Thoughts on a Graduation Weekend

“We have a world bursting with new ideas, new plans, and new hopes.  The world was never so young as it is today, so impatient of old and crusty things.”  So wrote Walter Lippmann in 1912.  Of course, the world seemed young because Lippmann...

American Political Praxis

What words best describe present-day Washington politics?  The commonplace answer, endlessly repeated by politicians themselves and media observers alike, is this:  dysfunction, gridlock, partisanship, and incivility.  Yet here’s a far more...

God and Country

The splendid university where I’ve been privileged to spend the past semester proudly proclaims its commitment to “God, Country, Notre Dame” and means what it says.  If not identical, God’s purposes and America’s purposes are at least compa...

After Romney: Republican Soul-Searching

These remarks were delivered before the Notre Dame College Republicans at a panel devoted to discussing the future of the Republican Party.  As an independent, I am not especially interested in the fortunes of either party. I am interested ...