Author: Caleb Acker

Overturning Roe is No Final Victory

Conservatives are right to be optimistic and even joyful about the possibility that Roe may be overturned in the near future. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh may put, although uncertain, such a victory within reach of those who yearn for justice for our nation’s unborn. But conservatives, while cheering this, must remind themselves of all the work that has yet to be done to fight for a widespread pro-life American Zeitgeist. We have tasks in the political, cultural, and interpersonal realms. So what will “victory” on the issue of abortion actually look like? Political Victory First, work in the political realm...

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Stick to the List, Mr. President

The Big Announcement Justice Kennedy has announced his retirement. In the following days, many will express the stakes and meaning of this earth-shattering news. Political predictions for the next two years will be manifold. The Supreme Court list will be reexamined. All I have to say is this: Mr. President, stick to your list. The Supreme Court List The White House’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees, spearheaded by Leonard Leo, is wonderful. The twenty-five jurists currently on the list are good for various reasons. Young age, consistent conservative interpretive schema, and winsomeness abound. It isn’t that those on the...

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President Trump, Ambassador Haley: Withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council

The United States of America should withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. A Good Report Reuters reported on June 14th that the Trump administration was considering withdrawing from the council. The human rights body meets on Monday in Geneva. Although the report is unconfirmed, such a move would be clearly consistent with the administration’s and Ambassador Nikki Haley’s actions at the UN. Last year, Haley warned the UNHRC that the U.S. might withdraw if anti-Israel bias were to continue unabated. This is sensible. After all, the council is, and has always been, a farce. A Historical Farce...

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Realism and Hope in the Opioid Crisis

We already know how destructive the opioid crisis is. But now, two more studies remind us just how bad it has become. More Bad News Data collected by the federal government predicts that an estimated 30,000 people will die this year of opioid overdoses. That is ninety people every day, if the accelerating trends hold. One study has found that so many people have died in opioid-related deaths that there has been an overall decrease in the average American life expectancy. This is unprecedented. However, two more recent studies paint an even bleaker picture. First, the Center for Disease Control...

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Book Review: Suicide of the West

Jonah Goldberg’s new book, Suicide of the West, is not about Donald Trump. Trump and Trumpism, to be sure, are part of his story of modernity’s corruption. But Suicide of the West is primarily about the modern West’s place in human history. The book teaches that identity politics is no innovation, but rather a backwards slide into tribal human nature. For that reason, it becomes difficult to categorize the book by genre. It is some history, some political science, and some moral philosophy. In any case, its ability to transcend a Trumpocentric worldview—the bland bane of so many authors, pundits, and writers—makes...

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