The Intelligence Community Works for the President

It’s simply hard to know where to begin to respond to the staggering chutzpah of Jennifer Rubin’s recent Washington Post opinion column accusing the president of undermining our intelligence community. Rubin used the recent leak regarding the exfiltration (a fancy word for “removal”) of an undercover “asset” in Russia as a hook to make the

By | 2019-09-12T17:28:17-07:00 September 12th, 2019|Tags: |

The Etiquette of the Late Dauphin or the Morality of Americans?

“I am the late Dauphin,” or so goes the line from Huckleberry Finn. American fraudsters long have sought to clothe themselves in the trappings of European aristocracy. A permanent elite is alien to American culture. Being alien, it is altogether fascinating. The distraction opens the door to swindle. Last week in City Journal, Harvard political

By | 2019-09-11T21:23:06-07:00 September 11th, 2019|Tags: |

Natural Disasters and the AR-15

As I was traveling from Jacksonville, Florida back home up the I-95, hundreds of electric power service vehicles from several companies were making their way south. Among those service vehicles were the ubiquitous Asplundh tree clearing trucks meshed in between the convoys. For people living on the East Coast, these were anxious days because as

By | 2019-09-07T20:16:48-07:00 September 7th, 2019|Tags: |

Lies the Left Tells About Guns

Congress reconvenes this week after a summer fraught with multiple mass shootings. Reportedly, legislation implementing tighter gun control is on the table, with rumored support by some in the White House. The rhetoric surrounding guns continues to escalate. Here’s the thing about guns. The Constitution—that handy little document—guarantees our rights to them, and that guarantee

By | 2019-09-07T19:56:24-07:00 September 7th, 2019|Tags: |

Red Flag, White Flag

In the wake of recent incidents in El Paso and in Dayton, our legislators—even more than usual—have been enthusiastic in their now-ritual “Dance of Death” for the Second Amendment. Their cries for more draconian background checks are joined by what is nothing less than a proposal to transform America into an informer culture. "Red flag

By | 2019-09-06T18:16:49-07:00 September 6th, 2019|Tags: |

The Inertial State

One of the nobler elements of the American system is its jealous protection of the rights of minority interests. Going back to James Madison’s strictures about balancing faction against faction in Federalist #10, and Abraham Lincoln’s warnings against unfettered popular sovereignty in the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Americans have long held to a noble tradition of respecting

By | 2019-09-07T20:06:00-07:00 September 6th, 2019|Tags: |

The Classical Tyranny of the Left’s Gun Policy

After months of dithering in a campaign as aimless as its Keroucian prologue, Beto O’Rourke had an interesting thought that’s also kind of true: “America is f---ed up” for tolerating mass shootings. He’s not wrong, but his indignant posturing is misplaced. Last week, Beto gave a rather f---ed up answer to a question about abortion.

By | 2019-09-05T20:34:49-07:00 September 5th, 2019|Tags: |

Property Rights as the Stumbling Block Against Slavery

The recent charge that the United States was founded on slavery and racism is nothing new. It is a charge that has been leveled repeatedly—and refuted—ever since the Founding. The most decisive response, of course, was the devastating American Civil War, which freed the slaves on the basis of America’s founding proposition that “all men

By | 2019-08-31T07:39:05-07:00 August 29th, 2019|Tags: |

False Crucibles

Every generation in modern American and, indeed, Western history has had its crucibles. We’ve had the Great War, the Depression, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and various economic crises and foreign policy challenges. There always have been existential threats to our society requiring maximum exertion. Through that hardening effort and the concurrent

By | 2019-08-28T19:40:38-07:00 August 28th, 2019|Tags: |

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