Ben Boychuk

About Ben Boychuk

Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness. He is a regular columnist with the Sacramento Bee, a 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.

Obama’s Very (Very) Long Farewell

President Barack Obama gave his farewell address Tuesday night. But, as he made clear, he really isn’t going anywhere. The president went to Chicago to deliver his farewell address in front of a cheering crowd of 20,000 or so fans and supporters. It wasn’t a bad speech, exactly. It’s just ... well, do you remember any of

By | 2017-01-13T13:52:15+00:00 January 13th, 2017|

Why California’s New Gun Laws Deserve Contempt

The arrival in 2017 of a raft of new gun control laws in California won’t amount to much, except more hassles for gun dealers and the law-abiding few. Yes, “few.” When buying a handgun, rifle or shotgun, the vast majority of people naturally will follow the law. The cost of noncompliance is too high, and

By | 2017-01-02T13:11:51+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|

Believe It or Not, There’s a Silver Lining in the Electoral College Controversy

When the Electoral College meets Monday, Donald Trump will be confirmed as president without much drama and despite the threats of so-called faithless electors. They call themselves “Hamilton Electors.” “They” are a couple of dissident Republicans, Michael Baca of Colorado and Bret Chiafalo of Washington, and a D.C. public relations firm. The “electors” are a mostly theoretical

By | 2016-12-15T15:42:50+00:00 December 15th, 2016|

Great Reads for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Back by popular demand, “Great Reads” henceforth will appear on Tuesdays and Fridays. Forty-four days until the inauguration. Only on American Greatness: Julie Ponzi lauds Anthony Esolen’s fight against the “cult of diversity” at Providence College. Senior editor Seth Leibsohn praises Phoenix Suns Coach Earl Watson’s excellent example in the fight against drugs: "This is how coaches

By | 2016-12-06T18:33:10+00:00 December 6th, 2016|

Why California is Wrong to Defend Sanctuary Cities

Forget #Calexit. We don’t need to wait until 2018 for a silly vote. California has all but decided to secede from the union. How else to interpret our officials’ lawless course in the coming fight with the Trump administration over illegal immigration? They’ve laid down their markers. They’ve drawn their lines. Gov. Jerry Brown: “We

By | 2016-12-01T16:15:22+00:00 December 1st, 2016|

Trump’s Triumph Should Signal an End to ‘Checklist Conservatism’

"Strong military"? Check. "Free markets"? Check. "Family values"? Check. Conservatives who supported Donald Trump for president are going to be disappointed eventually. Perhaps even pretty soon. And that’s a good thing. While liberals obsess over Trump’s alleged affronts to their cherished identity politics, conservatives are going to discover that many of the pieties

By | 2016-11-18T19:09:00+00:00 November 18th, 2016|

Popular Vote or Electoral College? A Debate

For the second time in 16 years, it appears that the winning presidential candidate will lose the nationwide popular vote while winning office through the Electoral College. George W. Bush did it in 2000; Donald Trump, another Republican, has done it again in 2016. The Electoral College was designed by the Founders as part of

By | 2016-11-17T16:20:37+00:00 November 17th, 2016|

Take California, Please

The results of the election are in: California is practically another country. Californians woke up the morning of Nov. 9 to find something extraordinary had happened the night before. Voters here legalized the recreational use of marijuana. They sent a liberal African-American woman to the U.S. Senate. They extended the highest marginal income tax rate in the

By | 2016-11-17T16:09:11+00:00 November 17th, 2016|

Six Reasons Why Donald Trump Won

Donald Trump won. I told you he would. Not “might” win. Not “could win under the following circumstances.” In June, I wrote: “He’s going to win as surely as the sun rises in the east, as certainly as high tide follows low, and as definitively as Steph Curry laid waste to the Oklahoma Thunder’s defense.” Now,

By | 2016-11-09T15:06:46+00:00 November 9th, 2016|

I Was #NeverTrump. Now I’m Voting for the S.O.B. Here’s Why . . .

I never liked Donald Trump. Truth be told, I still don’t. That makes me an outlier here at American Greatness. For months on Facebook, my refrain has been, “I’m not gonna vote for the son of a bitch.” When a story would appear that put Trump in a somewhat more favorable light—his unapologetic endorsement of

By | 2016-11-08T13:30:06+00:00 November 8th, 2016|