Colonel Roosevelt

    In honor of a new book on one of my heroes, Teddy Roosevelt, I am reposting an article on wrote over the summer at The Moderate Republican. The book, Colonel Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris is the final installment of his three-volume biography. I highly recommend the set as a great Christmas gift for any moderate political junkies out there. T.R. is often looked at in | Read More »

    Pioneer Life, Tea Parties and The Modern Man

    At a recent library sale my wife happened to pick up a book entitled, Pioneer Life in Western Pennsylvania. It was published in 1940 and was part of a series written in conjunction with the Western Pennsylvania Historic Survey. My wife knows me well as I have always had a thing for old books; the poetry of the prose; the simple style of illustration; the | Read More »

    Scott Brown’s Centrism

    I know the Tea Party was active in getting Scott Brown elected, but had they spent time looking at his record then, they wouldn’t be so surprised now. He is acting exactly like he said he would: as a center-right pragmatist, and The Moderate Republican couldn’t be happier to have him as its senator. The Worcester Telegram has a similar viewpoint. His voting record indicates | Read More »

    Chrysler & Capitalism: Dead on Arrival

    According to Scott Spreling at the WSJ, the recent Chrysler bailout is “capitalism at work.” While I am not an economist I would have to respectfully disagree. Effective capitalism would support companies that provide products and services that the public wants. Effective capitalism breeds efficiency in corporate structures. And in truth, effective capitalism would have seen Chrysler die out nearly 25 years ago. The unfortunate | Read More »

    A Pro Life Nation

    It is no longer a statistical blip; the United States has definitely drifted to the right on the issue of abortion. The latest Fox News issue opinion poll mirrors the movement in the Gallup and the Quinnipiac polls, but the larger question is why?  Nancy Gibbs at Time has one theory, Abortion has forever been blown by electoral trade winds; when the right was in | Read More »

    Republicans Lose in Chasing Out Specter

    Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning. “I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary. I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general | Read More »

    A Nation of Whiners & the Need for Principled Spending

    Article highlights: Conservatives need to stop talking about being conservative, and need to start acting like it. Let me state this right off the top: I am part of the problem with today’s conservative movement. I drive a GM truck, shop at Big Box stores, own four computers; and I complain about the current state of our nation. When Senator Phil Gramm said we are | Read More »

    Casinos are not the Answer to a Recession

    As states all across the nation struggle with budget shortfalls, one solution keeps popping back into focus: legalizing casino gambling. Formerly puritan New England is not immune to the siren call of neon- Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has repeatedly tried to move forward with plans for two resort style casinos in the Bay State. Now some Democratic state senators are picking up the issue as | Read More »

    Youth and Technology Deficit

    Article highlights: Republicans need to focus on issues that attract younger voters, and they need a more dynamic web presence to be successful in 2012. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project 55% of adults used the Internet as their goto source for campaign & candidate information. Additionally the study found that by a 2-to-1 ratio, Obama’s | Read More »

    New Conservatism

    Cross posted at the Rockefeller Republican There could be a little noticed sea-change coming in the world of politics and Generation-Y, which is expected to be as large as the Baby Boom Generation, could be the canary in the coal mine. Some recent headlines start to tell the tale. Taxes Not a Big Issue on Tax Day–A new Gallup Poll finds 48% of Americans saying | Read More »