Same-Sex Marriage

What To Watch For As The Dutch Go To The Polls

Dutch citizens will vote today for a new government in one of the most-watched elections in years. While polls have tilted towards PM Rutte's VVD Party in recent days, the euroskeptic leader of the Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, looks set to gain the most seats but the necessary coalition will be anything but clean (since World War II, it’s taken an average of 72 days to form a government).

Buchanan: Trump Must Break Judicial Power

A clipping of the court’s wings is long overdue. As for Trump’s disparagement of the judges, only someone ignorant of history can view that as frightening.

The End Of The Obama World Order

For the past eight years, Barack Obama has been using the power of the U.S. presidency to impose his vision of a progressive world order on the entire globe.  As a result, much of the planet will greatly celebrate once the Obama era officially ends on Friday.

Is Liberal Democracy An Endangered Species?

Donald Trump’s victory represented a rejection of Barack Obama’s America. And whether he succeeds, what is there to cause America to look back with nostalgia on the America Obama came to represent? Our Founding Fathers believed that democracy represented the degeneration of a republic; they feared and loathed it, and felt that it was the precursor of dictatorship. They may have been right again.

The Mayor Of London: "My Side" Versus Reality

Taken as a whole, Mayor Khan's presentation to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on "The Breakdown of Social Integration – The Challenge of Our Age," seemed to ignore unpleasant facts which suggest that there is more incompatibility of values than he is willing to admit -- in the interest of pushing an immigration agenda favored by his "side." Mayor Khan's presentation seemed designed to pacify Westerners and enable the spread of the rule of Islam.

Texas Judge Blocks Obama Transgender Bathroom Policy: "It Threatens Students’ Safety And Privacy"

In a hit to Obama's appeal to the transgender community, a federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth issued the preliminary injunction Sunday. Judge O'Connor in Fort Worth sided with Texas and 12 other states that argued the administration’s policy usurps local control and threatens students’ safety and privacy.

Trump Accused Of "Apocalyptic" Fearmongering In Speech Promising "Security And Prosperity"

In one of the most dramatic, polarizing, (and longest ever) convention speeches, Donald Trump claimed the Republican presidential nomination with a highly charged text in which he promised to be “the voice” of disenfranchised Americans and the guardian of “law and order." And while most republicans loved it, the speech was roundly panned by democrats everywhere as ominous "doom and gloom" fearmongering, one which painted a picture of an America on the verge of an apocalyptic ending.

Who Gave Us Justice Ginsburg?

The federal code of judicial conduct for U.S. judges states that a “judge should not... publicly endorse a candidate for public office.” But does not Ginsburg’s relentless trashing of Trump constitute a political attack on him, to help his opponent Hillary Clinton? Ginsburg “should resign from the Court before she does the reputation of the judiciary more harm,” says the Journal. There is a precedent...

Not 'The Onion' - Why Elections Are Bad For Democracy

"Elections are the fossil fuel of politics. Whereas once they gave democracy a huge boost, much as oil did for our economies, it now turns out they cause colossal problems of their own. If we don’t urgently reconsider the nature of our democratic fuel, a systemic crisis awaits. If we obstinately hold on to a notion of democracy that reduces its meaning to voting in elections and referendums, at a time of economic malaise, we will undermine the democratic process."

How California's Primary Was Rigged Against Independent Voters

Rigging a primary can and does take many different forms. The most effective form of rigging actually takes place in subtle ways via long-exisiting Stalinist rules that normally don’t swing an election, but serve as an effective firewall against outsider candidates when they eventually do pose a threat. That way the establishment can claim “it’s always been this way,” as if that’s a justification for shadiness. This was the type of rigging we saw in New York, and the type we saw yesterday in California.

Swedish Politicians: "Islam Is Definitely Compatible With Democracy!"

"Democracy is a man-made system, meaning rule by the people for the people. Thus it is contrary to Islam, because rule is for Allaah... it is not permissible to give legislative rights to any human being..." So far, throughout history, and now in the world's 57 Muslim countries in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), nowhere has Islam been compatible with democracy, freedom of speech, human rights and legal certainty.