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

When You Just “Can’t Even”

"Saturday Night Live" no longer airs before my bedtime and, I'm told, it's most often no longer funny. But thanks to YouTube (and a few friends with insomnia), I've discovered at least a couple of pretty cutting and amusing bits of cultural commentary. Take this now famous example: https://youtu.be/vKOb-kmOgpI And my new personal favorite: https://youtu.be/Ef_33wIEeds But

By | 2016-12-06T18:34:51+00:00 December 6th, 2016|

The Intellectual and Spiritual Poverty at the Heart of the Phony Diversity Cult

When Providence College Professor of English, Anthony Esolen, wrote an article in September for Crisis Magazine detailing the poverty of spirit and intellect at work behind misguided calls for "diversity" on his campus, he—like many or, even, most writers for online publications—did not supply the headline. Yet, a headline that in September seemed provocative—"My College Succumbed

By | 2016-12-06T18:36:51+00:00 December 6th, 2016|

Why Actors Shouldn’t Command Attention When They’re Off Script

That Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed and subjected to an obnoxious harangue last night at a performance of the Broadway production, Hamilton, is by now old news. USA Today and many users of social media, in reporting this, were evidently tripped up by the application of the word "irony" as they sought to suggest that Pence's decision

By | 2016-11-19T13:26:21+00:00 November 19th, 2016|

Three Reflections on the Post-Election Reaction

Some scattered thoughts on the reaction of the Left to the Trump victory: 1)  I went to bed last night as reports were coming in from Los Angeles (and, apparently, across the country) of protests, demonstrations, vandalism, and even violence. Gee. I wonder why? An illustration: Let this sear into your memory. Today's Left does not seek

By | 2016-11-10T18:07:44+00:00 November 10th, 2016|

Freedom in the Absence of Virtue

Conservatives fret rightly about the state of popular culture, education, declining civility, and the effects these things combined have on Americans’ capacity to govern themselves. As these things decline, so too does our fitness for freedom. As George Washington said in his Farewell Address: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,

Constitutional Piety Rings Hollow if it Can’t Resonate with Today’s Issues

When defending Donald Trump and Trump's supporters from those who claim to have an earnest concern for "conservatism" and "conservative principles," a common theme American Greatness explores is the extent to which these earnest people  confuse policy with principles. Too often, their attachment to "principle" turns out, really, just to be a commitment to 1980s-style policy prescriptions

By | 2016-10-05T09:19:45+00:00 October 5th, 2016|

After this Election Conservatism Won’t be the Same

American Greatness Contributing editor, Seth Leibsohn, hosted Claremont Review of Books editor (as well as a signer of the Scholars and Writers for Trump statement), Charles Kesler, on his radio show Friday. Among the things discussed was the question of the contours of conservatism after the election. Their discussion of the ways in which conservatism will require

By | 2016-10-01T17:09:38+00:00 October 1st, 2016|

Hillary Clinton as Mitt Romney

If you tuned in to last night's debate because you were expecting a substantive examination of the great issues facing our country and about which some hard decisions need to be made—and soon—you were disappointed. Trump's signature issue, immigration, was hardly discussed and questions of war and trade were not debated at the highest level.

By | 2016-09-27T11:42:09+00:00 September 27th, 2016|

Alt-Right Agonistes

Some months ago, Communist Party USA chairman John Bachtell endorsed Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders for president. The announcement received little fanfare and one is hard pressed to find any mention of it in the conventional press. Though the story continues to get a bit of play in conservative news sources, it's mentioned mainly as

By | 2016-09-22T11:40:48+00:00 September 15th, 2016|