Demonization of Nunes Is a Window into Our Times

Much of what we now know about the unethical and often illegal behavior of the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, and Department of Justice emerged due to the efforts of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Its chairman during its stunning disclosures has been Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who in turn has

By | 2018-09-12T21:53:24+00:00 September 13th, 2018|

Pop Guns On the Left Don’t Hit Their Target

Donald Trump’s enemies opened their offensive to win the midterm elections with the fortuitous McCain posthumous suicide of using his lengthy obsequies to sandbag the president. This was an imaginatively belligerent parting for a brave soldier, but an unseemly farewell to and by a patriot who was also the leader of the NeverTrumpers;

By | 2018-10-02T12:04:21+00:00 September 10th, 2018|

The Founders Were Not Education Centralizers

Some of the more zealous partisans of tax-funded schooling have resorted to a curious (and dubious) claim: “America’s Founders are on our side.” The Founders, they say, promoted a government role in education. Therefore, they would have opposed school choice. Retired educator Mary Wilke, a correspondent for the Concord Monitor, recently quoted John

By | 2018-09-09T22:03:55+00:00 September 10th, 2018|

Fever Dreams of Trump’s Fall

Can one man stem the tide when so many around him fall away? The forces gathered around President Trump are immense and seemingly driven by ill intent. The lust for power is all consuming—’twas ever thus in Washington, D.C. But as we approach November, so much hangs by a fraying thread. The Democrats

By | 2018-09-09T22:24:31+00:00 September 10th, 2018|

Who Elected You, Steady State?

The New York Times’ Anonymous, proud to be saving the country from the president he is sworn to serve, dismisses fears of an unaccountable “deep state.” Rather, he argues, Americans should appreciate that, as he and other officials surreptitiously thwart President Trump’s inappropriate impulses, they are supplying a beneficent, steadying effect. He and

By | 2018-09-08T09:57:56+00:00 September 7th, 2018|

The Banality of Barack

Capping off a week where Senate Democrats embarrassed themselves at what should have been the semi-serious vetting of a Supreme Court justice, along comes our foot-stomping former president to remind Americans of who, ultimately, is responsible for infantilizing national politics. While lecturing college students assembled in an auditorium in central Illinois—the adopted home

By | 2018-09-08T20:33:10+00:00 September 7th, 2018|

Cory Booker’s Commodus Moment

This is the closest I’ll get to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.” Thus spake U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who “violated (a) rule knowingly” in an attempt to obstruct the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. Or, if we want to be more realistic in understanding what he did, he turned his party’s futile gestures

By | 2018-09-07T10:56:42+00:00 September 7th, 2018|