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Administrative State • Center for American Greatness • Congress • Conservatives • Healthcare • Obamacare • Republicans

‘Progressive’ Washington’s Obamacare Train Wreck

Here’s my problem: I’m a Bill of Rights guy in what’s become a Second Bill of Rights country. That’s why I can’t work up much of a pulse over the intramural healthcare debate among Senate Republicans. The Democrats, the party of Obamacare and the dream of socialized medicine, has for Trump-deranged reasons become the Party […]

America • Asia • Donald Trump • Economy • Environment • Foreign Policy • Trade

If You Thought the Trans-Pacific Partnership Was Bad, Get a Load of This

Donald Trump fulfilled his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the much-reviled Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his first day in office. This was a big win for his supporters, his detractors—America as a whole. The problem is that leaving TPP is meaningless as long as America remains in the Trade in Services Agreement […]

2016 Election • America • Americanism • Donald Trump • Intelligence Community • Russia • The Media • Trump White House

The Loyalty Dinner, Part I: Comey’s Conflicting Versions

Editor’s note: This is the third part of a three-part series. Read Part II here and Part III here. No secret tapes are needed to prove that President Trump never demanded a pledge of loyalty from James Comey at their January 27 dinner. All the evidence is there in Comey’s own testimony. National Review essayist David French recently […]

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Great Reads 6/26/17

A daily roundup of great reads from around the web as selected by our editors. —Ben Boychuk— You will have heard by now about the good news from the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The justices handed down important (and generally positive) rulings on President Trump’s travel moratorium and a vital religious liberty case. The justices […]

America • Economy • Government Reform • Greatness Agenda • taxes • The Constitution

Servitude-Free Zones

What percentage of lifetime earnings will you get to spend on yourself or your family? Combining federal, state and local income taxes, Social Security and Medicare, the average American pays around 30 percent right off the top of annual income, but that’s hardly the whole story: combined local and state sales taxes can add as […]

Black Lives Matter • Conservatives • Law and Order • Second Amendment

Fear-Based Policing Poses a Public Danger

It all started with a hat. “You sure remind me of Sam Hall,” said the old-timer in the lobby of the Post Office in The Plains, Virginia. “Did you know him? He was sheriff around here for 22 years. A good man. He wore hats like that.” I answered that I did not know Hall, […]

Big Media • Center for American Greatness • Conservatives • Donald Trump • The Culture • The Left

The Media Doesn’t Know Its Viewers

The news, like so many other things in life today, is a business. But unlike most businesses (where there is a philosophy that the customer is usually right), most news networks assume that their customers (viewers like you and me) are stupid and wrong. It’s been this way for quite a while. In the 1990s, […]

America • Americanism • Center for American Greatness • Conservatives • Cultural Marxism • Declaration of Independence • History • political philosophy • Religion and Society • self-government • The Constitution • The Culture

Progression—or Degeneracy? Part Three

Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series. Tocqueville’s The Old Regime and the Revolution echoes forward to our time by highlighting the continuity between France’s ancien regime and the ones that grew in France and throughout Europe after the Revolution. The book’s point is that before, and especially after the Revolution, there […]

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Great Reads Weekend Roundup 6/25/17

A roundup of great reads from this weekend.   —Ben Boychuk— We’re saturated with bad news, fake news, cheap analysis, third-rate opinions, and (snicker) “data journalism.” Hunter S. Thompson famously asked in a slightly different context, “Why bother with newspapers, if this is all they offer?” And that was in 1971, when the press was […]

America • Americanism • Immigration • Movies • Terrorism • The Culture • The Media

“Patriot’s Day” Is Not a Patriot’s Way

Please don’t misunderstand. If you haven’t already seen the movie, my intention is not to persuade you to watch it. It is not even to warn you if you do decide to watch it that you had better be on the alert for the astonishing distortions inflicted on it by political correctness. My point is […]

America • Americanism • Center for American Greatness • Cultural Marxism • Declaration of Independence • Defense of the West • Europe • History • Leo Strauss • political philosophy • Religion and Society • self-government • The Constitution • The Culture

Progression—or Degeneracy? Part Two

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series. If, as I have posited in the first of these essays, “whether the men of the American Revolution and founding thought in terms of natural law or of natural right makes the difference between courthouses engraved with the Ten Commandments, and ones whose portals bear […]

America • American Conservatism • Americanism • Center for American Greatness • Democrats • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda • Political Parties • Republicans • self-government • Trump White House

Dear GOP, Trumpism is the Way Forward

Two stories keep circling in my head: the first details how the majority of Donald Trump’s voters still support the president overwhelmingly. The second is how the Democrats keep campaigning against Trump and losing. Most recently, Jon Ossoff ran in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District special election (Tom Price and Newt Gingrich’s old seat). He ran […]

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Progression—or Degeneracy? Part One

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series. The American regime that resulted from the American Revolution differs from today’s in size, scope, and character. We do not elaborate the contrasts. Rather, we ask: Whence came these differences between the former’s constitutionally limited pursuits of modest objectives—domestic tranquility, justice, the common defense, the […]

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Great Reads 6/23/17

A daily roundup of great reads from around the web as selected by our editors. —Ben Boychuk— Health care is the story of the day and the weekend. U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) announced Friday he would oppose the Mitch McConnell-backed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The Washington Post reports Heller, “who is up for […]

Center for American Greatness • Defense of the West • Donald Trump • Foreign Policy • Greatness Agenda • Russia

Obama, Not Trump, Was Weak on Russia

When he first came into office, Barack Obama promised to reset relations with Russia. He vowed to undo the purported damage of the George W. Bush Administration to Russo-American relations by making deals with Moscow over the contested issues of NATO and European Union “double expansion.” Obama wanted to get Russia onboard for nuclear arms […]

America • Americanism • Congress • Cultural Marxism • First Amendment • Religion and Society • Religion of Peace • Terrorism • The Culture

Islamism Isn’t a Religion, It’s a Political System at War with Us

Last week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs convened a hearing on political Islam, also called “Islamism.” The committee invited four witnesses: Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, Asra Q. Nomani, Michael E. Leiter, former director of the United States National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and John Lenczowski, president of the Institute of World Politics. The hearing […]

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Great Reads 6/22/17

A daily roundup of great reads from around the web as selected by our editors. —Ben Boychuk—   The always interesting Rick Moran provides his own analysis of the Georgia special election at American Thinker: “Some people hate Trump. More people hate liberals.” After all the hemming and hawing from the media about money, “moral […]

America • Americanism • Center for American Greatness • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda • Identity Politics • Immigration • The Culture • Trump White House

Trump in Iowa: Making Immigration Great Again

Donald J. Trump rose to political fame when he identified illegal immigration as a top threat to the United States and advocated a serious crackdown. He also called for much needed reforms in America’s legal immigration policies. As the 2016 presidential election wore on, Trump promised he would not only increase mass deportations of illegals, […]

Center for American Greatness • Congress • Democrats • Russia • Satire

Leaked DNC Memo: Russia Influenced Georgia Election

Editor’s Note:  American Greatness, through an anonymous and unnamed source, has obtained this previously unpublished DNC press release explaining the outcome of the special election in Georgia.   For Immediate Release From the Democratic National Committee (DNC)  Seventeen U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed that election machines in Georgia’s 6th congressional district were hacked by unnamed agents […]

2016 Election • America • Center for American Greatness • Cultural Marxism • Democrats • Donald Trump • The Culture • The Resistance (Snicker)

Potemkin Progressivism

It often has been observed that philosophy really got going when people started thinking seriously about the distinction between appearance, on the one hand, and reality, on the other. Plato is full of meditations on this theme, from the stick that appears bent when half submerged in a bowl of water to the texture and […]