Posts in Politics
In Defense of the Founders: Why their Monuments Should be Preserved

It is important that their monuments stand as a reminder to future generations that liberty is the base on which this country was built, and that it must be defended. If those who advocate for the removal of the monuments to the founders really want equal justice under the law, and freedom for all, they should defend the monuments against the sledgehammer.  They should embrace the words of those men whom they seek to dishonor. Dr. King, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln did just this, and so should modern day Americans.

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Another 50 Years Hence

In Great Britain, Churchill’s prophesy from “Fifty Years Hence” has already come true. Science is on its march to “destroy all that makes human life majestic and tolerable.” Perhaps the link of the English-speaking peoples means that America is doomed to a similar fate. Or perhaps that ancient tradition can endure even this trial. If it is to do so, it will again need defenders. It will need heroes. It is not a matter of Right vs. Left, but of Good vs. Evil.

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The Brushworks of Politics

There is a deep bond between the painter and his work, just as there exists a connection between the statesman and his nation. The skills gained from one can be easily transferred to the other. This does not mean that every painter is a statesman, or that every senator could tell the difference between a fan and a filbert brush. What this does mean, however, is that the virtues gained from properly studying the art of politics and the art of painting are similar.

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Patience for the Iran Deal

America can toe the line between “pie in the sky” diplomacy and fatalistic rhetoric. We can understand the severe limitations of the Iran deal, and the bad faith it was created under, while still allowing nations to build their own allegiances. We can distrust the Iranian regime, yet know that we are not best situated to pressure it. Patience, in this step of the process, is the best prescription.

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What to a Christian is the Death of a Murderer?

The residents of Ashland County have been deeply disturbed by the Grate case. The killings themselves are shocking enough to the people of a quiet Midwestern town. Now a jury of those townsfolk is being asked to consider whether or not the perpetrator of those heinous crimes is fit for death. With most county residents identifying as Christians, the humble community is asking itself: what to a Christian is the death of a murderer?

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Alfie and the Aristocracy

Would they, as they have done to Alfie, after removing the ventilator and finding the child able to breath on his own, refuse even basic nutrition? Would a judge look the Duchess of Cambridge in the eye and tell her that the court had decided this was her son’s “final chapter”? Surely not.

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Examining Camelot: The Statesmanship of JFK

With these principles in mind, Kennedy set out to push society towards a world where the mutual tolerance of all people would be possible. He understood that while world peace was not within his reach, he could use his administration to lay the foundation where the totality of the world’s citizenry may enjoy the liberties and self-governance given to them by their creator. A world where ideas, texts, and reason allow for prosperity and no one suffers under the iron fist of tyranny.

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The $1.05 Farce

The ability of Americans to have vastly different perspectives on important issues condemns the shortsightedness of David Hogg and other Marchers. In order for debate to be constructive, both sides must understand that the other is arguing in good faith. Conservatives shouldn’t suggest that liberal politicians are really only concerned about their Planned Parenthood dollars, and liberals shouldn’t argue that conservatives care just about the gun lobby.

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The End of Innocence

The left and right alike have paraded these students to the public as bastions of their ideals and “the leaders America needs.” We’ve been so eager to defend our personal politics that we have forgotten just whom we are using: children—scarcely educated, heavily scarred, and unaccustomed to the pressure of the national stage.

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All Laws Matter: A Response to Josh Frey

While I sympathize with the sentiments of Christians who wish for a moral country, I cannot join Mr. Frey in the opinion that Blue Laws, like those set to begin in Poland, will do any such thing. Sunday Blue Laws are Sin Taxes without the tax benefits, which remove from business owners the right to signal their virtues to the public, and from the public the right to act upon those signals.

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Blue Laws Matter

Would blue laws produce massive cultural changes overnight? Of course not. However, they could provide Americans with an opportunity to take a break from their busy schedule once a week and spend time with their families, go to church, or otherwise enjoy their day in a way that has nothing to do with commerce.

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Remembering the Kulaks

In America, Marxist ideologies are often romanticized. Communal work is viewed as caring, corporations as evil, and stark individualism as brash. The plight of the Kulaks paints a different, grimmer picture of Marxist thought. All too often, wherever communism or socialism have been fully implemented, objective slavery, and abject poverty, have followed.

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How Local Papers Sustain Democracy

For decentralization to be successful on a large scale we must develop a more active local political community. Newspaper subscriptions might seem like a strange way to accomplish this, especially given the recent decline in newspaper circulation, however, it is a small step that could have a great impact in strengthening local political communities all across the country.

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Gun Control Advocates Miss the Big Picture

We can’t become callous to the evil in the world, but we also can’t place hope in the federal government to save us from it. The best path, going forward, is to make sure law enforcement is following proper protocols to prevent these acts from taking place.  We can proclaim “never again” all we’d like, but until a politician reveals how to fix human nature, we should look at such platitudes with suspicion.

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