Stories by John Vecchione

John Julian Vecchione, a litigator, lives with his wife and two sons in Falls Church, Virginia. Originally from New York and its suburbs he has lived inside the Beltway and been involved in conservative causes for over twenty years.  The views expressed here are solely his own, which he views as unfortunate.

You Read it First at FrumForum

January 3rd, 2012 at 6:09 pm 31 Comments

Well, however tonight turns out it appears Rick Santorum is being given his chance. I particularly liked the analogy that makes the boyish Santorum Luke Skywalker, but whether the X-Wing takes down the well-coiffed Death Star Santorum’s doggedness and convictions appear to be paying off. And for those of you who comment at FrumForum even David Brooks is now on board! Only a month later than your humble scribe.


Vaclav Havel Was a Champion of Freedom

December 18th, 2011 at 3:21 pm 9 Comments

Vaclav Havel has died. I did not spend time on his plays but read his essays avidly. He was a great hero of the free. One of the things I admired about him, as noted in this piece, is his disregard for his own crowd’s leftist pieties. He never ceased to criticize Castro and Cuba for the elimination of human rights and self-government. He also supported the removal of the tyrant Saddam Hussein.



I Don’t Think Mitt Enjoys that Drink

December 8th, 2011 at 10:11 am 16 Comments

Ok Axelrod, whatever the Mormon Mitt Romney may be, it’s not a member of a Martini Party.

Obama Can’t Bring Back the 1900′s.

December 7th, 2011 at 1:25 pm 35 Comments

Walter Russell Meade captures something about the current moment that can be overlooked to easily. Ron Paul and Barack Obama are forces for Americas that don’t and can’t exist anymore. The America where 90% of the people farm is not coming back.

But less acknowledged is that the post-war America that dominated manufacturing, doctor could spend on social programs and where most people trusted the Government and large institutions to solve problems, and had many more young people than old, is not coming back either.


Give Santorum His Chance

December 5th, 2011 at 12:00 am 59 Comments

Well the punditry has pretty much come down to determining that Republican choices are Gingrich or Romney. Here’s the big Kahuna of Conservative Commentary on that very subject.

In my quest to avoid voting for Romney I have pretty much picked through the remainders of announced candidates this year. In that piece I ruled out Perry and Huntsman and my criticisms are only more justified now. The best candidate for my money left early. In that piece I dismissed Bachman as unelectable and so she remains. I left Herman Cain before he claimed to be a man who, physician unbeknownst to his wife, paid the monthly bills of a woman he never slept with. Newt is not my guy either. Paul is obviously not for me.

But I never came back to Rick Santorum.


Great Leap Backwards

December 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 am 20 Comments

The head of a major union lauding a model where striking gets you shot?

Lord I miss George Meaney and Lane Kirkland.

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Make Schumer and Pelosi Defend Tax Deductions for the Rich

November 22nd, 2011 at 1:04 am 67 Comments

Michael Barone points out the three big tax deductions which are hard to eliminate: the charitable deduction, sale the home mortgage interest deduction, check and the state and local tax deduction.

I agree with him that elimination of the charitable deduction is wrong for Republicans. Home mortgage deductions could be eliminated for loans over $500, see 000 without eliminating middle class home ownership. (Though it would affect the building trades). But the real gold and political opportunity for Republicans is in State and local taxes.


Sanitation Returns to Zuccotti

November 15th, 2011 at 2:57 pm 58 Comments

Anarchy is not good for anyone. One of the joys of the “Occupy Wherever” movement is the swift return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings to wreak divine wrath on its most clueless transgressors.

The wrath includes the return of tuberculosis-the scourge of the 19th century; scrofula from the middle ages, and violence and mayhem from virtually anytime when order is not kept and men believed it their right to have other people’s stuff.


A Decision That Will Set Libertarians’ Hair on Fire

November 8th, 2011 at 5:36 pm 27 Comments

Judge Silberman has issued another tour de force in the extremely interesting opinions generated by Obamacare. I have noted other opinions on Obamacare’s constitutionality but this one is full of interesting tidbits.

The first and most interesting tidbit is who wrote it. The Honorable Laurence H. Silberman is no hippie.


Cain is Unqualified Even Without a Sex Scandal

November 3rd, 2011 at 3:27 pm 55 Comments

Well, view I still don’t have a candidate. Herman Cain’s not the guy. His weaknesses now outweigh his advantages. Just as I never disliked Sarah Palin and actually loved it when she was announced as the Vice Presidential pick by John McCain, cialis I have never disliked Herman Cain. But for similar reasons I have to say he ought not be President.