Ben Boychuk

About Ben Boychuk

Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness. He is a regular columnist for the Sacramento Bee, a former weekly syndicated columnist with Tribune Media, and a veteran of several publications, including Investor's Business Daily and the Claremont Review of Books. He lives in California.

A Republic, Not a Giant H.R. Department

How dumb is the 2020 presidential election campaign going to be? Unfathomably dumb. Breathtakingly dumb. Seriously; pretty dumb. And that’s just among the mainstream candidates. Just wait and see what happens if an independent billionaire jumps in the race. Exhibit A this week: Howard Schultz, the former chief executive officer of Starbucks, is

By | 2019-02-03T13:14:45+00:00 February 3rd, 2019|

Some Best Possible Outcomes of the Shutdown

The longest-lasting partial federal government shutdown in U.S. history affords President Trump the opportunity to kill off an over-the-hill political spectacle, drain some of the swamp and maybe—just maybe—build the wall. Trump is a disruptor and a breaker of political norms that need to be broken. Among the more irritating contemporary norms is

By | 2019-01-20T11:39:19+00:00 January 20th, 2019|

Selling Political Canned Tuna to Voters Who Don’t Own Can Openers

This is not another opinion column picking on Millennials. I promise. This is, rather, an exhortation to Millennials—to all Americans, really—to think hard and think differently about the problems ailing our tarnished republic. But to think differently about where we’re going as a nation, we need to see clearly where we are right

By | 2018-12-06T18:28:46+00:00 December 6th, 2018|

Understanding the Weird World of California Conservatives

To be conservative in California can be frustrating. Republicans haven’t won a statewide election here in a decade. Conservative policy prescriptions—such as they are—don’t have much of a constituency where most Californians live. And the place is thoroughly, maddeningly, insufferably, sometimes stiflingly “progressive.” Which, if you think about it, makes those of us

By | 2018-11-23T22:56:28+00:00 November 24th, 2018|

Requiem for John Cox

In the end, it wasn’t even close. John Cox, the venture capitalist and housing developer from San Diego by way of Chicago, was the third Republican candidate to lose—bigly—the California governor’s race to a Democrat in as many elections. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom sailed to victory Tuesday, defeating Cox by more than 1.3

By | 2018-11-08T10:00:06+00:00 November 8th, 2018|

For California Republicans, Political Revenge May Come in a Progressive Package

A case can be made for California Republicans and disaffected conservatives to vote for Kevin de León for U.S. Senate. Note my wording: I’m offering a case for Republicans and conservatives to vote for de León, the state senator from Los Angeles. But I am in no way making a conservative or a

By | 2018-10-25T14:38:02+00:00 October 26th, 2018|

Why Liberals Really Hate Trump

But in another, more accurate sense, he is. David Gelernter's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today hits on a theme we've emphasized here at American Greatness for the better part of two years now: Trump may be crass, he may be vulgar, he may be "unpresidential," but he never pretended to be otherwise.

By | 2018-10-22T10:22:47+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|

‘First Man’ Crashes and Burns

Get woke, go broke, as the sages say. Not even a rave review from Vox could save it. Breitbart's John Nolte delivers the news: First Man tanked at the box office, coming in well below expectations, with just a $16.2 million opening weekend. At worst, the story of Neil Armstrong’s historic trip to the moon

By | 2018-10-14T18:41:59+00:00 October 14th, 2018|