Category Archives: Politics

Libertarianism’s Limited Appeal

For a long time I have heard that libertarianism is the wave of the political future, the coming force in American politics.  Maybe it will turn out to be so, but it has not yet. There certainly does not seem to be much appetite for libertarianism in the Democratic Party.  Libertarianism is primarily about individual […]

What would the victims of abortion say if they could speak?

What would the victims of abortion say if they could speak? As it turns out, some of them can speak. Yesterday, two survivors of abortion—Gianna Jessen and Melissa Ohden—testified before Congress. Both women were born after “failed” late-term saline abortions in the 1970s. These women are truly voices for the voiceless. The abortion regime in […]

Kim Davis & Lawlessness in the Age of Obama

The news is filled with stories of civil disobedience and selective enforcement of our laws. However you feel about Kim Davis, or sanctuary cities, or recreational cannabis, or even things as mundane as the near-universal disregard for speed limits and the minimum drinking age, it is clear that we live in a lawless society. This […]

Is Trump the New Obama? Ways They Are Alike

Over at Aleteia I argue that “Trump is a Mirror.” In writing it I started to notice another phenomenon: There are many similarities between Trump and Obama and their appeal …   They are both “outsiders” challenging the system Why is Trump so popular?  Because  people are sick of Washington and looking for an outsider who […]

Joe Biden’s Confused Catholicism

The White House is getting ready for the September visit of Pope Francis to the United States, according to this AP article.  The article includes the following comment by Vice President Joe Biden, who is a Catholic: “Pope Francis has breathed new life into what I believe is the central mission of our faith: Catholic […]

Can the Republicans Excommunicate Trump?

Can the Republican Party–and maybe the conservative movement–excommunicate Donald Trump?  I mean, of course, excommunicate him politically–cast him into the outer darkness beyond the Republican Party and outside of conservatism.  This is what famed conservative columnist George Will wants, as he explains here.  But the thing is not as easy as Will seems to think, […]

Edmund Burke on the Trump Rebellion

It turns out some of the great political thinkers can help us to understand the rise (so far) of Donald Trump.  As I observed the other day, Machiavelli sheds some light on the issue.  Machiavelli suggested that when the people are all worked up, it is a sign they have a bad prince.  After all, […]

Jettisoning Jefferson and Jackson

Some Democrats are for jettisoning their party’s connection to Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.  Many Democratic events are named after these two famous American presidents–“Jefferson and Jackson” dinners.  But in some states they have renamed the events, and there is probably some movement to do so everywhere, because of these men’s connection with slavery and […]

Pro-abortion Democrat played GOP voters like a fiddle

Remember Todd Akin? He was the Republican candidate for the Senate seat in Missouri back in 2012. He became a national rallying cry for pro-abortion Democrats. Every Republican candidate in the country was badgered by the mainstream media to denounce what Akin said about rape. Of course, the reverse never happens for Democrats. If a […]

The Republicans’ Trump Problem: It’s Complicated

The Republican Party is currently experiencing some problems related to the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump.  Many Republicans would, I guess, say that Trump is himself the problem.  The problem, however, is more complicated than they often let on.  I would say this is true in three ways. First, as Tom Hoopes suggests in his […]



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