Category Archives: Political Opinion

Is ISIS Coming to Damascus?

Who rises if Assad falls? That question, which has bedeviled U.S. experts on the Middle East, may need updating to read: Who rises when Assad falls? For the war is going badly for Bashar Assad, whose family has ruled Syria since Richard Nixon was president. Assad’s situation seems more imperiled than at any time in…

A Tale of Three Cities

Charles Dickens himself would be perplexed and depressed by what's going on in some American metropolises. It is not the squalor that he chronicled in England, but young men wantonly killing each another. Meanwhile, many of our elites look around for someone to blame and point at the men and women who police these concrete…

Cultural Cleansing of Christian Males

The culture war against Christianity is picking up speed. Last week came word Saint Louis University will remove a heroic-sized statue of Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet S.J. from the front of Fusz Hall, where it has stood for 60 years. The statue depicts Fr. De Smet holding aloft a crucifix as he ministers to two…

Differences Between Left and Right, Part II: Battling Society vs. Battling Yourself

The difference between Right and Left addressed in this column concerns a fundamentally different method that each utilizes in order to improve society. Conservatives believe that the way to a better world is almost always through moral improvement of the individual — by each person doing battle with his own moral defects. It is true…

Why Campaigning on Big Issues Could Be a Mistake

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When I hear a news analyst on television say that the Republican presidential candidates are doing the right thing by focusing their early campaign rhetoric on the economy, jobs, and foreign policy, I tend to cringe. It’s not because I don’t think those issues are important. On the contrary…I think they’re extremely important. And if…