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

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 | 2018-04-07T12:07:40-07:00 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 | 2018-01-18T11:36:18-07:00 January 18th, 2018|

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

By | 2017-10-21T09:48:59-07:00 October 20th, 2017|

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

By | 2017-03-22T14:36:03-07:00 March 22nd, 2017|

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

By | 2017-03-16T20:46:39-07:00 March 16th, 2017|

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

By | 2017-03-02T20:45:16-07:00 March 2nd, 2017|

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

By | 2017-08-03T14:48:45-07:00 February 25th, 2017|

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

By | 2019-01-31T15:00:25-07:00 February 24th, 2017|

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

By | 2017-02-18T00:12:24-07:00 February 18th, 2017|