Politics

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    Attacking the you’re-on-your-own narrative

    Jay Nordlinger of National Review Online takes aim at a popular, and highly misleading, attack on conservative public policy. One line in particular grabbed me by the throat. It comes from [Marco] Rubio himself, who denounced — get ready — “the radical you’re-on-your-own individualism promoted by our government…
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Expert scholars with conservative, libertarian, and even liberal political viewpoints have praised the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Jon Guze explains why he finds those endorsements compelling during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders critiques…
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2018
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    The Left’s agenda and free speech are incompatible

    Peter Burfeind expains in a Federalist column why the political Left never can support full-fledged free speech. Commentators keep on pointing out examples of the Left’s antagonism toward free speech as if this were inconsistent with its first principles. It’s not. Leftism cannot be for free speech. Why?…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2018
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    Political violence double standards

    David French of National Review Online documents a disturbing double standard linked to media reports of political violence. It’s a simple fact that all too many members of the mainstream media have a soft spot for left-wing radicalism even as they remain convinced that right-wing violence represents a…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2018
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    Pelosi’s last stand

    Andrew Malcolm explains in his latest McClatchy column why the 2018 midterm might represent the last best chance for Nancy Pelosi to return to power in the U.S. House. This November’s election is likely the last chance Nancy Pelosi has to become the first former House speaker to…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2018
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    Antifa should cause concern

    Editors at the Washington Examiner offer a warning about violent left-wing protesters. Unlike the crowd that appeared last year in Charlottesville to universal condemnation, these rioters, with their cop-killer rhetoric and their skull-cracking, window-smashing tactics of political persuasion, now hold sway over many weak-minded politicians who sympathize with,…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2018
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    National Review editor highlights N.C. pastor in Turkish prison

    Rich Lowry of National Review explores the Turkish government’s dubious case against imprisoned N.C. pastor Andrew Brunson. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not Justin Trudeau or Angela Merkel, a leader firmly within the liberal West who annoys Trump. He’s an Islamist authoritarian who is fundamentally changing the…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2018
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    Academic brand loses its luster

    Victor Davis Hanson explains at National Review Online why academic credentials are losing cachet in the world of politics. Trumpism is sometimes derided as an updated know-nothingism that rejects expertise and the input of credentialed expertise. Supposedly, professionals who could now save us tragically have their talent untapped…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2018