Conservatism

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…

Unity Might be Something Republicans Don’t Want

A couple of months ago I got a facebook message from a Republican activist who I’ll refer to as “Jack.” Jack and I became acquainted while I was doing some work for a local campaign and evidently Millennial Ascent had caught his attention. Jack had some questions about the blog, and of course I was … Read more…

The Republican Slate is Clean… Bring on 2017.

If 2016 has taught Republicans anything (and it SHOULD have)… it has taught us that all bets are off. The political climate this cycle has been nothing but unpredictable and the campaign strategies of old just aren’t cutting it anymore. After the strategically planned Cruz-Cuccinelli performance in Cleveland, Republicans appear to have lost the small chance we … Read more…