American “socialism” – a threat or a promise?

Could America become socialist? That’s where some conservatives believe the country would be headed under the Democrats. Sen. Bernie Sanders has been leading a progressive movement that has gained widespread support. Conservatives, like columnist George F. Will, warn of government displacing free market corporate decision-makers in setting industrial policy. Will’s concern does not match what […]

Trump prefers dictators to democrats

When European countries were ruled by kings, the monarchs often called one another by the name of their country.  For example, “Russia” might meet with “England,” in a session involving only the two rulers. Kings were the same as their countries because they alone were sovereigns.  The people were their “subjects,” not “citizens.” That practice […]

Government not working as Constitution originally intended

President Trump asserts he has an “absolute right to pardon himself.” No president has ever pardoned himself, though the right of the president to issue pardons for federal crimes is found in the Constitution. The Constitution is a broad statement of principles about the federal government and the separation of powers among the three branches […]

‘Administrative state’ exists, but it’s not a liberal conspiracy

Government is too complicated. People dislike government that is remote, bureaucratic and burdensome.  Some conservatives believe we live under “the administrative state,” many regulations are written by anonymous agency staff. Is government under the control of bureaucrats who cannot be held politically accountable and probably have a liberal agenda? An easier and more obvious explanation […]