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Archive for March 27th, 2013

The Youth Vote & University Utopia

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

The Youth Vote & University Utopia
Robert Tracinski, RealClearMarkets
Of young voters, by far the largest constituency for the left is college students and recent college graduates. They made up the core of Obama's non-minority support, and this includes an especially influential cohort: upper-middle-class elites who went to graduate school. (Obama won their votes last year by 57 to 39 percent.) This group provides the left with a huge source of fundraising and a large pool of activists. More important, this group dominates the arts, the media, Hollywood, and the universities themselves, perpetuating the left's outsized cultural influence. 

Gay Marriage: Freedom Is Central Issue
Reed Galen, RealClearPolitics
This week the Supreme Court hears two cases regarding same-sex marriage and its attendant issues, and the battle lines are no longer neatly drawn.Following the lead of former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, I signed the amicus brief opposing California's Proposition 8, the 2008 state referendum codifying in the state constitution the view that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized."When asked why I added my name to the list, I simply reply: "You either believe in individual freedom or you…

An Initiative to Seize on Gun Control
Ruth Marcus, Washington Post
WASHINGTON — In a normal legislative battle, there comes a point when advocates have to stop letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. When it comes to gun control, the calculus is different: You have to stop letting the adequate be the enemy of the incremental but significant.That maddening fact is why the recent uproar over assault weapons is so dangerously misplaced. I'm all for limiting access to assault weapons, although the impact would be more symbolic than practical.But reinstating the ban was never in the cards. The best that could be realistically hoped for was a Senate…

Unchain the Charter Schools

Marriage Equality or Big Government?
Adam Serwer, Mother Jones
Even with the usual caveats about reading too much into questioning at a Supreme Court hearing, the big takeaway from this week’s oral arguments on gay marriage was the reluctance of several justices to impose a national standard on an issue that Americans have seriously debated for only a few years. The questioning during the case concerning California’s Proposition 8, which overturned a state Supreme Court ruling authorizing gay marriage, suggests the Court is hesitant to prevent states from going their own way on same-sex marriage. That raises big questions…