If you’re a Conservative that has endlessly searched for arguments to explain to your Libertarian pals why this “same sex marriage thing” is important, this is a piece for you.
American Conservatism is most often defined today as opposition to big government; as the rejection […]
In the book Starship Troopers, at one point Robert Heinlein presents us with a classroom scene in which the instructor asks the students to supply a justification for the continued use of the existing governmental system. The students fumble around with answers that don’t work very well, […]
Why do we let five U.S. Supreme Court justices impose their personal values on over 300 million Americans — in cases these justices have no legitimate authority to decide?
As usual in mid-June, the hearts of Supreme Court junkies beat ever more rapidly as they eagerly await “blockbuster” ex cathedra diktats from on high. Of […]
Some years ago, not long after William F. Buckley, Jr. passed away, I took on writing a book-length project for this site called Crossing Swords: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Left.
The project, designed as a tribute to Buckley, consisted of a series of essays […]
Julie Hirschfeld Davis in a recent New York Times article reviewed Obama’s speech to a synagogue congregation, Adas Yisrael, about three miles from the White House. She writes, “Calling himself an ‘honorary member of the tribe,’ Mr. Obama, wearing a yarmulke [skullcap] and standing at the bimah […]
One of the environmental advocates who coined this term recently revealed to Jean Chemnick, a reporter for E&E, one of the Left’s most potent weapons in dominating the policy discourse (even while, often although not always, losing political battles). Call it the “framing war.”
We are deep into Year Seven of the Barack Obama Administration. It has not been a great time in the history of government transparency and accountability.
He at the outset sounded good.
“We have to use technology to open up our democracy. It’s no coincidence that one of […]
Today, it would seem, that Barack Obama has run into brick walls in the form of the various courts in the land. Which is a good thing. But the still scary thing is that Hillary Clinton is still out there with high poll numbers. Still high enough […]
To quote the late, inordinately great Ronald Reagan, “Government is not the solution to our problem – government is the problem.”
To quote the White Stripes, “I said it once before but it bears repeating”:
“Trade Wars” actually aren’t about trade — they are about government trade […]
Let me now publicly reveal my long love affair with John Maynard Keynes. On June 5th, stationed on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, I raised my annual toast to the memory of this great man on the anniversary of his birth.
This year […]
In recent years, the Evangelical world has dramatically changed its thinking on capital punishment, as evidenced by the state of Nebraska just abolishing its death penalty. Evangelical and Christian legislators were at the forefront of the repeal effort there.
“My main objection comes from my pro-life values,” […]
“As government regulations grow slowly, we become used to the harness. Habit is a powerful force, and we no longer feel as intensely as we once would have [the] constriction of our liberties.” – Judge Robert Bork
This is a simple principle that […]
a baby at 24 weeks, the latest stage at which we permit abortion in the U.S.
Envision the following scenario. a man abducts another person and confines them to a basement or attic within his own home. Now rather than providing his new unwilling house […]
The nature of the modern Feminist movement from early on in its history has been characterized by the alienation of the sexes on the basis of an underlying fear of harm and exploitation by men. In Greek the word “Phobia” as we know, is simultaneously […]
American political conversation, most notably within mass media, has deteriorated in recent years in a number of ways. One of the most disturbing of these ways is that it increasingly no longer deals with the substance of politics but instead with group dynamics. The purpose […]
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 […]
The simple truth that has never been fully appreciated by either side in the contentious debate over marriage is that the entire case against traditional marriage has always rested upon a single line of argument. This line of argument is sometimes referred to as “the […]
Bewildered in recent years by all the vitriolic hatred directed toward the U.S. from foreigners? Turns out it’s not all real. The propaganda machine of the Kremlin during Russia’s communist era, known as Pravda, has reinvented itself and is making a resurgence, this […]
I have written that philosophy is at risk of rendering itself an extravagant academic indulgence. By that I mean it risks becoming so obscure as to be of no relevance to our everyday actions and behavior.
On the philosophy of science, the physicist Steven Weinberg went so far as to say this: “… I found […]
A C-Span tweeter mentioned being suspicious of anything starting with words like Patriot and NSA and I agree. Activists and politicians intent on running our lives have long found it effective to cloak their schemes in patriotic vitriol in order to influence opinions and discredit anyone who disagrees […]
Remember this woman?
“Everybody in Cleveland low minority got ObamaPhone. Keep (Barack) Obama in President, you know? He gave us a phone, he’s going to do more.” (Sic)
“You sign up if you on food stamps, you on Social Security, you got no income, disability….” […]
I often ask myself, when are the American people going to wake up? Seriously. It’s getting very frustrating dealing with people who not understand the basic concept of Freedom.
Of course there is the school of thought that you have the freedom to give up your freedom. […]
Since Nixon’s Watergate era in the 70s, public trust in our Federal government has been below 50%, more than 40 years of a government most Americans do not like or trust. Only once since, in the fall of 2001, post 911, when G.W. Bush stood in the ashes […]
The upcoming 2016 presidential election is a very big deal. As the Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky sums it up — in all its passionate intensity — in Hillary and Liberals: Here’s the Deal.
We haven’t had a liberal Supreme Court majority in this country in 35 years. […]