The Gift

      I’ve always been a bit uncomfortable with the “glass half-full” versus “glass half-empty” measurement of optimism and pessimism, because it implies that we can know the shape and size of the glass into which fate is poured.  Optimism might be better defined as seeking faint light among deep shadows, treasuring the past and looking to the future with anticipation while striving to see the present | Read More »


      Rand Paul Deserves Thanks for Focus on Police Militarization

      I am definitely not generally a fan of Rand Paul, but I am thankful that he, virtually alone among conservatives, has not been swept away by the well organized and ghoulish police union PR campaign sparked by the senseless murder of two NYPD officers last weekend. WASHINGTON — A version of the police militarization debate will be part of the Senate agenda next term. Next | Read More »

      The Most Powerful Conservative in America

      I am very flattered by the suggestion, but I am sure there are others more deserving of the title “Most Powerful Conservative in America.” Nonetheless, it is what the Atlantic has dubbed me. For almost the last year, Molly Ball of the Atlantic has been doing the hard work of putting up with me and exploring my background. She followed me around CPAC and the | Read More »

      The TRUE Great Failure of Barack Obama.

      There has been quite a bit of commentary – not to say, ‘gloating’ – about the Democrats’ rather problematical 2016 prospects*.  To wit: their front-runners are all old (late sixties to early seventies), all have baggage, and all distinctly lacking in any sort of executive experience whatsoever**.  Worse, their front-runners are also their bench, as the surviving Democratic governors aren’t exactly anything to write home about, | Read More »

      Alissa Starzak should NOT be confirmed as US Army General Counsel.

      This is a few days old, but it’s Christmas and I was sick anyway.  Anyway, this is going to be an issue next year: Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two | Read More »

      Christmas Open Thread

      It’s that glorious time of year where we celebrate the birth of our Savior. For many of us, it means visiting with both friends and family, and of course, it also means exchanging gifts. I’m sure many of you out there reading the site today have been engaging in some sort of Christmas plans. I’m curious to hear about what you do on Christmas Day. | Read More »

      Merry Christmas

      From all of us here at RedState to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! — Erick The Gospel of John 1:1-18 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, | Read More »

      Dynamic scoring takes another step forward in Congress.

      Well, this is a promising first step: “House Republicans are moving to increase the use of dynamic scoring through a rules change that would require long-term estimates of the economic effects of major legislation. The macroeconomic estimates required under the rule would include the projected effects of legislation on economic output, employment and capital stock, resulting in an assessment of how a proposal would cause | Read More »

      Goodwill toward men

      Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.  That’s not just a hopeful prayer, it’s a formula.  Peace cannot be long sustained without goodwill. The third ingredient in the formula, according to Luke, is “Glory to God in the highest heaven.”  That’s unfashionable to mention these days.  The critic of religion – all of them in general, or specific examples – will rush to point out that | Read More »

      So, France is Scrapping its 75% Tax Rate

      France is providing us with a very good case study on what happens when you raise taxes too high. The 75% tax rate imposed upon the richest French residents* was a centerpiece of Socialist Francois Hollande’s campaign for the French Presidency. At any rate, having found out just what happens when you raise taxes to such draconian levels, the country is now quietly scrapping it. | Read More »