On this day 161 years ago, famed orator Daniel Webster delivered one of the most memorable speeches of his remarkable career.
Standing to address the Senate in support of the Compromise of 1850, the congressional effort led by Henry Clay and Stephen Douglas to resolve the issues propelling the United States toward a civil war, Daniel Webster delivered a three-and-a-half hour address wherein he described himself “not as a Massachusetts man, nor as a Northern man but as an American....”
More than 40 years after Harvard University severed its relationship with the U.S. military’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC), the elite school announced on March 4 that the program would return to campus later this year. In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam conflict, Harvard officials voted to withhold academic credit from students enrolled in ROTC, and the program left campus a few years later.
The last several months have been a busy time for America’s atheists, as several different factions around the nation have launched media campaigns aimed at talking people out of their belief in God. The latest blitz comes from the New York-based atheist organization Center for Inquiry, whose multi-media ads declare, “You don’t need God — to hope, to care, to love, to live.” The group is focusing its “no God” campaign on three cities — Washington D.C., Houston, and Indianapolis.
The Presbyterian Church-USA, one of the nation’s oldest and largest mainline Christian denominations, is in the middle of a crucial vote among its leadership to determine whether or not open homosexuals will be allowed to fill the church’s pulpits. At the denomination’s General Assembly in July 2010, delegates approved by a 373 to 323 vote a measure that would allow open homosexuals to pastor and minister in the flagship Presbyterian denomination’s 11,000 congregations and serve its estimated 2.3 million members.
Census statistics released earlier this month show that 42 percent of the Texas population is white, non-Hispanic, down from 50 percent ten years ago. As white males are now the minority in the state of Texas, the newly founded “Former Majority Association for Equality” is granting scholarships to white males.
On February 23 Hawaii became the 12th state to recognize homosexual unions, as Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a bill granting same-sex couples the same state legal benefits extended to married couples, but without calling such unions “marriage.” The law will go into effect on January 1, 2012.
The State of Wisconsin is a microcosm of everything that's wrong in public education, including education policy at the federal and state levels, as well as with the unionization of public employees. In the midst of the protests by unionized teachers.
The Obama Justice Department announced earlier this week that they would no longer stand by the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which has been the law of the land since 1996, when under Democratic President Bill Clinton, the Congress passed the legislation by overwhelming majorities. The act declares that a state need not recognize a same-sex marriage recognized by another state, and that the federal government’s definition of marriage is one existing only between one man and one woman.
The raging union-led protests in Wisconsin have resulted in many Americans taking a closer, more critical look at labor unions and their political clout and influence in shaping policy. With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House “nearly every day,” the American people have become more skeptical of unions and the role that they play in the political process.
New York City residents were likely surprised by the pro-life billboard recently placed in the busy Soho neighborhood of Manhattan by the pro-life group Life Always, particularly because of its bold message. Depicting a young black girl, the billboard read, “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.”
Did the Founding Fathers support the idea of government-run healthcare? The question seems to answer itself. The Founders had just thrown off the shackles of big government, putting in its place a limited federal government with explicitly defined powers, none of which involved medical care.