Looking at Trump as a Turnaround Executive

The 2016 election outcome was an unexpectedly loud declaration by the American people about their dissatisfaction with the direction of the country. Further, the magnitude of the post-election polarization has ensured the historical habit of “happy talk” promoting the need for bipartisan initiatives that bring us together is absent and not going to happen. We

By | 2017-02-28T16:38:55+00:00 February 28th, 2017|

CPAC 2017: An Autopsy

President Trump at CPAC: For a few shining moments, the conference had the feel of a political movement with a future. Author’s note: I have prepared this piece in accordance with the factual standards used by CNN and Buzzfeed. Any “fake news” is thus immune from criticism. Shortly after the opening ceremonies of

By | 2017-02-27T21:24:47+00:00 February 27th, 2017|

A Partial Defense of Milo Yiannopoulos

Some thoughts on the Milo Yiannopoulos brouhaha. Of course the former Breitbart.com editor's videotaped comments, in which he seemed to condone sex with young teenage boys, are appalling. And, like many others, I found his denials and apologies to be insufficient. But I’d like to put some other things on the table to explain why I’m

By | 2017-02-24T15:28:27+00:00 February 24th, 2017|

Media Still Don’t Understand How Trump Plays Them

Did Donald Trump and his media savvy staff purposely set up CNN and the rest of the adversarial White House press corps during this week’s press conferences? And more important, are we seeing signs of the tactics Trump and Steve Bannon are planning to use against what he refers to as the “opposition party?” I

By | 2017-02-16T17:09:54+00:00 February 16th, 2017|

An Intelligent Citizen’s Guide to Modern American Liberalism

As a child I marveled at the incredible beauty on display at the Miss America Pageant. But my father cautioned me with the admonition: “Beauty is as beauty does.” Similarly, the true test of moral virtue is not opinions or passions, but actions. That old-fashioned wisdom comes to mind as the nation is convulsed by

By | 2017-02-14T19:29:19+00:00 February 14th, 2017|

Authoritarians Today Lob Lies from the Left

The reaction to Michael Anton’s elevation to the National Security Council confirms that he is a man of penetrating insight. Anton, of course, was for some time better known as “Publius Decius Mus,” writing at the Journal of American Greatness, the Claremont Review of Books, and, of course, American Greatness. In his famous piece, “The

By | 2017-02-13T23:54:56+00:00 February 13th, 2017|

The Lethal New Meaning of the Berkeley Fascist Anti-Fascist “Protests”

Here's the new bottom line: we now have a blueprint of what works for the vanguard of the Left. It was simple enough for them to figure out. And powerfully satisfying. (Or, as one organizer put it, “stunningly successful.”) No more plodding through the difficult work of making arguments. Persuasion is merely an irritating waste

By | 2017-02-09T17:01:48+00:00 February 9th, 2017|

Trump and that Nuisance of a Judge

Judge James Robart of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. By far the most controversial of President Trump’s many official actions so far is his executive order temporarily suspending entry into the United States of travelers from seven specified Muslim-majority countries. So much fake news is swirling around this

By | 2017-02-09T13:45:11+00:00 February 9th, 2017|

Americans Should Fight “Global Civics”

It should  come as no surprise that America’s colleges and universities teach their students to disdain America. It may be startling, however, to learn they actively inculcate this disdain in the name of “civics”—and that one branch of this New Civics is designed explicitly for the purpose of  disaffecting American students from loyalty to the

By | 2017-02-08T17:26:04+00:00 February 8th, 2017|