Category: Liberty’s Labors Lost

Weekend Reflections: Glenn Beck, School Shooting, Royal Wedding

Three events of this weekend, quite unrelated to one another, but all, in their various ways, indicative of the critical state of decline in which modernity finds itself today. Glenn Beck, having shown the courage of his convictions throughout the 2016 presidential primaries, and having suffered significant financial pain for his troubles, has finally, it seems, buckled under the pressure and come as...

David Hogg Stars in “I Was a Teenage Moron”

A teenager is just an adult minus the knowledge born of independent experience, the respect for humanity born of observing how hard independence can be, the appreciation for history and tradition born of years of sober listening and reading, the moral character born of thousands of good choices made in difficult conditions, and the wisdom born of much failure, disillusionment, and hard work....

A Few Notes on Life Without America

A nation that no longer lives in accordance with any of the principles and standards that properly defined it may be said to have expired, for all intents and purposes. With that sobering thought, I present a few notes on the current American political climate: In response to my recent essay on the sad, compromised version of Senator Ted Cruz now on display...

Trump Won the Battle; Is Clinton Winning the War?

As reported at the Daily Beast, a new book written by journalist Amy Chozick, who traveled with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, revisits an important, conveniently-forgotten theme of the 2016 U.S. presidential election: during the primaries, the Clintons and their media allies were all in for Trump. From early on, the Clinton camp saw Trump as an enemy to encourage, Chozick writes. During the campaign…...

An Open Letter to David Hogg

Dear David, (We boring adults typically begin correspondence with expressions like “Dear So-and-So,” even when addressing a person with whom we have strong disputes. We call it being civil, i.e., decent and respectful even toward those with whom one disagrees. Civility seems the most effective and mature pattern of behavior when dealing with others in most contexts, particularly as an alternative to things...

Florida Gun Law is Perfect Progressivism

The state of Florida, responding to pressure from the leftist news media, leftist protesters, and leftist-indoctrinated teenagers, has passed a law supposedly aimed at preventing school shootings like the one in Parkland. The new law is a perfect example of the progressive ratchet in action: Government causes a problem, then decrees that the only solution to the problem is more government. Under this...

Why Principles Matter in a Leader (Gun Confiscation Edition)

Okay, this may sound like baby talk for most of you, but in the current political climate the most obvious musings are often considered radical, subversive, even cuckservative. So at the risk of insulting the intelligence of this website’s typical readers — while simultaneously challenging the intelligence of the typical readers at your more popular “conservative websites” — let me observe, simplistically, that...

Shifting the Burden of Proof on the Right to Bear Arms (Updated)

For decades, American progressives of both the “left” and “right” have insisted that those who cite the Second Amendment as their defense against “common sense gun control” must provide impenetrable arguments against such measures as universal background checks, the banning of so-called assault rifles, and restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon. The right to bear arms, they say, surely does not entail unlimited...

The Case For Unchecked Tyranny

Jerry Adler of Yahoo News and the Huffington Post — two dutiful servants of the Communist Party USA’s subsidiary, the Democratic Party — grudgingly accepts that he, like all Americans, has the right to own a gun for sport and (though he personally finds this icky) self-defense against criminals. But he cannot abide the suggestion that he has the right to defend himself...

The Media’s Exploitation of Damaged Teenagers

Apropos my recent observations about the propaganda racket passing itself off as the “news media,” many people today, including conservatives who disagree with the anti-gun, anti-NRA position of some of the Parkland School survivors, insist that these “children” must nevertheless be heard, since after all, “it’s news.” What is? The fact that students traumatized by witnessing terrifying violence are “outraged” and demanding that...