Articles by Joseph Duggan

When the Saints Get Frog-Marched Out

AINT LOUIS—A major event signaling the unraveling of the Soviet Empire was the election in 1989 of Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a Catholic, as the first non-Communist prime minister of Poland since Poland’s conquest by the Soviet Union. In a speech to the Polish parliament just before it formally elected him prime minister, the first government official […]

Knights of Columbus Catholics vs. the Antifa Archbishop

he Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization, founded during the late 19th century in New England to protect Catholic immigrants from nativist bigotry. Father Michael McGivney, a young priest whose parents were immigrants from Ireland, mobilized men in his parish to create an organization as a response to certain influential social organizations of […]

Meet the Hudson Valley’s Anti-AOC

la Hawatmeh is a name to learn and remember. This dynamic conservative Republican woman appears poised to win the GOP nomination to oppose a left-wing, first-term Democratic incumbent in a mostly rural and small-town, conservative district covering the Catskills and the Hudson Valley running south from the suburbs of Albany to Poughkeepsie. Hawatmeh (pronounced ha-WAHT-meh) […]

Robert Gates Makes a Damning Case Against Joe Biden as Commander-in-Chief

obert Gates is the epitome of a moderate political thinker, public servant, and lifelong specialist in international security. After a lengthy career appointment as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, he served as deputy director of the CIA under President Ronald Reagan, deputy national security adviser and, later, director of the CIA under President […]

It’s Time for Civilian Control of the State Department

Consumers of the corporate leftist media’s political coverage have heard a drumbeat of reports that an honorable, highly capable, long-serving diplomat recently was driven from office following a vicious, conspiracy-driven smear campaign by dishonest, shameless partisans who leaked misleading stories to the media, generally abused power, and disregarded the constitutional chain of authority. What the […]

Quagmires Won’t Make America Great Again

What should President Trump do in response to the surprise attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure? Let’s first be clear about what not to do. The president should avoid doing anything urged by the war-hungry wing of the Republican Party⁠—Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.), Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) and their like. Trump was right to oppose their policies […]

Jeane Kirkpatrick’s Realism: Still Relevant After 40 Years

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Jeane Kirkpatrick’s essay, “Dictatorships and Double Standards,” an astute critique of what was then the United States foreign policy establishment’s outlook. On reading the essay, anti-establishment Republican Ronald Reagan invited the Georgetown University political science professor and lifelong Democrat to become a senior foreign policy advisor to his […]

Does Free Speech Have a Prayer in Catholic Grade Schools?

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Mugged by a Foe of Reality

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Generalísimo Rubio Needs Refresher on Just War Criteria

The Republican Party establishment is extremely sensitive to Rep. Steve King’s alleged transgressions against political correctness. King stumbled into the clutches of intraparty opponents by appearing to confirm their “narrative” that his hardline immigration posture equates with “white supremacy.” Even Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell got into the act of denouncing King before the House […]

Rep. Michael McCaul: Jeff Flake Impersonator

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the newly named senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has been caught impersonating former Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker. One of McCaul’s first noteworthy actions in the new post is to criticize President Trump for exercising his constitutional authority regarding relations with foreign countries, in this case Saudi […]

He’s Their Favorite Mistake

During the 2016 campaign, NeverTrump biggie Elliott Abrams famously said that Donald Trump was unfit to sit in “the chair in which Washington and Lincoln sat.” It’s not too late for President Trump to have second thoughts about the appointment of Abrams late last month as special envoy regarding the crisis in Venezuela. Instead of […]

Time To Give the World Bank a Gold Watch . . .

. . .  and make it go away?  President Trump will nominate David Malpass, to run the World Bank. Like his close associate Larry Kudlow, Malpass has been critical of the institution. The bank, created three-quarters of a century ago for World War II reconstruction, is WAY past its expiration date. Generation after generation, the […]

McConnell and the Iron Triangle vs. Trump and the Voters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) aligned with the NeverTrump faction of Republican senators Thursday to introduce and pass a resolution to “rebuke” President Trump. The president’s offenses? Trump dared to win the Republican nomination in 2016 and has dared, at least some of the time, to think for himself since taking office. Instead of […]