• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Michael Mukasey: Facts about Benghazi Show OBAMA AND OTHERS LIED BOLDLY……and LIED OFTEN

by Paul Mirengoff in Benghazigate          (from PowerLine)

The facts about Benghazi are known; 

the only thing that remains is to disclose them

In an interview with Fox News, which you can see below, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey lays out with great clarity the case that the Obama administration has been incompetent and dishonest when it comes to the Benghazi attack. This is true, he says, of the lead-up to the events of September 11 (when protection was denied the consulate in spite of previous attacks against the Brits and the Red Cross), the events themselves (when our people were told to stand down), and the aftermath (when the White House tried to push a “cock-and-bull” story about the video).

The White House has claimed that the situation needs to be investigated, and will be in due course. But the White House already knows the answers to the basic questions about what decisions the administation made on the fateful day, what information they were based on, why they were made, who made them, and what President Obama’s involvement was. Thus, as Mukasey says at the end of the Fox interview, “the facts are simple, they are known, they are available; the only thing that remains is to disclose them.”

I urge you to view the whole, scathing thing!”       Please click below to view “the whole, scathing thing!”


Comment:    In this new American Obama sport of Marxism, the Facts might be known, but Obamalings will decide what is disclosed……..and this game has been very rewarding to the incompetent Obama to this point in history;

I visited the good old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in my life time when I was quite fluent in Russian…..Summer in 1966 when the Union was  a profoundly solid dictatorship managed tightly be many levels of police of one kind or another.   At the very top was the KGB, Soviet Marxism’s secret police.     

A most popular saying transcended time in that vast land of governmental cruelty of seven decades.  It closely resembles Obamaland’s rule:    “The future is known……it’s the Past that keeps changing.”

For the American Lefty uninitiated into Marxist history reality,  the adage translated to:   “We know our future is our present, dull, fearful, subhuman,  soulless treachery and financial and intellectual poverty,   tarred by  purposelessness.   That is our  given life  proved by history.     It’s the past that was always manipulated and rewritten at the whim of the newest tyrant or Party committee spinning Party  dogma.     Books disappeared or began to display extracted pages or pictures and paragraphes cleansed of  the existence of all once important individuals and groups who had somehow fallen from Marxist grace.

Kathleen Parker writes Obamaling Dealers out of Race Cards

Sorry, dealer’s all out of race cards

The Washington Post ……..(article found at HotAir)

Predictable as rain, the race card has surfaced just in time to stir up electoral passions, justify outcomes and explain away inconvenient truths.Just days from Election Day, the zeitgeist belched up one of its least attractive — and least defensible — memes. (Was it the weather?)

Preemptive theories, in no particular order, include: Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama because they are both black (according to Romney surrogate John Sununu); if Obama loses Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, all of which voted for him in 2008, the old Confederacy will be restored (Daily Beast commentator Andrew Sullivan); Americans still harbor racial bias even if they don’t know it (recent online poll, Associated Press).Anyone reading headlines related to the pollmight infer that white Americans are biased against black Americans. Extrapolating, given the current election season, it follows that if some voters prefer Romney, it is because Obama is African American.But a review of the poll reveals something not quite so definitive or sinister. Overall, the findings suggest that most Americans are moderate, fair-minded and, for the most part, don’t see things one way or the other based on race.

Some of the questions themselves, on the other hand, were unnecessarily provocative and biased. That is, their design was based on an assumption of racial bias.

For example, the AP poll asked people whether they agree or disagree with the following statements: “Irish, Italians, Jewish, and other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without special favors.”

What kind of question is this? Who doesn’t believe that everyone should work his or her way up? The underlying assumption is blatantly racist, implying as it does that blacks don’t work and do expect special favors.

It is heartening that the majority, perhaps perceiving the trap, neither strongly agreed nor disagreed.

Another statement read: “It’s really a matter of some people just not trying hard enough; if blacks would only try harder, they could just be as well off as whites.”

Why not just ask people when they stopped beating their children?

The poll posed similar questions about other races and ethnicities. I selected these two because they were among the most egregiously biased and were most pertinent to the current election. It should be noted that most of those polled expressed a preference for Obama to win on Nov. 6, even though the figures have dipped somewhat since 2010, when the AP polling began.

Oh, and most identified themselves as white Christian (though not necessarily born-again) Democrats — and most were from the South. So much for the racist-Republican Confederacy, which never dies in the eyes of some political commentators. Sullivan, declaring a Cold Civil War, found “fascinating” the reconstitution of the Confederate states, should Romney win the three previously mentioned. But the obvious implication, Sullivan’s protests notwithstanding, is that people who vote for Romney in those states are necessarily racist.

What else could he have meant by mentioning the Confederacy in the context of a black incumbent president being rejected by three Southern states that previously embraced him? Operative words: “previously embraced him.”

What happened? Did all those people who voted for Obama in 2008 suddenly become racist? Or have they lost confidence in Obama four years later? Obama had a 70 percent approval rating early in his administration. Did all those people suddenly become racist?

We are not a nation naive enough to think race plays no part in our perceptions and responses. And where there are humans, there will be racists. But this nation also elected an African American as its president. By an overwhelming majority, Americans like him and wanted him to succeed.

If Obama loses, it will be his own undoing. Meanwhile, no one questions why 95 percent of blacks support the president. Is it racial? Or is it simply that most African Americans happen to be Democrats?

Sununu implied the former, hinting that Powell chose Obama out of racial loyalty. I wish Sununu hadn’t gone there. Had Powell endorsed Romney, he’d be a GOP hero, just as he now is to Democrats who have managed to overlook his convincing support for the weapons-of-mass-destruction hypothesis in Iraq.

So it goes. But even the netherworld of politics should have standards. To preemptively label people racist for favoring a candidate who happens to be white, and otherwise advancing a narrative that will create only racial animus should Obama lose, is implicitly biased, unfair and a breach of good faith. Stop it.



The Vulturous Lefty Press and Valerie Plame…..Krauthammer Remembers

Krauthammer: Same Media That Investigated Plame Has “Epidemic Of Incuriosity” About Benghazi

(Introductory comment:    I remember the Valerie Plame episode contrived by the neoMarxist Democrats of the day in a 365 day per years smear campaign against President G. W. Bush.   

Today 1 in 30,000,000 American voting citizens might recognize the name, Valerie Plame, but might say…..was she that blond star on the Jay Leno show?……”I think so”, the one would conclue.

The problem is the encyclopedia man called Charles Krauthammer can’t help but compare Marxist-Democrat political behavior with  square, antedeluvian  conservatives who still cringe and foul language at home, but when with the guys at work or hunting, might slip into 13th Century Golden Horde chatter.

Charles Krauthammer chases lefties and independent voters away for speaking knowledge in such foreign tongues about unaware or long forgotten  events (anything before an hour ago) which have nothing to do with sex.)

Read on, for my hero speaketh:

Krauthammer: Same Media That Investigated Plame Has “Epidemic Of Incuriosity” About Benghazi

To view video click here:  http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/10/30/krauthammer_same_media_that_investigated_plame_has_epidemic_of_incuriosity_about_benghazi.html

Vote YES to Preserve the Most Important Rite to Preserve the Human Family

Minnesota For Marriage Releases New Marriage Minute Video: “What We Believe”
This video is a summary of what we believe about Marriage and why Amendment 1, the Marriage Protection Amendment is necessary in Minnesota. In sum, God designed marriage for the benefit of not only the couple, but also for the next generation. Right now in Minnesota, this current definition of marriage is at risk of being redefined by judges and politicians, so passing the Marriage Amendment is the only way to ensure that Minnesotans always remain part of the conversation about marriage in our state.

Click on the image above to view the video. Please take the time to share it with all your friends, neighbors, family and colleagues.

The Minnesota Marriage Minute is an ongoing dialogue with Minnesota voters hosted by veteran news anchor Kalley Yanta. The educational videos are designed to explore issues related to the marriage amendment. The videos are in a question and answer format and are released on a weekly basis.
The Marriage Minute series is a great resource for understanding the proposed Marriage Protection Amendment and equipping you to speak about the amendment. Please share this important educational resource with family members, friends and neighbors. It’s critically important that all our supporters be as informed as possible about the amendment, and this series of videos is a quick and easy way for you and your friends to learn about what is at stake in this election.

Click on the image above to view this week’s episode of Minnesota Marriage Minute and then share it with everyone you can!

Prepared and paid for by Minnesota for Marriage, 2355 Fairview Ave N, Box 301, Roseville, MN 55113,  in support of the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment 612-367-4588 www.MinnesotaForMarriage.com
Minnesota for Marriage is a broad coalition of leaders, both inter-faith and people outside the religious community, who support the Minnesota Marriage Amendment and asked the Legislature to place it on the ballot. These leaders have assembled a campaign to ensure this amendment passes.

Last Minute Vote Obama Ads Tell the Obama Story of Purpose and Achievement

Children sing  in despair for Obama:


Poet Samual L. Jackson and young girl star in Ad for Obama Re-election Campaign called, “Wake the “F” Up”:


The greatest ‘star’ of the 2004 Democrat National Convention was film maker, Michael Moore.    Michael returns to film making collaborating with Marxist group, Media Matters as they visit Rosebud Senior Citizen home to record the worries of  Obama supporting residents there:


An  Obama re-election ad starring  Lena Dunham performing as a ditzy broad offering advice how to size up a guy for a liberal gal’s first lay……should be a guy just like Barack Hussein…..more or less:


Michael Moore + Media Matters and Other Last Minute Obama for President Ads

Please, fellow adults  read the following with your own discretion:

New Michael Moore advertisement to return Barack Hussein Obama to the White House:


From Politico:

“Never one to steer away from edgy material, filmmaker Michael Moore’s latest project is a get-out-the-vote video featuring senior citizens at the Rosebud Nursing Home using rank profanity and crude sexual allusions to trash Mitt Romney.

One woman, born in 1915, says, “I want the Republican Party to know if your voter suppression throughout this beautiful country enables Romney to oust Barack Obama, we will burn this motherf***er down.”

(Corrective comment regarding the above sentence:  It is likely, most likely, Michael Moore did not arrange for ‘real’ people to perform in his above advertisement to re-elect America’s present president.    Odds are the elderly whom he displays are…..or were…..actors, but then, I am not a betting man.  ghr)

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“Se si puede,” says another.

“If you let the Republicans do this to you again, after we did, we’re gonna look down on you from Heaven, and we’re going to make a point of watching you have sex every time no matter how kinky,” says a man identified as John, 85.

The video was produced by Moore in collaboration with MoveOn.org. In an email promoting the video, Moore writes:

“This week, I’ve produced something very special with MoveOn.org — a new video where members of our greatest generation explain how they’ve done their part to preserve this country’s values but that now it’s our turn. They’re very … direct. You definitely shouldn’t watch it at work.”

One woman in the video says, “If the Republicans steal this election, I’m going to track down Mitt Romney and give him the world’s biggest ….”

If you want find out what she says she wants to do to Romney, you can watch the video online at MoveOn.org.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/83044.html#ixzz2AqDOTYP9

In case you are interested another new Re-elect Obama ad appeared a few days ago showing gaunt children singing in chorus, Soviet style, blaming parents for their crime of not re-electing  Barack Hussein for four more years of Obama.


But, there is more, an ad to Re-elect the Left’s revered president,  starring a young girl and Samuel L. Jackson, poeting for Barack Hussein Obama, called “Wake the F’ Up!”


Still another, a favorite apparently coming directly from the president’s campaign advertisings,  stars Lena Dunham.

“Star” Dunham is advising  Obama gals what  to look when  hunting for  their first lay.    Guess whom her detailed idealized description suggests.


Unless Marxist Obamalings Rig the Counting, Early Voting Favors Mitt Romney

Most government workers who happen to be involved in major elections are Lefty voting, at least Lefty paying, because they belong to Obama’s richest FatCats…..Government Workers’ Unions.

Some, God forbid, even count the ballots.     Some challenge close elections when almost always losing Democrats somehow or another find enough stange voting tabs  to be declared winners.

Why is it that the nosy national media haven’t researched the number of  elections in which Democrats mysteriously almost always win after ‘recounts’.

I haven’t forgotten the Florida November 2000 exciting episode exception in which Democrats foamed over the ‘fraudulent’ practices and/ or counting of ballots ‘defeating’ Al Gore.    It became ‘chad’ time and the contest wound up in the Supreme Court, as some of you still recall.

Lefty News led by the New York Times made great noise while marching to Miami after the   Supreme Court decision, certain they could find evidence to announce to the freedom-loving and freedom hating world American conservatism had stolen the election. 

The Times could  not only ‘hang’ George W. Bush, but the  entire conservative majority on the Supreme Court for robbery.

Great noise followed the Democrat Lefty News  Gangs to the Sunshine with  Chads  State.    Their voices sounded like trumpets of victory.

Weeks came and went.   Lefty News hawks studied and counted…..counted and studied.   Victorious trumpeting began to fade from ear and memory.

Nothing ever made Lefty News all over the country weeks and months….even years later.     Obama predecessors faded into darkness without a burp…….never to be heard from again……regarding that particular topic, that is.

The judgment determined by the Supreme Court ‘jury’ majority,  held without a peep from its preObama detractors.

Fast forward to October 30, 2012 to another perhaps close election.    Government Unions throughout the states are far more powerful than they were in 2000.     They and their Obama crowd are far, far more devious and dishonest than Al Gore and his activists twelve years ago.    Mr. Gore, however strange, had an American, not a Marxist education and Islamic background  that morphed Barack Hussein Obama.

Mr. Gore likely never has had a dream of  craving heaven’s 72 virgins to enter its gates.    He spent most of his life in a Washington DC hotel rather than in Kenya and Indonesia.    LSD,  Weed,  Cocaine, etc were not available to Mr. Gore.    Perhaps Al preferred to study the weather from his hotel window.  

 Mr. Obama enjoyed sharing, perhaps even selling his favorite  stimulants.   One doesn’t give much of a damn about weather in Kenya, Indonesia, or even in Hawaii, where Obams finished out his teens……puffing.

Gallup: Obama’s Early Vote Advantage

Collapses   22-Points Over 2008

My pal  Guy Benson found a juicy nugget that helps to bring more clarity to the news from Gallup yesterday that shows Romney leading Obama in the early vote by a full seven points, 52-45%. Almost exactly four years ago (October 28, 2008),  according to Gallup, Obama was massacring John McCain among early voters with a fifteen-point lead, 55-40%. That means, at least according to Gallup, that Obama’s early vote advantage has dropped 22 points when compared to ’08.

Benson also notes that the percentage of voters who have or intend to vote early was 33% in 2008 and remains at 33% today. As Don Surber said in this tweet, “People don’t wait in line to vote for the status quo[.]”

In his email to me, Benson makes The Point: “Obama had a 55/40 lead on McCain with early voters in ’08, but only led by 3 pts with the election day crowd.  He ended up winning by 7 overall.”

In other words, among those who actually voted on Election Day, Obama’s advantage over McCain was only three points. Obama won by seven overall because of the early vote margins he had accumulated. If Gallup is correct about 2012 and Romney being ahead by seven with early voters, that means Obama’s in very deep trouble. Even polls that show Obama with a small lead in states like Ohio confirm Romney will win among those who vote on Election Day.

Like me, Benson is skeptical of Gallup because, like its daily tracker that gives Romney a five point lead over Obama nationally, this early voting poll defies the CorruptMedia’s conventional wisdom. But there are a few things you have to keep in mind.

1. Gallup is the most respected pollster in the country. Period.

2. As I mentioned in my post yesterday, the CorruptMedia is using CorruptMedia polls to feed the Narrative that says Obama is beating Romney in early voting. Actual vote counts in all-important swing states reported by some media outlets show that’s not the case. This includes Florida, Ohio, and Colorado.

3. According to this report, Romney is ahead in early voting in Pennsylvania. Yes, Pennsylvania — a state that, with plenty of time to go before Election Day, is looking more and more like it’s in play. Biden is headed there this week, and a Romney super PAC just invested $2 million in a massive ad buy.

4. Gallup’s 2008 survey of early voters interviewed only 1,010 registered voters. Yesterday’s early voter poll interviewed over 3,300 — which makes the 2012 poll even more accurate.

5. “CorruptMedia” is the kindest term I can come up with to describe a pack of degenerate liars who would sell their grandmothers to win Obama a second term.

The CorruptMedia will ignore or dismiss this poll, but it’s a serious poll from a serious pollster using a serious sample size.

To view the article at Daily Caller, please click here: 

Friend and fellow conservative, Mark Waldeland sent the article.     Despite the above reassuring article at Breitbart, I am very nervous about the sly hand and slippery tongue of Barack Hussein Obama and the millionaire  Union Obamalings devoted to him.
The rational male in me forces me to focus on the facts and available statistics.    That irrational, the  emotional female in me  has me shaking in my boots.   I can hardly sleep nights.      Eventually my DNA wins and I drop off into deep and welcomed slumber ready to battle yet another day…..
May God Bless America this November , 2012 in our efforts to correctly clarify and reject  evil!

Video: Lefty Voter Fraud on the March in Minnesota

The following youtube video of just one of the many ways lefties in Minnesota pad the voting results.   One of  their  more popular methods is exposed in this video below.   

A driver can bring a bus load of mentally impaired from a senior citizen care home, and vote for the candidate of his or her Democrat for all the passengers on the bus.

When Al Franken’s lefties counted the votes in the recall of 2008, he received more votes in many northern precincts of the state than voting adults living which gifted him enough to switch the numbers enough to steal Norm Coleman’s sliver of victory.

EVERYONE KNEW DEMOCRAT FRANKEN WOULD WIN THE RECOUNT.    The state government worker is a state government Democrat.

Without fail take a long look at the sloppy, unprofessional Minnesota state government workers,  working to protect the integrity of the ballot in NICE Minnesota.


The Nasty in the Marxist Gay Marriage Campaign and ‘Movement’.

Even Obama foes don’t understand…..Marxism dictates what Marxism demands.     If it doesn’t yet command the power to dictate in the State it is paralyzing, demanding  its devotees behave like Barack Hussein Obama.    They cheat, lie, steal, threaten, and connive in the name of  their god, Marxist equality.

Truth exists only when to Marxist advantage to gain POWER.     Islamic fanatics today, hungry for POWER rely in human carnage to achieve their aims…….a former trade mark of a century and a half of Marxist “peoples’ democratic” behavior…….until Barack Hussein Obama gained his power in the White House.     His Marxist aims are the same, but the dosages of deceit  are more measured

The light of knowledge and the obvious in life is so dim, so rare in America these days, most Democrat voters, probably most conservatives as well,  appear  obtuse    to the American Marxist propaganda throughout their public and social science education.

Among the Obama Marxist demands is its attacks to force Americans to believe…….in the name of Marxist equality……..that there is no difference between gays ‘raising’ a family and the normal, historical insitution of  man and wife in marriage, raising a family.

It is the same Marxism in America and in Western Europe that insists there is no difference between human male and human female except for ‘socialization’ the engine driving the feminazi and feminist shewoves to evangelize its nonsense.

Perhaps in modern America due to our neoMarxist education, its college graduates are unaware of the following profoundly true generalizations:



The Marxist poisoners will deny these truths.   In the 1970s during the peak of the feminazi fever in America, TRUTH never mattered…..only FEELINGS mattered.    

FEELINGS  now give us in Minnesota the Marxist attacks on the Minnesota marriage amendment.    The usual suspects, the print news, the Minneapolis and St. Paul comfy wealthy and satisfied lefties, many churches…….who call themselves protestants whose robes of the vocal  now cover gay males and gay females, nearly all at sysnagogue who bask in the wattages of tolerance,  the university and public school crowds who call themselves, teachers, instructors, and many in the “judge” world in courts,  all gather to spread their feelings that equality is glorious Marxism at its best.

These are good feelings.    Like so many among the human female at any time, there seems to be no room except for feelings…….who gives a damn about consequences?  

Thinking about consequence is “so MALE, so YESTERDAY, so Republican.

Please read the following article to see how the feminized mind works when it powers up::

Dominique Ludvigson:

Marriage debate: Reason to worry about free

speech and religious freedom

By Dominique Ludvigson
Posted:   10/29/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT


Proponents of same-sex marriage have attempted to reassure citizens that changing the meaning of marriage won’t restrict the free-speech rights and religious freedom of those who oppose doing so.

However, that’s not the message sent by Gallaudet University’s suspension of a top administrator simply for signing a petition to put the contentious social question directly to the people of Maryland, one of four states where marriage is on the ballot in November.

The persecution of Angela McCaskill is just the latest telling indicator of the hostile climate surrounding those perceived as resisting efforts to redefine marriage.

McCaskill, Gallaudet’s chief diversity officer, also is the first black, deaf woman to have received a doctorate from the federally chartered private university in Washington for the deaf and hard of hearing. The well-regarded McCaskill had worked at Gallaudet for more than 20 years as of 2011, when she took the job. Her formal title: deputy to the president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion.

McCaskill championed the opening of a resource center for gay and lesbian students at Gallaudet, and her work has been described as “LGBT-supportive.” Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz praised her last year as “a longtime devoted advocate of social justice and equity causes.”

But McCaskill’s status as a model “diversity and inclusion” officer changed when the university discovered she had joined 200,000 other Marylanders in

signing a petition to put to a referendum the state’s new law allowing same-sex marriage. Her mere participation in the political process would come at the cost of her job and reputation.She would be excluded, not included, by the intolerant forces of “tolerance.”

On too many college campuses, “diversity” long has excluded diversity of thought. McCaskill’s case reveals the repercussions individuals increasingly face for even the slightest deviation from the politically correct norm.

Her signature on the petition signifies nothing more than her belief that this was an appropriate issue to put before voters — that questions regarding the foundational institution of marriage are best reserved for the people of the state, not its legislature or courts.

In this sense she and her fellow Marylanders are no different from the citizens of Maine, Minnesota and Washington, who supported similar ballot actions this year.

“I thought it was important that as a citizen of the state of Maryland, I could exercise my right to participate in the political process,” McCaskill explained through a sign-language interpreter at a recent news conference. She signed the petition after a church service in which her pastor addressed the ballot initiative, she said, but has not publicly taken a position regarding same-sex marriage.

What followed was a chain of events eerily reminiscent of the intimidation and coercion faced by many supporters of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

McCaskill’s action as a private citizen was made public when the Washington Blade, “the newspaper of record for the LGBT community,” posted online the names, addresses and signatures of all who signed the Maryland petition. A Gallaudet colleague saw McCaskill’s name and reported her to the university, asking for disciplinary action.

Hurwitz, Gallaudet’s president, rushed head-long to comply. McCaskill was first asked to apologize for having signed the petition. When she refused, she was notified by email that she would be put on administrative leave with pay until the university decided her fate.

“It recently came to my attention that Dr. McCaskill has participated in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate for an individual serving as Chief Diversity Officer,” Hurwitz wrote in a statement posted to the university’s website announcing her suspension.

The forces of tolerance, campus edition, felt the need to make an example of her. By its actions, Gallaudet has signaled that administrators, faculty and students with politically incorrect views are not welcome.

Most likely to feel the sting of the thought police are those whose views of marriage are informed by their faith commitments. Will bringing traditional ideas on marriage, family, life and faith to bear in the public square be treated as a “thought crime” on university campuses, in workplaces, by government officials?

The consequences of altering the definition of marriage are only dimly understood. Angela McCaskill’s experience sheds light on that prospective future. In the words of an adage: Actions speak louder than words.

Dominique Ludvigson is a research fellow in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Center, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.

Thanks go to Mark Waldeland for exciting my above comments and sending the above article…..without which I would have kept my comments to myself,  safe from Marxist threats, scrutiny…..and tomorrow, perhaps imprisonment.

George Will: Mugging our Descendants….Obama Subverting the American Character

George Will    at the Washington Post

Mugging our descendants

The election-eve mood is tinged with sadness stemming from well-founded fear that America’s new government is subverting America’s old character. Barack Obama’s agenda is a menu of temptations intended to change the nation’s social norms by making Americans comfortable with the degradation of democracy. This degradation consists of piling up public debt that binds unconsenting future generations to finance current consumption.

So argues Nicholas Eberstadt, an economist and demographer at American Enterprise Institute, in “A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic.” This booklet could be Mitt Romney’s closing argument.

Beginning two decades after the death of Franklin Roosevelt, who would find today’s government unrecognizable, government became a geyser of entitlements. In 2010, government at all levels transferred more than $2.2 trillion in money, goods and services to recipients — $7,200 per individual, almost $29,000 per family of four. Before 1960, only in the Depression years of 1931 and 1935 did federal transfer payments exceed other federal expenditures. During most of FDR’s 12 presidential years, income transfers were a third or less of federal spending. But between 1960 and 2010, entitlements exploded from 28 percent to 66 percent of federal spending. By 2010, more than 34 percent of households were receiving means-tested benefits. Republicans were more than merely complicit, says Eberstadt:

“The growth of entitlement spending over the past half-century has been distinctly greater under Republican administrations than Democratic ones. Between 1960 and 2010, the growth of entitlement spending was exponential — but in any given year, it was on the whole over 8 percent higher if the president happened to be a Republican rather than a Democrat. . . . The Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush administrations presided over especially lavish expansions of the entitlement state.”

Why, then, should we expect Romney to reverse Republican complicity? Because by embracing Paul Ryan, Romney embraced Ryan’s emphasis on the entitlement state’s moral as well as financial costs.

As evidence of the moral costs, Eberstadt cites the fact that means-tested entitlement recipience has not merely been destigmatized, it has been celebrated as a basic civil right. Hence the stunning growth of supposed disabilities. The normalization and then celebration of dependency help explain the “unprecedented exit from gainful work by adult men.”

Since 1948, male labor force participation has plummeted from 89 percent to 73 percent. Today, 27 percent of adult men do not consider themselves part of the workforce: “A large part of the jobs problem for American men today is not wanting one.” Which is why “labor force participation ratios for men in the prime of life are lower in America than in Europe.”

One reason work now is neither a duty nor a necessity is the gaming — defrauding, really — of disability entitlements. In 1960, an average of 455,000 workers were receiving disability payments; in 2011, 8.6 million were — more than four times the number of persons receiving basic welfare benefits under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Nearly half of the 8.6 million were “disabled” because of “mood disorders” or ailments of the “musculoskeletal system and the connective tissue.” It is, says Eberstadt, essentially impossible to disprove a person’s claim to be suffering from sad feelings or back pain.

“In 1960,” Eberstadt says, “roughly 134 Americans were engaged in gainful employment for every officially disabled worker; by December 2010 there were just over 16.” This, in spite of the fact that public health had improved much, and automation and the growth of the service/information economy had made work less physically demanding. Eberstadt says collecting disability is an increasingly important American “profession.”

For every 100 industrial workers in December 2010, there were 73 “workers” receiving disability payments. Between January 2010 and December 2011, the U.S. economy created 1.73 million nonfarm jobs — but almost half as many (790,000) workers became disability recipients. This trend is not a Great Recession phenomenon: In the 15 years ending in December 2011, the United States added 8.8 million nonfarm private sector jobs — and 4.1 million workers on disability rolls.

The radiating corruption of this entitlement involves the collaboration of doctors and health care professionals who certify dubious disability claims. The judicial system, too, is compromised in the process of setting disability standards that enable all this.

America’s ethos once was what Eberstadt calls “optimistic Puritanism,” combining an affinity for personal enterprise with a horror of dependency. Nov. 6 is a late and perhaps last chance to begin stopping the scandal of plundering our descendants’ wealth to finance the demands of today’s entitlement mentality.