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.

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: 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): 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. 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|

Socialism Isn’t on the Rise—Liberalism Is

Since the rise of Bernie Sanders and, more recently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, I've noticed many on the Right wondering if college kids are soon going to start pining for gulags and five-year plans. After all, a recent Gallup poll shows Americans ages 18-29 prefer socialism to capitalism (51 percent to 45 percent). David Azerrad of the

By | 2018-08-18T13:46:55+00:00 August 18th, 2018|

Andrew Cuomo: America ‘Was Never That Great’

I'll give it to liberals, at least they are honest about where they stand: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have just handed Republicans a ready-made campaign ad for his rumored 2020 presidential bid—by declaring Wednesday that America “was never that great.” The Democratic star made the seemingly offhand remark as part of his rebuke of

By | 2018-08-15T21:18:27+00:00 August 15th, 2018|

They Just Don’t Get It

While Ben Shapiro is now suggesting he MIGHT vote for Trump in 2020 depending on the circumstances (I wish I was that smart and thoughtful), other Never Trumpers remain firmly with their heads miles deep in sand. Check out this graphic by Erick Erickson's The Resurgent team, which is supposed to be a joke of

By | 2018-08-14T17:30:50+00:00 August 14th, 2018|