Antonin Scalia, R.I.P.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday, practiced a constitutional conservatism that is out-of-step with today's Right. [Credit: lifenews.com]

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday, practiced a constitutional conservatism that is out-of-step with today’s Right. [Credit: lifenews.com]

The arc of conservatism’s decline was traced in the course of a few hours last Saturday. That afternoon we learned of the passing of a genuine constitutional conservative, Antonin Scalia. Hours later, we endured another GOP debate during which professed conservatives traded barbs and insults, now considered a suitable substitute for character and substance by a large swath of Republican voters. Continue reading

An Iran Deal Fit For A King

Iranians celebrated a deal that lifted sanctions against their nation. The deal is less popular in the U.S. Congress, but that hardly matters. [Credit: The Guardian]

Iranians celebrated a deal to lift sanctions against their nation. The agreement is less popular in the U.S. Congress, but that hardly matters. [Credit: The Guardian]

Three thousand years have passed since a shepherd-turned-war hero-turned-terrorist-turned-king captured an obscure city situated on a hill 34 miles inland from the Mediterranean.

David, Israel’s second king, would establish his capital in that city whose name is every bit as inapt as Philadelphia (city of brotherly love) or Los Angeles (city of angels). Jerusalem, David’s chosen capital, means “city of peace.”

It has more often been a city of contention, war and strife.  The reverberations from that ongoing discord reached the Supreme Court last month in a case that carries implications for whether the U.S. will continue to be governed as a Republic or ruled by a king. Continue reading

Obamacare’s Next Chapter

Chief Justice John Roberts ' opinion in King v. Burwell betrayed widely-held misconceptions about health insurance markets.  [Credit: Human Events]

Chief Justice John Roberts ‘ opinion in King v. Burwell repeated widely-held misconceptions about health insurance markets.  Conservatives should take note. [Credit: Human Events]

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act grew out of a long history of failed health insur­ance reform.” Chief Justice John Roberts, in upholding Obamacare subsidies.

Obamacare is the newest chapter in that long history of failed health insurance reform.  Conservatives who hope one day to replace it would do well to learn from its errors and conceits. Continue reading

Harry Reid and Government Power Creep

Why is this man so sad?  [Credit: themediahaven.com]

Why is this man so sad? The Senate’s most powerful man yearns for more power.  [Credit: themediahaven.com]

Nobody does sadness like Harry Reid (D-NV). His deflated body slumped over the podium atop his Senate desk, head shaking slowly, his faint raspy voice a mixture of resignation and exasperation, Reid spends much of his time as the Senate’s most powerful figure bemoaning his lack of power. Continue reading