Silvio Canto: The mask is off: They Hated Bush, Not War - Maybe anti-war demonstrators are unemployed, back home & getting on their parents’ health insurance policies. Or, maybe they’ve all decided to watch President Obama talk “hip hop” on MTV rather than care anymore about premeditated wars without Congress or international coalitions. We do know that the anti-war left is mute and out of business now that “hope and change” is the one starting wars.
Tiffany Shorter: Obama’s posterior coverage: Congressional approval for Syria strike – Obama’s legal analysis during the Bush administration now differs from his current judicial cabinet. Obama’s remarks Saturday stand in contrast to his position in 2007 when he said: “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” And then candidate Obama was correct.
Larry Elder: Syria Does Not Satisfy the Powell Doctrine – Colin Powell set forth several conditions for the commander-in-chief to meet before using the military. A military mission, according to Powell, must first and foremost be vital to our national security. The mission should be clearly defined, have an exit strategy, use overwhelming force to achieve its objective and enjoy popular domestic support. A military mission in Syria satisfies none of those conditions.
Raul Mas Canosa: Obama Blunders Led to Syrian Fiasco; Time to Stop Making Them – If there was any doubt that Senator Obama was ill-prepared for the presidency, the Syrian fiasco has now confirmed his naïveté. Five years into office, amateurism reigns supreme in the White House. Putin is no doubt smirking…justifiably so. Ignoring a bloody civil war in the world’s most volatile region is not a strategy. Laying down inviolate “red lines” without considering the possible ramifications is also not a strategy.
Stephen L. Carter: What Obama Is Risking in Syria – The transfer of authority from the legislative branch to the executive over the past century has been, on the whole, a terrible thing for the U.S. republic. But the fault lies with a Congress that will not protect its own prerogatives. Obama’s decision to seek a congressional resolution on Syria will do little to change that dynamic. It isn’t as though a recalcitrant legislature forced his hand.
Michelle Malkin: How Many More Nidal Hasans in Our Ranks? – I can guarantee you there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that the Obama administration, which deemed Nidal Hasan’s jihad at Fort Hood “workplace violence,” will be rushing to send Hasan Akbar to meet his 72 virgins anytime soon. You can also mark my words on this: Despite the blood-red flags and warnings of these soldiers of Allah, our feckless feds have done little to prevent the next Nidal Hasan or Hasan Akbar from striking again.
Star Parker: A Policy Change To Build Black Wealth – One potential benefit that can come from last week’s March on Washington 2013, which commemorated the 1963 civil rights event, is the various data publicized about the current state of affairs of black America vis a vis the rest of the country. In particular, it has been an eye opener for many to see how little progress has been made over the last 50 years in closing the economic gap, on average, between blacks and whites.
Harry Jackson: IRS Uses Charities for Target Practice - Many wise people have observed that a government that gives you everything can also take it all away. For all its flaws, our nation was founded on a healthy skepticism of government power, and the most recent scandal at the IRS demonstrates yet again that such skepticism is well founded. The IRS admitted to heavily and disproportionately scrutinizing conservative organizations that were applying for tax exempt status.
David Laska: Voter ID Laws: Reasonable, Not Racist - America’s history of institutional racism at the ballot box is very real. But it’s also history. National opinion polls continually show about 70 percent support for voter ID laws. Does anyone really believe that 70 percent of Americans want to suppress minority voting rights?
Recap of 50th Anniversary of March on Washington Reflections
Sen. Tim Scott: March on Washington Created Legacy of Opportunity – A little more than two years before I was born, more than 200,000 people traveled to Washington to make their voices heard. An appeal for a better future was made, culminating in Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The lasting legacy of the march, and of Dr. King in particular, is impossible to summarize in a newspaper column.
Linda Chavez: The Content of Our Character - They wouldn’t seem to have much in common, the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington and Miley Cyrus’ disgraceful performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, but both show how culture trumps law in influencing our lives.
Crystal Wright: Obama Is Not Black Like Dr. King - It’s ironic America’s first black president, who has done nothing but further polarize race relations in this country, would use the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy. President Barack Obama isn’t worthy of clinging to King’s coat tails much less elevating himself to same stratosphere of King.
Lisa Fritsch: Dreaming a New Dream - I have a dream today that we will usher God back into our communities where we find the path to real truth, freedom, and peace that surpasses our understanding. That in reading His word we will put an end to the genocide we commit in our mothers’ wombs and the death we lay in the streets. I have a dream that churches will make an urgent plea to young black men to stop fathering babies they are unwilling to feed and stop sleeping with women they are unwilling to love.
Christina Martin: Disappointment in Black Leaders won’t keep me from living out Dr. King’s dream - I didn’t go to D.C. for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. To be honest I didn’t watch the speeches. I read Obama’s but even that was hard to get through. It’s not that I don’t honor the black leaders in our country. I honor their position and pray for them. It’s just that I can’t take them seriously. Al Sharpton talks about saving the lives of black men from violence but he protested a sign in NY calling for black babies to be saved from death through abortion.
Anthony Bradley: A Dream Celebrated and Sabotaged - There is much to celebrate because MLK’s dream has been experienced for many blacks, albeit imperfectly, especially for the black middle-class. The public sector, however, has been an absolute disaster. This is where we pause for much lament. Low-income blacks have experienced nothing but a sabotaged King dream at the hands of elites who not only took it upon themselves to make decisions for how blacks should live, but also used the coercive power of government to do so.
Kevin Fobbs: Has race baiting excuses dashed Martin Luther King Jr’s colorblind dream? – Fifty years later it appears that the finger pointing, and the name-calling and the segregation of the mind and of the spirit and even of the black culture in poor urban areas appears to be more separate and isolated now. Are black leaders refusing to acknowledge that the buck stops with them?