Category Archives: Politics

Assad Must Go: Moral Statesmanship or Moralistic Folly?

President Obama says that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad must go–must be removed from office.  This is not a distinctively Democratic position.  It is shared, for example, by Republican senator and presidential candidate Lindsay Graham (see here). I have nothing to say in defense of Assad.  I wonder, however, whether this is a prudent line of […]

Coarse Culture, Coarse Politics

As I was driving home from work, I heard a radio commentator expressing his surprise at how coarse our politics had become, and how quickly.  Who would have thought, he asked, that, say, Donald Trump, who is deliberately insulting to competitors, would be the frontrunner for the Republican nomination?  That this kind of discourse would […]

From Bush to Fiorina to Trump — How Do Catholics Feel?

For The Tidings, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I polled some Catholics of my acquaintance, both in L.A. and beyond, on their feelings about the GOP candidates, in the wake of the Sept. 16 presidential debates at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. A reminder: They commented on former HP […]

Scott Walker Drops Out

The New York Times reports here that Scott Walker has suspended his campaign for the presidency.  This is too bad for Walker.  He is an able and determined man, and he was riding high in the polls in Iowa, at least, just a few weeks ago.  But what does his downfall tell us about the […]

Thoughts on the Republican Debate

Here are some thoughts on the Republican presidential debate the other night.  It was a long evening at three hours, so much more could be said.  This is what stood out to me (in no particular order): First: The Republican field has, in general, become remarkably strong and vocal on abortion.  A number of the […]

The President’s Plot to Exploit the Pope

  This is what the millennials might call “beyond beyond.” This is beyond President Obama’s typical Chicago-style politics.  This is beyond the more vile tenets of the Alinsky catechism.  Hell, this is beyond the bozo Soviet nonsense that John Paul II had to put up with. No, what we have here is special.  We haven’t […]

Libertarianism’s Limited Appeal

For a long time I have heard that libertarianism is the wave of the political future, the coming force in American politics.  Maybe it will turn out to be so, but it has not yet. There certainly does not seem to be much appetite for libertarianism in the Democratic Party.  Libertarianism is primarily about individual […]



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