Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
A new survey reveals that the percentage of college students who are depressed is at record high levels. At the same time, fewer college students have a religious affiliation than ever before. More than 40 years ago, in 1971, the percentage of college students who denied having a religious affiliation was only 15.4%. In the latest survey, that percentage has nearly doubled, to 27.5%. That alarming increase may be causing the decline in the percentage of students who report above average emotional well-being. About half of college students no longer feel they have an emotional well-being that is above average, and many students report that they are frequently depressed. Increased alcohol consumption is not the culprit this time, because several decades ago alcohol was made legal for teenagers and alcoholic consumption by teens was double what it is now. Instead, the likely cause is ideological, and financial.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Finally a good book is available that thoroughly discredits the left-wing claim that there were no Communists in film-making during and after World War II. In fact, there were hundreds of Communists engaged in movie-making who were skillful at using movies to sell pro-Soviet propaganda. This is a long overdue book and we welcome it even at this late date. The author is Allan Ryskind, who grew up in Hollywood and whose father, Morrie Ryskind was a successful writer and a staunch anti- Communist.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
As a teenager, Rafael Cruz was imprisoned and tortured in Cuba after resisting the regime. Later he found a place of safety in the United States. Now a pastor, Cruz has a message for America – join us to hear his story!
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Friday, March 27, 2015
Republicans in Congress should reconsider their support of free trade. It’s sure to become a hot topic again, as President Obama is demanding “fast track” authority to ram through trade deals that he makes behind closed doors. Fast track is a bad idea because it gives the President too much power to make free trade agreements that are harmful to American workers. Over the years, business interests have said that free trade treaties will produce more jobs. They do produce more jobs, but in foreign countries, NOT in the United States. Imports always increase faster and jobs are created in places like Communist China, and South Korea where labor is so much cheaper.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Alexander Hamilton called the judiciary “the least dangerous branch.” He wrote those words long before judicial supremacists began redefining marriage. But Hamilton and his fellow Founding Fathers gave us valuable tools to limit the damage, and we ought to use them now. In our system of checks and balances, judges don’t have the final say. President Andrew Jackson recognized this fact when he said about the then chief justice, “John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it.” Abraham Lincoln had a similar response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dred Scott case. He told the country we should not submit to the dictates of “that eminent tribunal.” Both of those Presidents understood that the judiciary is only one of three branches of government. Its duty is to interpret the Constitution, not rewrite it. Jackson and Lincoln both knew that enforcement was ultimately up to the people.