Articles by Thaddeus G. McCotter

Petri-Dish Leftists

As most of my Generation X cohorts were too young at the time to process fully the abysmal political reasons why the 1970s sucked, network television did its part to ensure we kids realized some of the pop-cultural reasons. I enter into evidence Exhibit 3,471,983: ABC’s 1976 “made-for-television” movie, “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.” “Based […]

Dems’ Impeachment Inquiry Announces New Hire

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has vowed to investigate the impeachment of the patently guilty of something President Donald J. Trump “in a way that brings people together, that is healing rather than dividing. True to her word, the Speaker and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chair, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), […]

Clear-Eyed Engagement: America’s New China Policy  

In the inaugural Frederic V. Malek Memorial Lecture at the Wilson Center, Vice President Mike Pence boiled down President Trump’s necessary revolution in U.S.-China relations to three words: “clear-eyed engagement.” In this welcome address, Pence outlined a holistic policy based upon a realistic assessment of the nature and deeds of the Chinese regime. He declared […]

Twitching and Grunting in the Great White North

As a youngster in the 1970s, on Labor Day weekends my family would vacation in Ipperwash, Ontario, on the shore of Lake Huron. For much of that time, American and Canadian relations were often strained, especially over foreign policy, and these governmental tensions could filter down to the respective citizenries. Once, on the way to […]

Beto O’Rourke: A Clockwork Leftist

In an 1819 landmark Supreme Court ruling, McCulloch v. Maryland, Chief Justice John Marshall famously opined: “The power to tax involves the power to destroy.” What the esteemed Chief Justice couldn’t have foreseen was how the regressives would seek to use the power to tax to destroy revealed religions and subordinate them to the Left’s […]

Moral Equivalence in the ‘Unilateral’ Impeachment Inquiry

The Left’s same lame game is afoot—anile, redundant, and destined for failure. In his incisive legal analysis, Andrew McCarthy notes how the absence of a formal vote to commence the impeachment inquiry and the failure (at present) to issue subpoenas would invoke due process safeguards for the president, his administration, and other potential witnesses and/or […]

The Left Lets the Rat Out of the Bag

One of the more pathetic failings of the Left is to deny not only the consequences of its policies and tactics, but to deny their policies and tactics altogether. Then one of their ranks lets the rat out of the bag. Two recent incidents belie the Left’s disingenuous agenda: First, former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke […]

Why You Can’t Say ‘Eat Me!’ to a Leftist Anymore

Some consider strenuous objections to the climate cult and its aims to be half-baked. Though peppered with invective, we critics who know the Left and who are embroiled in this issue have warned that the climate cult will ban plastic straws today and you tomorrow. Bluntly, these postmodern Malthusians insanely hold that the greatest threat […]

Courting Disaster with Hurricane Dorian

I believe it was at a U.S.-Canada parliamentary exchange in 1993 when I first met former Prime Minister Kim Campbell. Knowing she was the first and only female P.M. in Canadian history, I asked for her autograph for my mother, who was herself a pioneer and mentor for female elected officials in our community in […]

The Left’s ‘Three Rs’: Russia, Racism, and Recession

Long ago when I was young, the fundamental building blocks of education were “the three Rs”: reading, writing, and arithmetic. Today, for the less-than-edifying Left, the basic brickbats of their 2020 campaign against President Trump also comprise three “Rs”: Russia, racism, and recession. Tragically, among those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, the most important “R” […]

The Mountebank Left Is Banking on You

Some time ago, I noted the irreconcilable difference between the Left and the rest of America: the majority of our fellow citizens believe America is an inherently good nation that continues its pursuit of a more perfect union; the Left believes America is an inherently evil nation that must be transformed fundamentally into an oppressive […]

‘Prog-Whistles’ and Safe Spaces

The Left controls the three major platforms for messaging the American people—the arts; academia; and the old, new and social media. Yet, America remains a generally center-right country—and certainly has not become the “fundamentally transformed” backwater socialist collective President Obama once promised. Oh, sure, he and his leftist minions never explicitly called for that; but […]

Pop Gun 2: ‘Resistance’ Hollywood Kowtows to China

Hollywood, the cultural epicenter of the “resistance” to the faux totalitarianism attributed to President Trump, has a vastly different approach to the real totalitarianism of Communist China: capitulation and self-censorship. As noted by Mark MacKinnon, the senior international correspondent for The Globe and Mail, the sequel to 1986’s “Top Gun”—which, after 33 years of intermittent […]

The Left’s Industrial Counter-Revolutionaries

George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” He should have added that the ahistorical are also immune to irony, as in the case of the Left calling itself “progressive.” In the continuing quest to note that the Left is not progressive but, in fact, regressive, let us […]

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team: “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

On this year’s Fourth of July vacation—a holiday my family still celebrates (call us old fashioned)—my wife and I were walking along a Grand Haven, Michigan street when we overheard how, in the World Cup semifinals, Britain had just tied the U.S. women’s soccer team at 2-2. Unable to watch the remainder of the game, […]