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When Catholics Fight Back

SB 360, also known as Senate Bill 360, a proposal requiring priests in California to break the sacramental seal of confession, was placed on hold by its sponsor, State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), on 9 June, right before a hearing on the bill. For months before the vote, activists in California, across the nation, [...]

Social Conservatism and the New Nationalism

Jack Fowler, a longtime publishing executive at National Review, sat alone and lonely at the way back during the conference. A National Review writer sat among the press and wrote a first-day story. She reported it as straight news, no comment. To be sure, National Review editor Rich Lowry spoke to the crowd and did [...]

Remembering Bill Buckley

I met Bill Buckley (d. Feb. 27, 2008)  only once, over lunch, so long ago that I can scarcely remember what was said.  Only that it was by invitation (his, obviously), issued as a result of a letter I’d sent him describing a Summer Institute in Spain, organized by his brother-in-law, L. Brent Bozell, with [...]

The Return of the Conservative Conscience

In just thirteen hours, Rand Paul’s recent constitutional marathon established him as one of the best stump speakers in the senate. His easy-going, spontaneous, and cogent extended soliloquy sent a power surge through the somnambulant GOP. The ensuing swell of popular support for Senator Paul set the party—and, en passant, the conservative movement—on their collective [...]

Is it Time for Newt to Go?

There is a grisly pallor that has beset former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Then, too, there is a lumpiness — to his face, to his features, to his ... well, to his lump. When he walks into a room, I feel rather sorry for him, but then I feel rather sorry for Bill [...]

Obama vs. Catholics

  The Brian Williams MSNBC debate in Florida was not only dreadfully boring — I never thought I could ever long for commercials — it was pathetic. Freed of the fear of triggering an avalanche of applause against loaded questions, Williams and his co-moderators couldn't bring themselves to utter one single question asking the Republican [...]

What Is It We Wish to Conserve?

A conservative's task in society is "to preserve a particular people, living in a particular place during a particular time." Jack Hunter, in a review of this writer's new book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? thus summarizes Russell Kirk's view of the duty of the conservative to his country. Kirk, the [...]

From Pat Buchanan to Rand Paul: What Have We Learned?

Last year's congressional elections turned out better than conservatives deserved. Republicans grabbed back the power of the purse with the House of Representatives, giving them the ability -- if they have the strategy and the nerve -- to hobble the rest of Barack Obama's presidency. And on most issues, they should. For instance, Republicans should [...]

Jody Bottum No Longer Editor at First Things

Reports have been circulating the last few days that Jody Bottum is no longer the editor of First Things.  The changes on the masthead -- listing an "interim editor" -- corroborate the truth of those reports. First Things has yet to issue any kind of official comment on the change -- until then, it would [...]

Kagan and the Politics of Science

There's been a lot of talk in the last week about Elena Kagan's role in influencing partial-birth abortion legislation during the Clinton administration by rewriting a crucial passage of a statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) on the necessity of such a procedure. (Shannen Coffin has an excellent summary of the [...]

We’ll Burn That Bra When We Come to It

The most startling thing about Florence King's 1982 novel When Sisterhood Was in Flower might be how thoroughly it combines satire and fondness. Gentleness isn't a characteristic often associated with satire; and it certainly isn't often associated with Miss King, the acerbic virago of National Review. King on Sylvia Plath: "For all her insecurities, Plath was [...]

We Regret to Inform You that Christ Is Risen

Last week I went fist-to-face with one of the "new atheists," John Derbyshire of National Review. It's not like I make a habit of badgering those who don't share the gift of faith. Only God can give that out. At our best, we're His bicycle messengers. We really can help people cut the twine and [...]

Obama’s Out-of-Date Categories

With his now notorious remarks about the way "bitter" small-town folks "cling" to their religion and guns while disliking immigrants, Barack Obama has taken us -- at least those of us old enough to remember -- for a stroll down memory lane, back to the 1950s, when it was taken for granted among liberals that [...]

The Mormon’s Postmortem: Five Reasons Why Romney Lost

He took all the orthodox positions. He had the deep pockets, the executive experience, and the disciplined organization. He had endorsements from the likes of Rick Santorum, Paul Weyrich, Bob Jones, and Michael Novak (plus a nice plug from a certain Catholic hack). He had far and away the best hair. But today Mitt Romney [...]

The Trouble With Mitt Romney’s Pro-Life Conversion

Mitt Romney, by his own admission, was a pro-abortion governor of Massachusetts. That changed on November 8, 2004 in his second term during a conversation with Dr. Douglas Melton from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. According to Romney, Dr. Melton dismissed the "moral issue" of cloning embryos for stem cells "because we kill the embryos [...]

16 Catholic Senators Vote to Fund Abortion

Last Thursday, 16 of the 25 Catholics in the U. S. Senate voted to overturn the "Mexico City Policy" to allow funding to overseas health clinics providing abortions. One of the 16 was freshman Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) who ran against, and defeated, Sen. Rick Santorum as a "pro-life" candidate. It's doubtful whether Casey, [...]

Media Bias: The State of the Problem

Former CBS newsman, author, and media critic Bernard Goldberg was on my radio show several months ago, and we were having a lively conversation about his books Bias, Arrogance, and 110 People Who Are Screwing Up America. It was the final segment, and one of the callers asked Goldberg why Seinfeld producer Larry David, a [...]

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