What “Make America Great Again” Really Means

Donald Trump’s wholly unprecedented political disruption and victory is still working itself out and will surely reverberate in the public’s consciousness for years to come. It also added a new phrase to our national political vocabulary: “Make America Great Again.” The press, the Left, and the anti-Trump faction of the conservative Right want

By | 2017-05-12T21:20:28+00:00 May 9th, 2017|

Elizabeth Warren Is Fighting the Wrong Fight, Part 2

In her newest book, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), makes the case that the Reagan-era tax cuts were the thing most responsible for the decline of the middle-class. As I noted earlier, Warren and her fellow Lefties conveniently ignore serious underlying trends that began well before Reagan’s presidency. In fact, technological advancement, globalization, demographic

By | 2017-05-10T19:07:16+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|

A Retrospective on Trump’s First 100 Days, Part 1

Author’s note: This article has been prepared in line with the factual standards employed by CNN and Buzzfeed. Any “fake news,” therefore, cannot be present. President Trump’s first 100 days have come to their end, and good God, have they been eventful. So eventful, in fact, that it’s doubtful Washington will cease having

By | 2017-05-14T14:41:00+00:00 April 28th, 2017|

China is Taking Afghanistan—at U.S. Expense

Americans didn't fight and die in Afghanistan so China could extract its copper. The Chinese military is conducting joint operations with the Pakistanis and Afghan security forces along the Chinese border, according to recent reports. The targets are jihadist elements, particularly a budding presence of Islamic State and other like-minded groups operating in Afghanistan.

By | 2017-04-03T05:34:04+00:00 March 11th, 2017|

While Democrats Fume, Trump Becomes the Jobs President

It’s the economy, stupid. We’ve heard the phrase so many times over the past 25 years that it has descended into cliché if not outright parody. But it’s been repeated so often because it highlights a basic truth about politics: jobs matter. And since the election, the job growth has been extraordinary. It’s been so

By | 2017-04-03T05:34:48+00:00 March 11th, 2017|

Deficits Do Matter

When former Vice President Dick Cheney nonchalantly quipped to former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill that “deficits don’t matter,” every fiscal conservative and anti-war liberal set their proverbial hair on fire. Under President George W. Bush, a modest surplus left behind by his predecessor was spent away on ill-advised entitlement programs, the mismanaged wars in Iraq

By | 2017-03-07T15:54:39+00:00 March 7th, 2017|

Nationalism Never Died (We Just Ignored It)

The rise of Donald Trump, last year’s Brexit vote, or the rise of alternative Right parties (such as Germany’s Alternativ für Deutschland and France’s National Front parties) all represent nationalistic movements. They may take different forms, but the concept of globalism has taken a pretty serious hit these last few years. In this morass, the

By | 2017-03-05T16:28:53+00:00 March 5th, 2017|

Conservatism: What is it Good For?

Paul Mirengoff of PowerLine has been kind enough to reply to my recent essay on the state of modern conservatism. To get the brown-nosing out of the way, I have been an avid reader of PowerLine for years. I thank Mirengoff for taking the time to comment on some of the problems I brought to

By | 2017-03-02T00:42:51+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|

Trump Revisits Gettysburg

As Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg spoke of America by referring to the four score and seven years that had passed since its birth, President Trump envisioned an America twelve score and 10 from its birth; its 250th birthday, or sestercentennial. That would place us in 2026, a year and a half following an eight-year Trump presidency. Our

By | 2017-03-01T18:23:20+00:00 March 1st, 2017|

Looking at Trump as a Turnaround Executive

The 2016 election outcome was an unexpectedly loud declaration by the American people about their dissatisfaction with the direction of the country. Further, the magnitude of the post-election polarization has ensured the historical habit of “happy talk” promoting the need for bipartisan initiatives that bring us together is absent and not going to happen. We

By | 2017-02-28T16:38:55+00:00 February 28th, 2017|