Donald Trump, George Will, and the Soul of Conservatism

By |2016-05-13T16:59:24-05:00October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Donald Trump, Featured, Morality, Presidency, Republicans|

If every cloud has a silver lining, we can say that the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump has—whatever his detractors may say—serves some useful purposes. Those most critical of Trump speak of his followers as delirious, as if they were in the grip of some dreadful political fever. Nevertheless, a fever can be useful to [...]

Which Candidate Will Defy the Republican Establishment?

By |2015-10-05T00:12:19-05:00October 5th, 2015|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Politics, Presidency, Republicans|

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz I for one was sad when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped out of the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Then again, I had been saddened by Mr. Walker repeatedly during his time as a candidate—by his failure to take a consistent stand against massive and even illegal [...]

Why I Am a Monarchical Republican

By |2019-06-11T17:54:01-05:00October 1st, 2015|Categories: Monarchy, Republicans|

John Adams Gathering my thoughts to once again tackle the question of monarchism, I glanced over the comments on my 2014 essay, “Why I’m a Monarchist.” One commenter, known only as Harris and identified only as an aging Maltese, noted that “Thomas Hobbes makes the argument more pungently, and more brutally. What is [...]

Elusive Coalition: Racial & Ethnic Challenges for the Christian Right

By |2015-09-10T23:13:02-05:00September 10th, 2015|Categories: Abortion, Economics, Faith, Government, Morality, Republicans|

In a recent essay* for the Christian Post, “The Christian Right: A New Hope for the Republican Party,” Napp Nazworth argues that Christian political conservatism offers the best resource for expanding the party’s base among non-whites. Citing the demography deficit within the Republican Party, Nazworth argues “social conservatives are most attuned to the sympathies of [...]

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 framed [...]

Jeb, the Republican Establishment, and “Adult” Conversations

By |2015-02-17T17:29:39-06:00February 9th, 2015|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Democracy, Featured, Government, Presidency, Republicans|

In making preparations to run for President, the latest Bush (Jeb, in case you missed it) told the press that he looked forward to having some “adult conversations” about what needs to happen in Washington, DC to break gridlock and “solve” the various problems America faces. He cast aspersions, of course, on Tea Party activists [...]

The Immigration Decree

By |2014-11-12T00:34:41-06:00November 12th, 2014|Categories: Barack Obama, Bruce Frohnen, Government, Immigration, Republicans|

President Barack Obama’s reaction to the shellacking he and his policies received from the American people in the midterm elections surprised no one in its stubborn petulance. Along with some eye rolling and clearly perfunctory statements about how he would “cooperate” with the new Republican majority, President Obama made clear that he sees himself as [...]

Cancel the Midterm Elections?

By |2014-11-04T08:58:55-06:00November 4th, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism, Democracy in America, Liberalism, Republicans|

Like all actual conservatives, I look on any increase in the powers of the Republican Party as an opportunity for disappointment. Its leaders would rather run a permanent minority than serve as part of a majority actually returning power to the states and the people. Better to be ruled by Democrats, “our” leaders believe, so [...]

The 2014 Elections: GOP Weaknesses

By |2014-10-28T09:35:45-05:00October 28th, 2014|Categories: Politics, Republicans|

The difficulty in predicting the size of Republican gains next week arises from several factors that seem, thus far, to have shielded the Democrats from the full consequences of Barack Obama’s richly deserved unpopularity. One of these factors, operating mainly though not only in the Senate races, reflects closely linked political truisms: Money talks, incumbency [...]

On The Border, The GOP Is Outraged At The Wrong Thing

By |2014-08-26T15:19:44-05:00August 28th, 2014|Categories: Barack Obama, Brian Domitrovic, Immigration, Republicans|

The immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border these days is an odd one. Adherents of the party of free-enterprise, the Republicans, are opposed to the migration of free labor across the border, arguing that agents of the state should stop people and turn them away, if not submit them to government justice. Meanwhile, the party [...]

The Massachusetts Republican

By |2014-08-15T16:44:36-05:00August 17th, 2014|Categories: Poetry, Republicans|Tags: |

Thus spake the last of Boston’s Brahmin: “I place no stock in any faction Except those stalwarts of the Union And who prefer the Greek to Latin.” I. Mayor Nichols was well before my time. (He was, I read, a Swedenborgian; I’ve always thought that to be somewhat strange, Not that I would’ve held it [...]

Why Republicans Are Trying To Save Obamacare

By |2014-12-29T16:47:52-06:00February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Government, Republicans|Tags: |

There is an old saying, that if Democrats were to propose burning down the White House Republicans would counter with a plan that would burn it down “better” for half the price, though it would take half again as long to accomplish. I have been reminded of this saying repeatedly over the past several weeks as [...]

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