Category: Liberty’s Labors Lost

Guns and the Mental Illness Slippery Slope

Once again, we are seeing the danger of Americans having placed the power of the presidency in the hands of a man without any guiding moral or political philosophy beyond “What will make them love me?” According to Right Scoop, Trump is apparently now open to banning the sale of firearms to people with a “mental illness.” Mental illness is a category that,...

School Shootings, Gun Control, and Trump

Here are a few distinct but interrelated observations about the current progressive exploitation of a school shooting as an opportunity to push for gun regulations in defiance of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment: Conservatives interested in preserving the right to bear arms must do better than their current practice of repeating stale, highly questionable talking points that leave them looking like apologists for...

Death to Capitalism! (Seriously)

In recent years, there has been an increasing undercurrent of discussion among conservative scholars and public voices about whether conservatism is theoretically hamstrung by the continued use of the term “capitalism” in mainstream political discussion. I wrote about this question six years ago, before it became something of a hot issue, and I’d like to reproduce my take on it below. A few...

Trump’s Version of “Shovel-ready jobs”

Donald Trump, fresh off saving America from affordable Korean washing machines, signing onto tax cuts with massive spending increases, promising the biggest infrastructure spending initiative in American history, negotiating the Republican Party into being the world’s most aggressive voice for citizenship for illegal aliens, and “killing” ObamaCare by saving it, is back to threatening tariffs, this time to “save” steel workers. By saving...

A Note on Taking Out the Trash

From Right Scoop comes the news that two old beneficiaries of Donald Trump’s political donations, the Trumpturtle (aka Mitch McConnell) and his “good friend across the aisle” Chuck Schumer, stood smiling together Wednesday as they announced a wonderful new two-year budget deal they’ve hammered out — “wonderful” meaning it’s full of new insupportable spending that will be sure to buy each of them...

The Lion, The Witch, and the Memo

I’m tired of commentators and pundits who preface their diatribes about controversial or debatable bills, op-eds, or scandal sheets by saying, “I read it so you don’t have to.” No, thanks. If a document, argument, article, or grocery list is worth knowing about at all, then don’t condescendingly tell me I don’t have to read it. Say, “Read it — you have to.”...

A Real Chess Master Assesses a Fake One

Donald Trump’s White House has simply refused to impose sanctions voted for by veto-proof majorities of the House and Senate — sanctions, not surprisingly, against Russia. Sanctions related to the Putin regime’s active interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, among other thuggeries. Why doesn’t this even seem peculiar? Trump’s groupies are hell-bent on persuading themselves — we’re way past the stage when they...

A Brief Note On Shutting Down the Government (*Updated, sadly)

A U.S. Government shutdown, as some of the panic-stricken or feigned panic-stricken need to be reminded, is not, in fact, a shutdown of the federal government. It actually means only a hiatus on “non-essential services,” which of course entails sending home “non-essential” federal workers without pay. I happened to hear Glenn Beck comment on this the other day, and he made the only...

Trump in the Clouds

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s latest vulgarization of the U.S. presidency — his remark about “s—hole countries” — the cultists are out in full force arguing that (a) Trump was only speaking the truth (as if the truth could only be stated with ugly schoolyard imagery), and (b) his complete and repeatedly-demonstrated lack of propriety, respect, or civility is all part of...

Tax Cuts and Progressive Conservatism

Here’s the narrative: Cutting business taxes allows for higher profits, which fosters new investment and hiring. New hiring means more high-paying jobs. More high-paying jobs mean that even with reduced personal income tax rates, gross federal tax revenue will not be affected. Everybody wins: individuals are wealthier, and the government can still afford to pay for the entitlement behemoth. That narrative, which has...