December 23, 2013

No place like home? “Mr. Clinton may be a globe-trotting citizen of the world, but these days he is focusing on his home state, and for good reason: The election ballot for next year looks like a Clinton political family tree, full of the former president’s protégés and ex-staff members and family friends.”

The National Security Agency (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
The National Security Agency (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

We really are secure in our homes from the government; it’s the terrorists we need to take seriously. When you “[step] back from the particular recommendations made by the president’s panel, the fundamental problem with the report is that it is attempting to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. For all the headlines produced by [Edward] Snowden’s treasonous leaks, there still is no smoking gun to suggest that the NSA collection program is some massive breach of American privacy, that it’s a violation of 1st or 4th Amendment rights, or that it’s been run without adequate oversight by the courts, the executive branch, or Congress.” Read the whole thing.

This must hit home. Robert Gibbs: “No doubt about it, I would say this is the worst year of the presidency. It does beat out 2011. But — well, and especially given sort of where he started, the fact that the first year of the second term is historically the most productive of the second term.”

Things at home are darn good. Around the world it is a different story, Juan Williams reminds us: “Let’s not forget that the right to worship freely, without fear of persecution, is not only an American constitutional right. It is also guaranteed by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This holiday season I am asking American Christians to pray for fellow Christians who live under the threats of violence in other parts of the world because they dare to stand up for Jesus. And let us give each other the gift of awareness this Christmas to the real persecution of Christians around the globe.” (h/t Hot Air) Indeed.

We hope pro-Western activists prevail, but back in their home country there is little to cheer about. “Three of the most prominent secular activists involved in Egypt’s 2011 revolution were convicted Sunday of holding a rally without authorization and assaulting police officers, receiving three-year prison terms and hefty fines in the first use of a controversial new law.”

George Will hits a home run on this one: “What we do see here, and this goes to the viewers’ question about political correctness, the new biggest American entitlement is the entitlement to go through life without being offended. People think they have a right not to have their feelings hurt, not to have their sensibilities in any way exacerbated. I’d refer them to Jefferson who said, it does me no harm if my neighbor believes in 20 gods or one god, it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. We have worked for millennia to get to a point where we say the law will protect our possessions and our persons, but not our feelings and people just have to get over it.”

His opponents better come up with something more than a bridge fuss in his home state. “An expanding investigation into lane closures of the nation’s busiest bridge has given Democrats an opportunity to damage New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential prospects. It’s their first real chance, they say, to ask the question: Is Christie who he says he is? Access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were closed on Sept. 9, creating massive traffic jams around Fort Lee, N.J. The closures were ordered by a duo of Christie appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who said they did so to carry out a traffic study.”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.