You can say the Islam of ISIS is a perversion of the teachings of Muhammad, just as you can say the Inquisition and the Crusades were a perversion of the teachings of Jesus, or that the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin was a perversion of the teachings of the Torah. You can say the Islam of ISIS is fundamentalist and extreme, just as you can say the Christianity that supports Israel to hasten the arrival of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ is fundamentalist and extreme, or that the Judaism that supports replacing the Al-Aqsa Mosque with the Third Temple to hasten the arrival of the Messiah is fundamentalist and extreme. But what you cannot say is that the jihadism of the butchers of Paris, Beirut and Sharm el-Sheikh is a consequence of their concluding that Allah is dead, which is what calling them nihilists would mean.Read More
I can see Biden’s point about solving the nation’s problems: If you’re working toward solutions, why call an advocate of a policy you oppose your “enemy,” when “my good friend across the aisle” will do? My reservation is that speaking well of the other party can drain genuinely moral disputes of authentic moral authority.Read More »
Kasich ticks all the boxes necessary to be a successful president. He has a record of legislative and executive experience unmatched by any of the other GOP candidates. He’s the popular governor of a “must-win” state for the GOP. Were he to run on a ticket with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida–another “must win” state–his chances of being elected would be prodigious.Read More »
Kasich is referring, of course, to those golden days before the onset of the federal government’s massive intrusion into our lives. He repeats the Republican mantra about the almost unspeakable evil practiced by the Obama Administration, which regularly stomps all over the doctrine of the supremacy of state governments and free market capitalism so deeply etched into the Constitution of the United States. Kasich laments that bygone era of unregulated commerce and the individual freedom and prosperity that went with it.Read More »
In a secular, multicultural society, truth is just someone’s, or some group’s, point of view. Everything is relative. Under the surface, everything is political. Facts are just opinions backed by the power to enforce them. Objectivity is just oppression dressed up as science. You’ve got your fact-checkers; I’ve got mine.Read More »
It would be nice if Jeb Bush could deliver on his promise to make America’s economy grow by 4% annually.
And it would be nice if Bernie Sanders could enact programs estimated to cost $18 trillion over a decade to provide us all with health and higher education without worrying about how to pay the bills, an outcome that would be more achievable if our economy grew 4% a year.Read More »
What Trump and Bush have done is narrow the major focus of the race to two candidates and leave the other fifteen candidates and would-be candidates out in the cold, desperately jumping up and down trying to get anyone to pay attention.Read More »
You don’t hear the verb ‘to dissemble’ so much these days, although Edgar Allan Poe knew just when to use it. Its synonyms include pretend, deceive, feign, masquerade, sham, bluff, pose, and counterfeit. It’s all about projecting a false if not dishonest impression, with a view to misleading.
Dissembling may have drifted towards desuetude, giving way to the more robust idea of ‘lying’, but the practice is alive and well. This week sees momentous examples from two ambitious politicians on either side of the Atlantic, both with a problem. How to deflect public attention from what they have really been doing, as their doings look embarrassing when subjected to closer scrutiny?Read More »