Nicholas L. Waddy

About Nicholas L. Waddy

Nicholas L. Waddy, an associate professor of history at SUNY Alfred, blogs at

Democrats Look at South Africa, and They Like What They See

Even in the wake of its latest free election, held on May 8, South Africa is not, on the face of it, a model of vibrant democracy. The country suffers from persistent racial divisions, a stagnant economy, poor service delivery, rampant crime, and the world's worst income inequality. Surely this would not be

By | 2019-05-13T19:27:54-07:00 May 13th, 2019|

Cuomo Is Wrong to Give Free Tuition to Gold Star Families

Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a strategic retreat. In response to well-publicized criticism of the decision of the state's Democratic-controlled legislature to kill a bill that would have offered free college tuition to spouses and children of servicemen and women killed in the line of duty, Cuomo made the tuition benefits

By | 2019-04-26T22:21:38-07:00 April 25th, 2019|

Do Left-Wing Billionaires ‘Own’ House Democrats?

As the Democratic presidential field begins to take shape, liberal and left-wing billionaires are shopping around for the best candidate to support. Some, as we shall see, are also seeking to torpedo President Trump’s presidency through impeachment long before the 2020 election takes place.But we shouldn't lose sight of what these billionaires have already

By | 2019-03-28T20:37:26-07:00 March 28th, 2019|

Trump Should Militarize Our Immigration Courts

Political commentator Steve Cortes suggested recently that President Trump should declare a second national emergency on our southern border. The first such emergency was designed to divert funds towards wall construction, but Cortes argues that by itself won’t deter the current wave of migrants, mostly from Central America. This is because they know

By | 2019-03-11T20:01:56-07:00 March 12th, 2019|

Alternate Realities: The State of the Union versus The State of the Media

Is there a starker contrast than that between the upbeat message of hope and pride in America's past, present, and future delivered by President Trump in the recent State of the Union, and the constant drumbeat of crisis, “chaos,” outrage, and bigotry portrayed by the mainstream media? Truly, it seems that Americans on

By | 2019-02-14T20:36:55-07:00 February 14th, 2019|

The Time Has Come for Britain to Embrace a ‘No Deal’ Brexit

Ever since June 2016, when the British people voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European Union, establishment British politicians have been grappling with the consequences. With some notable exceptions, they have conceded that the will of the people would have to be honored, and some form of Brexit would indeed

By | 2019-01-24T21:12:13-07:00 January 24th, 2019|

Good Riddance, Syrian Civil War!

The media and the political establishment's excoriation of President Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from the battlefield of eastern Syria has been blistering, as usual. Our exit from the Syrian Civil War is, in fact, well-timed and sensible. President Trump deserves praise for bucking the conventional Beltway wisdom to

By | 2018-12-29T21:44:36-07:00 December 29th, 2018|