This voting index is currently published twice a year in The New American magazine. Each index scores all 535 members of Congress on 10 key votes on a scale of 0% to 100%. The more the Representatives and Senators adhere to the Constitution in their votes, the higher their scores on this index.
Become a big liar often enough and you start to believe yourself
When I was in high school in the early 1980s, I knew that my education was a cakewalk as compared to that of two generations earlier. And I assumed the other teens knew this, too. It took me a while to understand that many people are so immersed in their age that, to them, history is a mystery. How does one understand a past he has never experienced? Here’s how I explain it: If a doctor knows the pathology of a certain disease, can’t he look at a patient with an advanced case of it and tell you what the symptoms would have been during the early stages?
As part of a continuing series of articles we are revisiting from the past, we reprint here an article by Tom Anderson, first printed in the 1982 edition of American Opinion, the forerunner to The New American.
Several years ago a college freshman went out for football, unsung and uninvited. A few weeks later when the coach reduced the squad he cut the volunteer. But the freshman was such a wonderful fellow that the team persuaded the coach to let him stay. The volunteer sat on the bench for four years. He never missed a practice, never got discouraged. On the Thursday before the final game, his father died.
With separation-of-church-and-state prohibitions continuing to metastasize, what lies in the future for Americans of faith?
“Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.” So said G.K. Chesterton in his autobiography, published in 1937. A lot has changed since then, however — especially the number of places we’re not allowed to mention religion.
Chances are the folks frequenting the Ed Young Senior Citizens Center in Port Wentworth, Georgia never imagined they would see the day when they would be told they were violating the Constitution by saying grace before meals. But that’s what happened last Thursday. Because the meals are provided with federal money, praying over the food is considered a violation of what is commonly referred to as the separation of church and state. So the prayer that was usually said before meals at the center was dropped in favor of a moment of silence.