The Founders Were Antiwar

The 2012 presidential election cycle is underway. With the Democratic candidate a foregone conclusion, there is not much uncertainty about where the Democratic Party is going. For better or worse, Democrats will likely continue to “dance with who brung them,” meaning Barack Obama and his brand of 21st-century liberalism. Not so on the Republican side. … Continue reading “The Founders Were Antiwar”

Tea Party Voters Worry About Afghan War Price Tag

The Afghanistan Study Group has just completed a survey of conservative attitudes about the Afghanistan War – including voters who identify themselves as part of the Tea Party movement.   Results show that conservative voters are highly concerned about the high costs of US military expenditures in the war that are slated to be $119 billion … Continue reading “Tea Party Voters Worry About Afghan War Price Tag”

The Tea Party, Foreign Policy, and the Politics of Real Change

I’ve spent more than a few columns predicting that the so-called tea partiers – the grassroots populist movement that has our liberal elites in a frothy-mouthed lather – will be logically led to call for major cuts in military spending – and, by the sheer logic of their anti-spending, “anti-government” position, eventually come to challenge … Continue reading “The Tea Party, Foreign Policy, and the Politics of Real Change”

Tea Party Should Emulate Clinton, Not Reagan

As the Tea Party migrates from the grass roots to the brier patch of the nation’s capital, sadly it will probably meet the same fate as other movements from “real America” who tried to plow new ground in Washington – in the ash heap of history. The governmental juggernaut always seems to take minor hits … Continue reading “Tea Party Should Emulate Clinton, Not Reagan”

Tea Party at the Pentagon?

It’s a cold morning in January 2011. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wake up early to put on their Revolutionary War costumes. They’re joined by a miscellaneous group of anti-government protesters, libertarian activists, and all-around hotheads. With their supporters in tow, the tea party movement’s Adam and Eve drive to the Pentagon and … Continue reading “Tea Party at the Pentagon?”

Lindsey Graham’s Desperation

Just in terms of style, has there ever been a more obsequious opportunist than Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina? Here is somebody who voted for the bank bailouts, the confirmation of two liberal Supreme Court nominees, national ID cards, amnesty for “illegals”, and is known and loved by the liberal media for his … Continue reading “Lindsey Graham’s Desperation”

The Tea Party Disconnect

Some have expressed hopes that the tea partiers, many of whom grew out of the Ron Paul movement, will bring about a shift away from American imperialism through their demands for smaller, cheaper, less intrusive, and more accountable government. But it ain’t necessarily so. The tea partiers generally fail to understand that the indispensable element … Continue reading “The Tea Party Disconnect”

Whatever Happened to the Antiwar Movement?

Note: The following is the text of a talk given Oct. 25 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Whatever happened to the antiwar movement? Remember all those marches, all those placards, those giant puppets and loud displays of moral outrage? It’s vanished! Gone! Evaporated like morning mist! At one point, millions were marching in … Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Antiwar Movement?”