Category Archives: Politics

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 [...]

Conservatives Are Neanderthals (And so is your mom)

  That’s supposedly what a new study says, and some liberals are getting pretty excited about it. According to liberal outlet Mother Jones, the study claims that your political views, rather than being shaped by what you learned in school or through life experience, are determined by an inherent genetic predisposition to see things a certain [...]

Progressive Hatred: Salon’s White Hot Headlines

“Conservatives think that liberals are good people with bad ideas, whereas liberals think conservatives are bad people.” Todd Zywicki recalled that aphorism after reading a Johnathon Haidt book. “They Really Do Hate Us” was the Wheat & Weeds post that alerted to me to the research months ago, and I have been thinking of it [...]

A Few More Questions for Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren’s speech to the Netroots Nation convention is much on my mind right now.  I thought of some other points after putting up an earlier post on it.  Like the famous and beloved Lieutenant Columbo, I’d like to ask “just a few more questions, ma’am.” Senator Warren, in your speech you insisted rather warmly [...]

Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism

National Journal‘s blog has a post outlining what it claims are Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism, as she stated them at the recent Netroots Nation meeting.  They are not really commandments, but more affirmations of belief.  But this error is not Warren’s but rather that of the National Journal blogger who sacrificed precision to [...]

Catholicism and Libertarianism, Part 2

In a recent post I discussed what I think are some problems in Kevin Williamson’s critique of Catholic thinking about economics and politics.  Here I would like to continue the critique. Here’s Williamson: From the old royalist Right to the redistributionist Left, there is an implicit and sometimes explicit belief that the state is a [...]

A Founding Father’s Advice to the IRS

While doing some work on the thought of Alexander Hamilton, America’s first Secretary of the Treasury, I came across a remark that contemporary IRS officials might do well to ponder.  Indeed, it is fitting for all government officials to ponder.  Of course, there was no IRS in Hamilton’s day, but there were revenue collectors.  Here [...]


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