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Greg Thielen: Really… There is Hope

As our country’s day of mourning approaches on January 20th and, even though each day brings more troublesome news regarding his dealings, I am not so much concerned about the … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Barack Obama: What My Mother Taught Me About Love

She sighed, running her hands through her hair. “We were so young, you know. I was younger than you are now. He was only a few years older than that…” … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: “Loss”

. In recent years, several media outlets have taken to calling President Obama the ‘Mourner-in-Chief’ due to the frequency with which he addresses the nation following fatal incidents of mass … Continue reading

July 3, 2016 · 8 Comments

Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Below is an excerpt from The President’s Devotional by Joshua Dubois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He’s recounting events that occurred Sunday, December … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 1,305 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Forgive Me, Mr. President

Maybe it’s that pesky Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill. Or verse 5:53 of the Koran: Who so kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 4 Comments

Mel Packer: Martin Luther King’s Radical Legacy

Now, some might say, “Radical?, King was no radical!” And, in fact, the image all too often projected in our children’s classrooms and in the mass media on MLK Day … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Fellow Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Stain of US Torture Your Job to Repair

‘When a nation’s leaders condone and even order torture, that nation has lost its way.’ Nobel Peace Prize laureates have written to President Barack Obama asking the US to close … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Peter Certo: Obama’s Dumb War

 The president is now poised to leave behind a Middle East quagmire much like the one he was elected to end. No Exit Strategy.  (OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib) If … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Worst Cancer of All

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Deploy them only when needed, and in wars only when approved by a formal Congressional declaration W.J. Astore Also at Huffington Post. President Obama’s…

September 29, 2014 · 1 Comment