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Charles J. Reid, Jr.
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Charles J. Reid, Jr., has degrees in canon law and civil law from the Catholic University of America; and a Ph.D. in medieval history from Cornell University. He was raised in a union household in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Milwaukee with degrees in classical languages and history.

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GOP Establishment Field Scrambled: What Happens Next?

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 4:06 PM

The New Hampshire Republican debate of February 6 likely accomplished something that few debates manage: It has probably shifted the dynamic of the GOP primary contest.

There are, at this moment, three lanes to the GOP nomination. There is the lane occupied by Donald Trump. Let's call it the populist/nativist...

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Does Ted Cruz Have a Path to the GOP Nomination?

(20) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 10:38 PM

I have been following Ted Cruz' political career closely ever since he orchestrated the government shutdown in the fall of 2013. His theatrical efforts were calculated to secure the support of bedrock conservatives for a future presidential bid. Yes, his ambitions were transparent even then. I condemned him at the...

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Michael Bloomberg for President?

(11) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 6:43 PM

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg must know that this is his last rodeo. If he does not run for President in 2016, the year in which he turns 74, there will be no opportunity for him in four years. News reports suggest that he is giving serious thought...

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Bernie Sanders and the New American Social Contract

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 4:52 PM

The United States once enjoyed a governing policy focused and framed by a strong conception of the common good. From the 1930's to the close of the 1960's, there existed a bipartisan consensus that supported the proposition that American prosperity depended crucially on a government that ensured the prerequisites for...

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Predicting the GOP Presidential Primary

(7) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 4:10 PM

Ten weeks -- ten weeks from today puts us in mid-March. And by the time we reach mid-March, we shall have a good sense of the outcome of the GOP presidential primary. Predictions are always a hazardous undertaking yet their allure may be irresistible. So, here is my best judgment...

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Forecasting the Big Trends of 2016: Politics Edition

(14) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 2:02 PM

Most election cycles occur within well-understood parameters. Indeed, these parameters are so generally accepted by the experts that they assume the character of revealed truth. And so they appear to be, until their foundations are shifted and we are suddenly confronted by new arrangements.

When I look forward to 2016,...

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GOP Establishment Candidates: The State Of the Field

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 4:19 PM

As we enter the final week of 2015, it is fair to say that the Republican Party Establishment is in crisis. The crisis has many causes. The Establishment's favored issues -- large tax breaks for the wealthy, the further deregulation of the American economy, the privatization of vital public services...

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Stand Against Religious and Ethnic Hatred, Stand Against Trump

(11) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 9:57 PM

There is no longer any doubt that Donald Trump has crossed the bridge from right-wing demagogue to the leader of an American fascist movement. And it is time for all Americans to reject the toxic brew of religious and ethnic hatred he is selling.

His statement of December 7, 2015,...

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Will Chris Christie Be the Next to Rise?

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 4:08 PM

As the GOP contest unfolds, it is becoming increasingly clear that the party is divided into three parts. There is the insurgent, insurrectionist right, personified by Donald Trump. He is a demagogue. His pledge to rely on mass deportations as his response to undocumented immigration is hideous and inhumane. His...

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Philosophical Divisions Emerge

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:27 PM

One of these days it will happen, Donald Trump will chew the head off of a bat and Ben Carson will reattach it.

I am joking of course. The Republican debate of November 10 represents an important turning point in this season's campaign trajectory. For it was on Tuesday night...

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Ross Douthat and the Meaning of History

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 7:11 PM

In a series of columns and blog entries at the New York Times website and in his recent Erasmus lecture, Ross Douthat has written of his desire to defend the Catholic Church from what he genuinely fears to be a papacy introducing unwarranted novelties into doctrine and practice. Although Douthat...

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Anti-Governmentalism: The Third Republican Debate

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 4:29 PM

"Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer and heart disease." Cure these chronic illnesses, Governor Mike Huckabee informed his audience at the third Republican debate, held October 28, 2015, and "we" can solve our issues with Medicare.

What a missed opportunity for leadership! In presidential campaigns from an older, more confident era, the candidate...

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Seriously. Is the GOP Establishment Failing?

(131) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 6:17 PM

This is an important question. Indeed, the dominant news story of the 2015/2016 election cylcle might well prove to be the steady implosion of the Republican Party establishment.

At the risk of painting with a very broad brush, we should begin by defining the difference between establishment and insurgent Republicans....

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Was the Pope Played?

(12) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 3:36 PM

The news that Pope Francis met with Kim Davis raises a series of questions that must be answered urgently. Let's begin with trying to understand what happened. And so we should ask: Did Pope Francis know who Kim Davis is? Was he aware of the consequences that were sure to...

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How Will Pope Francis Change America?

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 4:34 PM

When Pope John Paul II visited Poland in June, 1979, he set in motion a chain of events that altered the direction of world affairs. His visit emboldened the non-violent resistance to the Soviet presence in Poland. A mere decade later, the Cold War was over, as people throughout Eastern...

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The Night the GOP Establishment Lost

(219) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 5:22 PM

There was a loser in CNN's Republican debate held on September 16 and that loser was the Republican establishment. Jeb Bush entered the race last summer as the hundred-million-dollar man. His campaign was -- and remains -- heavily supported by the nation's financial elites. It helps, after all, to be...

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No Refuge in Scripture or In Law: Why Kim Davis Must Do Her Job, Resign, or Remain In Jail

(55) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 1:56 PM

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, claims to be a Christian. I shall take her at her word. And taking her at her word, I believe that her position lacks both biblical and constitutional merit. She should either do her...

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What Pope Francis Must Say to Donald Trump

(6) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 7:15 PM

There is a rising tide of nativism washing over the United States at this particular moment. We have seen such waves recurrently in our history. In the 1840s, it was the Know-Nothings, who hated Catholics and opposed Irish immigration and were even responsible for riots and other acts of violence.

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Big Money In Politics: Republican Debate Edition

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Donald Trump was the center of attention in Thursday evening's (August 6) Republican debate, and he was everything one expected him to be. He was crude, he was sexist, he was condescending and insulting -- not just to the American public, but to other nations and allies. He even picked...

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큰 동물 사냥이 그토록 혐오스러운 이유

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 7:06 PM

*허핑턴포스트US의 블로거이자, 세인트 토마스 대학의 법학교수인 'Charles J. Reid, Jr'의 글을 번역한 것입니다.

이 사진들은 슬프고 그로테스크하다. 미국인 치과 의사와 가이드가 사자 세실의 시체 위에서 씩 웃고 있다. 우리의 동정심은 곧바로 사냥의 피해자인 사자에게 향한다. 세계의 멋진 동물들을 죽여 혐오감을 불러일으킨 미국인은 세실을 죽인 치과 의사 월터 파머가 처음이...

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