Category Archives: Column

The “me too” pendulum swings, but is it too far?

For nearly a year now, we’ve been living in a different era. That era is the “me too” era, where women across this country are standing up and making their voices heard, taking some power back after generations of silent abuse that women all over America have experienced. This is undeniably a good thing. No […]

How (not) to persuade a US senator

Congratulations! You have been told to be outraged about the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and you’ve now taken the logical next step: you wish to lobby a US senator to get them to also be outraged, and vote against him. Naturally, you have questions. Questions that I am only too […]

It is OK to remember John McCain fondly

When I was a freshman in college, I got very involved, and very invested in the upcoming presidential race in 2000. Being a young, politically minded student, forming opinions and wishing to express them, I decided to try out column writing for The Maine Campus, the University of Maine’s student newspaper. It was my first exposure […]

It is time for the Catholic Church to reflect the anger we feel

White hot rage. That’s what I, a fairly devoted Catholic, felt when I read the grand jury report last Tuesday that detailed horrific abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses — Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton. The incidents date as far back as 1947, and the grand jury claims that more than 300 members of the […]

We shouldn’t cheer secret recordings in the White House

It is a brave new world out there, ladies and gentlemen, and I don’t think it is a better one. Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on Donald Trump’s old show, “The Apprentice,” who later became a campaign aide and staffer in the West Wing, has dominated the news cycle this week for taping conversations […]

Medicare for all would be an unmitigated disaster

“Medicare for all,” they say. And by “they” I mean virtually every potential Democratic contender for president in 2020, as well as a disturbingly high number of liberals in Congress, and candidates seeking to be the next wave of elected officials, like socialist “it girl” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Well, last week the Mercatus Center at George Mason […]

We need a true defender of the First Amendment, and it isn’t the ACLU

I have a confession to make, which is sure to set the teeth gnashing of my conservative brethren. I was once a proverbial “card carrying member” of the American Civil Liberties Union. Not something you hear a lot of Republicans admit, I grant you. I was supportive of the ACLU because, despite taking a number […]

Sometimes we need to be offended

Trevor Noah isn’t funny. Since he took over for Jon Stewart at the Daily Show, I have long since stopped watching. Stewart was hostile to my political philosophy and seemed to almost exclusively make fun of people on my side of the ideological fence, but the guy was funny, and entertaining, and I don’t mind […]

Let’s all calm down a bit about the Supreme Court

The siren had sounded, and an all hands on deck alert had been issued. A Supreme Court vacancy had opened up, and a Republican president had just announced a candidate to fill the vacancy. A candidate that must (full stop) be (full stop) defeated (full stop). He was out of the judicial mainstream, you see. […]

Are you really surprised conservatives don’t trust the media?

If you aren’t a conservative, I suppose it can be difficult to understand the source of conservative antipathy about the media. To the outsider, conservatives can often come off like whiny complainers, decrying the “liberal media” as “fake news” when they just don’t like what the news reports. Well, with all due respect to those […]