The Declaration of Independence declared that "all men are created equal," but the U.S. Constitution as originally ratified did not live up to that principle. By political necessity it permitted the continued enslavement of blacks and the attendant oppressive system of racial discrimination. Only after the Civil War, with the ratification of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, was this defect remedied, and the last two of those amendments were not meaningfully enforced until the culmination of the civil rights movement nearly a century thereafter. That, at least, is the common understanding. A different view was expressed at the Supreme
Sadly, she bases her whole thought process on faulty information. Statistically one group gains the most benefits from Affirmative Action...the children of black doctors, lawyers and other professionals.
It would seem that a "typical" recipient of AA pass to get into college has at least one parent with a degree, helping with the all-important "essay" that describes how "difficult" their path to college admission has been.
LOS ANGELES — In the prelude to the 2008 Democratic presidential primary season, the split between the Hollywood mogul David Geffen and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton represented an early and embarrassing sign of trouble for Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Geffen, previously one of the Clintons’ most generous benefactors, criticized the former first lady as overly ambitious and called the former president “a reckless guy.” Hollywood divided, quickly and sharply, between Mrs. Clinton and Barack Obama, then a senator. When Mrs. Clinton arrives here on Friday to accept an award at an A-list charity event organized by, among others, the producer Jeffrey Katzenberg,
As you read this, chances are a worker-bee at the Republican National Committee is updating the "book" on Hillary Rodham Clinton. After two decades of fixating on the former first lady, senator and secretary of state, the GOP by now may already have a data trove that would make the NSA blush. Here´s a suggestion for Republicans, should Mrs. Clinton do the expected and seek the presidency: Cool it with the opposition research. It isn´t what Hillary has done that should worry you. Rather, it´s how she´ll go about capturing the prize that eluded her in 2008. What will be
Iran will not agree to halt its nuclear enrichment rights under any deal with the West, according to the country’s lead negotiator, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “The Islamic Republic of Iran makes no deal over its right,” Zarif told reporters after daylong negotiations with the West in Geneva over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, according to Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency. Zarif’s insistence on Iran’s right to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear bomb, comes as Western sources suggest that a nuclear deal could be reached as early as Friday. The debate over Iran’s enrichment rights has been a key sticking
RUSH: This is Patrick in Norman, Oklahoma. Hi, Patrick. Great to have you with us, sir. CALLER: Mega dittos from a highly dejected Sooner Nation, Rush. RUSH: "Slightly dejected" what did you say? CALLER: Sooner Nation. RUSH: Oh, Sooner Nation. Yeah, I hear you. CALLER: I wanted to talk about the president´s apology last night. He seems to have this pattern where he basically says, "I was crossing my fingers when I said that, so don´t worry about when I said that. I didn´t really mean that." RUSH: Well, no, no, no. Actually, he meant to lie. He meant for people to believe that their policies
Here´s Joanne, Virginia Beach, Virginia, great to have you, EIB Network, hello. CALLER: Hi, Rush. Before I start with my comment on Rush Revere, I got it last Friday, read it all day Saturday, and enjoyed it immensely. I love American history, and you did an excellent job. RUSH: Thank you. Thank you very much. I appreciate that more than you know. CALLER: Well, I´m just really disappointed with the results in Virginia this past week. Seems people decided to vote with their sexual organs instead of their brains. We had one particular candidate who´s a man of integrity and honor and honesty
RUSH: Look at that, even Fox is getting this wrong. Fox is reporting that Obama said that he´s sorry people are losing their plans. He did not say he´s sorry people are losing their plans. He did not say that. He said he´s sorry you feel the way you feel over having lost your plan. He´s sorry that you believed him. Or he´s sorry that you misunderstood him. It´s the EIB Network, and it´s Friday, my friends. So let´s go to. JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny South Florida, it´s Open Line Friday! RUSH: Yes, sir. On the EIB Network at 800-282-2882, Open
RUSH: So the media started having heart palpitations late yesterday afternoon. The president apologized. Finally, the president apologized. He had an interview with F. Chuck Todd on NBC, and the president apologized for lying to you. That´s what they said. But he didn´t really do that, folks. He didn´t take any responsibility for his actions. All he said was that he´s sorry you misunderstood him. He´s sorry that your misunderstanding has made you unhappy. He did not apologize, nor is he sorry for lying to you when he said you could keep your policy and your doctor and your premiums
NBC´s Chuck Todd got a scoop out of his interview with President Obama yesterday--or did he? "Exclusive: Obama Personally Apologizes for Americans Losing Health Coverage." Other news organizations also credited Todd, and Obama: "Obama bowed . . . to mounting criticism that he had misled the American people about the health care law, apologizing to people who were forced off their health insurance plans by the Affordable Care Act despite ´assurances from me,´ " reports the New York Times. "President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday to Americans who are losing their healthcare insurance policies," is how Reuters put it.
At a time when over 4 million people have had their health insurance cancelled, it’s good to know that some Americans can still access prompt medical treatment, even if they don’t want it. David Eckert was pulled over by police in Deming, New Mexico, for failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign in the Walmart parking lot. He was asked to step out of the vehicle and waited on the sidewalk. Officers decided that they didn’t like the tight clench of his buttocks, a subject on which New Mexico’s constabulary is apparently expert, and determined that
Arms Race: Now that Iran is on the cusp of becoming a nuclear weapons power, it becomes clear that Saudi Arabia can and will follow, courtesy of Pakistan. How´s that "tough diplomacy" going? Grave dangers regarding Iran going nuclear include a multi-stage rocket aimed at Israel or Europe and giving a nuclear suitcase bomb to Hezbollah, Hamas, or one of the many regional metastases of post-Bin Laden al-Qaida. But of the short-term consequences, a Mideast nuclear arms race was always one of the surest bets. "Nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for
Identity Theft: Kathleen Sebelius admits that convicted felons could be hired as ObamaCare "navigators," giving them access to the personal information of those signing up. Some might already be on the job. Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius made the admission Wednesday in an exchange with Sen. John Cornyn during a Senate Finance Committee hearing. The Texas Republican asked if it´s true that there´s no requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check and that felons, including those convicted of crimes such as identity theft, could be given access to our
Recovery: The latest GDP report shows that President Obama´s policies continue to weigh down the economy. Now 51 months old, his recovery is by far the weakest since the Great Depression. At 2.8%, real growth in the third quarter was higher than expected, a rarity. But the latest government data also hinted at weakness, as consumer and business spending slowed. In short, the strong growth everyone predicted at the start of the year is a no-show, just as the previous predictions of prosperity just around the corner proved false. It also means that Obama´s recovery — now more than 4 years
President Obama apologized Thursday to Americans who are losing their health insurance despite his repeated promises that they wouldn’t, an unusual act of contrition for a president who has come under heavy criticism for misleading the public. “I am sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News. “We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and that we’re going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as
It was, I think, the most brazenly mendacious claim an American president has told since Bill Clinton’s finger-wagging insistence that “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” I have in mind Barack Obama’s statement, made earlier this week, in which he said this: “Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” (Emphasis added.) That is not, in fact, what the president said. Not by a country
President Obama said Thursday that he is "sorry" that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked. "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House. "We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them, and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this," he added.
A spelling mistake in the words ´not recommended´ on the Obamacare website led to the site going down, it was revealed today in internal notes from ´war room´ meetings of experts scrabbling to breathe life into the shambolic operation. The error limited the choices Obamacare shoppers were offered in October and often presented them with overpriced options. Ultimately, at least some of the website´s many outages were brought about by this simple typo, as technicians struggled to give the public an experience that mirrored President Obama´s promises. ´In states where the federal government helps run these marketplaces, the average American will have more
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will meet with President Obama at the White House Thursday afternoon to plot strategy for passing comprehensive immigration reform. McCain said Obama requested the meeting, which comes at a time political momentum for immigration reform is flagging. “I’m going over to the White House this afternoon to meet with him [on] immigration reform and others,” he said. “I actually have a respectful and cordial relationship with him.” McCain and Obama need to shore up the support of wavering allies such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has backed off the push to overhaul the nation´s immigration laws in a
President Barack Obama heard an earful at the White House Wednesday from Senate Democrats running for re-election next year who are fuming about the Affordable Care Act’s rocky rollout.During a two-hour meeting that was not on the president’s public schedule, the president met with 15 Senate Democrats facing the voters next year, as well as Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet, D-Colo. Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska issued a release after the meeting torching the administration. “It is simply unacceptable for Alaskans to bear the brunt of the Administration’s mismanagement of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, I regret very much that what we intended to do, which is to make sure that everybody is moving into better plans because they want ´em, as opposed to because they´re forced into it. That, you know, we weren´t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place. And I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position -- a better position than they were before this law happened. Keep in mind that most of the folks who are
On ESPN’s Around the Horn, frequent guest Kevin Blackistone of the Dallas Morning News said that football games should not include the singing of the national anthem beforehand, as that added to the “military symbolism.” He actually called the Star-Spangled Banner a “war anthem.” Blackistone was addressing controversy over Northwestern University’s American flag-themed football uniforms, designed to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. In a show segment titled “Buy or Sell,” Blackistone said that he would “sell” the uniforms: I´m going to sell it for the same reasons. If you sell this along with me, you should also be selling the
Blind men see, the lame walk, dogs speak Latin. And in other news in miracles, President Barack Obama just apologised for something. In an interview with NBC news on Thursday he said "sorry" that some Americans are losing their health insurance as a result of Obamacare coming into effect--and for promising that this wouldn´t happen. [Snip] His words will be small comfort to the millions who risk losing their existing plans, but it´s still a moment of historical significance to hear Barack Obama apologise for screwing up. And he screwed up big time. We now know that members of the
You must understand, no matter what President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid say, that ObamaCare was designed for failure, not just for itself but all the insurance companies involved. When a poison pill is ingested into the system, the body starts to die, killing off the healthy organs and itself in the process... leaving a void for something far worse to take its place. It has been the progressive´s dream since 1912 to introduce national healthcare and control one-sixth of the nation´s economy. Now that they are so close to the finish line, they needed one final push to send
Bill de Blasio’s liberal policies aren’t the only thing on display as he moves onto the national stage as New York’s mayor-elect. His family’s hair is also front and center. For those just tuning in: Wife Chirlane McCray’s long dreadlocks are often pulled into a smart, flowing ponytail. Son Dante’s famously large Afro stands triumphant. His daughter, Chiara, wears her loose, kinky locks framed with a band of roses. For a rare instant in the nation’s electoral history, the African American hair politic is on full display. The hair aesthetic of de Blasio’s family speaks to the political moment and
New U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power didn´t waste her diplomatic skills on Vietnam veterans at a New York speech, praising actress Jane Fonda for "being outspoken on behalf" of her convictions. Power, 43, was speaking at the United Nations Association of the USA 2013 Global Leadership Awards in New York Wednesday, where honorees included Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived being shot in the head by Taliban thugs and is now an education advocate for girls. “Hi everybody,” Power said, according to a transcript. “You know life has changed when you’re hanging out with Jane Fonda backstage. There is