Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore Is Bad For The Republican Party

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Sept. 22, 2017, at 6:00 a.m.

“When it comes to his beliefs, if they think for one second they can put some kind of moderate/liberal judge on the Supreme Court that believes in abortion or believes that marriage is between two people of the same sex – you know, fake marriage – if they think he would vote for that, he’s not going to budge.” Dean Young, longtime adviser to Alabama candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore spoke those words in an interview this week. Like many, I cringed.

 


Not because I begrudge people having deeply held convictions about abortion and homosexuality, which in many cases are informed by their faith. I cringed because of the dismissive and hostile way that he referenced the marriages of many people in this country who take their vows quite seriously and are, in fact, married in the eyes of the U.S. government.

Moore is a Republican candidate running against incumbent Republican Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed by Alabama’s governor to fill the open seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore is best known as the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was forced from the bench because of his refusal to remove a display of the Bible’s 10 Commandments from his courtroom. Many God-fearing conservatives in Alabama regard him as a hero for his devotion to the word of God. Others view his insistence on displaying a religious symbol of the laws of God in a place where the constitution is the ultimate rule of law as an act of defiance. I have often wondered if those supporting Moore would support a Muslim judge displaying a religious symbol of the Quran’s supremacy in his courtroom. I doubt it. Read More

Steve Bannon’s 7 Part Plan To Give Donald Trump A Democratic Congress

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Sept. 14, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.

How to Give Congress to Democrats in 7 Easy Steps

I have no interest in seeing Democrats take control of Congress. No matter how frustrated I am with our president, I still believe that Republicans have better ideas when it comes to national security, trade, taxes, spending and a host of other issues that matter deeply to me.

And the thought of Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California being in charge of an entire branch of government is almost as frightening to me as the words “President Trump” are to Democrats.

But if I were writing a campaign plan for a high-level adviser to the president to ensure that Republicans would lose the House and the Senate next year, it would look something like this: Read More

Roadblocks To Meaningful Immigration Reform

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Sept. 8, 2017, at 6:00 a.m.

As long as I’ve been involved in politics, we have been debating the issue of immigration reform. And for just as long, we as a country have failed to come up with a solution.

I am a strong believer that we are a nation of laws and that there should be certain responsibilities that come along with being an immigrant to this country, which entitles one to the many rights this country offers.

My mother is an immigrant. Her family came here from Wales when she was a child because of the opportunities that America had to offer at a time when the United Kingdom was struggling to rebuild after World War II.
But there were also some responsibilities. First, my grandfather had to have a job. In fact, when his first job fell through after they had already made the trek by boat to Canada, they stayed there for a time, waiting for another job opportunity to present itself. Also, they had to have sponsors. The Galbraith family agreed to sponsor my mother’s family. This meant that, should my grandfather’s job fall through, they would agree to take on the burden of his family, it would not fall to the government and taxpayers. This was a huge responsibility for a sponsor family and my mother’s family remains grateful to the Galbraiths for taking it on. Finally, they had to speak English. My mom’s family came from an English speaking country, but had they not, they would have had to learn the language. These seem like reasonable expectations to me.  Read More

How Visiting A Small Town In Colorado Taught Me America Is Already Great

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Aug. 31, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

Lessons From Beyond the Beltway

This spring I had the good fortune of getting married to my perfect match. In addition to all of his great qualities, he also owns a cabin in Grand Lake, Colorado. Bonus! So I spent most of my summer in Grand Lake, or “the real world” as people who live outside of the District of Columbia call it.

It’s many, many miles away from Washington, geographically and mentally. For most of the summer, I didn’t have to put on makeup or wear high heels. There are no TV studios here, so I took a break from television news. In fact, a night out on the town here usually involves a game of pool at The Lariat, some live music at Pancho and Lefty’s or some of the best pizza you’ll ever have at The Stillwater Grill, and you can wear shorts or jeans to all of them.

I learned a lot in Grand Lake. And I wish that members of Congress and news personalities could spend extended time here, or someplace like it. Grand Lake is full of “real” Americans, even more so on weekends when the tourists roll in. And here’s what I will tell you about “real America.” Read More

Religious Leaders Should Stay Out Of Politics

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Aug. 25, 2017, at 6:00 a.m.

Where is Billy Graham when you need him?

A community is well served by a spiritual leader: Someone who can rise above politics and speak truth to power. Someone who doesn’t take sides but listens to all sides with respect. Someone whose words can calm hearts and help extinguish anger. Someone like the Reverend Billy Graham.

Billy Graham was close to Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, even helping Nixon behind the scenes on the 1968 campaign. But after that he seemed to rise above partisan politics. He personally ministered to 11 different presidents. His friendship with Nixon became strained when Graham criticized Nixon’s behavior relating to Watergate. He prayed with President George H.W. Bush as the first bombs fell on Baghdad during Operation Desert Storm. He counseled both President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He became America’s family counselor.



It seems like America could use that right now. But Billy Graham is 98 years old and doesn’t appear in public anymore. And America’s religious leaders, including his son Franklin Graham, are falling short. Too many of them are becoming too engaged in partisan politics. Read More

Why I’m Quitting Facebook After Charlottesville

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Aug. 17, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

I’m Done With Facebook

I made a big decision today. I’m walking away from Facebook.

The promise of Facebook, when Mark Zuckerberg and his friends first created it at Harvard University in 2004, was a grand one: a place where you could network and socialize with friends from the comfort of your home, without physically engaging with anyone.

When I first signed up for Facebook, I loved it. I was able to track down friends from high school who I hadn’t seen in years, find out who old boyfriends had married or see where their lives had led and feel grateful that I had dodged a bullet, and stay engaged with the lives of family and friends on a day to day basis.

And then in 2015 it took a bad turn.

It started when I opposed Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for president. I would go on TV and find myself inundated with nasty comments and threats from Trump supporters. Most hid behind fake names and pictures and said things to me on Facebook that they would never say to my face. Read More

Democrats Still Don’t Get Why They Lost The Working Class To Donald Trump

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Aug. 10, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.

Democrats Still Don’t Get It

Last year I was one of the Republicans crying out to anyone who would hear me that it would be a mistake to nominate Donald Trump to be the GOP standard bearer for president. There were a thousand reasons why I didn’t think Trump was worthy, but the biggest was that I didn’t want the Republican Party to lose.

I was worried about the Hillary Clinton campaign. I was worried that they would be able to duplicate the tactics that had worked successfully for President Obama; that she was a poised, smart candidate who would outwit Trump; that the Democrats would hold their base: Even if they saw some slippage with African-American voters, women across the country would flock to her and put the party over the top.

But I’ve learned a lot in the last 12 months.

Democrats were stunned by Trump’s victory. So were the rest of us, including the Trump team. Dems blamed the electoral college, they blamed people on the Clinton campaign, they blamed Hillary Clinton herself for not visiting Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan enough (as if a few more rallies would have made the difference between winning and losing) because they don’t get it.

They don’t get that Hillary Clinton was wildly unpopular with the working-class base of their own party. Read More

No, President Trump, The White House Is Not a ‘Dump’

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Aug. 3, 2017, at 1:50 p.m.

Not a ‘Dump’

The White House is beautiful.

How do I know? Each year, millions of tourists make their way to Washington, D.C. They clog the roads in tour buses and SUVs. They fill the Metro trains. They cross the street against the lights. And they fill the restaurants with crying children, exhausted from the walking, the heat and the learning. They come to tour the monuments, landmarks and historic buildings in our capital city. They come to give their kids a sense of America’s history and traditions. But only a few thousand get to actually enter the White House. It’s the hottest tour ticket in town – and if you can get one, you will probably make a special trip just to see it.

If you stand near the White House fence, look and listen, you will hear tourists from all over the world say the same thing over and over: “Isn’t it beautiful.” They will line up to take pictures from every angle. They will zoom in to try to get a glimpse of the family currently occupying the house. They will wonder what room is behind each of its shining windows.

If you are impressed by the size of a house, there are others in the world that are more impressive. (I remember reading that Aaron Spelling’s home in Beverly Hills was larger than the White House). But that wasn’t the point of the White House. In fact, the first design was rejected because it was thought to be too large and too grand for the people’s house. Read More

When did being famous become a qualification for public office?

The Problem With Celebrity Candidates

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | July 27, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

The Problem With Celebrity Candidates

I was having lunch with a friend in Washington on Wednesday. She is a player in California politics, as well as a D.C. power player. As we sat enjoying our lunch, an unusually-handsome-by-D.C.-standards man came to the table to introduce himself saying “I’m Anthony Sabato Jr. and I’m running for Congress in California.”

After he left the table I said to her “Is that the same Anthony Sabato Jr. who used to be on ‘General Hospital’?” We googled him, and, sure enough, it was one and the same.

Last week, I was getting press calls from reporters about my interactions with Kid Rock (aka Bobby Ritchie) during the 2012 presidential campaign, because he had begun hinting at a run for the U.S. Senate seat in my home state of Michigan.

And, of course, the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was more famous for his reality TV show “The Apprentice” than for anything else before he took office.

All of this has caused me to ask myself: When did celebrity become a qualification for public office? Read More 

In Washington, the Best Critics Are Your Friends

In Washington, not all critics are created equal.

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | July 20, 2017, at 10:05 a.m.

Find Friends Like These

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. Proverbs 27:6

Whether you are a Bible believing person or not, there are some truths contained in that book that will stand the test of time. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” is a rule to live by.

Washington tends to be a place that doesn’t take too kindly to criticism. Mostly that’s because members of Congress tend to spend very little time with people who are not actively sucking up to them. Whether it’s staff, lobbyists or even constituents, members of Congress live their daily lives hearing “yes sir” or “yes ma’am” in response to their whims and impulses. And when dealing with leadership or the president, they follow suit.

Anyone who criticizes is immediately placed in the “troublemaker” category, or worse yet, assumed to be an enemy. There is not a lot of room in politics for friends and supporters to disagree. But that criticism is exactly what is needed for Washington to function properly.  Read More