We have a lot on the line in America today and most of us are mad at both political parties and we're disgusted by what we see in the culture. So, we have important work to do. Let's get to it.
This Just In...
Our supreme courting of disaster: Enough with the endless speculation about who our next president's going to be. We already know who the most powerful man in the free world is: It's Justice Anthony Kennedy.
For the second time in just a few days, Justice Kennedy was the deciding vote in a 5-4 case that has judicial conservatives up in arms. Last week, he wrote the majority opinion giving terrorists such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed federal court privileges. Get this -- today the court handed down another Kennedy head turner. This time, the subject is immigration and deportation. The majority writes that an alien here illegally, who's agreed to voluntarily leave the country must be allowed to change his mind.
One problem, that's not mandated anywhere in the relevant statute! I have an idea, Justice Kennedy and company should go into the magician business because with the wave of a pen, they can make statutory language appear and disappear.
Whoopi Goldberg. Wow, she outdid herself hosting the Tony Awards last night when she was referencing a new Broadway play about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall:
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WHOOPI GOLDBERG, TALK SHOW HOST: One of the men who found out how just how fantastic it is. Also, when he picked up a Tony for his performance in "Two Trains Running," -- currently on Broadway as the first African-American Supreme Court justice. Actually, the only African Supreme Court Justice -- no, that's not true.
I forgot! I forgot! Well, you know I'm talking about Thurgood.
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Well, that's funny, Whoopi. We forgot how you used to make us laugh.
At a Father's Day speech over the weekend in one of Chicago's largest black churches (that was not the Trinity United Church) Barack Obama gave a stirring speech about the importance of fathers, especially in the African-American community. The remarks were well received across party lines, but this call to personal responsibility is nothing new.
Let's remember, more than 40 years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan's report about the state of the black family should have been all the warning we needed about the need to repair and reinvigorate black families.
By the way, back in 1965, Moynihan was denounced in many circles as a racist for sounding the alarm about the disintegration of the black family. Now, it turns out, sadly, he was prophetic.
The young boy whose forced return to Cuba at the hands of the Clinton Justice Department has joined his homeland's Young Communist Union. Flashback to 2000: remember [when] federal agents toting guns, raided Elian Gonzalez's uncle's home, took custody of the 6-year-old boy and then returned him to Cuba? Elian's mother had died earlier that year on a raft while trying to flee to the U.S.
Well, today Gonzalez is 14 and was among -- I guess it was 18,000 people -- who joined the Communist youth group, just two days ago. He pledged his loyalty to the Castro brothers and Janet Reno.
Presidential Thumbs Up
And finally, in Europe this weekend, President Bush gave the French leader Nicolas Sarkozy a thumbs up on his new wife.
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GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (AT JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE WITH FRENCE PRESIDENT NICHOLAS SARKOZY): I thank you very much for the dinner last night. And it's a great pleasure to have been able to meet your wife, too. She is a really smart, capable woman and I can see why you married her.
And I can see why she married you, too.
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Mr. President, why Carla and not other European first spouses like German Chancellor Angela Merkel's husband? I mean, what does Carla have that Joachim doesn't, Mr. President? Hmmm, I just don't know.