• Pushed Hard Left By Their Base, Are Democrats Self-Destructing?

    Pushed Hard Left By Their Base, Are Democrats Self-Destructing?

    On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that California Democratic officials overwhelmingly endorsed the long-shot primary opponent of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is seeking a fifth term in the U.S. Senate this November.

    Challenging her is 51-year old Kevin de León, a liberal Democratic state senator from Los Angeles who, reports the Journal, “is the author of California’s sanctuary-state legislation, backs a single-payer health-care system and has authored a number of bills aimed at increasing renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions in the state.” READ MORE...

  • Mexico’s New President Is Not A Threat, But The Collapse Of Mexico Is

    Mexico’s New President Is Not A Threat, But The Collapse Of Mexico Is

    Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican presidency in a landslide election on Sunday. Obrador—or Amlo, as he’s commonly called—is a left-wing populist of the sort common to Latin America. A former mayor of Mexico City who twice ran for president and lost, in 2006 and 2012, the 64-year-old Obrador, who spent decades as a radical outsider in Mexican politics, now finds himself in the seat of power in a country that’s falling apart.

    During his populist campaign, the silver-haired Obrador railed against the corruption of incumbent President Enrique Peña Nieto and his the conservative Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which Obrador denounced, not without good reason, as a “mafia of power.” Indeed, under Peña Nieto Mexico’s economy has stagnated and crime has spiraled out of control. It’s not a stretch to say the intertwined crises of poverty, corruption, and crime have driven Mexicans in desperation to elect their first leftist president since 1934. READ MORE...

  • 4 Things The Media Won’t Tell You About The Border Crisis

    4 Things The Media Won’t Tell You About The Border Crisis

    The images and stories now being reported from the southern border—families torn apart, children crying for their parents, parents with no idea where their children are—are disturbing and heartbreaking

    The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy has obviously created chaos along the border, tasking already overburdened federal agencies with the seemingly impossible job of taking into custody everyone—men, women, and children—caught crossing the border illegally. The number of children taken from their parents and placed in federal custody climbed to about 2,000 from April 19 through May 31, according to figures from the Department of Homeland Security. With border facilities overwhelmed, some teenagers are now being housed in temporary shelters outside El Paso. READ MORE...

  • Ideological Purity Runs Rampant At The Texas GOP Convention

    Ideological Purity Runs Rampant At The Texas GOP Convention

    SAN ANTONIO — “God doesn’t change, he’s the same yesterday today, and forever,” said a young man in a white cowboy hat and a long-sleeve Texas state flag shirt. His voice rose as he spoke. “If you look up at the sky and see that God has moved, he hasn’t moved—you have. God doesn’t move or change, and we shouldn’t either!”

    The man was not a preacher and this was not a church service. He was a delegate and this was a meeting of the Permanent Platform Committee at the Texas Republican Party’s convention, which concluded its biannual meeting this weekend in San Antonio—a gathering of nearly 10,000 delegates, lawmakers, party activists, and merchants hawking MAGA hats and Trump T-shirts. READ MORE...

  • The Repeal Of Ireland’s Abortion Ban Marks A New Paganism

    Americans tend to have a sentimental interest in Ireland. We think of Guinness and “Danny Boy” and “Whiskey In The Jar,” Saint Patrick and the Book of Kells and the monks who saved civilization.

    But it’s time to get real. On Friday last week, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution, which had enshrined a right-to-life protection for unborn children. More than 66 percent voted to repeal the amendment, and only 33 percent voted against repeal. The referendum marks the first time in history a people have freely chosen to embrace mothers freely killing their unborn children. READ MORE...

  • Philadelphia Bars Catholic Social Services From Serving Foster Children

    Philadelphia Bars Catholic Social Services From Serving Foster Children

    Ever since the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015, we’ve been seeing myriad broader implications from the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell. From wedding cake bakers to event planners, if you dissented from the new regime you could have your livelihood taken from you. Now, the inexorable logic of Obergefell is bearing down on religious organizations that do social welfare work, as conservatives predicted.

    Last week, a group of foster families in Philadelphia asked a federal court to end a new municipal policy that prevents Catholic Social Services from placing children in foster homes. Catholic Social Services is one of the largest and highest-rated foster agencies in Philadelphia, but because it adheres to Catholic teaching on homosexuality and does not place foster children in same-sex households, the City of Philadelphia is cutting them off. READ MORE...

  • The West Isn’t Committing Suicide, It’s Dying Of Natural Causes

    The West Isn’t Committing Suicide, It’s Dying Of Natural Causes

    I heard Jonah Goldberg talk about his ambitious new book, “Suicide of the West,” last week when he came through Austin and spoke to a sold-out crowd about how we’re in danger of throwing away the best thing that has ever happened to us: liberal democratic capitalism. The forces of tribalism, populism, and nationalism, he says, now threaten to undermine a liberal order that has brought unprecedented prosperity to the world.

    Goldberg’s book and its underlying thesis have been getting a lot of attention lately, especially among conservatives. It’s certainly a timely argument. The liberal order is clearly under threat these days from Left and Right alike, so it’s little wonder that Goldberg’s message is resonating with a large audience. Among conservatives, “Suicide of the West” has been almost universally praised. (Yuval Levin, waxing hyperbolic in National Review, declared, “More than any book published so far in this century, it deserves to be called a conservative classic.”) READ MORE...

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