Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Like a child

I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for him. Donald Trump, that is. Having previously posited that it’s wrong to make fun of the mentally deficient, I’m...

The agony of the moderate left

It’s not easy being on the moderate left these days. Politicians and activists committed to defending both liberal democracy and a practical, socially generous...

The agony of Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been attacked and belittled by President Donald Trump more than Vladimir Putin has. Trump has had rough patches with most...

Indiana Legislature grapples with sex education ‘opt out’

Let’s hear a faint word of encouragement for “family values,” that concept heaped with so much derisive scorn by too many liberals and showered...

The prig vs. the president

James Comey did it, naturally, for the children. Why does anyone in Washington take advantage of the most opportune moment to make a mint off...

Bill Cosby: The day comedy died

You’ve already heard from Don McLean about “the day the music died.” Call this the day the laughter died. It wasn’t until I glimpsed the...

The opposite of war isn’t peace; it’s trade

Over this past weekend most of us found occasion to pause and honor those who died in America’s conflicts. Pastors and politicians spoke of...

Support gambling? One conservative’s dilemma

Several months ago, on the occasion of state legislators yet again mulling the rescue of casinos from the doldrums, I wrote of my mixed...

How to protect democracy

There was a time in recent history when conservatives understood the dangers of an imperial presidency. I, along with most conservative commentators, railed against...

Putin, Trump and Reactionary International

The links among Vladimir Putin, President Trump, and segments of both the Republican Party and the American conservative movement seem bizarre. How can this...