Articles by Angelo Codevilla

Democracy’s Logic Demands a Nomination and a Vote

ominating to fill the Supreme Court vacancy now, but deferring confirmation until after the election—especially if the nominee were to be subjected to hearings in the meantime—would further advertise the Republican Party’s unseriousness and likely contribute to President Trump’s defeat in November. Highly qualified nominees would be reluctant to lend themselves to such a fraught […]

Fauci Is a Deep State Fraud

 knew for sure that Anthony Fauci is a fraud after listening to him for about 10 seconds—as anyone who listens carefully would have known as well. President Trump had been charging the Chinese government with obscurancy and deception in its handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Fauci had dealt intimately with the Chinese on that […]

Language, Freedom, And Law

he U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week in Bostock imposes on Americans a rule of greater import than any ever asserted by any government. Its adoption into law of a meaning of the word “sex” that is at war with that of the dictionary, of biology, and of common use, and enlists the U.S. legal […]

Trump Still Seems to Be Forgetting Politics 101

s Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced plans this week to let restaurants and other businesses reopen, President Trump told a national TV audience that he “strongly disagreed,” and as ordinary folks around the country were being vilified and arrested for protesting mayors’ and governors’ orders to stay indoors, the president remained silent. On April 7, […]

Reason, Emergencies, and Self-Government

s panic over the COVID-19 virus has gripped the country, the alarm has made it possible for many government officials to advance agendas that portend permanent accretions of power to themselves and diminution of others’ freedoms. There is nothing new about claims that ordinary people must surrender their goods and freedoms in exchange for salvation […]

Is the President Forgetting Politics 101?

n times of confusion, it is best to focus on fundamentals. What follows is an invitation to do so. Americans elected Donald Trump—his negatives notwithstanding—because they disliked what the ruling class had been doing to the country, because they distrusted its pretense of wisdom, and because he promised to rule by a sense that defies […]

Doctors, Doctored Numbers, and Democracy

he New York Times on Tuesday reported: “The numbers the health officials showed President Trump were overwhelming. With the peak of the coronavirus pandemic still weeks away, he was told, hundreds of thousands of Americans could face death if the country reopened too soon.” These numbers, many millions of infections, hundreds of thousands of deaths, […]

Fear Makes Power

on’t panic is rotten advice,” Peggy Noonan advised in her column in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal. A stream of similar opinions in the New York Times and from CNN, reminded me of Machiavelli’s historical observation that “whoever controls the people’s fears becomes master of their souls.” The formula for achieving such mastery has not […]

For Whom the New Rules?

When Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December 9 report did not challenge the claim by the FBI (and the CIA) that its surveillance and investigation of all things Trump were properly “premised”; when it failed to address the illegality of officials’ trafficking to the media information from said surveillance; when it downgraded the FBI’s […]

What About the FISA Court?

The Justice Department’s inspector general has concluded that, although officials of the FBI, the Justice Department, and the CIA made copious “mistakes” in their four requests to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency, those officials did nothing that warrants punishment. They mostly followed procedures and, after all, the […]