Category Archives: Politics

Obamacare: Text and Intention

I have a piece at Public Discourse on the debate over the recent legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  This challenge is not constitutional in its nature, but is instead based on the wording of the statute.  The challenge holds that some subsidies the administration is paying out are not really authorized by the [...]

Hard to win in Montana if you mock God, guns, and the family

Imagine you’re running for office and you decide to attack Christians, pro-family activists, and gun owners. Now imagine you’re running for Senate in Montana. Yup, that’s Amanda Curtis, who the Democrats nominated for the Senate race (in wake of Sen. John Walsh’s plagiarism scandal). I will allow for the fact that she is likely merely [...]

America Needs the Obama They Voted For, Not the One They Got

What America needs in a president right now is an inspirational civil-rights figure, peace leader and health-care champion. Why is it that we don’t have that? The headlines of the past summer are tragic, but they are also centered around issues that play to the strengths voters were looking for when they chose Barack Obama. [...]

Who Deserves Respect?

The week before last, Ryan Anderson (of the Witherspoon Institute and the Heritage Foundation) got into a revealing and troubling exchange with Josh Barro (of the New York Times).  Barro openly stated in this debate that some people do not deserve respect, based on the opinions they hold. Rebecca Teti blogged about this last week [...]

Must-Read: Archbishop Chaput on How to Save the Culture

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, in an essay at Public Discourse,  outlines a clear and concise plan of action for one of our most pressing tasks as 21st century Christians – converting the culture in which we live. In a short piece that will take you five minutes to read, Archbishop Chaput sets out [...]

Oklahoma’s Black Mass, Texas and the ‘Patent Nonsense’ of Nihilism

In case you hadn’t heard, some satanists in Oklahoma City are putting on their annual edition of the black mass (I wouldn’t dignify it by capitalizing it) on Sept. 21, complete with, they say, a Consecrated Host. Possibly due to the black mass controversy that erupted in Boston back in May — click here for [...]

A Tale of Two Presidents

From my point of view, George W. Bush made some serious mistakes during his presidency.  At the same time, there are some things to be said for him.  In general, I think Bush was more respectful of institutions than President Obama.  Or, to put it the opposite way, there is a selfish recklessness in Obama [...]

Does Obama Sense a Wave?

Is a Republican wave building for the fall congressional elections?  It’s possible.  After all, it would seem more likely that the 2014 midterm electorate will look more like the 2010 midterm electorate than the 2008 or 2012 presidential year electorates.  And the Republicans did quite well in 2010.  Thus some political commentators have ventured the [...]

Bishops Slam “Unprecedented and Extreme” Attack on Religious Freedom

Gotta love the bishops these days. As you already know, President Obama just signed an executive order banning anyone who contracts with the federal government from discriminating based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” The U.S. Bishops’ response to King Barack’s latest edict from on high was swift and decisive.  And it didn’t mince words [...]


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