Mosque Demagoguery Is Bipartisan

Is the controversy over building a mosque near Ground Zero a grand distraction or a grand opportunity? Or is it, once again, grandiose demagoguery? It has been said, “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” Are we not overly preoccupied with this controversy, now being used in various ways by grandstanding politicians? It looks to me like … Continue reading “Mosque Demagoguery Is Bipartisan”

Cordoba House: The Acid Test

It’s hard to believe that a national campaign led by lunatics has taken off with such momentum, but then again, it looks like we’re still living in Bizarro World, where the values we upheld before 9/11 have been hideously inverted. So what else can we expect? The cable news channels have been consumed with the … Continue reading “Cordoba House: The Acid Test”

Rand Paul’s Problem, and Ours

Ambushed by Rachel “Tail-gunner Jane” Maddow, Rand Paul – son of Ron – is at the center of a ever-escalating controversy, one that underscores the complete emptiness of political discourse in this country. It was a “gotcha” moment that will go down in the history books, under “dirty tricks,” along with the daisy-picking ad run … Continue reading “Rand Paul’s Problem, and Ours”

US Foreign Policy, Rudyard Kipling, and the Libertarian Theory of the State

How is foreign policy made? In these, the last days of America’s imperial decline, when the Constitution is but a ragged piece of parchment relegated to the Museum of Archaic Documents, our relations with other countries are entirely governed by the executive branch: all decisions are made by the president and his appointed national security … Continue reading “US Foreign Policy, Rudyard Kipling, and the Libertarian Theory of the State”