With Jimmy Fallon officially helming the "Tonight Show," many in political circles are now wondering about the political ramifications. Leno turned the show into a required campaign stop, yet Fallon has expressed his intent to keep politics off stage. With that intention comes a new reality, namely that the one late-night talk show that was always friendly to conservative public figures is gone, and has been replaced by the unknown. Many believe this a blow to conservative messaging, and thus overlook how potentially spectacular this new opportunity is.
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Jeremy Kee joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation in January of 2012, after interning with them in several capacities during the 82nd Legislative Session, and is now a seminarian at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Jeremy is a 2009 college graduate with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.
Since his election, there has been no shortage of skepticism of the teleology of capitalism and the free market expressed by Pope Francis. In an era of hyper-partisanship and staunch ideology, an era in which any questioning of an unbridled market is considered heresy and socialist sedition, Pope Francis stands at the precipice with a steady hand. Despite the charges of his critics, these papal concerns are hardly new.
“The conservative vision for America is not an Ayn Rand novel. It’s a Norman Rockwell painting, or a Frank Capra movie: a nation of ‘plain, ordinary kindness, and a little looking out for the other fellow, too.” Thus spoke Utah Senator Mike Lee before the Heritage Foundation this past spring. In a series of speeches, Senator Lee laid out a foreign view of conservatism which, though it seems at odds with the modern conservative movement, actually represents a much more traditional, and palatable worldview than the “charts and graphs” mentality so pervasive today.
Once the fog of war cleared in the U.S. Navy Yard on September 16th, facts surrounding who Aaron Alexis was and what drove his actions began to emerge. The focus shifted to the fact that Alexis was able to gain security clearance to a military installation despite his distinct history of mental disturbance. It was called a failure in security protocol. The real failure, however, lies in the fact that someone in such desperate need of help slipped through the cracks with such ease.
Four years later, the debate persists as to whether or not the U.S. economy has recovered from the Great Recession. Those who suggest we have cite the drop in the nation’s unemployment rate from 10 percent in October 2009 to 7.3 percent today and the recent record highs seen in the stock market. Being the most reported metrics, these are often championed as hallmarks of recovery. But more scrutiny is required.