Thaddeus G. McCotter

About Thaddeus G. McCotter

The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee and current itinerant guitarist.

The Conservative Movement: ‘How Much Wisdom Have We Lost?’

"The Poverty of Riches," depicting aristocrats queueing outside a pawnbroker's shop to sell their unwanted property. (1894) In autumnal weather, one grows wistful . . . As a member of Generation X, I remember how difficult it was to scrounge up conservative tomes, publications and—above all prizing—broadcasts. Indeed, if memory serves,

By | 2017-11-19T13:51:49+00:00 November 18th, 2017|

Dems’ Russia Collusion Ruse: ‘Blame Trump and Hope for the Best’

When asked about the Russian collusion scandal, Hillary Clinton opined: "I think it's probably bigger than Watergate because it's about the future." Former Director of National Intelligence James “The” Clapper concurred, claiming the collusion case “pales” in comparison to Watergate. Today, we can see they weren’t just boasting. They were, in fact, correct.

By | 2017-10-30T10:13:51+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

‘Dances With Daffodils:’ Staying Sane in an Insane Age

It’s a commonplace that we live amid a communications revolution. With the Internet and smartphones, a few keystrokes propel a person’s views—however sublime, salacious or ridiculous—reverberating around the globe. Which, if you spend two minutes on Facebook, you know is doomed. What to do in an epoch of disproportionality, wherein any and every

By | 2017-10-14T19:49:28+00:00 October 14th, 2017|

The World is Your Oatmeal

When Lisa De Pasquale first informed me she was writing a new book about the Left, I was concerned for her mental health. Fortunately for all us but those on the Left, she’s kept her head; and, buoyed by her common sense, conservative principles and—something sorely lacking in her quarry—a sense of humor,

By | 2017-10-06T14:08:36+00:00 October 6th, 2017|

Message to the Republicans: Free the People!

The political adage holds that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” This adage’s not-irrational assumption is that “the enemy of my enemy is also me.” Unless, it seems, you’re the Republican Congress. Having once served with many of you, I understand and empathize as you contend with obstructionist Democrats, a hostile

By | 2017-10-02T15:24:20+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

“Dude, You’re in My Garage”: Why Socialism Blows

“It looks good on paper” is an timeless phrase used to describe an appealing abstract concept unworkable in practical application—or worse. To avoid wastes of time, money, and energy, in the real world the phrase is often heard and heeded. In the political world, however, it is seldom heard and almost never heeded.

By | 2017-09-18T11:18:39+00:00 September 16th, 2017|

Democratic Party Outreach: Faithful Catholics Need Not Apply

In the wake of President Trump’s election, the Democratic Party that nominated the first Roman Catholic for president, Al Smith, and elected the only Roman Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, has been trying to divine how best to restore its appeal to “blue collar” voters—a vast swath of whom are culturally conservative Catholics.

By | 2017-09-13T10:50:44+00:00 September 9th, 2017|