America’s Daddy Issues

rcplogoJanuary 28, 2016–Here in America, as in much of the Western world, social conservatism is terribly uncool. No, it’s worse than that: It’s socially toxic. Traditionalists, we are told, are stiffs, fools, knaves, and uptight busybodies who want to butt in on everyone’s lives, micromanaging them to death.

Even worse, the conventional wisdom goes, social conservatives are also bigots. They are serial micro-aggressors, espousing horrifying ideas that could “trigger” some harm to innocent victims—like, say, rich kids at colleges costing $65,000 a year—causing them to assume the fetal position, craftily claim they’re too traumatized to take an exam they actually forgot to study for, or embark on a disastrous student cafeteria chocolate cake-eating binge.

For a few prominent social conservatives, sadly, this reputation is somewhat earned. But here’s a wild and crazy thought: What if the rest of them are on to something—and what if the real social micromanagers are on the other side of the aisle?

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Can 2016 Get Any Weirder? Of Course it Can.

January 21, 2016–On Tuesday, in a spectacle rivaling a Greek tragedy at a demolition derby, Alaskan political celebrity Sarah Palin endorsed New York political celebrity and Republican front-runner Donald Trump, while simultaneously proving that the most dangerous place in the world is between Sarah Palin and an available microphone. On the same day, in Democrat […]

Can Republicans Cut Through the Baloney?

January 14, 2016–Insanity, as the well-worn aphorism goes, consists of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This bit of wisdom has become such a cliché that it’s almost insanity to repeat it—but repeat it I will, because it perfectly summarizes Tuesday’s State of the Union fiasco, as well as […]

Obama’s Theater of the Absurd

January 7, 2016–In “Superfudge,” Judy Blume’s well-loved and best-selling children’s book from 1980, the title character—Farley Drexel Hatcher, a wildly precocious and rambunctious 4-year-old who goes by the nickname “Fudge”—acquires his dream pet: a chatty myna bird. Fudge names his bird Uncle Feather; soon, he begins teaching it new words. Much to the chagrin of […]

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