How Bergdahl’s Case Perverts Military Justice

In his 60-year old classic study of U.S. civil-military relations, The Soldier and the State, the late Samuel Huntington observed the traditional attitude of liberal American society toward the military was “conform or die.” During periods of peace, when security was not at stake, he contended, liberalism’s policy was “extirpation,” the attempt to

By | 2017-11-06T13:01:19+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

A Danny Deever Do-Over

With apologies to Rudyard Kipling. “What’s on the news this mornin’, Sarge?” said Files-on-Parade.“More signs of the Apocalypse,” his Platoon Sergeant said.“Hey, Sarge, how come you turned it off?” said Files-on-Parade.“ ‘Cause I can’t stand to hear no more,” the Platoon Sergeant said.“For they’re releasing Bowe Berghdahl; they have let him off scot-free,“He’s said he’s

By | 2017-11-06T12:29:08+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

Crossing the Trump Rubicon

We are in a veritable war of competing visions. The strife inside the two parties is irrelevant—when compared to the larger existential war for the soul of America. Like it or not, Donald Trump in fits and starts has chosen not to accommodate the progressive vision. But in most unlikely fashion he leads

By | 2017-11-07T07:30:24+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

Emasculating the God of War

Sentimentality aside, what does it mean to be a hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let's start by looking at how men are portrayed. The only overtly “manly man” among the Avengers and their minions is the Norse/Viking god, Thor. In an America ripe with fear of war, the collapse of war efforts

By | 2017-11-05T15:10:36+00:00 November 5th, 2017|

Deadly Frenemies: Cultural Marxism, Islam, and the War Against the West

At first glance, there seems to be little in common between the modern “progressives” of the culturally Marxist Left and the regressive cultural, political and religious force of recrudescent Islam. One prizes social license while the other enforces a punitive “moral” code; one claims to celebrate eccentric individuality while the other, both literally

By | 2017-11-07T12:21:01+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

So Many Screamers, So Little Reason

They’re screaming in New York City. They’re screaming in Chicago and San Francisco and L.A. About 4,000 people were supposed to scream on Boston Common, but the event’s organizer inexplicably canceled due to “reasons beyond our control.” Nevertheless, thousands of Americans are supposed to assemble on Nov. 8 to “scream helplessly at the

By | 2017-11-02T15:53:30+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|

Sky Screamers

Why,” inquired the Psalmist, “do the heathen rage?” That’s a question to revisit, in every age. If King David were to ask me that today, I’d reply: “I suppose they did not get their way.” Why do the coyotes howl at the moon? Though it is a particularly soulful tune, Those aren’t astronomers,

By | 2017-11-02T15:39:23+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|

Trump Has Broken the Apology Hypnosis on Race

He broke me,” Kathy Griffin famously said of our 45th President as she gazed, narcissistically, upon her self-inflicted wounds after incomprehensibly and symbolically decapitating the man Politico once called an outsider and an outer-borough brawler. Many Americans of the conservative persuasion have been waiting for a brawler who would fight the good fight

By | 2017-11-02T09:36:33+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|

Conservatism Needs a Reformation

Yesterday was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s start of what became known as the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation was launched and gained traction because of a belief that an institution, long beloved and promising salvation to its believers, had grown remote, confused, corrupt, and ineffective. Today another institution is facing a similar

By | 2017-11-01T22:22:22+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

Tech Giants Are Biggest Threat Facing Trump Supporters

Illustration by Ben Garrison After tech giants testified before Congress on Tuesday, Americans should realize the richest and most powerful U.S. companies wield power and influence in a way not seen since the railroad tycoons and John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil. Their ability to affect society and crush any potential competitors is

By | 2017-11-01T08:20:26+00:00 October 31st, 2017|