George W. Bush was president from 2000-2008. He was a Republican, so consequently, he ran on “small government” principles, at least initially. However, in those 8 years alone, he almost doubled our national debt. He started (and prolonged) two wars, and neither war was executed with a declaration from Congress. He ballooned Medicare and the Department of Education. He brushed aside the fourth amendment with his passing of the Patriot Act. He paid hundreds of billions to bailed out companies that should have failed. By all accounts, Bush was not a small government president. He was a moderate at best, a Teddy Roosevelt progressive at worst. Continue reading
The problem with being a 20 year old, self-proclaimed political commentator is that a lot of people, consciously or not, will dismiss me as “young,” “inexperienced,” “immature,” or “going through a phase.” Regardless of the truth that may or may not be in these descriptions, some of the stuff I say here either doesn’t get read at all or may be dismissed by skeptics.
So don’t take it from me. Take it from this guy, Randy England, a Catholic writer and criminal defense lawyer. His most recent book is called Free is Beautiful: Why Catholics should be libertarian. I devoured this book; it had everything. England uses Papal encyclicals, teaching of the Saints, Catholic doctrine, the Bible, and, something that we see very little in American politics today, pure logic, to support the claim that he makes in the title of the work.
I will strongly recommend this book to two groups of people. Firstly, and most importantly, I recommend this book to politically inclined Catholics. Aristotle said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Put your biases aside (everybody has them) and give this book a read. It deserves it. Continue reading
Catholic philosopher Nathan Schlueter recently published an article called Why I am Not a Libertarian. I would advise reading that article and then reading this one, although you don’t have to. Also, when I start addressing his numbered arguments, you should read his argument first, then read my response. I am going to shed some light on some of his arguments from a libertarian perspective, and do my best to convince the reader of my position over his. Continue reading
In the most recent example of American mishap on foreign land, a US soldier decided to go Rambo on some Afghan citizens in the middle of the night. Reports suggest he may have had brain trauma, but this is irrelevant, because that individual is not to blame for the surge of anger coming from Afghanistan. If you believe this, you’ve probably been watching too much msnbc. And you probably wouldn’t even see the truth if it slapped you in the face and called you a liberal. Continue reading
Dear everyone who has said, “I like Ron Paul, he just isn’t electable”: stop telling people he is unelectable and start spreading his message. Continue reading
Since Obama’s decision to impose the HHS mandate on the country and give Catholic organizations 1 year to comply, the internet has exploded with angry Catholics wondering how in the world the President could so blatantly violate our Constitutional guarantee of the freedom of religion. President Obama told Archbishop Dolan a few weeks ago that he still had the utmost respect for the Church and would never force the people to violate any of Her principles. To quote Representative Joe Wilson, “You lie!” Catholics are now going to be forced to either violate their beliefs or forgo healthcare. We have every right to be outraged. Continue reading