A return to the Iran Deal is probable, the question was always more of a matter of when. That became more clear this week as the U.S. allowed Iran to access frozen funds in South Korea and Japan for the purposes of debt payments, although the State Department maintains that none of those funds are allowed to be transferred back to Iran.

When the United States does return to the deal, President Biden will be faced with the same dilemma that President Obama faced: now what? Even if we grant the argument that the deal succeeds in putting Iran’s nuclear…


What is the point of civics education? This is the question at the heart of debates on whether or not Critical Race Theory should be banned from public schools.

For those in favor of bans, the point is to teach the current generation how to be good citizens. This includes instilling the virtues of patriotism in America’s youth because it is not good for people to believe that the system they are about to participate is racist and perpetuates white supremacy. …


Recently I got into a Twitter argument, and by argument I don’t mean a food fight but rather an actual point, counterpoint, with a pastor on Twitter about The Babylon Bee and the role of satire in Christian life.

Here is the original tweet:

Pastor Carter eventually got enough feedback, including from the Bee’s editor-in-chief, that he felt the need to issue this clarification:

This is very different from the original tweet. In my response to the original tweet, I refenced a book by Prof. Terry Lindvall of Virginia Wesleyan University entitled God Mocks, but the subtitle is…


Those who condemned House Republicans for sacking Liz Cheney from her position as conference chair know they are in the minority of the party, but like to portray themselves as truth-tellers. For as we all learned when we were five-years old: do the right thing even if no one else is.

In the micro-sense they are correct. Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, period. But, in the macro-sense they are not immune from the same sorts of irresponsible, hyperbolic, and false rhetoric when it comes to the state of the GOP that they accuse others of engaging in. …


The annoying thing about the past is that whatever horrible thing happened in the past happened and there is nothing you can do about. Nothing that is, except to move on and try to be better so it does not happen again. Unfortatently, House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney, does not appear to comprehend this.

As Cheney increasingly faces calls to be stripped of her leadership position, the problem is not that she is speaking truth to a party that needs to hear it or that she is attempting to get the party out of the iron-tight grip Donald Trump…


Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have written to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona asking him to remove the 1619 Project from federal grant programs.

Why? Well, according to proponents of the 1619 Project, it is because critics benefit from a lack of historical awareness:

This is, to be frank, absurd and not at all correct. To believe this would seemingly require you to believe that prior to two years ago, schools would not teach about slavery. The idea that the 1619 Project brought to light an issue nobody was talking about or learned about is just wrong.

Talking…


C.S. Lewis was not one to appreciate the common understanding of children’s literature. He once wrote, “When I was ten I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

For Lewis, there were things to learn from these stories and it would be wrong to say that children’s literature only serves to speak to children. …


California Congresswoman Maxine Waters has gotten herself into trouble again. This time Waters was commenting on the Derrick Chauvin murder trial where she said that if the jury finds him not guilty, then protesters need to “get more confrontational.” I will leave it up to other, smarter people to decide whether Waters’ remarks constitute jury intimidation, but if Waters had just kept her mouth shut then the question would not even have had to been asked.

For Waters and those she was speaking to, silence is violence. The phrase conveys that those who are silent on injustice are perpetuating by…


Over at the New York Times, Nate Cohn has a sobering piece where he argues that political sectarianism is an increasing danger to American democracy. Political sectarianism is not just that Republicans and Democrats are increasingly more ideologically polarized, but that they increasingly hate each other and view each other as not just wrong, but evil. While Cohn’s warning is not without its merits, some a more optimistic approach may not only be better for our collective well-being, but also have the added benefit of being true.

To take just one example, Cohn notes that Americans, “tell pollsters they wouldn’t…


Critics of Georgia’s new election law and other proposals like it have alleged that Republicans are making it harder to vote, because higher turnout is good for Democrats, ergo for Republicans to win they must suppress the vote. Whether this is true or not is debatable, but it would appear to be uncontroversial to say that only people who do not have confidence in their ideas would seek to have as small of an electorate as possible.

Like most things in politics though, it is not that simple. There is good high voter turnout and bad high voter turnout.

People…

Alex Christy

Writing about politics and other interesting things. Contributing Writer to NewsBusters. Member of YAF’s National Journalism Center’s Spring 2019 class.

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