Should the government force you to take your medicine?

“Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?” That’s a mouthful, but if you want me to translate for you, I’m happy to help. A […]

Bloomberg’s billions won’t decide the Democratic nomination

Michael Bloomberg has a lot of money. To fully understand just how much money he has, consider the following: Donald Trump is, by far, the wealthiest person to ever hold the office of president. His current net worth is estimated to be roughly $3.5 billion, which if you are curious, would be 35 full crates […]

The myth of Joe Biden’s electoral chances

Joe Biden has been running for president for more than 33 years, and has never won a single primary. Alright, I admit, that’s a bit harsh. But even so, it happens to be true. Biden has clearly wanted to be president for most of his adult life. In fairness, virtually every elected official in America […]

Why conservatives love Tulsi Gabbard so much

There is a Democratic candidate running for president right now, and she is very liberal. At a press conference where she stood next to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this candidate made clear that she supports a Green New Deal. “I am proud to stand here together with our friends, our allies, our colleagues,” she said, “to fight […]

Now showing: The theater of the absurd

There is a place, ladies and gentlemen, where magic happens. It is a place where men and women parade around on a stage and recite lines they memorized in their head, and try to make you feel like what they are saying is natural and spontaneous. A place where people are playing characters for the […]

Why are we so afraid of speech?

Principles are pretty easy to have. It doesn’t take much effort to say that you believe in things like free expression, multiculturalism, religious tolerance, a limited government, social justice or fiscal austerity. All it takes is a broad philosophical agreement with the tenets of those principles. The problem, though, is that living out those principles […]

Joe Biden and the art of pretending you are something that you are not

As a general rule, I try to avoid actually watching political debates anymore. They have long since stopped being either useful or meaningful, and the media’s obsession with them as some kind of important guidepost for the campaign is as disappointing as the event is predictable. Still, considering that the Democrats have now had something […]

Here’s to the next hundred years, Maine

Welcome, friends, to the new year. Welcome, too, to the new decade. That’s right, we are now in the roaring 20s. Again. And while we are at it, welcome to the 200th year of Maine’s existence. That’s right, this year — technically on March 15, which is the date that Maine was admitted to the union […]

The 2019 Conifer Awards

Call me conservative, but I love tradition. And there is no finer tradition on these pages than the month of December, when I get to make predictions for the coming year, and — as I’m about to do now — I hand out superlatives for the year that was. 2019 came and went all too […]

Jared Golden’s dangerous impeachment gambit

I’ll start with an admission: I genuinely like Jared Golden. To be clear, I view the manner in which he was elected to Congress to be repellent and illegitimate and I think that Bruce Poliquin should be the 2nd Congressional District representative right now. But Golden is a really decent person. He is pleasant, and […]