Why Chicago Is Sinking Fast

Last week I was one of a dozen panelists brought together at an event in Chicago to answer the question, “What should we expect from public education and what can families do to help their local schools achieve that promise?” I expected a lively conversation about the goals of public education and how

By | 2017-05-28T22:05:26+00:00 May 24th, 2017|

How the Comey Affair Will Be a Decisive Victory for the President

If played correctly, the psychotic explosion of the Democrats and their allies in the jackal press over the Comey dismissal and his alleged memo can become a decisive victory for the president. The Mueller nomination, a hybrid arrangement that will be a supplementary investigation with the FBI, will push the question into a

By | 2017-05-27T17:49:33+00:00 May 24th, 2017|

When All Else Fails, Claim Plagiarism

Sunday afternoon, Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie, and Nathan McDermott released their latest hit piece on a Trump Administration nominee. If their names are not familiar to you, they should be as they were the “reporters” who asserted that Monica Crowley plagiarized significant portions of her Ph.D. dissertation. In their latest piece, they assert

By | 2017-05-26T21:25:04+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

Tales of a Coup: What Trump Can Learn from Gorbachev

The president was widely seen as incompetent, naïve, hostile to the professional experts in the bureaucracy, if not an outright traitor, paid off by the nation’s ancient enemies. The traditional political establishment, the intelligence services, and the career federal police were proven patriots and experts, who saw a tragedy unfolding before their eyes.

By | 2017-05-26T18:12:57+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

The Tyranny of Small Things

I recently spent an hour-and-a-half standing outside a Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles office, waiting for the privilege of paying $72 to renew my driver’s license. I stood outside because there was no room to stand inside: the small offices were entirely occupied by the rest of the line and two—only two—employees. With

By | 2017-05-25T20:51:01+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|

Partisans in Nonpartisan Clothing: The Media and Trump

Conservative columnist Victor Lasky opened his excellent 1977 book, “It Didn’t Start With Watergate,” by observing Watergate can be considered a media event. For without its demonstrated hostility to Nixon particularly, and right-of-center Republicans generally, Watergate would not have been blown up into hysterical proportions. The fact is that Democratic scandals of comparable,

By | 2017-05-24T21:20:35+00:00 May 20th, 2017|

The Delusional Press for Power of the Anti-Trump Crowd

Over the last few years, I have several times had occasion to cite Charles Mackay’s 19th-century classic Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. The title by itself captures something essential about our situation. But the particulars of the stories Mackay tells form an engaging collage of social history quite apart from

By | 2017-05-24T20:25:17+00:00 May 19th, 2017|

Combating the Power of Media Lies

In the last few days two supposed revelations  have shaken Donald Trump’s Presidency. The first, the May 15 Washington Post claim that in a meeting with Russian officials the previous week, President Trump “revealed to them highly classified information.” The Posts’ anonymous sources, went on to assert that “Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical

By | 2017-05-24T18:12:13+00:00 May 19th, 2017|

The Nightmares and the Realities of Never Trump

Rarely in the last half-century have so many elite conservatives and intellectuals been so estranged both from a Republican administration and from those who voted for it—neither have they become so animated in their antipathy and disgust for a sitting president. During the 2016 election, and the current Trump presidency, there have appeared

By | 2017-05-23T20:30:14+00:00 May 17th, 2017|