Articles by Christopher Roach

Can the Senate Dismiss the Impeachment Without a Trial?

After the House of Representatives’ recent decision to issue two articles of impeachment, it appears the Democrats are having second thoughts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) thus far has refused to transmit the articles to the Senate because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) publicly has expressed doubts regarding the merits of impeachment and the […]

The FBI, Impeachment, and the Question of Motive

News arrived last week that emboldened both the president’s supporters and his opponents. The inspector general’s report on the FBI’s 2016 investigation of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign revealed significant mistakes and irregularities, which, in the words of the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, do not “vindicate anybody.” At nearly the same time, the […]

What Happened to ‘Just Say No’?

If you grew up in the 1980s, it was hard to miss Nancy Reagan’s call to “Just Say No” to drugs. While the Baby Boomers famously ingested a lot of narcotics, drug use among young people declined significantly in the years following this public relations effort. The “War on Drugs” was not just about law […]

Transgenderism and the Politics of Irreparable Harm

For a very long time, conservatives had been engaged in a fighting retreat. They might parry a thrust here or weaken a law there, but overall, they were losing. They fought the New Deal, the Great Society, the Sexual Revolution, gay marriage, and affirmative action. In every case, they lost. The social welfare state expanded, […]

Attack of the Groypers

Over the past month, the far-Right’s troll culture turned against Conservatism, Inc., by haranguing the establishment’s “youth outreach” guy, Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA (TPUSA). TPUSA is a large and well-funded youth movement, but it is starting to lose its audience because many are asking what exactly TPUSA aims to conserve? The answers they […]

Neglect of Foreign Policy Led to the Deep State

Questions of foreign policy, particularly those of war and peace, are among the most critical in politics. A lost war can destroy an empire and erase a nation. Victory can attain safety, security, and prosperity for many generations. An inconclusive campaign—such as our neverending stalemate in Afghanistan—can sap national confidence and shatter the minds and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Happened to the Epstein Story?

International man of mystery and all-around dirtbag, Jeffrey Epstein, died just over two weeks ago at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a high-security federal detention center that rivals Guantanamo Bay in its unpleasantness. The institution that safely housed infamous criminals like El Chapo and various members of al-Qaeda barely held on to Jeffrey Epstein for a […]

Red Flag Laws in the Age of Political Psychiatry

In the wake of recent horrific shooting sprees, Donald Trump and other Republicans wishing to appear to “do something” have seized the purported “middle ground”: red flag laws. These laws would permit law enforcement or concerned family members to petition a court to remove firearms from individuals deemed dangerous after a summary judicial procedure. Laws […]