What Has Been Forgotten About our Common Sense Founding

To the extent that America may be said to have a central idea, common sense is the key to understanding it. America’s Founders used the term “common sense”with regularity, and common sense operated at every level during the Founding Era, starting with the American Revolution itself. Indeed, Common Sense is the title of

By | 2017-11-15T12:08:37+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

Common Sense and the Common Good

The Founders’ gift does not demand much of us. As citizen-sovereigns, we need to exercise common sense and hold dear the common good. Little more is required of us in the system America’s founders designed. That is remarkable, even astonishing because for most of us common sense and caring about the common good

By | 2017-11-13T10:22:11+00:00 November 13th, 2017|

Corruption, Globalized

As long as there has been politics, there has been corruption. So the investigative hand-grenades which have been flying for the past year, first at the Trump campaign, now at Mrs. Clinton’s, are not exactly new in American political life. What is new, however, is the geography. Corruption used to be something American

By | 2017-11-07T11:20:56+00:00 November 7th, 2017|

John Locke, Closet NeverTrumper?

The fissures that led to the crackup of modern conservatism run deep. The most visible sign of this reality was the election of Donald Trump, which pitted certain elite conservatives against the majority of conservatives who make up the Republican base. Elite NeverTrump conservatives, who argue to this day about the president’s supposed

By | 2017-10-16T20:09:56+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

We Need a Radio Free America on Campus

Deep within the United States Code a dynamite charge lies buried. Once ignited, it could blow the current landscape of higher education to smithereens, replacing its monotonous ideological expanse with an alpine variety of competing views and perspectives. Triggering the charge would require a willingness to overcome political reflexives that often serve conservatives

By | 2017-10-06T09:17:48+00:00 October 5th, 2017|

To Be Great the U.N. Must Defend Democratic Sovereignty

“I’ve listened to countless speeches in this hall, but I can say this: None were bolder, none more courageous and forthright than the one delivered by President Trump today” –Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  The wisdom of President Trump’s United Nations speech last week was nothing less than a demonstration to that dubious

By | 2017-09-27T17:11:56+00:00 September 26th, 2017|

Obama’s America: That’s Who We Are

During his presidency, Barack Obama was fond of hectoring the American people with the condescending refrain “that’s not who we are.” He would trot it out regularly to disparage as un-American anyone who disagreed with his predictably progressive policy views on immigration, refugees, health care, or Islamic terrorism. Who we are, it turns

By | 2017-09-11T15:49:19+00:00 September 8th, 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|