For all of the Democratic campaign rhetoric accusing pro-lifers of conducting a “war on women,” it turns out that 29% of Democrats are pro-life. Now the antiabortion Susan B. Anthony List is doing some creative campaigning to enlist pro-life Democrat women to persuade them to vote their convictions. [Read more…]
In a column on Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, who–IF he gets re-elected to the Senate and IF Republicans win a majority on that body–could be the next Senate Majority Leader, George Will offers an explanation of why the Senate is paralyzed and how a Republican victory could fix things. [Read more…]
In the times of the Greek democracy, the Roman republic, the American founding, and most of American history, liberty and equality were thought to go together. That changed, says Danielle Allen, author of a book on the Declaration of Independence
First, Karl Marx taught that individual liberty must be sacrificed for the greater goal of social equality. Then, in the Cold War, conservatives and libertarians taught the opposite, that equality must give way to individual liberty. Today, she says, Democrats are stressing the ideals of equality while Republicans are stressing the ideals of liberty. She argues that we need to recapture the sense in which the two go together, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence.
In response to the near secession of Scotland from the United Kingdom, the British government is promising to decentralize, giving more power to regional and local governments. (Not just Scotland but Wales and Northern Ireland already have their own parliaments. England hasn’t, being content to rule all of the others, but now England itself may become more like a state in the larger United Kingdom.)
The desire for weaker central governments seems to be a world-wide phenomenon and is exactly what American conservatives have been calling for. But the British have always put on the best Tea Parties. [Read more…]
I was 12 years old when I watched Lyndon Johnson’s campaign ad that showed a little girl picking daisies followed by the mushroom cloud of a nuclear blast. Even at the time, I understood the message: Don’t vote for that extremist Barry Goldwater! He will start a nuclear war!
Yes, the ad, if you thought about it was utterably lame (a little girl? daisies?), but it had to have contributed to LBJ’s landslide victory. Drew Babb analyzes the political commercial, which aired as a paid advertisement one time only on September 7, 1964 (after that, it was endlessly re-run by the three networks who covered the ad itself as a piece of news). He calls it the “mother of all attack ads.” [Read more…]