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Decius Out of the Darkness: A Q&A with Michael Anton

The Huffington Post on Thursday published a story by foreign affairs reporter Jessica Schulberg highlighting the work of Michael Anton, also known as Publius Decius Mus. Headlined “Trump Aide Derided Islam, Immigration And Diversity, Embraced An Anti-Semitic Past,” Schulberg’s story examines Anton’s older writings and make some shocking claims about his view of the world, […]

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Trump and that Nuisance of a Judge

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 order that clarification is necessary. Critics of President Trump will have to swallow this: constitutionally and […]

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Containing Congressional Cowardice

In 2006, George W. Bush faced the ultimate test of his presidency: whether to surge in Iraq or lose the war—all in the midst of a contentious midterm election. At the very least, Bush might have expected that the GOP would have stood united with him on the precipice of its electoral crucible. But, of […]

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Farewell Decius and Safe Landing

Regular readers of American Greatness know that among the names on our masthead is Publius Decius Mus. “Decius,” as he is generally known around here, has been a contributing editor at AG and has worked with us since we conceived the idea, early last spring, of reviving a place for sharing the kinds of arguments he and his compatriots […]

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Making Mexico Pay For the Wall

During the late presidential election, Donald Trump vowed that he would build a wall along the U.S. and Mexican border. And, in typical Trump fashion, he insisted Mexico would pay for it. The establishment intelligentsia balked at the very idea. Mexican leaders laughed at the mere mention of a border wall (conveniently overlooking the Mexican […]

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Applying ‘America First’ in the Middle East

President Trump’s “America First” principle is an opportunity for the United States to adopt a more productive approach to engagement with nations in the Middle East. Here are three ways the Trump Administration could get better results, without creating unnecessary new problems, thus allowing the president to stay focused on his vital domestic agenda. 2003 […]

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John Piper’s Unmanly Contempt for Politics

What is it with elite Evangelicals and their inability, or unwillingness, to understand politics? Russell Moore deemed the tens of millions of Evangelicals who supported Trump “racists” and people who love fame and money more than Jesus. Not to be upstaged, popular Christian theologian and author John Piper has entered the fray. On the day […]

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Jeff Giesea’s Speech at the DeploraBall

Editor’s note: The following is a transcript of the speech delivered by Jeff Giesea at the DeploraBall, a party at the National Press Club celebrating the inauguration of President Trump. Like many of you, I’m a political outsider. To me, the Republican party of Paul Ryan has always felt weak and out of touch, and […]

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Trump Defends the Constitution

Finally, a president upholds his oath and defends the Constitution against its enemies, domestic as well as foreign. Donald Trump’s inaugural address horrified his typical critics—the media, various conservative and liberal pundits, and sundry identity groups. All this signifies how far these insipid intellectuals and political hacks are from understanding the fundamentals of constitutional government. […]

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Yes, America First

  President Trump’s first inaugural address—there will be a second—was crisp and powerful. In it, he signalled the dawn of a new era in American politics. It is an era of conviction politics that recognizes the primacy of the American citizen and their just claims upon government. The speech served as notice to the politicians […]

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Foreign Aid Won’t End Under Trump—Here’s How to Make It Better

What will be the role for international development assistance and aid in the Trump Administration? Although the Trump transition team has yet to announce nominations for important development-related positions, it is possible to get a sense of Trump’s priorities here by looking at the campaign’s objectives and appointments in other areas. First, the United States […]

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The Greatness Agenda and American Greatness

American Greatness and, more generally, new means of promoting the Greatness Agenda are generating quite a bit of media attention this week.  And there is more to come in the weeks ahead. In addition to all of that, Managing Editor Ben Boychuk, joined 710KNUS host, Matt Dunn, earlier this week to discuss the rise of the Greatness […]

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The New Yorker on the “Greatness Agenda”

The January 9, 2017 edition of The New Yorker features a story titled “Intellectuals for Trump,” which highlights the work of Publius Decius Mus and American Greatness. Here’s a short excerpt: The most cogent argument for electing Donald Trump was made not by Trump, or by his campaign, but by a writer who, unlike Trump, […]

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The Israeli Settlements: Five Questions Obama Never Thought Of

If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is correct that the Obama administration initiated, stood behind, and coordinated the wording of the anti-Israel U.N. Security Council vote admonishing Israel on its settlement policy, that would be the final nail in the coffin of eight years of failed U.S. foreign policy. Indeed, with just a cursory glance […]

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The Gift of the MAGA: An AG Symposium on Great Reads for the Greatness Agenda

 Darren Beattie Martin Ford’s book, Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, is unsettling, and unsettling in just the right way for anyone who is serious about Making America Great Again. Indeed, Ford makes a convincing case that advancements in information technology,–simply put, automation–have already and will continue to have […]

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Great Reads for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Back by popular demand, “Great Reads” henceforth will appear on Tuesdays and Fridays. Forty-four days until the inauguration. Only on American Greatness: Julie Ponzi lauds Anthony Esolen’s fight against the “cult of diversity” at Providence College. Senior editor Seth Leibsohn praises Phoenix Suns Coach Earl Watson’s excellent example in the fight against drugs: “This is how coaches […]

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This is How Coaches Should Talk

As they engage in their daily duties, most heroes to our youth operate quietly, without recognition—parents and teachers, first among them. This, because almost everyone has absorbed the lesson from the ancient Greeks that the best way to teach character and virtue is to put our youth in the presence of adults of great character […]

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We’re Just Getting Started. Help Us Succeed

The election is over. The transition is underway. Barring an extraordinary turn of events between now and January 20, Donald J. Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. Mission accomplished? Crisis averted? Republic saved? No, no, and emphatically no. A single election changes nothing. We have a lot of work to do. […]

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Abdicating Moral Authority and Why it Matters

When President Obama first announced his plans to normalize relations with Cuba last year, he lectured opponents up front, as is his wont: Yes, there are those who want to turn back the clock and double down on a policy of isolation. But it’s long past time for us to realize that this approach doesn’t […]

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Trump’s Triumph Should Signal an End to ‘Checklist Conservatism’

Conservatives who supported Donald Trump for president are going to be disappointed eventually. Perhaps even pretty soon. And that’s a good thing. While liberals obsess over Trump’s alleged affronts to their cherished identity politics, conservatives are going to discover that many of the pieties they’ve held for a generation are suddenly obsolete. Liberals have invested […]