May 25, 2013
President Barack Obama gave two commencement addresses in one to graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend. It would be easy for this conservative to critique the political and social elements of his speech. Instead, I choose to focus on the inspirational part. The president struck the right note at the historically black, all-male college. African-American men in America need more role models and encouragement to counter the reality, reinforced by much of the media, of too much failure, crime, imprisonment, out-of-wedlock births, a disproportionate abortion rate and other social maladies affecting many in the black community.
April 20, 2013
In regard to The Sun's editorial on Kermit Gosnell, you should be ashamed of yourselves ("Kermit Gosnell and the 'liberal media,'" April 16). Blaming the alleged murder of seven children on the fact that women don't have access to birth control and comprehensive sex education is ludicrous. Doesn't anyone need to take responsibility for their actions anymore? Since when don't women have access to birth control? Last time I checked, condoms are available in every pharmacy. Planned Parenthood - note the word, planned - helps women with their reproductive choices.
March 16, 2013
A recent letter writer spoke of the "extreme sanctimony" of people who believe a pregnancy should not be terminated by choice ("Pro-life sanctimony," March 10). His statement "please, can we call them what they really are?" - anti-abortionists - was dripping with sarcasm. The main point of the letter seemed to be that it is somehow the personal responsibility of members of the pro-life movement to develop programs that support children who otherwise would have been aborted. But shouldn't personal responsibility start with the mother and father of the unborn child?
October 16, 2012
Had Vice President Joe Biden behaved toward Sarah Palin in their 2008 debate the way he behaved toward Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in their debate last Thursday, he might have been denounced as a patronizing misogynist. In his debate with Mr. Ryan, the vice president was merely a jerk. Interrupting while someone is trying to make a point is an old debate tactic intended to throw your opponent off-balance and distract observers from what is being said. By some counts, Mr. Biden interrupted Mr. Ryan more than 80 times and moderator Martha Raddatz broke in at least 50 times, mostly interrupting Mr. Ryan.
September 21, 2012
In his cavalier dismissal of the 47 percent of the population he describes as "people ... who don't take personal responsibility for their lives," Mitt Romney conveniently forgets about the large number of his own low-income, marginally educated but fervent supporters ("Remarks may haunt Romney," Sept. 18). These are people who Republican operatives have persuaded to demonize taxes, science, sensible gun control and women's reproductive rights rather than consider which candidate's approach would be in their own best interests.
September 18, 2012
If 47 percent of American voters weren't in the bag for President Barack Obama before, they certainly are now. The video of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney writing off nearly half of the American population as layabouts with no feeling of personal responsibility, a victimhood complex and an addiction to government services may hit a new high-water mark for self-inflicted wounds in an electoral campaign, not just because it was insulting but...