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‘As You Wish’: Remembering William Goldman

By | November 16th, 2018|0 Comments
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William Goldman was the 10th dentist, the outlier among the nine out of 10 dentists who recommend Crest. Untrained and unlicensed, he did more to fight cavities than a global communist conspiracy to fluoridate America’s water supply. His secret: a Nazi dentist—redundant, I know—who introduced himself to patients, before introducing the instruments of torture, by way of an innocuous question; a banal inquiry: “Is it safe?”

Cut to Laurence Olivier as Dr. Christian Szell, “The White

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Eyewitness to Hell: The Woolsey Fire

By | November 14th, 2018|0 Comments
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The demonic-shaped face of a cyclone, with two fireballs for eyes—the earthly equivalent of solar flares, with long filaments of plasma—whose pursed lips are like the world’s largest vacuum, suctioning all the dust and debris from the Great Basin—all the sand of Nevada, all the sediment of Oregon, all the stones of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming—until that vacuum becomes a gun barrel; unleashing a fusillade of wind, heat, and fury; unleashing over 5,000 years of accumulated rage, as it

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A Tribute to Stan Lee

By | November 13th, 2018|0 Comments
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Picture the scene transition—the spin, the blur, and the fade-away—as we segue from footage of the Hitler Youth to a fleet of newspaper delivery trucks outside Grand Central Station in New York City, where the roll-up doors open and drivers hurl stacks of comic books—of the same comic book—bundled together with twine, as the camera zooms in on the debut cover of “Captain America” in which the titular hero punches Hitler in the face, while the Gestapo point their rifles and machine

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The Peace to Begin All Wars

By | November 12th, 2018|0 Comments
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It was a punitive peace, filled with malice and free of magnanimity. It was a victory as unchristian as it was uncharitable, enacted by moralists and enforced by militants: an affront to all who sought to preserve what was pragmatic and true; who could no more imagine the dissolution of Christendom than they could foresee the rise of the crooked cross of German tyranny; who could no more envision the collapse of the Russian Orthodox Church than they could picture the crimes of the Russian

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The Holy Trinity of the Totalitarian Left

By | November 9th, 2018|0 Comments
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In just the few days since the midterm elections, the Left again has shown its brazen disregard for our historical and cultural norms and their contempt for the rule of law:   

Mobs were sent to intimidate political opponents into silence: Tucker Carlson’s wife was cornered in her pantry, and this was met only with media silence and no arrests by the police.

Voter Fraud has been deployed in order to steal elections they cannot otherwise win: Florida, with corrupt election

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Identity Politics is Interested in You

By | November 9th, 2018|0 Comments
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You might not be interested in identity politics, but identity politics is interested in you. Conservatives, including those of a nationalist bent, love to tout the universality of their principles and denigrate the “tribalism” of the Left. This is all well and good, save for one detail: Leftist tribalism marches on, unfazed.

On Tuesday night, Ted Cruz, conservative Senator extraordinaire, kept his Senate seat by the skin of his teeth in Texas, the traditional stronghold of

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Nunes Wins, Democrats Lose a Top-Tier Grudge Race

By | November 7th, 2018|0 Comments
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There were a handful of prolific Republicans who the Left really wanted to defeat on Tuesday: Senator Ted Cruz (they didn’t), Rep. Ron DeSantis (they didn’t), Rep. Steve King (they didn’t) and Rep. Devin Nunes (they didn’t).

Nunes became a target of the Left and some anti-Trump Republicans for his unwavering leadership in exposing the biggest political scandal in U.S. history: How the Obama administration weaponized the country’s law enforcement and intelligence apparatus to spy on a rival

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A Blue Wave Is Not a Welcome Sight

By | November 6th, 2018|0 Comments
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No political loss is permanent, just as no political victory is a mandate for permanent rule. Let us remember this fact if or when a blue wave rises and crashes from the Carolinas to the coastline of California, because the wave I refer to—the one pollsters talk about—is a tsunami: not a tidal wave but a wave of displacement, whose force is inexorable, whose fury is inordinate, whose fallout is inevitable.

To associate the tides with the timing of an election is to misunderstand the nature

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On Not Missing Paul Ryan

By | November 5th, 2018|0 Comments
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Before Paul Ryan boxes up his library of P90X DVDs and paperback copies of the collected works of Ayn Rand, before he relinquishes his gavel as Speaker of the House—an item more suitable for resistance training than fighting #TheResistance—before he returns to the state of Wisconsin, with a possible layover at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street in which he may convert his intelligence about how the federal government works into his own private works project, let us ask: Between

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The GOP’s Golden State Surprise

By | November 5th, 2018|0 Comments
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The political handicappers at the Cook Political Report rate 47 GOP-held House seats as “Toss-up or worse” according to their latest report.

But if you examine the data from the six toss-up or lean Democratic seats and one “Lean GOP” seat in California, the political know-it-alls are pretty ignorant.

Cook’s prognosticators put outgoing Rep. Darrell Issa’s seat (CA-49) as “Likely Democratic” while Nate Silver’s team at FiveThirtyEight give the GOP an absurdly low chance of

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WashPo/ABC News Poll Has Ominous News For Democrats

By | November 4th, 2018|0 Comments
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Despite the headlines about an eight-point advantage for Democrats in the generic congressional ballot, the detailed results of today’s Washington Post/ABC News poll should make most Democratic Party leaders and their billionaire benefactors sweat.

First, the eight-point gap represents a five-point drop from the same poll just three weeks ago, when Democrats had a 13-point advantage. (Like most polls, the sample favors Democrats by six points among registered voters.)

But even more ominous for

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Facebook’s Book of Lies

By | October 31st, 2018|0 Comments
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What do you get when you intersperse the ominous-sounding narration of PBS’s “Frontline” with the patois of a (Silicon) Valley Girl, whose resume belies her you-know-like-wow series of reaction shots to allegations that Facebook is an online sieve of personal data and social division, whose corporate newspeak fails to address the proliferation of fake news and bogus accounts on the world’s biggest platform for groupthink and the promotion of chain letters?

The answer confirms that

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The Darkest Hour: Government by the Head of HR

By | October 30th, 2018|0 Comments
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When did private rules overrule public rights? When did the Department of Human Resources become more powerful than the Police Department, minus the right to exercise deadly force, because bureaucrats can just as easily end a life by ending a person’s livelihood? They do not have to fire a shot or strike a blow to inflict maximum damage against someone who breaks the rules, not when what is constitutional elsewhere is unacceptable within a place of work. Not when the hours are long, and grow

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Give Max’s Foundering Memoir the Boot

By | October 29th, 2018|0 Comments
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I am more familiar with the work of Levi Strauss than I am the writings of Leo Strauss, except to say: where one made dungarees strong enough to withstand the strain of shoveling dung, the other made it easy to know who was full of shit. Regarding the latter, you do not have to own a pair of Levi’s, though you should wear a set of gloves, when turning the pages of Max Boot’s latest collection of bullshit, The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.

You do not have to parse his

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The Decline and Fall of the Alt Right

By | October 29th, 2018|0 Comments
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Recently, I wrote a piece at this website detailing my own experiences with the political movement known as the “Alt Right,” and explaining why its trajectory since its high water mark in 2016 has made me regard it as a stillborn mess. Moreover, I predicted that the movement would degenerate even further into obscurity and ignominy, as President Trump’s mainstream nationalism removed its one comparative advantage over other movements.
In fact, I argued, President Trump’s success at
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Election Day Is No Day of Democracy

By | October 24th, 2018|0 Comments
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The confessional and the voting booth are the respective icons of religion and our civil religion:  symbols of continuity—sacraments built to last—in which the former is as regal as any carriage and as rich as any coach, with its Solomonic columns and its solemn statues, with its decorative doors and its screened compartments; while the latter is where the penitent expresses his patriotism, not by arms but through the armaments of peace, as the gear-and-lever systems of old close the

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Bubkes for Bubba: The End of Bill Clinton

By | October 22nd, 2018|0 Comments
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If you want to see a political party cannibalize itself, if you want to hear how quickly hosannas become howls of outrage, look at—and listen to—Bill Clinton deliver his 2012 nomination speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Watch this saxophonist triangulate. Watch him improvise with the musicality of a master, whose riffs are more rhythmic than rococo, whose words are more conversational than conventional, whose wordsmithing is more explanatory than equivocal; though his legacy

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Why Liberals Really Hate Trump

By | October 22nd, 2018|0 Comments
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But in another, more accurate sense, he is.

David Gelernter’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today hits on a theme we’ve emphasized here at American Greatness for the better part of two years now: Trump may be crass, he may be vulgar, he may be “unpresidential,” but he never pretended to be otherwise. He was elected to do a job, and, despite the chaos narrative surrounding his administration, he’s doing it.

But the main thing Gelernter identifies is just how normal Trump really is. That may

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Smoking Elizabeth Warren’s Peace Pipe

By | October 18th, 2018|Comments Off on Smoking Elizabeth Warren’s Peace Pipe
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About the laboratory that “analyzed” Elizabeth Warren’s DNA: the trailer with dented aluminum siding and dirt-covered windows, whose owner is a former osteopath and itinerant preacher, in whose absence the vinyl floor tile has bubbled and buckled while a rod of fluorescent light hangs overhead like a partially severed limb, its red and blue wires exposed like a serpentine duo between the radial artery and the Median cubital vein—amidst the shards of glass, burnt matchsticks, soda

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Assault on Aisle Three!

By | October 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Assault on Aisle Three!
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Big news. You might have heard about this. It was all over the TV. A woman went public with a claim that a young man sexually assaulted her.

No, this isn’t about Christine Blasey Ford and her dubious claims against Brett Kavanaugh. And this incident didn’t happen a long time ago in a house far, far away. It just happened.

In a Brooklyn Deli.

Don’t wait for the punchline. This isn’t a joke. This is serious. Sexual assault is not funny. Even if it occurs amidst the pastrami and the potato

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We Have a Word for People Like You . . .

By | October 17th, 2018|Comments Off on We Have a Word for People Like You . . .
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It used to be cool to be cool in high school. “Grease” was the word, and Danny Zuko was the guy. He was the guy every other guy wanted to be like. And Olivia Newton John’s Sandy was the girl the other girls wished they could infect with a severe case of the cooties, so they could take her place in Danny’s arms.

But all that’s changed. Danny’s now a pariah for the way he treated these girls. He’s being pilloried for what he did, and even more for what he didn’t do. It doesn’t

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A Trump Card of a Signature

By | October 17th, 2018|Comments Off on A Trump Card of a Signature
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Let Romeo and Juliet philosophize about the meaning of names and roses. Let the Montagues and Capulets wage their own Wars of the Roses, while their respective houses collapse into homicide and suicide, because in the real world—in a world in which the White House is triumphant—the president’s signature is more important than any other name. It is a seismogram of a signature: a series of oversized peaks and valleys, wrought by a Cross Century II Black Lacquer and Gold Rollerball Pen;

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