Stop Excusing a Disgrace

Last weekend, Democrats were rocked by Congresswoman Katie Hill’s announcement of her resignation from the House of Representatives. Hill, who represents the 25th Congressional District of California largely based in Orange County, was considered by many politically-aware Democrats as a rising star in their party. Hill’s perceived ascendance was...

Trump Gets It Wrong, Very Wrong

In early March, I wrote the below piece on how President Donald Trump ultimately decided correctly to stand by the hardened Kurdish warriors that shed the lion’s share of blood in the defeat of ISIS. Trump Gets It Right, with Collateral Damage As with almost anything Trump, that policy...

Trumpism without Trump

Over the past year, many Republicans have begun envisioning the post-Trump era. Following the 2020 elections, Donald Trump will be a second-term President ineligible to run again or out of office come early 2021. Either way, the post-Donald Trump era of Republican politics will be conceived in earnest. Due...

National Treasures

Unlike many politically-interested Americans, this blogger regularly listens to only one podcast – “The Glenn Show” at Bloggingheads TV. The program is hosted by Glenn Loury, a brilliant economist who is a tenured professor at Brown University. Unlike many of his colleagues, Loury came to academia from a working...

In Defense of Neil deGrasse Tyson

In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings. On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose… 500 to Medical errors300 to the Flu250 to Suicide200 to Car Accidents40 to Homicide via Handgun Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data. — Neil...

Revoke the Magic Pass

While the cacophony of complaints regarding the crisis at the southern border has died down over the last few weeks, the recent, multi-year surge in migration to the United States through that border is predicated on just a few facts.  First, large scale migration from the part of central America...

The Future of Conservatism (Short Version)

Since it appears – probably based on JD Vance’s comments implying the impending death of the libertarian grasp on GOP policy – to be a day for weighing in on the future of conservatism, this blog will endeavor to do the same. Many rightists are taking the position that the...

Crushing His Opposition

A very quick post on GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in light of today’s unconditional surrender by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the emergency border appropriations bill on the precipice of passage by Congress. By no means was this bill some boondoggle for the Republican Party or...

The Myth of the Economic Liberal/Cultural Conservative

Imagine paying into a government program such as Social Security or Medicare for 40-50 years and then expecting to receive a return upon hitting the age requirement for collecting benefits from said programs. You must be “left of center” on economics, some assessors of ideology believe. Imagine indicating support...

Guns and Gay Rights: The Inexorable Arc towards Freedom

In recent days, a skirmish has broken out between two types of religious conservatives on the American political right–those who favor individual protections of religious liberty and those who favor an effort to utilize the powers of the state to promote the “common good.”  Effectively, the latter camp believes...