Category Archives: Politics

Contra Mark Shea on a Begging Ordinance

Over at the National Catholic Register, Mark Shea has a piece entitled “Against Punishing the Poor.”  It criticizes city officials of Norton Shores, Michigan, for considering amendments to two ordinances in order to limit soliciting money at traffic intersections and other locations.  Although Shea is right about the importance of helping the poor–who can argue [...]

Fail: Pro-Abortion Twitter Challenge Goes “Viral”…Except It Doesn’t

  Wow, this was really pathetic. Pro-abortion activist Andrea Grimes, a political reporter at “reproductive justice” site RH Reality Check, must have thought she was pretty clever when she came up with the Taco Beer Abortion Challenge. Apparently thinking she could take advantage of the recent Ice Bucket Challenge that has conquered the Internet and [...]

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 [...]


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