Terrorist attacks in Kenya

The recent terrorist attacks in Kenya (and in Bali on Oct. 12) should be a wake-up call to all those who want to fight terrorism. Islamic terrorism will continue and worsen as long as there exists dictatorial regimes — Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, etc. — that sponsor and harbor terrorists. Some of these regimes […]

Judging Judges, Part 2

Although Republicans have regained control of the Senate, in a numerical sense, controlling the Senate in reality is a much tougher job. The ability of a minority in the Senate to filibuster things they object to means that real control may require 60 votes to shut off debate and allow votes to be taken. The […]

Simplify the Tax Code with a Flat Tax

It’s come to this: The federal government has accumulated such a huge backlog of uncollected tax debts that the IRS is thinking about hiring private bill collectors to help track down the missing funds. They’re also offering deals to taxpayers who use certain tax shelters–methods marketed by accounting firms for years, The Wall Street Journal […]

Red-Tape Conservationists

Environmentalists are up in arms about a recent Bush administration proposal to reduce red tape on logging in federal lands. But what this controversy is really about is not just the “conservation” of forests, but the conservation of the vast, arbitrary authority of federal regulatory agencies — an authority environmentalists are accustomed to exploiting for […]

Judging Judges

While the most immediate effect of the Republicans’ election victories has been to strengthen President Bush’s hand in dealing with the threat of Saddam Hussein, the most important long-run effect may be on the kind of federal judges who will shape the direction of American law over the next generation. Now that the Democrats can […]

War and Morality

The hallmark of our political leaders today is moral uncertainty–a quality that is shaping President Bush’s shapeless policy toward Iraq. Despite his repeated assertions about the dangers posed by Saddam Hussein, Mr. Bush chose to embrace the appeasing resolution recently passed by the U.N. Refusing to condemn Saddam Hussein as a vicious dictator whose government […]

Which Way Will the Democratic Party Go?

Given the unequivocal rout in the Nov. 5 election, there’s been no shortage of friendly advice on how the Democratic Party can resuscitate itself. From Sen. Zell Miller, a Georgia Democrat, looking at the prospect that Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco will become the new public face of the Democratic Party in the House […]

A Physician Comments on Abortion and the Morning After Pill

I was recently confronted in the Emergency Department with a situation I rarely encounter: a woman requesting “the morning after pill.” Since I practice in a largely conservative state, for a few minutes I introspectively debated whether I should provide her with such a prescription. Anti-abortionists often claim that the fetus is a human being […]

What Would Jesus Drive?

A group of Evangelicals claims a hazard lies in the road ahead. Is their concern radical Islam, you may wonder? Violent crime, you may ask? Smothering taxation, you may guess? No, these Christians got wrapped around the axle about the sinister sport-utility vehicle, or SUV. So much so that they’ve reengineered a popular catchphrase to […]

The Friend of My Enemy

One common note in the chorus of anti-war bleating about Iraq is the complaint that it would be a “distraction” from the war against terrorism. And while the anti-war-with-Iraq rhetoric has subsided somewhat in the wake of the recent election, like all of the Left’s emasculate-America efforts, these protests only ever go into temporary remission. […]

Gun Control Myths and the Facts

Most people who are in favor of gun control laws support such laws because they believe that these laws will reduce the number of firearms deaths. Such people are not the problem. Their minds can be changed when they learn that the facts are very different from what they have imagined or have been led […]