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.

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 Amendment.

By | 2018-07-18T14:40:45+00:00 July 18th, 2018|

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

By | 2018-07-08T22:30:17+00:00 July 8th, 2018|

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

By | 2018-07-07T23:29:14+00:00 July 7th, 2018|

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.

By | 2018-06-27T12:02:31+00:00 June 27th, 2018|

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

David Harsanyi refutes Judd Apatow (pictured) 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

By | 2018-06-26T15:52:46+00:00 June 26th, 2018|

It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Gets Shot . . .

Oh, wait . . . that already happened. But memories are short. After Rep. Maxine Waters' rant over the weekend, lauding "no justice, no sleep" and urging Democrats to "push back" and keep harassing administration officials where they live and eat, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may have come around to the view that maybe

By | 2018-06-26T01:03:20+00:00 June 26th, 2018|

‘Oh My God, Is Water Racist?’

Writes Ed Morrisey: Alternate title: A Typical Day on Twitter. The video is a few days old, but it’s so good as a palate cleanser that it simply can’t be missed. Comedian Tracey Ullman has enough standing as an entertainer and a cultural satirist to get away with this send-up of millennials and “wokeness” — I think, anyway.

By | 2018-06-25T23:34:07+00:00 June 25th, 2018|

Oregon Democrat Wants to Abolish ICE

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat who has served a large swath of the Portland area since mid-1996, writes at Medium that Congress should abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service. And he's not alone! Blumenauer notes that he voted against the formation of ICE in 2002, when it was part of the massive post-9/11 restructuring of the

By | 2018-06-24T20:21:01+00:00 June 24th, 2018|

American Library Association Defenestrates Laura Ingalls Wilder

See, it was never going to stop with statues of Confederate generals. From The Guardian (U.K.):  A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove the name of Laura Ingalls Wilder from a major children’s book award, over concerns about how the author portrayed African Americans and Native Americans. The board of the Association

By | 2018-06-24T17:51:24+00:00 June 24th, 2018|