Politics in reality, not middle school civics class

I doubt James Buchanan is well-known among Catholics but he should be, especially if we are interested in pursuing political means for particular ends. Buchanan won the Nobel prize in Economics in 1986 “for his development of the contractual and constitutional bases for the theory of economic and political decision-making.” Sans jargon, Buchanan was a pioneer of the theory of public ch... More


E.J. Dionne: We needn’t discuss whether a given idea violates the Constitution

In writing about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold certain provisions of President Obama’s healthcare law, Catholic columnist E.J. Dionne claims that The Founders would no doubt be gratified that we still care so passionately about their work. But they might be quite surprised to learn how much of our health-care debate focused on a careful parsing of what the Constitution’s clauses on ... More


Reader: Country star joins group founded by Terri Schiavo’s family, Ridge backs Huntsman, Reagan for Senate?

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Kudos to country music star (and recent Catholic convert) Collin Raye, who agreed to be the new spokesman of the Life and Hope Network, founded by the family of Terri Schiavo. “What the Life and Hope network does is provide an already pretty impressive network list of attorneys and doctors that are avai... More

Perry clarifies thoughts on New York’s ‘marriage’ law — and endorses a federal marriage amendment

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council interviewed Texas Gov. Rick Perry today on his thoughts on marriage. The interview will do well to reassure supporters of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Just last week Perry commented on New York’s passage of a same-sex “marriage” law, saying: “That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with ... More

The Constitution and the President’s DOMA Directive

President Obama’s newly announced policy regarding the Defense of Marriage Act has come in for some well deserved criticism.  Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that it does have a couple of beneficial, though surely unintended, side-effects.  Before going any further let me be clear on the following crucial points: the President is wrong about marriage, which really is a union of a ma... More

CHA seeks to join FL lawsuit … in support of Obamacare

Matt Bowman has already done a good job highlighting the key parts of the recent decision handed down in Florida declaring Obamacare’s individual mandate to be unconstitutional. Allow me to add a footnote: “… while the state of Florida is arguing against the individual mandate, the requirement that individuals who can afford it be required to purchase health insurance or pay a ... More



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