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Great America

A Second Wave of Stupidity

The coronavirus panic was starting to ebb after the successful state reopenings of May and enthusiastic public protests of June. Rather than acknowledging this good news story, the same lunatics are clamoring to tighten the screws again.

irst we were warned about an exponential increase. Cases were doubling and tripling in as many days. Soon millions would be sick and dying. Then we were warned of rising deaths, even though many of these deaths had other causes. We were told to flatten the curve. We needed to stay home. We should not […]

Great America

Swamp Within A Swamp

Local politicians see the government of the District of Columbia, with its bloated bureaucracy and annual multi-billion-dollar federal payment, as their own fiefdom-cum-business. Now only statehood, accompanied by the likely demand for reparations, will do.

ost U.S. license plates feature some sort of tourism hype, like “Sportsman’s Paradise” or “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” In Washington, D.C., the plates say: “End Taxation Without Representation.” That’s supposed to make tourists, slowly trickling back into the city, feel sorry for the poor unrepresented citizens who live here. It shouldn’t. D.C. license plates […]

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COVID-19 Did Not ‘Cure Pneumonia’

It is imperative to rebuke what is clearly misleading, no matter how much it reinforces our preexisting opinions.

hen it comes to memes, “COVID-19 Cured Pneumonia” is a good one. Its obvious implausibility immediately directs the reader to consider the underlying allegation, which is that pneumonia deaths are being deliberately understated in order for the Centers for Disease Control to reclassify them as COVID-19 deaths, thus fanning public panic. When there’s a meme, […]

Elections

Barr Is Right to Flag Mail-In Voting as Risky

America and the world should have confidence in the integrity of our federal election processes.

ecently, American Greatness very graciously brought my campaign for Congress to national attention. Last week I was the apparent winner in the primary election for the Republican nomination for United States Congress for the 19th District of New York—the region of the Catskills and the Hudson River valley below Albany. It is a beautiful area […]

Elections

An Industry of Untruth

The brand of all cultural revolutions is untruth about the past and present in order to control the future. Why we have this happening to our country is the only mystery left.

he current revolution is based on a series of lies, misrepresentations, and distortions, whose weight will soon sink it. Viral confusion Unfortunately few in authority have been more wrong, and yet more self-righteously wrong, than the esteemed Dr. Anthony Fauci. Given his long service as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

Greatness Agenda

Playing the Russia Card

Yes, tensions with Russia are ongoing. Russia does bad things. But when it comes to threats to America, China must be our overwhelming focus. And playing the Russia card would shake them to their core.

merica was at a historic crossroads in 1971. The war in Vietnam increasingly was seen as unwinnable, while triggering ongoing unrest in cities and college campuses across the nation. The economy was challenged with rising inflation and rising trade deficits. In August 1971, the British ambassador turned up at the Treasury Department to request that […]

Weekend Long Read

This essay is adapted from “Disloyal Opposition: How the #NeverTrump Right Tried—and Failed—to Take Down the President” by Julie Kelly (Encounter Books, 240 pages, $25.99)

Weapons of Mass Collusion

For two years, as Robert Mueller tried and failed to find evidence of a criminal conspiracy, NeverTrump Republicans tended to the right flank of the Trump-Russia collusion front. But their role in pushing the hoax went much deeper.

“The Clinton campaign got a bunch of dirty cops to frame and spy on their opponent, the Trump campaign. After Trump won, they rolled this dirty tricks operation, this spying campaign, into a coup.” —Lee Smith, author of The Plot Against the President  he biggest scandal in American political history started with NeverTrump conservatives. Desperate […]

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If You Build It, We Will Trash It

It’s a bit rich for the “free enterprise” crowd’s first response to a surge toward a Twitter alternative to be so publicly negative, nasty, dismissive, and crude.

witter’s decision to ban the viral Trump meme creator Carpe Donktum from its platform last week precipitated an unexpected development in the normally stagnant, crippled marketplace of Big Tech: a departure. Thousands of users, sick of Twitter regulating content to suit its political bias, started setting up accounts on a social media platform called Parler. The platform […]

Elections

Trump Calls Out the New Confederate and Tory Mobs

The president, not the mobs, marches with King demanding that “promissory note” of the Declaration of Independence. They both affirm America’s founding document that “American freedom exists for American greatness.”

efore the Mount Rushmore giants, President Trump became the voice of reason, justice, and unity, of Martin Luther King, and of patriotic Americans against today’s Confederates—the rioters of 2020—and today’s Tories, the mainstream media and their elite academic masters. Trump reaffirmed the revolution of 1776 against the oldest as well as the contemporary enemies of […]

First Principles

The Cancellation of David Starkey

Say one wrong word in the year 2020, and you may be next.

n 2020, you can destroy your whole life with a single word. On Thursday, David Starkey, the distinguished 75-year-old historian who is familiar to many TV viewers because of his frequent appearance on TV discussion programs, panel shows, and documentaries about the British monarchy (especially the Tudors) and Magna Carta, was interviewed online for 53 […]

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Cancel Culture vs. Mount Rushmore

It seems clear that those hellbent on undermining America have little or no knowledge or appreciation of the past.

was glad to see the Democratic Party this week quickly delete its tweet about the great fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore in honor of Independence Day. The reprehensible tweet called the nation’s birthday party “a rally glorifying white supremacy.” Political passions have become so hot of late that some will not even set aside the hatreds […]

US President Donald Trump arrives for the Independence Day events at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)
Elections

A Magnificent Speech

Looking back on the 2020 election, historians will say the Mt. Rushmore speech was the moment that Donald Trump won reelection.

onald Trump did not mention Lincoln’s First Inaugural address in his speech commemorating the spirit of American Independence at Mount Rushmore on Friday night. But the president’s speech—perhaps his most forceful and eloquent to date—vibrated with the same energy and existential commitment that fired Lincoln in March 1861.  Lincoln came to office at a time […]

Lincoln's Address at the Dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, November 19, 1863, lithograph published in Chicago by the Sherwood Lithograph Co., 1905, 41.2 x 50 cm.
First Principles

The Apple of Gold and Frame of Silver

America’s 16th president on how the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution fit together.

ll this is not the result of accident. It has a philosophical cause. Without the Constitution and the Union, we could not have attained the result; but even these, are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something back of these, entwining itself more closely about the human heart. That something, is the principle […]

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Adapted from United States of Socialism, by Dinesh D’Souza (All Points Books, 304 pages, $29.99)

The Virtue of Enterprise

What Donald Trump could teach Karl Marx.

erhaps the strongest force propelling socialism in the United States is the moral anxiety about capitalism. Capitalism, we know, is efficient. But the Left insists it is grossly unjust. Partly this is because capitalism creates inequality, but the underlying claim is that capitalism doesn’t allocate rewards in proportion with what people contribute. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reflected […]

First Principles

‘Liberation’ and the Dismantling of Liberty

The only way “liberation” may be pursued is through the systematic dismantling of liberty as it was understood at the founding of this nation 244 years ago this weekend.

he original idea of liberty in America was fairly narrow. “Liberty” referred simply to the state of affairs enabled by a limited government that protected the natural rights of its citizens. In fulfilling that commitment, citizens were enabled to pursue ends conducive to their own happiness and flourishing.  But as government steadily expanded, so too […]

Books & Culture

The Way of Richard Brookhiser

Honor, decency, gratitude, and integrity; from these values do statues take shape. From these values do men build monuments and memorials.

f the Jews made Jerusalem famous, the Protestants made the New Jerusalem of America a light unto the nations. By Protestants, I mean the founders of our civil religion; the architects of many mansions on behalf of laws, language, culture, institutions, literature, history, and tradition. More specifically, I mean the way of those men who […]

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The Time Has Come to ARM

The case for an American Revolution Movement for Self-Defense.

ast week in St. Louis, an angry mob trespassed on the property of Mark and Patricia McCloskey and threatened harm to the couple. “I was a person scared for my life who was protecting my wife, my home, my hearth, my livelihood,” McCloskey told reporters, describing his state of mind as he brandished an AR-15 […]

Podcast

The Chris Buskirk Show: Episode 30—Talking with Oliver Bateman

oing the work,” “being there for it,” what “we’re reading,” these are the religiously charged phrases of woke neoliberalism. Oliver Bateman joins The Chris Buskirk Show to discuss what it means for the middle class when PMCs are “doing the work.” Spoiler alert: it doesn’t mean anything good. Listen to “Doing the Work: Talking with […]

News

New York Protesters March to Wealthy Hamptons, Bloomberg’s Mansion

Protesters descended on the wealthy Hamptons Wednesday to highlight the nation’s rising income inequality. “More than 100 drivers drove around the community in Long Island and about 200 marchers, some wielding plastic pitchforks, paid a visit to the homes of some of the world’s wealthiest people, including ex-New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg,” the New […]

News

San Francisco Police to End Practice of Publicly Releasing Mugshots

The San Francisco Police Department announced Wednesday that it will no longer be releasing criminals’ mugshots to the public, ostensibly in order to combat “racial bias,” as reported by CNN. Police Chief Bill Scott made the announcement in a letter to the entire police department, where he said that releasing such mugshots could “contribute to […]