Putting the Barrett Nomination in Perspective

David Crockett October 1, 2020

The nomination of circuit court of appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has brought us once again to the silly season in American politics. To be fair, we have been in a silly season for...

An official clarification

An official clarification

David Crockett November 18, 2016

I want to clarify to the university community that the Department of POlitical Science had no role in sponsoring the lecture by Ryan Anderson on religious liberty. The Anderson talk was supported by a...

Scylla or Charybdis, for the next four years

Scylla or Charybdis, for the next four years

David Crockett November 7, 2016

As I sit at my desk writing this column, I am enduring a very unpleasant "bowel prep" for a surgical procedure I am about to undergo. As my body does all sorts of nasty and unnatural things, it strikes...

Trump and the word that shall not be uttered

Trump and the word that shall not be uttered

David Crockett April 15, 2016

I read with some amusement Nathan King's guest column two weeks ago calling for me to be "held accountable" for employing The Word That Shall Not Be Uttered. I am curious how that accountability would...

Demagogues to the left of me, demagogues to the right of me

Demagogues to the left of me, demagogues to the right of me

David Crockett March 4, 2016

I wrote most of this column on Super Tuesday, but wrapped it up after finding out the results of the various primaries and caucuses. On Tuesday voters chose just under one-fourth of the delegates who will...

Abortion and the human non-person

Abortion and the human non-person

David Crockett February 12, 2016

I appreciate Dominic Pierce's response to my previous column, raising the question of personhood and abortion. He argues that personhood is the most important question in the abortion debate. According...

Islamaphobia Response

Islamaphobia Response

David Crockett November 7, 2015

Well, better to be scorned than ignored. I need say little about Mr. Rothenbaum's column. The notion that I am making excuses for racial discrimination is risible. Advocating that certain perspectives...

What I learned on my summer vacation

David Crockett September 14, 2015

My typical bent is toward the political. It's what I teach and study, and I enjoy it, so the topic frequently takes center stage in my columns. It can be very frustrating, then, to take an entire summer...

Good luck and choose now to end well

David Crockett May 4, 2015

I'm using my last column of the year to summarize remarks I made to the December graduates. In that address I suggested that it was not too early for students to think about how their biographies will...

The generational change in politics

David Crockett April 25, 2014

I had a minor mid-life crisis in class a few weeks ago. We were talking about the criteria for removal from office of a chief executive, and the example of Bill Clinton's impeachment came up. One student...

Hobby Lobby and the fight to protect religious freedom

David Crockett March 28, 2014

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in cases involving Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties Corporation. Both companies are owned by Christian families who object to the Patient Protection...

I’ve Got Those Ted Nugent Blues

David Crockett February 28, 2014

In case you didn't know, Tuesday is primary day in Texas. For the uninitiated, that's the day Texas Democrats and Republicans vote to choose their candidates for the general election this November. That's...

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