Category Executive Branch

Hit & Run – Trump, Liberals, and Separation of Powers

Back in June, I argued “The Contrarian Case for a Trump Presidency.” While it doesn’t really read as a ringing endorsement, I argued that a President Trump was preferable to a President Clinton because executive power was already out of control, and a Clinton Administration would make matters worse in that regard while a Trump Administration […]

Dual Citizenship: Evangelicalism, Hypocrisy, and the Trump Administration

God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.  -2  Timothy 1:7 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear . . . whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.  -1 John 4:18 In everything do to others […]

Gross Presidential Action, Grotesque Hypocrisy

Many in this country are currently outraged by President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) Friday, which temporarily has thrown our immigration system and refugee admittance programs into chaos. The idea that we in America would turn our backs on needy and deserving individuals for highly attenuated concerns about the potential for a handful of them to be […]

Hit & Run – Trump Flak’s Yugely Important Petty Lies

Sean Spicer gave a very quick press briefing yesterday that set the media on fire. Why? Because he transparently lied about the size of the inauguration crowds. In case you missed the briefing, it’s viewable here. Some of the most bizarre elements include: Highlighting “one particular tweet” as if it was indicative of the media […]

Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

  Thanksgiving Proclamation In 1789, the first Congress passed a resolution waiting on the President of the United States to recommend a day of thanksgiving and prayer “…to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a Constitution of government for their […]

Excerpts from Sen. Sasse’s Speech to the Federalist Society

Senator Ben Sasse delivered an excellent speech at the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention. Here are some of my favorite quotes.

Checks and Balances: An Election Eve Plea

If you are one of the 90ish% of Americans who will be voting for Team D or Team R tomorrow,* this is mostly addressed to you. Tomorrow, our long national nightmare is just beginning, whoever wins over. Election returns will start coming in, and – unless Utah gives us the most unlikely upset in American history (or […]

Electoral Reform – An Idea Under Construction

If 2016 has lessons to provide posterity, one may be that picking the President should be a bit less democratic than it currently is. What if . . . . 1. People in the respective states vote for electors to represent them in the electoral college (remember that thing?!) once every four years: a) Each state has […]

Washington’s Farewell Address – “I Warned You”

On the heels of Judge Posner’s recent “They shit in chamber pots so what do they know” op-ed, I’d like to offer a roundabout defense of the Framers by highlighting how what Washington said in 1796 has possibly never been more relevant. We can’t say he didn’t warn us.   I give you the “sparknotes” Washington’s […]

The Right to Be Let Alone – A Political Hippocratic Oath

The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man’s spiritual nature, of his feelings and of his intellect. They knew that only a part of the pain, pleasure and satisfactions of life are to be found in material things. They sought to protect […]