Honor the Fallen

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. The holiday that grew out of a Civil War veterans organization’s commitment to honor their fallen comrades. Initially called “Decoration Day,” Union veterans picked May 30 to place flowers on the graves of soldiers in a somber ceremony. This continued for over a century until Congress declared Memorial Day an official holiday to take place on the last Monday of May.

Like many holidays, Memorial Day has lost some of its meaning to the general public. It is widely regarded as the unofficial start to summer, with greetings such as “happy Memorial Day” that are a bit incongruous with the solemnity of the occasion. This, in turn, has led to some dedicated people (often veterans) who scold those who forget the seriousness of the day.

I propose a middle ground. Enjoy your day off. Have friends over for a BBQ. Spend some time outside in the nice weather and look forward to the summer. But at some point during your long weekend, take a moment to remember the 33 Americans who, since the last Memorial Day, have sacrificed their lives for our way of life.

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Originalism Is The Only Judicial Philosophy Compatible With Democracy

With Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation, there has been a lot of talk about the judicial philosophy of originalism. One thing that struck me throughout this process has been how little originalism’s critics seem to understand it. This may be because the loudest opponents to Gorsuch were either politicians with no interest in accurately portraying the opposition, or trolls who live in the bowels of internet ignorance.

A favorite argument of these people is that an originalist judge views black Americans as 3/5 of a person. The only explanation I can come up with for this viewpoint is that they wore shock collars set to go off anytime they had a credible thought. There is simply no way anyone could speak to someone with even a passing familiarity of originalism and come away with that belief.

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Breaking: If the government stops forcing people to buy something, people will buy less of it. 

Milo is an Internet Troll, Not a Conservative

Conservatism, properly understood, is an ideology with a positive agenda. As conservatives, we are for a set of principles that lead us to value individual rights and responsibilities, humility in our government, and respect for our history and culture. But too many people define conservatives as whoever is against liberals. This is wrong.

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One year ago, a “Not My President” rally would have been called racist.