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
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
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
When asked if he believed there was a vital threat coming from Iran, Pat Buchanan answered:
“No. Look, during the Cold War, the Soviet Union had thousands of weapons and could have destroyed us in an afternoon, and we could have done the same thing. I was around during the Cuban Missile Crisis; that was genuinely terrifying. But Iran doesn’t frighten me, and I don’t think it should frighten the American people. They don’t have a bomb, they haven’t made a decision to build one, they don’t have the means to deliver one, and the Israeli’s have 300 atomic bombs. I mean, who presents the existential threat to whom?” (emphasis added). Continue reading
As a Catholic, I believe life is the most precious gift we’ve been given. As a libertarian, I believe that life is the most important of our natural rights that the government exists to protect. All other rights extend from this existential right. We should put politicians in office who protect this right. Continue reading