In this morning's Washington Post, Ruth Marcus has a splendid op-ed on the Snowden case and why he really should not be anyone's hero.
Two very different Congressmen, Jim Sensenbrenner and John Lewis, are profiled (in the good way) by the WaPo this morning for their work together on the Voting Rights Act. Trying to craft legislation that will pass constitutional muster is the challenge. For Lewis, it is the calling of his entire life.
I had not intended to make the examination of the Texas abortion laws a three day enterprise, but there is one aspect of the current abortion discussion that merits attention which I have not had a chance to get to yet: abortion and conscience.
The news that some insurance premiums in New York State have dropped 50%, in part because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, is a staggering piece of news. It raises the question that Republicans will need to face in the coming weeks and months: What of Obamacare works at reducing the explosive costs of health care? Not just enrolling millions of people in insurance plans, but in actually cutting costs for those who already have insurance?
In my morning post, I called for a return of the "seamless garment" approach to life issues. After posting my article, I went over to the website of Vatican Insider and found that the Holy Father had sent a letter to the Church in Great Britain and Ireland to make their "Day of Life" celebration. The Pope's message included this:
Whenever someone says, "That will drive you crazy!" I like to reply, "For me, that is not very far to drive." Mutatis mutandi, the Lefebvrists have attacked Pope Francis for his visit to Lampedusa, which they fear gives aid and comfort to the "Mohammedan invasion." Not far to drive.
This article in the New York Times looks at the way abortion is different from other issues in terms of public opinion. It tracks with much of what I have been writing the past few days with one major exception, an exception worthy of note. This article was in the New York Times, not NCR, and the Times has not exactly been friendly territory for pro-life reporting.
Yesterday, I wrote about my hopes and my worries regarding the Texas abortion restriction bill, and similar measures bring adopted in other states. Today, we look forward, asking how the pro-life movement might improve its chances of achieving not just a legislative victory in a half dozen states, but a real shift in attitudes that might bring more humane laws to the whole country, and do so in a way that those victories are sustainable.
Over at The New Republic, John McWhorter takes on the kind of racial demagoguery we have seen in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial from Al Sharpton. McWhorter has been the most thoughtful commentator on the racial aspects of the case in his many public appearances to discuss the trial. I have never liked nor trusted Sharpton for reasons McWhorter explains better than I could.
That is the question posed by professor Anthea Butler in an article at Religion Dispatches. The article is dripping with hatred and does little in the way of enlightening anybody, which is, one would think, what we look for from the professorate. Professor Butler's writings are the best evidence I have seen so far as to why we need to revise tenure systems.