Articles by Jay Whig

Political Rule or Procedure: The Case of Vinny Gambini

 critical moment has arrived in American politics. On cue, National Review has a take that is completely wrong. “In Defense of Proceduralism,” authored by Andy Smarick of the Manhattan Institute, argues conservatives should rally, as America burns, around a procedure. [W]hen an issue of public significance arises, American conservatism encourages our leaders to consider whether […]

Sister Nancy Incarnacion and the H8ters

“Do you hate Donald Trump?” a reporter asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the other day. Her over-damp eyes flashed, and Sister Nancy Incarnacion charged the reporter. “As a Catholic, I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone,” she pronounced, the anger in her voice palpable. […]

The Insect Politicians of the Administrative State

In the 1986 remake of “The Fly,” Jeff Goldblum plays Seth Brundle, a scientist who changes into a mutant man-fly after his DNA is contaminated in a failed experiment. As he descends into the madness of his fading humanity, Brundle announces, haltingly through his catastrophe of a fly-mouth, that his failure will be redeemed. He […]

Vindman Is the Ranking Miles Gloriosus

Lieutenant Colonel Vindman wants you to know his rank. This miles gloriosus, who clumsily cast himself as both martinet and insubordinate meddler, knows something of rank and privilege.  In colloquy with the witness, Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) referred to Vindman as “Mr. Vindman.” Vindman, lips pursed, breathed back, “Ranking member, it’s Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, please.”   […]

Adam Schiff’s Outhouse Politics

Representative Adam B. Schiff’s (D-Calif.) impeachment inquiry is a real danger to every Democrat associated with it. Less than two years ago, Schiff’s libertine idea of truth showed itself. Jay Whig called him out then for misrepresenting the nature and purposes of the independence of the FBI. Schiff went on to claim that, as chairman […]

The Etiquette of the Late Dauphin or the Morality of Americans?

“I am the late Dauphin,” or so goes the line from Huckleberry Finn. American fraudsters long have sought to clothe themselves in the trappings of European aristocracy. A permanent elite is alien to American culture. Being alien, it is altogether fascinating. The distraction opens the door to swindle. Last week in City Journal, Harvard political […]

A Mighty Fortress is Our Victimhood

The College Board last week announced a plan to add an “adversity score” to its Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Justifying the move, College Board President David Coleman said, “Through its history, the College Board has been focused on finding unseen talent. The Environmental Context Dashboard shines a light on students who have demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness […]

Are You Positive About Natural Right?

[fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_ rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” ] [fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_ rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” ] Last Sunday, Edward J. Erler replied to Mark Pulliam in their battle over positivist originalism and natural rights originalism. Erler’s relies primarily on the opinions of founders and leading politicians responsible for the 14th Amendment to show the natural […]

Mueller Had No Power to Exonerate, Only to Accuse

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Elector Elastrator

Colorado, having cast its electoral votes for a loser in the 2016 presidential election, may not be content merely to be a one-time loser. The Colorado State Senate voted Tuesday—along party lines—to adopt Senate Bill 19-042, a bill to require that Colorado’s electors vote in presidential elections according to the national popular vote. The remarkable […]

NeverTrump and the Golden Calf of the Administrative State

Teeming on the far shore of the Red Sea, a great itinerant caravan, the Trump revolution, has completed the first leg of its long journey. The blue wave of Egyptians sent to run down a people fleeing the slavery of the administrative state have drowned in a counter “red wave.” The parted loam of the […]

We Don’t Care (and It Ain’t Pretty)

We Trump supporters don’t care about Paul Manafort’s conviction on eight of 18 charges nor do we care about Michael Cohen’s plea bargain, specially worded to frame the president. We know that these charges, while bona fide in some parts, are in their parts material to public opinion, politically motivated. But here’s the beautiful part: […]