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Dawn Eden: from “rock historian” to Grand Inquisitor

The writer Dawn Eden Goldstein has been going hell bent for leather against Cardinal Raymond Burke. Her efforts reveal more about Dawn than they do about His Eminence. Ms. Goldstein charges Cardinal Raymond Burke with questioning the validity of the conclave that elected Francis as Pope—and, therefore, whether Francis is really the pope. In the [...]

The Pope Speaks to Congress

Editor’s note: The following is the text of the address delivered by Pope Francis to a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in "the land of the free [...]

The Demise of Legitimate Political Authority

Some forty years ago, in his groundbreaking study, Twilight of Authority, sociologist Robert Nisbet observed a disturbing trend in American culture. As respect for authority had declined among the population, he wrote, members of that population became increasingly willing to accept and actually applaud an increasingly powerful, albeit less legitimate, government The notion of true [...]

Time to Gauck Washington

Calling for the protection of the Constitution and the vision that guided the Founding Fathers is a common theme in speeches in this year's presidential campaign.  In practice, however, these campaigns have little resemblance to that original vision.  The Framers sought to fashion a presidential selection process above politics in which the office would seek [...]

Abdicating the Rule of Law

The Attorney General of the United States has again abdicated his duties; he has notified Congress that he will not defend a duly enacted law in the courts. He did this in February of last year, too, when he stepped back from upholding the federal Defense of Marriage Act. This time, he refuses to defend [...]

Obama Displaces the Rule of Law with Decree

Obama's health care act shows that decrees issued by government bureaucrats have displaced the rule of law.

Some Dare Call it Conspiracy: The Illuminati of Contraception

A mist gathers around the Capitol.  Glowering clouds obscure the sun.  Dark Forces are pulling the levers of power.  The very laws of the land are being forged to enslave freemen (and freewomen) by a sinister power beyond our ken. Somewhere, a council has gathered. Blofeld, Mrs. Danvers, Prof. James Moriarty, Cruella de Vil, Sauron, [...]

Do Catholics Have Too Many Babies?

When we were colonists and fought a war against the king and Parliament so that we could secede from the British Empire and be independent of it, we also fought for the value of personal freedom. That is the idea that in matters of personal choice, the government should play no role. The king only [...]

The Violence Against Logic Act

The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 2 on a straight party-line vote. That proves again that the feminists control the Democratic Party, and it's also a refreshing indication that Republicans are no longer intimidated by feminist demands. VAWA was originally passed by Congress in [...]

Keep Those Ideas Coming: How the Constitution Encourages Inventiveness

The Constitution of the United States was the world's first written national constitution. In 1787 it was the only one; now approximately 160 nations have written constitutions — more than half of them less than 15 years old. What accounts for the remarkable stability and longevity of our Constitution? Its durability can probably be best [...]

Sense and Nonsense: The Mystery of Bow Ties

During a coffee break at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, I chanced into a conversation with Mr. Marcus Cohn, the noted communications lawyer, and Mr. George Farr of the Staff of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mr. Cohn was congratulating Mr. Farr because he was, like Mr. Cohn, sporting a bow tie. [...]

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