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Great Reads 6/23/17

A daily roundup of great reads from around the web as selected by our editors. —Ben Boychuk— Health care is the story of the day and the weekend. U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) announced Friday he would oppose the Mitch McConnell-backed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The Washington Post reports Heller, “who is up for […]

Great Reads 6/22/17

A daily roundup of great reads from around the web as selected by our editors. —Ben Boychuk—   The always interesting Rick Moran provides his own analysis of the Georgia special election at American Thinker: “Some people hate Trump. More people hate liberals.” After all the hemming and hawing from the media about money, “moral […]

Great Reads 6/21/17

A daily roundup of great reads from around the web as selected by our editors. —Ben Boychuk— Our friend Scott W. Johnson of PowerLine fame has an infuriating essay at City Journal describing his unlikely participation in the ongoing lawsuits against President Trump’s travel moratorium. Johnson was among a gaggle of right-leaning journalists and bloggers […]

10 Things Trump Could Do to Drive the Left (Even More) Crazy: Campus SJW Edition

President Trump’s Twitter feed remains a source of mainstream media consternation and of nervous fretting from weak-sister Republicans bent on returning to the days of Republicans taking the court as the Washington Generals. But if Trump really wants to drive the Left crazy—and, let’s be honest, we hope he does—then there are any number of […]

How Trump’s “America First” Will Improve Middle East Relations

President Trump’s speech last Tuesday before a joint session of Congress did not go into great depth on foreign affairs. However, it did offer several key statements about the meaning and intent of his “America First” approach to foreign policy. One of the most important statements was only a few lines, but it was also […]

Decius Out of the Darkness: A Q&A with Michael Anton

The Huffington Post on Thursday published a story by foreign affairs reporter Jessica Schulberg highlighting the work of Michael Anton, also known as Publius Decius Mus. Headlined “Trump Aide Derided Islam, Immigration And Diversity, Embraced An Anti-Semitic Past,” Schulberg’s story examines Anton’s older writings and make some shocking claims about his view of the world, […]

Farewell Decius and Safe Landing

Regular readers of American Greatness know that among the names on our masthead is Publius Decius Mus. “Decius,” as he is generally known around here, has been a contributing editor at AG and has worked with us since we conceived the idea, early last spring, of reviving a place for sharing the kinds of arguments he and his compatriots […]

Applying ‘America First’ in the Middle East

President Trump’s “America First” principle is an opportunity for the United States to adopt a more productive approach to engagement with nations in the Middle East. Here are three ways the Trump Administration could get better results, without creating unnecessary new problems, thus allowing the president to stay focused on his vital domestic agenda. 2003 […]

10 Things Trump Could Do to Drive the Left (Even More) Crazy

President Trump on Wednesday announced several executive actions that would defund the United Nations, bolster Department of Homeland Security resources to detain illegal aliens, and—most importantly—begin the promised construction of the wall along the southern U.S. border. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday hinted at what was coming, telling an audience it would be […]

The Greatness Agenda and American Greatness

American Greatness and, more generally, new means of promoting the Greatness Agenda are generating quite a bit of media attention this week.  And there is more to come in the weeks ahead. In addition to all of that, Managing Editor Ben Boychuk, joined 710KNUS host, Matt Dunn, earlier this week to discuss the rise of the Greatness […]

The New Yorker on the “Greatness Agenda”

The January 9, 2017 edition of The New Yorker features a story titled “Intellectuals for Trump,” which highlights the work of Publius Decius Mus and American Greatness. Here’s a short excerpt: The most cogent argument for electing Donald Trump was made not by Trump, or by his campaign, but by a writer who, unlike Trump, […]

The Gift of the MAGA: An AG Symposium on Great Reads for the Greatness Agenda

 Darren Beattie Martin Ford’s book, Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, is unsettling, and unsettling in just the right way for anyone who is serious about Making America Great Again. Indeed, Ford makes a convincing case that advancements in information technology,–simply put, automation–have already and will continue to have […]

We’re Just Getting Started. Help Us Succeed

The election is over. The transition is underway. Barring an extraordinary turn of events between now and January 20, Donald J. Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. Mission accomplished? Crisis averted? Republic saved? No, no, and emphatically no. A single election changes nothing. We have a lot of work to do. […]

Hamilton on Immigration

Alexander Hamilton, writing as “Lucius Crassus” in the New York Evening Post on January 12, 1802, expounds on legitimate reasons why a country might place limits on immigration. Resuming the subject of our last paper we proceed to trace still farther, the consequences that must result from a too unqualified admission of foreigners, to an equal […]

How to Advance the Greatness Agenda — A Post-Election Symposium

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential contest of 2016, there are far too many postmortems seeking to explain the question, “How did this happen?” Though many of us at American Greatness were pleasantly surprised by the extent of Trump’s victory, we always understood how it would come, if it came. So […]

Will the Trump Effect Last? Chris Buskirk on NPR Morning Edition with David Greene

American Greatness Publisher Chris Buskirk joined David Greene today on NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss whether the “Trump Effect” will last past the election, what it is, and what it might mean for American politics. The short answer is Buskirk hopes the “Trump Effect” will last—if we understand that to mean a politics of personal […]

Conservatives For Trump: A Symposium Featuring Scholars & Writers For Trump

When 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence they declared their “reliance upon divine Providence” and pledged to each their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. Today, 125 scholars and writers have pledged to support Donald Trump for president. While we too rely upon divine Providence today, it is because of those risks taken by those […]

An Interview with Decius

The pseudonymous Publius Decius Mus has angered and mystified his critics with his bracing assessment of our political moment in his essay, “The Flight 93 Election,” which—along with the follow-up essay—quickly went viral and generated commentary from left and right. With so many questions and so much controversy swirling around his ideas, American Greatness spoke with […]

#IAmDecius

Who is Decius? Who is the author of The Flight 93 Election that has Conservatism, Inc. frowning in consternation? This is the question of looming importance to the leading lights of Conservatism, Inc.. Their courage, never to be doubted, is now summoned and on full display in the usual places . . . so, Twitter. Speculation about […]

Why Conservative Intellectuals Support Trump – A Reply To Peter Beinart

  Peter Beinart is a bit late to the party in excoriating “Trump’s intellectuals.” It’s not just that the theme has been done to death, months ago. It’s also that, in order to conjure up a hook for his piece, Beinart makes the preposterous claim that “more than a year after Trump announced his presidential […]