A Ukrainian Christmas-at-the-Crossroads

When Ukraine celebrated Christmas two weeks ago, there were ample reasons for pessimism about that long-suffering country’s future. But even confronted daily by a long menu of distress, the people of Ukraine have remained remarkably faithful to the 2013-14 Maidan revolution of integrity.

Morality is a Muscle. Get to the Gym.

When we talk about morality, we talk about what’s right and what’s wrong (and what those words mean), but before we get to those questions, there are even broader questions of how we think about morality and how we should approach it.

Finding Iowa’s Cyclone

Just as John Edwards and Rick Santorum popped up out of nowhere to destroy the Presidential dreams of Dean, Gephardt, Gingrich, and Perry, so too might someone emerge this year to damage or destroy Ted Cruz’s, Donald Trump’s, or Marco Rubio’s dreams. Who might that person be, and can we predict their rise beforehand?

Iowa Isn’t Over: It Has Barely Begun

The media have decided that Iowa is a two-man race between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. That may end up being true, but past history suggests someone will surge in the last two weeks to take first or second in a huge upset.

What 13 Hours Teaches about Benghazi

A new film very clearly depicts how a tiny band of unbelievably brave Americans was left to fight off a company of al-Qaeda-linked terrorists for, yes, 13 hours, while the vast land, sea, and air resources of the U.S. military were not sent to their rescue.

Why I Will Never Vote for Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s nomination would pose a profound threat to the Republican Party and conservatism, in ways that Hillary Clinton never could.


Dear Father: Please Stop It

Mass is far more than a social gathering; it’s an act of worship, the majesty of which should be reflected in the language of the liturgy—which is not the language of the shopping mall or the Super Bowl party.

How Obama Stole Dubuque

The city of Dubuque gives us one of our best and most frightening previews yet of how President Obama’s transformative new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation will work.

Listening to Four Republican Candidates

Among four of the GOP candidates, exceptionally talented political performers all, there is a debate going on about the establishment and the public.

A Topos of Chaos

The media’s own hunger for scandal and political wickedness (also known as “extremism”), and not the extremism itself, is largely responsible for the sense of political “chaos” at the heart of our government.