National

Political Calculus and Secularism

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, August 29, 2021.  As the nation’s population dynamics continue to reorganize electoral maps, other social forces shift and shape to affect political outcomes. By Ryan Burge There’s no more politically unified religious… Read More ›

Send in the Clowns

The clown figure in culture is far too often dismissed or  ignored, but most often misunderstood. In the United States, there is a tendency to pigeonhole the clown largely to circuses or children’s shows or birthday parties. At another extreme,… Read More ›

Rigged?

By Frank Blechman Why do incumbent elected officials usually win reelection? Critics would say they win because the elections are “rigged.” For me, that’s a question of semantics. Yes, in the past, gerrymandered districts have favored incumbents, not just by… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

TEXAS The Lone Star State has been, over recent months, at the forefront of national news ignoring mask and vaccine warnings, banning abortion accessibility, and crimping voting rights. As voluminous as national attention has been on Texas, not every resident… Read More ›

A War on War

Although the United States may be said to have been born into existence by a war, there exists strong reason to conclude that it was not bred for war. In a radical few words, the framers of the Constitution departed… Read More ›

9/11 Changed Some Things

By Frank Blechman The media, with appropriate solemnity, has spent the last week revisiting the events of September 11, 2001, when four hijacked planes crashed into American landmarks and a field killing thousands, and shaking America’s sense of invulnerability. Endlessly,… Read More ›

Surprise, Surprise….

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, August 22, 2021. On August 2, VoxFairfax posted an article demonstrating that Americans owed $140 billion in medical debt. This excerpt details how even insured persons will incur debt for medical treatment. … Read More ›

AFTER THE FALL by Ben Rhodes

Reviewed by Jim McCarthy The 44-year-old Rhodes became President Obama’s deputy national security adviser in 2009 following a stint as the candidate’s speechwriter beginning in 2007. Presently, he appears regularly as an MSNBC commentator and hosts a podcast entitled Pod… Read More ›