The new political-newspeak-flavor-of-the-month is swirling around the gun control debate, and that word is “defeatist.” I’ve been called that several times over the past week, always from Democrats who support stricter gun control regulations and even firearm bans. Just the other day, I read an article in which President Obama actually used the term “defeatist,” which pretty much solidified that word in the vernacular of every blue dog Democrat who loves using political buzzwords. → Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, the next President of the United States!
Don’t think that Republicans are going to escape my critical eye. No one here can ever call me a partisan after this. On Sunday, I will have Part Three posted on my blog at Christian Fearing God-Man, and part three will basically explain the idea behind these posts as a whole in case the meaning is lost on anyone.
Prepare yourselves! The Rules → Read More
Ladies and gentlemen of American Politics, meet your new warden!
A few days ago I wrote an article on my blog, Christian Fearing God-Man, detailing the 10 rules that every American should follow when they decide to get involved in American Politics (shameless plug). It doesn’t matter how you get involved, because the rules are still the same whether you run for office, blog, or serve as an activist in some way. The → Read More
I don’t think anyone is comfortable with the idea of nuclear proliferation, especially when it has to do with perceived enemies. Is Iran an enemy to the United States? Perhaps in some sort of loose, philosophical sense. Iran has not made any attempt to attack the United States despite our continued presence in the Persian Gulf. Perhaps the government has sponsored anti-American terrorists, and Iran does not show up on the list of American → Read More
I came to the realization the other day that I have a deep mistrust of people and their intentions. It’s hard for me to believe that any human is capable of being truly altruistic let alone believing that a politician can be selfless. So when I see all the masses of disenfranchised Americans–minorities, families living at or below the poverty line, etc.–I can’t help but laugh at just how snowed they’ve been by the → Read More
I’ve said for some time now that irony is what makes the world more bearable. That may sound a little odd, because more often than not, if there’s some sort of irony in play that means there’s likely a negative condition attached to it. But if you’re willing to look at it without the doom-and-gloom lens, if you’re willing to take life a little less seriously, then you can actually find quite a lot → Read More
By now you should all know me to be a pragmatist and a bit of a Machiavellian. I look at politics politically, meaning that I view politics in terms of people forming strategies to accomplish their goals. Every living soul in Washington DC knows that their principles will only get them so far, and if they want to gain any sort of ground, they have to work around the competing interests of their colleagues. → Read More
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I think it’s safe to say that most Americans don’t look too kindly upon “flip-floppers,”—those politicians who seem to toss aside their principles in order to please the people. America has a two party system, and with such a political arrangement comes the consequence that districts are almost always going to be divided fairly close down the middle. Most American politicians, therefore, are faced with the challenge that nearly half → Read More
Natural Rights theory isn’t exactly a current events item, but it’s discussed often enough in present day discourse that I feel it warrants an entire post. For those ravenously craving current events topics, you’ll have to forgive me for taking us back to the realm of ideas.
I always get frustrated when people talk about “where natural rights come from.” As per usual in American politics, there seems to be two ideological camps on → Read More
There’s a lot of talk lately about the War on Drugs. Both Ted and I wrote articles about it, and both of our articles gave mention to a recent international panel that was convened to assess the effectiveness of the War on Drugs. Just the other day, my other esteemed colleague, Larry, wrote a piece about Operation Fast and Furious, a completely abject failure in said war, and the subject of legalization came up.
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I frequent Crooks and Liars nearly every day, sometimes to my benefit, but more often than not to my great detriment. Apparently, Crooks and Liars is the second most clicked-on Liberal website on the net, so I guess that means I’m getting the “mainstream” liberal sentiment there.
There are some smart people on Crooks and Liars. Many of them are very well educated, and I’m guessing that a lot of them likely have graduate → Read More
The Democrats seem to be taking this whole special election in NY as a huge victory for them. They’re claiming that this is a referrendum on the Republican budget plan, specifically the proposed Medicare solution from which many Republicans are trying to distance themselves.
When you look at the results of the election however, this election is clearly not a mandate and is politics as usual. All you need to do is look → Read More
I heard Obama’s speech on my car radio when I was listening to NPR on my lunch break, and when he dropped his Israel bomb I already knew the reaction that he would receive from the conservative world. Many of you have expressed deep reservations–at times even anger or disbelief–about this new policy direction, and I understand that. On the surface, it looks like Obama is abandoning Israel as our ally and taking the → Read More