Progression—or Degeneracy? Part One

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series. The American regime that resulted from the American Revolution differs from today’s in size, scope, and character. We do not elaborate the contrasts. Rather, we ask: Whence came these differences between the former’s constitutionally limited pursuits of modest objectives—domestic tranquility, justice, the common

By | 2017-06-25T16:32:32+00:00 June 24th, 2017|

Trump is No Obama

Josef Joffe’s article in last Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, “How Trump is Like Obama” castigates President Trump and former President Obama equally for the decline of the United States as a global leader. True to the headline, Joffe places Obama’s eight years in office alongside Trump’s five months (along with the things he’s

By | 2017-06-24T21:13:26+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

Feds Act as Muscle for Mosques

The U.S. Department of Justice is acting as the muscle of local mosques and riding roughshod over the zoning laws of local cities and towns in the process. Whether it be 60 foot minarets that violate height ordinances, insufficient parking for the size of the facilities, or crowds gathered until 3:30am in quiet

By | 2017-06-23T21:14:48+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

Victory in Afghanistan is Still Possible

“When Americans suffer casualties, they run away from battle,” the high-ranking Taliban commander, Seif Galali, famously told an Al Jazeera interviewer in 2009, after U.S. forces withdrew from the Nuristan Province, due to fierce Taliban resistance. Around that time, Marine Corps platoon leader Lieutenant Jake Kerr, would recount to the legendary military writer

By | 2017-06-21T20:10:14+00:00 June 17th, 2017|

The Special Counsel: The Swamp’s Watchdog for Trump

“I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president.” That statement by James Comey had this old trial lawyer’s antennae buzzing. While being questioned about his memos-to-self by Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) at last week’s big intelligence committee hearing, the former FBI director used the term “recollection recorded”

By | 2017-06-16T22:54:54+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

Comey Testimony Is Not About Accusing the President of a Crime

It is hard to understand why this news is news at all, but ABC News reported Tuesday evening that former FBI director James Comey will not accuse President Donald Trump of obstructing an FBI investigation. Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday. Comey is a decorated former prosecutor

By | 2017-06-13T16:09:23+00:00 June 7th, 2017|

The Anatomy of a Lie

In the 2010 hit film, Inception, the lead character—portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio—explains to his protégé—played by Ellen Page, “An idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.” The story centers around DiCaprio and his team

By | 2017-06-06T02:31:32+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

How Rex Tillerson and John Kerry Exemplify the Ethos of their Respective Administrations

Another day, another spasmodic Trump-inspired fit at the Washington Post. Can a newspaper suffer from Tourette’s syndrome? NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was not pleased that Rex Tillerson rode his Harley Davidson in the annual Rolling Thunder event without prior notice to the media. Tweeting on behalf of the riled-up media, Mitchell “griped”: [email protected] announces

By | 2017-06-05T13:39:18+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Michelle Obama’s Crap Sandwich

Why was Michelle Obama so angry at Donald Trump last week? Her dander is up for the same reason her husband’s is—Trump is systematically chipping away at their “legacy.” Speaking at a health conference last week, Mrs. Obama expressed horror at Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s announcement that his department would be easing regulations

By | 2017-05-20T21:49:06+00:00 May 16th, 2017|