Impeachment: Our Lost Check on Power

By |2014-12-29T14:05:30-06:00July 10th, 2014|Categories: Barack Obama, Bruce Frohnen, Congress, Government, Supreme Court|

So now Sarah Palin has called for President Barack Obama’s impeachment. The response from the New York Times and other representatives of the “mainstream” media no doubt will be a combination of derision and studied indifference. And this should not surprise anyone. Unless an almost-literal smoking gun magically appears showing beyond a shadow of [...]

Why Congress Is Held in Contempt

By |2014-01-22T17:37:34-06:00January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Barack Obama, Congress, Government, Pat Buchanan|Tags: |

“I’ve got a pen,” said President Obama last week. “I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions…that move the ball forward.” “When I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so,” the president added Wednesday at North Carolina State University. Thus did Obama signal that [...]

The Demise of Congressional Deliberation: Willmoore Kendall

By |2019-03-26T15:38:54-05:00March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Congress, Federalist Papers, Politics, Presidency, Willmoore Kendall|Tags: , |

The one teaching of Willmoore Kendall's toward which all his early thought tended and from which radiated all his later thought was this: America's vindication of the capacity of men for self-government rests upon its devotion to the idea of a virtuous people, under God, determining national policy by the deliberations of a supreme legislature [...]

Why Congress Doesn’t Work: Undermining Self-governance

By |2019-06-11T16:09:09-05:00October 15th, 2012|Categories: Congress, Politics|Tags: , |

Faced with a complex, hard-to-solve problem, there is a natural human tendency to solve a much simpler, easier one instead. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, dubs this cognitive process “substitution.” We know our political system is broken. The signs are everywhere: knee-jerk partisanship, massive debts and unfunded liabilities, [...]

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