To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are (1) that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or strategies can defeat him. You cannot win a war (1) if you simply sew peace banners on a battlefield, (2) if you fight civil wars against your [...]

To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are (1) that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or strategies can defeat him. You cannot win a war (1) if you simply sew peace banners on a battlefield, (2) if you fight civil wars against your [...]

Introduction Criticized recently for its flagging moral leadership, the Republican Party now oddly finds itself in the majority, but unable to marshal that majority behind significant change in governmental policy. But what, really, is lacking? Do the Republicans lack the ability to handle the practical side of politics or are they more in need of [...]

John Engler governor of Michigan It is naive (and contrary to Christian teaching) to believe that a political party without power is somehow more pure than a political party with power. Are not both comprised of men and women who are lower than the angels? After beginning my political career in the Michigan House of [...]

Steve Forbes 1996 presidential candidate, chairman and CEO of Forbes Inc A great political party wants as large a following as possible. But to attract such a following a great party must have a moral compass and deeply held core principles. Its leaders must know where they want to lead the country, offer a convincing [...]

Newt Gingrich Speaker of the House of Representatives Is a "Big Tent" sensibility compatible with the concept of a political party built on principle? The answer is a strong "yes." The Republican Party, from its birth, has been a party based upon moral principle. In fact, it was founded on two fundamental issues—free land and [...]

Henry Hyde represents Illinois in the House of Representatives In politics, you win by addition, and we need every Republican vote we can muster to maintain our majority in the House and Senate. If we lose our majority, it will be the death knell of pro-life legislation for as long as Democrats are in power. [...]

Ralph Reed former president of the Christian Coalition, a political consultant The pro-life stance has made the GOP a majority party; to downplay that stance would be suicide. Anyone who thinks that the Republican Party should back away from the fundamental civil right—the right to life—is making a serious mistake. Republicans were virtually the permanent [...]

Rick Santorum represents Pennsylvania in the Senate  The Republican Party must stand on principle and that principle must be a commitment to the legal protection of all human life, from conception to natural death. The demand for a big tent—whereby this principle is attenuated to accommodate those who support abortion rights—is an attempt, to paraphrase [...]

Ann Stone president of Republicans for Choice The resolution, "The 'Big Tent' strategy undermines the principles of the Republican Party," could only have been suggested by someone who hasn't been a Republican very long, or who doesn't understand the core philosophy of our Great Party. Lee Atwater first suggested the big tent strategy to explain [...]

Pete Wilson governor of California Republicans have always been united in common purpose to cure society's ills, including abortion. Those who are pro-choice, who insist that government has no business in our bedrooms, and those who are pro-life, who insist upon the sanctity of human life and the rights of unborn children, nevertheless agree on [...]

These days more and more Catholic lay people, full of good will, are venturing gamely into ministries of all kinds without the preparation they need. Time and again it's a case of the blind being asked to lead the blind. Consider: After three decades of catechetical neglect—a massive systemic failure to teach the content of [...]

In multimillionaire investor Ted Forstmann we meet a man, a Catholic, who has become one of this nation's leading philanthropists and who may be poised to head an educational revolution. As founding chairman of Empower American, a conservative grassroots organization whose Washington, D.C. offices are home to Bill Bennett and Jack Kemp, Forstmann has already [...]

The halls of academe are a long way from Dodge City’s saloons but itchy fingers about, and professors find ways to scratch the itch.  No real physical fights, of course; professors prefer to duke it out in the pages of academic journals.  It you’re not in the line of fire, these shootouts can be entertaining.  [...]

WARNING: This articles features content of an explicit nature.   It is hard to imagine a subtitle less apt for Marilyn Manson's new autobiography than "The long hard road out of hell." Out of hell? To open any page of this book is to take a trip into the fervid and sick world of a [...]

The sight of our Southern Baptist president receiving the Eucharist in South Africa touched off some foment for a few days this spring, but then, like most indiscretions nowadays not involving lurid sex, was quickly for-gotten. Clinton's communion is part of a larger trend, manifested in various ways, toward increasing disrespect for the sacramental heart [...]

Americans complain like no other people on earth, confident in the conviction that the Constitution, if not God himself, guarantees their right to do so. When something really bugs us, we join others of like mind to alter or remove the object of our discontent. Political protest has been a grand theme of our history [...]

Sometime in the fall, before the elections in November, the pro-life leadership in the Congress will bring forth again the bill on partial birth abortions. The timing would be designed to point up again the willingness of President Clinton and a large segment of his party to defend these grisly procedures. But the concentration will [...]

The stiad English sense of manners and propriety has always been counterpoised by a compensating craziness. The English do not tolerate eccentricity; they take pride in it. Once during a visit to a London club, I was quite accidentally thrown together for an evening with a marquis from one of Fair Albion's most famous families. [...]

Irony was strained  the United Nations' "Earth Summit" in 1997 when President Clinton and President Chirac and Prime Minister Blair jointly issued a warning about the proliferation of gas. Long before, Charles Dickens coined the phrase "All gas and gaiters." In days when clergymen dressed better, gaiters were associated with the higher ranks of them, [...]

The cultural seismographs of Hollywood have finally registered the Third Great Awakening: City of Angels, a tearjerker about a soulful-looking angel who falls in love with a perky heart surgeon, blew Titanic out of the top box-office slot. No doubt this is the film industry's idea of divine intervention—James Cameron, the writer-director-producer of Titanic, was [...]

With pride and pleasure my daughter invited her Evangelical friend to his first Mass. Her only request was that he should not receive Holy Communion, since he did not believe as Catholics do about the sacrament. When she returned to the pew, however, he was in line. Obviously her plea made no impact. If my [...]