At CPAC, Rand Paul announced that the Facebook generation is ready for the message of freedom. He is absolutely right, but does the Republican Party really understand how most of the Facebook generation view Republican policies relating to freedom?
Birth control access can cut abortion rates On Feb. 27, my wife and I legally adopted our two children from the state. We chose to adopt for a variety of reasons. The United States has more than 120,000 kids up for adoption. We could talk about it or we could do something. We also want to reduce suffering and promote a culture of compassion and adoption. I dislike abortion. There is suffering behind each one. ...
Research into a variety of issues has saved lived countless lives. Obviously medical research saves lives but research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration saves lives too. This agency receives about $62 million per year researching ways to reduce traffic fatalities and has succeeded. Vehicle-related deaths are lower now than they were in 1979, when there were fewer drivers on the road.
Humans are inspired to act by emotion. Often we'll even emotionally decide an issue and then rationalize "logical" reasons for our decision. Emotions are powerful motivators; they help us feel alive, but they can blind us.
Every industrialized nation recognizes that to remain competitive, it must have an educated population and therefore invest heavily in higher education. Our system of supporting higher education has caused us to push students away from studying mathematics and science, left us facing a debt bubble and has become a drain on economic recovery.
The Pew Forum recently found that 1 in 5 people claim no religion. There is a growing diversity of worldviews in this nation. In our present political landscape there is much distrust between "values voters" and secularists. Open communication is going to be all the more important for our democracy to survive. I hope to explain why many secularists find "values voting" worrisome.
There has been some debate as to whether or not universal health care is Constitutional. The courts for their part upheld the key points of Obamacare.
Comparing the United States to the Roman Empire is quite fashionable. It's also warranted.
April is both Confederate History Month and the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. We are still dealing with racial and class inequalities that the legacy of slavery left us with. Since April marks both historic events, let us use this time to discuss that legacy.
America has a long history of persecuting non-Protestants. We all know of the Plymouth Colony founded by the Pilgrims in 1620. Few people are aware of the Merry Mount Colony established in 1624.
The political fight around climate change and carbon emissions is intense. Yet our economy is tied to oil. Though our economy slows when the price of oil goes up, our very economic stability relies on the world's dependence on oil.
This country is in serious debt. Our future depends not only on how much we spend but on how wisely we spend. One of our greatest national money holes and policy failures has been our drug policy.
Perhaps the biggest political battle of today is about how much control the federal government should have, especially concerning education and health care.
Since the Dwight Eisenhower era, the white evangelical movement has been very close to the Republican Party. This partnership has worked out better for the Republican Party than for the evangelicals.
My wife and I joke that our New Year's resolutions should be to work toward immigrating to France. We love the United States but this year has convinced us that we may not actually live in the United States.