A Background Check We Need

The February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida has made it embarrassingly clear that our system of controlling guns through background checks is seriously flawed. In fact, it is fundamentally misconceived. Gun control is supposed to keep firearms out of the hands of persons who might reasonably be expected to misuse them—“misuse” broadly meaning

By | 2018-02-22T15:58:56+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

How to End the Judiciary Class War

The following is an excerpt from The Judiciary’s Class War by Glenn Reynolds, just published by Encounter Books. ___________________________________ In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, we heard a lot about America’s division into two mutually hostile camps: a largely coastal, urban party run by educated elites and a largely rural and

By | 2018-02-18T06:45:38+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

The Judicial Resistance Reveals Itself

Over the past 60 years, the federal judiciary has led a transformation of American society—from mandating enormous expenditures on diversity programs, to requiring the provision of abortion on-demand, to redefining the meaning of marriage itself. No other nation in the world has been subjected to these judicially imposed upheavals. But the 2016 election,

By | 2018-02-15T07:42:39+00:00 February 14th, 2018|

Sovereignty is Critical, Even In a Cloud-Based World

President Trump stands for putting America first. This means putting U.S. interests and values ahead of the interests and values of foreigners. It means insisting on trade deals that are fair and that protect American jobs and technological preeminence. It means avoiding pointless foreign military adventures and spending our money on domestic priorities instead.

By | 2018-02-05T07:26:25+00:00 February 5th, 2018|

ICE Troubles With Terrorism

An audit by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is facing a variety of challenges, particularly with implementing the Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol (KSTEP). KSTEP allows a myriad of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to coordinate and streamline the “protocol for identifying and

By | 2018-01-29T13:56:31+00:00 January 29th, 2018|

Can the First Amendment Protect Us from the Ruling Class?

Congress shall make no law” restricting the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, or of association. Aside from Christ’s distinction between duties to God and duties to Caesar, the First Amendment’s words are some of the greatest barriers ever erected against tyranny. But James Madison, who wrote them, warned how easily the

By | 2018-01-24T11:01:56+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Judicial Supremacism Strikes Again

Judge William Haskell Alsup, a federal judge in the Northern District of California, on Tuesday blocked the Trump Administration from winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. An executive memo by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano created DACA in June 2012. Ordinarily, a memo could be undone by another memo

By | 2018-01-11T12:48:47+00:00 January 11th, 2018|

Justice Kennedy’s Too-Late Lament for Tolerance

I have been silent about Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, not because I lack interest in the case, but because it has already generated extensive commentary here and throughout the commentariat. Court watchers, like fortune tellers reading tea leaves, speculate how the justices will line up, with Justice Anthony Kennedy likely

By | 2017-12-22T09:07:31+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|