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John Rosenberg of Discriminations criticized Doyle McManus' Aug. 1 Op-Ed about President Obama's reluctance to discuss race, opening his critique by noting that he wished to discuss McManus' piece "not because [it's] distinctive but precisely because [it's] not." Rosenberg went on to say that McManus' faith in Obama as a "racial healer" shows how detached McManus' views are from those of average Americans who aren't members of the "elite commentators of the political class," which in turn takes a toll on the accuracy of McManus' opinions.

Tim Rutten's Aug. 4 Op-Ed on Christianity struck a nerve with Seth Manapio of Whiskey Before Breakfast, who faulted what he saw as Rutten's soft condemnation of corruption within organized religion. Manapio noted that Rutten referred to people within churches who commit acts of pedophilia, molestation and bigotry as "imperfect," but Manapio asserted, "This is not 'imperfection.' This is evil."

A blogger under the name of The Playful Walrus blogged on The Opine Editorials about our Aug. 4 editorial on Proposition 8. We argued that, if one of the primary concerns regarding same-sex couples is the effect their supposed inferior parenting skills could have on their children, then we should similarly bar heterosexual couples who are bad parents from getting married. The Playful Walrus disagreed, saying that the issue at hand was not whether a same-sex couple had better or worse parenting skills than a heterosexual couple, it was simply "that only a bride-groom pairing can give children one parent, role model and advocate from both of the two sexes that comprise all of society."

Hunter Wallace blogged on Occidental Dissent about Gregory Rodriguez's Aug. 2 Op-Ed in favor of abolishing affirmative action. Rodriguez argued that because white racial anxiety is intensifying due to the increasing diversification of the country, the Obama administration should put an end to the program to dodge a potential "white backlash." But Wallace asserts that the Obama administration will never abolish the program for political reasons: Obama cannot afford to lose the nonwhite vote. And furthermore, Wallace notes, Op-Eds such as Rodriguez's symbolize "the progressive movement hurtl[ing] toward its inevitable trainwreck."

-- Emilia Barrosse


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To be precise, the point I was making was that I don't say a homosexual man can't be as good of a father as a heterosexual man (and the same goes for women and mothering) - I was talking about what individuals provide in that regard. There is a difference between comparing invidvuals and comparing the nature of relationships. That is someone that seems to be lost on the "other side" of the larger debate. Individual identity is NOT the same thing as that of a couple. Coupling with someone else is always a choice. But thanks for including me in your roundup.

Dr. Alan Phillips

Doyle McManus is wrong on his piece about the Ground Zero Mosque being the right things to do.

The American Presidency

I was born and raised in the United States of America. As a common man I have always sought to compliment and build this great nation of ours with common sense and wisdom. This America in which I live has a document I revere called the Constitution that is admired by freedom loving people everywhere. This nation is known for combating tyranny and oppression wherever they are found both here and abroad. We are a nation of immigrants and still subscribe to the words of Emma Lazarus found on the statue of liberty, Give me your tired your poor your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teaming shore, send these the hopeless tempest tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

This is a land that respects families and all faiths including the right of individuals to worship according to the dictates of their hearts. I hold out that promise for one and all but the building of a mosque this close to the former world trade center I will never support. Certainly there are alternative sights in New York City that can both accommodate this mosque and also memorialize those Muslims who lost their lives while working in the World Trade Center.

My America is one that seeks to honor the constitution, reduce the interference of government through unwarranted regulations on small and large businesses, excessive taxation, nonsensical legislation, and a general preference for large intrusive federal government. The America I knew as a young man was one that respected American individualism and uniqueness.

I still believe in that America, complete with a future filled with jobs to replace those lost to our workers during this great recession. I envision a nation where parks, streets, towns are basically crime free. I still believe in the ability of every one to dream and plan for a new day where once again America will be known as striving for excellence and the very best in individual achievement.

Many voters today feel that foreign travel and prior political governmental experience are all vital for any candidate that would seek the presidency. Today I am once again perplexed in witnessing my country's deterioration at the hands of this administration ho boars such previous experience. In summary I would like to know what nation does Mr. Obama consider himself to be the President of, the United States or some foreign country comfortable with a strange set of warped socialistic ideals and legislative objectives, never before experienced by the American people?

This is a great nation with people who value traditional ideals based upon the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This is America, it's time any President let the world know of his pride on having been named its leader.

Dr. Alan G. Phillips, Sr.



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