Author: Christopher McDonald

“Triggering” the Left

This Spring, we saw the emergence of “microaggressions” as the newest weapon against freedom of speech and assembly.  A microaggression, according to Dr. Derald Sue, is an “everyday slight, putdown, indignity, or invalidation unintentionally directed toward a marginalized group.”  Such offenses are generally limited to those committed by whites against everyone else, of course.  As a result, the atmosphere on college campuses is becoming increasingly unfriendly towards unpopular speech. Comedians like Chris Rock have ceased to do shows at colleges because the risk of offending someone is so great that it takes the fun out of doing stand-up. At this point,...

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The Moynihan Report: 50 Years Later

In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and Senator, authored his famous Moynihan Report, in which he argued that black America was in danger. That danger came in the form of the breakdown of the black family. He argued this because, in the immediate wake of the Civil Rights Movement, Moynihan feared that many impoverished blacks would be unable to grasp the new opportunities. In the language of the time, Moynihan wrote, “At the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family.” The impact of this collapse was documented by Moynihan, who...

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Turkey Denies the Sins of the Past

Pope Francis, in a recent Sunday homily, made reference to an event which has the Turks in an uproar. This “event” was the Armenian Genocide, committed by the Young Turk rulers of what was then the Ottoman Empire against the Armenian Christian population of Asia Minor. The result was a vast number of human deaths in order to create an ideal Turkey for its rulers. Even though this event is well-documented, Turkey has continued to deny that any crimes ever occurred. For most of us, the Armenian Genocide is a relatively unknown event of the last century. So here is a brief synopsis...

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Obama, Loyalty, and the (Un)Love of Place

Last weekend, former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani attracted attention with remarks he made at a conservative event. Speaking at a former speakeasy, Giuliani said, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”  These deficiencies were later elaborated upon by Governor Scott Walker, who was also in attendance and was asked if he thought that...

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They Follow Muhammad.

It is a fallacy that we learn morals by argument and reason. We learn what is moral from what we see around us, and what we are taught when we are young. We learn through example. The American Founders looked back to the noble men of Greece and Roman, recorded in Plutarch’s Lives. Men like Cicero, Cato, Brutus and Numa were among those they admired. It was not for nothing that the Federalist Papers were signed with the nome de plume Publius. Christians look back to the moral examples of Jesus, Paul, Augustine, Luther and Wesley. Jews admire Maimonedes, Akiva...

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