What Republicans Say…

The 2016 Election was both the beginning and the end for the Republican Party. Donald Trump’s shocking success was our wake-up call. Unfortunately, many Republicans would rather press snooze than wake-up and face reality. Let’s get one thing straight: Republican ideology is not the problem… our messaging is. The Grand Old Party has sounded like … Read more…

A Party of Means

The failure of the American Health Care Act last month, though regrettable for Speaker Paul Ryan’s leadership and prestige, has opened the way to redeeming the Republican Party’s tenure in power. Regardless of the effects it would have had on the American health care system, the “three-pronged” method proposed by Speaker Ryan for reforming healthcare … Read more…

“Conservatism” Is Now So Much Empty Rhetoric

During President George W. Bush’s Administration, which Democrats loathed as ultra-right or ultra-conservative, government grew and the economy collapsed. Two years of President Obama and a Democrat super-majority, and Americans were looking for “real conservatives” with “conservative solutions”. Why? Because we all know that Democrats are liberal, progressive, and quasi-socialist; therefore the opposition should have … Read more…

Divisive DeVos Hearing Underscores Competing Visions of Public Education

Tensions were high on Capitol Hill last night as the United States Senate held a confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Senator Lamar Alexander (R- TN), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), called the confirmation hearing into order by recounting some … Read more…

In Preparation for Lobby Day in Richmond

So much of our polemics depends upon what we wish to see society look like and how we wish to be governed. Too little of our polemics depends upon questions surrounding the nature of Man, the function of economies, the justice and efficiency of laws, and the efficacy and purpose of government itself. We say … Read more…

Baby-Steps Toward Real Republicanism

I was there at the beginning of the TEA Party and I fell in love with the TEA Party. These were grassroots Republicans protesting a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and a Republican President for being fiscally irresponsible during an era of unprecedented partisanship. There have been a great many elections since then; and TEA … Read more…

Austrian Voters Reject Far-Right Populist

Austrian voters rejected populism today in their presidential election “re-run”, with far-right candidate Norbert Hofer conceding defeat to the presumptive victor, Alexander Van der Bellen. While the official results have not confirmed Van der Bellen’s victory, exit polls suggest that he will secure a decisive victory. While he ran as an Independent, Alexander Van der Bellen is the … Read more…