Category Archives: Politics

Joe Biden Should Run For President and Defend the Pro-Life Cause

Joe Biden should run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency and defend the pro-life cause.  This strange and seemingly unlikely idea came to me after I read an account of a recent interview in which Vice President Biden admitted that, as a Catholic, he accepts as a matter of faith that life begins at […]

Trump as the Anti-Obama

A while ago Tom Hoopes posted an interesting piece pointing out the many ways in which Donald Trump’s candidacy is like Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.  I’m not disagreeing with anything Tom said, but for the sake of understanding Trump’s distinctive appeal, it is worth pointing out the ways in which he is different from Obama […]

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 […]



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