Tag Archives: Conservatism

The Trump-Bannon war on faith in government

Daniel Drezner has a column posted about the Trump administration’s “lowering morale and encouraging trained senior civil service employees to leave the government” – the aim of the since departed Steve Bannon all along.

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‘In class after class, I stood with Rehnquist’

The drip drip drip begins: Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, gave a revealing speech last fall in which he lauded former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist for having dissented in Roe vs. Wade and for rejecting … Continue reading

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The nonsense of originalism

I’m no lawyer but have always been interested in the Court as an institution: its history, personalities, decisions. I often get impatient with liberals when they decry “judicial activism” or conservatives when they regard a political document written over two … Continue reading

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‘Say hello to your boy’

Distrusted by conservatives, mocked by the late Antonin Scalia for encasing helium gas instead of writing sturdy opinions, Anthony Kennedy was a unique figure on the bench, and like self-constructed so-called moderates like Susan Collins and Joe Manchin he encouraged … Continue reading

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Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit readin’ Derek Walcott

With the retirement of Anthony Kennedy the Supreme Court becomes the first conservative-majority one since the early Hughes if not Taft eras. Charles Evans Hughes at least had mild Progressive roots that gave moral strength to his canny political instincts … Continue reading

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‘Deplorables are not a protected class’ – an amateur lawyer’s take

Let me stress: despite my interest in legal history, I am no lawyer. My dilettante’s knowledge of constitutional points allows me to posture on Facebook, though. Since the Red Hen in Lexington asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave a few … Continue reading

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The GOP war on the poor, part 44557

While y’all tittered about Melania Trump and her Coat of Smarm, the House reminded Americans that Paul Ryan and his GOP caucus despise the poor. Although putatively a “farm bill,” it’s a cruel piece of legislation written to exact work … Continue reading

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The legacy of Charles Krauthammer

Wrong about Barack Obama. Wrong about “identity politics.” Wrong, most infamously and disgustingly, about Iraq. Men and women are dead because of Charles Krauthammer’s columns. They’re dead because Very Serious People in the Bush II White House read his bellicose … Continue reading

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Go ahead, deplore the deplorables

If I were a Democratic strategist, I would spare no expense to persuade these Orlando retirees to vote for Bill Nelson this fall:

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Exploring masterpieces of received political reporting

Hours before North Korea shocked no one except White House officials Matt Yglesias offered a summary of what we know about the occupant of the Oval Office: Donald Trump is a liar. More than that, he’s a fraud. Not just … Continue reading

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Accepting transgenderism will lead to ‘imminent tragedy’

To think that J.J. McCullough’s “Time for a Compromise on Transgenderism” is the kindest thing that National Review Online can bring itself to publish about a segment of society that until grassroots insistence couldn’t even get Human Rights Campaign to … Continue reading

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The rich get richer, the poor have children

State legislators aren’t even trying to hide the racist intentions of their bills. Legislation requiring Medicaid recipients to prove they work thirty hours a week, at a cost of $30 million annually, passed in the Michigan state senate. But here’s … Continue reading

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