Harrington’s Cake: Institutions, Power, and Virtue

By |2020-04-07T19:31:46-05:00April 7th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Congress, Government, Political Philosophy, Politics|

James Harrington insists on the possibility of an empire of laws. The claim that institutional arrangements can force self-interested behavior to serve the common interest underlies the system of separated powers and checks and balances central to the American constitutional order. But is he right? Can this theory of “dividing-and-choosing” give us confidence? “Two [...]

The Landmark Decision of “Dred Scott v. Sandford”

By |2020-03-05T16:23:46-06:00March 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Congress, Constitution, Politics, Slavery, Supreme Court|

“Dred Scott” is a landmark decision because it answered questions regarding slavery that the Supreme Court had not previously addressed. It is also one of the most infamous decisions, furthering the great divide facing the nation regarding the question of slavery and moving the country further down the path toward the Civil War. Dred [...]

Conservatism and Our Constitutional Inheritance

By |2020-03-03T17:29:07-06:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: Congress, Conservatism, Constitution, Donald Trump, Populism, Presidency, Timeless Essays|

The constitutional inheritance is not merely a gift to be expended or consumed; it is a responsibility to be stewarded. This sense of intergenerational obligation—debts to the past and future—is the most solid and powerful grounding for originalism and respect for constitutional form. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the [...]

Brett Kavanaugh and Originalism

By |2018-10-09T15:53:15-05:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Congress, Justice, Political Philosophy, Politics, Supreme Court|

Even before the spectacle of Christine Balsey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the hearing for President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, was characterized not by political acumen, wit, cunning, or prudence, but by partisan obstruction, lawlessness, tantrums, hysteria, ignorance, frenzy, and anger. Protestors screamed vulgarities and trite slogans, proving [...]

The Elephant in the Hearing Room

By |2019-04-25T15:11:33-05:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Congress, Supreme Court|

The dual hearing of Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh is portrayed as a mere "he said/she said," with the result hinging on relative credibility. Both appeared credible. But many liars and deceivers appear credible. That is part of our sinful condition. As the Bible says, "The heart of  man is deceitful and desperately [...]

Applying the Principle of Subsidiarity to the Debt Crisis

By |2019-01-24T12:51:06-06:00April 1st, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Civil Society, Congress, Conservatism, Economics, Family, John Horvat, Politics, Virtue|

Until individuals, families, institutions, and government are restored to their proper roles, America will continue crashing through the debt ceiling… It is official: The national debt has now exceeded $21 trillion. The tragic news comes just six months after it hit $20 trillion last September 8. This problem is obviously not going away. By voting to [...]

The Morality of President Trump’s DACA Decision

By |2020-06-10T10:25:34-05:00September 27th, 2017|Categories: Barack Obama, Catholicism, Congress, Constitution, Donald Trump, Immigration, Politics, Presidency|

In the wake of President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, prominent voices have been raised in moral indignation, painting him as a villain. But is that characterization fair? Much of the Catholic world is in an uproar over President Trump’s decision to phase out the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) order enacted by [...]

Conservatism and Our Constitutional Inheritance

By |2019-07-18T15:53:31-05:00September 16th, 2017|Categories: Congress, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Featured, Populism, Presidency|

The constitutional inheritance is not merely a gift to be expended or consumed; it is a responsibility to be stewarded. This sense of intergenerational obligation—debts to the past and future—is the most solid and powerful grounding for originalism and respect for constitutional form… The essential question confronting American conservatism is what, precisely, it aspires to [...]

Are We All in Favor of National Health Care Now?

By |2017-04-26T14:41:58-05:00April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Barack Obama, Bruce Frohnen, Congress, Nationalism, Politics|

President Trump and many “conservative” Members of Congress believe that it is the duty of the federal government to see to it that every American receives healthcare, regardless of cost. Anyone opposing the healthcare entitlement must be willing, or even happy, to see people die in the streets… There is much noise coming from [...]

Should the Filibuster Go?

By |2017-04-09T18:24:14-05:00April 9th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Congress, Democracy, Government, History, Politics|

We Americans are no longer members of a consensual society, devoted to limited government and the rule of law. So, is the filibuster still a guardian of our freedoms?… After eight years of the most radical President in American history, our “fundamentally transformed” nation can no longer afford to allow use of the filibuster [...]

The GOP, Bob Corker, and a Nuclear Deal with Iran

By |2015-04-16T16:03:56-05:00April 16th, 2015|Categories: Congress, Foreign Affairs, Government, Middle East, Pat Buchanan, Republicans|

“Pat, sometimes it seems like our friends want me to go over the cliff with flags flying,” President Reagan once told me. Today, it is “Bibi” Netanyahu and the neocons howling “kill the deal” and “bomb Iran” who are shoving the Republican Party toward the cliff. The question, which may decide 2016, may be [...]

The GOP Embraces the Day of the Hawk

By |2015-03-24T16:56:51-05:00March 24th, 2015|Categories: Barack Obama, Congress, Democracy, Foreign Affairs, Government, Pat Buchanan, Politics|

With Hillary Clinton scrambling to explain her missing emails, much of America is wailing, “Please don’t make us watch this movie again!” Why, then, would the Republican Party, with a chance to sweep it all in 2016, want to return us to the nightmare days of George W., which caused America to rise up [...]

Today’s Terrorists Are Not So Terrible

By |2015-03-10T16:49:59-05:00March 10th, 2015|Categories: Congress, Foreign Affairs, Government, Pat Buchanan, Terrorism, War|

Last week, John Kerry seemed to be auditioning for the role of Dr. Pangloss. Despite jihadi violence across the Middle East and ISIS terror in Iraq and Syria, Kerry told Congress, we live in “a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally—less deaths, less violent deaths [...]

The Next Step by the GOP

By |2015-02-18T16:52:10-06:00February 18th, 2015|Categories: Barack Obama, Congress, Government, Pat Buchanan|

In November of 2014, Republicans grew their strength in Congress to levels unseen since 1946. What united the party and rallied the nation was the GOP’s declared resolve to stand up to an imperious president. Give us powerful new majorities, said John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, and we shall halt these usurpations of Congressional power. [...]

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