It Is Not Immoral to Deport Criminal Immigrants

George Mason University law professor Ilya Somin argued recently from his perch at the Volokh Conspiracy that “[i]mmigrants who commit offenses worthy of retribution should be punished. But they should not be subjected to any more punishment than native-born Americans who commit the same crimes. That means they should not be deported, unless

By | 2018-05-30T13:45:10+00:00 May 31st, 2018|

On Fightin’ Words, Conflicting Narratives, and Culture Wars

Perhaps because his recent death was on my mind already, the verbal fireworks that erupted like Mt. Kilauea lava bombs last week between deep state schemers like former CIA director John Brennan and President Trump on Twitter over #Spygate reminded me of another brutal war of words: the one between certain leftist literati

By | 2018-05-28T11:16:47+00:00 May 29th, 2018|

House Republican Leaders Dally and Delay on Immigration

Democrats in the House of Representatives are currently two GOP signatures away from forcing a series of votes designed to pass amnesty for upwards of 17 million illegal immigrants. Those responsible for stopping this effort—the House Republican leadership—have already conceded that it will happen. Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) told the Washington

By | 2018-05-27T00:42:15+00:00 May 27th, 2018|

Young Americans for Folly

It was the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) convention of 1968, and a conservative civil war was in the process of erupting. A vocal faction of libertarian students, incensed at YAF’s ongoing support for the Vietnam War, burned their draft cards in protest, which prompted a quite literal floor fight with the traditionalist

By | 2018-05-27T14:11:45+00:00 May 26th, 2018|

America 2.0

The government so carefully and brilliantly designed by the Framers and embodied in the Constitution is no more.Don’t believe me? Here is James Madison’s description of that government in Federalist 45:The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments

By | 2018-05-25T07:36:33+00:00 May 25th, 2018|

Conservatism, Inc. Collides with the Real World

The saga of Kanye West’s recent transformation into a free-thinking, ostensibly right-leaning Twitter phenomenon brings with it interesting developments for the Right. One of these results is a widening of the divisions among what I like to call the “Young Right.” At the epicenter of this divide is the organization Turning Point USA,

By | 2018-05-23T15:14:27+00:00 May 24th, 2018|

GOP Tunnel Vision in Skirmish Over McCain Funeral Wishes

At first glance, John McCain’s reported desire to have Barack Obama but not Donald Trump at his funeral seems to highlight the dumbest division yet between Beltway-style Republicans and those of us on the Right who actually want to see the things we’ve been talking about for years accomplished. But the reactions—more specifically,

By | 2018-05-23T13:29:46+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|

How El Chapo Met Lassie: Prison Reform Edition

When President Donald Trump appeared before a White House summit on Friday, a motley crew of left-wing activists, evangelicals, and the various appendages of the libertarian Koch Network applauded his apparent endorsement of the bipartisan First STEP Act, co-authored by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), which is slated to

By | 2018-05-22T10:12:08+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|