Category Archives: Politics

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. [...]

What if things were actually getting better?

Are Millennials the New Victorians? That question runs counter to the conventional wisdom that Millennials are a disaster on every moral issue except abortion. But Michael Barone makes a strong case that the answer is yes and I believe him. “By almost any standard of behavior, Millennials are more virtuous than the previous generation,” declares [...]

Profiles in Cowardice

The headline of Congressman Tim Ryan’s (D-OH) recent op-ed is: “Why I changed my thinking on abortion.” If that doesn’t give away the ending, this line from the second paragraph pretty much seals it: “My faith is important to me, and like many Catholics I strive to adhere to its principles, especially one of the [...]


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