No Historical Parallel to Trump’s Disastrous Start

I cannot remember any historical parallel where a new president faced such legal challenges so early. Even the besieged Jimmy Carter had an eight-month honeymoon of popularity before the Bert Lance "scandal" erupted and valued aide Lance was forced to resign. He was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but not until 1980. A special counsel was … Continue reading No Historical Parallel to Trump’s Disastrous Start

Conservative/Republican Angst Is Just Desserts

The conservative movement and Republican Party seem to be imploding with infighting over Donald Trump. Less than four months after Donald Trump took office, at least two Republican members of Congress are floating the idea of Trump's impeachment (Source: Breitbart.com).  Others are fantasizing about President Mike Pence. Conservative discussion boards are fraught with infighting, criticism of … Continue reading Conservative/Republican Angst Is Just Desserts

American Conservatism Falls into Reactionary Defensiveness

Conservative columnist Charlie Sykes nails the dilemma of modern conservatism, which is abandoning principles in favor of a reflexive, reactionary defense of Donald Trump only because he annoys liberals. Ad hominem attacks have replaced logic, principles, and commitment to eternal values. This "anti-anti-Trumpism" is ultimately a dead end, he writes. "Conservatives will care less about governing … Continue reading American Conservatism Falls into Reactionary Defensiveness

Of King Henry II, Nixon and Trump

“Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?” mused Henry II, and a knight seeking royal favor murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket in the cathedral at Canterbury. Nixon’s muttering led not to Canterbury, but to Watergate." -- writer John Aloysius Farrell, in a well-written, well-researched piece on the tragedy of Richard Nixon. Conservative columnist Michael Gerson … Continue reading Of King Henry II, Nixon and Trump

Greens, Libertarians, Pro-gun Democrats, FBI Director James Comey and Voting Restrictions May Have Cost Clinton the Election

Possible lessons for Democrats: advocating gun control can cost you a presidential election. Appealing to pro-gun Democrats and independents, the National Rifle Association took credit for Trump's 2016 victories in big hunting states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and possibly Florida, Michigan and North Carolina. That, along with the abandonment of Clinton by anti-Trump Greens and Libertarians in … Continue reading Greens, Libertarians, Pro-gun Democrats, FBI Director James Comey and Voting Restrictions May Have Cost Clinton the Election

Will Deficit Hawks Abandon Principle?

It's hilarious to witness the blatant hypocrisy of fiscal conservatives who railed against budget deficits during the Obama administration as if he was going to bring about financial armageddon, who now praise Donald Trump's plan to slash taxes and blow a multi-trillion dollar hole in the nation's budget. The Trump administration "is using economic growth … Continue reading Will Deficit Hawks Abandon Principle?