Tom Doniphon

About Tom Doniphon

Tom Doniphon is not, as you may imagine, an iconic character from John Ford's greatest western. He is, rather, a writer in the Midwest. The moniker, suffice to say, is a pseudonym.

Ben Sasse’s Dangerous Romanticism

Ben Sasse has a new book out he'd like you to read. Of course he does. In the Wall Street Journal, he has an op-ed based on his new book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other—And How To Heal. Them, Sasse’s second book, follows swiftly on the heels of his first book published last year. I

By | 2018-10-14T06:26:37+00:00 October 14th, 2018|

Apples of Gold, Pictures of Silver

Now that Justice Brett Kavanaugh is safely ensconced on the Supreme Court, I can finally talk about a recent op-ed by Claremont McKenna College professor George Thomas (this is a little thing called prudence, Sen. Sasse). In his piece, "Don't forget about Kavanaugh's troubling legal philosophy," Thomas wonders about Kavanaugh's method of constitutional interpretation: textualism.

By | 2018-10-08T14:59:07+00:00 October 8th, 2018|

Elite Evangelicals: Ruling Class Flunkies

Elite Evangelicals are puppets on strings being pulled by their ruling class masters. Case in point is Tim Keller's recent New York Times piece, which is a great example of how the elite Evangelical mind has been captured by worldly ends. Supposedly tackling the problem of how Christians fit into the two-party system, Keller instead treats us

By | 2018-10-03T16:51:09+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|

How to Stop the Administrative State

Please check out Mark Pulliam's review of Peter Wallison's forthcoming short book, Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State. Wallison, who served in two posts during the Reagan administration and is now ensconced at the American Enterprise Institute, takes aim at the governing apparatus in modern America: the administrative state. Functioning as a rogue

By | 2018-09-13T20:48:45+00:00 September 13th, 2018|

Twitter Trolls Can’t Stop Salena Zito

Selena Zito was one of the few reporters who dared venture out into the heartland of America in 2016 and talk to Americans who were fed up with the DC Uniparty. She used the stories she collected of former Obama voters and Republicans who had enough of the feckless GOP Establishment for her columns and

By | 2018-09-06T11:19:54+00:00 September 5th, 2018|

Treating McCain as a Civil Rights Leader

According to the eulogies (really, ruling class propaganda) given at John McCain's funeral, his life now reads like that of former civil rights leaders turned politicians. Think of congressional mainstays such as Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), whose actions decades ago are wielded as weapons against those who have dared to criticize him during his subsequent

By | 2018-09-03T07:27:35+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|

The McCain Funeral as Resistance Meeting

I didn't watch any part of the funeral for John McCain yesterday or read any news stories about what happened there and who said what. But I did glance at the headline of a write-up on the proceedings at The New Yorker, which says everything you need to know about what took place: https://twitter.com/NewYorker/status/1036103992210845696 It's pretty remarkable

By | 2018-09-02T06:09:21+00:00 September 2nd, 2018|

It’s Not About the Flag—It’s About Trump

One of the many revealing things that has happened since John McCain's death on Saturday (other than Democrats praising a man who, back in 2008, they labeled a racist, insane, over-the-hill politician who lost his grip on reality back in North Vietnam) is the controversy that erupted today over the flag at the White House.

By | 2018-08-27T15:16:47+00:00 August 27th, 2018|

Ruling Class Libertarian

The Cato Institute's resident dean for open borders pretty much sums up everything wrong with modern libertarianism (or at least a popularized, ruling class version of it): https://twitter.com/AlexNowrasteh/status/1032792735768563713 In the comment section to this tweet, he continues by stating that anyone who thinks otherwise (those dirty nationalists!) is practicing a "communism of the Right." For,

By | 2018-08-24T20:48:52+00:00 August 24th, 2018|

David French, Ruling Class Pawn

The giddycon "Right" is absolutely overjoyed over the news regarding Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. David French, as usual, is all too happy to get yet another chance to shame his favorite group: Trump voters. https://twitter.com/DavidAFrench/status/1032027351708778496 But contra French, the choice isn't between Trump or Pence. It's between republican government or bowing down at the

By | 2018-08-22T16:23:43+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|