The Respect Deficit

He was duly and legally elected. It was a surprise to many and a great disappointment to a large number of voters. Many were enraged when he won the Republican nomination. But he went on to win the presidency even though he failed to win the popular vote. Some say he was able

By | 2018-05-25T11:50:54+00:00 May 25th, 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|

Wolfe’s Witness

Tom Wolfe died last week. His works will live on for a long time. There is a scene in Wolfe’s 1968 book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test that, once read, is never forgotten. He’s on assignment for New York Magazine, riding in a 1939 school bus painted in wild colors and packed with

By | 2018-05-20T13:42:07+00:00 May 20th, 2018|

Countdown to Triviality!

One of the great banes of 21st-century American culture is TV’s “countdown clock,” which ominously winds down to the start of a media hyped event. Because no one protested its initial appearance, the countdown clock today is ubiquitous, heralding everything—except something important. We’ve seen the countdown clock inject itself in politics, such as

By | 2018-05-18T10:19:57+00:00 May 18th, 2018|

Mueller Year One: The Real Heroes in Journalism

The American media are broken. Part one of a two-part series. After eight years of feeding the Obama cult of personality—swooning over his suave personal traits, covering for mistakes and misconduct, applying little if any scrutiny to his policies or performance—the news media suddenly developed a keen interest in presidential accountability and integrity on

By | 2018-05-15T23:57:08+00:00 May 16th, 2018|

#NoMoreApologies

Does anyone say “department store” anymore? If you’re a Millennial or maybe even a tad older, you may not even be aware of what a department store is. If you're thinking, Walmart or Target, or even Kohl’s, think again. Until the 1970s or so, department stores were grand affairs; multi-story edifices, arranged in

By | 2018-05-09T15:13:10+00:00 May 9th, 2018|

How to Revive a Roast

An open letter to the scribes who organized last Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner: Given your recent public relations wreck, these words are a little late. There may still be time to save next year’s dinner, however, and preserve a venerable institution that serves a valuable purpose. Your annual dinner helps deflate overblown

By | 2018-05-05T11:47:44+00:00 May 5th, 2018|