American politics

Revival Time: Up From Impeachment

William Murchison, The American Spectator

We read constantly these days about the “nones” — adherents to no religion save in some vapid “spiritual” sense. With the decline of religious conviction goes certainty, goes any sense of authentic place in community, goes community adherence. What comes with it? Well — an increase in pointless squabbles for one thing; bad-tempered attacks on the differently minded or motivated; furious efforts at disassociation from the unconvinced; repudiation, often enough, of community and family. Anything else come with it? Impeachments? Political warfare as a way of life? I wouldn’t be startled to hear just that. Nor, I fancy, should anyone else.

Thoughts on American Democracy

In remarks delivered to the Taxpayers’ Association of Indian River County, retiring Indian River (Florida) County Commissioner Bob Solari took a look at the state of politics today and concluded that one of the great threats to American democracy is that the balance between reason and revelation no longer exists. Both reason and revelation have been denigrated and replaced by a post-modern discourse of emotion that undermines our democracy.

History Has Shown That Socialism Isn’t the Cure

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Add up a lost generation of woke and broke college graduates, waves of impoverished immigrants without much knowledge of American economic traditions, wealthy advocates of boutique socialism, and asleep-at-the-wheel Republicans, and it becomes clear why historically destructive socialism is suddenly seen as cool. Regrettably, sometimes the naïve and disaffected must relearn that their pie-in-the sky socialist medicine is far worse than the perceived malady of inequality. And unfortunately, when socialists gain power, they don’t destroy just themselves. They usually take everyone else down with them as well.

Students, Here’s A Plan To Solve Your Debt Problem (You Won’t Like It)

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

How about you pay your own student debt? That’s it. It’s as elegant as it is simple. You. Pay. Your. Own. Debts. Now, some may call me “greedy” or “selfish” for not wishing to work and then have the money I earned taken from me to provide things to you that you want but did not pay for instead of being able to spend it – the “it” being the money I earned – on things that I want. I am okay with that. I would much prefer having people who fundamentally misunderstand the concepts of greed and selfishness call me “greedy” and “selfish” than subsidize their educations, educations that evidently did not include learning about basic concepts like greed and selfishness.

Fallout from the Kavanaugh Hearings: A Permanent Cloud?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

As a Supreme Court justice, Kavanaugh would have withstood every imaginable smear and slander and yet stayed defiant in defending his character and past, proof of both his determination and principles. His near-solitary rebuttal to his Senate accusers may suggest that Kavanaugh could prove to be among the most fearless justices on the Court. History is not always constructed by résumés and staged theatrics but occasionally is the stuff of moments of defiance.

Make Harvey a Catalyst for Something Good

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Working together to repair a disaster could and should be just the thing to turn our society away from this self-immolating rut (actually it's worse than that). We can't -- and doubtless shouldn't -- all head down to Texas to help with the restoration, but we can do it with our hearts and minds. Given what has been going on recently, it may be a now or never situation.