Tag Archives: RedState

The People as Limiting Principle

The Volokh Conspiracy notes Justice Breyer’s aspirational nod to the last, best limiting principle in constitutional law: And, of course, the greatest limiting principle of all, which not too many accept, so I’m not going to emphasize that, is the limiting principle derived from the fact that members of Congress are elected from States and […]

The Populist Case for Tradition

At RedState, that wretched hive of scum and villainy, one poster manages to, between an incomprehensibly wrong argument against the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision on Proposition 8, say something interesting. I recommend you skip over everything but the last two paragraphs, reproduced below: As I’ve written before, democracy, free markets, tradition and the rule of written […]

Erick Erickson’s Childish Rememberance of Pearl Harbor

The RedState founder urges you to “never forget” by boycotting Japanese restaurants, one day only. Thanks, but I’ll make point of going to my favorite sushi place tonight, because I support American small businesses regardless of the owner’s ethnicity, and our international allies regardless of their past mistakes. This Pearl Harbor Day, remember by not […]

Ultimate Partisan Effect: the Barrier to Good Government Reforms

How do we talk about reforms that make government more effective, and that better represent the people overall, without being swayed by likely partisan effect? For Moe Lane (of HotAir and RedState), the answer is… we don’t. This poor stewardship is sadly common among not just the far right, but the far left, too, and […]

Misunderestimating President Obama

It’s fun to see conservatives try to rationalize how one of ours had the wit, and the, uh, balls, to go after Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, without Pakistan’s say-so. Here’s Erick Erickson from RedState: Say what you will about President Obama, but it is hard to imagine two years ago he would have taken […]

The GOP’s Small Tent

RedState sees The Gays, and libertarians, as entertaining sideshows who might contribute meaningfully, maybe, but are “irritating” and “grating” otherwise. The Big Tent’s now basically a bivy sack.

Republican Radicalization, Part 1 of ?: Nuclear Arms

RedState denounces partial Republican accession to a new START treaty, as “send[ing] an unmistakable signal of weakness to the rest of the world.” In recent years, this same sentiment hasn’t been confined to internet tabloids, but has been echoed Giuliani, and Sarah Palin. Compare this with President Reagan, the putative mythological founder of conservatism, who […]

The Problem with Conservatism

The highest aspiration isn’t elected office. It’s talk radio.

We’ll Raise Up Our Glasses Against Evil Forces, Singin’ —

There’s an old Toby Keith song that numbers among my guiltiest pleasures. It begins: Granpappy told my pappy, “Back in my day, suh-uhn, A man had to answer for the wicked that he done. They call a rope in Texas, find a tall old tree, Round up all of them bad boys, hang ’em high […]

Erick Erickson Gets Blow[back]; Issues Epic Disclaimer

SHOCKING. Elena Kagan wrote her college thesis on the history of the New York socialist party. It’s kind of interesting (pdf), but never makes a value judgment about the movement. Scholars will know that studying a topic doesn’t mean you’re a fan of it. My Criminal Law professor was a rape scholar who did not […]