On Trump, the Constitution, and how he’s like Obama

Rich Lowry has a great column on Donald Trump’s disregard for the Constitution.  Also how he is like Obama in being willing to use “executive” power in defiance of Constitutional limits.  There was a time, Lowry writes, when conservatives and tea party activists were all about upholding the Constitution.  Now, many of those folks are supporting Donald Trump and his “post-Constitutional” policies. [Read more...]

Donald Trump as an evangelical

Donald Trump is calling himself an “evangelical.”  Christian columnist Michael Gerson discusses that self-identification, in the course of which he tells a great anecdote relating to (a misunderstanding of) vocation. [Read more...]

How socialism is working out

As socialism comes back in vogue in the United States, voters have overwhelmingly repudiated it in Venezuela. [Read more...]

The strongman syndrome

Russian president Vladimir Putin has been praising Donald Trump, who has been returning the favor.   When it was brought up that Putin has a habit of killing his critics, Trump said that our country also does a lot of killing.  (See details after the jump.)

It isn’t just that the two have a mutual admiration society going.  David Ignatius says that Trump is America’s Putin.

I think what we are seeing is the strongman syndrome.  Democracies, by their nature, make for weak central governments and so have trouble “getting things done.”   So when things get bad, at some point, the very people who constitute the democracy, turn to a “strongman” to solve their problems, even though he will also do away with their rights.

This happened with the Greek democracy and the Roman Republic.  It happened when the French revolution turned to Napoleon and when the Russian revolution turned to Stalin.  It happened again after the fall of Communism, when the Russian people turned away from the messy democracy they had been trying in favor of the authoritarian Putin.  It happens regularly in Latin America.  Isn’t this what is happening in this country with the popularity of Donald Trump? [Read more...]

Lindsey Graham drops out of the race

Senator Lindsey Graham has dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  He ran on the principle that we need a strong foreign policy, including the use of military force against ISIS.  He observed that four months ago, he was the only candidate saying this.  Today, most of the candidates agree with him.  With Graham’s departure,  12 candidates are left standing. [Read more...]

Where is your town on the political spectrum?

A “political technology” company called Crowdpac has analyzed the campaign contributions of nearly 5,000 towns and cities in the United States and has ranked them on a liberal/conservative spectrum.  Thus we can determine the ten most liberal and the ten most conservative cities in America.

But most fun is a tool that enables you to enter the name of any town with a population over 6,000, whereupon you can see how it ranks on the scale.  (I found, though, that it doesn’t include every town over 6,000.)

Go here, type in your town’s name, and see how liberal or conservative it is. [Read more...]


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