Author Archives: Tim Donner

This 29 February, 2000, photo shows the "death cha

Death Pangs for the Death Penalty?

With the remarkably sudden surge in support for gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana – both fringe issues as recently as 10 or 15 years ago but now favored by a majority of the American people – this first decade and a half of the 21st century may well be flagged by historians as […]

  • Obama key bridge

    Obama’s (Dis)information HighwayColumns, Featured, Politics

    Every once in a while, an issue arises that seems to crystallize most all of the elements of relationship between the people and their government.  Such is the case with the troubled Highway Trust Fund, which is apparently about to run out of money.  In this story, we witness the confluence of government power, incompetence, […]

  • supreme-court-birth-control

    Hobby Lobby: Be Careful What You Wish ForColumns, Featured, Policy

    Constitutionalists are celebrating this week’s Supreme Court ruling in the so-called Hobby Lobby case, but given the political climate in this country, perhaps they should not.  Perhaps they were better off as the aggrieved parties. Why, you say?  Because however illegitimate the claim – and it is grossly illegitimate – leftists now have an issue […]

  • Hillary

    Hillary: Slam Dunk, or Fatally Flawed?Columns, Featured, Politics

    As Hillary Clinton emerges from the shadows and into the media spotlight again, she has much to explain as she launches her likely presidential candidacy.  This certainly includes her still-hazy role in the Benghazi scandal, but also a trio of things the Clintons never had when they were in the White House –  money, a […]

  • obama with pen

    Obama: Cornered, and DangerousColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    Eric Cantor is hardly the only lame duck in Washington these days.  Conventional thinking might have it that Barack Obama, whose administration is like most two-termers reaching the point of exhaustion, has become politically impotent, or irrelevant. The thinking goes that, while Republicans are trying to cash in on his increasingly unpopular and scandal-plagued second […]

  • Ed+Shak-640x320

    Un-Shak’ledPolicy, Politics

    “Ed Gillespie said in no uncertain terms that the days of Reaganesque Republican railings against the expansion of federal government are over. Today’s Republican party stands for giving the American people whatever the latest polls say they want…The people want expanded entitlement programs and a federal government that attends to their every desire, no matter […]

  • school-lunches-4

    Nutritional TyrannyColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    The three-fifths compromise, over how and whether to count southern slaves for census purposes, was not the only hard fought battle between America’s founders.  Another great issue was how these giants, these authors of a new republic, where laws instead of men would reign, would regulate the midday meals of its juveniles.   The Civil War […]

  • condi rice

    The Anti-Liberal LeftColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    It used to be that the words “liberal” and “leftist” seemed interchangeable.  Not anymore.  Not for quite some time.  Especially when it comes to higher education. Fact is, the left has made such a mess of America’s universities that people who favor freedom of expression and ideas should now naturally be at home in the […]

  • nyt-obama-wins

    Schadenfreude & The Gray LadyColumns, Featured, Politics

    “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”                  - Thomas Jefferson When ruling families pass their legacies on to their progeny, you can never be sure what kind of leadership you are going to get.  Will you […]

  • 0215-Elizabeth-Warren

    Disarming a Leftist IconColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    It is a burden to go through life being entirely predictable, so now that I’ve defended the seemingly indefensible Donald Sterling and opposed the seemingly unopposable concept of net neutrality, allow me to close the deal on the widely applicable rule of three by supporting a proposal by one of Washington’s newest leftist icons. In […]