Responsible citizens should not hesitate to approach this subject with ferocity. "Obligations" is actually a weak term, for the obligations of which we are speaking are part of the social contract around which millions of people have built their lives.
To establish male control in family life, both conservative Republicans and the Catholic Church propose taking a metaphor literally, that A Fertilized Egg Is A Person. Taking the metaphor literally allows for the claim that preventing abortions constitutes saving lives.
When I ask audiences what they like about being older, people often answer "Gratitude," and then say what they are grateful for: grandchildren, good health, free time, wearing what they want, the chance to travel, giving back to the community.
In the 20th century we saw examples of what happened when nations were stripped of their morale and lost their spirit. They fell into fascism or totalitarianism. We need job creation and morale building not deficit reduction.
Private security military contractors, or at least their leading advocates, are gaining in political authority, successfully framing themselves not only as legitimate security actors but also as legitimate standard setters.
"Constancy is the hobgoblin of little minds," says Ralph Waldo Emerson. Sometimes we are in need of the "refresh" button. The ability to morph and change our ideas is essential for personal and business growth.
Obama's resort to triangulation is an admission of a serious limitation -- that he does not believe in his own ability to reframe issues in a way that makes a progressive stance the one that is obviously the most moral.