Articles by Tom Doniphon

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: McCain’s grand funeral underscored […]

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. […]

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): We’re an economy with a country, not a country with an economy. — (((The Alex Nowrasteh))) (@AlexNowrasteh) August 24, 2018 In the comment section to this tweet, he […]

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. It’s not Trump or Hillary now guys. It’s Trump or Pence. That’s the case you have to make. — David […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Larry Arnn, Magnanimous Man

I’ve been meaning to say something about the brouhaha over Hillsdale College, its President Larry Arnn, and critiques (really, potshots) from Conor Freidersdorf of The Atlantic and a handful of current and former students of the college. A couple of weeks ago, Freidersdorf launched thes opening salvo, which was a thinly-disguised attack on Hillsdale in the form […]

Can There Be an Americanism? Part IV

As I wrap up my series on looking at the anti-liberal movements on the Right, you might be asking yourself why does this matter? Who cares what some academics have to say about liberalism and conservatism? It matters because ideas and teachers matter. Though the phrase can be overused (and misunderstood), ideas have consequences. If […]

Can There Be an Americanism? Part III

In my last post, I touched on some of the problems with Yoram Hazony’s traditionalist conservatism as it applies to the American founders. Now, I will briefly point out a couple problems with how he and his supporters view John Locke. If you’re asking yourself, “Who cares about some dead, white male who wrote 400 […]

Can There Be an Americanism? Part II

In my last post, I asked if the two popular anti-liberal movements on the Right, represented by Patrick Deneen and Yoram Hazony respectively, can truly serve as the basis for an authentic Americanism. I don’t think they can. Many others have successfully rebutted the Deneen view—liberalism seen as a 400 year plus project of dissolving the […]

Can There Be an Americanism? Part I

Can there be an Americanism? It’s a question I’ve been thinking more about this past week because according to two popular (and growing) groups on the Right, the answers seem to be “No” or “Sort of.” The former camp is headed by Patrick Deneen, Rod Dreher, and others who argue that modern liberalism failed precisely […]

Erler on Diversity, Citizenship, and Immigration

In the new Imprimis, Hillsdale College’s monthly speech digest, Ed Erler has a wonderful piece that touches on the most important topics in our politics today: diversity, political correctness, immigration, and the consent of the governed. It really is a tour de force. Here’s Erler on why constitutional government is impossible without the nation-state: Historically, constitutional […]