Category Archives: Politics

In Defense of Edmund Burke

Craig Shirley has an article at Breitbart in which he has some critical words for some contemporary Republicans, with which I will not argue.  He also has some critical words for the great British conservative Edmund Burke, with which I will argue. Here’s Shirley on Burke (among other things): High Tories, Neo Cons, Establishmentarians, Big [...]

Democrats’ Revolting Equal-Pay Demagoguery

“Democrats’ Revolting Equal-Pay Demagoguery.”  Beyond the intrinsic merit of the article to which this title is attached, it deserves some notice because of who wrote it.  It’s not from an op-ed by, say, Reince Priebus (chairman of the Republican National Committee).  Nor is it from an article by a conservative columnist, like George Will or [...]

Kathleen Sebelius resigns

Some great news: Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Obama accepted Ms. Sebelius’s resignation this week, and on Friday morning he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the [...]

“He saw the city and wept over it”

In American electoral politics, we take for granted that liberals will win in the cities and conservatives will win in the country with the suburbs up for grabs. However, this is increasingly an untenable position as inner suburbs have moved to the left over the past few decades. In the latter half of the 20th [...]

Wendy Davis Suffers Major Defeat in War Against Texas Babies

  Good news from the Lone Star State. A federal appeals court in Texas has upheld legislation that bans most abortions after 20 weeks in the state. In its ruling, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the lower court’s reasoning that the law posed an “undue burden” on the rights of Texas women seeking [...]

The HHS Mandates and the Many Meanings of Pluralism

There is an amusing bit in the famous movie Becket in which King Henry II of England and his counsellor (and later Archbishop of Canterbury) Thomas Becket spar about the meaning of honor.  Becket, who is presented in the film as at first a kind of self-interested survivor, emphasizes self-preservation.  ”Honor is an affair of the [...]

In Pakistan: A Christian Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

According to the U.K. Telegraph, a Pakistani Christian has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. Apparently, the imposition of such a penalty for such an offense is not the only problem.  According to the Telegraph: Masih, a cleaner, was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed during a conversation with a Muslim friend in the eastern [...]


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