Author: Carl C. Curtis

Should a Muslim Be President? Carson, Krauthammer, and the Constitution

Ben Carson’s suspicion of a hypothetical Muslim presidential candidate did no harm to the Constitution as written. Certainly the Founders understood that the preservation of the American order might require prudential—that is to say, practical and political—consideration of who is fit for office as extraordinary times dictate.

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Message to Congress — Quit When Your Time Is Up!

A little scrutiny of the senator’s record might reveal a tendency—just to take some current examples—to champion big expenditures for military bases in his home state even as he pleads helplessness in challenging government funding of Planned Parenthood or enforcing the laws on illegal immigration. All in all, it’s a pattern that’s too familiar.

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Audacity Defined as “Rude Confidence”

That said, the general idea of the “audacity of hope” was that in an age —pre-2008, you understand — of desperate cynicism, we needed a gargantuan dose of optimism, even chutzpah, to find the silver lining around the darkest of modern clouds, chiefly those hovering above the United States. The only man with the requisite skills for the task was Mr. Audacity-of-Hope-and-Change himself.

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