GREATNESS AGENDA

2016 Election • Greatness Agenda

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 […]

2016 Election • America • Declaration of Independence • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda • The Constitution • Trump White House

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. […]

America • American Conservatism • Conservatives • Greatness Agenda

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 […]

Defense of the West • Foreign Policy • Government Reform • Greatness Agenda • Trump White House

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 […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Conservatives • Defense of the West • Greatness Agenda • political philosophy

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 […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Conservatives • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda • The Constitution • The Left • The Media • Trump White House

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, […]

America • Defense of the West • Foreign Policy • Greatness Agenda • Obama • Religion of Peace • Terrorism

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 […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Book Reviews • Conservatives • Cultural Marxism • Defense of the West • Greatness Agenda • political philosophy • The Culture • Trump White House

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 […]

American Conservatism • China • Conservatives • Donald Trump • Foreign Policy • Great Reads • Greatness Agenda • Immigration • Trump White House

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 […]

America • Drugs • Greatness Agenda

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 […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Greatness Agenda • The Editors

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. […]

America • Cultural Marxism • Defense of the West • Foreign Policy • Greatness Agenda • Terrorism • The Culture

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 […]

American Conservatism • Conservatives • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda

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 […]

2016 Election • America • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda

How to Advance the Greatness Agenda — A Post-Election Symposium

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential contest of 2016, there are far too many postmortems seeking to explain the question, “How did this happen?” Though many of us at American Greatness were pleasantly surprised by the extent of Trump’s victory, we always understood how it would come, if it came. So […]

2016 Election • America • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda • Trump White House

Reflections on Post-Trumpening Narcissism

President-Elect Trump’s new era quickly spawned many written reflections and memes focused on forgotten Americans tired of being told what to do. The long foretold “monster vote” arose, and, by the thinnest of margins, told the forces of globalism to halt their advance. Yet Trump’s opponents seem unwilling or unable to learn from their loss, […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Conservatives • Democrats • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda • Hillary Clinton • The Culture • Trade • Uncategorized

A Time for Choosing

Last month I threw away nearly all my old National Review magazines. Watching the decline of a publication once home to a conservative intellectual elite has been sad to watch, and it has darkened many friendships. But the times called for clarity and for distinctions to be made. Although we may long for reconciliation, that […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Conservatives • Defense of the West • Democrats • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda • Immigration • The Culture • The Left • The Leviathian State • Uncategorized

The Bankruptcy of Conservative Intellectuals

Writing—no matter how many times you say the same thing, no matter how often—inevitably entails being misunderstood. In general, the causes are, first, obscurity from the writer and, second, ignorance, sloppiness, laziness, or willfulness in the reader. I like to think my writing is reasonably clear, but I leave that to others to judge. In […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Donald Trump • Foreign Policy • GOPe • Greatness Agenda • Immigration • Republicans

The Art of Conservatism’s Deal

Donald Trump is either a day away from being the next president, or from being the most consequential nominee for the Republican Party brand since Barry Goldwater. Either way, his achievement is stupendous. Trump has braved the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune to a degree not seen since Ronald Reagan, and maybe not even then. […]

2016 Election • America • Conservatives • GOPe • Greatness Agenda • Republicans

The GOP’s ‘Ungrateful Bastard’ Caucus

Donald Trump looks poised on the threshold of victory. After over a year of struggle, the Republican nominee has finally found his footing just as Clinton seems to have lost hers. At a time like this, when it looks obvious that putting a Republican in the White House might not be a lost cause—at least […]

2016 Election • American Conservatism • Defense of the West • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda

A Fool’s Errand: The Case for Trump and the Vindication of the Republic

I’ve never felt so flattered to be called a fool. Nathan Pinkoski—a doctoral student at Oxford whom I don’t know and had never heard of until this weekend—has penned an extraordinary account of my recent writings. He seems easily to have understood concepts that have bewildered so many others. This is doubtless owing in part […]