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 »
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 »