Author: Alex Christy

What is Political Correctness?

According to “Republican” presidential candidate Donald Trump, something America does not have time for is political correctness.  This raises an important question: what is political correctness, and what is political incorrectness?  These words are frequently thrown around in political discourse, but we rarely take the time to stop and think about them. At their core, political correctness and incorrectness have to do with how we use language to talk about issues faced by society.  Politically correct speech may be defined as a “description of the practice of using speech that conforms to liberal or radical opinion by avoiding language which might cause offence to...

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The Democratic Primary Circus

Many people think that the Republican Party, and its field of 17 candidates, is the biggest political circus heading into 2016.  However, while not nearly as populated, the current Democrat field is full of some interesting characters and story lines as well.  The Democratic primary, in many ways, is shaping up to be just as brutal as the Republican primary. The conventional wisdom has been that the 2016 Democratic Primary will be a coronation for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, the same thing was said to be true in 2008.  As for her 2016 run, her favorability has plummeted from...

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The Predictable European Disaster

In 1993, Margaret Thatcher recalled conversations she had with John Major over what would eventually become the European Union’s defining policy accomplishment, the creation of the Eurozone. We had arguments which might persuade both the Germans – who would be worried about weakening of anti-inflation policies – and the poorer countries – who must be told they would not be bailed out of the consequences of a single currency which would therefore devastate their economies. Thatcher predicted that countries that used to be able to inflate away their debts would not be able to do so under a single European currency...

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Is Federalism Dying?

One of the key aspects to the American political system is the federalist system, where 50 different “laboratories of democracy” are empowered to govern themselves in ways that the people of each respective state desire.  Federalism and the concept of states’ rights have been on the decline in recent years, as more and more decision-making is concentrated in Washington rather than in the state capitals. However, it is critical to remember what federalism really is, and embrace the crucial role it plays in the life of American government. The idea of federalism is that state governments are more in touch with the people...

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China: The New Foreign Policy Challenge

From ISIS and terrorism in general to Russia to Iran, this country faces (and will continue to face) a series of serious foreign policy changes over the coming years.  The next administration will certainly have its hands full on the world stage.  However, the recent massive cyber attack on the federal government that hacked into the information of some 14 million federal employees has once again brought China back to the forefront.  Writing at The Daily Beast, John Schindler noted the seriousness of the attack: “For American spies abroad, this can be a matter of life or death, and any personnel...

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