History is Back!

Not since Teddy Roosevelt occupied the Oval Office have students of history featured so prominently in the U.S. government as they do today. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster holds a Ph.D. in history and is the author of the highly acclaimed Vietnam War history, Dereliction of Duty. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has

By | 2017-07-26T14:54:18+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

Great Again

Everyone who follows American affairs should understand that the country is now in what amounts to a second, but non-violent civil war. There are still serious commentators who sagely counsel a return to bipartisanship, “reaching across the aisle,” as if anything of the kind were remotely possible. The Democrats and some of the

By | 2017-07-26T13:39:37+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

Polls Don’t Tell the Tale—Trump’s Support is Deep. Here’s Why…

As a conservative Republican, I harbored concerns when I voted last November for Donald Trump to be my president. I knew that I had to vote for him, given the unacceptable alternative of an incompetent liar who had placed me in a basket of “Deplorables”; had destroyed 33,000 emails that she covertly maintained

By | 2017-07-26T14:44:01+00:00 July 25th, 2017|

What’s Next With Iran?

I’ve spent a long time arguing against the executive agreement that the Obama Administration inked with Iran in 2015. One of the earliest points of agreement that I had with President Donald Trump was over his consistent, forceful, criticism of that deal as “the worst deal” in history. Recently, however, I’ve become dismayed

By | 2017-07-26T13:37:42+00:00 July 24th, 2017|

Repealing Obamacare Could Spur Much-Needed Bipartisanship

Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate,” President Trump tweeted last week. “Dems will join in!” Much as so many Americans like to denigrate the president's freewheeling Twitter commentary, in this case I believe he is on to something.

By | 2017-07-26T12:50:02+00:00 July 24th, 2017|

Restoring the Republic Means Reimposing ‘Regular Order’

The Republican congressional leadership’s failure to repeal Obamacare has led to suggestions that, perhaps, they should have approached their task through “regular order.” Since Congress has not operated under “regular order” at all since 2006, and with decreasing frequency in the decades before that, younger readers, especially, may be excused for not knowing

By | 2017-07-26T12:47:45+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|

‘Boca Constrictor’ Has House Ethics Committee Tied in Knots

Generally, conservatives believe congressional Democrats do nothing constructive; thus, conservatives prefer congressional Democrats do nothing at all. The rationale is that, as it regards the fate of our free republic, the Left’s idle hands will do less damage in the Devil’s workshop than their active hands will do in Congress, however similar the

By | 2017-07-26T13:36:02+00:00 July 21st, 2017|

Make Rhetoric Great Again

At the university where I teach rhetoric, an organization called the Center for Public Deliberation promotes events where students, faculty and other citizens can discuss issues that are relevant to American democratic life. Among the goals listed on the Center’s website are decreasing political polarization, creating safe spaces for dialogue between “co-creating agents

By | 2017-07-25T13:50:57+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

Bourbon Doesn’t Matter (and Other Hard Truths About Trade)

President Trump promised to put America first when it comes to foreign trade. Most conservatives think this is a good thing: why should we let Japan manipulate its currency with impunity? Why does the U.S. government allow China to dump below-cost goods into the American market, killing local industries? These concerns are reasonable.

By | 2017-07-24T20:05:12+00:00 July 19th, 2017|