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.

Lowering the Voting Age Would Further Cheapen the Franchise

What is it with certain Democrats and their desire to debase the vote? I can’t think of any other way to describe it. That would be the obvious upshot of a proposal by California Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, to reduce the voting age to 17. “Young people are our future,” Low said. “Lowering the voting

By | 2017-04-03T05:36:05+00:00 March 10th, 2017|

The War for the Trump Presidency Just Escalated—Bigly

Oh, you thought Jeff Sessions was a big story, did you? So much for that. President Trump on Saturday morning dropped a bombshell—several, actually—in his Twitter feed. The president accused his predecessor of wiretapping Trump Tower ahead of last year’s election. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837989835818287106 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837993273679560704 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837994257566863360 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837996746236182529 Both the New York Times and the Washington Post published stories

By | 2017-03-04T23:36:57+00:00 March 4th, 2017|

Betsy DeVos’ Confirmation Struggle Offers a Lesson in Civic Mis-Education

Americans say they care about public education, but they haven’t the slightest idea how public education works in this country. That’s the only way to explain the overblown opposition to Betsy DeVos’s confirmation this week as U.S. secretary of education. Judging from my Facebook and Twitter feeds, an awful lot of people seem to think

By | 2017-02-10T11:08:10+00:00 February 10th, 2017|

Dispatch from ‘The Resistance’: California Bills Would Hasten Indoctrination

California legislators, with all of the foresight of a newspaper columnist, have scanned the news pages in search of new monsters to destroy. With the shock of Donald Trump’s election, they’ve alighted upon “fake news” and “the Russian hackers.” Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael plans to introduce legislation that would require the state adopt

By | 2017-01-27T07:26:50+00:00 January 27th, 2017|

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|