Politics (page 3)

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    Too much contempt

    Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online highlights an important observation about the role of contempt in today’s political debates. “America is addicted to political contempt.” I’m not sure I’ve ever read a more accurate diagnosis of what we’re looking at in the United States right now. It’s…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2019
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    Russia legislation and the problem with Congress

    Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online takes issue with one of the latest actions on Capitol Hill. House Republicans … joined with the chamber’s Democratic majority to pass Russia legislation that highlights the bad joke Congress has become. When not calling for a pointless investigation that will enable…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2019
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    Forbes laments un-Great Britain

    Steve Forbes‘ latest musings in Forbes magazine include a critique of British government actions since the 2016 Brexit vote. The country’s economy today is at a virtual standstill, and how the divorce with the EU will unfold remains a mystery. The ruling conservative government has been so inept…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2019
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    Previous Democratic presidents would struggle in 2020

    Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon considers how previous Democratic presidents would fare in the upcoming “woke primary” for the 2020 nomination. The Democratic Party is in the middle of a curious transition, not unlike the insurgent Tea Party’s re-branding of the Republican Party circa 2010. It…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2019
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    Attacking history doesn’t make the present any better

    Victor Davis Hanson muses at National Review Online about those who engage in “waging war against the dead.” The 21st century is in danger of becoming an era of statue smashing and historical erasure. Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2019
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    Partisan hatred as national crisis

    David French of National Review Online laments the current state of partisan division. [T]he New York Times’ Thomas Edsall published an important essay highlighting a new study that analyzed the extent of “lethal mass partisanship.” As Edsall observes, the paper contained some disturbing statistics. Among them, “42 percent…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Election dates have been set to fill vacancies in North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th Congressional Districts. Rick Henderson recaps the circumstances of both electoral contests for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Joseph Coletti analyzes Gov. Roy Cooper’s 2019-21 state budget proposals. Longtime conservative commentator William…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2019
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    Arguments that Julian Simon would understand

    The author of the 1981 book The Ultimate Resource might endorse many of the arguments Lyman Stone makes in a Federalist column. The solution, [David] Frum suggests, is to cut immigration by even more than the Trump administration suggests. … … Frum made one comment that…
    Mitch Kokai, March 14, 2019