Author: Zigmund Reichenbach

Executive Orders: An Executive Branch Excess?

While conservatives enthusiastically cheer President Trump’s executive order which attempts to skate around Obamacare regulations, few conservatives are asking the major question: are such executive orders a violation of the constitutional limits placed on presidential power? On the one hand the answer may be no — the president is justified in using executive orders in the following capacities: as Commander-in-Chief as Head of State as Chief Law Enforcement Officer as Head of the Executive Branch However, although these roles might allow the president to issue the occasional executive order, historical evidence suggests that the current political trend of using...

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Are Political Principles Conservative?

Conservatives love the idea of adhering to “true” political principles. They value principle so much so that they often suggest that a person lacking these principles is unfit for any office. But rigid principles aren’t always very helpful in politics. Politics often requires one to compromise with people from a variety backgrounds, and being a stubborn stiff rarely helps when you need to make a deal. Why then do so many conservatives claim to value political principles above sensible compromise? One reason is that, as Ben Shapiro says, “ [conservatives are] fan[s] of principles because without them, politics becomes meaningless.” The...

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#NeverTrump and True Conservative Status

The #NeverTrump movement that continues its legacy today in publications like National Review and in the commentary of Ben Shapiro seems to be pushing an agenda that condemns conservatives who aren’t religious enough, specifically Christian, in order to earn a “true conservative” status. Religion and Intolerance Now there’s nothing inherently wrong with religion.  It is a time-tested institution and religious groups tend to be conservative in nature. But it is unclear whether or not one has to subscribe to a certain religion in order to be considered conservative. After all, the majority of the founding fathers were Deists — which is about as Christian...

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National Endorsements: Politics Without Borders

In various elections–presidential, senatorial, state, or local–powerful politicos frequently offer national endorsements. They use national media and their sway within their national party to show support for candidates across state lines. This practice, although common, has never been subjected to much scrutiny.  So let us now to ask: are national endorsements–which are, essentially, a small experiment in politics without borders–justified? Should we exert our influence and spend our prestige to help friends of the party? The correct answer is not entirely clear. Explaining The Rise In Centralization It could be that Senators feel morally compelled to rely on national media and their national party affiliation...

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Our Leaders: Religious and Political

People naturally turn to their leaders when tragedies occur. They search for guidance, consolation, and comfort. These services, however, are not ones citizens should request from government officials. This is especially true when emotions are tense and the facts are unclear. Unless, of course, you seek to establish a semi-religious regime managed by political pastors. In our republic, our congressional leaders are elected to make laws concerning our society that best serve our interests, not to give quasi-evangelical sermons about “equality”, “freedom” or “hatred.”  Our reductionist approach to politics stems from the long-standing American idea that the world’s problems can be traced to...

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