the RNC to figure out why the party lost the 2012 presidential election and how to fix it. Most of conservatives could tell you in three paragraphs. Those 100-page Growth & Opportunity Project tome was billed by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus as a “bold, raw, real” autopsy of the state of the GOP. Bold in what? It’s length? Raw in it’s stupidity? Real in its predictability?
Maria Belen: Post-Birth Abortion = Murder – Planned Parenthood has just come up with a new term for “murder” and that is “post-birth” abortion. They believe that if a baby is alive after a botched abortion it is up to the mother/patient and doctor to decide. How can you murder a child that is breathing and moving? Our government funds this organization and anyone that supports them supports murder.
Shirley Husar: What’s a Libertarian Republican? Do We Need Them? – You might not see much of a difference between a traditional Republican and a Libertarian Republican. Both believe in the three Republican pillars of lower taxes, smaller government, and more personal responsibility. They share beliefs in the free market, property rights, school choice, repealing affirmative action, protecting gun rights, and securing the borders. The difference is in the scope of application.
Lee Habeeb: The Speech I Would’ve Given at CPAC – I propose here and now that we try something new. Let’s start telling stories — stories that carry in them everything we think and know about what has made our country great, and what will keep it great. Stories of our families and how we got here. Stories of our heroes, our innovators, and our immigrant heritage. Local stories, old ones and new ones. Stories about courage and honor and love. And maybe we can invite our friends to share their stories with us.
Nadra Enzi: Pregnant Lesbians & Other Topics Grand Ma Wouldn’t Understand – The Greatest Generation’s dubious reward for surviving the Great Depression; World War II; Jim Crow and the Cold War shouldn’t have been a country hell bent on tossing God and traditional values into the ash bin of history. Everything that makes healthy civilizations seems under successful attack by those anxious to re-create the fall of ancient Rome and Greece on these shores.
Nelson Balido: Learning to Love Sequestration on the Border - Maybe we shouldn’t fear sequestration. Maybe instead the Department of Homeland Security and all of the federal government should use these budget cuts as a chance to conduct a top-down re-evaluation of its entire operations and determine where previous opportunities to reduce redundancies and increase efficiencies have been missed.