Libertarians In Small Town Republican Politics

It may be a stretch to say liberty is thriving in small town Republican politics, but if Amherst, Ohio is any indication, it definitely has a real presence. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, visited the upper-middle-class town last month to discuss national issues with his constituents. The people there didn’t vote him in—his fourth district was redrawn when Dennis Kucinich lost his seat—so he’s been on a road show of sorts, getting his face out in local communities. I went there to get to know the new guy. Jordan struck me at first as one of those Republicans trying to cash

Catholic University President: Religious Liberty not a Party Issue

On August 1, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services announced an interim final rule requiring “new health insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services such as well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening, and contraception without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible.” Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on January 20, 2012 that the rule was final, but that religious employers who “do not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan, will be provided an additional year, until August 1, 2013, to comply with the new law.” While she acknowledged that many religious organizations had moral objections to covering contraceptive services, Sebelius

Reagan’s Virtues and Republican Myths

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.

The Education Party

Today’s Republican Party stands in disarray, even as mainstream American liberalism has finally found its own “Ronald Reagan.” It doesn’t seem like a particularly auspicious time for a new book by prominent young conservatives’ Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam called Grand New Party: How the Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream. In fact, it couldn’t have come at a better time. At its core, Douthat and Salam’s approach is about using modern conservatism’s time-tested wisdom on economics and limited government to reform, rather than scrap, the modern welfare state. Rebuffing Thomas Frank’s accusation that conservatives only

Revenge of the Country Club Republicans

It’s been roughly three months since John McCain effectively secured the Republican presidential nomination and during that time, there’s been no shortage of speculation about who the Arizona Senator might select as his running mate. Yet rather little of the speculation has taken into account the voter data that’s accumulated during that time. When this year’s GOP returns are assessed in terms of demographics and geography, an unlikely candidate emerges as the GOP’s most competitive nominee for November. As evidenced by the Democrat’s snaring of former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert’s seat in March’s special election, once-rock ribbed Republican suburbs are becoming

Less Republican, more conservative

The last big round of primary elections is coming up next week, and so it’s a good time to take another look at what we’ll be facing in Congress after the midterm election of 2006. There’s a lot at stake this year, although perhaps less than you think. In the event that Democrats take the House — the Senate is likely to remain Republican — the impeachment of President Bush is highly unlikely. A Democratic House would probably just mean two years of drawn-out hearings regarding kooky conspiracy theories surrounding President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Democrats will subpoena high-ranking

Who Killed Archie Bunker? Working-class Television and the Democratic Party

Our cultural elites have some explaining to do. Years before he founded People for the American Way, the chief political organ of the New Left, Norman Lear was a television mogul who gained fame as the co-producer of sitcoms about everyman. The same Lear who today works to thwart a conservative Supreme Court nominee spent the 1970s writing and producing innovative, popular series about how the other half lives. His most famous show, All in the Family (1971-79), featured Archie Bunker, a white ethnic who worked as a dock foreman. Only slightly less famous was Sanford and Son (1972-77), about

AFF Roundtable on 2014 Policy Resolutions Featured in Red Alert Politics

On Thursday, January 9th, AFF hosted its first policy roundtable event of the year, 2014 New Year’s Policy Resolutions, at the Reason Foundation in Washington, DC. Tom Clougherty, Managing Editor, Reason Foundation, moderated a lively discussion between three panelists on where they thought the liberty movement should focus its efforts for the coming year. Red Alert Politics‘ John Rossomando covered the event. Featured panelists included: Francesca Chambers, Editor, Red Alert Politics; Contributor, Washington Examiner Matthew Feeney, Assistant Editor, Reason 24/7 Rudy Takala, Columnist and Republican National Delegate As Rossomando notes, opinions varied, with Chambers calling for an emphasis on “compassionate conservatism” and a conservative messaging overhaul

The Millennial Action Project: Bridging the Gap

American politics has become so dysfunctional that name-calling seems to take precedence over policy-making, even as the nation faces critical challenges like a faltering economy and rising fiscal debt. The mainstream media, for example, threw itself into a tizzy earlier this year covering the back and forth between Senator John McCain and Governor Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul over growing support for libertarian thought within the Republican Party. Senator McCain derided Senator Paul and likeminded leaders as “wacko birds”, with the latter striking back by referring to the former as “moss covered”. Several months later, disagreement over issues of