Why The Founders Didn’t Give Us a Democracy

As the famous story goes, when Ben Franklin left Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia had a question she wanted answered. “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” No one today (well, seemingly other than the […]


What Happened?

Pundits who depict Obama as a weak, lame duck president may be greatly misjudging him, as they have so often in the past.


Democracy Delusions

When the Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago this week, people in the Soviet Bloc gained something even more valuable than a right to vote: a free market.

Final Debate: Obama’s Magical Evasion Tour

In this final debate, centered on foreign policy, Romney and Obama agreed that “crippling sanctions” are the way to defeat the Iranian dictatorship. They’re both wrong. Sanctions only hurt democratic governments. Totalitarian governments answer to nobody. Ever heard of Cuba? Sanctions never did a thing to unseat Castro. Totalitarian dictatorships control every waking moment of […]

A Smirk is Not an Argument: What’s Up With Joe Biden?

Q: I’d enjoy reading your thoughts on Vice President Joe Biden’s actions during the debate with Paul Ryan. His constant laughing, smirking, and interrupting. From a psychological perspective, what was going on there? A: It’s hard to say for sure, of course. Psychological reactions are very personal, and we won’t necessarily ever know them. But […]

Why the Republicans Are Losing

If the Republicans lose the election, save this article for reference and insight at that time. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan keep trying to argue that they are the better ones qualified to “save Medicare.” Here’s the problem with this approach. It implies that you love and support the Medicare program. But Medicare is, literally […]


The Nerve That Mitt Romney Struck

Obama supporters claim it’s “shocking” for Mitt Romney to suggest that people would vote for Obama to keep the free loot coming. Why is it shocking? The welfare state of the United States is now a massive entitlement state. No longer can we indulge the fiction that welfare is only “for the most poor, and […]

DNC 2012

The 2012 Democratic National Convention

Barack Obama, America’s 44th president, loped into the arena last night applauding himself. When he stepped up to the podium, his eyes looked tired and his eyelids were heavy. He said next to nothing, really, which is what he stands for. It’s what his presidency ultimately redounds to. Nothing has been accomplished with his wars, […]

Anti-Romneyites for Romney

Advocates of individual rights sometimes debate whether it’s better to vote for the Republican, or to abstain altogether (or vote for a third-party candidate with zero possibility of victory.) I like the way Ayn Rand put it back in 1972, the last time (other than 2008) when we had an unblinking socialist on a major […]

Clinton’s Anti-Climax

I don’t know how the ex-president Bill Clinton will be remembered, though I suspect his main legacy may be how he embodies the narcissism of our times. Tonight’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, in which he nominated a lousy American president whom he race-baited four years ago, certainly fits that possibility. He was, as […]