Rosenstein’s Gift to Trump

With regard to the twelve Russian officers indicted for interfering in the 2016 election, I want to challenge one part of the conventional wisdom.  Namely that the timing poses an awkward, diplomatic disaster for the president. To the contrary, it may have done...

Sports is the ultimate safe space

“Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. No Viet Cong ever called me n*****.” These were the words of heavyweight champion Mohamed Ali, a phrase which he borrowed from anti-war protests during the 1960s. Ali pushed boundaries for a...

How abortion broke our politics

How did we get here? Stephen Brill recently asked this familiar question in his article in his TIME magazine piece “How Baby Boomers Broke America”. He no doubt makes a number of great observations about the evolution of the workforce and economy, but...

To improve education, invest in teachers

Those who fail to understand that humans, including all children and adolescents, possess a deep-seated and fervent drive to move beyond the mere indexing of information to the appraisal, integration, and reflection of which to, ultimately, the construction of meanings and worths...

Trump’s Final Four

Monday at 9pm EST will be must viewing when the President, from the East Room of the White House, announces his pick to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. It will be Trump’s second pick in two years, and it represents...

With Trump, the gloves are off

After services on a chilly and rainy Sunday in North Carolina, the citizens of Greensboro awoke to a Monday that broke a little warmer, and although the rain had stopped it was overcast, windy, and gloomy, the streets still wet in places...

What does patriotism mean?

This piece was adapted from a podcast originally broadcast on July 4th, 2017. For as long as I can remember, the 4th of July has unequivocally been a holiday marked by pride, excitement, and patriotism. Today should not be devoid of those emotions....

Keep the Electoral College

Our fearless editor at Smerconish.com, Colin Evans, cogently argues to abolish the Electoral College. Give me the other side of that debate. In short, Colin wants to see the President elected by direct nationwide popular vote, you know, the way they do in Russia....

Abolish the Electoral College

This piece was adapted from a speech delivered at the 2018 HBCU National Debate Competition. You are at someone’s house for a party. The host is walking around from person to person handing out ballots. She wants to order enough pizza for...

Let’s Stop Child Smuggling

Whatever your thoughts on asylum policy, illegal entry, the Flores Consent Decree, DACA recipients, how the drug trade impacts immigration, how immigrant gangs have risen in America, and how children are cared for at the border, let’s address this first: I think...

Pay for what you say

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” (Morrow, Friedman or Heinlein- you choose). This quote applies as much to free speech as it does economics- but while the First Amendment to our nation’s Constitution guarantees us the freedom to speak,...

Five thoughts on the gay wedding-cake decision

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop was much anticipated and pitted supporters of religious expression by a Colorado wedding-cake baker against supporters of gay marriage and gay rights. But the 7-2 decision in favor of the baker was on...

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