The ‘9th Circus’ is Badly Broken—Let’s Fix It

The Sacramento Bee recently editorialized in defense of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a frequently (and legitimately) maligned court that has periodically been the target of barbs by President Donald Trump—among other critics. The 9th Circuit, headquartered in San Francisco, is by far the largest of the 13 appellate courts in

By | 2017-08-12T09:42:27+00:00 August 9th, 2017|

Killing the Gods of the City

On Thursday, the world was ending. Or at least, that is what you would have thought from watching the news. President Trump made a policy decision without consulting all the right experts and getting the right approvals. Even worse, he tweeted it out (Oh Lordy!). David French is aghast (big surprise), and even

By | 2017-08-03T14:39:47+00:00 July 29th, 2017|

Great Again

Everyone who follows American affairs should understand that the country is now in what amounts to a second, but non-violent civil war. There are still serious commentators who sagely counsel a return to bipartisanship, “reaching across the aisle,” as if anything of the kind were remotely possible. The Democrats and some of the

By | 2017-07-30T15:00:25+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

Polls Don’t Tell the Tale—Trump’s Support is Deep. Here’s Why…

As a conservative Republican, I harbored concerns when I voted last November for Donald Trump to be my president. I knew that I had to vote for him, given the unacceptable alternative of an incompetent liar who had placed me in a basket of “Deplorables”; had destroyed 33,000 emails that she covertly maintained

By | 2017-07-28T20:32:07+00:00 July 25th, 2017|

Repealing Obamacare Could Spur Much-Needed Bipartisanship

Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate,” President Trump tweeted last week. “Dems will join in!” Much as so many Americans like to denigrate the president's freewheeling Twitter commentary, in this case I believe he is on to something.

By | 2017-07-28T14:50:07+00:00 July 24th, 2017|

Restoring the Republic Means Reimposing ‘Regular Order’

The Republican congressional leadership’s failure to repeal Obamacare has led to suggestions that, perhaps, they should have approached their task through “regular order.” Since Congress has not operated under “regular order” at all since 2006, and with decreasing frequency in the decades before that, younger readers, especially, may be excused for not knowing

By | 2017-07-28T13:56:22+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|