"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,
If we open a quarrel between past and present,” Winston Churchill once said, “we shall find that we have lost the future.” I think it was etched on a statue of him Antifa smashed. Regardless, the cat nailed it. For when the present is chaotic and the future uncertain, it is all too
It is never wise to get down in the thick of the swamp, for that’s where the predators feast. Wade too deeply in the policy minutiae and, in due course, the swamp predators will pepper you with praise and promises to serve you—as dinner on a silver platter of your own purchase. Consider
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.
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
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,
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
I read the news today… Kick ass. Now they tell me I’m gonna get munched by a machine. No, I didn’t have a nightmare after a 2 a.m. Taco Bell run. No, I didn’t stand too close to that musician self-medicating his “glaucoma.” What I did was to catch a tweet informing me
“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.
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.