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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>OUTRAGE: December 5, 2019</p>\n<p>In today&rsquo;s narrative-driven, social media-focused world, it&rsquo;s easy to slip into outrageous outrage. Let&rsquo;s take this week&rsquo;s social media commotion over a Peloton commercial that, according to Bloomberg News reporter Joshua Fineman, led to a drop in stock price.</p>\n<p> THE COMMERCIAL, titled &ldquo;The Gift That Gives Back,&rdquo; begins with a woman walking into a living room with a young child. It&rsquo;s Christmas morning, and she received a Peloton, the stationary bicycle that starts at $2,245. The 30-second advertisement shows snippets of a video diary created by the woman over the course of the following year.<br />\n It shows her taking her first ride, getting up at 6 a.m. to cycle and cycling again after work. The video diary ends with her saying, &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t realize how much this would change me. Thank you.&rdquo; The commercial shifts back to a shot of her and the man who gave her the gift &mdash; presumably her husband &mdash; seated together on the couch. She is clearly thankful for his gift.<br />\n This commercial hits home with me. That&rsquo;s because, two years ago, my husband did give me (well, us) a Peloton, and I love it! It&rsquo;s great when it&rsquo;s raining, or when, like yesterday, I have to shove in a workout between work and child duties. Granted, I am not as thin as the actor in the commercial, but my goal was not to lose weight; it was to stay fit and relieve mental stress.<br />\n Other people had a different take. &ldquo;Online outrage over a Peloton Interactive Inc. holiday ad drove down shares and prompted calls for the stationary-bike maker to pull the commercial,&rdquo; wrote Fineman in an article titled &ldquo;Peloton Stock Is Pummeled on Backlash From &lsquo;Gift That Gives&rsquo; Ad,&rdquo; on Tuesday. &ldquo;The TV spot ... struck some viewers as sexist. Critics on social media said the ad made it seem like the woman was being pressured to keep her weight in check.&rdquo;<br />\n In the commercial, the woman does not appear to lose weight during the year she has the Peloton. She seems happy to have received the gift initially and even happier after a year &mdash; going out of the way to create a video diary to say thank you. (I hope my husband is not expecting the same ... a bit too late now).</p>\n<p> WHILE THE stock closed down 10% from the day before, it was still up 33% for the year.<br />\n So, where does this online outrage come from? &ldquo;Outrage often begins with a sense of certainty. Certainty that you are absolutely, undeniably right in whatever you believe or do, and that the other person or group is absolutely, without question, wrong,&rdquo; I wrote in my recently published book, &ldquo;Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Outrage is a reflexive response &mdash; something that you can claim has been caused by another &mdash; another person or group. It allows you to become the victim and accuse the other of being the aggressor.&rdquo; In this case, Peloton is bad; whoever recognizes this evil is good.<br />\n But maybe the Peloton commercial is NOT about being thin. Maybe it&rsquo;s about feeling better, which the character appears to feel during the commercial. Last month, Brett Steenbarger wrote &ldquo;The Unexpected Psychological Benefits of Aerobic Fitness&rdquo; for Forbes Magazine. While those benefits might have been unexpected to him, I have known for decades about the mental benefits of aerobic exercise. I began running during my junior year in college and have remained active since. I try to work out four to six times per week, for my mental well-being as much as my physical well-being.<br />\n &ldquo;Exercise therapy has been found to improve a measure called heart rate variability, which is associated with greater levels of psychological well-being and resilience in the face of stress,&rdquo; wrote Steenbarger. &ldquo;A well-constructed program of exercise, expanding our abilities to extend our limits and sustain self-control and efficacy, provides a uniquely effective form of self-development &mdash; a promising ... program for mindfulness.&rdquo; This is exactly my experience with exercise. From training for and completing five marathons to taking the time out of my day to attend a strength training class, it&rsquo;s not about being thin; it&rsquo;s about getting fit and staying on my game mentally.</p>\n<p> INSTEAD of attacking Peloton, maybe these online mavens should give the company accolades for providing mental health benefits for their clients, or possibly even put down their smartphones and take a ride themselves. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>\n<p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>\n<p>\n &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>\n<p>\n &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>\n<p>\n &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>\n<p> &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1576089936, expire = 1576176336, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:d2daadac69deae3bf4e6a21c1c511c32' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>AMERICAN VALUES: November 21, 2019</p>\n<p>The political world is mired in must-watch political impeachment theater in Washington, with a second focus on this week&rsquo;s Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta.</p>\n<p> BUT WITH those two sideshows going, the world continues to spin. People get up and go to work; students go to school; mothers and fathers care for their children; people go to church and volunteer in their communities. This has led me to think about the incredible resilience of our government, and how thankful I am that I was born in our great nation.<br />\n I love the vastness of our country, the different topographies, the different weather patterns, communities and cultures. I love the freedom we have to travel between states, to speak our minds, to bear arms, to practice religion, to work whatever job we want in whatever location we want. I love the freedom to vote for our government and to protest when we disagree with those who are in power. I love that we are the most welcoming country in the world, that we stand up for human rights violations and that we desire to be the shining light upon the hill.<br />\n We are unique among nations. We were founded with the understanding that our rights come from God to us, as individuals, and that we loan power to the government. We are a nation of adventure seekers, creators and entrepreneurs. We work best as a nation when our citizens are working, and today we have a booming economy that brings with it business opportunity.<br />\n But the freedoms we enjoy were earned through the American Revolution, the American Civil War, World Wars I and II and the numerous other conflicts our military engages in on an ongoing basis to keep us free. It takes only a cursory look at international news to understand that our freedoms are not enjoyed by many. The protests in Hong Kong, the chaos in Venezuela, the dictatorship in North Korea all are examples of government structures that lead to oppression and loss of freedom.<br />\n Our founders not only declared our rights to be God-given but also understood the impact of &ldquo;divine providence.&rdquo; President George Washington led us through the Revolutionary War and survived the French and Indian War, despite having had two horses shot out from under him and four bullets pierce his clothes. It is doubtful that we could have won our freedom without Washington.</p>\n<p> PRESIDENT Abraham Lincoln, who shepherded our nation through the Civil War, understood that he was an instrument in the hand of God. He delivered the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19,1863, to dedicate the battlefield where over 50,000 soldiers had been killed, wounded, captured or reported missing.<br />\n In the speech, which runs about 278 words, Lincoln never said &ldquo;I&rdquo; or &ldquo;me&rdquo;; instead, he took his audience from the past to the present and laid down a challenge: &ldquo;that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.&rdquo;<br />\n We withstood the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and still work today to secure our individual freedoms through the political process. While we are not a perfect nation, we are the best nation on Earth. However, Lincoln had it right, as did President John F Kennedy, who said, &ldquo;And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.&rdquo;<br />\n This is not only a request to simply show up and vote but also a challenge for us to get involved in our local communities, to work together to solve problems and to speak highly of our nation. While this requires extra work, it&rsquo;s worth it.<br />\n I&rsquo;ve been involved in nonprofit community groups for over two decades. This experience &ldquo;has framed my belief that limited government is most effective and that solutions emerge when people, communities, corporations, and foundations come together and work together,&rdquo; I wrote in &ldquo;Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening.&rdquo;<br />\n While Democrats often talk about the need for government solutions, &ldquo;government is neither efficient nor effective; and when government attempts to overcome its inefficiencies, it does so by taking away people&rsquo;s freedoms. It&rsquo;s a trade not worth making,&rdquo; I wrote. &ldquo;Give me my freedom and a relatively inefficient government.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> YES, THERE is political drama all around us, and I am still incredibly grateful to be an American. Now let&rsquo;s get to work.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>\n<p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>\n<p>\n &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>\n<p>\n &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>\n<p>\n &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>\n<p> &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1576089936, expire = 1576176336, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:833ef26475728bc048c4f3f49e86005e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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How should we approach this if we are a resilient country?<br />\n According to Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Sam Goldstein in &ldquo;Raising Resilient Children,&rdquo; the markers of resilience are &ldquo;optimism, ownership and a sense of control.&rdquo; This is exactly opposite of what many people feel today about our political environment. We often feel depressed and shut out, as though we are spinning out of control.<br />\n Perhaps it would help to take a step back to get a broader view. The U.S. Constitution laid out the process for impeachment.<br />\n Article 2, Section 4 declares, &ldquo;The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.&rdquo; The Constitution offers no clear definition of &ldquo;high crimes and misdemeanors.&rdquo;<br />\n We have been through this twice before. Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached by the House of Representatives. Both presidents survived the Senate trial and stayed in office. Yes, there was turmoil in the political structure of the country, but we survived.<br />\n In the Clinton impeachment, the House voted in favor of proceeding with the process on Oct. 8, 1998, with a vote of 258 to 176. Those who voted in favor included 31 Democrats and 227 Republicans.<br />\n Last month, on Halloween, the House voted on the procedures to move forward on impeachment against President Donald Trump. The voted ended with 232 approving and 196 against. Unlike the 1998 vote, no member of the minority party voted in favor. It passed with only Democratic votes. All Republicans voted against the passage, with two Democrats joining them.<br />\n This time is much more partisan.</p>\n<p> WHEN THE impeachment process for Clinton was over in the House, the vote held on Dec. 19, 1998, resulted in the passage of two articles of impeachment. The first was regarding perjury, which passed 228 (223 Republicans and 5 Democrats) to 206 (5 Republicans, 200 Democrats and 1 independent). The second article regarding obstruction of justice passed 221 (216 Republicans and 5 Democrats) to 212 (12 Republicans, 199 Democrats and 1 independent). Once the articles of impeachment were passed, they moved to the Senate for trial.<br />\n For Clinton, the Senate trial began Jan. 7 and was completed on Feb. 12 with a vote. The result? All 45 Democratic senators voted against both articles. But the bar to remove a president from power is high: Two-thirds of the Senate must vote in favor of removal.<br />\n For many people, the impeachment proceedings that began this week are the first in their lifetimes. With the addition of constant opinionated news coverage and vitriolic posts on social media, the result can be toxic.<br />\n A characteristic of children who can weather life&rsquo;s storms, according to Brooks and Goldstein, is the &ldquo;ability to be resilient and to meet life&rsquo;s challenges with thoughtfulness, confidence, purpose and empathy.&rdquo;<br />\n As the impeachment process begins to saturate the nation&rsquo;s airwaves, let&rsquo;s remember that we, too, should attempt to approach this national challenge with thoughtfulness, confidence, purpose and empathy.<br />\n We should believe that our country is equipped to handle the process, and we should focus on what we can control in our daily lives. Watch the national drama with an inquisitive mind. Be curious about the news coverage, and then read the transcripts yourself. While we might be embroiled in political theatre, we don&rsquo;t have to participate in it.<br />\n We have the right to free speech, the right to argue our point and the right to believe as we wish. We live in the greatest nation on earth. We have the right and the responsibility to be active and engaged citizens, but we are not required to be mean and nasty while we engage in this great experiment.</p>\n<p> ENGAGING respectfully and happily might not win anyone over to your side. But it will win the respect and admiration of your opponents &mdash; quite an achievement in today&rsquo;s politically partisan environment.</p>\n', created = 1576089936, expire = 1576176336, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:b986f2fdb354f6c96c88965c5b8ca66c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>KENTUCKY: November 7, 2019</p>\n<p>Here&rsquo;s what you can expect to see between now and the 2020 elections, which are less than a year away: an endless parade of so-called experts who will strain each day&rsquo;s political events through their ideological sieves in attempts to give them meaning.</p>\n<p> THIS IS nothing new. We all do it, not only with politics but also with life in general. We take information in and attempt to sort it into preconceived narratives that fit our understanding of what is going on. Otherwise, we can be overwhelmed by the thousands of bits of information that we take in each day.<br />\n Let&rsquo;s take the results from Tuesday&rsquo;s elections for the Virginia state legislature and Kentucky governor as examples. In Virginia, which has a Democratic governor, the Democrats took control of both the Senate and the House of Delegates. Before the election, each chamber had one vacancy, and the Republicans had a 3-seat advantage in the House and a 2-seat advantage in the Senate. The Democrats now have a 2-seat advantage in the Senate and at least a 9-seat advantage in the House.<br />\n As of last month, the Democratic candidates in Virginia collectively outraised the Republican candidates by 50%, or $10 million. While many will argue that Tuesday&rsquo;s results represent a rejection of President Donald Trump by Virginia voters, that&rsquo;s a simplistic interpretation. It&rsquo;s doubtful that the results would have been the same if each party had raised similar amounts of money.<br />\n Moving to Kentucky, which Trump visited to rally support for Republican candidates, the Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin appears to have lost to Democrat Andy Beshear, the incumbent attorney general.<br />\n Beshear is also the son of former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who held the office before Bevin. While some Democrats and Trump bashers will point to this Republican loss as a blow to Trump, let&rsquo;s look at how the governor&rsquo;s race compared with the rest of the Kentucky statewide races.<br />\n Based on vote counts Wednesday morning, Beshear won 711,955 votes, versus 707,297 votes for Bevin. Republican candidates won the five other statewide races. Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron won with 825,814 votes; Michael Adams won secretary of state with 748,150 votes; Mike Harmon won auditor with 782,027 votes; Allison Ball won treasurer with 858,578 votes; and Ryan Quarles won commissioner of agriculture with 823,801 votes. Each of the five statewide Republican candidates had vote totals that would have secured Bevin a victory.<br />\n The results of the governor&rsquo;s race is not a Republican problem; it is a Bevin problem. So let&rsquo;s think about what could have led people to vote for the other five Kentucky Republicans and not for Bevin.</p>\n<p> BEVIN HAD served with Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, an African American woman. In January, he dropped her from his ticket and added state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, Kentucky&rsquo;s first Hispanic state senator.<br />\n Bevin&rsquo;s explanation for this change was that Hampton&rsquo;s focus and priorities differed from his.<br />\n Bevin had taken on the teachers&rsquo; pension &mdash; without a lot of grace, and often came across as acerbic. He is not well liked by registered voters in Kentucky. A Morning Consult poll from the third quarter of this year reported Bevin&rsquo;s approval rating was 34% and his disapproval rating was 53%, the second-lowest among the nation&rsquo;s governors. When you consider those approval ratings, his election results don&rsquo;t seem so bad.<br />\n Beshear ran a moderate campaign that focused on state issues and ignored national politics as much as possible. He posted on Twitter when he had knocked on his millionth door while campaigning in Kentucky.<br />\n Bevin talked about national issues in an attempt to draw out the Republican base. The challenge is that to win an election, you have to garner more than one party&rsquo;s votes; you have to appeal to independents or swing a few voters from the other side.<br />\n While many will attempt to draw a straight line from the results in the Virginia and Kentucky races to Trump, the truth is messier.<br />\n For Virginia, the takeaway is that money matters, especially when it&rsquo;s a 3-to-2 difference. And for Kentucky, the takeaway is that it&rsquo;s not enough to belong to the majority party; the candidate and the campaign are both critical.<br />\n With a great economy, Trump&rsquo;s best bet is to hope the Democrats nominate a candidate that won&rsquo;t appeal to voters in a general election despite winning a Democratic primary. But lightning doesn&rsquo;t often strike twice (Hillary Clinton was a terrible general election candidate &mdash; appearing aloof, entitled and irritated to have to campaign).</p>\n<p> INSTEAD, Republicans looking to set themselves up for 2020 should focus on candidate selection and have state candidates knock on every door they can, raise money and focus on the issues most important in their particular district, county or state. They must focus on earning every vote possible. While Trump will be at the top of the ticket, a team approach is the way to win.</p>\n', created = 1576089936, expire = 1576176336, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:4c1a7906814a21ee34f899de6ff1d09d' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>CHINA: October 31, 2019</p>\n<p>While many in our country are following the daily national soap opera of Washington Democrats attempting to throw President Donald Trump out of office, Newt Gingrich, my father, is attempting to raise our collective vision to focus on a national threat that exists outside our borders.</p>\n<p> IN HIS recent book, &ldquo;Trump vs. China: Facing America&rsquo;s Greatest Threat,&rdquo; the former speaker of the House lays out the realities of the greatest threat our country faces to its long-term survival.<br />\n Americans must first understand that our country is very, very different from China. Our country is founded on the belief that God gives rights to individuals, who then loan them to the government, which is divided into three branches.<br />\n That structure ensures that governing is a messy, inefficient process, but our Founding Fathers designed it this way intentionally &mdash; to prevent a monarch from rising to power. To get things done, we have to have national discussions; people must push government officials in the right direction.<br />\n In China, Xi Jinping holds several jobs. First and foremost, he is the general secretary of the Communist Party and then he is the commander of the country&rsquo;s armed forces and, finally, its president. When Jinping talks about progress, he is referring to the welfare of these groups in that order. First, the Chinese Communist Party is to be successful and then the nation and then the individuals in the nation. The party and the nation come before the people.<br />\n In our country, individuals come first, then government. The U.S. government is successful only if individual people in our country succeed. When Trump talks about our nation&rsquo;s future, he is referring to the welfare of the individuals who make up our nation. &ldquo;Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny,&rdquo; Trump said during his inaugural speech in 2017. &ldquo;And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s a people-first vision.<br />\n Trump&rsquo;s deal-making with China is about more than trade; it&rsquo;s about safeguarding our intellectual property. For decades, China has been stealing U.S. inventions and using the stolen technology for themselves.<br />\n A U.S. scientist recently told me about an experience he had when he accompanied several of his Chinese colleagues onto a flight. As anyone who has taken a flight since 2001 has experienced, security officials check computers before allowing them onto the plane. Routine, right? Not to the Chinese passengers. In fact, the Chinese scientists told the U.S. scientist that they thought the security officials who were checking their laptops were stealing the data they contained. Possibly, this is what happens in their home country.<br />\n &nbsp;Americans would be skeptical of any such claims. After all, government officials can&rsquo;t be that controlling and intrusive, can they?</p>\n<p> WELL, IN China they can. In China, the Communist Party has been promoting an app, Study the Great Nation, as a way to learn more about China and Jinping. Chinese people have been ordered to download the app by employers, associations or other organizations.<br />\n The app includes articles and information about Jinping and the Communist Party, and it awards points to users based on activity that is translated to a leaderboard.<br />\n It also &ldquo;enables authorities to retrieve messages and photos from users&rsquo; phones, browse their contacts and Internet history, and activate an audio recorder inside the devices,&rdquo; wrote Anna Fifield, the Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post.<br />\n While this might seem to Americans to be an improbable intrusion into their personal lives, it&rsquo;s now routinely accepted in China. Two years ago, China passed a law requiring technology companies to provide user information to the Chinese government; cell phones in China are tied to individuals&rsquo; national ID cards.<br />\n &ldquo;We must ensure that the United States retains its position as the planet&rsquo;s champion of freedom, dignity, the rule of law, religious tolerance, democratic pluralism, good health, clean air and water, and innovation in science and manufacturing,&rdquo; Gingrich has posited.<br />\n How can we reach this goal? By ensuring we follow the same process for every national problem that our nation faces, Gingrich contends.<br />\n Because of the construct of our government, one person cannot decide what the problem is and how to solve it. Instead, we, as a collective group of citizens, must recognize the problem, debate the issues, form a consensus, mobilize and implement. Only by following that inefficient process can we ensure success.</p>\n<p> THE SOLUTION for America, with all the challenges it faces, is to have an engaged citizenry time after time after time, but the engagement has to be in the right direction and on the right topic.</p>\n', created = 1576089936, expire = 1576176336, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:900718d90d66d3531a5f129b5b9163bb' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IMMIGRATION: October 24, 2019</p>\n<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that more should have been done to make immigration and refugee assimilation successful. &ldquo;Germany&rsquo;s attempt to create a multicultural society has &lsquo;utterly failed,&rsquo;&rdquo; she told members of the Christian Democratic Union party in a speech in 2010, Reuters reported at the time.</p>\n<p> SOME BLAMED Merkel&rsquo;s shift in tone to pressure from her political right. Whatever the reason, those of us who live across the pond would be wise to give her message the deliberation it deserves.<br />\n Merkel didn&rsquo;t say that immigrants are bad or that Germany shouldn&rsquo;t accept refugees; she said the current experience in Germany of &ldquo;allowing people of different cultural backgrounds to live side by side without integrating had not worked,&rdquo; Reuters reporter Sabine Siebold wrote.<br />\n Merkel first took office as chancellor in 2005. Until last year, she was also the head of the Christian Democratic Union party. For over a decade, Merkel was often &ldquo;the decider&rdquo; &mdash; the European leader who took point on many issues, from immigration to the financial crisis. Faced with a declining German population, Merkel championed immigration and opening German borders to refugees.<br />\n In 2015, when the European Union required refugees to return to the country in which they had registered upon entry into the union, Merkel began allowing Syrian refugees who had already registered in another EU country to enter Germany and stay there.<br />\n Soon after, Merkel opened Germany&rsquo;s border with Hungary and allowed thousands of refugees to pass through. Merkel promised to spend $6.8 billion for housing, care and training for the refugees. Based on her actions in 2015, she must have either given into Germany&rsquo;s failings or decided that they were not failing all that badly.<br />\n &ldquo;This crisis will change our nation,&rdquo; Merkel said in an address to her nation that year. &ldquo;But I think we are up for the challenge.&rdquo;<br />\n &nbsp;&ldquo;This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed,&rdquo; Merkel said, according to Reuters. Siebold continues, &ldquo;(Merkel) said too little had been required of immigrants in the past and repeated her usual line that they should learn German in order to get by in school and have opportunities on the labor market.&rdquo; Today there are still assimilation issues, but not only in Germany. The same is true for enclaves in our country.<br />\n Merkel stressed that it is important for immigrants to integrate into society and adopt the culture and values of their host country. If migrants are preparing and planning to return to their home country, then, possibly, distinctly separate communities makes sense &mdash; temporarily. But to move into a community permanently is different. Either the immigrants change to fit into the current culture and ethos, or they bring their culture, values and beliefs and reject those of the home country. The best result happens when both grow together, taking the best of both and creating a better future together.</p>\n<p> IN OUR country, the debate about immigration and asylum has become politically charged. While we want to be welcoming, we have to agree on what those who enter our country as guests will be required to do. And whether they are required to adhere to the rule of law.<br />\n This gets to the core of the issue: What are our values as Americans and what values do we want immigrants and refugees to adopt as they move into our country? Or are we willing to accept them no matter what their values?<br />\n First, what are our values as Americans? In 1998, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the values of hard work, commitment to religion, patriotism and children/family were supported by strong majorities in America.<br />\n Last August, a different Wall Street Journal/ NBC News poll showed very different results. Hard work remained on top, at 89%, but from there the differences reflect a seismic shift of values &mdash; one that was driven by the responses of those under 50.<br />\n The other top values were tolerance for others at 80%, financial security at 79% and self-fulfillment at 64%. Of the key American values from two decades earlier, patriotism came in at 61%; religion at 48%; and having children at 43%.<br />\n The pollsters then asked about &ldquo;changes in American society and the country becoming more diverse and tolerant of different lifestyles, languages, cultures and race,&rdquo; and whether these changes are a step forward, a step backward, or &ldquo;some of both.&rdquo; The answers were 40% for &ldquo;a step forward,&rdquo; 14% for &ldquo;a step back,&rdquo; and 43% for &ldquo;some of both.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> WHILE THE media often frames issues as yes or no, the reality is more often encapsulated in the majority response above and in Merkel&rsquo;s confession of failure in Germany. In our country, immigrants also make up about 15% of our population. To avoid Germany&rsquo;s utter failure, we should heed Merkel&rsquo;s advice, even if she didn&rsquo;t, that shared values and culture are critical.</p>\n', created = 1576089936, expire = 1576176336, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:c80e9315a3295ba33dccdc29df61802a' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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12/09/2019 - 2:39pm
OUTRAGE: December 5, 2019 In today’s narrative-driven, social media-focused world, it’s easy to slip into outrageous outrage. Let’s take this week’s social media commotion over a Peloton commercial that, according to Bloomberg News reporter Joshua Fineman, led to a drop in stock price. THE COMMERCIAL, titled “The Gift That Gives Back,” begins with a woman...
11/23/2019 - 1:24am
AMERICAN VALUES: November 21, 2019 The political world is mired in must-watch political impeachment theater in Washington, with a second focus on this week’s Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta. BUT WITH those two sideshows going, the world continues to spin. People get up and go to work; students go to school; mothers and...
11/18/2019 - 12:31am
IMPEACHMENT: November 14, 2019 With the public phase of the House of Representatives’ impeachment hearings beginning this week, the national drama meter is going to accelerate exponentially. UNFORTUNATELY, the current news structure (more opinion than news), combined with social media and the fact that few people have friends on the other...
11/09/2019 - 11:37pm
KENTUCKY: November 7, 2019 Here’s what you can expect to see between now and the 2020 elections, which are less than a year away: an endless parade of so-called experts who will strain each day’s political events through their ideological sieves in attempts to give them meaning. THIS IS nothing new. We all do it, not only with...
11/02/2019 - 3:24pm
CHINA: October 31, 2019 While many in our country are following the daily national soap opera of Washington Democrats attempting to throw President Donald Trump out of office, Newt Gingrich, my father, is attempting to raise our collective vision to focus on a national threat that exists outside our borders. IN HIS recent book, “Trump vs....
10/28/2019 - 11:25pm
IMMIGRATION: October 24, 2019 German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that more should have been done to make immigration and refugee assimilation successful. “Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has ‘utterly failed,’” she told members of the Christian Democratic Union party in a speech in 2010,...
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