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New York mag writer Jonathan Chait has recently accused Republicans of tribal behavior- http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/05/trump-has-won-and-the-republican-party-is-broken.html More
When the dust clears, the Republican party will be the party of the middle class while the Democrats will be the party of the rich, poor, and public unions. It’s strange that it’s Donald Trump who took us here, but here we are. The Republican party will not be the party of war-mongering nation-builders. It will […]
Now is not the time to form a third party with which to run a presidential candidate. Such a move, spawned in the emotional heat of the moment, will only guarantee Democratic Party control of the White House and the Senate. The latter would be the more disastrous, because that would expand the left-wing bloc on the Supreme Court — the bloc that insists that the text of the Constitution means what a judge says it means for the convenience of her narrative — to a decisive majority, and the subsequent destruction of the Court and of our individual liberties and responsibilities.
However, that does not mean a conservative third party should not be formed. In fact, the time to form such a third party is now, so we can field and sustain a presidential candidate with a serious chance of winning the White House in a few years. A rough overview of the idea follows.More
I consider myself a principled conservative, and I have no reservations whatsoever in voting for Donald Trump. “How can you make that claim?” you must be thinking. Well, let me explain. As a principled conservative, I believe that 99% of everything championed by the Left is wrong for this country. As a former military officer […]
The point of this post is to more or less deal with an annoying (it sets my blood to steam each time I see or hear it) narrative I can remember going back to at least my time in junior high of critiques of conservatism and the Republican Party. This narrative came up as perhaps […]
In politics, providing a reason for doing what you do is almost as important as doing the thing. Instead of the lame, inside-baseball “We just don’t confirm Supreme Court Justices in an election year” justification Republicans have offered, here’s how they should have clarified their opposition:
We cannot, and will not, confirm any justice to the Supreme Court whose vote would imperil important constitutional rights such as the right to bear arms and the right to freely practice and exercise religion.
If GOP’s small government era ends tonight, or in Cleveland, the dream will go on. I’m ideologically descended from those, like Reagan, whom the Democratic party left a few decades ago. But the Dems have moved even further away, so we can’t return there if the GOP leaves us too. More
As I drive my kids to school I switch between Fox News and Glenn Beck, and when each station plays the incessant My Pillow and 877-Kars-4-Kids commercials, we enjoy some morning Zeppelin.
My youngest boy (almost 11) registered his newest complaint of the moment: “Why do we always get the red lights? It takes sooooo oooo oooo looong.” His whine-du-jour always annoys me. Being raised in England, that whole stiff-upper-lip thing was ingrained in me, so complainers always get my swift correction.More
If this was how Republicans argued in televised interviews, they wouldn’t always be stuck defending themselves against Democrats’ lies. Instead of investing in fleeting individual campaigns, the Republican party should invest in promotion of videos and arguments such as this. More
As calls for a 3rd party become increasingly common, perhaps we should reflect on why the US has maintained a 2-party system for so long. Before discussing whether or not a different system is preferable, I would first like to understand whether or not a different system is even possible. More
The whistles from both sides of the Olympic pool blew hard. The white clad referees each pointed to the defender in front of my son and held up the four fingers representing his number, and then pointed to the side. The player was done. Kicked out. The blood oozing from my sons nose was finally enough proof the other kid used his elbow too many times.
Not wanting to mollycoddle, but suitably concerned, I remained standing in my position, clapping and cheering him on as the teams went back to their respective corners. The coach checked on my son. This wasn’t just any game; they were deep into a qualifying tournament, just a feat to be there at all, which if they medaled would provide an invite to the Junior Olympics.More
Leading Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has not only become somewhat a phenomenon here in the US during the 2016 election, but across the pond he has stirred over a half a million people to sign an online petition banning him from their country.More
Hey, GOP, what’s happening? I assume you’re wondering what we’re doing at your place. I understand you’ve been fearful that this Trump fellow will end up running a third-party campaign. But let’s talk turkey: Given that you’ve lost the popular vote in five of the last six national elections, it’s safe to say that Trump’s running a third-party campaign right now. So let me just cut to the chase: we’re worried about you and are staging an intervention.More
Obamacare was sold to the public on a premise that only the economically illiterate could have bought into: That through Government regulation of the health care market it would be possible to simultaneously add millions of people to the demand-side of the health care market, require them to receive higher levels of service and… here’s […]
Partisans are likely to focus on these stats in Paul Krugman’s latest column: Since 1947, “the economy grew, on average, 4.35 percent per year [under Democrats]; under Republicans, only 2.54 percent.”
To his credit, Krugman does not make strong claims about the superiority of Democratic economic management (though he does mock current GOP policy proposals). Neither does the 2014 study, from where those numbers come, “Presidents and the U.S. Economy: An Econometric Exploration.” The study’s authors, Alan Blinder and Mark Watson, sort of give it the old ¯\_(ツ)_/¯:More
Donald Trump was asked a question about guns during Wednesday’s Republican Presidential debate, and he almost said the right thing.
When asked if he would feel comfortable in his casinos (many of which are “gun free zones”) if his employees and customers were allowed to legally carry a firearm onto the premises.More
Jeb Bush isn’t the only pouting diva in the GOP race. John Kasich threw an interesting hissy-fit the other day: “We got one person saying we ought to have a 10 percent flat tax that will drive up the deficit in this country by trillions of dollars” and there’s another challenger in the field who […]