‘Political’ Archive

An Addendum to the Manifesto: My Youth as a Deficit Hawk – Howard Ahmanson October 17, 2016 No Comments

It occurred to me that during the first period in my life that I was a conservative, which was in my youth, I was motivated mainly by deficit hawkery.  I was ten in the year that Nixon ran against Kennedy, and I read somewhere in the paper that Nixon and the Republicans favored sound money, […]

A Manifesto:  Important Events That Shaped My Political Views – Howard Ahmanson October 10, 2016 1 Comment

As I reflect upon the beginnings of my present political views, I believe that three specific events shaped my way of thinking. The first was my conversion to Christianity. The second was my introduction to ‘Reconstructionism’ and my subsequent move beyond it. The third was my exposure to the writings of Francis Fukuyama. As a […]

The Religious Right Failed to See What Was Coming August 29, 2016 No Comments

We have repeated Francis Schaeffer’s warning about ‘personal peace and affluence’ often at Blue Kennel, but it’s time to do it again.  He declared, back about 1970, that the ‘Silent Majority’, a term Nixon had begun to use, was composed of two parts; a minority within the Silent Majority that was either Christian or had […]

Polynesian Paralysis, or the Vetocracy at Work February 15, 2016 1 Comment

Among its other oddities, Hawaii has no water level travel between its islands.  If the inhabitants of four out of the five counties should wish to travel to Honolulu, they have to fly in a small plane and rent another car when they get there.  And the same applies to people from Honolulu wanting to […]

Comment on WSJ – Walter Russell Mead – On the Future of Middle East Christians May 31, 2015 No Comments

Walter Russell Mead really hits the nail on the head, here.  He explains that the four older empires, Ottoman, Russian, German, and Austro-Hungarian, were, whatever their weaknesses, “multiethnic and multi confessional states.”  After the fall of these empires, all these groups wanted their own states and not all this “diversity,” to use a term now […]

The Midterm Turnout Problem November 20, 2014 No Comments

It is well known that important constituencies, especially those for the Democratic Party, have not been turning out in ‘midterm’ elections in the last few years.  In fact, a New York Times writer has endorsed eliminating ‘midterms’ for that very reason. But these ‘midterm’ elections are not midterm for any office but the Presidency.  They […]

Why I am not a Communitarian November 26, 2012 2 Comments

A philosophy called ‘communitarianism’ has often been proposed recently as an alternative to the growing libertarianism of our time.  This philosophy, they say, can combine social conservatism and economic moderation, as well as potentially reviving an emphasis on the local community, depending on how ‘community’ is defined; some define it at the nation-state level!  This […]

The D.C. Mistake October 23, 2012 2 Comments

We have been warned both by Nate Silver and by the Washington Post that there is a possibility of an electoral tie with each side getting 269 electoral votes.  How did we end up with that possibility?  How did we end up with an even number of total electoral votes, 538 to be precise?  The number […]

Why Do They Think Pennsylvania is a Swing State and We’re Not? October 13, 2012 No Comments

I have seen it said that Pennsylvania is a ‘swing state’ in this election. Nobody maintains that California is. But I looked at the presidential electoral maps of the past, and I found that Dukakis, against Bush Senior, lost ten states that have never been lost by a Democratic presidential candidate since. The ten are […]

Does Mitt Romney Have Status Guilt? October 1, 2012 2 Comments

I have here a transcript of the controversial Mitt Romney ‘47%’ speech to his donors in Boca Raton last May.   It strikes me as a bit manipulative that Mother Jones waited three months to release it.  Apart from a few notorieties like the ‘47%’, most of the speech I thought rather good.  But I agree […]

Islamist Hypocrisy on Free Speech: Suppose They Got What They Wanted? September 29, 2012 1 Comment

Eric Posner, legal scholar and son of the scholar and judge Richard Posner, declares in Slate that free speech is overrated and that internationally, even to a small degree in Europe, it needs to take a back seat to order. He seems to think that the United States government should have found a way to […]

Tea Party Advocates Big Government? September 24, 2012 No Comments

Because the quote I want to use is from a comment on Lisa Hymas’ post at Grist.org that is way down toward the bottom, and because I mainly want to respond to that comment, I will quote it here in full: Marc 1875: What I fail to understand is why the Tea Party advocates for […]

Politician Speak with Forked Tongue: Or, The Electorate and The Donorate No Comments

Peter Beinart in the Daily Beast speaks of the desirability of having the press crash fundraisers.  In today’s American political world, people seeking elected offices have two audiences, the electorate and the donorate; and in many ways, the donorate [or, as I would like to call them, the donorcracy] is more important than the electorate, […]

Immigration Policy: Offending Everyone II: Whither Evangelicals? September 11, 2012 No Comments

If immigration is a ‘social issue,’ it is one that cuts very differently from the traditional social issues of abortion, euthanasia, and gender. And an anti-immigrant stance alienates a whole different set of people than conservatism on moral issues does. I’ll admit, as I may have said before, that I both think that the Dream […]

Herman Cain and a New Party October 8, 2011 No Comments

DeWayne Wickham comments on Herman Cain’s campaign.  Supposedly he does not understand that historically black people, conservative on some issues, have tended to view the federal government as their protector and to distrust state and local governments; and, knowing history, for good reason.  If there were to be a new political party, then, it should […]

The Two Income Trap August 29, 2011 No Comments

We have referred to Ms. Warren and Ms. Tyagi”s book, The Two Income Trap, rather often in these pages. When Obama wanted to appoint her consumer czar, she was attacked. Here is Christopher Caldwell, of the neocon magazine The Weekly Standard, defending her. In reference to: “Elizabeth Warren, Closet Conservative” by Christopher Caldwell at The […]

Unintended Consequences of Arizona’s Clean Elections Act July 18, 2011 No Comments

Conservatives oppose campaign finance reform of any kind, even when, as in Arizona, the Tea Party has been benefiting from it! Related: “Arizona conservatives scramble after campaign finance law’s defeat” by Nicholas Riccardi at LATimes.com

Beyond Red vs. Blue May 18, 2011 No Comments

Interesting. I scored New Coalition Democrat, not conventional liberal. Related: “Beyond Red vs. Blue” at PewResearchCenter

California Republicans Are Crazy. Like a Fox. April 5, 2011 No Comments

David Atkins of Calitics on the left suggests that for the Republican Establishment, the magic 34% in one house of the legislature is enough, under the California Constitution, to achieve their purposes.  Warning: Calitics is too far to the left even for me:  they are supporters of public sector unions, as well as being social […]

Schrag on Voters’ Muddled Thinking December 1, 2010 No Comments

Peter Schrag is a man of the left, but he is strikingly honest here on the desire of Californians for well funded education in the face of lower taxes. Even more interesting is his theory that after Proposition 13, “fiscal conservatives” and business interests lost interest in local governments and school districts, after these entities […]

Back to the Nineties November 4, 2010 1 Comment

The current election results are making us remember 1994, when also, under a Democratic President, and with health care issues in the air, the Republicans won control of the U S House of Representatives.  I’m concerned with social issues, and what I remember is that Republicans did not fight to the death to oppose Clinton’s […]

California Tea, Like California Housing, Evidently Pricey October 5, 2010 1 Comment

According to Steven Greenhut, who I admire greatly, even though he is a philosophical Libertarian, one reason the Tea Party has not been so effective in California is that the state, being so large, requires candidates for statewide office to be so wealthy they can fund their own campaigns.  That means the “grass roots” cannot […]

Why The Religious Right Is Soft On Immigration: Plus, I Propose To Revive A New Deal-Era Institution September 23, 2010 No Comments

I read a recent New York Times article on the Mormon editor who is being lambasted by the conservatives for his views on immigration points up a little known fact – the strictly religious right is fairly soft on immigration.  First, they see a mission field, a chance to recruit new people to Red America […]

The Galilee Option or the Gaza Option August 6, 2010 No Comments

In this piece from World Magazine, Mindy Belz explains something that a lot of us don’t realize, “Many Americans are surprised to learn that private property is a near unknown in modern Israel.  According to the Israel Land Authority, 93 percent of the land in Israel is in the public domain – either property of […]

Maoist War Against India’s Criminalized Capitalism July 1, 2010 2 Comments

Capitalism based on relationships with persons in the state who can dispense or withhold permissions or favors is crony capitalism. Capitalism with too weak a government or moral standards is gangster capitalism. Here’s an example of gangster capitalism justified by local theology. – Howard Ahmanson Editor’s Note: Vishal Mangalwadi is an Indian philosopher. His lectures […]

New World Order June 26, 2010 2 Comments

A sample of the new pessimism that transcends typical categories of right and left. Is Chinese fascism our future? In Response To: “New World Order” by Patrick J. Deneen at Front Porch Republic

Poll Shows ‘Sea Change’ in Californians’ Attitudes Toward Illegal Immigration June 10, 2010 No Comments

I personally favor some restrictions, but from a political view you can not win office by running against immigrants any more than Sitting Bull could have won the presidency campaigning against the white man. Yes, the average Californian is 30 and brown, and not from lying on the beach either, anymore; and the average California […]

Proposition 14 June 6, 2010 1 Comment

I decided to vote for Proposition 14, which makes the general election a runoff between the two highest polling primary candidates even if they are in the same party. I decided that the effect of the proposition might be to weaken the power of social conservatives in the Republican Party, but to strengthen social conservatives […]

Now That Health Care Has Passed April 12, 2010 2 Comments

In general, I think that the new health care bill is an improvement over the old order. I hope it is not repealed, but I’m sure that some adjustments will be necessary. Does this make America a more compassionate nation? I don’t think so. If anything, it proves that we are not, that we need […]

San Jose Mercury News: Tech Group’s Poll Suggests Candidates Should ‘Friend’ Voters February 13, 2010 1 Comment

I’m not surprised on the least.  They already “friend” anyone who gives them more than $100 – more than that, if you do that, they will structure a whole social life for you.  If I was lonely and single, that would be nice…. In Response To: Tech Group’s Poll Suggests Candidates Should ‘Friend’ Voters by […]

Are “Big Corporations” People? And Can Everything Be Blamed on Them? February 4, 2010 1 Comment

The recent decision that corporations and unions are free to make independent expenditures and public commentary on elections frightened a lot of people.  It did not empower these organizations to contribute directly to campaigns in unlimited qualities, only to engage in “independent expenditures” and advocacy, as individuals can.  People being frightened of the large size […]

Where I’m Still Libertarian (With a couple of shameless plugs.) November 18, 2009 1 Comment

Now that I have become a big government Democrat, I am farther removed from the Libertarians than I ever was before. But as a Christian, I could never be a philosophical Libertarian, much as I would have liked to be in my youth. I did think, and still do, that some libertarian thought is worth […]

The Left Would Rather Bargain with the Redevelopment Monster October 14, 2009 No Comments

I had the fortune to discover a little piece written by one Alyssa Katz in American Prospect Online, after the Kelo decision. The AARP and the NAACP, not organizations of the right, had joined Cato and Reason, of libertarian leanings, in filing briefs for Kelo, which would have restricted the use of eminent domain to […]