What is the Divide Between Western and Eastern Republicans?

Although they find common ground on many issues, there are sharp differences between Eastern and Western conservatives. Jacob Weisberg of Slate suggests that Eastern conservatives are more moderate than Western conservatives, and that they are less inclined to take conservative social positions than their counterparts. These conservatives, he says, are inclined to accept the idea of a welfare state.… [Read more]

The Preamble Scramble

The other day someone said to me, “I’m becoming a Libertarian. I’m tired of big government in my paycheck!” I understood where he was coming from. I wrote a check to Uncle Sam and, ouch! I don’t enjoy taxes, either. I have to admit, though, that I also don’t enjoy paying the cable bill; but it’s something I accept for getting the service.… [Read more]

Keep talking, Rand Paul…We’re Listening

Rand Paul (R-KY) wants to be President of the United States. He also wants African-Americans to believe that he is not a bigot. During his recent outreach visit to Howard University he  relayed to the students of the elite, predominantly African-American institution that he has never been against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and that he does not have a bigoted bone in his body or a racist feeling in his heart.… [Read more]

Canadian Health Care – Lesson Two

SOCIALISM!!! For the Tea Party loonies, it is the maple leaf-shaped shadow, the dark spectre of Johnny Canuck that looms larger and ever southward to scare the living bejeezus out of the red staters, a foul-faced harbinger of American healthcare doom. Yer near and yet so far obedient scribe is certain the sad charade masquerading as contemporary US health care debate is driven by the eye-popping ability of the supposed pundits to twist and torture a simple concept beyond any sensible meaning.… [Read more]

In Defense of Reason Part 6: Independent of Principle

On Friday June 22, 2012 Nick Gillespie, the editor-in-chief of reason.com and self-described libertarian, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher and criticized both Maher and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC for their supposed liberal bias. While discussing the political scandal known as Fast and Furious, Gillespie asserted that “[liberals] would always take the side of a Democrat over a Republican.” The inability of Maher and Maddow to convincingly respond to Gillespie’s critique has caused several conservative commentators, including Noel Sheppard of newsbusters.org, to claim that liberals have finally been exposed as peddlers of propaganda.… [Read more]