Trump’s Message: Full Transparency to Restore Trust

Back in the day, I wrote for a president. Not speeches, mind you, but special correspondence and proclamations. Watching this entire nauseating mess with the Justice Department and the FBI—agencies that many believe are corrupt to their core—I thought I'd write a statement for President Donald J. Trump that he could use to

By | 2018-06-22T23:55:09+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Trumping the Rule of Law

The outrage over the “crisis at the border” raises a question about the principles of NeverTrump conservatives. They whine about President Trump undermining or attacking legal norms and institutions practically on a daily basis. Now they want him to change the law unilaterally or ignore it outright. On the surface, these “principled conservatives” have

By | 2018-06-21T07:55:31+00:00 June 21st, 2018|

Fake News Finally Scores on Trump

The media earlier this week reported breathlessly that President Trump was separating children from their parents at the border and placing them in cages. Trump was doing it, commentators claimed, because he is a mean, racist jerk, and this finally proved it. It was fake news, as usual. For the first time, though,

By | 2018-06-21T04:12:59+00:00 June 21st, 2018|

Trump’s Immigration Policies Aren’t Like Japanese Internment

I rarely feel sympathy for Members of Congress, least of all Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings, but his tearful plea about separating children from their illegal immigrant parents—“What country is that?”—moves even as it exasperates.   Far worse than Cummings’ emoting are the hysterical attacks by the media and sanctimonious elites on the Trump

By | 2018-06-21T23:57:26+00:00 June 21st, 2018|

Delusion About Detentions: On Family Separation at the Border

Upstanding journalists, their fellow right-minded pundits, and progressive elected official friends are outraged! Part one of two. According to them, the Trump Administration’s approach to immigration enforcement is cruel, un-American, inhumane, barbaric, and even medically dangerous. NeverTrump’s go-to former Bush official, General Michael Hayden, took the hand-wringing and hyperbole to a new level

By | 2018-06-20T11:15:59+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

A Feeble Pushback Against the Inspector General’s Whitewash

For even the most cynical among us, there is a Baghdad Bob aura of unreality about the Justice Department Inspector General’s report absolving the FBI of partisan wrongdoing in the Clinton email investigation. The IG report follows in Comey’s footsteps: enumerating appalling and illegal behavior, and then concluding there is nothing to prosecute.

By | 2018-06-20T00:06:04+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

A Nation of Laws, Not Regulations—Or Regulators

For several months, the American people have been inundated with a total media freakout about the Trump Administration’s consistent violation of sacrosanct “processes.” Whether it be President Trump’s endless tweets; his unwillingness fully to cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia; or Trump’s recent spate

By | 2018-06-14T00:15:01+00:00 June 14th, 2018|