Does Trump Really Want Nuclear War?

rebeccah heinrichs explains trump's true nuclear policy

                    Media reports would have us believe that Donald Trump is more than a little bit trigger happy when it comes the use of nuclear weapons. MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough told the story last week of a “foreign policy expert on the international level” who paid […]

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Clint Backs Trump & Tells Everyone To “F*&king Get Over It”

  [Editors Note: Unpresidenital Eastwoodian salty language ahead.  Weekly Standard staffers beware.] Clint Eastwood weighs in on political correctness, Donald Trump, and “the pussy generation” in a new interview with Esquire that will remind you why Clint is Clint and you’re not.  Clint belongs to a generation that didn’t do a lot of the navel-gazing […]

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Free Trade Ideologues Morph into a Faction

David Griswold, a fellow at George Mason University’s free-market Mercatus Center, had an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on Monday arguing that globalization has not hurt U.S. manufacturing but, rather, should be lauded for boosting American manufacturing by 40 percent over the past 20 years. The catch? Manufacturing isn’t the same as it was two decades ago. Oh, and it […]

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John Marini explains the American Crisis:  Part 1

An article at the Claremont Review of Books by John Marini, the scholar who literally wrote the book on the ways the administrative state is destructive to the possibility of self-government, deserves wide attention and careful analysis.  This post will be the first in a series attempting to provide some of that. The central problem […]

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With Malice Toward None

  Many thanks to Carl Eric Scott at National Review’s “Postmodern Conservative” blog for taking note of our efforts here at American Greatness and for his good wishes. And perhaps greater thanks are in order for including us in the ranks of “genuine conservatives.” We are included in his taxonomy under 4b, as “those who […]

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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 […]

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How Conservatism Failed Millennials and Created ‘Generation Trump’

why millenials love 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 […]

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Their Essex Man, Our Reagan Democrat

Readers of American Greatness will not want to miss this Powerline Podcast with Steve Hayward interviewing Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Olsen is the premier number-crunching election prognosticator in the business. His track record predicting election outcomes is remarkably clear-eyed and brutally accurate–which explains why, even though he is not a Trump supporter, he […]

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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 […]

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A New Political Culture of Self Understanding

When Margaret Thatcher was first elected in Great Britain, one of the things she said was she wanted to “change the way the British people think about themselves.” I always thought of that quote in the context of something Jeane Kirkpatrick said about the meaning of Ronald Reagan’s election: “America took the ‘kick me’ sign […]

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