The Pence Rule and its Discontents

As if the Washington swamp—crawling as it does with an enormous number of statutes, acts, regulations, directives, and the like—needed more of the same, we now have the “Pence Rule,” named for Vice President Mike Pence who let it be known that he “never eats alone with a woman other than his wife.”  This revelation

By | 2017-04-11T18:48:29+00:00 April 7th, 2017|

Whose Privilege Is it Anyway?

  Progressives love to celebrate America’s increasing diversity. Sounds nice, but if you stop to think about that for a moment, what they’re celebrating is the declining white portion of the U.S. population.  The headline of an opinion in Newsweek awhile back is typical: "America's Getting Less White, and That Will Save It.” "Good!" says the subtext.

By | 2017-04-08T16:28:16+00:00 April 6th, 2017|

Politicizing and Misunderstanding the Opioid Crisis

The nation’s opioid crisis is real and it is serious. As Christopher Caldwell recently pointed out, “those who call the word ‘carnage’ an irresponsible exaggeration are wrong.” And so, too, are those playing politics with the crisis. Even beyond the politicization—or, perhaps, because of it—there is still a great deal of misunderstanding as to what

By | 2017-04-07T19:13:24+00:00 April 5th, 2017|

Whose News is “Fake News” Anyway?

As competing “narratives” (the current preferred term for attempts at understanding what is happening in our national affairs) vie for public acceptance, we are forced to wonder whether conventional ways of making sense of political things are no longer adequate. We are in the midst of a serious quarrel about what the “news” is

By | 2017-04-06T23:43:48+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

What is the “Alt” Left?

Much has been written about the “Alt[alternative]-Right” It is attacked as a sort of updated paleo-conservatism—or anti-orthodox conservatism that promotes white identity, often dressed up with hip culture to appeal to younger right-wingers. Yet no one seriously believes that a supposed Alt-Right is a widespread phenomenon, much less that it drives the Republican Party or

By | 2017-04-11T18:45:49+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|

Let My People Go: Removing the Shackles of Academic Jim Crow

On Wednesday March 29, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, gave a thoughtful speech before the Brookings Institution. The speech was a substantive development in a week otherwise dominated by the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration, which—as it happens—is turning into an investigation of Democrat spying. In her speech DeVos’s noted that, “parents know

By | 2017-04-03T06:52:59+00:00 March 31st, 2017|

Christophobia and Islamophobia

A Christian man in Egypt is beaten by Muslims. “Islamophobia” is a real problem. Or so we’re led to believe by the usual suspects in the grievance industry par excellence, the Racism-Industrial-Complex (RIC). It’s a problem because, it is tirelessly declared, “Islamophobia” is only going to create more Islamic “extremists.” An article from

By | 2017-04-03T15:02:29+00:00 March 31st, 2017|

Constitutional Buffoonery from the Federal District Courts

The temporary nationwide injunctions placed on President Trump’s most recent executive order, issued March 6 (“Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”) by two federal district courts are the latest skirmishes in progressive liberalism’s war against the idea of the sovereign nation-state and the exclusive citizenship that attaches to “separate and

By | 2017-04-03T05:45:59+00:00 March 27th, 2017|

Americanism vs. Marxism-Lennonism

I have a friend who is a retired public school teacher. She is very likeable and in some areas an independent thinker. One day in conversation she brought up the terrible poverty and near-anarchy that prevails just on the other side of America’s southern border. It quickly became clear that she believed America was at

By | 2017-04-03T05:31:05+00:00 March 25th, 2017|