National Politics

Limited Government to Protect Equal Rights

By Justin Katz | March 31, 2005 |

When Mac Owens first signed on as a contributor to Anchor Rising, he sent me a speech that he had given on February 23, 2002, at the North Kingston Town Committee’s Annual Lincoln Dinner. The current collection of issues, both nationally and in Rhode Island, makes it particularly appropriate for posting now. (I’m told, by…

Big Government Corrupts, Regardless of Party

By | March 28, 2005 |

I wrote a piece last December entitled “Pigs at the Public Trough” which talked about how the ideals of the 1994 Congressional revolution had dissipated into nothing more than power politics as usual. Today’s Wall Street Journal contains an editorial entitled “Smells Like Beltway: The real reason Tom DeLay is in political trouble” that only…

Tyranny by Assertion

By Justin Katz | March 28, 2005 |

I understand that Jerry Landay, “a former CBS News correspondent,” is part of the mainstream media club, and I continue to think the Providence Journal’s editorial page admirably broad in what it publishes. Still, I’m a bit surprised that the page would publish this rant from Landay: Few of the “hath littles” are aware of…

Re-3: A Republican Crack-up?

By Justin Katz | March 25, 2005 |

I guess I’ve always lumped the country-club folks with the managerialists. Whatever the case, I’d be inclined to include libertarians in your breakdown of the factions. And regarding those libertarians, let’s just say I’m not quite as optimistic that the abstract principle that you’ve noted will serve as sufficient glue. My general sense is that…

Re: A Republican Crack-up?

By Justin Katz | March 25, 2005 | Comments Off on Re: A Republican Crack-up?

I’ve thought much the same thing for a while, Andrew, although I emphasize the tentative Republicans’ libertarianism, rather than what you call “managerialism.” It’s unfortunate that Terri Schiavo has become the excuse of the week for libertarians to stomp their feet about the “theocrats” with whom they have to share a coalition. As I see…

Chipping at the Edges

By Justin Katz | March 23, 2005 |

Mark Steyn writes the following in a piece that touches on the Terri Schiavo case: You can read similar stories in almost any corner of the developed world, except perhaps the Netherlands, where discretionary euthanasia is so advanced it’s news if the kid makes it out of the maternity ward. As the New York Times…

RI Delegation on Terry Schiavo

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 21, 2005 |

Congressman James Langevin voted in favor of allowing the federal court system to decide if Terri Schiavo should be allowed to continue receiving “food, fluids, or medical treatment necessary to sustain her life.” Congressman Patrick Kennedy voted against against the measure, in effect voting to deny Ms. Schiavo “food, fluids, or medical treatment necessary to…

Saving Terri Is Your First Amendment Right

By Justin Katz | March 18, 2005 | Comments Off on Saving Terri Is Your First Amendment Right

Over on Dust in the Light I’ve explained that Terri Schiavo’s life has become a legitimate matter of interest for millions of Americans, and that it is our First Amendment right to demand that Congress do everything in its power to answer our grievance. Every court case does not get an appeal to Congress, but…

Coerced Charity vs. Voluntary Charity

By Donald B. Hawthorne | March 16, 2005 |

Warren Beatty has suggested that Governor Schwarzenegger raise taxes on the rich: Schwarzenegger should raise taxes on the California rich and “terminate” his fund-raising and dinners with “the brokers of Wall Street” and the “lobbyists of K Street,” Beatty said… Beatty said Schwarzenegger should lead the rich toward helping California. “It’s called the haves giving…

Freedom, Hard Work & Quality Education: Making The American Dream Possible For ALL Americans

By | March 13, 2005 |

My family had the privilege of visiting The Statute of Liberty in August 2004 on only the 23rd day after it had re-opened for the first time since September 11, 2001. It was there that we saw first-hand the poem penned by Emma Lazarus and etched on the pedestal of the statute, which includes these…