Thomas R. Ascik

Juries, Judges, and Justice Thomas on Defamation

By |2019-09-15T22:17:38-05:00September 15th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Justice, Senior Contributors, Thomas R. Ascik|

This summer saw the resolutions of two high-profile civil lawsuits involving accusations of defamation and libel against two pillars of the media-academic complex. In the suit against hyper-liberal Oberlin College, Ohio state jurors rendered a judgment against their neighbor, the college. In the other case, a lawsuit against The Washington Post, the federal district-court [...]

Asylum, the “Right” of Immigration, & the Rule of Law

By |2019-09-12T11:28:22-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, Politics, Rule of Law, Senior Contributors, Thomas R. Ascik|

Presidents of both parties, and houses of Congress controlled by both parties, have for decades tolerated and thus implicitly encouraged and provided an incentive for illegal immigration. What has been sacrificed along the way is the rule of law. Will the federal judiciary not only change central provisions of American immigration statutory law pertaining [...]

An Introduction to Conservatism for “Well-Meaning Liberals”

By |2019-06-13T11:53:00-05:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Economics, Government, Natural Rights Tradition, Political Philosophy, Senior Contributors, Thomas R. Ascik, Western Civilization|

Instead of considering contemporary political issues, or politicians, Roger Scruton attempts to rebuild conservatism by looking seriously at its past… Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition, by Roger Scruton (176 pages, All Points Books, 2018) In his Conservatism, An Introduction to the Great Tradition (2017), long-time Anglo-American conservative champion and author Sir Roger Scruton [...]

Can America Become a Christian Society Again?

By |2018-12-03T10:41:18-05:00December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture War, Thomas R. Ascik, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Thomas Ascik as he considers three recent books that address the prospects for Christianity in modern American culture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher In Mere Christianity (1952), the published version of his radio talks delivered in the early 1940’s, C. S. [...]

The Supreme Court: Usurping the Legislative and Taxing Power

By |2019-06-25T17:07:11-05:00November 18th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Supreme Court Precedent Series, Thomas R. Ascik|

“Precedence,” as well as following or overturning precedents, is not limited to what is decided in new cases. It is also concerns the adherence to established principles of judicial jurisprudence. Without both kinds of precedence, there is no limit to the power of the judiciary... In the last installment of this survey of the judicial principle [...]

The Supreme Court’s Most Unprecedented Case?

By |2018-10-09T11:13:21-05:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Homosexual Unions, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Precedent Series, Thomas R. Ascik|

In the case of United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court found that the Constitution required formal, legal, and constitutional recognition of homosexual marriage. And yet if the Court had followed its own precedents, it would have ruled that Edith Windsor lacked the legal standing to file her original lawsuit... In Lawrence v. Texas (2003), [...]

The Supreme Court Decides on Gerrymandering

By |2018-06-24T23:06:32-05:00June 24th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Government, Politics, Supreme Court, Thomas R. Ascik|

With the Supreme Court’s decision in Gill v. Whitford, the door is now open under the right political circumstances for state courts to take over political redistricting. And the constitutional changes will be permanent… In the Wisconsin political-gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford, decided by the Supreme Court last week, the Court avoided ruling on the substantive [...]

The “Masterpiece” Decision: Half a Cake Is Better Than None

By |2018-06-08T22:53:34-05:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: Free Speech, Freedom of Religion, Homosexual Unions, Supreme Court, Thomas R. Ascik|

Though Masterpiece is a decision upholding religious liberty, the Supreme Court’s ruling makes it clear that free speech about homosexuality does not enjoy broad protections… In the first of two momentous cases on its docket as to whether some Americans can be left alone as dissenters from the punishing orthodoxies of the progressive society and [...]

Patrick Deneen on Why Liberalism… Succeeded?

By |2019-02-26T16:39:59-05:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, Liberal Arts, Liberalism, Technology, Thomas R. Ascik|

Patrick Deneen has entitled his book Why Liberalism Failed, but by his own analysis, he could have entitled it Why Liberalism Succeeded… Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen (248 pages, Yale University Press, 2018) In his comprehensive condemnation of three hundred years of modern liberalism, Patrick Deneen at one point speaks of “advanced liberalism,” [...]

Why Not Wife-Swapping?

By |2018-02-25T21:17:28-05:00February 25th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Homosexual Unions, Justice, Liberty, Marriage, Thomas R. Ascik|

In December, the Supreme Court decided not to hear a case that proposed to extend the Court’s sexual freedom cases to wife-swapping. In Coker v. Whittington, two sheriff’s deputies in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, and their wives agreed to swap spouses, and each deputy began living with the opposite deputy’s wife. Invoking his office’s code [...]

Going Rogue: When Our Courts Join the Democratic Opposition

By |2018-02-01T22:10:16-05:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Constitution, Supreme Court, Thomas R. Ascik|

With a “clear, plain, and palpable” eagerness to seize control of the Pennsylvania congressional map in time for the 2018 mid-term elections, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has gone beyond judicial activism and joined with the Democrats in their attempt to win control of the U.S. Congress. The details of how this came about and [...]

Of Cakes, Coercion, and the Constitution

By |2018-01-22T09:28:52-05:00December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Homosexual Unions, Supreme Court, Thomas R. Ascik|

If governments can directly instruct families about what to believe concerning homosexuality and about the correct frame of mind to have in conducting daily business, it is hard think that the policies and practices of religious schools and other institutions, like hospitals, will be left alone... In Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 decision of the [...]

Should Religious Symbols Be Banned on Public Lands?

By |2018-06-21T20:37:27-05:00November 7th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Featured, Freedom of Religion, Politics, Religion, Secularism, Thomas R. Ascik, World War I|

The Supreme Court’s decisions on “public displays” of religion have not been as categorical as its decisions on, for instance, school prayer… Is a long-standing commemorative cross on public land socially divisive and a governmental endorsement of religion? Or, to the contrary, is a constitutional challenge to that cross an act of gratuitous social divisiveness? Recently, [...]

Making Political Gerrymandering a Constitutional Issue?

By |2018-01-22T09:36:34-05:00October 10th, 2017|Categories: Constitution, Supreme Court, Thomas R. Ascik|

In the potentially momentous case considering the issue of “political gerrymandering,” the Supreme Court last week spent almost no time discussing and demanding that the litigating parties address the language of the Constitution. In Gill v. Whitford, Wisconsin Democrats had won a 2-1 ruling of a three-judge federal district court that the 2010 re-apportionment [...]