Julie Ponzi

About Julie Ponzi

Julie Ponzi is Senior Editor of American Greatness. She holds an M.A. in political philosophy and American politics from the Claremont Graduate University. She was an Earhart Fellow and a Bradley Foundation Fellow while studying at Claremont and also earned a Publius Fellowship from The Claremont Institute. Formerly the Director of Academic Programs at the Claremont Institute, she also taught American politics at Azusa Pacific University. Her writing has appeared in the Claremont Review of Books, The Online Library of Law and Liberty, The Columbus Dispatch, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Washington Times. She was also a regular and long-time contributor to the Ashbrook Center's blog, No Left Turns. She lives in California. You can follow her on Twitter at @JuliePonzi

Slurping Reaganism from the Can

Cosmopolitan conservatives who think they can slurp Reaganism from the can don't understand America, don't understand politics, and don't really like Americans. So why should anybody listen to them? Turns out few do. But perhaps the Left may still come around to thanking them for their service. This is an excellent piece by Mike Doran at

By | 2018-07-10T13:51:39+00:00 July 10th, 2018|

John McCain: Fake Maverick

John McCain's Republican Party is over, perhaps before it even got started. That's the argument Daniel McCarthy makes at Spectator/USA. It is worth considering. McCain has always enjoyed being called a "maverick"—a moniker used by friend and foe alike in describing him. It's universal usage was less an indication of any shared understanding

By | 2018-05-09T13:58:19+00:00 May 9th, 2018|

Conservative Establishment Still Fails to Understand Trump

In the recent issue of Modern Age Frank Buckley has a fabulous essay detailing the many ways that the conservative establishment failed in 2016 (and is still failing today) to come to grips with the things Donald Trump has exposed about our politics. It bears a careful read because it is so comprehensive in covering the multitude

By | 2018-04-26T13:24:15+00:00 April 26th, 2018|

Outraged Federal Employees Shocked to Discover Elections Matter

Politico reports on the personal and professional woes of career bureaucrats—conditioned as they are to believe that their expertise and prejudices should, by right, govern the rest of us—now discovering that the voters and their political choices actually matter. This is very distressing, disorienting, and depressing for them. It's not how things are supposed to

By | 2018-04-17T11:33:44+00:00 April 17th, 2018|

Every History Textbook My Kids Have Ever Brought Home

Looks in one way or another like this.  This is one of those things that everyone who pays any attention and understands this stuff just knows and sighs about. And yet nothing changes. It's time, I think, to pick some serious fights over this stuff. No more fake history in our schools. This is a

By | 2018-04-16T21:23:50+00:00 April 16th, 2018|

Leftist Generational Politics

Mackubin Thomas Owens, who is a sometime contributor to American Greatness, has written a terrific column at Providence Journal titled, "Celebrity Students Don't Speak for All of Us" in which he gives young David Hogg his due, and how. More important, however, he makes the excellent point at the end that this leftist generational politics

By | 2018-04-10T17:59:36+00:00 April 10th, 2018|

Can Normal People Live in California?

Tucker Carlson claims they can't.  I can assure him that some do, though increasingly, they do so unhappily and while looking for the exits. Not a day goes by that I don't encounter one, but usually more people, in casual conversation expressing their disgust with the way things are going in the Golden State and

By | 2018-04-07T12:07:40+00:00 April 7th, 2018|

Making Politics Possible Again

There is a remarkable assumption behind the argument that the best—maybe the only—reason to have voted for Donald J. Trump was that he “was better than Hillary Clinton.” Supposedly this somehow distinguishes, and taints, the Election of 2016. It does not. That one candidate is likely to do better in office than the

By | 2018-01-18T11:36:18+00:00 January 18th, 2018|