The two biggest stories of the month are the outbreak of the coronavirus in China and the rise of socialism in the United States, as represented by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his unorthodox campaign for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Although the two stories may seem unrelated, there are, in fact, important connections.
Politics have changed. Democrats today do not seem like the Democrats of yesteryear. Neither do the Republicans. Something feels different . . . alien. A lot of people are leaning toward socialism, for example. In years past, this was always a bridge too far. At the same time, supposed “Democrats” seem to think very little
A few weeks ago, I devoted my column to an article about me published in Newsweek under the headline "Conservative Radio Host Ridicules Anne Frank." As the full context of my comments in the video made clear, it was a lie. To its credit, after its editor was notified of this fact, Newsweek changed the
For the fanatics on the far Left, and perhaps even for those deranged millions in the middle of the Democratic pack, there is nothing a Republican can say about “climate” that would impress them. As far as they’re concerned, Republicans are racist, sexist, and xenophobic, with a long history of “denying” that climate change is
When the Supreme Court decided the first Masterpiece Cakeshop case in favor of Jack Phillips, the owner of a Colorado bakery who declined to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding reception, the court’s ruling was quite narrow. The decision focused primarily on the actions of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which were deemed hostile
“What’s the point of having FARA-you money, if you never say FARA you?” Bobby Axelrod, the protagonist of Showtime’s “Billions,” once asked this rhetorically as he contemplated buying a house so ostentatious that it would pique the envy of his enemies. Of course, he didn’t actually use the word, “FARA.” But FARA, the acronym for
When commentators regret the ferocious polarization in the United States following the election of President Donald Trump, conservatives must be wary. Polarization as a term to describe the political scene has strategic value for liberals. In calling what has happened to our country a problem of a disappearing middle, liberals obscure actions of the Left
Writing on Presidents’ Day, there comes back to me the notion I have held for more than 20 years that the holiday should be moved forward one week and extended to include the next two great presidents after Washington and Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt (born January 30, 1882) and Ronald Reagan (born February 6, 1911).
The California Republican Party has become sclerotic and impotent. A fresh policy agenda and political strategy could go a long way towards rebuilding the party. But part of rebuilding the party is not losing sight of why we need to do it. This is not just about throwing out our political opponents and installing our
WESTBY, Wisconsin—Spend any time with people who supported presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 and you quickly find out that the reasons they voted for Trump had very little to do with him. It is likely one of the most misunderstood threads among this new conservative populist coalition. To get the real reasons for their