Friday, June 24, 2016
I do not mind disagreeing with a fellow conservative when he happens to be local columnist Erick Erickson. Erickson has become the self-appointed arbiter of the limits of “respectable” conservatism. Anyone transcending beyond those limits is to be ostracized, as has happened with his attacks on Donald Trump (photo, below). But Trump happens to be the man chosen by GOP voters in the primaries, including Hispanics, to lead the Party at the convention — despite Erickson! I disagree with Trump on numerous issues; most prominently is the fact he has severely fractured the Republican Party, violating Reagan’s axiom of not attacking fellow Republicans. But Trump has also done some good, like breaching the monolithic wall of political correctness and reigniting freedom of speech — necessary activities for the cause of liberty.
Trump very unfairly has been likened to Hitler and accused of being a fascist by other liberal journalists, but as Dr. David Stolinsky, a Jewish scholar, has pointed out: “Trump is not a Nazi nor anti-Semitic. Two of his children are married to Jews, and one converted to Judaism.” As for fascism, Dr. Stolinsky further writes: “If fascism comes to America,...
Monday, June 20, 2016
I find it helpful to look back occasionally at our progress in the culture war waged by organized medicine against gun owners. The players change and language evolves, generally in an attempt to mask the gun-grabbers’ true intentions. But one force for gun control has remained constant. The American Medical Association (AMA) still wants to ban gun ownership by regular citizens, although it will still vigorously deny it, even as it moves toward its goal.
Even today, the public still views the AMA as a solidly conservative and unified professional association of America’s doctors in all 50 states. This perception is still strong years after the AMA morphed in the 1990s from that generally accurate description into an oligarchic, self-sustaining, entrenched management-operated liberal activist group. Coincident with that transformation has been a steady decline in membership. In the 1950s 75% of doctors were AMA members. As of 2011 membership had hemorrhaged to only about 15% of practicing doctors.
There’s every reason to suspect the dramatic shift in AMA’s mission can be traced to its becoming independently wealthy and no...