National Politics

Respectful Competition: A Basic Requirement for a Healthy Democracy

By Donald B. Hawthorne | January 19, 2005 | Comments Off on Respectful Competition: A Basic Requirement for a Healthy Democracy

A previous posting highlighted how the coarsening of our public debate in America has resulted from the use of extreme language that only seeks to intimidate, not to persuade. Subsequently, there was the usual talk after the election about how the conservative winners should “moderate” their views, a code word suggesting that capitulating on key…

Labels as a First Step Toward Finding Deeper Meaning

By | January 18, 2005 |

I received the December 2004 issue of The Proposition, a publication of the Claremont Institute. As a graduate of Harvey Mudd College, one of the Claremont Colleges, who also satisfied the requirements for a political science major at Claremont McKenna College, I found one of the quotes in the issue to be an interesting perspective…

Re: Chafee and McKay Oppose Electoral College

By Justin Katz | January 6, 2005 | Comments Off on Re: Chafee and McKay Oppose Electoral College

The Linc Chafee quotation in Marc’s post illustrates why Chafee’s so infuriating. Not only does he stand apart from his party, but he does so for reasons that are either deceptive or, if principled, just plain foolish. (Personally, I think it’s the latter.) By population, Rhode Island is 0.37% of the national total. By electoral…

Chafee and McKay Oppose Electoral College

By Marc Comtois | January 6, 2005 | Comments Off on Chafee and McKay Oppose Electoral College

Senator Lincoln Chafee has decided to join California Sen. Diane Feinstein in calling for the abolishment of the Electoral College. “Under the current system, the only states that get any candidate visits are the battleground states,” said Chafee. “As a Rhode Islander . . . I’d like to see the presidential candidates make an investment…

The Meaning of “Tolerance”

By | December 26, 2004 |

Each of two recent articles on the troubles in the Netherlands contained interesting quotes on the long-term impact of multiculturism. There is a warning for America in these words as they highlight the ongoing confusion over the meaning of “tolerance.” A quote in the first article said: …tolerance became a pretext for not addressing problems……

Our Declaration of Independence

By | December 26, 2004 |

This posting relates to a previous posting on the American Founding and also relates to Liberal Fundamentalism and The Naked Public Square Revisited, Parts I, II, and III. Thanks to Power Line for referring to a 1926 speech by Calvin Coolidge on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. If you ever have any…

Pigs at the Public Trough

By | December 21, 2004 |

Andrew Ferguson of the Weekly Standard takes a fascinating look at the previously behind-the-scenes activities of a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. in an article entitled “A Lobbyist’s Progress: Jack Abramoff and the end of the Republican Revolution.” Here is how the story begins: In honor of the tenth anniversary of the fabled Republican Revolution–for precisely…

The Naked Public Square Revisited, Part III

By Donald B. Hawthorne | December 21, 2004 | Comments Off on The Naked Public Square Revisited, Part III

After pulling together the two previous postings of The Naked Public Square Revisited, Parts I & II, I returned home this weekend to find the December 27 issue of National Review with its cover article entitled “Secularism & Its Discontents.” In the article, Ramesh Ponnuru offers some further insights into the debate about the public…

RE:Understand the UN!

By Marc Comtois | December 20, 2004 | Comments Off on RE:Understand the UN!

I heartily recommend reading Andrew’s

Independently Moderate

By Marc Comtois | December 20, 2004 |

In a story by Howard Fineman, Mitch McConnell casts the current political “divisiveness” in its proper historical context: “It’s naive to assume there would be one collection of views widely held by everyone,” he said. “I’m amazed at all this hand-wringing over the level of discourse and partisanship. It leads me to believe nobody has…