Media Ignore Domestic Terrorist Conviction of Gay-Rights Activist

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published February 11, 2013 on Breitbart.com.How many stories have you seen on the broadcast networks or cable networks--any of the networks--about the first-ever domestic terrorism conviction in our nation's capital? Is same-sex marriage such a politically correct issue that no one wants to inform the public when a gay-rights political activist shoots someone in an attempted mass-murder?On Aug. 15th, Floyd Corkins entered the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council (FRC) with a handgun and almost 100 rounds of ammunition (the pistol was fully-loaded, plus two 15-round extended magazines, and a box of another 50 rounds [...]

Women in Combat

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member and Professor of Economics Dr. Walter E. Williams was published February 6, 2013 on Townhall.com.A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military's goal is "to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field." I'd like to think the goal of the military should be to have the toughest, meanest fighting force possible. But let's look at "gender-neutral playing field."The Army's physical fitness test in basic training is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. The minimum requirement for 17- to 21-year-old males is 35 pushups, 47 situps and a two-mile [...]

Obama's Pregnant 'Denials'

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue was published June 10, 2012 on The Daily Caller website.President Obama is offended by accusations that the White House authorized leaks of highly classified national security information detailed in Confront and Conceal, a new book by David Sanger of The New York Times. Obama hasn't denied that leaks occurred."The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It's wrong," he said during Friday's press conference.Media usually call it a "non-denial denial." The law calls it a "negative pregnant": a denial of an allegation in which a person actually admits more than he/she [...]

2012-06-11T00:28:50-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , , |

Obama's Unilateral Nuclear Disarmament

This column by ACRU General Counsel and Senior Fellow for the Carleson Center for Public Policy (CCPP) Peter Ferrara was published April 4, 2012 on The American Spectator website.Perhaps you do not know that President Obama has asked the Pentagon to develop plans to reduce America's nuclear arsenal by up to 80 percent. That would ultimately leave America with just about 300 nuclear weapons, down from a high of over 31,000 at the height of the Cold War.In 2010, President Obama completed negotiations with Russia for a New Start Treaty, which reduces America's nuclear warheads to 1,550. There were effectively no reductions in Russian weapons in return, [...]

Securing the Safety Net

This column by ACRU Chairman and CEO and CCPP founder and President Susan A. Carleson was published March 11, 2012 on The American Thinker website.As the sheer audacity and real costs of ObamaCare become more apparent every day, we can't say we weren't warned.Back in 1961, Ronald Reagan explained the allure and dangers of "free" medical care:One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It is very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can't afford [...]

2012-03-12T07:58:13-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , , |

Bringing Rationality to the Rush Limbaugh/Contraception Controversy

This column by ACRU General Counsel and Senior Fellow for the Carleson Center for Public Policy (CCPP) Peter Ferrara was published March 8, 2012 on Forbes.com.If you are too poor in America to pay for your own contraceptives, the government already pays for them for you. As Rich Lowry writes in his February 17 column,"a vast government apparatus exists to provide poor women access to contraceptives, from Medicaid and community health centers to Title X. There are roughly 4,500 Title X-funded clinics around the country. They are required to provide free birth control to the poor and subsidized birth control to people with incomes between 100 percent [...]

2012-03-09T11:11:35-05:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , , |

It Just Ain't So

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member and Professor of Economics Dr. Walter E. Williams was published March 7, 2012 on Townhall.com.The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 2011 manufacturing output grew by 11 percent, to nearly $5 trillion. Were our manufacturing sector considered a nation with its own gross domestic product, it would be the world's fourth-richest economy. Manufacturing productivity has doubled since 1987, and manufacturing output has risen by one-half. However, over the past two decades, manufacturing employment has fallen about 25 percent. For some people, that means our manufacturing sector is sick. By that criterion, our agriculture sector shares that "sickness," only worse and for [...]

2012-03-07T08:34:40-05:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , |

The Loud and Clear Message In President Obama's Budget

This column by ACRU General Counsel and Senior Fellow for the Carleson Center for Public Policy (CCPP) Peter Ferrara was published February 24, 2012 on Forbes.com.Last week, I discussed the central economic policy of President Obama's budget and accompanying Presidential budget message. What drives economic recovery and growth according to the President and his budget is federal spending, deficits and debt, the fundamental tenets of the Keynesian economics that arose in the 1930s.If you agree with that, then President Obama is your man for reelection in 2012. If you think that's nuts, however, then the message of the budget to you is that America needs a new [...]

2012-02-24T13:44:15-05:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , , |

Obama and the Problem of Evil

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue was published February 24, 2012 on the American Thinker website.Watching how the media react to God talk and family values by politicians is like watching the spinning head in "The Exorcist," depending on who's doing the God talk.Consider the problem of evil, beginning with this statement from Barack Obama responding to Pastor Rick Warren's question at the "Saddleback Presidential Candidates Forum" in August 2008:Evil does exist. I mean, I think we see evil all the time. That is God's task [to erase evil from the world], but we can be soldiers in that process, and we can confront [...]

2019-03-29T18:42:12-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , , |

High Court to Hear Affirmative Action Case

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published February 22, 2012 on The Washington Examiner website.Every racially based preference system - aka Affirmative Action programs - in the country could be struck down when the U.S. Supreme Court takes up Fisher v. University of Texas this fall.The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution were passed after the Civil War. These Reconstruction Era amendments abolished slavery, defined U.S. citizenship, extended part of the Bill of Rights to the states, and--most important here--declared due process and equal protection of the law to be rights of all persons in this country, regardless of their race.During [...]