Politics and Public Life

Marco Rubio’s Parental Leave Plan: Good for the Working Class and Good for the Nation

Last month, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) introduced the Economic Security for New Parents Act, a fiscally-responsible paid-parental-leave plan that is good not only for working-class families but for the nation as a whole. In the Rubio bill, parents of newborn babies or newly-adopted children are given the option of drawing upon Social Security to take [ Read More ]

To Anyone Who Thinks the Transgender Pronoun Debate Doesn’t Matter

During the past decade, transgender ideology has established itself firmly in society and culture. And, as its demands have been translated into public policy, it threatens not only the livelihood of public employees who don’t conform to speech codes, but also the free and democratic nature of American society. These are not idle fears. Consider [ Read More ]

What Should We Make of the Democratic Socialists of America?

A libertarian, a socialist, and a nationalist walk into a bar. I only know because they each told everyone within two minutes. That’s a joke. But jokes aside, socialism is one of several highly-energized and mobilized political movements—especially among Millennials—in the United States right now. The 2016 presidential primaries saw a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, Bernie [ Read More ]

Why Personal Character Matters for Public Office

Nearly two decades after President Bill Clinton was impeached on charges surrounding a sexual harassment lawsuit, the American people remain deeply ambivalent about whether a political leader’s personal behavior has public import. Then and now, some Americans consider a public official’s personal character irrelevant to his office. But it is a mistake to think that [ Read More ]