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
Someone said to me recently that Just War is not a subject that comes out with clear-cut answers. I would say that war is a sticky matter. I would also say that it is hard to make definitive statements regarding the wars fought in the last decade, because obviously, you and I do not have all the information. I would argue, however, that the Just War Theory is very clear-cut, though complex, and that it should be obvious to every Catholic, as it is obvious to every libertarian, that the War on Terror is anything but just. 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
I hate the word politics. It comes with so many disgusting connotations; I’d much rather people (including myself) be talking about economics and philosophy than about politics. Unfortunately, in my study and discussion of economics and philosophy, there comes a time where these economic and philosophical principles have to be put into action as policy. So politics is virtually unavoidable. Continue reading