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.

State of Resistance: Berkeley Calls for Population Control

In response to a "climate emergency," of course. The Daily Caller reports: The California city that was home to 1960s radicals and known for excessively liberal politics declared a “climate emergency” on Tuesday evening, backing policies to “humanely stabilize” the human population. The Berkeley City Council unanimously voted to mobilize other California governments “to initiate

By | 2018-06-13T18:29:47+00:00 June 13th, 2018|

State of Resistance: Californians to Vote on Splitting into Three

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper's proposal to split California into three states qualified for the November ballot . . . which is nice, I guess? It's not as ridiculous as Calexit, anyway. Draper's Three Californias scheme comes on the heels of his ill-fated Six Californias scheme, but both proposals are about as likely to

By | 2018-06-13T13:44:40+00:00 June 13th, 2018|

State of Resistance: What John Cox’s Top-Two Win Means

Now it’s a proper race. Republican John Cox finished second in Tuesday’s top-two gubernatorial primary. He’ll face Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in November’s general election to see who will succeed Gov. Jerry Brown. The odds of a Cox victory are long—but then again, Hillary Clinton was a mortal lock to win the presidency,

By | 2018-06-08T19:00:02+00:00 June 10th, 2018|

State of Resistance: Dems Propose Tax Cut for Illegal Aliens

They're just trolling us now, right? From the Sacramento Bee: The California state budget could extend a tax break to low-income families of undocumented immigrants. Assembly Democrats want Gov. Jerry Brown to expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit in such a way that people who do not have Social Security numbers can apply for it.

By | 2018-06-07T15:34:35+00:00 June 7th, 2018|

State of Resistance: California is ‘Our Most Racist State,’ Says Dem

Michael Shellenberger, a heterodox Democrat who is running for California governor on a platform that includes building new nuclear power plants, has a fascinating and provocative essay at Forbes on why the Golden State isn't as "progressive" as its boosters believe. Comparing California's progressive elite to the residents of the science-fiction film "Elysium," Shellenberger writes: [T]here

By | 2018-06-04T10:29:02+00:00 June 4th, 2018|

Masterpiece Cakeshop Prevails at the Supreme Court

Colorado cannot force Jack Phillips to bake the cake if he doesn't want to. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 7-2 that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission overstepped its bounds and violated the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner's First Amendment rights. Read the opinion here (PDF). "The laws and the Constitution can, and in some instances must,

By | 2018-06-04T09:00:38+00:00 June 4th, 2018|

What #NeverTrump Never Understood . . .

It was about disruption, to be sure. As important, it was about shaping the judiciary for the next generation or two. But, hey, don't take my word for it. Check out this headline from The Guardian (U.K.): "Liberals' worst nightmare: a second supreme court pick for Trump." Good golly, Miss Molly! What does that mean? From

By | 2018-05-31T18:39:58+00:00 May 31st, 2018|

Rudy to Maxine: ‘Say Impeachment, Sweetheart’

If Democrats are really serious about impeaching President Trump, perhaps they should make it a campaign issue for the upcoming midterms. Or maybe they're not so serious? Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now President Trump's lawyer, appeared on Fox News to goad Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) into saying the "I"-word even more than

By | 2018-05-31T13:04:44+00:00 May 31st, 2018|

Trump’s Lesson to California Republicans

California’s top-two primary might finally produce an interesting statewide race for governor. And President Donald Trump might be a pivotal reason why. A half-dozen prominent Democrats are vying to take over termed-out Jerry Brown’s office in the June 5 primary. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has a comfortable lead, leaving his fellow partisans to

By | 2018-05-25T16:19:33+00:00 May 27th, 2018|