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The Death of an American Political Prisoner

The Death of an American Political Prisoner

  . By Thomas L. Knapp Irwin Schiff spent much of his later life in prison. He died in prison on October 16, blind and suffering from lung cancer, having been denied “compassionate release” to die at home with his family. So, who was this Schiff fellow? A mass murderer? Perhaps a serial rapist? Well, […]

Socialism: National Review Should Talk

Socialism: National Review Should Talk

  . By Thomas L. Knapp Sometimes partisan reactions to political event prove more informational than the events themselves. The first Democratic presidential debate was a yawner. We learned little that we didn’t already know about the five participating candidates. But we learned something important from conservative columnist Jim Geraghty of National Review: “America Now […]

Five Years is Five Years Too Long: Free Julian Assange!

Five Years is Five Years Too Long: Free Julian Assange!

. . By Thomas L. Knapp The Associated Press reports that “British police have removed the officers standing watch over Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, but say they will still do their best to arrest the WikiLeaks founder who has been holed up there since June 2012.” Arrest? Really? Assange has already […]

Score One for Fiorina: A Clarion Call to Budgeting Sanity

Score One for Fiorina: A Clarion Call to Budgeting Sanity

. . By Thomas L. Knapp In every presidential election cycle, candidates find themselves called upon to present plans for balancing the federal budget. And, for the most part, their plans call for doing so — in the sweet bye and bye. Never next year, seldom even next decade. The plan is for the current […]

War Party’s New Line: Vladimir Putin is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

War Party’s New Line: Vladimir Putin is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

. , By Thomas L. Knapp Remember the good old days? The US and the Soviet Union constantly staring each other down? Mutual Assured Destruction? Perpetual brushfire and proxy wars punctuated by deadly and disastrous conflicts like Korea and Vietnam? They’re baaaaaaack … America’s War Party (a faction that sprawls across Democratic and Republican affiliation […]

Presidential Politics: They’re All Conservatives

Presidential Politics: They’re All Conservatives

  , . By Thomas L. Knapp As reliably as seconds ticking by on an expensive wristwatch, Republican presidential candidates loudly and vehemently identify themselves as “conservatives.” We’re used to hearing politicians lie, but these politicians are telling the truth for once. They ARE all conservatives. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, on the other […]

About That Other “Special Relationship”

About That Other “Special Relationship”

    By Thomas L. Knapp When it comes to entangling alliances, the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel tends to take center stage. Interposing one’s self between a herd of American politicians and an opportunity to appease Benjamin Netanyahu is a good way to get trampled to death. Lately, though, US relations […]

Can the President Ignore the Supreme Court?

Can the President Ignore the Supreme Court?

  by Thomas L. Knapp Ben Carson is the longest of long shots in the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination contest. A distinguished neurosurgeon, Carson captured the hearts of many conservatives with his comments at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, in which he positioned himself as pretty much the exact opposite of US president Barack […]

“Hysteria” or Not, the Iran Deal Will Happen

“Hysteria” or Not, the Iran Deal Will Happen

    By Thomas L. Knapp “There’s a lot of hysteria about this deal [with Iran over nuclear research],” US Secretary of State John Kerry told Israeli TV’s Channel 10 on May 3. “People really need to look at the facts, look at the science of what is behind those facts.” So let’s look at […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Secrecy Plus “Fast Track” Does Not Equal Free Trade

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Secrecy Plus “Fast Track” Does Not Equal Free Trade

    By Thomas L. Knapp US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wants president Barack Obama to declassify details of an upcoming “free trade agreement,” the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Obama’s response incorporates two mutually exclusive claims: First, that the deal isn’t secret and that Warren’s just tub-thumping to rouse her progressive base; second, that okay, yes, parts […]