‘Boca Constrictor’ Has House Ethics Committee Tied in Knots

Generally, conservatives believe congressional Democrats do nothing constructive; thus, conservatives prefer congressional Democrats do nothing at all. The rationale is that, as it regards the fate of our free republic, the Left’s idle hands will do less damage in the Devil’s workshop than their active hands will do in Congress, however similar the

By | 2017-07-24T20:14:25+00:00 July 21st, 2017|

‘Indoctrinationism’: The Ideology of Speech Policing

Speech policing in the United States, often called “political correctness,” has inspired much resentment and concern along with advocacy. Right now only its advocates have an action plan—which is to institutionalize PC on university campuses through the appointment of administrators responsible for developing and enforcing policies to control expression. Those who object to

By | 2017-07-22T10:34:35+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

Make Rhetoric Great Again

At the university where I teach rhetoric, an organization called the Center for Public Deliberation promotes events where students, faculty and other citizens can discuss issues that are relevant to American democratic life. Among the goals listed on the Center’s website are decreasing political polarization, creating safe spaces for dialogue between “co-creating agents

By | 2017-07-22T10:38:26+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

Mueller’s Investigation Must Be Limited and Accountable

How much goalpost moving should be tolerable in the Trump-Russia collusion investigation? Remember, we started with an allegation that the Trump campaign may have been complicit in the Putin regime’s “cyber-espionage”—i.e., the hacking our intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian government operatives carried out against email accounts tied to Democrats. The investigation took

By | 2017-07-24T20:16:28+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

Swampland’s Ten Commandments

The Trump family is no doubt canny about the dog-eat-dog landscapes of the Manhattan real estate lagoon. But when the Trumps arrived in Washington, as political novices they entered an entirely new swampland, with which so far they remain unfamiliar. Their transition down the coastal corridor is sort of like leaving a Florida

By | 2017-07-20T19:13:32+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

The Russia House: Pope or Kafka?

Not the Pope, Francis the anti-American environmentalist Jesuit. No, I mean Alex, the 18th-century English poet. Here’s my question: Is the whole Russia-meddled-in-U.S.-election/Donald-Trump-colluded-with-Putin-to-snatch-the-presidency-from-its-rightful-owner,-H.-Clinton narrative an example of what Pope talked about at the beginning of The Rape of the Lock? What dire Offence from am'rous Causes springs, What mighty Quarrels rise from trivial

By | 2017-07-19T17:38:05+00:00 July 16th, 2017|

The Hollowness of the Conservative Intellectual Elite

The rise of Donald Trump not only highlights the fecklessness of the political class but also the blindness of the conservative intellectual elite. Conservatism Inc., the vast apparatus of thinks tanks, policy journals, and periodicals that have formed the intellectual foundation for the Right over the past few decades, has failed to deliver

By | 2017-07-18T13:11:26+00:00 July 14th, 2017|

No, You Can’t Have My Country

You can’t have my country. You cannot take away anything that makes her her. She has stood proudly head and shoulders above others ever since her brilliant, bombastic founding. She has withstood fire and assault and wars and ravages. Her people have shed blood for her. America is under a dreadful assault. The

By | 2017-07-16T23:48:12+00:00 July 12th, 2017|

How Did Trump Earn an Unprecedented Progressive Backlash?

Celebrities, academics, and journalists have publicly threatened or imagined decapitating Donald Trump, blowing him up in the White House, shooting him, hanging him, clubbing him, and battering his face. They have compared him to Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. And some have variously accused him of incestuous relations with his daughter and committing sex

By | 2017-07-14T12:49:03+00:00 July 10th, 2017|