Where Are All the Moderates? Conservative Republicans and Moving Goalposts

In recent months, a certain narrative has taken hold in the media about Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan, it seems, was poised to counter Trump. The rumblings began near the Republican National Convention, with some Republicans hoping for a coup that would replace presumptive nominee Trump with the “moderate” Ryan. Once Trump won the election, the strength of this narrative grew. As Speaker, he was held up to be a balance, a centrist opponent who could challenge or even curb Trump’s more right-wing ideas. Paul Ryan was the moderate savior of…

Unam Sanctam Catholicam: A Call for a Renewal of Tradition in the Catholic Church

It has been over a half-century since the closure of the Second Vatican Council, which ran in multiple sessions from 1963 to 1965 under the papacies of Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Paul VI. Vatican II, as the ecumenical council is colloquially known is considered the defining moment of the Church in the twentieth century.  The Council brought forth historic change to the Roman Catholic Church, thereby fundamentally altering the liturgy and dispensing with centuries of tradition to appease a world society that had freshly emerged from the two…

Trump’s War on Expression

A few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the same breath, he indicated he wanted to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides essential revenues to PBS and NPR (National Public Radio). Then, only a week ago, his administration announced that they planned to repeal net neutrality provisions that had been signed into law a few years ago, which would greatly restrict people’s ability to use vast parts of the Internet unless they…

The Case for Abolishing the Minimum Wage

The most recent congressional debates regarding the minimum wage have largely been over what level the minimum wage should be set at. The arguments for one minimum rather than another have been speculative, unsubstantiated, and arbitrary. Rather than arguing over the standard of living one is entitled to, which is inherently demeaning and nearly impossible to quantify, the question that ought to be discussed instead is: should minimum wage laws exist at all? Those who call for the elimination of the minimum wage have been dismissed by way of straw…

The Truth Behind Phony Outrage

In July 2016, the North Carolina legislature passed the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act—more commonly known as House Bill 2—which forbids individuals from using bathrooms that do not match their birth gender. The bill, which was signed into law by governor Patrick McCrory on March 23, bans local governments from enacting anti-discrimination policies or setting their own minimum wage laws, but is best known for its stipulation regarding bathroom usage. According to McCrory, it was enacted to reinforce state authority over local government and defend standards of public decency,…

Devin Nunes and Republican Partiality

Devin Nunes (R-CA) is at the epicenter of the political arena as he continues to act as a puppet for the Trump administration. Nunes has been the top political scandal of the last two weeks, dominating all the major news cycles, after the stunt he pulled on the House Intelligence Committee. Nunes is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which is currently investigating the Trump administration’s ties to Russia due to the allegations that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential elections. He was told by a source that Trump…

Democrats Should Support the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch

Filling the seat of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has proved challenging since his sudden passing last February. Former President Barack Obama judiciously nominated Merrick Garland, an eminently qualified and worthy candidate, to fill the vacancy on the highest court of the nation. Despite Garland’s extraordinary credentials, the Republican party used their majority in the Senate to block his nomination. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stood firmly by his party’s decision to “give the people a voice in filling this vacancy.” McConnell and the Republican party desired to make the…

How the Confirmation Process of Judge Gorsuch is Entirely Political

Following Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court on January 31, a predictably polarizing debate ensued. While the Constitution requires an independent judiciary, judicial appointments, especially to the highest Court in the nation, have become partisan battles. Judge Gorsuch undoubtedly possesses the academic and professional credentials to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Court, yet the history behind this particular vacancy ensures a hostile confirmation process. Considering President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland this past year was denied any Senate hearings due to Republican obstruction, it is…