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The Conservative Losing Streak: In Perspective

Conservatives feel understandably discouraged by the dismal results of November’s elections, but we ought to put our recent presidential losing streak in perspective. It’s true that Republicans lost the popular vote in five of the last...

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The Taxman Meets the Taxidermist

Only once in a great while will a single story simultaneously illuminate the embarrassing excesses of both low politics and high culture, but the troubling true tale of the tax man and the taxidermist, the stuffed bird and the feathered...

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The Many Loves of FDR

The new movie HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, with Bill Murray playing Franklin Roosevelt, is a flawed, frustrating melodrama but it raises important questions about historical perspective. The movie dramatizes a 1939 visit by Britain’s King and...

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Attack Policies, Not Intentions

After stinging electoral defeat and in the midst of stalled budget negotiations, some leading conservatives impute dark motives to Barack Obama. According to these arguments, the president will go over the fiscal cliff to wreck the...

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No Denying the GOP’s Aging Edge

Does ideology shape life experience, or does life experience determine ideology? The future direction of American politics depends on our response. In response to the disappointing results of November’s elections, I have argued that...

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Agree on Goals, Guys

The biggest obstacle to a bi-partisan deal for avoiding the fiscal cliff involves an inability to agree on specific, common goals. The underlying aim for Democrats is to close gaps between rich and poor by raising taxes on the wealthy; the...

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The Perils of Tax Rate Nostalgia

Americans have always reveled in nostalgia about the music, fashion or favorite foods of bygone eras, but a sudden yearning for the high tax rates of yesteryear represents a startling new development. While some opinion leaders pine openly...

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Tribalism, Not Religious Faith

A recent story from Pakistan highlights the utter depravity of Muslim extremists who threaten all civilized societies. India recently executed Mohammed Kasab, the lone surviving gunmen in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that slaughtered 160...

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The End of “Land for Peace”

The current conflict in Gaza should put an end, once and for all, to western pressure for “land for peace” negotiations in the Middle East. In 2005, the Israeli government withdrew all security forces, as well as forcibly removing...

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Secession and Other Fantasies

Some fringe conservatives seem perversely determined to turn a stinging electoral defeat into an epic, sweeping disaster. That’s the deeper meaning of current talk about impeachment, secession, third parties, civil disobedience, and...

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