Remember all those neocons and Republicans who cheered George W. Bush’s “indefinite detainment” of “enemy combatants”? Many of them — though, amazingly, not all — have lost their enthusiasm for trampling the Constitution now that Obama’s administration has suspended habeas corpus for American citizens, too, with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA).
Many Americans may not put much stock into a film that stars former female hip-hop artist Queen Latifah and country music artist Dolly Parton, but Joyful Noise just may surprise those skeptics. Focused on a gospel choir’s effort to win a prominent competition, the film includes very strong Christian morals, poignant analysis of familial relationships, and dazzling Gospel performances, but makes some unfortunate choices regarding sexual relationships that may keep Christian moviegoers away from the box office.
In November 2011, Commentary magazine asked 41 members of the cultural elite — writers thinkers, and professors — whether or not they were optimistic or pessimistic about America’s future. While most of the comments dwelt on political and economic issues, some of the contributors pointed to our education system as a source of their pessimism.