Category Archives: Republican Party

Tom Ridge accuses social conservatives of ‘tyranny’

Whenever I attack pro-abortion Catholic Democrats, I get labeled a ‘cheerleader’ for the Republican Party. But the truth is that I save my greatest ammunition for pro-abortion Republicans, especially those who also claim to be Catholic. Thankfully the number of pro-abortion Catholic Republicans in office is shrinking quickly. (Not getting better on the Democratic side, though.) [...]

A Rallying Cry For Virginia, And For Decency

In less than a week, Virginians will go to the polls to elect a new governor. On the ticket are two contenders: Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s current Attorney General — a pro-life, pro-business, small-government, constitutionalist Catholic father of seven children; and Terry McAuliffe, former head of the DNC — a pro-abortion, tax-and-spend, pro-Obamacare, progressive, anti-Catholic…”Catholic. ” [...]

The GOP’s “Truce” on Social Issues is Political Suicide

Conventional wisdom suggests that in 2012, social issues distracted from the Republican Party’s winning economic message, causing the GOP to lose. At American Principles in Action, we believe that this mindset is wrong. First, social issues help GOP candidates win elections, not lose them. Secondly, the GOP’s economic message, as currently structured, is not a winning message. Just [...]

Iraq, Obamacare, and the Uncertain Future of American Politics

Now that the partial government shutdown is over, the news is becoming more focused on problems with the launch of the Affordable Care Act.  Writing in the New York Times, Ross Douthat offered this analogy: Like the Bush administration in Iraq, the White House seems to have invaded the health insurance marketplace with woefully inadequate [...]

Mitch McConnell isn’t the problem. Mark Begich is the problem.

There are many people today who are furious at Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Boehner for accepting this deal and ending the shutdown. Not me.  I’m done with a fighting a losing battle. I’m more than happy to focus attention on the colossal on-going disaster which is the Obamacare rollout. The Defund strategy was doomed [...]

Paul Ryan, Statesman

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Congressman Paul Ryan made the case for a compromise to end the government shutdown, address the approaching debt limit, and start down the path to long-term fiscal sanity. Our government may be in the midst of a crisis, but Ryan also sees opportunity—there is something to be gained for both [...]

The Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling: What Would Abraham Lincoln Say?

Does every Supreme Court ruling deserve our total and unhesitating support?  No.  That, at least, was the view of one of our greatest citizens and statesmen, Abraham Lincoln. I thought of this when I read about the rather weak–it seemed to me–reactions of leading Republicans to U.S. v. Windsor, in which the Supreme Court presumed [...]

Dubyapalooza: Catholics Share the Presidential W. Love

After the Dubyapalooza at the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, a badly needed reassessment of former President Bush is underway. I offer my 2 cents at the National Catholic Register, based in part on what we covered at the time. For space, I had to cut one quote which I [...]


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