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DanFlaherty
Milwaukee
I'm a Catholic who loves the American-Irish heritage, the city of Boston, the pre-1968 Democratic Party and I pursue my passion for sports at TheSportsNotebook.com
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After years of participating in, listening to, and reading about debates on the issue of legalized abortion, I have to admit I’ve pretty well tuned out one line of argument—the person who says their deeply opposed to abortion on a personal level, but feel there’s no place for government intervention... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
I’ve been reading a biography of Eugene McCarthy, the antiwar presidential candidate of 1968, who nearly upended President Lyndon Johnson in the Democratic Party’s New Hampshire primary, and ended up forcing LBJ from the race. McCarthy, by the standards of his time was considered a liberal—and indeed, by a lot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
In a column dated March 26, former GOP and independent presidential candidate Pat Buchanan—whom this writer made his political bones volunteering for in the campaigns of 1992-2000—has wondered what happened to the New Majority, the Republican coalition that was originally fashioned by Richard Nixon in 1968—with considerable help from Buchanan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
The passing of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher brought an era to an end. It was Thatcher, who along with Ronald Reagan and John Paul II, broke the back of Soviet Communism—the most evil ideology to have arisen in the 20th century, or at least the one with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
As of mid-December 2011, this site's regular sports commentary has been shifted to the URL, www.thesportsnotebook.com. Stop by and visit for daily analysis, commentary and historical perspective. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at The Sports Notebook
I had to roll my eyes a bit when reading The Boston Herald’s account of last night’s debate between Lynch and Congressman Ed Markey. Lynch extolled himself for standing up to a wealthy out-of-state environmentalist for trying to push him around over a stance on energy legislation. “Just because he has a billion dollars doesn’t mean he gets to push people around,” Lynch said. “I faced bullies my whole life. I won’t put up with that.” Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
If one claims to be a “progressive”, then one has to be willing to…well, progress, and the conversation on Social Security is a prime example of this. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
There are a lot of times—like most of the last decade or more—where I feel like I should just get out of politics. It reminds me a quote by Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight, when he said the game was becoming baggy shorts, three-point shots and run-and-gun, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
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We now have our first pope from the Third World, and if it wasn’t before, the economies of the developing countries is now forefront on our agenda...the Catholic Church, as never before, is going to be visibly active in bringing the economic needs of the southern hemisphere to our attention Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
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The political Right has remembered what Reagan said and wrote about the problems of big government, but forgotten that he also believed that government should be in place to help those who genuinely couldn’t take care of themselves. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
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Tomorrow I’ll be drafting for my Fantasy Baseball League and it’ll be a little different than prior years. It may be hard to believe, but yes, this topic does have political overtones. That’s because I named my team the Reaganites back in college in the late 1980s/early 1990s. When you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
If voters who are socially traditional and economically populist are going to re-take their natural home of the Democratic Party, it’s going to have to start with something even more basic than fielding candidates in primary elections. It has to start with reclaiming control of the Democratic brand name. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
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In an earlier post, I discussed my deep disappointment with Stephen Lynch, the candidate in the Massachusetts Senate Democratic primary coming up as Bay State voters choose a replacement for John Kerry. Congressman Lynch had long compiled a sound pro-life voting record and coupled with a strong labor record, as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
I support the principle that everyone should be guaranteed access to a basic health care package. On the flip side, I also oppose ObamaCare and my conflicting reasons—and their lack of support in either political party or major political ideology—represent another reason I ended seeking refuge as a conservative Democrat.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
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I’ve generally sided with the National Rifle Association over the years when it comes to gun control. Not because I own guns or hunt—I don’t on either count. Nor because I think it’s necessary to own a semi-automatic assault weapon or that such is protected by the Second Amendment—I don’t... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
The recent response of the family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno to the charges leveled against him regarding what was or wasn’t done about the sexual harassment of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is not, per se, a topic that’s associated with a blog about life... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
It used to be that the political Left was the one you could rely on for reducing for every policy proposal or cultural discussion to a simple name-call to try and squelch debate. The easy cries of “racism” over every imagined slight were the most common, and obnoxious forms of this. And while that tendency is regrettably alive and well, the past four years have seen the political Right master the same tactic—the constant and excessive use of the word “socialism Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
The reasons why I choose to identify myself as a conservative Democrat, rather than an economically moderate Republican have their roots in my positive view of organized labor. While I don’t think that every single union-management clash is a case of exploited workers against greedy bosses, I do think a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
Well, that was fast. In the post below, I articulated the reasons why I was behind the Senate campaign of Stephen Lynch in Massachusetts, as the Congressman from South Boston pursues the Democratic nomination in the special election to replace John Kerry. Now, three days later, I need to post... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
Three years after the shocking results of a special Senate election to replace the late Teddy Kennedy, the state of Massachusetts is set to do it again. As of tomorrow, John Kerry is officially out of his Senate seat and in as Secretary of State. Three years ago it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
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We’re a week out from the Super Bowl, and I’ve run into a stroke of good fortune. My brother, a long-haul trucker is going to be making a run through Nevada. As one with an interest in sports betting, but also an interest in staying on the right side of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
There’s a new study out that says that expanding tariff-less trade with China has resulted in cutting U.S. manufacturing jobs by a third. The study, coming from a highly respected trade economist and two more at the Federal Reserve is hardly the work of protectionists like me. Its results are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Conservative Democrat
It’s time for another special Senate election in Massachusetts. In January 2010, Republican Scott Brown stunned the political world when he won a special election for the late Ted Kennedy’s seat. Now it’s John Kerry who needs to be replaced, after his selection to be the next Secretary of State.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at Conservative Democrat
Is it possible to regret saying something, yet still stand behind every word? That’s what happened to me a week ago Monday. I run a sports website, and part of that is a weekly podcast. In the wake of the Newton tragedy, President Obama gave his speech to the nation... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2012 at Conservative Democrat
The presidential election of 2000 was my last great hurrah as far as active campaign involvement. While the world remembers Florida, the hanging chads and Bush v. Gore in the Supreme Court, I remember the third and final campaign of Patrick J. Buchanan. Buchanan—referred from now on as PJB—was perceived... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2012 at Conservative Democrat