Category: Liberty’s Labors Lost

The Freedom (from Constitutionality) Caucus

Justin Amash has given up his membership in the House Freedom Caucus, saying the furor over his public disagreements with President Trump has become “a distraction” from the work of his “friends” in the Freedom Caucus. He also implies, however, that the Freedom Caucus’ position has changed in such a way that he no longer feels comfortable with the group’s message, and had...

Mercenaries of the Revolution

Over the past couple of days, I have written about the Terrifying Anti-Conservative (Media) Purge being carried out as we speak by that diabolical totalitarian regime, YouTube. To listen to the conservative media millionaires who are pushing the story, you would think this was Kristallnacht in our time. These conservatives-for-profit have successfully wound their consumers, the comfy-chair revolutionaries, into a frenzy of misdirected...

Conservatism of Convenience

Today, the so-called conservative media, along with its millions of political-entertainment-addicted dupes, are all riled up about two terrible outrages against freedom: The Supreme Court of Washington State has upheld a lower court ruling against a florist who, on conscience grounds, did not wish to provide flowers for a homosexual wedding, but will now be forced by law to do so. YouTube has...

What the Conservative Media is Fighting For

Steven Crowder, a hipster-serving “conservative commentator,” has been demonetized by YouTube, meaning that he is banned from receiving advertising revenue from his YouTube videos. This sort of thing has become one of the great conservative rallying points over the past couple of years, for the simple reason that the people at risk of losing money are the same people writing today’s conservative chatterbox...

When is abortion murder?

A good reader, who likes to put me on the spot to justify my moral outlook, has challenged me, on the subject of abortion, to specify at exactly what point the killing of a human fetus or embryo may be classified as a murder. As he points out, many U.S. states, like many jurisdictions around the world, treat the violent termination of an...

The Problem with Demagogues

No one in America cares about this sort of thing anymore, but Americans used to emphasize, with pride, that America was a republic, not a democracy, which is to say that theirs was a “government of laws, and not of men,” i.e., that no individual could simply function as a tyrant after garnering enough votes to achieve power.  Donald Trump, like a child...

America’s Freedom (from liberty) Caucus

Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, after reading the Mueller report, has decided that Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses, although his argument seems to be based on the premise that impeachability is kind of a nebulous thing, rather than suggestive of any specific offense.  In response to Amash’s peculiar stand, the Republican Party’s “Freedom Caucus,” which Amash helped to form, has voted to “condemn”...

Defining Winning Down

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, back when progressives were still allowed to talk about moral and political matters without complete deference to the current neo-Marxist orthodoxy, wrote of the decaying moral substance of modern America with the now-famous phrase, “defining deviancy down.” That useful expression is easily adaptable to other, analogous contexts, and today I would like to apply it to Trumpology, in which we...

Conservatives: Stop Moving the Goalposts for Trump

Donald Trump is convinced he can manipulate anyone with his brilliant financial mind. His true believers, as they watch him doing everything they railed against as anti-market folly for years, anxiously tell the critics to “wait and see what happens before passing judgment.” This means they have forgotten, or they are hoping you have forgotten, what we are supposedly “waiting for.” The question...

Once a Serf…

U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is making news once again, and once again she is doing it by calling into question how she is not in permanent and willful violation of the minimal qualification for being a U.S. Representative. Here is Tlaib’s response to a New York Times report that supposedly “blames” the recent Gaza violence on Palestinians:   When will the world stop...