Obamacare funding ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that the mechanism for subsidizing insurance companies under Obamacare violates the Constitution.  That document reads, “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” (Article 1.  Section 9).  The Obama administration has been paying that money without Congress having passed an appropriation to do so.  The ruling is on hold, pending appeal. [Read more…]

The “Open Letter” on Trump from Ben Sasse

Ben Sasse–Lutheran, Senator from Nebraska, someone I know–has become the catalyst for and the leader of the “Never Trump” movement among conservatives.  In case you haven’t read his “Open Letter” on the subject that he posted on Facebook, I excerpt and link to it after the jump. [Read more…]

The Republican party has joined the other side

The Washington Post has an article about the dilemma conservative Christians are facing in having to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  (Only about a third of evangelicals say they support the Republican nominee.)  The piece has two memorable quotes:

“This year the Republican Party has not just surrendered on the culture wars, they’ve joined the other side.” Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“I got the idea of ‘Who would Jesus have voted for, Herod or Pilate?’ and probably neither one, and that’s where I feel we’re at here.” Pastor Gary Fuller


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Plato on the course of democracy

As Andrew Sullivan reminds us, Plato predicted Donald Trump, down to his personality and lifestyle.  Plato also predicted multiculturalism, feminism, adults imitating children, tolerance for everything, morality giving way to pleasure above all, opposition to all authority, resentment against the rich, teachers controlled by students, and the rise of tyranny.  All of these grow out of democracy, as it runs its course.  Sullivan also shows how our founders tried to prevent these things from happening by designing a republic (not a pure democracy) with constitutional checks and balances, but how those have eroded.  “Tyranny,” said Plato’s Socrates, “is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.” [Read more…]

Despite what Obama says, our troops are in combat

When two Navy Seals were killed in Syria, a White House spokesman said, “the relatively small number of U.S. service members that are involved in these operations are not in combat but are in a dangerous place.”  But, as Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) says, our troops in Syria and Iraq are definitely, by any definition, in combat. [Read more…]

How mothers battle totalitarianism

“Motherhood is the first and last line of defense against totalitarianism.”  So says Stella Morabito in The Federalist, where she takes up the question of why tyrants always try to undermine the family and explains how mothers are a bulwark for liberty. [Read more…]