“Libertarianism for Social Conservatives,” You Say?
If you’ve been following the discussion surrounding the GOP’s post-election “Autopsy” report, you’re probably aware that many are urging the party go a bit more libertarian on social issues. Case in point: Jack Hunter’s latest piece at The American Conservative, “Libertarianism for Social Conservatives.” The subtitle of Hunter’s column expresses his thesis: “From abortion to the drug war and gay marriage, decentralization is the only answer.” Since | Read More »
Ben Carson for MI Senate Seat!
Via NRO: [Dr. Carson's] entry into the race to replace [Democratic Sen. Carl] Levin could galvanize conservatives across the country… Absolutely it would. I don’t live in Michigan, so I wouldn’t be able to vote for the guy, but I’ve no doubt that Dr. Carson is just what the GOP (and the country in general) needs. At a time when the chaotic implementation of Obamacare | Read More »
It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over…
Let me begin by being completely honest: Of late, I’ve really been wondering whether it’s time for social conservatives like myself to come up with a Plan B, since it seems that the Great Marriage Debate may very well end unfavorably for us and has contributed to an erosion of support for the GOP to boot. And of all the Plan B’s that I’ve considered, | Read More »
Rand Paul Didn’t Miss Anything
Last Saturday, NRO’s Andrew McCarthy wrote a piece entitled “What Rand Paul Misses,” wherein he accuses Sen. Rand Paul and Co. of “messing around with the Constitution in a manner we will come to regret.” McCarthy’s article (which you can read here) merits serious consideration, and I urge you to check it out if you haven’t done so yet. McCarthy’s piece is of value partly | Read More »
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Lindsey Graham vs. Rand Paul
I don’t have much to add to all the talk about Rand Paul’s filibuster a couple of days ago; nor do I have a lot to say about the responses of Lindsey Graham and John McCain to said filibuster. But I do want to take a second and put in my two-cents’ worth about this comment by Sen. Graham: “I think it’s paranoia between libertarians | Read More »
At NRO, Lee Habeeb and Mike Leven recently posted a piece entitled “The Moral Case for Conservatism.” As I read their post, I found myself nodding in agreement with virtually the whole of what they had to say. One thing in particular, though, I thought worth sharing with you all, and that’s this statement: The fact is that the Left doesn’t have much faith in | Read More »
Federal Losses, Local Victories?
Last week, I mentioned Willmoore Kendall’s observation that, for some reason, conservative ideas tend to do better in smaller constituencies (giving us an advantage in congressional races), while liberal ideas tend to do better when put to a nation-wide vote (giving them the advantage in presidential races). Therefore, I argued, maybe it’d be smarter for us to prioritize and focus first on gaining and maintaining control | Read More »
Congress, the President, and the Two Majorities
I’m no expert on electoral politics, but I’m starting to wonder if we conservatives have been focusing on the wrong thing. I’ll explain. If you’ve never read the late, great Willmoore Kendall’s essay “The Two Majorities in American Politics,” you should. In that piece, he grapples with what he calls the “unexplained mystery of our politics: the fact that one and the same electorate maintains in | Read More »
Who’s Sick of Left-Wing Propaganda?
I’ve been reading some posts over at ThinkProgress on a variety of things, and I just want to air a couple of my thoughts: One: They’re definitely masters of propaganda over there. I mean, how could anyone not think Bobby Jindal is going to screw up the GOP (and by extension, the rest of the country), when you see this picture and headline coupled so nicely? | Read More »
The Heart of the Problem
I began thinking about a topic for today’s diary a few days ago, and was heavily leaning toward a critique of Obama’s Religious Freedom Day proclamation and/or his second inaugural address from a socially-conservative vantage point. Then came January 22, the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Pondering the tragedy of abortion led me to this question: As a country, we’re facing some serious economic and | Read More »