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At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

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I have a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University, a master's degree in philosophy from Baylor University, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies from Wingate University. I teach philosophy at several colleges in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas.

Trump: Rhetoric vs. Record

posted by Jack Kerwick

As much as GOP politicians and their apologists in the media despise it, Donald Trump is, deservedly, the GOP presidential frontrunner at the moment. To Trump’s eternal credit, he has made it acceptable (or at least somewhat less unacceptable) to […]

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What’s a War “Hero?”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Donald Trump’s remarks concerning John McCain’s status as a “war hero” elicited much hand-wringing from both his fellow Republicans as well as from Democrats. However, the truth is that the reasoning that proceeds directly from the premise that someone fought […]

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A Reply to Jeff Jacoby’s “Analysis” of the Confederate Flag

posted by Jack Kerwick

The “conservative” Boston Globe columnist, Jeff Jacoby, thinks that the Confederate flag is “anti-American,” “an ugly symbol of oppression,” “the most poisonous ideologies in our national history,” “racial bigotry and victimization,” “racial hatred,” and “the right of white Americans to buy […]

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Pope Francis’ Encyclical: “Progressivism” Theologized

posted by Jack Kerwick

Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ latest encyclical, is quite provocative. Unfortunately, though, it provokes us to consider the possibility that its author has more in common with contemporary leftism than traditional Christianity. The Pope’s encyclical read as essentially nothing more or […]

Thoughts on Trump and His Critics

posted by Jack Kerwick

At the moment, Donald Trump, deservedly, is all of the rage for remarks he made regarding Mexican immigrants to the United States: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and […]

Myron Pauli: The Pledge of Allegiance versus The US Constitution

posted by Jack Kerwick

Just in time for Independence Day, guest-blogger Myron Pauli addresses the conflict between the Pledge of Allegiance, on the one hand, and, on the other, The United States Constitution. All patriotic Americans who have the opportunity to do so should […]

Dylan Roof, the Confederate Flag, and the Logic of the Left

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Dylan Roof/Charleston massacre supplies much food for thought. (1)Predictably, the agents of the Racism-Industrial-Complex (RIC) wasted no time in exploiting this horror for their own political and ideological purposes. From Fox News to “conservative” talk radio to the “conservative” […]

The CHARGE of “Racism” is Eurocentric Bigotry?! An Academic Leftist Weighs In

posted by Jack Kerwick

An email from “Leon Marlensky,” the only consistent leftist remaining, as far as he is concerned. Here, he sounds off a bit over the Charleston, SC coverage. I have reprinted this here with Leon’s permission. Dear Jack: In the wake […]

What “Caitlyn” Jenner and Rachel Dolezal Teach Us About the “Progressive” Worldview

posted by Jack Kerwick

The events of Rachel Dolezal and “Caitlyn” Jenner are classic textbook case studies in the intellectual and moral incoherence of the contemporary leftist/progressive worldview. Dolezal is a biologically white person who has spent years passing herself off as black. She […]

The Last of the True Progressives Weighs in More on Caitlyn Jenner

posted by Jack Kerwick

Leon Marlensky (an alias for a fellow academic who wishes to remain anonymous) elaborates more on his disgust over, as he sees it, the betrayal of progressivism as revealed via the coverage of the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner issue. To Those of […]

The Right Has Won: The Last of the True Leftists Speaks

posted by Jack Kerwick

“Leon Marlensky” is an alias that a fellow academic insists upon using in order to protect his identity. “Leon” insists that he is the last of the true leftists, that “the right,” as he calls it, has won.  The coverage […]

Academia, Mental Conformity, and Evil

posted by Jack Kerwick

St. Louis University, a Roman Catholic institution of “higher learning,” capitulated to student and faculty demands to remove a 19th century statue from campus. The statue, which commemorates the missionary efforts of Jesuit priest, Pierre-Jean De Smet, depicts the latter […]

The Truth About Stand Your Ground Laws

posted by Jack Kerwick

Lee Gwira is a lawyer, friend, and all around bright guy.  Below, Lee takes a sledgehammer to the prevailing (left-wing) narrative regarding Stand Your Ground laws (SYG), exposing it for the lie that it is.  On the evening of October […]

The Neocons and Iraq: Let Us Never Forget

posted by Jack Kerwick

Unsurprisingly, for his latest stance on the NSA, Rand Paul is now Public Enemy Number One—courtesy of the members of his own party. Rand Paul’s “isolationism” spooks neoconservatives. In light of both the latest blitzkrieg against Rand as well as […]

“Roots” Remake: History Channel to Remake a Lie

posted by Jack Kerwick

In 1976, Alex Haley authored the nearly 1,000 page, Roots: The Saga of An American Family. The following year, ABC aired a mini-series that was based upon it. Both book and television show proved to be tremendous successes. Now, the […]

A Review of a Momentous Book: Colin Flaherty’s, “Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Colin Flaherty, the author of the best-seller, White Girl Bleed A lot, has once again revealed his heroism in his latest, Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry. Not since Ilana Mercer’s, Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid […]

Is There Really a Connection between Baltimore and Egalitarianism?: A Reply to Boyd Cathey

posted by Jack Kerwick

In Boyd Cathey’s latest article in The Unz Review, “Baltimore and The Failure of Egalitarianism,” the author contends that both the usual suspects among the left as well as those on the so-called “right,” both Democrats and Republicans, “progressives” and […]

The Only Antidote to the Oppression of Blacks in America?

posted by Jack Kerwick

In light of the latest turn of events in Baltimore, I’ve belatedly arrived at a painful realization: American blacks will never receive the justice that they demand until they cease being American. In other words, justice for blacks in America […]

The Myth of Munich

posted by Jack Kerwick

AFC guest blogger, Myron Pauli, shows how history has been distorted and transformed into political fodder for such fanatical war mongers as John McCain and Lindsay Graham.   To some, “Munich” is identified with Oktoberfest; however, to many it refers […]

Questions on Baltimore for Democrats AND Republicans

posted by Jack Kerwick

In light of the latest Baltimore conflagration—that’s right, as Colin Flaherty, among others, have noted, mass violence and the destruction of property is par for the course in predominantly black cities like Baltimore—I offer some thoughts. First, all too predictably, […]

Al Sharpton and Republicans: Like Draws to Like?

posted by Jack Kerwick

“Like draws to like.” “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” These are pearls of wisdom, the distilled moral wisdom of “generations and of ages,” as Burke has said. Yet they have been largely […]

The Moral Imperative of Being Mannerly

posted by Jack Kerwick

What we call “manners” consists of a family of habits or customs that are, with ever greater—indeed, alarming—frequency, regarded as, at best, niceties or pleasantries. At worst, they are viewed as the antiquated fictions of a bourgeois social order that, […]

The Real Jesus vs. the Neutered Idol of the Politically Respectable

posted by Jack Kerwick

Easter is upon us. But who is Jesus? Upon reading the Scriptures, it becomes clear that the real Jesus, as opposed to the tamed, lame, and maimed Politically Correct Jesus who Christian clerics as much as anyone have been promoting […]

Forgetting Malcolm X

posted by Jack Kerwick

This year isn’t just the golden anniversary of Selma. It is as well marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Malcolm X. Malcolm X has been mythologized. According to the myth, there are, essentially, two Malcolms: the “pre-Mecca” Malcolm […]

Ben Carson: “Progressive” on Homosexuality?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Ben Carson got himself into some trouble a couple of weeks back for remarks concerning homosexuality that he made during an exchange with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. However, I’m not sure what exactly it is that Carson said that ignited such […]

Myron Pauli: “Blessed Are The Burger Flippers–but Robots Don’t Need Healthcare”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Below, polymath Myron Pauli weighs in on the irrationality of both the standard and neoconservative leftists as it pertains to Portland, Oregon’s new minimum wage of $15/hour.  In his own inimitable way, Dr. Pauli drives the point home.    I did some minimum […]

Media “Conservatives” to University of Oklahoma Frat Boys: Off With Your Heads!

posted by Jack Kerwick

The president of the University of Oklahoma expelled white members of a fraternity that had been captured on video chanting what could be the last of the English language’s “four letter words” recognized by our society. Some remarks are in […]

The “Existential Crisis” of the Islamic World’s Christians

posted by Jack Kerwick

In spite of what Barack Obama would have us believe, he was as much in tune to Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress this week as was anyone and everyone else in the world.  But exclusive focus on American/Israeli and Israeli/Islamic […]

Myron Pauli: “Barack Obama: All American”

posted by Jack Kerwick

In what follows, all-around bright guy, Myron Pauli, weighs in on the brouhaha surrounding Rudy Giuliani’s judgment that President Obama doesn’t “love America.”  Dr. Pauli provides some real food for thought.  If he’s right–and, tragically, it’s tough to show that he isn’t–than America’s problems are […]

A Pop Quiz for African-American History Month

posted by Jack Kerwick

In honor of African-American History month, let’s take a quiz. In each of the following problems, a famous African-American is quoted.  Identify that person among these answer choices: (a) Jesse Jackson; (b) Jeremiah Wright; (c) Al Sharpton; (d) Louis Farrakhan; […]

Obama and Our High Horse

posted by Jack Kerwick

It’s a sad commentary on our time that anyone, to say nothing of the President of the United States of America, would so much as think, much less publicly announce, that there is some sort of moral equivalence between the […]

Frank Borzellieri and the Death of Free Speech

posted by Jack Kerwick

Back in 2011, Frank Borzellieriwas terminated from his position as principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a predominantly black and Hispanic Catholic elementary school located in the Bronx, New York. The Daily News charged Borzellieri with “white supremacy,” the […]

Islamic Oppression of Christians in Niger and Nigeria

posted by Jack Kerwick

Scarcely a day passes that media personalities aren’t sounding the alarm over the relentless march of “Islamism”—i.e. militant Islam.  To hear them tell it, one could be forgiven for thinking that “Islamism”—exemplified by the likes of ISIS—is mere centimeters away […]

Why the Need to Sort Myth from Truth: A Response to Chris Kyle’s Hero Worshippers

posted by Jack Kerwick

  Nationally syndicated talk radio host and Fox News contributor Mike Gallagher has recently lambasted me for besmirching Chris Kyle, “the American Sniper.” It’s time to separate truths from untruths. (1)Gallagher accuses me of throwing in with the likes of […]

The Hero-Worship of Chris Kyle: The Need to Separate Myth from Truth

posted by Jack Kerwick

I confess to having been more than a bit shocked, and even mystified, to have recently found myself on the receiving end of some wildly baseless attacks by people, Iraq War devotees, who accused me of “tearing down” the late […]

More Thoughts on “the American Sniper’s” Ventura Tall Tale

posted by Jack Kerwick

While listening to a “conservative” talk radio show recently, the host—who, along with other Iraq War devotees and, what amount to one and the same thing, “American Sniper” worshippers—brought up Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle.   I […]

“Occupying” “the White Male Syllabus” at Berkeley

posted by Jack Kerwick

Upon witnessing the trials of Nazi war criminals in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt remarked that they shared in common one salient feature: “it was not stupidity,” she said, “but a curious, quite authentic inability to think.”  This inability or refusal to […]

Questions For the Hero Worshippers of “the American Sniper”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Chris Kyle, the “American Sniper” who Clint Eastwood has immortalized in his latest blockbuster film, is widely being heralded by die-hard Iraq War supporters—i.e. neoconservative Republicans—as an unqualified “war hero.”  Some thoughts: (1)Given that we ordinarily reserve the distinction of […]

Muslim-on-Christian Persecution Around the World

posted by Jack Kerwick

Since at least the time of the outset of the Iraq War—and quite possibly well before then—there has been much debate among those to the right over why Islamic militants have set their sights upon America and the West. George […]

The American Sniper: A Symbol for All Ideologues

posted by Jack Kerwick

With all of the talk of Chris Kyle, the subject of Clint Eastwood’s latest blockbuster film, American Sniper, a politically naïve spectator could be forgiven for thinking that it really is Chris Kyle of whom people are talking. But he […]

The Charlie Hebdo Attack and American Political Correctness

posted by Jack Kerwick

The attack on Charlie Hebdo has had the predictable effect of uniting Western politicians and media personalities from across the political spectrum in an orgy of self-aggrandizement—which is to say an orgy of self-delusion. First, Charlie Hebdo is hardly the […]

More American, and “Conservative,” Hypocrisy on France

posted by Jack Kerwick

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye” (Mt. 7:5). Listening to the American media coverage—particularly the coverage of those in the […]

A Challenge to the Partisan Consensus: Charlie Hebdo Attack NOT Terrorism

posted by Jack Kerwick

The latest event in France has elicited an array of responses from politicians and commentators here in America.  For now, I’d like to focus on the single judgment that everyone from across the political spectrum seems to share: Whether “conservatives” […]

“The Right” Suffers from “Race Deafness?” A Reply to The American Conservative

posted by Jack Kerwick

Jack Hunter is a former staffer for Rand Paul who once delivered politically incorrect commentary as “the Southern Avenger.”  When Hunter’s past came to light, it wasn’t before long that he and Senator Paul parted ways. Ever since—perhaps in the […]

“Police Brutality” an “Epidemic:” Truth or Nonsense that Kills

posted by Jack Kerwick

Recently, I claimed that everyone—politicians, academics, and media commentators—who promoted the idea that police brutality is a national “epidemic,” or even a “growing concern,” as one self-styled libertarian put it, share some culpability for the murders of the two NYPD […]

Christmas, Christianity, and Western Civilization

posted by Jack Kerwick

Christmas, unlike any other Western holiday, is ubiquitous.  It is as impossible for an inhabitant of the Western world to escape Christmas as it is impossible for a person to escape breathing while remaining alive. For this reason, Christmas is […]

A Tale of Two Cops and the Many Brinsleys Who Murdered Them

posted by Jack Kerwick

“He was an amazing man.  He was the best father and husband and friend.” This is how a friend described Rafael Ramos, one of the two NYPD officers who was ambushed and murdered by Eric Garner and Michael Brown supporter, […]

Natural Law, Positive Law, Rights and Duties

posted by Jack Kerwick

In the wake of the Eric Garner case, some libertarians have urged us to revisit the topic of natural law, a “higher” moral law that supplies an objective standard of justice for “positive law,” the law(s) posited (or made) by […]

Eric Garner and the Natural Law: What To Do When a Law is Unjust?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Eric Garner, many libertarians seem to think, was innocent as far as the natural law is concerned. “Natural law” is an ethical tradition with an illustrious pedigree stretching back millennia.  From this perspective, natural law is a transcendent moral order […]

More on the Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision

posted by Jack Kerwick

In this column, I recently argued in favor of a grand jury’s refusal to indict Officer Dan Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner.  To my dismay (and, frankly, shock), a great many “conservatives” and “libertarians,” I’ve had the great […]

The “Eric Garner” Case: Truth versus Ideology

posted by Jack Kerwick

From the rough that is contemporary America, the grand jury that just decided that there were no grounds on which to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner is the second diamond to be retrieved.  The first […]

How and Why TNT’s “Dallas” Failed

posted by Jack Kerwick

Word broke last month that Dallas—TNT’s contemporary version of the spectacularly successful 80’s series—has been cancelled after three seasons.  The “Save Dallas” campaign designed to relocate the show to another network bore no fruit. To long-time fans like yours truly, […]

Two Things to Think About This Thanksgiving Day

posted by Jack Kerwick

With the exception of the usual suspects on the hard left, most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  Like Independence Day, Thanksgiving is a quintessential American holiday. Thanksgiving Day is a golden opportunity for celebrants to accomplish a couple of things. First, […]

Neocon Leftists, “American Exceptionalism,” and Immigration

posted by Jack Kerwick

Paul Greenberg’s last article proves what many of us have long known: neoconservatives are leftists by another name. Greenberg waxes orgasmic over President Obama’s decision to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.  However, like every other champion of amnesty, […]

Against “Saving People From Themselves”: Thomas Szasz vs. the Drug Prohibitionists

posted by Jack Kerwick

Few things are as effective in eliciting the ire of neoconservative Republicans as is talk of decriminalizing recreational drug use. Given that the Republican Party is supposed to be the party of personal responsibility and “limited government,” this is indeed […]

Republicans, Democrats, and White Men

posted by Jack Kerwick

Following their party’s crushing defeat at the polls, some Democratic strategists are now claiming that it is Democrats’ “failure to communicate” with white men that accounts for their dramatic reversal of fortunes. In contrast, Republican talking heads insist upon either […]

Why I Did Not Vote this Election Day

posted by Jack Kerwick

As I write this, it’s Election Day. It is the first Election Day in 24 years that I haven’t voted. Every election cycle, Republican operatives in the media—“conservative” talk radio hosts, Fox News pundits, and the like—insist to their audiences […]

Losing the Language: How the GOP Undermines Itself–and Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

As the mid-term elections approach, it’s high time for Republican commentators to walk the walk. Just the other morning, Mark Steyn, busily promoting his new book, made an appearance on Bill Bennett’s radio program. The latter agreed enthusiastically with the […]

Political Correctness and Ebola

posted by Jack Kerwick

That there is a sensationalistic dimension to the Ebola coverage is something of which I have no doubt. Sensationalizing events is what the media does best. There may even be a sense in which it can be said that sensationalism […]

Capital Punishment Revisited

posted by Jack Kerwick

For a discussion of capital punishment, with no thinker is there a better place to begin than Ernest van den Haag. It is with justice that the latter’s seminal analysis of this topic is a staple of textbooks in college […]

Abortion Reconsidered III

posted by Jack Kerwick

Dan Marquis contends that except in “rare cases,” abortion is immoral, and it is immoral, he further argues, because the fetus has a “FLO”—a “future like ours.” Before arguing that abortion is wrong, Marquis first attempts to show what makes […]

The Left, Columbus, and Why This Day is Still Worth Celebrating

posted by Jack Kerwick

Few holidays are as “politically incorrect” as is the day that Americans reserve to commemorate the birthday of Christopher Columbus. Such is the ferocity of the smear campaign to which Columbus has been subjected for decades that he has been […]

Abortion Reconsidered II

posted by Jack Kerwick

John T. Noonan, a Catholic jurist whose work on abortion regularly features in ethics textbooks, contends that the traditional definition of a human being remains rationally superior to its competitors. A human being, Noonan insists, is anyone who has been […]

Abortion Reconsidered

posted by Jack Kerwick

Judith Jarvis Thomson is a veteran philosopher who, several decades ago, penned a thought-provoking essay that features in virtually all of the contemporary texts used in college-level ethics courses. Her objective is to show that what she takes to be […]

ISIS: How You Know It’s All Hype II

posted by Jack Kerwick

Recently, I cautioned my fellow Americans against falling for the notion that the so-called “Islamic State” is among the gravest threats, or any threat, that the United States had ever encountered. I noted that if the hyperbolic cries of politicians […]

ISIS: How You Know It’s All Hype

posted by Jack Kerwick

There is much talk about “the Islamic State,” or “ISIS,” or “ISIL,” or whatever we are calling it. To listen to the talking heads, both Democrats and Republicans, one could be forgiven for thinking that these 15,000 or so Muslim […]

The Politically Incorrect (?!) Language of the Politically Correct

posted by Jack Kerwick

It would seem that the Enlightened, i.e. those whose moral sensibilities are offended by the name of “Redskins” for a professional sports team, want to purge our language of every “racist,” “sexist,” “classist,” “imperialist,” “colonialist,” and “homophobic” word. The funny […]

History, Not Ideology, is Our Guide for Iraq

posted by Jack Kerwick

While listening to Bill Bennett’s radio program the other morning, a caller, respectfully, yet passionately, expressed his incredulity over the fact that anyone continues to take the Bill Kristols and Max Boots (and, by implication, the Bill Bennetts) of the […]

When “Race” Riots were White–And What We Can Learn From Them

posted by Jack Kerwick

In light of the “Fergusons” that have erupted in America over the last 50 years or so, it may come as quite a surprise to many of us to learn that from the 19th century clear through to roughly the […]

Interracial Violence Ignored by the Media

posted by Jack Kerwick

For weeks on end, the police shooting death of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri by a white officer had managed to remain front and center on the national stage. The usual suspects in the Racism-Industrial-Complex (RIC) held up this […]

Iraq, Ideology, and Truth: Dissecting the Political Blame Game

posted by Jack Kerwick

It would be comical if the fate of our country and the world didn’t hang in the balance to watch the Democrats and their neoconservative Republican rivals point blame at one another as ISIS assumes the national stage. Some thoughts […]

The “Militarization” of the Police?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Making the rounds through libertarian (and other) circles in the wake of the police shooting death of Michael Brown is the notion that the “militarization” of local police forces is a huge problem besetting the country. Though I self-identify as […]

Against the “Militarization” of the Police II

posted by Jack Kerwick

There’s a notion, popular among self-avowed “libertarians,” that among the largest threats facing our nation is that of “the militarization” of the police.  This idea has been expressed quite a bit as of late, particularly in the wake of the […]

Libertarianism and “The Militarization” of the Police

posted by Jack Kerwick

A line that has become all too common in some libertarian circles is that the key problem, or even a problem, in Ferguson, Missouri is a problem facing the rest of the nation. This problem is what these libertarians have […]

“Libertarians” and “Racism”

posted by Jack Kerwick

In the wake of the shooting death of a young black man by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer, it is to no one’s surprise that the usual suspects on the left are screaming “racism” from the rooftops. Infinitely more […]

A Tale of Two Fatal Police Shootings

posted by Jack Kerwick

As if the happenings in Ferguson, Missouri aren’t bad enough, now we have the situation in Salt Lake City, Utah with which to contend. As the whole country knows, for the last week or so, large groups of blacks have […]

Food for Thought on Ferguson

posted by Jack Kerwick

To the proliferation of articles on the shooting death of black Missourian Michael Brown via white police officer, Darren Wilson, I register the following considerations. Firstly, at this time when black underclass thugs are ruining the quality of life in […]

Ferguson and Racial Irrationality on the Right

posted by Jack Kerwick

Thomas Sowell once noted that few topics so tap the irrational excesses of a person’s intellect as that of race.  At the very least, contemporary race-related discussions are almost invariably ridden with irrationality. The issue of Ferguson, Missouri is but […]

A Critical Review of D’ Souza’s “America: Imagine a World Without Her”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Its friends in the media would have us think that Dinesh D’ Souza’s latest cinematic work, America: Imagine a World Without Her, is worth seeing because of the effectiveness with which D’ Souza demolishes the standard leftist charges leveled against […]

The Neoconservative Ideology and the Mess in Iraq

posted by Jack Kerwick

That the vast majority of Republicans remain as committed as ever to a strong American military presence in Iraq has everything to do with the neoconservative ideology that dominates their party. Unlike traditional conservatives, neoconservatives subordinate the contingencies of history […]

Neocons, “Isolationism,” and Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Jack Kerwick

As the mess in Iraq—a mess predicted by the likes of such “isolationists” as Patrick J. Buchanan and Ilana Mercer a dozen years ago—deepens, it is with renewed gusto that the Iraq War’s most impassioned neoconservative supporters argue for a […]

The Neocon Left: The “Deputized” Right

posted by Jack Kerwick

What is commonly referred to as “the right” by the so-called “mainstream media” is actually what I prefer to call “the Deputized Right”—a faux right-wing that takes its marching orders from the left. More specifically, the Deputized Right is actually […]

Walter Jones vs. the Neocons: Is the Tide of GOP Politics Shifting?

posted by Jack Kerwick

On Tuesday, the overwhelmingly outspent ten-term North Carolina Republican Congressman Walter Jones defeated his neoconservative, establishment-backed opponent and former Bush II official, Taylor Griffin. Griffin was endorsed by Sarah Palin and heavily subsidized by Sheldon Adelson—but to no avail. This […]

Condi, Rutgers, and Academia

posted by Jack Kerwick

Condi Rice will not be this year’s commencement speaker at Rutgers University after all. Due to the controversy generated by some students and faculty over Rutgers’ decision to invite the former Secretary of State, Rice decided to back out, explaining […]

Why Should Anyone Vote Republican?

posted by Jack Kerwick

That self-avowed “conservative” Republicans pounced upon Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling no less tenaciously than did those on the left got me to wondering: Why should anyone, of any race, religion, or political orientation, vote for them? Lest my intentions […]

Don Sterling and “Conservatives”

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Don Sterling affair has given way to the “Finger Wagging Olympics,” as Kareem Abdul-Jabbarhas colorfully put it.  Given that those on the right have participated just as aggressively, if not more so, than those on the left, I urge […]

Cliven Bundy: “Racist” or Just Another Republican?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy (of whom I’ve neither written nor said a word until now) was treated as a hero, even a living emblem of the Spirit of the Patriots of ’76, by Sean Hannity and many other self-avowed “conservatives” […]

Leading Atheist Philosopher Concludes: There IS A God

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Christian world just celebrated the Easter holiday, the Resurrection of Jesus, the God-Man, from the dead. Yet there are many people who either don’t believe in God or, if they do, certainly don’t believe that the Supreme Being assumed […]

If I Am a Moral Relativist, So is God

posted by Jack Kerwick

Evidently, I am a moral relativist. In a recent article, I applauded a colleague for adapting to our school stage a play—Songs for a New World.  This play, I contended, marked a quite radical departure from the standard Politically Correct […]

Affirming Individuality: Reflections on “Songs for a New World”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Legions of Americans have, rightly, written off the entertainment and academic industries (yes, the latter is a colossal industry) as the culture’s two largest bastions of leftist ideology. Sometimes, however, and when we least expect it, the prevailing “Politically Correct” […]

Pope Francis: A Socialist By Any Other Name

posted by Jack Kerwick

Pope Francis is once again insisting that he is not a communist, that his abiding concern for “the poor” is grounded in the Gospel of Christ, not the ideology of Marx, Engels, or any other communist. Back in 2010, while […]

Pope Francis: As Clever a Politician as They Come

posted by Jack Kerwick

Much to the disappointment of this Catholic, Pope Francis balked on a golden opportunity to convey to the world just how fundamentally, how vehemently, the vision of the Church differs from that of President Obama when the two met a […]

Jeb Bush: Disaster for the GOP

posted by Jack Kerwick

So, the word is that the fat cat GOP donors are eyeing up Jeb Bush as a presidential candidate for 2016. If there’s any truth to this—and, tragically, it appears that there most certainly is—then there is but one conclusion […]

“The Freedom Agenda” and Iraq

posted by Jack Kerwick

Neoconservatives—meaning every self-avowed “conservative” who also supported the Iraq War—assured us some years ago that the war in Iraq had been won following “the surge.” Of course, years prior to this they assured us that the war would be “a […]

The Truth About the Neoconservative Persuasion

posted by Jack Kerwick

In spite of the ease with which the word “conservatism” is thrown about these days, most people who associate with the “conservative” movement are not really conservative at all.  In reality, the so-called “conservative” movement is a predominantly (though not […]

Establishment Republican Hypocrisy

posted by Jack Kerwick

When, on March 13, a caller to Bill Bennett’s radio show charged the host with being unduly supportive of “establishment Republicans” over Tea Partiers, Bennett admitted that while he’s an admirer of the Tea Party, he would not endorse those […]

Morality and its Relationship to Psychology and “Psychologism”

posted by Jack Kerwick

When Adam Lanza, the young man who went on a shooting spree, killing about 20 children and a handful of adults at a Connecticut elementary school, was being tried in the court of public opinion, most commentators simultaneously diagnosed and […]

Political Judo: Fight Leftist Logic by NOT Fighting BACK

posted by Jack Kerwick

Just days ago, a popular talk radio show host lamented that the attempt on the part of conservatives to fight back against the move to normalize homosexual “marriage” was tantamount to the attempt to fight back the tides of the […]

“Academic Justice,” not Academic Freedom, says The Harvard Crimson

posted by Jack Kerwick

Sandra Korn is a Harvard University undergraduate student and a writer for The Harvard Crimson.  In a recent edition of the school’s paper, she argues for abandoning the traditional value of “academic freedom” in favor of what she calls, “academic […]

Remembering Ken Hamblin, “the Black Avenger”

posted by Jack Kerwick

It’s “Black History Month”—but black conservatives needn’t apply. One such black conservative is Ken Hamblin, “the Black Avenger.”  During the 1980’s and ‘90’s, Hamblin, labeled “the black Rush Limbaugh,” was a nationally syndicated radio talk show host heard on roughly […]

Another Forgotten Black Conservative: Zora Neale Hurston

posted by Jack Kerwick

February is Black History Month.  As those on the right (and even an increasing number of people elsewhere) know well enough, these four weeks are all too easily used by activists as an opportunity to promote a politics of victimhood […]

No Room for George Schuyler this Black History Month

posted by Jack Kerwick

Once again, “African-American History Month” is upon us. Of course, these four weeks of February have little to do with actual history, and everything to do with ideology.  That this is all about the advancement of a decidedly leftist political […]

Straight Talk About the Legalization of Drugs

posted by Jack Kerwick

At a time when they seek to “unite” their party and regain the power that it squandered during the tenure of Bush II, the spectacle of Republicans shouting from the rooftops over the prospect of their fellow adult citizens being […]

Neoconservatives, Libertarians, and MLK

posted by Jack Kerwick

From at least the time of the 1980’s, the Republican Party and the “conservative movement” have been dominated by, not conservatives, but neoconservatives.  The so-called “libertarian” influence in the party is growing—and neoconservatives are none too pleased by it. Libertarians, […]

The Case of Edward Snowden: Reason versus Rhetoric

posted by Jack Kerwick

For a conservative who seeks to conserve the tradition of constitutional liberty bequeathed to Americans by their Founders, the spectacle of self-sworn apostles of liberty in the so-called “conservative” media calling for Edward Snowden’s head on a platter is a […]

Thinking More About the NSA and Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

On Tuesday, January 7, I had the pleasure and the privilege of being a guest on the nationally syndicated radio show of the honorable Mike Gallagher.  My host had read a recent piece of mine, “How ‘Conservatives’ Help the Left,” […]

Remembering “the King of Conservative Talk Radio,” Bob Grant

posted by Jack Kerwick

Bob Grant, the one-time “king of conservative talk radio,” died this past New Year’s Eve at the age of 84.    Born Robert Ciro Gigante, Grant had a storied career in radio spanning over six decades, and remained number one […]

How “Conservatives” Aid and Abet the Left

posted by Jack Kerwick

On Friday, January 3, radio talk show host Mike Gallagher charged NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden with being a “traitor” while accusing those of his conservative minded listeners who disagreed with thinking like leftists. Self-avowed “conservatives,” like Gallagher, are, at best, […]

Parents, NOT Governments, Holding the Line Against Barbarism

posted by Jack Kerwick

“Thank you for your service.” Whenever these words are uttered, it is always—always—a soldier to whom they are directed. And while police officers aren’t typically singled out for random expressions of gratitude, they too are held in particularly high esteem, […]

Answering Christmas’ Discontents

posted by Jack Kerwick

While 2 billion people—one third of the Earth’s population—celebrate the Birth of all births at this time of year, Christmas—or at least the conventional manner of celebrating it—remains an object of derision, even of contempt, for some.  For all of […]

A Non-Ideological Look at the Phil Robertson Controversy

posted by Jack Kerwick

With his characteristic bluntness, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty warned the rest of us against being “deceived” by those who would have us think that “adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, […]

The Fallacious Origins of Socialism

posted by Jack Kerwick

According to his profile, Darren Hutchinson is a professor of “Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, Law and Social Change, and Equal Protection Theory” at the University of Florida.  At his blog, Dissenting Justice, Hutchinson takes yours truly to task for […]

Pope Francis, Jesus, and the Real Meaning of Christian Charity

posted by Jack Kerwick

In his speech for the Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, marked for New Year’s Day, Time’s most recently elected “Person of the Year” decried the “widening gap between those who have more and those who must be content with […]

“Conservatives,” Mandela, and the Founders: What DO “Conservatives” Believe About Liberty?

posted by Jack Kerwick

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death, National Review Online (NRO) published comments from several self-avowed “conservatives.” John Boehner, for example, alludes to Mandela’s “‘long walk to freedom” while praising him as “a champion of peace and racial harmony.”  Marco […]

America Is No Nazi Germany–Unless It is Founded in Genocide

posted by Jack Kerwick

This past Thanksgiving, I explicitly explained to my Facebook “friends” that there was no point in extending holiday salutations to those of them who insist upon viewing the European settlers as genocidal maniacs who were intent upon exterminating America’s first […]

Mandela no Saint

posted by Jack Kerwick

Given that the entire planet seems to be of one voice in both mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela and celebrating his life, most will find it inconceivable that anyone would think to so much as suggest that Mandela was […]

Ideologues and the Impossibility of Liberty and Conversation

posted by Jack Kerwick

A couple of weeks ago, in lamenting the future generations of Americans that will be forced to shoulder the burden of our government’s fiscal irresponsibility, Sarah Palin likened their condition to one of slavery.  MSNBC host Martin Bashir blasted her […]

“Bullying” and the Left

posted by Jack Kerwick

More so than anyone else, it is those on the political left actively promoting the fiction that “bullying” is both something new as well as a social problem—that is, the type of problem for which government alone can supply “the […]

“The Big Bang Theory’s” Sheldon Cooper: Politically INCorrect Hero

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Big Bang Theory, a sitcom centering on four young male scientists in their late ‘20’s to early 30’s who also happen to be die hard superhero and sci-fi fans, is among the most highly rated of contemporary television shows. […]

“Torture,” Moral Analysis, and Learning How to Think

posted by Jack Kerwick

It recently came to my attention that a college at which I teach philosophy will soon sponsor a discussion regarding the moral standing of “torture.”  The presentation, “Is Torture Ever Justified?” will be presided over by another faculty member and […]

Hey Charles Krauthammer, Obama Was Never a Mystery to Some of Us

posted by Jack Kerwick

Charles Krauthammer is typically held in the highest regard by some media personalities on the right.  The same can be said for George Will. Yet very recently, while promoting his latest book, Krauthammer revealed to Brett Baier of Fox News […]

The Ideal of Liberal Learning vs. Today’s University: How Activism Poisons Higher Education

posted by Jack Kerwick

The ideal of liberal learning is among the most noble, the most beautiful, that has ever been thought.  Though never perfected, it was an ideal toward which generations of academics strived. Academia was always supposed to be a place devoted […]

Columbus Day: Still a Day Worth Celebrating

posted by Jack Kerwick

Few holidays are as “politically incorrect” as is the day that Americans reserve to commemorate the birthday of Christopher Columbus. Such is the ferocity of the smear campaign to which Columbus has been subjected for decades that he has been […]

Neoconservatism versus Conservatism: The Philosophy of the GOP

posted by Jack Kerwick

If the Democratic Party’s control of the presidency and the Senate can succeed in provoking the base of the GOP to reevaluate its collective political identity, then it all may just have been worth it. Maybe—maybe—the internecine conflict currently on […]

Academic Activism: “Liberal Learning” Today

posted by Jack Kerwick

The ideal of liberal learning is among the most noble, the most beautiful, that has ever been thought.  Though never perfected, it was an ideal toward which generations of academics strived. Academia was always supposed to be a place devoted […]

Obama and Syria: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom

posted by Jack Kerwick

Overwhelmingly, Americans reject Barack Obama’s call to launch a military strike against Syria.  Many of his opponents think that the President is in a tough spot, regardless of what happens: If he doesn’t attack Syria, then, since the latter has […]

Obama and Syria: Some Thoughts

posted by Jack Kerwick

As the nation contemplates launching but another “military action” into the heart of the Islamic world, I offer some food for thought. First, his assertions to the contrary aside, it is likely that President Obama does not want to attack […]

The Conservative’s Stance on War

posted by Jack Kerwick

As Congress and the President debate over whether America should “intervene” in—i.e. launch war against—Syria, self-declared conservatives would be well served to revisit their political tradition’s stance on war generally. Neoconservatism, the political orientation underwriting the anything-but- humble foreign policy […]

Forgotten Victims of Interracial Violence

posted by Jack Kerwick

As the nation remembers Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, it should also note that while the self-appointed guardians of King’s legacy, the “anti-racists,” obsess over Paula Deen and liken Trayvon Martin to Emmet Till, they say nothing […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Fundamental Transformation of America

posted by Jack Kerwick

On this 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, even the self-avowed apostles of “individualism,” “liberty,” and “limited government”—i.e. “conservatives”—can’t resist lavishing endless praise upon its author, Martin Luther King, Jr. As uncomfortable as it makes these declared […]

The “Anti-Racist’s” Forgotten Victims

posted by Jack Kerwick

Below is a select list of interracial atrocities committed by black perpetrators and white victims. Many more could be added to it.  The reader should note that the very same “anti-racists” who demanded Paula Deen’s head on a platter have […]

Conservatives and Libertarians Shouldn’t Vote Republican: My Response to Criticisms

posted by Jack Kerwick

Last week, I wrote an article in which I argued that unless the Republican Party begins to take stock of the ever growing discontent among its conservative base, it will, deservedly, be a loser in perpetuity. Among the overwhelmingly positive […]

Oprah and Five Racial Double Standards

posted by Jack Kerwick

In Florida, a 13 year-old white boy is savagely beaten on a school bus by three black thugs.  Yet it gains not a fraction of the attention paid by the press of the whole Western world to Oprah Winfrey’s claims […]

Conservative Voters vs. The GOP

posted by Jack Kerwick

George W. Bush left the White House with an approval rating hovering around 30%.  Courtesy of his tenure, and his second term specifically, by 2008 large numbers of conservatives ceased to identify themselves as “Republican,” such was their shame.  At […]

Who is a “Racist?” Food for Thought that We’ve Never Tried

posted by Jack Kerwick

If, as Eric Holder claims to want, we have ourselves an honest discussion of race, then we should determine, or at least try to determine, what it means for one to be a “racist.” Is a “racist” one who has […]

The Tragic Fate of Kristen Huggins: The Case that Al Sharpton Ignored When He Came to Trenton, NJ

posted by Jack Kerwick

Whatever respectability Al Sharpton is thought to have achieved in recent years, some of us know all too well that he is the same demagogic agent of the Racism-Industrial-Complex (RIC) that he has always been. Some instances of Sharpton’s, and […]

We Are All Christians Now

posted by Jack Kerwick

Philadelphia Eagles’ star Riley Cooper is the latest celebrity to have to issue an emotional, and very public, mea culpa for having used that most infamous of racial slurs, “the N-word.” Fortunately for him, it appears that Cooper has been […]

Why Romney Lost: A Response to WaPo’s Dan Balz

posted by Jack Kerwick

In his latest book, Collision 2012, Dan Balz, a Washington Post writer, expresses his incredulity over “the inability” of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to “humanize” its candidate. This is one reason why, in Balz’s estimation, Romney lost the 2012 election […]

Pundits and Misology (The Hatred of Reason)

posted by Jack Kerwick

It is becoming painfully clear to me that, while there is doubtless no short supply of reasonably intelligent pundits on the political horizon, very few of them know how to think.  Or, if they do know how to think, they […]

The Wichita Massacre and Racial Double Standards

posted by Jack Kerwick

If the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case demonstrated anything, it is the gross, and grotesque, double standards in race relations that exist in America. A few weeks ago, I published a piece at Front Page Magazine, “Paula Deen and the Fundamental […]

Rand Paul, Michael Gerson and Logic 101

posted by Jack Kerwick

In his July 18 article, “Rand Paul can never be a mainstream Republican,” former George W. Bush speechwriter and Washington Post writer Michael Gerson can barely contain his glee over what he perceives to be the Kentucky Senator’s fall from […]

The Sin of Seriousness: A Response to Nicholas Stix

posted by Jack Kerwick

A journalist by trade, Nicholas Stix is as prolific as he is courageous a writer.  For years, he has waged a relentless campaign to draw his readers’ attention to a phenomenon that, however ubiquitous, neither the “mainstream” nor the “conservative” […]

Zimmerman, Obama, and Saul Alinsky: Never Letting a Good Crisis Go to Waste

posted by Jack Kerwick

When Barack Obama ran for the presidency five years ago, pundits on both the left and right reassured the country that the election of America’s “first black president” promised to issue forth a new era of interracial harmony. Some of […]

“The Story:” Why the Racial Orthodoxy is Neither Fact Nor Good Fiction

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Racism-Industrial-Complex is as gargantuan an industry as any that has ever existed. And it is more dangerous to life, limb, and liberty than most. The Industry depends upon the perpetuation of a specific narrative, a racially “correct” story that […]

Leon Marlensky: The “Lone Leftist” Speaks

posted by Jack Kerwick

“Leon Marlensky” is a pseudonym for a former colleague of mine who prefers to remain nameless. Marlensky is an academic in the liberal arts who resents what he describes as the “faux radicalism” of his peers. The contemporary academy, he […]

About that “Honest” Discussion on Race…

posted by Jack Kerwick

For years, Eric Holder has bellyached over the unwillingness of this “nation of cowards” to have an “honest” discussion over race.  The George Zimmerman verdict is the latest occasion that Holder has exploited for renewing his call on this score. […]

The Persecution of George Zimmerman and the Fundamental Transformation of America

posted by Jack Kerwick

George Zimmerman has been acquitted and justice has been done. Yet the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman issue tells us much about the left’s agenda to “fundamentally transform” America. First, in a fundamentally transformed America, only government agents will have the right […]

Racial Politics 101

posted by Jack Kerwick

Contemporary American racial politics have got to be more complicated than any other kind of politics.  In fact, they have got to be more complicated than astrophysics and neural brain surgery. Even Americans for whom their country’s racial politics have […]

Trayvon Martin: An “Innocent Child” or a Thug Wannabe?

posted by Jack Kerwick

George Zimmerman has been acquitted in the shooting death of “the child,” the “young boy,” Trayvon Martin. As should go without saying, it is of course a tragedy that our world is such that it regularly claims human life.  It […]

“Framing Trayvon?” The Facts Regarding Trayvon Martin

posted by Jack Kerwick

Writing for Front Page Magazine, Arnold Ahlert castigates his fellow conservatives for acting badly. In “Framing Trayvon,” Ahlert contends that “many conservatives” have engaged in a “demonization campaign” against Martin—or “Trayvon,” as Ahnert calls him—that runs “parallel” to that promoted […]

Paula Deen and the Fundamental Transformation of America

posted by Jack Kerwick

As most of us now know, Paula Deen has admitted to having used “the N-word” at some time in her life, most memorably when, some 30 years ago or so, she provided her husband with a description of a black […]

John Adams: Remembering the Most Conservative of the Founders

posted by Jack Kerwick

As Russell Kirk suggests in his classic, The Conservative Mind, there is no one among America’s Founding Fathers that provides as articulate and discerning a vision of genuinely conservative thought as John Adams. Adams was a man of great learning […]

Paula Deen and the “Anti-Racists”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Nearly 30 years ago, when she was but an obscure employee at a bank, Paula Deen was robbed at gunpoint by a black man who she had previously tried to help procure a loan.  While relaying her harrowing tale to […]

Toward an Honest Discussion of Immigration

posted by Jack Kerwick

Among the huge issues with which our nation has to grapple, that of immigration is as huge as any of them.  Yet this has become an increasingly difficult task as fiction has eclipsed fact. So as to make some headway […]

Republicans, Big Government, and Daniel Somers

posted by Jack Kerwick

“War is hell.” Daniel Somers and his family didn’t need Sherman to tell them this. Somers was a distinguished Iraq War veteran who killed himself on June 10.  The hundreds of combat missions and other action of which he partook […]

Amnesty Nonsense II

posted by Jack Kerwick

While discussing “comprehensive immigration reform”—i.e. amnesty—on Sean Hannity’s television program last week, Ann Coulter had some choice words for Florida Senator and amnesty apologist Marco Rubio. Referring to Rubio as “the Jack Kevorkian of the Republican Party,” Coulter maintained that […]

Amnesty Nonsense

posted by Jack Kerwick

Let’s be blunt: anyone who endorses anything remotely resembling the “comprehensive immigration reform” currently bandied about in Congress is either a fool or a liar. Amnesty—and make no mistakes about it, “comprehensive immigration reform,” “a pathway to citizenship,” and whatever […]

The Obama Presidency and the End of Affirmative Action?

posted by Jack Kerwick

For many of us, Barack Obama’s presidency has been anything but an occasion for rejoicing.  From its beginnings to the present, and particularly during the last couple of months with the eruption of one scandal after the other, it has […]

Governmentalism, not Statism

posted by Jack Kerwick

No one wants to be thought of as a “statist,” a proponent of “statism,” for the “statist,” it is widely held, is an ardent lover of an omnipresent, omnipotent government.  Conversely, he despises individuality or liberty. Despite the regularity with […]

The Path Paved by the Patriot Act

posted by Jack Kerwick

Regardless of how it is constituted, whether it is “democratic” or otherwise, no government poses a larger threat to liberty than a government that is at war. War is the mother of all crises and, as Rahm Emmanuel memorably—and rightly—said, […]

A Response to Rich Lowry’s “Conservative” Defense of Abraham Lincoln II

posted by Jack Kerwick

In the latest issue of National Review, Rich Lowry promotes his latest book on Abraham Lincoln while blasting away at those of our 16th president’s contemporary critics on the political right—those to whom he derisively refers as “Lincoln haters.” And […]

The Creed: The Worldview of the Contemporary University

posted by Jack Kerwick

On June 6, Richard Cravatts’ article, “No Free Speech for Exposers of Campus Anti-Semitism” was published at Front Page Magazine. Cravatts relays the challenges of Tammi Rossman-Benjamin.  The latter is “a lecturer at UC [University of California] Santa Cruz and […]

A (Brief) Response to Rich Lowry’s “Conservative” Defense of Abraham Lincoln

posted by Jack Kerwick

The latest in Lincoln polemics comes courtesy of Rich Lowry, editor of National Review.  In the latest issue of the latter, Lowry both promotes his new work and takes aim at those of our 16th president’s detractors that are to […]

IRS Scandals? The IRS Is the Scandal

posted by Jack Kerwick

It is now well known that the Internal Revenue Service discriminated against conservative and Tea Party groups—i.e. the enemies of Barack Obama and his party. The IRS’s abuse of power is being treated as a “scandal.” But it is not […]

Megyn Kelly Meltdown

posted by Jack Kerwick

On May 30, Lou Dobbs had a panel discussion with Fox News colleagues Doug Schoen, Juan Williams, and Erick Erickson over a Pew Research Center study showing that women are now the primary or sole wage earners in 40% of […]

Amnesty versus the Truth

posted by Jack Kerwick

For all sorts of reasons, the “comprehensive immigration reform”—i.e. amnesty—on behalf of which Marco Rubio and a whole lot of other Republicans in Washington and “the conservative” media have been advocating from the time of Barack Obama’s reelection is a […]

Barack H. Obama: Closet Totalitarian

posted by Jack Kerwick

Of all of the closet-totalitarians on the left, there is none greater than President Barack Hussein Obama. A couple of centuries ago, Goethe said: “Tell me with whom thou art found, and I will tell thee who thou art.”  Over […]

Blackism: Barack Obama’s Ideology of Choice

posted by Jack Kerwick

As multiple scandals besiege his administration, President Obama made time to address the students of Morehouse College, a “historically black” institution of higher learning.   According to Front Page Magazine’s Daniel Greenfield, Obama is simply resorting to the race card, the […]

“Conservative” Talk Radio and Amnesty

posted by Jack Kerwick

Radio talk show host Mike Gallagher is the latest “conservative” media personality to endorse amnesty.  Since he revealed his Road to Damascus conversion on this topic a few days ago, Gallagher has been skewered by one-time fans. Perhaps they should […]

Amnesty Debunked: A Response to Michael Medved

posted by Jack Kerwick

In the May 21st edition of Investor’s Business Daily self-avowed “conservative” talk radio host Michael Medved writes that “it’s a healthy development if people toiling in this country want to become full participants in our national life and express their willingness to […]

Obama’s Scandals and Saul Alinsky

posted by Jack Kerwick

In recent weeks, scandal after scandal has rocked Barack Obama’s administration.  His presidency might be imperiled. Or it might not be. Obama steadfastly remains an activist, a “community organizer.”  Nor has he forgotten that which he learned from the godfather […]

Politically Correct Christians vs. Sober Thought

posted by Jack Kerwick

A few weeks ago, Thomas Sowell wrote an article in which he implied that thinking—serious thinking—is an activity whose time has come and gone. If ever we needed proof of this, the Reverend Elizabeth Mollard supplies us with it in […]

Neither Marco Rubio Nor His Amnesty Plan are Conservative

posted by Jack Kerwick

Not so long ago, such conservative movement notables as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and many of their colleagues were singing the praises of Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  The latter, we have been told, is a rock-ribbed conservative and GOP star […]

Clear Thinking and Good Citizenship

posted by Jack Kerwick

Thomas Sowell recently wrote an article in which he suggested that “thinking” is an activity whose time has come and gone.  Yet if he is right—and I believe that he is—then it isn’t only the intellectual virtue of analytical rigor […]

If Thinking is Obsolete, So is Virtue

posted by Jack Kerwick

In one of his more recent columns—“Is Thinking Obsolete?”—Thomas Sowell takes note of the intellectual laziness that appears to have consumed our culture. “It is always amazing,” he writes, “how many serious issues are not discussed seriously, but instead simply […]

Byron York’s Belated Discovery: GOP Does Not Have an Hispanic Problem

posted by Jack Kerwick

Even had Republicans won the much coveted Hispanic vote in November, Mitt Romney still would have lost. Thus declares Byron York while writing in the Washington Examiner last week. Using a New York Times’ calculator devised by Nate Silver, York […]

What’s Terrorism? Who’s a Terrorist? II: Response to Critics

posted by Jack Kerwick

Recently, I wrote an article on “terrorism” that was rejected by a publication that typically accepts my submissions. In my piece, I make two points. First, in spite of the confidence with which everyone presumes to know its nature, there […]

What is Terrorism? Who is a Terrorist?

posted by Jack Kerwick

The word “terrorism” is not all that easy to define. Yet we wouldn’t know this given the wild indiscriminateness with which it’s applied.  The following five scenarios supply us with examples of this. (1)Those Muslims on the battlefields of such […]

Question to Stephen Hawking: Why is there Something Rather than Nothing?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Last week, world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking addressed legions of enthusiastic students and others at Caltech.  According to reports, the gist of his speech was that “general relativity” and “quantum theory” can enable us to account for the origins of the […]

Lindsay Graham v the Tsarnaev Brothers: Who is the Bigger Threat to Our Liberty?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Immediately upon Boston bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s capture, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham was demanding that the suspect’s Miranda Rights be waived.  The bomber, Graham contended, must be treated as an “enemy combatant.” He tweeted that the “The Law of War” permits […]

Stephen Hawking: A “Beautiful” Mind, if not a Philosophical One

posted by Jack Kerwick

There can be no question that Stephen Hawking is a brilliant scientist. But he is a lousy philosopher, and an even worse theologian. If ever it was in question, Hawking’s speech at Caltech last week established beyond doubt that the […]

Killing John Wayne: Why the Left Wanted for the Boston Bomber to be White

posted by Jack Kerwick

The alleged culprits behind the Boston Marathon bombing have been found.  Yet all along, leftist have wanted for nothing other than for it to be revealed that white men are responsible for the attack. Only the self-delusional and the deceptive, […]

The Bane-stream Media, Second Amendment Denial, and Knife-Control

posted by Jack Kerwick

On Tuesday, April 9th, a man with a knife went on a rampage at Lone Star College near Houston, Texas. Fourteen people were stabbed. On Wednesday, April 10th, USA Today covered the attack, reassuring readers that knife attacks like these […]

Revisiting Conservative Principles: A Look at Russell Kirk

posted by Jack Kerwick

The name of “Russell Kirk” is heard seldom, if ever, in conservative circles today.  This is tragic, and maybe even a bit scandalous, for as William F. Buckley—a person whose name is well known—once said, it “is inconceivable even to […]

The Academic, The Journalist, and Free Speech

posted by Jack Kerwick

No one waxes more indignantly over perceived infringements of their freedom of speech than media personalities and academics. My thesis: Media figures and academics, taken as media figures and academics, may not have a right to speak as they do […]

Faux Conservatives, the Script, and the Death of the Conservative Movement

posted by Jack Kerwick

The conservative movement is dying, if it isn’t already dead.  But neither “the left” nor some rightist doctrine is the culprit.  Rather, the movement is reaching the point of extinction because those of whom it is comprised, and its spokespersons […]

The Real Reason Why O’Reilly’s “Bible Thumping” Remarks Matter

posted by Jack Kerwick

Last week, while speaking with fellow Fox personality Megyn Kelly, Bill O’Reilly catapulted himself into the center of controversy when he asserted that the opponents of “gay marriage” do nothing but “thump the Bible.”  O’Reilly said that “the compelling argument […]

Why Easter is the Holiest Day of the Year

posted by Jack Kerwick

Easter is upon us. From the time I was a child until the present day, I have always been amazed by how differently Americans generally and Christians particularly respond to Easter and Christmas.  Christmas is impossible to avoid. Regardless of […]

The Significance and Political Significance of Easter

posted by Jack Kerwick

By now, there are few people who are not familiar with talk of the “War on Christmas.”  The hyperbolic nature of this nomenclature aside, it springs from the observation of two undeniable facts: first, there is a sustained, concerted effort […]

Logic and Liberty: The Real Significance of “Same Sex Marriage”

posted by Jack Kerwick

So-called “same sex marriage” is the issue of the week.  The Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling on its constitutionality in the month of June. My prediction: “same-sex marriage” will soon become the law of the land. My […]

A Review of TNT’s “Dallas”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Dallas began in 1978, when I was six years-old. The earliest memory I have of the show dates back to when the world became consumed with the question: Who shot J.R.?  The first episode that I can recall having watched […]

Godly Love Means Hatred of Evil–Including No Justice (Social Justice)

posted by Jack Kerwick

There is hardly a week that passes when Christian pastors and ministers from across denominations don’t use their time at the pulpit to admonish their flocks to love as Christ loved. As the Christian world prepares itself for the Passion […]

Richard Dawkins and the Amateur Philosopher Syndrome (APS)

posted by Jack Kerwick

Richard Dawkins is a scientist who is apparently either extraordinarily bored with his discipline, or hopelessly oblivious to its limits. From his tireless defenses of atheism to his recent tweet on abortion, Dawkins, you see, spends very little time, it […]

You Might Be A Neocon If…

posted by Jack Kerwick

The bulk of what passes for “the right” these days consists of, not conservatives, and certainly not libertarians, but neoconservatives.  In varying degrees, virtually every mainstream politician, journalist, and commentator deemed to be on the right is a neoconservative.  In […]

Amateur Philosopher Syndrome (APS): A Look at Richard Dawkins’ Tweet on Abortion

posted by Jack Kerwick

Over the weekend, biologist Richard Dawkins made news when he tweeted that “any fetus is less human than an adult pig.” Dawkins’ latest remark on the abortion issue nicely illustrates what I will call the Amateur Philosopher Syndrome (APS).  Though […]

The Logic of Marriage ( Or The Illogic of “Gay Marriage”)

posted by Jack Kerwick

In response to Ohio Senator Rob Portman’s recent reversal on “gay marriage,” House Speaker John Boehner said that, unlike his fellow partisan, he could never envision himself changing his mind on this topic.  “Listen,” he told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s […]

The Future of Bloomberg’s America

posted by Jack Kerwick

Fortunately, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suffered an embarrassing defeat this week when a judge ruled that his now infamous “soda ban” failed to pass legal muster. Yet the Mayor, far from being disheartened, dug his feet in further […]

The Pope and the Injustice of Social Justice

posted by Jack Kerwick

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is now Pope Francis.  This son of Italians who emigrated to Argentine became all of the rage on Wednesday when he was elected Pope.  To be sure, for as ardently as its enemies wish its demise, […]

McCain, Graham, War, and Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

Rand Paul remains the talk of the town, and deservedly so.  However, more talk should be centering on his colleagues and critics in the Senate, John McCain and Lindsey Graham.   Recall, the Arizonan senator and former presidential candidate, quoting a […]

Rand Paul and GOP “Messaging”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Rand Paul’s nearly 13 hour filibuster on the Senate floor last week was a stroke of political genius that still has not yet been fully appreciated. Those who compose the base of the GOP lost much of their morale during […]

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Thoughts on Trump and His Critics
At the moment, Donald Trump, deservedly, is all of the rage for remarks he made regarding Mexican immigrants to the United States: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people that have lots of ...

posted 11:43:13am Jul. 10, 2015 | read full post »

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