Weekly Friday Posts

June 28, 2019

As I was watching the Democratic debates this week I found myself asking, why are presidential debates boring and hard to sit through?  Was it always this way?  While political pundits will be dissecting and analyzing the candidates’ responses for days to come, I’d like to offer some observations on the state of presidential debates themselves.

Last I checked, the New York Times has identified twenty-four candidates seeking the Democratic nominati...

June 25, 2019

Josh and Bob continue their conversation on the national interests of the United States that drives the nation’s foreign policy in part two of this two-part discussion.

To the casual observer, American foreign policy over the past 240 years can come across as sporadic at best.  We’ve gone from Washingtonian noninterventionism to the territorial expansions of the nineteenth century to gearing up a massive military industrial complex for two world w...

June 21, 2019

I’m old enough to remember an era when those on the Right who had disagreements responded with tools such as reason, discussion, and persuasion.  On occasion debates offered in good faith would descend into name-calling, but this was the exception and not the rule.  Today, far too many bypass the toolkit and go straight to name-calling.  When that doesn’t work, they descend to threats and intimidation.

I had such an encounter recently an...

June 18, 2019

To the casual observer, American foreign policy over the past 240 years can come across as sporadic at best.  We’ve gone from Washingtonian noninterventionism to the territorial expansions of the nineteenth century to gearing up a massive military industrial complex for two world wars to Soviet containment to democratic nation-building to a series of non-specific military engagements with rogue terrorist groups.

Some conservatives have argued the...

June 14, 2019

There is a debate currently raging within Western conservatism that has the potential to erupt in a full-fledged civil war.  Both sides—in my opinion—have legitimate beefs with the other side and come from intellectually-sound foundations.  But one side—again, in my opinion—is largely occupied by representatives teetering on the edge of operating in bad faith and at risk of abandoning any semblance of conservatism whatsoever.  Let me begin with w...

June 7, 2019

I’m taking time away from blogging this week due to some unanticipated interruptions, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging with nothing.  So here’s a link to a recent article by blogger Kimberly Ross on What If Conservatives Ran Social Media?

There is growing discontent regarding efforts by social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to “censor” some on the Right.  At first, I suspected this was the flavor-of-the-week in an era of endles...

June 4, 2019

In an age where much of the Right is embracing nationalism, populism, and the cult of personality that is Trumpism, some are beginning to ask themselves what being a conservative even means anymore?  But few have gone further to reinforce the idea that conservatism is about putting principles over party loyalty or allegiance to any one individual than Heath Mayo.  Heath joins Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis to discuss the #PrinciplesFirst moveme...

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Liberty has never been in a more precarious predicament.  As the Left sees a resurgence in socialism the Right is experiencing a rise in populism, nationalism, and authoritarianism.  Once the champions of conservative values, the Republican party is devolving into a group of self-serving career politicians with some even seeking to replace conservatism with blatant bigotry and reactionary fear.

 

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