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.

Calexit 2020? Yeah, Right!

California sometimes reminds me of an old Mad Magazine novelty record, “It’s a Super-Spectacular Day.” Maybe you remember it. The song starts out as a jaunty little ditty: “It’s a great big beautiful, wonderful, incredible super-spectacular day!” All the bells are ringing and a little bird’s singing on your window sill ... Until

By | 2018-04-26T21:08:24+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Press Regrets Doing Journalism on Hillary

I noted the other day the appearance in the New York Times of an excerpt of Amy Chozick's memoir covering Hillary Clinton. I found the piece interesting for how it  highlighted Clinton's Nixonian paranoia: "They were never going to let me be president," she said on election night. Chozick had some self-flagellating ideas about who

By | 2018-04-26T13:30:28+00:00 April 26th, 2018|

Jonah Goldberg on Michael Anton

Jonah Goldberg's new book landed at my front door today. Because I am a consummate professional, I turned immediately to the index. I figured American Greatness wouldn't be in it, but I guessed our friend Michael Anton would be. And I suspected the mention of Anton would be . . . well, facile and lame. And

By | 2018-04-24T14:32:23+00:00 April 24th, 2018|

Hillary Milhous Clinton: ‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’

The New York Times this weekend has Amy Chozick's extraordinary account of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, including this revealing moment from election night: Things were already looking bad when, several people told me, Chelsea Clinton popped the Champagne. It was just after 9 p.m. on election night and she was having her hair and makeup

By | 2018-04-21T18:36:40+00:00 April 21st, 2018|

Ted Cruz on Donald Trump

This is a surprisingly succinct, remarkably astute, not-really-objectionable take on Trump from one of the men the president utterly curb-stomped in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries: President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America. The fact that his first year as Commander in Chief disoriented and

By | 2018-04-19T23:04:59+00:00 April 19th, 2018|

Buskirk in USA Today: ‘James Comey is on a Mission . . .’

In case you missed it, American Greatness publisher Chris Buskirk had a short commentary in Tuesday's USA Today (actually, a counterpoint to the newspaper's editorial) on James Comey's preposterous new book. Buskirk writes, among other things: "Comey reveals in his book that he was influenced by the widespread assumption that Clinton would win, and he didn’t want

By | 2018-04-18T14:24:02+00:00 April 18th, 2018|

LOL: ‘Please Stop Predicting the End of Trump’s Presidency’

A plea from Slate, of all places. Jim Newell writes: But if we’re now in the “end stages,” at Month 16 of Trump’s 48-month term, then impeachment and conviction, or some manner of forced resignation, would seem to be the only source of this impending demise. For any of those things to happen, the continuation

By | 2018-04-17T17:28:40+00:00 April 17th, 2018|

Future Lawyers and Judges Against the First Amendment

Take some time to read Josh Blackman's account of his recent lecture on free speech at CUNY Law School. It is at once infuriating and terrifying—today's protester against "hate speech" is tomorrow's lawyer, judge, and legislator. Blackman would not bow to the heckler's veto, however. The most jaw-dropping exchange occurs midway: A student shouted out

By | 2018-04-17T18:11:34+00:00 April 17th, 2018|

Zucked Over

Julia Carrie Wong was among the first Facebook users at Harvard 14 years ago. She writes of her regrets in The Guardian today. But she has some choice words for Mark Zuckerberg, whose hypocrisy on privacy should be better known: In the intervening years, I’ve learned that Zuckerberg values his own privacy so much that

By | 2018-04-17T15:17:46+00:00 April 17th, 2018|