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

American Candidates Abroad

It is difficult to imagine a better day on the campaign trail for Donald Trump than August 31, 2016. Future historians will recall it as the day when a skeptical American public saw a palpable contrast between the real Trump and the cartoon image—not even drawn but merely "phoned in"— by a tired and arrogant Hillary Clinton campaign.

By | 2016-09-09T13:52:09+00:00 September 1st, 2016|

A Cosmopolitain Hillbilly Tries to Understand the Race Problem in America

When I saw that J.D. Vance, the author of the widely (and justly) acclaimed Hillbilly Elegy, had written an essay examining why racial relations in America have deteriorated, I thought: "Ah, now we are getting somewhere. This will have some important insights." I had good reason for thinking so. As I read Vance’s memoir in

By | 2016-09-09T13:53:31+00:00 August 30th, 2016|

A Tale of Two Kinds of White Racists (Not to Mention those of Other Hues)

Elsewhere on our site, Ken Masugi writes about Donald Trump's impressive speech last week in Milwaukee which, in addition to addressing the important question of law and order, also did not flinch from the question of Republicans and race. When Trump has not been accused actually of being a despicable racist, he's accused instead of seeking deliberately to appeal to

By | 2016-08-22T20:03:02+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|

Trump Speak 101

American Greatness Managing Editor, Ben Boychuk, writes a column in the Sacramento Bee exploring the many supposed "gaffes" of the Trump campaign and begins to note in them a pattern. That is to say, Trump predictably elicits outrage from the usual quarters when he speaks. This outrage leads the news cycle. People argue, at first, about whether or not

By | 2016-08-28T21:01:43+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|

What the Failures of American Indian Policy Can Teach Us About the Injustice of Divisive Tribalism

Naomi Schaefer Riley's newly-released book, The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians, looks to be more than just an interesting examination of an isolated but regrettable phenomenon. It may provide us some insights about the perils of a progressive administrative state that is obsessed with identity politics. The fishing camp where my family has

By | 2016-08-04T20:13:52+00:00 August 4th, 2016|

Free Trade Ideologues Morph into a Faction

David Griswold, a fellow at George Mason University's free-market Mercatus Center, had an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on Monday arguing that globalization has not hurt U.S. manufacturing but, rather, should be lauded for boosting American manufacturing by 40 percent over the past 20 years. The catch? Manufacturing isn't the same as it was two decades ago. Oh, and it

By | 2016-08-02T21:12:20+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

John Marini explains the American Crisis:  Part 1

An article at the Claremont Review of Books by John Marini, the scholar who literally wrote the book on the ways the administrative state is destructive to the possibility of self-government, deserves wide attention and careful analysis.  This post will be the first in a series attempting to provide some of that. The central problem

By | 2016-07-30T10:28:25+00:00 July 29th, 2016|

How #NeverTrump Bagged the Nomination for Trump

There is an excellent and insightful piece at Real Clear Politics by Jeffrey Anderson on the way center-right conservatives (of the sort who backed either Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush and then became #NeverTrump) made four key errors that virtually assured the nomination of Donald Trump. The article speaks for itself and should be read and committed

By | 2016-07-22T21:50:13+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Is Trump our McCarthy?

William Voegeli writes at National Review that a clue to understanding the support for Trump can be found in recalling that, "Sometimes worthy causes have unworthy champions," and then citing the anti-communism of Joseph McCarthy as a parallel example to Trump's position on terror. "The Trump movement is propelled by the fear that the idiots aren’t just

By | 2016-07-25T13:58:17+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|

Sorry, David Brooks and Others:  You’re Massively Wrong About Globalism Being “Massively Right” 

At the American Interest, Jason Willick writes perceptively about Samuel Huntington's prediction, more than two decades old, that the political order in the West would be turned upside down by a growing gulf between a "global elite" and their more nationalist general populations. The post-war push for an elite cosmopolitanism demanded free trade, open immigration policies, and an

By | 2016-07-18T18:19:08+00:00 July 18th, 2016|