A Mandate for a New Great Society?

By |2021-04-22T09:21:34-05:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Politics, Presidency, Senior Contributors, Thomas Ascik|

The only apt comparisons to the Biden-Harris law-and-policy agenda are the New Deal and the Great Society. But how does the political and popular mandate for the current administration's agenda compare to those of these past programs? President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris purport both to rule expansively and permanently alter the country [...]

Joe Biden’s Bid to Remake America

By |2021-04-02T14:07:59-05:00April 4th, 2021|Categories: Pat Buchanan, Politics, Presidency|

Make no mistake: Joe Biden is determined to emulate FDR and LBJ and to be remembered as a president who raised federal power to new heights. And once a Western democracy expands central power and control of the nation's resources, it never willingly gives up those gains. If Joe Biden's American Jobs Program, outlined in [...]

After Trump’s Trial, What Next for Due Process Under the Democrats?

By |2021-05-25T08:25:32-05:00March 9th, 2021|Categories: Constitution, Donald Trump, Presidency, Senior Contributors, Thomas R. Ascik|

According to the Constitution, due process, and everyday legal practice, Donald Trump did not receive a fair trial in the Senate. And beyond that: What did the impeachment trial look like? According to the Supreme Court, “Justice must satisfy the appearance of justice” (Offut v. United States). So, what’s next for the courts under Democratic [...]

Sharing the President’s (Nuclear) War Powers?

By |2021-03-08T01:46:45-06:00March 7th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Congress, Constitution, Joseph Biden, Politics, Presidency|

Suggestions that Congress use Article I Section VIII to restrict the president’s power to engage in war, nuclear or otherwise, are both unconstitutional and imprudent. Last week, 30 Congressional Democrats sent a letter to President Biden asking him to “review the ways in which you can end the sole authority you have to launch a [...]

Parties and Presidential Selection

By |2021-02-23T10:52:46-06:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Electoral College, Politics, Presidency|

The current presidential selection system is broken. The way to fix it is by returning to strong parties at the national, state, and local levels. The 2004 Senate election and 2008 Presidential election of Barack Obama demonstrate how outside actors can create political momentum to capture a political party. This results in a party that [...]

He Told You So: Joe Biden’s Radical Vision for America

By |2021-03-30T10:15:06-05:00February 18th, 2021|Categories: Joseph Biden, Politics, Presidency, Socialism|

The political agenda laid out by Joe Biden’s website together with the 2020 Democratic Platform is lengthy, comprehensive, detailed, and unprecedented. No such agenda has ever been written down by one of the major political parties in American history. It is, in fact, not only socialism but the effective elimination of our already-much-diminished federalist system. [...]

Waiting for a Bull Moose

By |2021-01-29T12:56:51-06:00January 30th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Politics, Presidency, Republicans, Teddy Roosevelt|

Now, as the architects of a potential realignment scramble to redraw their plans with Donald Trump scratched out, it is not surprising that attempts to revive Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy in the Republican party are abundant. If a Roosevelt-style shakeup really is expected—and it certainly would be welcome—just who would our “Bull Moose” be? With the [...]

Is the Establishment Still Terrified of Trump?

By |2021-01-29T11:01:48-06:00January 29th, 2021|Categories: Donald Trump, Pat Buchanan, Politics, Presidency|

For all the babbling about "democracy" we have heard in recent days, the establishment wants to eliminate the possibility that the people could rise up, and, horror of horrors, elect Donald Trump once more. As soon as the Senate received the lone article of impeachment accusing President Donald Trump of "incitement of insurrection" in the [...]

Trump Was No Reagan?

By |2021-01-29T11:07:57-06:00January 28th, 2021|Categories: Donald Trump, Politics, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

According to Frank Lavin in “National Review,” Donald Trump was no Ronald Reagan. But if Reagan had been forced to deal with frequent attacks and calls for assaults from adversaries like Trump’s, wouldn’t his approval rating and his temper have taken a hit too? National Review has found yet another reason to hate Trump, whom [...]

Catholicism and the Presidency

By |2021-01-29T18:19:34-06:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Politics, Presidency|

Today’s Democratic party is not the Democratic party of Al Smith or John Kennedy, but a secular institution with policy and program positions that fly in the face of Catholic teaching. And Joe Biden, also a Catholic Democrat, has simply drifted along with his party on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage. “What the [...]

Biden’s America: One Nation or Us Versus Them?

By |2021-01-23T13:45:34-06:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Joseph Biden, Pat Buchanan, Presidency|

Joe Biden's inaugural address was the most confusing, contradictory and incoherent ever delivered from the steps of the Capitol, reflective of the mind of its author and the state of the Union he now leads. "We have met the enemy and he is us," said Walt Kelly's cartoon character Pogo, half a century ago, about [...]

Inaugural Address

By |2021-01-23T13:45:46-06:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Joseph Biden, Politics, Presidency|

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. presented his inaugural address on January 20, 2021 after he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris. Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, McConnell, Vice President Pence, my distinguished guests and my fellow Americans, this is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. [...]

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