Christopher Roach

About Christopher Roach

Christopher Roach is an attorney in private practice based in Florida. He is a double graduate of the University of Chicago and has previously been published by The Federalist, Takimag, The Journal of Property Rights in Transition, the Washington Legal Foundation, the Marine Corps Gazette, and the Orlando Sentinel. The views presented are solely his own.

Originalism and Birthright Citizenship

Republicans have long proclaimed their belief in constitutional originalism. Like low taxes, it’s become a mantra, but one wonders how serious they are. Originalism has consequences, and if embraced, a large part would involve undoing court-created rights that have restrained the political branches, particularly the states. Another large part would require scaling back

By | 2018-11-05T23:14:05+00:00 November 6th, 2018|

Florida’s Amendment 4 Will Hurt Republicans and the Republic

In addition to its closely fought elections for governor and U.S. Senate, Florida voters will decide on a number of important amendments on November 6. Amendment 4, which automatically restores the voting rights of most felons after they complete their sentences, would have a major impact on state and local races if it

By | 2018-10-20T18:53:28+00:00 October 21st, 2018|

Civility Is Heresy When Leftism is a Religion

After a week of victories by Trump and his Republican supporters, the Left has escalated sharply the rhetoric and practice of “resistance.” What once could be dismissed as a mere fringe phenomenon of a “few extremists” now appears to have the blessing and encouragement of the Democratic Party’s top leadership. Whether it manifests

By | 2018-10-13T07:14:29+00:00 October 13th, 2018|

Cops Deserve a Fighting Chance

Seven police officers were shot in Florence, South Carolina last week. One of them, Sgt. Terrence Carraway, was fatally wounded. The suspect, a troubled Vietnam veteran, apparently had set up an ambush when the police arrived to serve a search warrant. He barricaded himself and rained down rifle fire upon the responding officers.

By | 2018-10-07T20:59:49+00:00 October 6th, 2018|

A Tale of Two Countries

What else is there to say about the Brett Kavanaugh controversy? His testimony has been pored over, analyzed, compared with earlier statements, and subjected to Talmudic (or is it Jesuitical?) exegesis of slang from his high school yearbook. Last week, Kavanaugh and his chief accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, each testified before the Senate

By | 2018-10-02T21:25:55+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|

Extending the Kavanaugh Hearings Is a Losing Game

A last minute accusation threatens to torpedo Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Before the Senate Judiciary committee, Kavanaugh thus far has appeared intelligent, a well-reputed jurist, as well as a doting father and husband. His colleagues, and even his adversaries, spoke highly of him. In contrast, the impotent rage of his Democratic inquisitors

By | 2018-09-18T22:52:32+00:00 September 19th, 2018|

Fahrenheit 111000011

The digital world, like the modern world generally, is ephemeral. Entire universes appear and disappear in the space of days or weeks. In the mid-2000s, MySpace was a thing. Online “zines” have come and gone. Even the much maligned “Pepe the Frog” has been subsumed by his cousin, the Groyper. Some of these

By | 2018-09-15T20:59:56+00:00 September 14th, 2018|

Stand-Your-Ground and the Florida Governor’s Race

Florida is at the forefront of the national debate on gun rights, and it has been for a long while. It led the nation with its “shall issue” concealed-carry reform in 1987 under Governor Bob Martinez. Today, approximately 10 percent of adult Floridians have a concealed carry permit. While the claims Florida would

By | 2018-09-06T20:24:49+00:00 September 7th, 2018|