The Suicide Pact

  “What happened to the American Dream? It came true. You’re looking at it.”  —The Comedian, Watchmen (1986) Supposedly, it is Abraham Lincoln who first used the phrase, “The Constitution is not a suicide pact,” when referring to his allegedly extra-constitutional acts during what historian Shelby Foote simply called “The War.” But as I watched the

How #NeverTrump Bagged the Nomination for Trump

There is an excellent and insightful piece at Real Clear Politics by Jeffrey Anderson on the way center-right conservatives (of the sort who backed either Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush and then became #NeverTrump) made four key errors that virtually assured the nomination of Donald Trump. The article speaks for itself and should be read and committed

By | 2016-07-22T21:50:13+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

How Conservatism Failed Millennials and Created ‘Generation Trump’

  It’s easy to hate Millennials. Has there ever been a generation easier to hate? They’re rude, historically illiterate, smug, smartphone-obsessed, and more interested in Internet memes than in carefully written, thoughtful political think pieces. We have all been at least mildly annoyed by the ironic T-shirt-wearing hipster in our local Starbucks, the delusional college

By | 2016-07-20T17:22:29+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Donald Trump is Right About ‘America First’

From my column in Friday's Sacramento Bee: “America First” is rooted in the nation’s founding principles. The idea finds its voice and inspiration in no less a figure than George Washington (and his ghostwriter, Alexander Hamilton, who is experiencing a well-deserved popular resurgence of late). “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to

By | 2016-07-14T23:43:31+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |