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|

The Wise Guy Wisdom of the Trump Revolution

During the 1980s—the heyday of the flamboyant, headline-grabbing New York mafioso, including Carmine “The Snake” Persico, Tony “Ducks” Corallo, and Vinny “The Chin” Gigante—an ambitious federal prosecutor named Rudy Giuliani made his bones sending wise guys to lock-up on Rikers Island, and sometimes (when the witnesses survived and didn’t lose their memories) federal

By | 2018-05-22T00:42:52+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|

Thinking About Trump

Editor’s note: This essay appears in the Spring 2018 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Reprinted by kind permission of the Claremont Institute.  Two months before the 2016 presidential election, the Claremont Review of Books published (in its digital pages) an essay that began: “2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die.”

By | 2018-05-16T23:48:13+00:00 May 16th, 2018|

Another Flawed Attempt at Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal justice reform is returning to political prominence, thanks to Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, one of its most ardent advocates. Ordinarily, that might be good news. But once again, the legislation at issue is so badly flawed that passage would cost taxpayers billions, yield little in the way of public safety or

By | 2018-05-15T07:30:03+00:00 May 14th, 2018|

Thoughts on ‘Unfettered Power’

Where to start? The phrase “unfettered power,” to which I will return, may put you in mind of Lord Acton’s famous observation that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But the context of Acton’s mot was grand politics. “Great men,” he went on to say, “are almost always bad men.” What we

By | 2018-05-09T00:17:57+00:00 May 8th, 2018|

Yes, NPR: Illegal Immigration Does Increase Violent Crime

As members of an alien caravan beat their fists at the gates, the experts provide the rationalization for inviting them in. John Burnett wrote last week for National Public Radio, “four academic studies show that illegal immigration does not increase the prevalence of violent crime or drug and alcohol problems.” But Burnett curated

By | 2018-05-08T10:41:14+00:00 May 7th, 2018|

American Greatness at the Movies

Reviewing the movie “Little Pink House” for the New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis wrote the film “succeeds neither narratively nor visually.” So, there you have it. The Times has spoken: you don’t want to see it. Then again, maybe you do. After all, the Times is ground zero for political correctness. A positive

By | 2018-05-07T10:30:59+00:00 May 7th, 2018|

Enough Obstruction: McConnell and the Senate Need to Work

Draining the D.C. swamp takes two critical things: willpower and manpower. President Trump has plenty of the former. But his attempts to gain the latter are being blocked actively by recalcitrant Senate Democrats and lazy Senate Republicans.  Senator Jon Tester’s (D-Mont.) shameful smearing of Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department

By | 2018-05-06T09:39:45+00:00 May 6th, 2018|