• Progressives Want to Burn Down Any Institution That Doesn’t Favor Them at the Moment

    Progressives Want to Burn Down Any Institution That Doesn’t Favor Them at the Moment

    Sometimes progressives do a great job of becoming caricatures of themselves.

    The progressive worldview is marked by a tendency to embrace utopian dreams, and a general disregard for tried and true traditions and institutions.

    Ted Kennedy captured this instinct in 1968 when he said, quoting George Bernard Shaw: “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not.”

    But while laws and norms sometimes need to be changed, there is something to be said for recklessly overturning a system that has been at the heart of the strongest and freest country that’s ever existed. READ MORE...

  • Left Furious at White Women for Voting for Hispanic Cruz

    Left Furious at White Women for Voting for Hispanic Cruz

    If you were looking for a dramatic Senate contest, Cruz vs. O’Rourke in Texas covered all the bases.

    It began as a fairly tepid race, with incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, largely ignoring challenger Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke for months. It turned into a hotly contested, nationally watched race once the GOP realized O’Rourke was resonating with, and exciting, voters in the Lone Star State.

    Reminiscent of the celebrity infatuation in 2008 with another Democrat, then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, black-and-white “Beto” signs and shirts showed up not only in Texas, but across the country. READ MORE...

  • If Trump Ended Birthright Citizenship, He'd Be Enforcing Existing Law

    If Trump Ended Birthright Citizenship, He’d Be Enforcing Existing Law

    President Donald Trump’s critics have found something else to rend their garments over: His determination to end so-called “birthright citizenship.” Why, they thunder, it’s unconstitutional. And even if it could be changed, it can’t be by executive order.

    They’re wrong on both counts.

    That probably comes as a surprise to many Americans, including some who consider themselves Trump supporters. Haven’t we all been told for years that if you’re born here, you’re automatically a U.S. citizen? It’s all right there in the 14th Amendment. No matter who your parents are or what their status is, you’re an American. Simple as that. READ MORE...

  • Senate Election Results Give Republicans Opportunity to Confirm More Judges Faster

    Senate Election Results Give Republicans Opportunity to Confirm More Judges Faster

    The 2018 election results are encouraging, if for no other reason than that more progress can be made in filling judicial vacancies.

    First, a snapshot of where things stand right now.

    President Donald Trump has appointed almost 40 percent more nominees to life-tenured federal courts than the average for his five predecessors of both parties at this point. The pace of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings for judicial nominees is also way ahead of the usual pace.

    The Senate’s record for confirming those nominees, however, is not as robust. Previous posts (see here, here, and here) have detailed the strategies by Senate Democrats to make the confirmation process cumbersome rather than efficient. READ MORE...

  • Californians Double Down On Progressivism. Here’s Why It’s a Problem for Red State Neighbors.

    Californians Double Down On Progressivism. Here’s Why It’s a Problem for Red State Neighbors.

    Much of the nation saw political shake-ups on Tuesday. Not so in California.

    The Golden State continued its trend of drifting increasingly to the left.

    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, easily defeated Republican businessman, John Cox, to become the state’s 40th governor, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein retained her Senate seat. She was up against another Democrat due to the state’s “jungle primary” system.

    Democrats also picked up seats in Congress and the state legislature, while progressives generally prevailed on the litany of state ballot initiatives. A proposition that would have repealed the new state gas tax went down in defeat. READ MORE...

  • TENNESSEE PROUD: Marsha Blackburn Could Become 'Most Conservative Woman in Senate'

    TENNESSEE PROUD: Marsha Blackburn Could Become ‘Most Conservative Woman in Senate’

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee—Lisa Williams, who cast her ballot Tuesday for Republican Marsha Blackburn in the suburb of Brentwood, said she voted to promote the 15-year House veteran to the Senate because of her character.

    “I voted for Marsha, I have met her, and I have watched her over the years. And she is as true to her values as they get,” Williams, voting at the Brentwood Public Library, said of the conservative Republican.

    In downtown Nashville, by contrast, Kristen Cullen said that she has met Blackburn’s opponent, Democrat Phil Bredesen, and trusts him. READ MORE...

  • The 2018 Midterms Matter. Don’t Let Others Determine the Outcome for You

    Listening to the pundits and prognosticators, you’d think control of Congress has already been decided. But the fight for our nation’s future is far from finished. It’s happening this week when millions will take part in their civic responsibility on Election Day.

    Regardless of who wins and who loses, there are certain issues the next Congress will be forced to address.

    The cost of health care is not sustainable for many Americans. Most polls show this is the top issue for voters—and for good reason. Eight years after President Barack Obama signed it into law, the Affordable Care Act has proved to be anything but affordable. It’s time for Congress to enact reforms that help reduce health care costs while increasing coverage choices for everyone. READ MORE...