Defining good governance in the modern era beyond spending money

There is no doubt that the size and scope of government has changed since the Founding, but a more expansive government requires even more transparency, oversight, and accountability in order to function properly.  A return to regular order is just the beginning of reforms to ensure the elusive good governance. Last week, much ink was… Continue reading Defining good governance in the modern era beyond spending money

A Tale of Two Trumps

The consensus is clear:  Trump’s political star is fading, but even some conservatives who embrace that narrative are simultaneously claiming his Presidency was “grossly underrated” and that he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.  How can we reconcile this tale of two wildly different President Trump’s? Blame for midterm election losses.  Criminal convictions for his company. … Continue reading A Tale of Two Trumps

Time Magazine: Maybe we should have another Civil War after all?

Progressive historian Jon Meacham takes to the cover of Time Magazine to helpfully explain how President Abraham Lincoln saved democracy by destroying it in the bloodiest conflict in United States history, and how these lessons apply to today’s political battles against the dreaded Ultra MAGA.  The narrative is clear, but the truth couldn’t be more… Continue reading Time Magazine: Maybe we should have another Civil War after all?

FBI raid:  Special masters are made for special circumstances

The Department of Justice created this mess by seizing close to a hundred times more material than they needed including personal items and privileged information they had no right to even look at, much less take.  What are we supposed to do from here, let the same people who have breached every democratic norm imaginable… Continue reading FBI raid:  Special masters are made for special circumstances

FBI raid: False premises, first principles, and friends like these

A heavily redacted affidavit prompts more questions than answers, but much larger issues are at stake.  Can anyone supersede the President’s classification powers?  What if the information was declassified as Trump says and the entire investigation is based on a false premise?  Why has no one answered that question?  Who’s in charge of Presidential records,… Continue reading FBI raid: False premises, first principles, and friends like these

This Fourth of July, progressives have no idea what democracy is except as a means to get what they want

The progressive movement is in turmoil after a string of Supreme Court decisions put power back in the hands of the legislature and protected rights enshrined in the Constitution.  The sort of things we used to call democracy with a Big-D, but those old rules no longer apply and now democracy means whatever they claim… Continue reading This Fourth of July, progressives have no idea what democracy is except as a means to get what they want

Abortion, the courts, and the need to pass laws via the democratic process

As we await the final Supreme Court decision on abortion, we should all do well to remember the the Courts are no substitute for the Democratic process.  As the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg put it, “Doctrinal limbs too swiftly shaped may prove unstable.”  This is especially true when even liberal legal scholars believe Roe… Continue reading Abortion, the courts, and the need to pass laws via the democratic process

One year after January 6, the protection of democracy is all the rage, but what sort of democracy do Democrats have in mind?

Democrats and the mainstream media repeatedly warn that democracy itself is in peril, under attacks not seen since the Civil War, while simultaneously pushing to demolish key pillars of our system of government included but not limited to the filibuster, the Electoral College, and the composition of the Supreme Court.  It’s almost like democracy means… Continue reading One year after January 6, the protection of democracy is all the rage, but what sort of democracy do Democrats have in mind?

Radical change in America is hard for a reason, progressives should learn it well at their own peril

If you think the government is dysfunctional now, imagine what it will look like when every department and program is subject to an endless, see-saw partisan battle, coming and going practically with each election cycle.  That’s precisely what will happen if 50 votes is the new 60 in the Senate. As Democrats press ahead with… Continue reading Radical change in America is hard for a reason, progressives should learn it well at their own peril

The enduring importance of our Constitutional order becomes more apparent by the day

American democracy can be messy and confusing, but that’s only because it’s working as intended:  Ensuring every decision of the government is subject to scrutiny, helping to keep each branch of government within the bounds of their authority, and that no single person ever is vested with unlimited authority or power.  What other alternative is… Continue reading The enduring importance of our Constitutional order becomes more apparent by the day