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Diatribes Have Replaced Dialogue on College Campuses

“On a college campus, one’s right to speak — or to be —should never be based on skin color.” Helen of Troy had a face that launched a thousand ships. Professor Bret Weinstein’s seemingly innocuous words launched a thousand protests. Evergreen College has now been shut down for the third straight day and Professor Weinstein has been forced off campus in fear for his personal safety. And all because he stated his anodyne opinion that an event asking white students to leave campus sends a fundamentally bad signal. Is it the ‘wrong’ opinion? I’m not exactly sure who wants to…

Hillary Clinton’s Assault on Truth and Reason

Addressing the graduating class at Wellesley College last week, Hillary Clinton’s commencement speech urged students to fight against “alternative facts” and unite around the truth. “You are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason. Just log on to social media for 10 seconds. It will hit you right in the face,” she said. This has the effect of “[t]urning neighbor against neighbor and sowing division at a time when we desperately need unity,” she continued. The sentiment was an odd one considering that she’s spent the denouement to her political career assaulting the…

The Real Reason Clinton Lost: Democrat Voters Didn’t Like Her

Democrats are getting snookered again. Rather than go through the difficult, but useful exercise of self-examination, Democrats are instead reimagining history and once again falling in line behind Hillary Clinton. Noah Rothman, writing for Commentary, explains the Democrats’ current state of mind: Try as they might, Democrats will find no peace in the wilderness. Not while they refuse to reconcile the conditions that led voters to relegate them to a position of impotence unseen by Democrats in nearly a century. Rueful introspection is, however, unpleasant. Democratic elites appear disinclined to put their members through any more trauma than they’ve already…

Marquette Becomes the Latest College to Silence Conservative Viewpoints

bork (v) /ˈbɔːk/: “To defame or vilify (a person) systematically, esp. in the mass media, usually with the aim of preventing his or her appointment to public office; to obstruct or thwart (a person) in this way.” By all accounts, Robert Bork was a brilliant legal mind with a resume to match. He served as a Yale Law School professor, was Solicitor General, served as the Acting Attorney General, and was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. But that didn’t stop his nomination from being swatted away by Democrats who couldn’t stand…

The Truth About the Safety Net

President Donald Trump’s budget, like all presidential budgets before it, arrived just in time to attend its own funeral. The power of the purse rests with the House, so the president’s budget is best understood as a statement of priorities, a powerful message that sets the tone for the coming negotiations. President Trump’s budget is also an effective trial balloon, meant to suss out the the liberal attack lines that will be forthcoming when the meaningful work arrives. It has served this latter purpose especially well. Liberals have been tripping over themselves to spit fire at President Trump’s budget, especially…

California’s Single Payer Dream Turns Out to Be a Fiscal Nightmare

States shopping for single payer health care systems are like young guys shopping for wedding rings – everything looks glittery until they turn over the price tag. There’s just no way around it. A government takeover of the entire health care market is an inherently expensive proposition. But whereas other, more sensible states pulled back from the brink of fiscal disaster, California may nevertheless be plunging headline into an economy-destroying decision. This week, Golden State lawmakers got their first glimpse at the price tag for their single-payer proposal, which totaled an incredible $400 billion annually. That’s more than twice the…

Governing Shouldn’t Be Easy, But Deep State is Making it Impossible

Politics ain’t beanbag. That expression has long been used to describe the roughs-and-tumble nature of politics, which has long been dominated by partisan gamesmanship, procedural maneuvering, and tricksy campaigning, anything to gain an electoral edge. Politics is often ugly, messy and contrary to the values of our republic, but that’s also nothing new. For better or worse, centuries of partisan bickering have been baked into our understanding of government. Part of that acceptance is an understanding of boundaries. There has historically been a place where partisanship ends and governing begins. Unfortunately, in the age of Trump and the blind rage…

Toward a Dignity-Focused Republican Party

In the early aughts Republicans were laser focused on the fiscal deficit and the inevitable financial shock that would spring from it. That threat has not abated. But a new deficit has perhaps become more important: The dignity deficit. It’s a plague that is increasingly impacting the middle- and working-classes in the United States, leading to enormous swaths of America that feel alienated, isolated and not worthy of respect. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, explains the dignity deficit by looking at Tom Fletcher, an unemployed father of eight, that served as one of the compelling stories that…

Polarization Is Eroding the Meaning of Memorial Day

“Happy Memorial Day!” No doubt you heard the absentminded greeting this holiday from well-intended passersby. But “happy” is not the adjective that should jump to mind on Memorial Day. Sure, it has come to be known as the unofficial start of the summer season – a time for families to flock to the beach, to watch a parade, gather around the fire pit for a barbecue, or scour the internet for sales. But at its core this is a solemn day, one that asks us to stop for a few moments and remember those who died while serving this nation….

Toward a Tax Code for Tomorrow

A lot has changed in the last thirty years, especially for the economy. Technological advancements have given us instant access to a vast array of information, which has disrupted and upended entire industries. Similarly, the speed at which things travel has soared at the same time that costs have plummeted, opening up the global market to any sized businesses. Despite these massive one thing remains pretty much untouched: Our national approach to taxation. Our economy has evolved, but our tax system hasn’t. The complexity of our tax code has accelerated (it now spans 70,000 pages of rules and regulation) just…