sábado, 19 de noviembre de 2016

President Trump and Our Post-Secular Future

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President Trump and Our Post-Secular Future
by Stephen Turley
It is the waning of this secular vision of life that is perhaps the most significant indicator of Mr. Trump’s win. We are now entering into what scholars call a post-secular society age. As the name implies, a post-secular society is one that no longer subscribes to the two fundamental commitments of secularism: scientific rationalism and personal autonomy or lifestyle values. At a very basic level, post-secular society is about the return of religion and religious values in the public square. We’ve seen this with the advent of Sharia councils in the U.K. that arbitrate between conflicts among Muslims, the resurgence of the Russian Orthodox Church as a major political, moral, and cultural force in the Russian Federation, the revival of... [MORE]

Can Edmund Burke Save the American Republic?
by Bruce Frohnen
Burke would say that the Constitution requires Congress to actually make all the laws. And that means shutting down almost all the executive branch and simply hiring more staffers to help Congress draft detailed laws. In this way, Americans would actually know what the law says before an enforcer shows up at the shop door to shut down the business they either own or work in. It also would mean that Members of Congress would take responsibility for the actual rules Americans must follow instead of claiming “we only said the water should be clean; we never meant to have any of those crazy regulations the EPA is enforcing.” Members of Congress would have to win or lose re-election on the basis of the laws we actually have to follow. And the President, while still having a lot of power, would only be able to exercise that power through open, legal means, overseen by real courts. At this point we would, like our forefathers, be ruled by law, rather than having to accept the bullying of... [MORE]

by Peter S. Rieth
In an America and a world where unemployment and its hardships are so rampant, the only deplorables are the mainstream elites who transformed our entire election process into a plebiscite on racism and xenophobia. In an America where the rule of law is imperiled by mass illegal immigration that makes a mockery of every fundamental principle of sound government, the only deplorables are the mainstream elites who do not simply argue for more legal immigration and its benefits but rest content to champion illegal immigration—to champion, in effect, crime and the profits from illegal human traffic, which is the only means by which illegal immigration takes place. In an America entangled in foreign wars which have nothing to do with American interests and which destroy ancient civilizations, the only deplorables are the mainstream elites who believe that American blood is cheap and can be spilled for fringe academic ideologies or profits rather than solely for national defense. In an America faced with the threats of global terrorism, the only deplorables are the mainstream elites who believe that... [MORE]

by Joseph Baldacchino
By focusing serious nationwide attention on the literal requirements of the Constitution—attention that has been absent for more than a century—the Committees on Enumerated Powers would bid fair to make the United States again what Americans now pretend it is each Fourth of July—a constitutional Republic. Given the unruliness of human nature, self-imposed limitations such as these committees would enforce are not easily institutionalized in Congress or anywhere else. But this may be one of those rare historical moments when it can be accomplished. For the first time in many years, states’ rights are politically in right now, as evidenced by the rebellions against... [MORE]

How an Obscure Woman’s Letters Transformed a President
by Stephen Klugewicz
As President Garfield lingered in August of 1881, unable to function as chief executive, some in the administration began to worry about the ramifications of a leaderless American government. The United States Constitution at the time contained no provision for the disability of a president, only for his death, which called for the elevation of the Vice President. Secretary of State James G. Blaine thus urged Chester Arthur to take on the duties the powers of the president, but Arthur steadfastly refused, perhaps worrying that such a move could make it appear to the American people that he was eager to assume the powers of the presidency. It was at this time that Arthur received a remarkable letter from an obscure woman named Julia Sand, a resident of New York City, and unknown to Arthur. “Before this meets your eye, you may be President,” she wrote. “The people are bowed in grief; but—do you realize it?—not so much because he is dying, as because you are his successor"... [MORE]

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