A Congressional primary candidate in Arizona has changed his party from Republican to Democrat and legally changed his name from Scott Fistler to Cesar Chavez to improve his chances in the heavily-Hispanic district. [Read more…]
The different countries that constitute the European Union held elections on Sunday for the European parliament. Political parties that oppose the European Union won big, taking over a third of the parliamentary seats. The winners included anti-immigration parties, traditional conservatives, and even neo-Nazi groups.
How do you account for this apparent rise of nationalism in a supposedly globalist and cosmopolitan era? What does this mean for the United States? Do you see any potential problems that this could bring?
Conservative think-tanker Peter Wehner cites recent speeches by Wayne La Pierre, Ben Carson, and Michelle Bachmann that describe America as a fundamentally corrupt neo-Nazi police state. That is exactly what the New Left of the 1970’s said.
Read Mr. Wehner’s warnings against this mindset and this rhetoric after the jump. And then consider. . . .Certainly, conservatism used to be associated with patriotism. But is there something healthy about conservatives losing that America-right-or-wrong nationalism? How can we strike a healthy balance between love of country and being able to criticize it? [Read more…]
The word “conservative” means different things in the United States and Europe. American conservatives tend to value personal liberty, free market economics, and small government. Europeans call that being “liberal.” European conservatives tend to hearken back to the good old days of the monarchies, being suspicious of democracy and civil liberties. Both the European left and the European right favor big government.
Today the European right, which is reportedly poised for big electoral victories, is openly supporting Russia’s Vladimir Putin. See why after the jump. [Read more…]
The head of Canada’s Liberal Party has decreed that all new candidates running for parliament in his party–or is it running for any office? that part isn’t clear to me–must be pro-abortion. The socialist New Democratic party has a similar policy. The Conservatives will allow pro-lifers to run for office, but they are not allowed to bring up the issue.
Thus all major Canadian political parties–there are some smaller ones that pro-lifers can presumably join–are working together to exclude the pro-life cause from political consideration. Think something like that could happen in the USA?
Journalist Michael J. Totten visits Havana to see how things are going in still-Communist Cuba:
In the United States, we have a minimum wage; Cuba has a maximum wage—$20 a month for almost every job in the country. (Professionals such as doctors and lawyers can make a whopping $10 extra a month.) Sure, Cubans get “free” health care and education, but as Cuban exile and Yale historian Carlos Eire says, “All slave owners need to keep their slaves healthy and ensure that they have the skills to perform their tasks.” [Read more…]