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    Holding Leviathan by the Tail: A Story of Republicans and Same-Sex “Marriage”

    How do people who claim to fear Leviathan think you can put a tether on him just one more time and then drop him back in the sea? This is a question that should, but apparently does not, occur to the signatories of a now-infamous amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court. Hundreds of nominally-conservative or –libertarian political consultants, campaign buffoons, and political activists | Read More »

    The Friend of My Enemy is My Enemy.

    The Republican Party was founded on the principle that all human beings are possessed of inherent dignity. In some manner or another, for one hundred and fifty years and more, the Democrat Party has denied this fundamental truth, turning to one group after another to demean, dehumanize, and when possible, simply kill. There is a straight line from the men who went to the bloodiest | Read More »

    Vladimir Putin Does Not Show Weakness by Beating Everyone (Including Us)

    Vladimir Putin has set the terms for the world’s conversation in Ukraine because he intrinsically understands something that the group of nimrods running Western foreign policy do not: In real life, away from conferences and meetings and important lunches, foreign affairs is a series of matches of relative strength brought to bear in each conflict.

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    You Seek to Dragoon Me Into Violating My Conscience.

    We are once again having one of those great debates that in modern politics skips right past any sort of compromise and has the views of elite lawyers cast into law by our courts. I am not speaking of gay marriage; the Roberts Court signaled where that’s going. I instead mean whether Christian merchants can be coerced by act of law into providing services for | Read More »

    Small Businesses Don’t Add Jobs Because Government Makes Doing So Stupid.

    Monday, I paid a couple of hundred dollars to the Internal Revenue Service for a penalty on a penalty that in turn by law I should never have been assessed. I employ myself, one full-time secretary, and one part-time paralegal (part-time because my health insurance company requires that I give every employee with over 20 hours of work per week insurance because they want a | Read More »

    A Day of Death.

    Forty-two years ago today, America decided to adopt a state religious belief: that some humans are not people. It is necessarily a religious belief, because to that point, America had never doubted that humans were persons, in the same way it had never doubted that wheat is a grain; it is self-evident by both one’s senses and one’s common sense, by basic science and by | Read More »

    Associated Press Stands with Late Term Abortion, Then Gets Coy

    Does the Associated Press stand with late-term abortion?

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    We Must Stand Witness

    Let me summarize that for you: the baby sits there, safe and warm because she has never been anything else, waiting for the next instant when she will hear her mother’s voice. She is then punctured, torn, sliced, and slashed to death, her body ripped to shreds where before all she ever felt was comfort and sleep.

    She is still waiting for her mother’s voice as her brains are ripped from her body.

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    The Real Danger of Liberal Bias

    [UPDATE: A federal judge has now intervened and ordered Sarah Murnaghan be put on the adult transplant list.] I’m going to tell you what media bias is really all about. It’s about a dying, 10 year-old girl and a sexagenarian, politically connected trial lawyer. It’s about official malfeasance treated as human error when a Democrat is President. It’s about power and systemic corruption that is | Read More »

    Gay Marriage: About the Children Whether We Like It or Not

    Two of the more interesting (where “interesting” is a euphemism for “horrifying”) aspects of the debate over gay “marriage” are inexorably intertwined: the decision by the movement’s backers to pretend that there is no strong connection between marriage and children (this is overwhelmingly done by those who do not have children) and a separate but related track to “get government out of marriage,” which is | Read More »

    It is Time for Some Honesty.

    In a turn of events that should be a surprise only if you’ve never heard of Mitch McConnell before, the Senate — with one heck of a lot of Senate Republicans, including nominal conservatives, agreeing — just decided to hike taxes on small businesses and skip any spending cuts of any kind, and over a third of the Republican caucus including the Speaker agreed. Indeed, | Read More »

    Question One in Our National Conversation: Why Did Gun Control Fail the Families of Newtown

    Because gun control advocates want to change the law, the burden of proof lies on them; so here is the first question they must answer: Why didn’t restrictive gun control laws save the victims of Newtown?

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    To Our Friends at (The) National Review, II

    Did any of you notice that Mitt Romney isn’t really very good at campaigning, let alone winning elections? That he lost in 1994, ran screaming in 2006, got his butt spanked in 2008, and only overwhelmed ​Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum​ with unholy gobs of money?

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    I Am Down on John Roberts.

    [promoted from the diaries] I’m taking time from reading the opinion (which itself represents taking time from billing clients), so this will be a quickie. I’m not trying to gainsay Erick at length here (though concededly the title is a provocation), but I do want to get this out. We do not choose justices, on our side, because of policy results; we choose them for | Read More »

    I Blame Us All. Don’t Worry: You Will Too.

    From the diaries . . . So, as we begin our gallant charge into electoral defeat in November in earnest, I think it’s time to lay the blame for this primary season where it belongs: The voters. We’ve all spent a good bit of time deriding and decrying the Establishment for our current straits, and I truly believe they deserve some criticism. National Review backhanded | Read More »