Article Archive

2016 Election • America • Conservatives • Podcast

How to Think About the Future of the GOP (Part 1)

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” overlay_color=”” video_preview_image=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” padding_right=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” undefined=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding=”50 0px 50px 0px” […]

2016 Election • America • Conservatives • Podcast

Will the Trump Effect Last? Chris Buskirk on NPR Morning Edition with David Greene

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” overlay_color=”” video_preview_image=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” padding_right=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” undefined=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding=”50 0px 50px 0px” […]

2016 Election • Defense of the West • Donald Trump

Why This Orthodox Rabbi Supports Trump

I am an Orthodox rabbi. I am also an attorney and an adjunct professor of law. I clerked 20 years ago for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Boggs, one of the most brilliant minds I ever have known in any of my walks […]

2016 Election • America • Defense of the West • Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • Terrorism

The Most Under-Reported Story This Year

In this year of news and commentary saturation about the character flaws of the presidential candidates, scandals left and right, policing and race, healthcare, and almost everything else, America’s overall state of foreign policy has mostly gone unnoticed, or at least under-reported. By and large, we are told, voters usually base their vote on pocketbook […]

2016 Election • American Conservatism • Conservatives • Lincoln • Republicans

This Election Year is No Time for Gentlemen

“This is a revolution, dammit! We’re going to have to offend somebody!” — John Adams, 1776 After this election, conservatism is washed up . . . and it’s about time. The word itself was never very useful. Remember when the New York Times would refer to the most hard core Marxists in the Kremlin as “conservatives”? It was a cheap ploy, but […]

2016 Election • American Conservatism • Conservatives • Cultural Marxism • Greatness Agenda

Seven Degrees of Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg has—if my memory is correct—responded at length to my writings six times, in his National Review columns and in the Corner. And only once in direct reply to something I wrote about him (which was only to respond to something he wrote about me, when I hadn’t mentioned him). Now he’s back for […]

America • American Conservatism

What Caused the Conservative Crack Up?

  Steve Hayward has written an indispensable guide to what he calls the “conservative Black Swan event” precipitated by the candidacy of Donald Trump. Few could have done it so well.  Hayward does it right because he plays it straight. This is not an election year polemic, but an honest and educated look at the deep […]

2016 Election • Conservatives • Defense of the West • Donald Trump • GOPe • Immigration • Uncategorized

Conservatives: “We’re Doing Great! Just Ask Us”

Noah Rothman, in characteristic charitable fashion, takes on a view that he attributes only to “white nationalist[s],” “opinion writers who fancy themselves respectable sorts” (i.e., who are beneath a Commentary columnist), and people who wish for despotism. Got that? Racists, losers and fascists are the only people who question Conservatism, Inc.’s claim to rousing and […]

America • American Conservatism • Conservatives • Pro-Life

The Uses & Abuses of the Pro-Life Cause

For as long as I can remember, being pro-life has been a hygiene issue for Republican office seekers, and in particular for those seeking the presidency. In one way or another, they had to affirm that they were some brand of “pro-life,” usually with some kind of compassionate exemptions in cases of rape and incest. […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Center for American Greatness • Defense of the West • Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • Immigration • Terrorism • The Culture • The Left • The ME Agenda • Trade • Uncategorized

Make America Victorious Again

Reposted with permission from the Claremont Review of Books. At the 2016 elections our bipartisan foreign policy class is near-unanimous, not so much behind Hillary Clinton nor even against Donald Trump. Rather, it circles its wagons around its own identities, ideas, practices, and, yes, livelihoods. Clinton represents the ruling class’s people and priorities in foreign […]

2016 Election • Conservatives • Democrats • The Culture

How Hillary and Her Friends Imperil Religious Liberty

In the latest round of WikiLeaks emails, leading Democrats discuss religion in a manner that highlights the disdain that Progressive Democrats hold for traditional religious beliefs. With the subject line “Conservative Catholicism,” the exchanges between Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri, Center for American Progress senior fellow John Halpin, and former Clinton administration chief of staff […]

2016 Election • America • Conservatives • Podcast

The Consequences of Conservative Stockholm Syndrome (PODCAST)

Ideas have consequences. That’s what conservative intellectuals have been telling us for more than half a century – longer really as this is a truth that has been affirmed in both Athens and Jerusalem. But for all the lip service, conservative intellectuals don’t seem to believe it – not really. Not with the sort of […]

America • American Conservatism • Book Reviews • The Culture

America Through Shakespearean Eyes

In a recent essay for American Greatness, Decius dismantles Jeet Heer’s witless attack in The New Republic on “intellectuals for Trump.” He shows that like most Progressives, Heer has absolutely no understanding of the teachings of Leo Strauss, which currently animate both pro- and anti-Trump intellectuals. To begin with, Decius takes issue with Heer’s characterization […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Defense of the West • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda • Hillary Clinton • Immigration • Republicans • Terrorism • The Culture

Trump’s Resilience & America’s

They’ve thrown the kitchen sink at him–whether it’s the entirety of the Washington Post editorial page or the New York Times, whether it’s CNN or MSNBC, whether it’s the mainstream culture that sneers and smirks at those who support him, whether it’s his tax returns, or his “hot mic” comments of yore.  The clear cultural […]

American Conservatism • Conservatives • Defense of the West • Greatness Agenda • Lincoln

A Progressive Smear Against Pro-Trump Intellectuals

Write what you know, goes the old adage. Tom Wolfe added the exhortation—which dispiritingly few have heeded—that once you’ve written what you know but want to keep writing anyway, go do research and write about what you learn. But that’s a lot of work. Much easier just to wing it—the preferred method of 2016’s kidlet-pundits. […]

2016 Election • Conservatives • Democrats • Hillary Clinton

Hillary’s Useful Idiots

#NeverTrump have become open saboteurs. Whether because of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s have-it-both-ways disavowal of the Republican Party’s nominee, or because of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s sponsored sabotage of Trump’s ground game in Ohio, or because they are already openly and gleefully speculating what comes after Trump at the RedState gathering, the people involved in #NeverTrump […]

2016 Election • GOPe • Republicans

Conservatism Inc.’s Giddiness Affirmed

Adam White, a research fellow of the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., asked me if I could envision any circumstance that might cause me not to support Trump. I responded—like any sensible person would—that of course I could. Now he wants go through every possible action, revelation, or eventuality and have me serially affirm or […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Conservatives • Defense of the West • Donald Trump

Freedom in the Absence of Virtue

Conservatives fret rightly about the state of popular culture, education, declining civility, and the effects these things combined have on Americans’ capacity to govern themselves. As these things decline, so too does our fitness for freedom. As George Washington said in his Farewell Address: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, […]

American Conservatism • Conservatives • Democrats

Why the Will of the People Matters

Randy Barnett, who is a distinguished scholar at a prestigious university, has asked for my thoughts on democracy. I don’t know why he cares what I think, but it’s sort of flattering to be asked a momentous question by a person of his stature, so I am going to answer. His specific question is: “Does […]

2016 Election • American Conservatism • Conservatives • Republicans

The World Obama and Supplicant Republicans Have Made

In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama famously disparaged middle America at a San Francisco fundraiser, calling them bitter people who “cling” to their guns and religion.  Obama’s opponent, John McCain, did not defend these Americans. Instead, his campaign reined in the feisty Sarah Palin. In debates with the cocky community organizer McCain muttered about “bipartisanship.”  After the […]