• CLARIFYING THE FIELD FOR 2016

    CLARIFYING THE FIELD FOR 2016

    Two years from now the Republican convention selects a presidential nominee and recent weeks helped clarify the field of contenders. Governor Rick Perry hurt himself with clumsy comments comparing homosexuality and alcoholism, while Jeb Bush suffered through association with the “Common Core” curriculum – massively unpopular with the GOP base.…

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  • THE CASINO BOOM: BAD LUCK FOR THE POOR

    THE CASINO BOOM: BAD LUCK FOR THE POOR

    Government can't succeed in eliminating poverty but it can certainly contribute to poverty's perpetuation. Authorizing commercial casinos throughout the country disproportionately damages poor people through the encouragement of bad habits. Barbara Dafoe Whitehead of the Institute for American Values notes that in the Northeast alone, 23 new commercial casinos have…

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  • Avoiding Liberal Traps on Issues of Gay Identity

    Avoiding Liberal Traps on Issues of Gay Identity

    Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in the history of the Texas and one of the most successful state leaders in recent American history, fell into a nasty trap concerning the nature of gay identity. After an effective speech on economics in San Francisco (where else?), a questioner asked him to…

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  • SUBSTITUTE FOR GOD’S LOVE: A LOVING GOVERNMENT

    SUBSTITUTE FOR GOD’S LOVE: A LOVING GOVERNMENT

    If you don't believe in a loving God you're vastly more likely to crave a loving government – a powerful yearning that helps explain the persistent appeal of the Democratic Party and political survival of Barack Obama. Exit polls from 2012 strongly suggest that voters who seek divine compassion and…

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  • SUMMARIZING OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY

    SUMMARIZING OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY

    In early June, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a wildly cheering crowd in Teheran that his country had nothing to fear from the United States in its development of nuclear resources. “They have renounced the idea of any military actions!” he crowed, following indecisive, dithering American responses on…

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  • Why Dems Deploy Dynastic, Birth-Right Candidates

    Why Dems Deploy Dynastic, Birth-Right Candidates

    The prospect of a 2016 battle royal between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush produces worried shudders over dynastic domination of our politics. But those concerned with the outsized role of family connection in launching careers and candidacies need not wait for two years to see the process in action: in…

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  • RELIGIOUS VALUES REDEEM A CRISIS

    RELIGIOUS VALUES REDEEM A CRISIS

    When a heavily-armed non-student began shooting at Seattle Pacific University he planned to kill as many people as possible, but heroic actions by a 22-year-old engineering student limited the grisly toll to one dead. Jon Meis interrupted the shooter when he was reloading his shotgun, subduing him with only pepper…

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  • DECEPTIVE DEMS AND THE DYNASTIC TEMPTATION

    DECEPTIVE DEMS AND THE DYNASTIC TEMPTATION

    In the ferocious struggle for Senate control, desperate Democrats count on candidates in six key races whose chief asset involves famous fathers: Michelle Nunn in Georgia, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Nick Begich in Alaska, Mary Landrieu in Louisana and Mark Udall in Colorado are all…

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