Politics

Detail of Obama wavingIt is said that on the final day of deliberation at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a female passerby asked an exiting Ben Franklin, "Well Doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?" He replied, "A Republic, if you can keep it." But if Ben Franklin were alive today to witness the unlimited, king-like power of President Barack Obama, he would answer that we are definitely living under an elected monarch.

Obama’s administration notified the French sponsors of the United Nations declaration that calls for the decriminalization of homosexuality around the world that the United States was now willing to sign on. The UN’s supposedly non-binding document was signed by all 27 EU members, 70 countries in total, but not the United States, until now.

Roland BurrisJust when it looked like things couldn't get any worse for Illinois Sen. Roland Burris, it got worse. The state's governor and its senior U.S. senator, Majority Whip Richard Durbin, had already called for his resignation over his conflicting testimonies about his contacts with Rod Blagojevich, the scandal-rich governor who appointed Burris to the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama.

Cagle Cartoon on GlobalizationOver the past several months, a steady drumbeat in elite media circles has been pounding out a persistent theme: global crises have exposed the limits of national sovereignty and underscored the necessity for nations to embrace "global governance."

Mark SanfordGovernor Mark Sanford (R) of South Carolina has repeatedly made national headlines by being one of the fiercest critics of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan. Controversy arose when rumors surfaced that Sanford might reject some or even all of the stimulus money for South Carolina.

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