Democracies, Republics, and Human Dignity

One of the most concerning failures of our generation is that our children, and even many of our politicians, do not know the difference between a democracy and a republic.   As a college-level ethics instructor, I always ask, “What form of government do we have in America?”  I am lucky if three out of a hundred high school graduates can correctly answer with “republic” or “constitutional republic”.  The overwhelming majority will say America is a democracy.  How do they not know?  Read more […]

Pat Buchanan: Republican Politicians Hate Republican Voters And The Media Applauds

The media/liberal (but I repeat myself) hysteria against the Republicans in Congress who are demanding that Obamacare be delayed a year are being treated as if they were evil. Yet all they are doing is (1) honoring the wishes of the voters who put them into office and (2) ignoring the wishes of Wall Street money or other people who are not in their district. Here we have a situation where, for once, our government is not being completely run by an oligarchy. There are a sizable number of people Read more […]

Law Professor Obama Doesn’t Know America is Not a Democracy

A number of times in yesterday’s “Can’t we all get along as long as you agree with me” speech, President Obama made references to “our democracy.” It’s important to note that before he was president, Obama was a law professor. At a 2007 fundraiser, he said, “I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president [George W. Bush] I actually respect the Constitution.” I was left speechless when I first read this. It’s pure political theater. On the Read more […]

John Boehner: I Will Support Obama’s “Call for Action” on Syria

The Speaker of the House said recently that he can’t take a stand, because that would make his job more difficult. He said his job is to act as sort of a debate moderator. A facilitator of discussion. He can’t be taking stands on principle or trying to lead the House to do the right thing. That’s not his job. But he feels perfectly comfortable taking a stand with Obama. A couple days ago, he and Eric Cantor both came out in favor of Obama’s desire for a “limited action” against Syria. Read more […]

Even Nobel-Winning Economists Think America Is A Democracy

I’ve been having a feud with one of my readers who, when I posted an image that read, “Democracy is the means by which those who adore authority and crave the security of servitude can use their superior numbers to enslave those who wish to be free,” accused me of bashing the fundamental system of governance upon which America was founded. And in a July 4 op-ed at the New York Times, Paul Krugman waxes philosophical and asks if we’re still the same country we were in 1776, to which he Read more […]

Promoting a Virtuous Society, Part 1

Americans regularly make reference to “this great democracy” (we aren’t technically a democracy, by the way) or “the republic, for which it stands” (that’s more like it … kind of) or “the last great hope against Communism/Muslim theocracy/you-name-it-ism.” For some reason, we think that our form of government is eminently exportable simply because it is the most perfect form of government ever devised. Yes, it may be the best. But, like any governing apparatus, its efficacy depends Read more […]

Does Taking an Oath on the Constitution Count for Anything?

News stories are making their way around that newly sworn-in CIA Director John Brennan took the oath of office on the 1787 draft version of the Constitution. “There’s one piece of this that I wanted to note for you,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at their daily briefing. “Director Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington’s personal handwriting and annotations on it, dating from 1787.” Anyone familiar with constitutional Read more […]

More Stupid Political and Anti-Gun Arguments

Some of the best and worst arguments about politics and the Second Amendment can be found on the editorial pages of newspapers. My aunt sent me the obituary notice from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Feb. 11, 2013, B-6) of a long-time neighbor. On the other side was a series of letters about politics in general and gun issues. The first one was about how Republicans are subverting majority rule. The self-described Democrat contends that since President Obama won a second term, he should be able Read more […]

The Remnant and the Masses

The concept of a “Remnant” is biblical in its origin, but—like most things biblical—has application both far and wide. Members of the Remnant, as contrasted with the masses, are the real movers and shakers of any given society. It is the Remnant who actually know and care about what is really happening; and are often the only ones doing anything about it. Encouraging as that may sound, it is also frustrating, because the Remnant are a slippery bunch. As Leonard Read tells it: Members of Read more […]

Do We Arm Dictatorial Regimes To Kill Protesters?

I have always been pretty skeptical about the Arab Spring in the Middle East. The way the US pretended that we had allies in Libya who wanted “freedom” against Gaddafi was especially implausible. We basically armed terrorists; perhaps even with the same weapons they used to kill our ambassador. Gaddafi was not a good guy, but taking sides between him and terrorists makes no sense. It makes even less sense that he had been received by the West because he responded to our calls to renounce weapons Read more […]

Our Problem: We Have Taxation WITH Representation

Several people in comments to my article “Liberal Compares Obama’s Push for Tax Hikes to Lincoln Wanting to End Slavery,” used the phrase ‘No Taxation without Representation’ in reaction to where our nation is headed. It’s not a good response to our current situation. Right now there are more people who want higher taxes than people who don’t want higher taxes. The people who want higher taxes vote for people who will represent what they want. This means that if a certain segment Read more […]

Iran’s Ahmadinejad Understands American Politics

In a so-called “Democracy Forum” held on the Indonesian island of Bali yesterday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rightly criticized the cost of the recent president and congressional elections ($6 billion at last estimate), calling it a “battleground for capitalists.” Proving that he well understands the modern American political machine, Ahmadinejad further stated that “democracy has turned into the rule of a minority over the majority.” Truer words have seldom been uttered. Say Read more […]