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.

Roger Kimball Wins the 2019 Bradley Prize

Our friend Roger Kimball—editor and publisher of The New Criterion and Encounter Books, and a regular contributor to these pages—is one of three recipients of the prestigious 16th annual Bradley Prize. The award “recognizes individuals whose outstanding achievements reflect The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s mission to restore, strengthen and protect the principles and institutions

By | 2019-04-04T20:57:24-07:00 April 4th, 2019|

Clarity About Clearances Revisited (Updated)

The scandal du jour is a claim by a "White House whistleblower" that the Trump Administration overruled the recommendations of various agencies and granted top-secret access to two-dozen or so staffers who had been denied security clearances. As Politico reported on Monday: A White House Personnel Security Office employee is alleging that senior Trump administration

By | 2019-04-02T13:27:26-07:00 April 2nd, 2019|

Mueller Report: ‘No Collusion’; Media Self-Immolates

Attorney General Bill Barr on Sunday afternoon released a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government. The long and the short of it: there wasn't any. Here's the full text of Barr's letter (via Legal Insurrection). Bottom line: “The Special Counsel’s investigation did

By | 2019-03-24T14:24:37-07:00 March 24th, 2019|

Victor Davis Hanson Essentially Called It in February

Robert Mueller's investigation is done. There will be no more indictments and the existing indictments have nothing to do with his warrant—namely, claims that Donald Trump's presidential campaign "colluded" with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election. You're hearing and reading a lot of spin (and wishful thinking) right now. (Just read all of Ace from Friday

By | 2019-03-23T09:51:54-07:00 March 22nd, 2019|

‘For the People’ Is a Censorship Bill, Plain and Simple

Campaign finance reform is all about “getting money out of politics.” Just ask any proponent and they’ll tell you. At eye-rolling, mind-numbing length. As memes go, however, “getting money out of politics” is effective. It resonates. It sticks. But it isn’t entirely true. Money is, as Jesse Unruh famously said, “the mother’s milk

By | 2019-03-17T09:48:32-07:00 March 17th, 2019|

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 | 2019-02-03T13:14:45-07:00 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 | 2019-01-20T11:39:19-07:00 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 | 2018-12-06T18:28:46-07:00 December 6th, 2018|