EDITORIAL

Grand Old Doves?

BY MAX BOOT

Clockwise from left: Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, North Korea

Opinion polls consistently show that the U.S. military is the most trusted institution in America. Republicans have benefited indirectly from that hard-won reputation because since the 1970s they have been seen as the strong, hawkish party, while Democrats have had to fight the stigma that they are weak and dovish. Republicans wouldn’t throw away that aura—one of their strongest electoral assets—just to reach a budget deal with President Obama. Or would they?

There are persistent and worrisome reports that they might. The Hill newspaper, for instance, claims that Republican budget ...

Supreme Court

Liberty Is at Stake

BY TERRY EASTLAND

Last month, a unanimous Supreme Court held that a Pennsylvania woman named Carol Bond may challenge a federal law under which she was prosecuted, on grounds that Congress had exceeded its powers and intruded upon the sovereignty and authority of the states. ...

ARTICLES

The Democrats’ Fuzzy Math

Yes, Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan would lower costs.

BY JEFFREY H. ANDERSON

Paul Ryan Picture

President Obama and the Democrats claim that the Medicare reforms proposed by Paul Ryan and the Republicans would shift the burden of health costs onto the backs of seniors. This has been the central—and essentially the only—argument the Democrats have made against the GOP plan. But the Democrats’ claim is contradicted by four decades’ worth of empirical evidence. 

Under Ryan’s proposal, the government would provide premium support to future seniors (who are now under 55) to help them purchase a private health plan of their choice. Participating insurers would have to cover all comers and couldn’t vary premiums based on health status. The poor would get additional help. The reforms are designed to facilitate competition and choice, without having government ...

Protest poster, March 2011

The Syrian Challenge

This administration never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

BY REUEL MARC GERECHT

The administration’s policy toward Syria is shaping up to be the greatest missed opportunity of Barack Obama’s presidency. His failure of vision and nerve, paired with an acute ...

A whistle stop in the East Room of the White House

The Permanent Obama Campaign

Now headquartered at the White House.

BY FRED BARNES

At Barack Obama’s White House, the presidency and the president’s reelection campaign have merged. Totally. In the past, presidents have ...

Empty Podium

Let’s Talk Education Reform

A GOP candidate’s speech.

BY CHESTER E. FINN JR. & MICHAEL J. PETRILLI

The Republican presidential field is beginning to take shape, and candidates and maybe-candidates are figuring out where they stand and what to say. Sooner or later, they will need to say something about education. May we suggest a few talking ...

Running away with the money

Not Taking Other People’s Money

Isn’t that the morally decent thing to do?

BY ARTHUR C. BROOKS

The problem with socialists, according to Margaret ...

FEATURES

The Burkean Justice

Samuel Alito’s understanding of community and tradition distinguishes him from his Supreme Court colleagues

BY ADAM J. WHITE

Samuel Alito

In the Supreme Court’s last decade, the most politically heated cases have reliably been the most closely decided. From the deadlocked Bush-Gore election, to partial-birth abortion, to Second Amendment rights, to corporate political expenditures, to Guantánamo, the Court fractured along familiar right-left lines. How strange, then, to see this year’s most emotionally charged case ending not in acrimony but near-unanimity. 

When the Supreme Court convened for oral argument in Snyder v. Phelps, judicial formalities only thinly veiled the intense bitterness smoldering among the parties and their supporters. At one table sat counsel for Albert Snyder, father of the late Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, who was ...

Huntsman Picture

The Rethinking Man’s Candidate

Meet Jon Huntsman

BY ANDREW FERGUSON

Covering political campaigns can be a dull, remorseless duty, but at least the reporters who gathered in Liberty State Park, New Jersey, on ...

Books & Arts

A Moderne Master

‘Who can unravel Ravel?’

BY GEORGE B. STAUFFER

Claude Bessy and Georges Skibine in ‘Daphnis et Chloé,’ 1959

Ravel

by Roger Nichols

Yale, 420 pp., $40

In April 1928 Maurice Ravel received a request from the ...

Simon Schama at a conference on ‘The American Future’ in Brazil, 2009

For Shame, Schama

A historian who knows better, or does he?

BY ALEC SOLOMITA

Scribble, Scribble, ...

William J. Donovan, 1941

Secret Service

The swashbuckler behind America’s clandestine agencies.

BY PAUL D. MILLER

Wild Bill ...

Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks

Larry the Fable Guy

A feel-good film leaves a feeling of queasiness.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

Larry Crowne

Soldier Picture

Korean Legends

A perverse perspective on events on the peninsula.

BY JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH

The ...

CASUAL

Exotic Climbs

Christopher Caldwell, Careful Climber

BY CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL

Man Climbing Wall

W ith the afternoon off from a conference near Lisbon, I hired a guide to take me to Sintra—stronghold of the Moorish invader 1,200 years ago, center of monastic learning in the Middle Ages, pleasure garden of Portugal’s monarchy in the 19th century, and all of it spread across an upland pine forest knit together with hiking trails. It takes a guide to make sense of it all.

Just not the guide I got. Vasco (let us call him) was an affable man with a newish Mercedes and a confidence that his grand car would make up for any shortcomings in historical knowledge, English proficiency, or exertion. 

“What are we going to see?” I asked, ...

SCRAPBOOK

The Achievements of Otto, Catch 'The Wave,' & More

Otto von Habsburg

Reading, Writing, and RuPaul

The headline in the Christian Science Monitor pretty much says it all: “Could California lead nation in teaching of gay history in schools?” On July 5, the state’s Democratic-controlled assembly passed the FAIR Education Act by a 49-25 vote. The bill would “require California public schools to acknowledge the accomplishments of gays, lesbians and transgender Americans to be included in its teaching materials,” according to Time.

Color us old-fashioned, but transgender Americans? The Scrapbook eagerly awaits the shrieks branding parents that object to this as demonic bigots, ...

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