Nicholas L. Waddy

About Nicholas L. Waddy

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

Brett Kavanaugh Isn’t Defined by the Swamp that Spawned Him

Americans are asking themselves: Who is Brett Kavanaugh, and what kind of Supreme Court justice will he make? The answers are myriad and mostly speculative. Judge Andrew Napolitano, a senior judicial analyst for Fox News, has written an article about why he is “deeply disappointed” in President Trump's decision to nominate Kavanaugh to

By | 2018-07-13T16:41:43+00:00 July 14th, 2018|

Crying Babies Used by Crybabies

With all rational and pseudo-rational arguments exhausted and Republican support for President Trump pegged around 90 percent in most polls, the Democrats are left to reduce their opposition to one simple (and simplistic) idea: Donald Trump is despicable because he makes babies cry. How did we reach this point in our national discourse? It

By | 2018-06-30T00:07:50+00:00 June 30th, 2018|

Trump is Right: G7 Needs a Wake-Up Call on Trade

The recent meeting of the G7 leaders in La Malbaie, Quebec ended dramatically, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau harshly criticizing U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and threatening to retaliate. President Trump then instructed U.S. negotiators not to sign the communique that group members issued at the conclusion of the summit. Predictably,

By | 2018-06-11T23:28:20+00:00 June 12th, 2018|

Trump Will Get a Deal Done with North Korea

President Trump's announcement Thursday that he is canceling the upcoming summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was seized upon by leftists with their typical fervor and malicious glee. Kim has “won,” according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and he must be having a “giggle fit.” To people like Pelosi, the

By | 2018-05-25T14:40:58+00:00 May 26th, 2018|

Mr. President: Talk to Mueller Now, or Plead the Fifth Later

The long negotiations between Donald Trump's legal team and the gaggle of professional witch-hunters employed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller may yet produce a formula by which the president could sit down for a voluntary interview. Increasingly, however, this seems doubtful, as the hostility between the two camps grows, and as Trump's poll

By | 2018-05-04T13:27:35+00:00 May 4th, 2018|

Trump’s Hardball Trade Tactics Are Working

When President Trump recently announced new tariffs of $50-60 billion on Chinese exports, to punish China for stealing U.S. intellectual property and coercing U.S. companies into revealing their technological secrets, the media's reaction was, to say the least, negative. The reaction to Trump's tariffs designed to protect U.S. steel and aluminum producers from

By | 2018-03-28T10:10:51+00:00 March 28th, 2018|

Burying the Lead: The Media Ignores Trump’s Victories

It's no secret that the mainstream media loathes President Trump. The coverage of the Trump Administration has broken all records in terms of consistent, vitriolic negativity. (One study found that the coverage on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening newscasts was critical 90 percent of the time.) This leads the media to devote

By | 2018-03-23T17:21:13+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

Making Tax Reform Great Again

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was a great leap forward in terms of U.S. tax policy. Congress lowered tax rates across the board, with particular emphasis on cutting corporate taxes to make America more competitive with other industrialized countries. The ensuing growth has gone a long way to changing perceptions

By | 2018-03-07T11:50:47+00:00 March 6th, 2018|