Category Archives: Politics

Why Conservatives Should Want to End the Death Penalty

Capital punishment is often used as a “cover” issue by conservatives and liberals. For those who self-identify as liberal, being against capital punishment can be a way to be pro-life without having to oppose “reproductive rights.” For self-professed conservatives, opposing capital punishment can be a way to defend against the charge that they only care [...]

The Tyranny of “Rights”

David Warren–the Canadian blogger–is invaluable.  He is erudite, thoughtful, and thoroughly Catholic–well worth reading on a daily basis. He is also a pretty thorough critic of modernity, contending here, for example, that modern democracy is a kind of circus–and a dangerous one–while medieval political thought shows a kind of sanity that has been lost for [...]

[UPDATE]: Religious Freedom Still Needs Defending in San Francisco

The fight for religious freedom in San Francisco continues on. Read this breaking news from CBS in San Francisco about Archbishop Cordileone’s courageous stand for Catholic schools: “Two Bay Area lawmakers are seeking an investigation of working conditions at high schools administrated by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, over the archbishop’s proposed morality clauses for teachers. [...]

God, America, and Rights

What is the source of our rights?  Do they come from God?  Or are they merely a product of human agreement. This is, admittedly, a difficult philosophical question.  It is not, however, a difficult historical question for an American.  Or at least it is not supposed to be.  The Declaration of Independence states unequivocally that [...]

Alexander Hamilton and the Health Care Challenge

The founders are almost always relevant, even to our most up to date concerns.  This is true not because they could anticipate all those concerns, but because they had thought through principles that often apply to a wide variety of concerns, at whatever time.  This is especially the case when the concerns take the form [...]

George Washington’s Greatness

What made George Washington great?  This is a question that comes to mind at this time of year.  Washington’s birthday was observed on the 16th, and his actual birthday is still coming up, on the 22nd. People who admire the founders often refer to them as geniuses, and there were certainly many who deserved high [...]

Against Judicial Supremacy

Does the Supreme Court get to decide, finally, for everybody, and for all time, what the Constitution means?  Many people today assume that they answer to this question is “yes,” and even that this answer is obvious.  Indeed, they are apt to say that saying “no” in reply to this question is to be in [...]

The President’s “Noble” Lie

Here’s something that should surprise no one: for the sake of political expediency, Barack Obama lied (that really is the word for it) about his opposition to same-sex marriage. The President’s famous “evolution” on the marriage question was really just a coming-out party (so to speak) for beliefs he had held for at least a decade. [...]


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