President Barack Obama’s eulogy for five Dallas police officers on Tuesday was an eloquent plea to Americans to acquire “a new heart” — a new empathy toward others across the racial divide. But the speech was remarkable for another reason: Rarely has a president talked so bluntly about the limits of his ability to bring about the changes he seeks.
President Barack Obama can single-handedly reduce gun violence and make Americans safer, something that Congress has been unwilling to do. Congress appears more interested in re-election than the lives of ordinary citizens. So something dramatically different is necessary for a safer America and that something is called hardball.
By now, most of America has heard about the horrific Stanford University rape case. This tragedy was pushed into the public eye after a 12-page victim-impact statement, read by the victim to her attacker in the courtroom, went viral.
After prayerful consideration, we, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church in Frankfort, have decided prayer is not enough. We’ve mourned alongside the nation as countless lives have been taken in mass shootings. We’ve attended vigils to remember the victims.
Gov. Matt Bevin and Justice Secretary John Tilley have just scratched the surface in reforming the criminal justice system. For success, efforts must focus on practical responses to prevent and address juvenile crime.