After the Iran Deal was announced, my social media feeds lit up with both scorn and derision coming from my interventionist friends and praise and thanksgiving coming from my non-interventionist friends. While I am a very vocal non-interventionist and am glad a deal with Iran was reached rather than not, I find myself in the […]
On Sunday, 61% of Greek voters rejected the European bailout referendum. The Greek financial situation has led many American conservatives (and neoliberals) to point to Greece as an object lesson in the failures of socialism. Focusing only on Greece’s spending habits, however, misses the underlying issue, and American conservatives need to understand this if they […]
I have made no secret of my belief that Ted Cruz is a faux populist and a Trojan Horse of the Establishment, and his recent votes in favor of fast track and bulk data collection simply reinforce my opinion. But it looks like I am not the only one upset with Cruz for his Establishment […]
Occasionally reality intrudes on a good essay. In a previous article, I stated that Rand Paul and Ted Cruz supported “fast track” authorization, officially known as trade promotion authority or TPA, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I pointed out Paul and Cruz in particular because I thought it was noteworthy and disappointing that the two […]
I was just about to write a column about Donald Trump being the only potential Republican candidate I knew of to forcefully come out against fast-track, and then I read this article. Carly Fiorina has now come out against it, as has Mike Huckabee. Fiorina and Huckabee are already declared candidates and Trump seems nearly […]
I consider myself an across-the-board conservative but of the paleo sort, therefore I tend to disagree with mainstream conservatives on a few issues, most notably foreign policy. I say this to indicate that I am not a single issue voter. I have several issues that I prioritize in importance when evaluating a candidate. A discussion […]
When I agree with someone on a political issue and I see him getting a bit carried away with his rhetoric, it’s easy to overlook, but when I disagree with someone on an issue, especially when we have essentially opposite opinions on a heated emotional issue, excesses of rhetoric really rub me the wrong way. […]
God put the Republican Party on earth to cut taxes. If they don’t do that, they have no useful function. ~ Robert Novak
Recently the “Republican” dominated Georgia House and Senate passed a massive tax increase to fund booty for the transportation lobby … err … I mean future transportation projects. The increase was enthusiastically […]
Attention populist conservatives who really want to stick it to the Establishment: perhaps, just perhaps, the best way to do that is not by supporting a candidate who GRADUATED FROM HARVARD LAW SCHOOL!
It is possible that Ted Cruz’s anti-Establishment conservative rhetoric is entirely sincere.
It is possible that Ted Cruz is not sincere and […]
On Monday, Ted Cruz announced his presidential candidacy in a speech at Liberty University. He is the first major candidate to officially announce. There is a lot to like about Ted Cruz. On most issues he is as conservative as or more than his Senate GOP colleagues. I also like his combative attitude, and his […]
In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, an e-mail arrived in my inbox declaring “A Quarter of Congressional Democrats Choose to Betray Israel.” Obviously this was intended to get me to click on the linked article, which it succeeded in doing. It was also clearly supposed to outrage me, which […]
The letter to Iran masterminded by uber-hawk Sen. Tom Cotton and signed by 47 Republican Senators, including most surprisingly Rand Paul, has caused quite a stir. The letter basically states that any agreement the President makes will be subject to congressional approval and should not be considered binding until then. Some leftists have accused those […]
A movie entitled “Old Fashioned” hits theaters this weekend. It is a romantic movie about an old fashioned (go figure) courtship. It is produced in part by the same company that produced “God’s Not Dead,” although judging by their website they don’t exclusively produce “faith based” films. An interesting aspect of the marketing of this […]
As a long time non-interventionist veteran of the intra-conservative battle over foreign policy, I often find myself dealing with the default assumption by American interventionists that America just has to “do something” about whatever the foreign crisis of the day is. They are reminiscent of the harried work supervisor who exclaims to a slack employee, […]
Like almost all modern conservatives, I started my political life as an interventionist, but I made the transition to conservative non-interventionism fairly early on. How I arrived where I am today is a subject for another essay, but to establish my bona fides as something other than a Johnny-come-lately to non-interventionism, I often tell people […]
President Obama’s decision to move toward normalized relations with Cuba has caused an array of responses, most of them pretty predictable. As a conservative non-interventionist, I support Obama’s decision. I support normal relations with Cuba and have since I moved to the position of non-interventionism many years ago. Our embargo of Cuba, ostensibly to promote […]
It’s that time of year again. Time for my annual angry, unhinged Heisman Trophy rant! Normally just my family, friends and anyone else unfortunate enough to be within earshot get subjected to my yearly gripe fest about one of my pet peeves, but this year I thought I would expand my audience by using this […]
Recently I received an email, the subject line of which provocatively suggested that atheists were on the “warpath” against a university professor. Intrigued, I clicked on the email and opened up the linked article. I have to admit that I was less interested in the story than I was in identifying this conservative professor and […]
So I take it Rand Paul opposes arming the Syrian opposition, but supports US air strikes against ISIS. Fortunately, his libertarian fans see through his blatant difference splitting and are not happy about it. The linked article describes Rand’s weaseling but otherwise is a typical Daily Beast snarkfest.
On Thursday afternoon, Paul took the Senate […]
Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom tomorrow. I’ll be rooting very hard for a yes vote.
The primary reason I strongly support Scottish independence is because it will serve as a beautiful illustration of how civilized unions respond when a geographic territory votes to secede. During all the debate leading up to the […]
Of course we all know that a Don doesn’t wear shorts, because they said so on The Sopranos, but a recent article and the resultant Twitter storm has raised the more general question of whether it is appropriate for any adult male […]
Look, I don’t like the Grammar Nazi any more than the next guy, but that’s the guy who nitpicks other folks’ usages to make himself feel superior. Occasionally, however, grammar intervention is needed to save all that is right and true.
Let’s go back to grade school, shall we? You can add ing to verbs. […]
Iraq is falling apart as I write this, and despite the interventionist hawks who want to blame it on Obama’s weakness and indecision, it’s not Obama’s fault. It’s the fault of a foolish policy from the start. Let’s look back.
In the lead up to the Iraq War, we were assured by neocon hawks that […]
Rand Paul has bungled the immigration issue again. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time.
My hunch about Rand has always been that he believes very much like his father.* but he is playing a political game because he wants to be President. But unlike some, I don’t […]
Recently there was quite a dust up in the libertarian webosphere over an article by Jeffrey Tucker which essentially struck a politically correct pose, and seemed clearly intended to distance himself from his former colleagues at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and LewRockwell.com. Since that time […]