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G. Tracy Mehan III
by | May 11, 2019

Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse Timothy P. Carney (Harper, 348 pages, $27.99) How small, of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause our cure. — Samuel Johnson Donald Trump’s electoral…

by | Mar 25, 2019

In the last century, and especially the last decade, the locus of church-state or “Free Exercise” conflicts, and related Supreme Court cases, has shifted from arguments over legislative enactments to controversies surrounding administrative or agency decisions. Moreover, many of these…

by | Oct 20, 2018

H. Buckley views the 2016 presidential election as a watershed event that crystallized a new, self-conscious political and social class of Americans who were on the losing side of globalization, lax immigration policies, and a general indifference on the part of the New Class, on the Left and the Right, who make up the top 10 percent of the population, “the professionals earning more than $200,000 a year, whose toast always falls butter side up and who pass on their advantages to their children.”

by | Aug 21, 2018

Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man By Timothy Sandefur (Cato Institute, 143 pages, $14.95) Reviewed by G. Tracy Mehan, III ***** “My cause, first, midst, last, and always was and is that of the black man; not because he is black, but…

by | Mar 15, 2018

When I was growing up in the Midwest, Irish-German marriages were common, especially among Catholics. There seemed to be a general feeling that these were blessed couplings given what were perceived as complementary character traits between the two nationalities. At…

by | Sep 21, 2017

T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month…mixing Memory and desire…” But he never spent a sun-drenched, late summer’s day on Antietam Creek where poignant beauty mixes with memory and blood. The battle of Antietam, or Sharpsburg (southerners use…

by | Jan 28, 2017

On Friday our two little platoons, over one hundred parishioners strong, attended Mass, boarded the buses, and headed into the District to join several hundred thousand of our compatriots for the 44th March for Life. The annual March is a…

by | Apr 18, 2016

Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution For A Water-Starved World By Seth M. Siegel (Thomas Dunne Books, 337 pages, $27.99) My first encounter with cutting-edge Israeli technology occurred while working on Great Lakes issues in the 1990s. An irrigation district…

by | Sep 11, 2015

It was a beautiful Labor Day weekend in New York. Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art beckoned. And, thanks to an enterprising daughter, my wife and I were able to score tickets for the new…

by | Apr 21, 2015

The massive federal land holdings in the western United States continue to irritate many folks living west of the 100th Meridian. According to Holly Fretwell of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) and Montana State University, nearly half of…

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