All posts by Mark Caleb Smith

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University.

IRS and Email “Privacy”

The patter of rain upon my window suggests Spring has arrived. The April showers signal renewal, growth, and TAXES. Yes, tax season–when accountants are sexy and when we, for at least a moment, pause to reflect on the often gross nature of our tax burden in the United States. I complain, of course, though I do “render” just as I am commanded, and I generally attempt to do so without grumbling. The IRS, however, is making news for reasons beyond… Continue Reading ››

Lady Thatcher, President Obama, and Celebrity Politics

Lady Thatcher, as extolled by Drs. Clauson, Wheeler, and Haymond, was an all too rare political phenomenon. The clip above gives us a prime example of dignity while holding an elective office. Unfortunately, as noted by Mark Steyn here, our current President seems unwilling to say “no” in any similar context. We have seen the President fill out NCAA brackets for both the Men’s and Women’s tournament, appear on The View, and even “slow jam” the news with Jimmy Fallon.… Continue Reading ››

Abortion Rights and Gosnell’s House of Horrors (cont.)

Mark Steyn, the great polemicist, is at it again, with more information on the Kermit Gosnell house of horrors that masqueraded as a clinic. I am not sure I have much to contribute to the links and descriptions. I will warn you that this is not for the particularly sensitive. As I noted in an earlier post, there are consequences for abortion rights. There are moral markers that every society lays down, and our decision to not only protect, but promote,… Continue Reading ››

The Iron Lady Leaves with no Apparent Heir

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) leaves the world a better place than the one she inherited as Prime Minister, but that fact does not diminish our need for her heir to emerge. Along with Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, the free world was blessed with a talented triumvirate possessed with a clarity of vision and a unity of purpose. They stood astride the globe and determined to lead against forces that assailed them on all sides and they emerged triumphant. While… Continue Reading ››

Bible Thumping as Public Policy

Sometimes we call it “the good book,” but for Christians, the Bible is more than a book, it is THE BOOK. The Bible is the source of truth and the foundation for our lives. We believe it carries not just wisdom, but authority. The Bible, though, is not a blueprint for every aspect of our lives, for it does not address every issue, nor does it examine every contingency. We often struggle to take the grand principles of Scripture and… Continue Reading ››

Constitutional Law Tattoos

UPDATED: Boy, we have been dealing with heavy things here at Bereans @ The Gate. How about a little levity? I am teaching Constitutional Law: Rights & Liberties this semester. Given the demanding nature of the class, a little bit of humor can go a long way. Currently, I am involved in a running joke about constitutionally themed tattoos. Here are the leading contenders for ink: I “HEART” Marbury Scalia Dissents Shocks the Conscience (with a lightning bolt?) I Failed… Continue Reading ››

Gender Neutral Housing at Yale University

One of the great fallacies of our age is the malleability of human nature. There are some constants that persist regardless of our best efforts. As the College Fix‘s Alec Torres points out in a current story, Yale University, like other leading institutions, now offers “gender neutral” housing that allows male and females to room together. Just to be clear, we are not talking about co-educational dorms or halls, but rooms. Torres argues that more than anything, this is Yale’s… Continue Reading ››

Is Marriage a “Fundamental” Right?

One of the matters lurking around the Supreme Court’s oral arguments this week is the degree to which marriage is a fundamental right. Gay marriage advocates argue that marriage’s fundamental nature demands that the state has an obligation to extend such a recognition to homosexual couples. Whenever a fundamental right is abridged, a strict scrutiny analysis is conducted and government must provide a compelling interest. If it can do so, it then has to justify that its infringement is both… Continue Reading ››

The Tyranny of Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court’s latest attempt to destroy republican government comes, this week, under the guise of equality. Gay marriage advocates find themselves before the highest Court, seeking to use the bench to achieve what has eluded them politically. To be successful, they will encourage the Court to overturn the past and empower itself at the expense of the people. Prospects for lovers of liberty through self-government appear grim. But first, a bit of background. The actual oral arguments involve Hollingsworth… Continue Reading ››