Lawyers Have a Lot to Teach Us

First: don’t race ahead of the established facts. Build your case carefully and deliberately. We know a couple of things from the notorious video evidence. First, the perp is white. Second, the victim is black. Do those two facts, taken together, establish that the act itself was a racist act? Not yet, they don’t. AtContinue reading “Lawyers Have a Lot to Teach Us”

COVID-19 and the Consent of the Governed

My dear friend Stacy Grant alerted me to this fascinating piece. Let’s get a couple of criticisms out of the way first. “Sweden is also wildly outperforming models predicting COVID-19 deaths.” Aren’t we all? This observation tells us more about the models than it does about Sweden’s pandemic response. The models were always going toContinue reading “COVID-19 and the Consent of the Governed”

Finally, a Constitutional Conservative Enters the Race

Chris Wallace’s “ham-handed” (William Bennett’s assessment) questioning of Michele Bachmann on Fox News Sunday is all over talk radio this morning. As a rule, I avoid TV political talk; it’s too painful to watch, and this would have been no different. But now having heard the exchange about Ms. Bachmann as a putative “flake,” qbContinue reading “Finally, a Constitutional Conservative Enters the Race”

The Ground Zero Mosque: qb’s Take

There’s not a lot more to be said on the merits.  But we should clarify a few things so that the debate is constructive:  most importantly, what is and is not actually being said on each side. First, the facts on the ground.  If it is true that, as is reported by the NY Post,Continue reading “The Ground Zero Mosque: qb’s Take”

Juxtaposition, Political Correctness, and Fear

Sometimes the drama playing out before us is just too delicious.  Here we have two stories about school administrators making flat-footed, ham-handed decisions that defy any sensible interpretation of “equal protection under the law.”  In the Michigan case, I thought we had decided that “separate but equal” was inherently unequal, but apparently not when itContinue reading “Juxtaposition, Political Correctness, and Fear”

It’s the Procedure AND the Substance, Stupid!

From the exclusive with Bret Baier today: Obama said the the debate over the deals “ends up being a little frustrating is because the focus entirely is on Washington process.” With all due respect – and that’s not much, incidentally – the focus is on both process and substance.  The only reason the anticonstitutionalist leadershipContinue reading “It’s the Procedure AND the Substance, Stupid!”

The Sweet Ironies of the Democrats’ Complaint

George Will does it again, this time exposing the anti-Madisonian bent of the Harry Reid “reconciliation” push. Isn’t it funny how the Democrats (including our small-minded, radical president, then as a Senator) deplored this same strategy – hilariously in retrospect and on Constitutional grounds – which Republicans eventually and wisely repudiated back when the Senate wasContinue reading “The Sweet Ironies of the Democrats’ Complaint”

The Next Inaugural Address

This draft address – a work in progress, subject to continual editing and refinement – represents not my own intentions but rather serves as a repository of all of the great ideas that together form a political philosophy that qb could support. It is the presidential platform that would command qb’s steadfast and energetic allegiance.Continue reading “The Next Inaugural Address”

Krugman Doesn’t Get It

Nobel economics laureate Paul Krugman has a new column in which he lays out a defense of European social democracy. His central piont appears to be this: the empirical macroeconomic data do not support the contention that social democratic policies – the modern welfare state, essentially, with its punitive tax rates and generous (with others’Continue reading “Krugman Doesn’t Get It”

Jefferson, Publius, and Franklin on Limited Government

It’s self-evident, but perhaps we need to be reminded.  Here is the text of Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the U. S. Constitution: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the UnitedContinue reading “Jefferson, Publius, and Franklin on Limited Government”