Articles by Ben Boychuk

Are We All Prisoners of Facebook?

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15 Months After Steve Scalise Was Shot and Nearly Killed . . .

  Somebody has doxxed U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Which is terrible, but doesn’t sound especially unsurprising in these troubled times. No, what makes this news especially shocking is that the doxxing occurred from a Capitol Hill computer. The Washington Examiner‘s Philip Wegmann, adding commentary and context: The current Supreme […]

Why Obama Is Great for Republicans

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‘Donald Trump Is an Ideological Heretic. He Simply Must Be Stopped’

Liberal anti-Trump columnist Damon Linker alights upon what is, as far as I’m concerned, the most egregious and infuriating part of the anonymous White House staffer’s New York Times op-ed: The message telegraphed in these self-aggrandizing statements isn’t that Trump is a fundamental threat to the well being of the United States and the world […]

Being an Establishment Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

You must read Spengler’s cold-eyed assessment of John McCain’s funeral, “A funeral for a world that never was,” at the Asia Times. “Senator McCain served his country and suffered on its behalf as a prisoner of war, and deserves respect on the occasion of his passing,” he writes. “But the unctuous sea of self-congratulatory declarations […]

Imagine Trumpism Without Trump? It’s Easy If You Try

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F. H. Buckley on Trump vs. The New Class

F. H. Buckley’s new book, The Republican Workers Party, arrives in bookstores this week. In anticipation, Spectator USA has published an excerpt from the book’s introduction. Buckley argues that Donald Trump was uniquely positioned to take on what he calls “The New Class” (not to be confused with the old New Class of Soviet times). […]

This Is Why All Americans Should Support President Trump on Immigration

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State of Resistance: San Francisco, ‘City of Bans’

My friend and former colleague Steve Greenhut has a pungent column at the American Spectator about the California city we all love to hate, San Francisco. I noted last week how city officials are dealing with a major homelessness crisis by focusing on banning employee cafeterias and plastic drinking straws—you know, the really important stuff. […]

Politico Writer: NeverTrump Should Go Full Borg

Or words to that effect. Here is what Bill Scher, in fact, writes near the end of a lengthy appeal at Politico for sad NeverTrump “conservatives” to give up their dreams of “fixing” the Trump-led Republican Party or starting a third party and just join the Democrats already: To the average conservative Trump-skeptic, the Democratic […]

State of Resistance: San Francisco, Beset with Homeless and Covered in Human Excrement, Moves to Ban Plastic Straws

Priorities! The Associated Press reports: San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to give plastic straws the cold shoulder, following the lead of Seattle, another eco-conscious West Coast city where a ban went into effect this month. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave unanimous approval to a measure that also takes the novel step of banning carryout […]

Twitter Shadow Bans Republicans: Report

  Is anyone surprised? VICE News on Wednesday reported that Twitter is “is limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results — a technique known as ‘shadow banning’ — in what it says is a side effect of its attempts to improve the quality of discourse on the platform.” Uh huh. According to the story: […]

Cory Booker’s Perverse Religious Test

When we last saw the junior U.S. senator from New Jersey, he was shedding “tears of rage” over President Trump’s alleged comments about “shithole countries.” On Tuesday, the ever-excitable Cory Booker gave a press conference about his opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in which he . . . well, let’s just go to […]

Justice Department: The Term Is ‘Illegal,’ Not ‘Undocumented’

CNN reports that the Justice Department is dispensing with an obnoxious euphemism: The Justice Department has instructed US attorneys offices not to use the term “undocumented” immigrants and instead refer to someone illegally in the US as “an illegal alien,” according to a copy of an agency-wide email obtained by CNN. According to the email, […]

The Dems ‘Had Made Ball-Gagged Submissives of Us All’

Sometimes it’s useful to remember that while “the Left” can be useful shorthand to describe our political opposition, the Left isn’t an undifferentiated monolith. If you’re on the Right, you know we have our factions and schools of thought and internal disagreements. Well, if it’s true for us, why wouldn’t it be true also of […]

End Birthright Citizenship

  Michael Anton argues in the Washington Post today that “birthright citizenship”—the idea, which the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to affirm in 1898, that simply being born on U.S. soil automatically confers U.S. citizenship—should be ended. Anton calls the notion “an absurdity—historically, constitutionally, philosophically and practically,” and built on a deliberate misreading of the 14th […]

What Roger Scruton Doesn’t Get About Trump

In case you missed it, the great British philosopher Roger Scruton published a commentary in the New York Times on July 4 headlined, “What Trump Doesn’t Get About Conservatism.” And I do mean great. Read Scruton on modern philosophy, religion, art, music, even wine. He’s brilliant. But on contemporary American politics, I’m afraid he falls […]

GOP Candidate: ‘Outside of Western Civilization, There is Only Barbarism’

Kansas State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, who is seeking the Republican nomination to replace retiring Rep. Lynn Jenkins, visited the July 2 meeting of the Leavenworth County Republican Party where he gave a wide-ranging, 30-minute speech in which he said, “We are being told that Western civilization is the problem in the world,” Fitzgerald said. “Outside […]

Anthony Kennedy Retires

Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday announced he would be leaving the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of July. You know what that means . . . (more below) Twitter, of course, has gone nuts . . . How very cool of Justice Kennedy to pour kerosene on the current dumpster fire that is America. […]

Hey, @JuddApatow: Your Nazi Analogy Is Stupid, Facile, and Wrong

David Harsanyi refutes Judd Apatow and Kumail Nanjiani, a pair of high-profile Twitter fools who think they know something about history: Moreover, by 1934 — where, I guess, we’re supposed to be in this silly analogy — the German government had already begun adopting dozens of laws and policies on all levels of government that […]