Is hindsight really 20/20? Only if you can identify your original mistake. Based on the United States’ response to yesterday’s anti-American violence in the Middle East, it would seem that our foreign policy experts have forgotten that all-important qualification. The Arab Spring—it needs a new name—is about to enter its third year. The only difference [...]
The wisdom of enforcing the First Amendment against government efforts to squelch speech—even corporate speech—was made real to supporters of same-sex marriage last week. T-Mobile, the cell phone powerhouse, announced it was contributing $25,000 to the campaign supporting Initiative 74, the Washington State ballot measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. In doing [...]
With Paul Ryan’s ascent to the Republican ticket, Ayn Rand returned to contemporary political conversation. Her artistic abilities aside – she has all the weaknesses of Wordsworth’s Romantics with none of their attendant strengths –Rand’s supporters tout her Objectivist individualism as an answer to the claims of Leviathan. But, paradoxically, her defense of individual freedom [...]
Is a person’s vote determined by their race and gender? The left often thinks so. It is the norm for liberals to claim the black vote, the Latino vote, and— especially in this election—the woman vote. Madeline Albright, President Clinton’s Secretary of State, recently stated that she can’t understand why any woman would vote conservative, [...]
If you take the rural Tennessee back roads that meander east out of my home county of Rutherford and into Cannon County, you’ll soon find yourself at the front gates of Short Mountain Distillery, a 300-acre farm that produces authentic, small-batch Tennessee Moonshine, Bourbon, and Whiskey. Short Mountain is one of six new distilleries that [...]
The Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act cemented the largest expansion of domestic social policy in a generation. A graver significance of the decision, however, rests in the reasoning of majority opinion. Going into oral arguments, claims that the individual mandate to purchase health insurance fell under Congress’ taxing power were either disregarded [...]
The days following the addition of Paul Ryan to the Republican presidential ticket have been difficult for anyone who admires, appreciates, or respects the ideas of philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand. Never before have mainstream political writers, reporters and commentators expelled so much energy to discuss Rand or her impact on the contemporary cultural climate. [...]
President Obama has waffled for too long on Syria. It didn’t want to intervene but it was hesitant to do nothing. The middle ground it chose is bad for Syrians, bad for the region, and bad for American foreign policy. Obama has prioritized good politics above good policy long enough in Syria – he needs [...]
Few things are as enduring and permanent in American politics as the administrative state. The endless list of federal agencies—including such vital commissions as the “Board of Tea Appeals”—gives crushing weight to Milton Friedman’s quip, “Pick at random any three letters from the alphabet, put them in any order, and you will have an acronym [...]
One has certain expectations for a book written by an ex-politician: sentimental, self-serving anecdotes about inspiring constituents; vague appeals to cooperation and bi-partisanship, none of which matters as the author is out of office; nauseating metaphors illustrating the greatness of America. Former Sen. Bill Bradley’s (D-NJ) new book, We Can All Do Better, meets all [...]
It’s been a rough few days for opponents of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Where the presence of a supposedly “conservative” majority seemed to assure them that the law would most certainly be struck down, the most odious part — the individual mandate — wound up being upheld in a decision written by none other than one [...]
Much commotion has been made over New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s crusade against “sugary” drinks over 16 ounces. The ban, Bloomberg claims, is necessary to the city’s war on obesity, which began with banning trans fats in 2006, and requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus in 2009. The city also launched an ad campaign [...]
Over at The American Conservative, Daniel Larison has done his best to decipher Sen. Paul’s endorsement of Mitt Romney – more specifically, the Kentucky senator’s suggestion that the soon-to-be GOP nominee is endowed with “mature attitude and beliefs toward foreign policy.” For many of his father’s supporters, Sen. Paul’s suggestion rings false – at best, it affords an expedient endorsement, [...]
If there’s one thing that people hate, it’s being lied to. Promising them one thing and delivering another is a surefire way to guarantee disappointment. For example, see Prometheus. Audiences were promised this Ridley Scott-directed picture was a prequel to Alien, the beloved 1979 sci-fi horror film. “Keen fans” would see “strands of Alien’s DNA,” [...]
Let’s not make this more complicated than it is: Gov. Walker cut unemployment from 9% to 6.7 in just 16 months. Governors who do that don’t lose re-election. They certainly don’t get Recalled. Walker’s reforms are working, people knew it, they voted for him. The End. Democrats were not invested in this race: The MSNBC [...]
President Obama keeps proposing increased taxes on successful people. However, will those taxes go to constitutional activities or to propaganda for children? Our nation’s problems can’t be fixed by throwing pixie dust on them or waving a magic wand. However, the Energy Department thinks they can. A taxpayer-funded public information campaign on billboards and the [...]
Last week’s “Equal Pay Day” – the political equivalent of a Hallmark holiday – provided Democrats with yet another opening to attack presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. When pressed on his views on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Romney offered a weak “I have no intention of changing the law” answer, which both failed [...]
The left’s frustration with President Obama has been much discussed of late. But their disappointment is nothing new, and shouldn’t be much of a surprise, either. In March 2009, just three months after Obama took office, liberal economist Paul Krugman claimed to be in “despair“ over administration policy. At this early stage, though, few [...]
Last Friday, I joined my co-workers on a trip to the Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan. The plan was to film interviews with protesters and hand out Boom and Bust by Alex Pollock—a little free-market evangelism, if you will. On the drive from DC to Manhattan, I wondered how the “occupiers” [...]
The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America By Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch PublicAffairs, 288 pp., $25.99 For budding libertarians, certain issues of urgency in the libertarian world may seem esoteric: opposition to the Federal Reserve, proposals to allow young people to opt out of social security, and [...]
The administration’s alumni two years on.
To save feminism, get rid of the lady blogs.
How conservative bloggers are scooping the New York Times.
Female sexuality may be seen as a distraction for politicians, but it’s also a powerful tool when used correctly. And as Palin’s campaign demonstrated, women are getting much more adept at using it to their advantage.
On March 9, President Obama signed an Executive Order clearing the way to lift Bush-era restrictions on the use of federal funds in embryonic stem cell research. The move was widely seen as part of his Inaugural Address promise to “restore science to its rightful place.” But what is science’s “rightful place”? Does Obama himself know?
Nancy L. Rosenblum’s On the Side of the Angels is an ambitious book that both attempts to understand the disdain for parties and partisanship, and also to provide a defense of these institutions. She calls her book an “act of reparation”—an effort to find a place for parties and partisanship within political theory as integral social and moral institutions rather than pathologies we must eradicate.
Whenever it seems as though something momentous and exciting is about to happen here, prepare to be disappointed. In spite of earlier signs of a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, last week, Cuban president Raul Castro sacked several members of his cabinet, replacing two of the most well-known politicians in the country with military hard-liners.
Obama’s ongoing task is to honestly assess the place in which Americans find themselves, but he must do so in a way that does not boomerang on him, pulling the country into despondency. He is not off to a great start.
20 years after he left the Oval Office and nearly five years since hey died, two things seem clear: Ronald Reagan’s achievements were greater than seemed possible at the time of his scandal-filled presidency, and those achievements have been willfully misinterpreted by a Republican Party that often seems blind to the changes that have swept America since the Reagan years.
In contrast to the extraordinary insight that Ronald Reagan demonstrated with regard to the Soviet Union, his assessments of Nicaragua and Iran rested on a perilous measure of wishful thinking. The challenge for us today is to reconcile how greatness can co-exist with profound flaws, as it did in so many of our Founding Fathers.
There is something in the nature of democracy that opposes us to the task of electing the best man in America. We much prefer the opportunity to vote for the man (or woman) who represents the best of America. Ronald Reagan, in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s phrase, was just such a ‘representative man’—less a heroic executive than a popular legislator elected to embody public opinion in a vast district that reached from sea to shining sea.
A “new era of responsibility” has quickly emerged as the tagline for President Barack Obama’s inaugural address. Yet new eras of responsibility seem to begin every four years in Washington. La plus ça change…
Barack Obama is thinking of the words of Abraham Lincoln. The President-Elect recently told ABC that “Every time you read that Second Inaugural, you start getting intimidated.” (Lincoln’s First Inaugural is much less intimidating. It’s the one where our first President from Illinois declared, “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the [...]
My animus against folks is of about a decade-and-a-half’s standing–roughly coinciding with the present extent of my adult life. I cannot recall a single occasion of my minority on which the f-word was used by anyone actually in my presence–whether my parents, my grandparents, my teachers, my principal, my schoolmates, my bus drivers, the school janitor, or, indeed, the homeless dude at the convenience store up the road. Yet today, there’s no escaping it.
Bush’s penchant for expanding executive power shows that he misunderstood the most important aspect of governmental institutions: They should be one-size-fits all. Officeholders set precedents that will be utilized not only be good, honest, decent men, but also by ambitious, greedy, and abusive men.
John McCain is on the ropes. He needs another “game changer” to win the election—something as bold and unexpected as the Sarah Palin pick. Here it is.
The next president must be willing to introduce policies that may incur the wrath of his constituents, his party, or both. Obama’s track record on making such tough choices is not reassuring.
We had taken shelter in the broken wreckage of a ruined McMansion for the night—Me, Okie Pete and Skinny Bill Cox. Us three had taken up with each other back in Appaloosa after the bulls had busted up the Obamaville we’d set up and sent us packing. We were going West—heard there was still work out there for boys with knowledge of complex financial derivatives. Heard the same about Appaloosa too for that matter, but all I’d found was hard luck.
Massachusetts may soon pass legislation bringing itself in line with the National Popular Vote movement. This is a mistake with unfathomable consequences.
Is America deranged? Matt Taibbi thinks so.
What constitutes legitimate criticism of Israel? (From the print edition.)
Now that even the Democratic presidential frontrunners are endorsing keeping troops in Iraq, the doves have lost. But that doesn’t mean the issue is anywhere near settled.
An online gambling website based in Antigua may wind up responsible for one of the greatest fights in intellectual property rights ever. Who would you bet on?
Politics might just be a game, but it’s still broken.
The First Solo Female Anchor should probably be the First Solo Female Anchor to Quit. After all, she doesn’t like it, right?
Senator Craig’s resignation was less about anonymous sex in a bathroom, and more about his inability to live up to his moral rhetoric. Would he have been better off never discussing morality in the first place?
It’s the franking privilege, stupid. Also, the unions are stymied over endorsements, until they remember the Dodd loophole. Finally, Mike Huckabee’s diet plan can work for anybody, it just needs to be required by law.
Bob Novak’s chronicle of Beltway history is really the love story of a journalist and his beat.
Mike Huckabee’s victory lap is more like a victory slap. Also, Barack Obama for Taliban Information Minister! And Ted Stevens is earmarked for an indictment.
Critics of Matt Sanchez think he’s a hypocrite for being and a conservative activist and a former porn actor. Is he?
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Joseph Hammond
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Andrew Stiles