To Secure the Blessings of Liberty, Rein in the ‘Permanent State’

The following are remarks delivered by Dr. Sebastian Gorka at Hillsdale College's eighth annual Constitution Day celebration in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2017. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Never go anywhere without your copy of Imprimus. It really is a high honor for me to address this august audience. My wife and

By | 2017-09-21T20:26:39+00:00 September 21st, 2017|

Ben in Berkeley Scolds the Poor

Democracy is still new to conservatives in certain ways. Even so, it’s strange for a democratic people to see full-throated moralism denouncing the poor from an oligarchic position. For a certain brand of conservative—and in spite of all trends pointing elsewhere—it remains what’s hot today. Ben Shapiro just stood up for that kind

By | 2017-09-20T10:31:52+00:00 September 17th, 2017|

Jonah Goldberg and the Republican “Land that Time Forgot”

The deal President Trump struck this week with Democratic Party leadership has sent the conservative commentariat into a rage spiral. Trump, snubbing the Republican “leadership” of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, agreed to raise the debt ceiling for three months. “Principled” congressional Republicans, in an act of

By | 2017-09-13T19:31:24+00:00 September 9th, 2017|

‘Party of Lincoln’ No More

One of the most prominent clichés that passes for wisdom among the GOP Establishment and conservative intellectual elite is that the Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln. But Donald Trump, as we are told ad nauseam, is doing his best to sever the electric cord that ties the Republican Party to Lincoln’s political principles. 

By | 2017-09-09T14:47:33+00:00 September 7th, 2017|

Republicans Cower in Charlottesville’s Aftermath

Last month's events in Charlottesville have given our Republican elected officials an excellent opportunity to educate the public on the violence of the hard Left and sources of their funding. Sadly, most are squandering the opportunity to make use of their bully pulpit and shed light on these disturbing realities. President Trump was

By | 2017-09-06T09:16:33+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|

Trump—Compared to What?

Tu quoque is a classical Latin term for “you too.” It is sometimes considered a logical fallacy: you do not defend your position, but instead point to someone else’s that is worse—in the fashion of a guilty child seeking to avoid parental discipline by claiming his unpunished brother “did it worse.” But in

By | 2017-08-30T16:59:32+00:00 August 27th, 2017|

How Small Government Rhetoric Misses the Mark

Modern conservative politics is largely divorced from reality, preferring abstraction and utopian schemes that wither in the face of the Left’s endless crusade against civil society. Conservatives also tend to have an overweening nostalgia for the past, which blinds them to the necessary re-thinking they need to do in order to resuscitate their

By | 2017-08-30T09:57:09+00:00 August 27th, 2017|