There is an underserved movement budding among young conservatives in which fiscal responsibility and controlled government spending remain crucial tenets, but issues like gay marriage and drug control are approached with a libertarian bent. The ideas of this growing wave need a public, nuanced voice. The implications for the Republican Party if this philosophy is more widely adopted may not only spur major change within the party but could also revitalize its chances of claiming more power in our government.
How environmental extremism is destroying California's Central Valley.
A five-foot-tall, 110-pound woman is in a certain sense "armed" if she has a kitchen knife or a baseball bat at her disposal. But if the six-foot-four, 250-pound man who has broken into her apartment has one, too, she is not likely to overwhelm him. If that same woman has a nine-millimeter Glock, however? Well, then there is a good chance of her walking out unharmed. There is really no way for the state to endorse her right to defend herself if it deprives her of the tools she needs for the job.
In the Age of Barack Obama, conservatives can seem uncommonly keen to tell you what they are not. “When I am around conservatives,” anti-progressive Millennials will gripe, “I feel libertarian. But when I am around libertarians, I feel conservative. Perhaps,” they conclude, “I’m a bit of both?”
When bullets start to fly, who cares who is their target?
As a strange cultural politics pushes it rightward.
Her Heller position belies her supposed belief in the individual’s right to bear arms.
As a child, I was in love with America. From England, everything about the place just seemed marvelous. America was where the movies were set. It was where all the good roller coasters had been installed. It had cities with skyscrapers with romantic names: the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the TransAmerica. Elvis had been an American, as had John Wayne. Marilyn Monroe, too. And above all - above absolutely everything else - Americans had been to the moon.
An ersatz Moroccan temple might at first glance seem a peculiar stage on which to set an all-American gun show. And yet, upon closer inspection, it proves rather apt. No tale of Arabia is complete without the appearance of a bazaar or a souk, and, give or take, that is precisely what this was. Here, at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium, the hobbyists and the collectors have convened to parade their wares. “Welcome to the gun show,” reads the sign. You ain’t in Manhattan anymore.
The world doesn’t look especially different today from how it did in 1954. Children who grew up in the aftermath of the Second World War were promised a wholesale change in their lifestyles - not just hoverboards and robot butlers and easy-to-use video chatting, but an in toto alteration of the classic American aesthetic.
NASCAR is the No. 1 spectator sport in the United States, with 75 million Americans calling themselves fans.
We're a funny bunch on the right, prone inexorably to depression and eschatology. Since the Democratic sweeps of 2006 and 2008 launched a thousand Leftnik cries of “At long last, conservatism is dead,” we have been engaged in one of the great political rebuilding projects in American history. In the space of just ten years, Republicans and their backers have managed to clamp an iron jaw upon the House of Representatives and retake a majority in the Senate.
As I write, the president of the United States is openly promising to finish off his second term with a flurry of extraconstitutional activity. By the power invested in his “pen and phone,” Barack Obama intends to wield his “executive authority” in order to institute a set of environmental rules that the people’s representatives have declined to grant him; to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in direct defiance of Congress’s will; and to further circumvent a series of immigration laws that have been on the books for decades.
The Donald’s appalling record on eminent domain.
Jeremy Corbyn, British-political throwback.
A Virginia killer posts his crime online for the world to see.
Does Donald Trump believe in anything but himself? Do his supporters care?
Never in the field of human history has there been a clearer illustration of the maxim .Culture matters. than that which has been provided by the English-speaking peoples and their relationship with Magna Carta Libertatum.
Judging by today's political climate, we don't.
How David A. Clarke Jr. became a political celebrity.