Stories written by Tom Ashcraft
Tom Ashcraft, a Charlotte native, is a lawyer and former Reagan-appointed U.S. Attorney.

Roe V. Wade: 38 Years Old And Still Alien To America

As of this month, Roe v. Wade, making abortion a constitutional right, is 38 years old and still standing. No state may enact a criminal law protecting unborn children from death through abortion without having it swatted down by federal judges under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 mandate. On the other hand, the idea and […]

January 21, 2011 | Posted in House Guests,National,Tom Ashcraft | Read More »

Revolutionaries in America: Who Will Stop Gay Marriage?

Who will stop them?  That is a question asked many times in history by defenders of religion, family, property, and tradition in the face of various fanatical revolutionaries. Despite the question, the guillotine kept snapping heads in 18th century France until the revolutionaries exhausted themselves, in part by killing each other off, leading to military […]

August 20, 2010 | Posted in Tom Ashcraft | Read More »

‘Progressive’ Economy Beats ‘Progressive’ Government Every Time

The first commercial cell phone was the Motorola DynaTAC8000x.  Introduced in 1983, it had a retail price of $3,995.  It was 10 inches high, not counting its rubber-duck antenna, and weighed almost two pounds. Today Radio Shack will sell you an LG 420G cell phone for $20.  Probably more reliable than Motorola’s original, the 420G […]

June 29, 2010 | Posted in Tom Ashcraft | Read More »

Mecklenburg County Commission: Time for Real Change

Before the 1986 election, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) was five members, all elected at large.  Candidates were sometimes concentrated from affluent areas, and incumbents seeking re-election enjoyed the normal advantages.  Nonetheless, this arrangement did allow voters to participate in selecting the entire Board or, as sometimes was the case, in “throwing the […]

May 20, 2010 | Posted in Tom Ashcraft | Read More »

Snake Oil Salesman In Chief

“Pay no attention to what he says, rather watch what he does.” This guidance about President Barack Obama has been attributed to Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer in a private speech he gave in June 2009 to the Center for the American Experiment.  A detailed summary of the speech was distributed […]

March 31, 2010 | Posted in Tom Ashcraft | Read More »

Esse Quam Videri – Old Standard for New Direction

It’s hard to imagine a better motto for any government, institution, or person than the one North Carolina has had since 1893:  esse quam videri.  From Cicero’s “On Friendship,” the phrase is translated from Latin as “to be rather than to seem.” How many elected officials in Raleigh and elsewhere live up to this standard […]

February 28, 2010 | Posted in Tom Ashcraft | Read More »

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