During his 1980 presidential campaign, President Reagan articulated a strong vision for economic reform. Later when he ultimately accepted a Congressional economic package that some perceived to fall short of that vision, the media asked him whether he compromised his principles to accept it. He responded: “I know that it can look that way. I'm … Continue reading Congressional Cliff Jumping: Conservatism, Republicans, and the Healthcare Bill
For political film nerds or Jimmy Steward fans, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a classic David versus Goliath film. Having uncovered that political boss Jim Taylor controls Senator Paine and a group of Congressmen, Jimmy Steward as Mr. Smith finds himself swiftly silenced by Taylor’s political machine. However before the machine can complete the … Continue reading Filibustering the Founding Fathers: The evolution to a political blackhole
Fast food typically fails to constitute the healthiest food option. While most of us know this, we can find ourselves eating it all too often. Whether because we don’t spend time to better plan our meals or because it’s relatively inexpensive, fast food persists as a thriving part of our society. Just as too much … Continue reading Fake News: Ignorance is Not Bliss
Martin Luther King, Jr. once described how he and his brother drove one evening where very few oncoming drivers dimmed their lights. Understandably frustrated, Dr. King’s brother declared that he would leave his lights on full strength the next time a driver failed to dim his lights. Dr. King quickly responded by stating, “Oh no, don’t do that. There’d be too much light on this highway, and it will end up in mutual destruction for all. Somebody got to have some sense on this highway.” If we want to live in a society that carries on meaningful conversations about pressing political issues, we must again heed Dr. King’s timeless wisdom and begin to dim the lights.
Society tells us to voice our opinions, take a stand by lobbying for our beliefs, and "Rock the Vote." But few in society tell us that how we engage in politics plays just as important a role as what we lobby for, especially in a self-governing society. And just as the Spirit of Party impacts … Continue reading Rock the Spirit of Party, not just the Vote.
As one of the most important documents in American history, George Washington’s farewell address held sway over American thought and policy well into the 20th century. While today we fail to give it the reverence it deserves, we would benefit from consulting it as we attempt to understand what created our current political climate and … Continue reading Uprooting the Spirit of Party
The old saying goes, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” While the originator of this saying may not have been contemplating politicians, or the Donald Trump bird (Yes, there is a bird that now has this distinction), it is my general … Continue reading Don’t Feed the Birds of Capitol Hill