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Great Reads 6/21/17

A daily roundup of great reads from around the web as selected by our editors. —Ben Boychuk— Our friend Scott W. Johnson of PowerLine fame has an infuriating essay at City Journal describing his unlikely participation in the ongoing lawsuits against President Trump’s travel moratorium. Johnson was among a gaggle of right-leaning journalists and bloggers […]

America • Americanism • Defense of the West • Democrats • Deterrence • Donald Trump • Foreign Policy • Obama • Political Parties • Trump White House

Trump is No Obama

Josef Joffe’s article in last Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, “How Trump is Like Obama” castigates President Trump and former President Obama equally for the decline of the United States as a global leader. True to the headline, Joffe places Obama’s eight years in office alongside Trump’s five months (along with the things he’s said over […]

2016 Election • Administrative State • America • Center for American Greatness • Congress • Deep State • Democrats • Donald Trump • Political Parties • Republicans • self-government • separation of powers • The Constitution • The Courts • The Leviathian State • Trump White House

Mueller’s Empire: Legions of Lawyers, Bottomless Budget, Limitless Jurisdiction

So I’ve been wondering: Why on earth does a prosecutor, brought in to investigate a case in which there is no apparent crime, need a staff of 14 lawyers? Or, I should say, “14 lawyers and counting.” According to the press spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller—yeah, he’s got a press spokesman, too—there are “several […]

2016 Election • Administrative State • America • American Conservatism • Congress • Conservatives • Deep State • Democrats • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda • Israel • Republicans • self-government • The Resistance (Snicker)

A Movement of A People: Trumpism as the New Exodus

Exodus. It is 1,500 B.C. It is a hot day east of Memphis at the edge of the waters. With the Egyptian army at their backs and the sea in front of them, certain of the Hebrews hesitate. “Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that […]

Donald Trump • First Amendment • Free Speech • Greatness Agenda • Identity Politics • Immigration • Middle East • Obama • Religion and Society • Religion of Peace • self-government • Terrorism • Trump White House

Feds Act as Muscle for Mosques

The U.S. Department of Justice is acting as the muscle of local mosques and riding roughshod over the zoning laws of local cities and towns in the process. Whether it be 60 foot minarets that violate height ordinances, insufficient parking for the size of the facilities, or crowds gathered until 3:30am in quiet residential neighborhoods, […]

2016 Election • Administrative State • America • Center for American Greatness • Congress • Deep State • Donald Trump • Russia • The Leviathian State • The Media • Trump White House

Robert Mueller Needs to Answer Some Crucial Questions—If Only Republicans Would Ask Them

Editor’s Note:  The following is a memo crafted by the author as it ought to be written to Special Counsel, Robert Mueller from the two Judiciary Committee chairmen in Congress.   If only . . . From: Charles Grassley – Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee & Bob Goodlatte – Chairman, House Judiciary Committee To: Robert Mueller – Special Counsel, Department of Justice […]

Administrative State • America • Congress • Deep State • Democrats • Donald Trump • History • Law and Order • Republicans • The Constitution • The Leviathian State • Uncategorized

The General Warrant and the Politics of Personal Destruction

At her press conference following last week’s assassination attempt on Representative Steve Scalise and other Republican members of Congress, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated: “Somewhere in the 90s, Republicans decided on a politics of personal destruction as they went after the Clintons, and that is the provenance of it, and that is what has continued.” […]

Administrative State • America • Congress • Democrats • Donald Trump • Economy • Greatness Agenda • Political Parties • taxes

Prove Naysayers Wrong, Get Tax Reform Moving Now

Here’s some potentially bad news: According to the June 2017 National Association for Business Economists’ (NABE) report, a survey of professional business forecasters, the Trump administration’s plans to overhaul the federal tax system isn’t likely to happen until 2018. If true, it would be a serious mistake on the part of the administration and Congress. […]

America • Cultural Marxism • Defense of the West • Education • The Culture

Campus Chaos, and How to Fix It

This year will go down as the year of the Great Academic Meltdown. At campuses from  Yale and  Middlebury to Evergreen State and Berkeley, violence has shut down the free exchange of ideas and at times the very possibility of rational discussion. How is this possible, and what can be done about it? How did […]

Administrative State • America • Center for American Greatness • Congress • Cultural Marxism • Donald Trump • Greatness Agenda • The Left • The Leviathian State • The Media • The Resistance (Snicker) • Trump White House • Uncategorized

Trump’s Way Out of the Progressive Labyrinth

In every single week of the Trump presidency, the investigators and attorneys of FBI Director James Comey or, subsequently, of special counsel Robert Mueller, have leaked information that President Donald Trump was under investigation for either colluding with the Russians or obstructing justice—allegations so far without any substantiating evidence. In the case of Comey, we […]

2016 Election • America • Congress • Cultural Marxism • Deep State • Political Parties • Republicans • The Culture • The Resistance (Snicker)

Democrat Violence was Predictable

The attempted mass murder of several Republican members of Congress by a lone Bernie Sanders Democrat was the foreseeable fruit of the “Resist!” movement. I know: I predicted it. Barring a change of approach on the anti-Trump side, more such extremism is likely. Anomalous response to President Trump has been the Democrats’ strategy since election […]

The Culture

To Dad for Father’s Day

Benjamin Michael Boychuk, Jr., father of American Greatness Managing Editor Ben Boychuk, died in the early morning hours of June 6, due to complications of a subdural hematoma he suffered in March. He leaves behind a wife of 58 years, his son, two grandchildren, and a host of family and friends who loved and respected […]

America • Center for American Greatness • Congress • Defense of the West • Donald Trump • Foreign Policy • Greatness Agenda • Middle East • Obama • Political Parties • September 11 • Technology • Terrorism • The ME Agenda • Trump White House

Victory in Afghanistan is Still Possible

“When Americans suffer casualties, they run away from battle,” the high-ranking Taliban commander, Seif Galali, famously told an Al Jazeera interviewer in 2009, after U.S. forces withdrew from the Nuristan Province, due to fierce Taliban resistance. Around that time, Marine Corps platoon leader Lieutenant Jake Kerr, would recount to the legendary military writer (who is […]

Administrative State • America • Americanism • Cultural Marxism • Deep State • Defense of the West • Religion and Society • Religion of Peace • self-government • The Constitution • The Courts • The Culture • The Leviathian State

The Department of Justice is Privileging Mosques

The Department of Justice has become an advocate for the establishment of mosques in America. It is as if there were some congressional affirmative action mandate. The DOJ’s own statistics reveal a sharp escalation in intervention efforts on behalf of Islamic complainants, mostly involving mosque disputes with local zoning authorities.  Alarmingly, these interventions reveal a […]

America • Big Media • Congress • Democrats • Silicon Valley • The Culture • The Left • The Media • The Resistance (Snicker)

James Hodgkinson, the Left, and Degrees of Moral Responsibility

In response to a recent article of mine on James Hodgkinson—the Bernie Sanders supporter and despiser of all things Republican who attempted to assassinate Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14—a reader who self-identified as being “as far right as it gets” accused me of going “UNDER the gutter” for implicating the Democrats and […]

America • Baseball • Center for American Greatness • Congress • Donald Trump • History • Identity Politics • Terrorism • The Culture • The Resistance (Snicker) • Uncategorized

When Words Kill

As every young American is taught (or used to be taught) the Constitution’s First Amendment protects free speech. “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” We can say whatever we want. And that’s as it should be. Societies constraining the freedom of speech have invariably slid by degrees from […]

2016 Election • America • Deep State • Democrats • Donald Trump • Intelligence Community • Russia • Trump White House

The Shadows of Comey’s Testimony

As all the world knows, last Thursday former FBI Director James Comey gave sworn testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Part of Comey’s testimony was an opening statement providing summaries of five exchanges he had had with President Trump between January and mid-April, which Comey conveyed in writing to the committee the day before the […]

2016 Election • America • Americanism • Cultural Marxism • The Culture • The Left • The Resistance (Snicker)

To My Old Friend Who Abandoned Me Over Politics

Dear X, You and I had a sweet friendship: we raised children and discussed husbands together; we traded perennials and casseroles in times of need; we visited one another in funeral homes, hospitals and churches; we met one another’s families; we babysat and cleaned and laughed and cried together. I was the reason you homeschooled; […]

America • Poetry • The Culture

Fie on Godwin!

Progressives, it’s time for a tough talk. (Been delayed a long time now, you guys.) We’re afraid you’ve become, what you call us – Yes, it’s hard to conclude otherwise. “All those who oppose us are Nazis!”, Chant your self-righteous thugs, in the street. Look down towards your toes, for a moment: The jackboots are […]

2016 Election • America • Americanism • Center for American Greatness • Congress • Cultural Marxism • Deep State • Democrats • Donald Trump • Law and Order • Obama • Second Amendment • The Culture • The Left • The Resistance (Snicker)

The Cold Civil War Just Got Warmer

The Republicans want to kill poor people; they want to throw grandma off a cliff; Republicans want dirty water and polluted air; Republicans want to deprive little schoolchildren of lunches; Republicans want to send your kids to war; Republicans are greedy, no-good, swindling weasels who prey on the weak and downtrodden. That’s the popular narrative […]