Of Baseball and Bloodshed in Our Chaotic Age

The annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity is a bipartisan, bicameral contest between Republican and Democratic teams. Each side diligently practices for weeks, but it is far from toil (though the aging athlete’s aching muscles indicate otherwise). For the participants, it is an idyllic nostalgia trip that swaps the cut and thrust of

By | 2017-06-18T19:48:12+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

Bloomington versus Belmont: School Vouchers and Economic Diversity

Boston suburb Belmont is Charles Murray’s example in Coming Apart of rich, liberal, respectable people who preach relativism and moral agnosticism while leading orderly lives with minimal amounts of divorce, drugs, and dissipation―nice people, but entirely out of touch with Donald Trump’s America. I saw that, too, when I was a visiting professor

By | 2017-06-16T14:19:31+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

True Tolerance is Beyond Bernie Sanders and Today’s Democrats

When you hear the words “tolerance” and “diversity,” what comes to mind? If you’re a casual observer of politics and culture, you react positively and you would likely assign those words to a liberal mindset in general and perhaps to the Democratic Party in particular. Those of us who have been paying closer

By | 2017-06-16T02:08:24+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

The Travel Ban Is Not About Islam, It’s About Countering Jihad

The U.S. Supreme Court is finally set to hear arguments on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order temporarily halting travel from six countries in the Mideast and Africa. According to the Left, the order is  a “Muslim ban,” since the majority populations of each of these six countries pray toward Mecca. To the

By | 2017-06-15T13:10:57+00:00 June 12th, 2017|

Self-Government Not Climate at Issue in Paris Agreement

It’s time for a serious discussion about what just happened with the Paris Climate agreement. President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. participation was not only a fulfillment of his campaign promise and utterly predictable, it was his clear legal prerogative to do it. The Paris agreement was not a treaty; it was not

By | 2017-06-07T20:30:17+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|

On the Resistance, Building Campaigns, and Filibusters

In the synagogue business, the few rabbis who are unfortunate enough to practice at one of the few undesirable congregations with grumbling and carping congregants (probably no different from what some similarly unfortunate pastors encounter among those outlier church flocks pocked with sociologically pathological congregants) are told that nothing puts the grumbles to

By | 2017-06-03T21:22:47+00:00 May 30th, 2017|

Flying Tigers are a Model for Sensible Projection of US Power Abroad

By late 1940, Japan had conquered Manchuria and was pushing south and west across China.  Japan planned to subdue China and then turn east, towards American possessions in the Philippines, Guam, Wake, and Hawaii.  President Roosevelt wanted to fight Japan in China before the war came to us, but what we’d now call

By | 2017-06-03T20:47:36+00:00 May 30th, 2017|