Primary Trump is Making a Comeback

When Donald Trump first announced his candidacy during the infamous escalator ride of June 16, 2015, his speech was unconventional, to say the least. In fact, as the primary went on, “unconventional” practically became Trump’s calling card when it came to campaigning. The ways that Trump managed this at the level of communication

By | 2018-04-21T09:12:06+00:00 April 21st, 2018|

The Fiery Angel, Western Culture and Its (Dis)Contents

This week, I’m in Washington, D.C. giving a series of lectures and seminars at the Institute of World Politics, a small postgraduate school that specializes in the areas of defense, foreign policy, and intelligence work. The school will feature Secretary of Defense James Mattis as its commencement speaker in May. On Monday, as

By | 2018-04-20T00:19:34+00:00 April 19th, 2018|

The Conservative Renaissance Has Begun

As President Trump continues to remake the Republican Party in his image, calls for last rites to be given to American conservatism are not just premature—they’re entirely wrong. Accusing Republican voters of political apostasy for supporting Trump is wrong, too. These perspectives are also evidence that the accusers are missing an intellectual and

By | 2018-04-18T14:41:41+00:00 April 18th, 2018|

Michael Anton Addresses His Critics, Affirms Support for Trump

Michael Anton was a senior contributing editor of American Greatness from July 2016 until January 2017 when he became deputy assistant to the president for strategic communications on the National Security Council. Anton last week announced his plans to leave the administration and return to political writing, as well as teaching at Hillsdale

By | 2018-04-17T00:40:04+00:00 April 15th, 2018|

Who Will Regulate Our Regulators?

The New York Times in an article reporting on President Trump’s efforts to dismantle the regulatory state, hit upon a divergence of thought on the Right. The Times quoted Gordon Lloyd, a professor emeritus at Pepperdine University and a preeminent scholar of the American Founding and the nature of limited government. Rather than

By | 2018-04-16T06:17:43+00:00 April 15th, 2018|

The Blair Kitsch Project

The insufferably honest chap who cajoled Great Britain into the Iraq War based on “intelligence” not even Buzzfeed would credit, thinks his countrymen’s historic vote to leave his beloved European Union was “riddled with lies.” Tony Blair, who touted a “sexed-up” dossier to jump into bed with president George W. Bush before ablazing

By | 2018-04-13T12:44:49+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

Living With Politics as War

Whoever was surprised by the hate-fest against the National Rifle Association and conservative Americans in general that followed the Parkland, Florida school shooting must not have been paying attention. Over the past half-century, a ruling class formed by our uniformly leftist educational system and occupying the commanding heights of corporate life, governmental bureaucracies,

By | 2018-04-14T00:15:20+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

Is Ryan’s Exit the End of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party?

Paul Ryan’s announcement Wednesday that he is not running for re-election from his hitherto safe district in Wisconsin, coming as it did amidst the media-fueled fires of James Comey, Robert Mueller and all the other Stormy Danielses circling the Trump Administration, was the most underappreciated development of the day. Not necessarily because the

By | 2018-04-13T00:17:54+00:00 April 12th, 2018|

Good Riddance, Mr. Speaker

In 2016, Wisconsin turned red for Donald Trump but Paul Ryan’s Janesville remained stubbornly blue—so perhaps it is no surprise that the speaker of the House won’t seek re-election. For Republicans, this is an unalloyed good. For his entire career, Mr. Ryan has been the wunderkind who couldn’t deliver. As the No. 2

By | 2018-04-11T18:08:49+00:00 April 12th, 2018|

Mueller at the Crossroads

Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017 in reaction to a media still gripped by near hysteria over the inexplicable defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. For nearly a year before Mueller's appointment, leaks had spread about collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign that supposedly cost

By | 2018-04-11T16:09:10+00:00 April 11th, 2018|