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Primary Principles At Stake

Primary Principles At Stake

By Frank Scaturro   How does Carolyn McCarthy keep getting reelected?  I have heard that question a lot the last two election cycles as I waged my own campaign for the seat.  For all her nearly 16 years in office, she has been so unproductive, so invisible to her constituents, so liberal for a district [...]

We Need More Defenders of Religious Freedom

We Need More Defenders of Religious Freedom

By Frank Scaturro “Well, basically, we’re not looking to the Constitution on that aspect of it.”  That was how Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) began her answer to a constituent’s question as to which provision of the Constitution justifies the recent mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requiring most health insurance plans [...]

It’s Time to Get Serious About Improving the State of the Union

By Frank Scaturro About two weeks ago you heard the President’s vision for the next year. His address identified job creation and debt reduction as critical goals we all share. In fact, he has identified those objectives for three straight years. It would be encouraging to know that our government is actually focused on those [...]

The Next Generation is Waiting

By Frank Scaturro With one year remaining before the 2012 elections, the national crisis of confidence continues.  Much of it is fueled by what is shaping up to be the longest period of economic stagnation since the Great Depression — not to mention what might be a parallel benchmark in skepticism toward our governing class [...]

The Constitution is Not an Afterthought

By Frank Scaturro Last week, the Obama Justice Department appealed to the Supreme Court a ruling from the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit that held Congress could not compel Americans to purchase and maintain health insurance, the mandate that is the foundation of Obamacare.  Given the conflict among different federal courts of appeals [...]

The Vindication of Ronald Reagan

Intertwined American and British flags normally would seem an odd choice to celebrate Independence Day, but they waved at Grosvenor Square in London on this July 4 under special circumstances: the dedication of a statue of Ronald Reagan commemorating the centennial of his birth on the grounds of the American Embassy. Comparable ceremonies abroad over [...]

Ten Years Later, Ground Zero Needs a Flag

By Frank Scaturro The protracted, often dysfunctional process of planning for Ground Zero affected plans for the site’s memorial as well as for a new World Trade Center complex.  Now, finally, the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will feature the dedication of the memorial.  The accompanying museum and the nearby buildings are still a work in [...]

Overcoming a Low Ceiling on Leadership

By FRANK SCATURRO “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.”  So spoke then-Senator Obama on the Senate floor in 2006, expressing his opposition to raising the debt ceiling to a new limit of $8.9 trillion. Consider the magnitude of leadership failure it took [...]

Of Honor, Character and the Latest Scandal

By Frank Scaturro The disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner finally resigned after calls to do so became almost as numerous among his fellow politicians as were the denunciations.  A conspicuous exception was his Upper Manhattan colleague, Rep. Charlie Rangel, who maintained that Weiner could still be effective in Congress “if the press gets off his back.”  [...]

Frank Scaturro: Terror Policy About Face Highlights Difference Between Critics and Leaders

Last month, the Obama administration reversed its two-year-old ban on military trials for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a policy that was part of a plan to shut down the detention facility altogether.  (One of President Obama’s first acts as president was ordering the camp closed within a year.)  Earlier this month, Attorney General Eric Holder [...]

Frank Scaturro: “Witch Hunt” Charges Fall Flat at Homeland Security Hearing

The weeks leading up to the recent House Homeland Security Committee hearing to probe Muslim radicalization in the U.S. brought debate and protest that were about as intense here in Nassau County, committee chairman Peter King’s home turf, as anywhere.  Opponents denounced a supposed “witch hunt” targeting an entire community while supporters trumpeted the need [...]

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