Articles by Julie Ponzi

After the Flight 93 Election

Michael Anton, in the preface to his just released, After the Flight 93 Election: The Vote That Saved America and What We Still Have to Lose, explains why he felt compelled to write “The Flight 93 Election“: In 2016, I judged the modes and orders of my time – and especially of conservatism – to be exhausted and […]

Democrats Have Become the Party of ‘Basic White Bitches’

Sometime around 2009, the term “basic bitch” or—with extra salt—“basic white bitch” began to creep into common American parlance. In essence, it means “a female who conforms to her surroundings and claims she is unique.” The more clueless she is about her basic tastes, the more basic she is. And as with all things selected […]

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 […]

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 of the […]

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 […]

Why Paul Ryan Failed as a Politician

Ryan’s plans explained the price of everything but the value of nothing,” so concludes Henry Olsen in an important piece for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal.  Make sure to read the whole thing. Paul Ryan promised to be a different kind of Republican politician. He was principled, they said. He was a man of solid […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 other is […]

Kelly Exposes Ugliness on the Left, Limpness on the Right

Once again, the Left—in its frenzy to deploy any weapon at hand to damage President Trump—made the critical mistake of allowing us to peer behind the curtain and see what they’re really up to.   Democrats and their accomplices in the media attempted to gin up controversy following the deaths of four service members killed […]

Is the Department of Homeland Security Submitting to Jihad?

After an extensive career as a scientist working and studying in the Middle East, Philip Haney decided to put his extensive expertise and experience with Arabic culture and language to use for the American government after 9/11 by becoming a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security. But as the years advanced, Haney noticed that […]

Make Democrats American Again!

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Henry Olsen—one of the few analysts who correctly gauged the 2016 election results before they were in—predicts ongoing electoral disaster for the Democrats. Olsen is spot on when he argues that Democrats, whether they mean to regain lost electoral ground or to lay claim to new ground, will have […]

Democrats Just Can’t Quit Identity Politics

Imagine you’re a Democrat. Now imagine waking up on November 9, 2016 to the realization that your god is dead. The central idea animating your political party—nay, your entire sense of purpose and justice in the world—has betrayed you as a fraud. The thing you championed and nurtured and fertilized with a care better spent […]

CPAC, Chris Buskirk, and the Americanist Movement

American Greatness publisher Chris Buskirk spent the better part of this week in the belly of the beast, or at least near to it, in Washington, D.C., at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Chris had a seat on “Radio Row” through his gig as the Chris half of the Phoenix area drive-time program, “The […]

Bannon Vindicates John Marini

Even before Michael Anton (writing as Publius Decius Mus) published the most famous essay of the 2016 campaign season, “The Flight 93 Election,”—indeed, even before Donald Trump was considered a serious presidential contender—John Marini was formulating the arguments that would culminate in what remains the most powerful and the best affirmative case for Trump. Marini’s […]

Michael Novak, RIP

It is with sadness that we at American Greatness note the passing of the accomplished writer, thinker, and theologian Michael Novak—a man whose influence extended to everyone from statesmen, to popes, and intellectuals,  to the common man. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, praised him and Pope John Paul II called him a friend. He was wise, but […]