Category Archives: Politics

What if things were actually getting better?

Are Millennials the New Victorians? That question runs counter to the conventional wisdom that Millennials are a disaster on every moral issue except abortion. But Michael Barone makes a strong case that the answer is yes and I believe him. “By almost any standard of behavior, Millennials are more virtuous than the previous generation,” declares [...]

Profiles in Cowardice

The headline of Congressman Tim Ryan’s (D-OH) recent op-ed is: “Why I changed my thinking on abortion.” If that doesn’t give away the ending, this line from the second paragraph pretty much seals it: “My faith is important to me, and like many Catholics I strive to adhere to its principles, especially one of the [...]

The Angelic Doctor, Alive and Well

Today on the Church calendar is the memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church.  This great saint, who lived on earth from 1225 to 1274, is now alive and well in heaven praying for us. He is also alive and well on earth, in a different sense, so long as we [...]

Is Speaker Boehner Violating the Constitution by Inviting Netanyahu to Address Congress?

Speaker Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the Congress of the United States.  This has made the White House pretty upset, which is understandable from their point of view.  It has also led some constitutional lawyers to question whether Boehner actually has the constitutional power to make such an invitation.  In [...]

A Non-Religious Law Professor’s Humane Case for Religious Exemptions

Over at the Washington Post, law professor (and non-religious believer) Eugene Volokh offers a lengthy post with a kind of argument for religious exemptions to certain laws, a kind of argument not often heard.  When Americans demand such exemptions, they usually go right for the Constitution (the Free Exercise Clause) and demand them as a [...]

Loaded Language on “Marriage” Heads to the Supreme Court

During Pope Francis’ Encounter with Families in the Philippines this week, the Holy Father commented on particular threats to the good of the family, saying, “The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a [...]

Congress, Catholics, and the Vanishing Pro-Life Democrat

Yesterday, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released some statistics on the religious composition of the new 114th Congress, which includes more Catholics (with 164) than any Congress in history. That’s about 31% of Congress that identifies as Catholics, compared with about 22% of American adults. Sadly, while the number of Catholics in [...]

Leo Strauss, Conservatism, and Catholicism

Over at Public Discourse, I have a review of Michael and Catherine Zuckert’s excellent new book on Leo Strauss, the German-American teacher of political philosophy whose legacy has proven so controversial.  In the review, I try to orient Strauss in relation to American conservatism.  The relationship is more complicated than many people think, I argue. [...]

The President and Who We are as a People

The always excellent Andrew Ferguson has a good piece at the Weekly Standard commenting on President Obama’s habit of using the expression “who we are as a people.”  As is usual with Ferguson’s writing, it is both funny and insightful. Partly restating Ferguson’s points, and partly developing them, I would say there are three things [...]


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