- - Monday, January 23, 2017

First, columnist Cal Thomas writes about Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Education, and “School choice for poor children“:

A sign of changes to come was also contained in Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos’ testimony at her confirmation hearings Tuesday. Speaking about the unfairness of allowing children to fester in underperforming, even failing public schools, and the disparity between wealthier families who are able to choose better schools for their children, and the poor whose kids are often trapped in bad and unsafe schools, Mrs. DeVos said, “We recognized that other parents were not able to make similar decisions about their children’s education, based on their income or the ZIP code in which they lived.” She called that a “national injustice.”

Many on the left believe school choice should not be available to poor children, not because school choice is a bad idea, but because the Democratic Party doesn’t want to alienate teachers’ unions that oppose it. Teachers’ unions make generous contributions to Democratic politicians, and Democratic politicians rely on teachers’ unions for votes. Yet these same politicians have no skin in the game; many send their children to elite private schools.

Second, Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt, cast a positive vision about what it might mean for President Trump to make America great:

Making America great again, as Trump has pledged to do, does not imply a return to the days of segregation and barefoot, pregnant women. To me, making American great again offers the hope of a society where it is possible for a high-school dropout and teen mom like me to attain the American dream. It is about creating a society where we can rise above the circumstances of our birth.

Mr. Trump has already begun to make great strides with African-Americans. He is a truth speaker. Anyone who has watched him speak in town hall meetings and inner-city black churches (as I have) can see that he connects with people in those communities. He has empathy for the mothers who lose their children to crime and drugs and understands the need for better jobs and opportunities.

He has an unprecedented chance to break the stranglehold Democrats have had over the black community. However, improving race relations will entail looking beyond bastions of political correctness on campus and in Congress.

Third, this week marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision. He marked the anniversary by writing: “I Tremble for My Country.”

…The legacy of that decision is a startling number: 58,586,256 million abortions.

…We realize that many of the women who had abortions over the last 40 years regret their decisions and that the recollection of that decision is painful. We do not wish to cause pain or to judge, lest we be judged.

But we do know this has been terribly, terribly wrong, and we quote Jefferson when he said “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”

We sorrow over the 58 million lives individual lives not lived.
We also grieve the collective de-valuing of human life that has been the result of years of abortion on demand. And, with Jefferson, we tremble for our nation.

Finally, Hugh Whelchel, of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics wrote about “The Bible in Presidential Inaugurations

As we see the pictures of the president-elect being sworn in with his hand on the Bible, let us remember that God’s Word has and will continue to have a powerful effect on our country’s culture because of those who believe. Remember what God promised the prophet Isaiah: “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isa. 55:11).

 

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