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2016 Election • America • Defense of the West

Why We Should Hope for More Candidates Like Donald Trump

My final thoughts before the election were published this morning in The Washington Post and they turned to the future. We don’t yet know the outcome of this election, voting is still underway as I write. And I still fervently hope (and pray) for a Trump victory. But we do know that something changed during […]

2016 Election • America • Democrats • Donald Trump • Hillary Clinton • The Leviathian State

Making Sense of the FBI Email Distraction

FBI Director James Comey’s announcement on Sunday that the FBI has concluded its review of the emails found on the Anthony Weiner electronic devices seems reasonable. I actually had a bad cold two weeks ago and, as many of my friends know, I was off my computer and email for several days. Between my life […]

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 • Defense of the West • Donald Trump • The Left • The Leviathian State

Clarence Thomas’s Constitutional Mentor

In a recent interview with Bill Kristol and in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Justice Clarence Thomas twice mentioned his first mentors on the American Constitution—John Marini and me. We worked for Thomas back in the late 1980s, when he was chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Given Justice Thomas’s celebration of 25-years on […]

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 • American Conservatism • Donald Trump

The Magnificent Mr. Trump

On the eve of the election I want to express my gratitude to Donald Trump. The election of 2012 cast me into deepest gloom about the fate of what used to be my country. Never again did I expect a “conservative” majority to be able to win a presidential election. I recovered from it, over […]

America • Cultural Marxism • Uncategorized

Would Facebook Even Be Possible Today? Not at Extremely P.C. Harvard

If Mark Zuckerberg were a Harvard student today, developing his Facemash website (the prototype and precursor of Facebook), not only would he not have succeeded, his hearing before the Administrative Board likely would have ended in expulsion rather than Zuckerberg agreeing to take the site down. If he had been born a decade later, Hillary […]

2016 Election • America • Democrats

Why Trump is My First Republican Vote Since Reagan

The last time I voted Republican in a Presidential Election was November of 1984. I was young and naïve at the tender age of 20 and had never voted before, so to say I did not know what I was doing would be fair. At that time, I did not pay much attention to politics, […]

2016 Election • America

Sharp Elbows Are Nothing New: Revisiting the Election of 1800

Overwrought commentators warn us about the nasty, destabilizing rhetoric of this presidential campaign. Some claim that the accusations the candidates hurl at each other are a threat to the continued existence of free government. As a high school junior enrolled in AP U.S. History, and fresh off the study of the election of 1800, I […]

2016 Election • America • American Conservatism • Donald Trump • Hillary Clinton

Great Reads for Thursday, November 3, 2016

Five days until the election. Only at American Greatness: Scott Morefield argues that Donald Trump has made it possible for Americans to discuss some big cultural and political elephants in the room; Pamela Lange is hoping for a Cubs-like comeback on Election Day. Now pour yourself a short one and settle in for today’s great reads… […]

2016 Election • America • Big Media • Defense of the West • Donald Trump • Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • Uncategorized

Lies, Damned Lies, and Clinton Smears: FBI Confirms No Trump-Russia Connection

Things are not going very well for the Democratic Party’s queen-bee, Hillary Rodham Clinton. A woman many believed destined for greatness has achieved  little more than disappointment for her followers. For those of us opposed to Hillary Clinton and the Left, the recent revelations about the extent of her corruption and incompetence are wholly unsurprising. […]

2016 Election • America • Defense of the West • Democrats • Donald Trump

‘Reality’ Show: How Obnoxious Trump Paved The Way for Genuine Truth-Telling

Today’s world offers two kinds of “reality”: political reality, or the reality polite society is allowed to consider, and observable reality, or what really, truly is. If Donald Trump has accomplished anything at all, he has managed to push the Overton Window to a place where the “elephants in the room”—observable realities—can at least be […]

2016 Election • America • Baseball • Hillary Clinton • The Culture • Uncategorized

Looking for a Save in Extra Innings

Over at Ace of Spades on Wednesday I was reminded of this great scene from Field of Dreams: And they’ll walk off to the bleachers and sit in their short sleeves on a perfect afternoon. And find they have reserved seats somewhere along the baselines where they sat when they were children. And cheer their […]

2016 Election • America • The Culture

Great Reads for Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Six days (well, five-and-a-half, really) until the election. (Running a little behind today.) Only at American Greatness: Robert Curry describes the election as a choice between political correctness and common sense, while Mytheos Holt calls out the Republicans’ “Ungrateful Bastard” caucus. Pour yourself an honest drink, get comfortable, and delve into today’s great reads . . . […]

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 • America • Cultural Marxism • Free Speech

This Election Fight Comes Down to Common Sense Versus Political Correctness

Political correctness is an all-out assault on common sense, and 2016 offers us the opportunity to choose one side or the other in that war. For example, it is plain common sense that importing huge numbers of refugees from the Middle East amounts to importing trouble and, in some cases, terrorism. But, we are informed […]

2016 Election • America • Donald Trump • Hillary Clinton

Great Reads for Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Seven days until the election. Decius today responds to Nathan Pinkoski’s essay, “The Political Science of Publius Decius Mus”—only at American Greatness. Pour another cup of coffee (or glass of whiskey) and take your time. Both pieces reward slow, close reading. Also at AG today: Michael Kochin argues for “sharing the world.” And while you’re […]

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 […]

2016 Election • America • Defense of the West • Foreign Policy

America’s Interest in Sharing the World

Since 1941, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt dictated the principles of the Atlantic Charter to Winston Churchill, American elites have thought in terms of “running the world.” It is possible to argue endlessly about the successes and failures of the United States in building a liberal world order that has done well by the world and […]

2016 Election • American Conservatism • Donald Trump • Hillary Clinton

Great Reads for Monday, October 31, 2016

Eight days until the election. Carve out 30 minutes or so, pour yourself a nice, hot cup of coffee (or a tumbler of whiskey, depending on the time of day) and read today’s featured essay by Oxford’s Nathan Pinkoski on the political science of Publius Decius Mus—only at American Greatness. Pinkoski delves into the deeper arguments within “The […]