Christopher Roach

About Christopher Roach

Christopher Roach is an attorney in private practice based in Florida. He is a double graduate of the University of Chicago and has previously been published by The Federalist, Takimag, The Journal of Property Rights in Transition, the Washington Legal Foundation, the Marine Corps Gazette, and the Orlando Sentinel. The views presented are solely his own.

Fake Russia and Ukraine Scandals Expose a True One

There is a striking symmetry between the charge that Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to sway the outcome of the election and the Democrats’ current effort to impeach President Trump. Both involve our relations with countries that Americans do not think of very often, but over which the elites obsess. The rhetoric in

By | 2019-11-11T17:12:08-07:00 November 11th, 2019|Tags: |

The Right Wing Is
Anti-Government Again

I recently watched the “Waco” miniseries, which premiered last year on the 25th anniversary of the siege, and is now available on Amazon Prime. The production was well done, made a fair attempt to show multiple perspectives, and reminded me of how powerful the image of a church being assaulted and then burning to the

By | 2019-10-28T18:52:27-07:00 October 28th, 2019|Tags: |

What America Should Learn from a Mexico in Retreat

Last week, the streets of Mexico’s state of Sinaloa’s capital, Culiacan, became a warzone rivaling Syria and Somalia. Videos have circulated of cartel gunmen using armed technicals, .50-caliber sniper rifles, and belt-fed machine guns attacking hapless soldiers and police. The situation began as cartel retaliation for the arrest of El Chapo’s son, Ovidio Guzmán López.

By | 2019-10-21T22:50:56-07:00 October 21st, 2019|Tags: |

Escaping the Middle Eastern Labyrinth

During the presidency of George W. Bush, his repeated, almost robotic calls to “stay the course” in Iraq were the mark of a man who had run out of ideas. As casualties mounted and progress faltered, his persistence exemplified a tragic and costly sincerity. John McCain expressed similar themes in his 2008 campaign, suggesting we

By | 2019-10-15T20:30:39-07:00 October 13th, 2019|Tags: |

A Constitution for Ambitious Men

Long revered by their grateful countrymen, the Founders recently have become more ambiguous figures in American life. A central premise of the Left is that American history is a story of oppression and that the Founders are tainted, being memorable chiefly because some of them owned slaves. In opposition, the NeverTrump GOP imagines itself to

By | 2019-10-12T05:50:33-07:00 October 7th, 2019|Tags: |

Lessons in Draining the Swamp from Ukraine

The recent impeachment inquiry appears to be a concoction of the deep state and its breathless media allies, just like the earlier fiction of Russian collusion. Unfortunately, if Trump gets through this, it won’t be the last time he has to deal with leakers, saboteurs, and other forms of resistance. The defining feature of his

By | 2019-10-01T08:08:37-07:00 September 30th, 2019|Tags: |

Greens Ignore Population Growth and Mass Migration

At its best, the environmental movement is based on evidence, balances benefits with costs, and focuses on the good of humanity. This is just common sense, the classic values of prudence and conservatism. But, as with the Romantic-era critics of the Industrial Revolution, there is no small amount of aesthetics and even religion at the

By | 2019-09-24T21:03:18-07:00 September 24th, 2019|Tags: |

Why Soft-on-Crime Democrats Are Tough on ‘Gun Violence’

At their third primary debate, nearly all of the Democratic presidential contenders offered full-throated support for gun control. In the very recent past, gun control measures bowed to prudence by respecting the rights and expectations of law-abiding gun owners—even the Clinton “assault weapons ban” grandfathered weapons and magazines manufactured and purchased before the ban took

By | 2019-09-17T17:42:30-07:00 September 17th, 2019|Tags: |

How the Media and Police Could Discourage Mass Shootings

Another public shooting came and went last week in West Texas. Close on the heels of the El Paso Walmart shooting, the Odessa shooting had some peculiar aspects, including its spontaneous eruption from a traffic stop and the killer’s shooting of hapless civilians from a moving vehicle. Like all mass shootings, this led to substantial

By | 2019-09-09T13:42:08-07:00 September 9th, 2019|Tags: |

Liberal Hegemony’s High Costs

Foreign policy is very much an insider’s game. A handful of journals, scholars, and think tanks control its direction. Influential figures in both parties have formed a substantial consensus on the importance of preserving U.S. primacy over all contenders, the need to promote democracy and other liberal values, the vulnerability of the “international system,” and

By | 2019-09-02T16:17:54-07:00 September 2nd, 2019|Tags: |

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