Trump, Pope Have Opportunity to Forge Meaningful Alliance

When the pope and the president meet in the Apostolic Palace — the official residence of the pope in Vatican City — this Wednesday, they will be setting a much-needed example for a nation convulsed by post-election tantrums. Conservative speakers are disinvited on college campuses, conservative professors become objects of career-ending derision, the major

By | 2017-05-23T22:35:02+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

When All Else Fails, Claim Plagiarism

Sunday afternoon, Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie, and Nathan McDermott released their latest hit piece on a Trump Administration nominee. If their names are not familiar to you, they should be as they were the “reporters” who asserted that Monica Crowley plagiarized significant portions of her Ph.D. dissertation. In their latest piece, they assert that

By | 2017-05-23T22:23:28+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

Memo from Manchester: Don’t Let the Swamp Win on Immigration

The excruciating facts keep on coming in. Twenty-two are dead, many of them children. About five dozen others are wounded, such that the death-toll may climb. The Islamic State jihadist network, having exhorted its willing Western-based recruits to attack in place, has claimed responsibility. And now comes the revelation that the suicide-terrorist, Salman Abedi,

By | 2017-05-23T21:31:03+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

Tales of a Coup: What Trump Can Learn from Gorbachev

The president was widely seen as incompetent, naïve, hostile to the professional experts in the bureaucracy, if not an outright traitor, paid off by the nation’s ancient enemies. The traditional political establishment, the intelligence services, and the career federal police were proven patriots and experts, who saw a tragedy unfolding before their eyes.

By | 2017-05-23T20:32:25+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

Partisans in Nonpartisan Clothing: The Media and Trump

Conservative columnist Victor Lasky opened his excellent 1977 book, “It Didn’t Start With Watergate,” by observing Watergate can be considered a media event. For without its demonstrated hostility to Nixon particularly, and right-of-center Republicans generally, Watergate would not have been blown up into hysterical proportions. The fact is that Democratic scandals of comparable,

By | 2017-05-23T20:31:50+00:00 May 20th, 2017|

The Delusional Press for Power of the Anti-Trump Crowd

Over the last few years, I have several times had occasion to cite Charles Mackay’s 19th-century classic Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. The title by itself captures something essential about our situation. But the particulars of the stories Mackay tells form an engaging collage of social history quite apart from

By | 2017-05-24T00:56:59+00:00 May 19th, 2017|

Combating the Power of Media Lies

In the last few days two supposed revelations  have shaken Donald Trump’s Presidency. The first, the May 15 Washington Post claim that in a meeting with Russian officials the previous week, President Trump “revealed to them highly classified information.” The Posts’ anonymous sources, went on to assert that “Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical

By | 2017-05-23T21:48:59+00:00 May 19th, 2017|

Who are the Real “Snowflakes,” Leftists or Conservatives?

The country is in a new era. Unfortunately, far too many of those who have grown comfortable as prominent spokespersons of the “conservative” media either don’t or won’t notice this. These self-avowed “conservatives”—they have been on radio and television airwaves for years—continue to prattle on as if it was 1994. They continue to

By | 2017-05-23T21:48:17+00:00 May 18th, 2017|

The Nightmares and the Realities of Never Trump

Rarely in the last half-century have so many elite conservatives and intellectuals been so estranged both from a Republican administration and from those who voted for it—neither have they become so animated in their antipathy and disgust for a sitting president. During the 2016 election, and the current Trump presidency, there have appeared

By | 2017-05-23T20:30:14+00:00 May 17th, 2017|

The Judgments of The Lord: Trump at Liberty University

The establishment, Right and Left, spent the weekend imagining the Founders had envisioned the linchpin of republican government to be an independent federal celebrity policeman. President Trump spent the weekend acting as President in the manner the Founders hoped. In a speech Saturday at Liberty University, President Trump traversed ground he has covered

By | 2017-05-22T19:49:10+00:00 May 17th, 2017|