It’s Time for a Conversation about Left Privilege

    We’ve heard a lot in the past year or so about “privilege,” which Wikipedia tells us is “the sociological concept that some groups of people have advantages relative to other groups.” One NPR contributor went so far as to declare “privilege” the word of the year for 2014. Those of us on the right – frequently the targets of various and sundry admonitions to “check your privilege” – | Read More »

    An Open Letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

    Dear Chairman Priebus, I realize that you probably will never see this. I realize that, by and large, you don’t take your cues from sites like this one – though you (and we, and the party, and the country) would probably be a lot better off if you did. If, however, you do somehow come across this letter, I hope you will take what follows | Read More »

    The Misogyny of John Paul Stevens

    Numerous authors and diarists on this site have pointed out the abject hypocrisy of the “War on Women” trope that played no small part in re-electing President Obama to a second term in the White House, noting that the Left is an all-too-frequent perpetrator of its own War on Women. However, a week and a half ago – just shy of the anniversary of the original | Read More »

    Not Yet Made to Care

    Nine months ago, I wrote a diary that received a lot more attention than I anticipated. Erick’s response to my post has since become something of a catch-phrase here on RedState, and has since made its way into the broader conservative blogosphere. “You will be made to care.” Thanks to a photographer named Elaine Huguenin, a cake maker named Jack Phillips, and a duck-call manufacturer named Phil Robertson (do I really need a link to | Read More »

    The Libertarian Case for Ken Cuccinelli

    Let me begin by noting that, as a “small ‘L'”  libertarian, I find some of Ken Cuccinelli’s policy positions deeply disconcerting. That said, I will gladly pull the (computerized) lever for him on Tuesday, because his opponent – who has never held elected office and whose sole claim to fame is being a high-dollar fundraiser for Bill Clinton – is so very much worse on almost every | Read More »

    Kennedy was right, and Scalia was wrong on Windsor

    In his Windsor ruling that invalidated section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which has naturally been roundly criticized by the right, Justice Kennedy’s opinion hinged on the following passage: “DOMA seeks to injure the very class New York seeks to protect. By doing so it violates basic due process and equal protection principles applicable to the Federal Government. See U. S. Const., | Read More »

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    The Most Frightening News of the Day

    Much has been written – including some very good stuff on this site by Erick, Ned Ryun and others – about the lessons we on the right need to be learning from the debacle that was the 2012 election. Readers Digest this morning had a bit of news that makes me believe we’re missing one very important lesson. Erick and others are absolutely right that | Read More »

    Melissa Harris-Perry and the bludgeon of “Collective Responsibility”

    For those who have never had the misfortune to be caught unawares by one of MSNBC’s “Lean Forward” advertisements, they are typically vacuous statements of typical leftist pablum wrapped up in lofty rhetoric and set in some sort of idyllic venue, all to reinforce the point that “Government is good. Government is your friend.” As readers of RedState are aware, commentator Melissa Harris-Perry came up with | Read More »

    When We Get it Wrong

    I’m posting these thoughts a bit late for The Day, but in the light of the past week’s multi-faceted discussion on same-sex marriage all across this site, I wanted to share a bit about one of the underappreciated messages of Easter that is particularly dear to me. Lots of folks across the RedState community have shared their Easter thoughts. I found these two, from the front page, particularly moving. Today | Read More »

    On Caring

    Thanks again to everyone who took the time and effort to engage with my overly-long post from last night. I’m rather overwhelmed by the amount of attention that post received, but at the risk of belaboring the issue, I’d like to offer one final response to Erick’s most recent thoughts in this discussion. I’ll try to keep it brief (though if you read my initial | Read More »