Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for President, it’s time to do the quadrennial, “What We Learned” reflection on the nomination of Donald Trump. What went wrong? I, like many of you, would vote for the Easter Bunny before I would vote for Hillary Clinton. But, like many of you, if serious and significant changes are not seen in the next six months, I also cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump. As someone who strongly opposed Trump’s candidacy, I believe there are still things we can learn, despite the fact that Donald Trump makes snake oil salesmen look like...Read More
Author: Alex Christy
For years, various observers of international politics and national development have called Brazil an emerging power on the world stage. There’s just one problem, as Charles de Gaulle pointed out many years ago; that “Brazil is the country of the future… and always will be.” Under Workers’ Party President Dilma Rousseff the economy shrank 3.8% in 2015, leaving Brazil with a deficit of 11% of GDP and, with the Brazilian spending 90% on entitlements, that is unlikely to improve. The economy is expected to contract another 3.8% this year. The list of Brazil’s problems only gets longer. Rousseff has now...Read More
Politics shapes every society. The relationship between the citizen and the government, the values of a given society, and other civics-minded questions are all important topics, and should be actively discussed. However, there is also a world outside of politicking and debates, and this is a good thing. Otherwise, we would drive ourselves crazy thinking about politics and politicians all the time. However, for the left, this cannot stand. From sports, to religion, to science, everything must be politicized. Sports used to be a temporary vacation from politics. You would turn on ESPN to see who won last night’s baseball game, or...Read More
How often have we heard from people on the left that it is wrong to say that one culture is better than any other culture? Saying that one culture is better than another threatens the far left’s world view that certain areas of the world are in poor condition because of some sort of Western exploitation, rather than, say, their own actions. And nowhere is cultural relativism debunked better than in one area of the Middle East roughly the size of New Jersey. On April 18, a bus was blown up in Jerusalem that wounded 21 people in a terrorist...Read More
The left claims to believe in “progress.” What they cannot tell you is what they are progressing towards. Saying “a better society” is a vague answer, because all people want to live in a better society; this is why we have elections and arguments about the way to shape society. Nobody has ever said “Vote for me and I’ll make everything worse.” For progressives the definition of progress revolves around two basic assumptions: the erosion of objective morality and ever increasing the power in the hands of the state. In explaining why he cancelled a performance in North Carolina, Bruce Springsteen...Read More
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