Bring on the Mueller Report!

April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire. So T.S. Elliot reminds us of the juxtaposition of rot and rebirth in April as the Spring thaws accelerate decomposition to make way for new life. April 2019 will mark the third anniversary of the Clinton team hiring Fusion […]

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Retreat, Regroup, and Reinvest in a Realist Foreign Policy

Donald Trump’s administration has allowed the United States to renegotiate its orientation to the rest of the world. Partisans have sniped in contradictory ways, criticizing him both as a warmonger and a naïve peacenik, but they rarely offer thoughtful alternatives to the course Trump has taken. Trump’s foreign policy has two sides, both of which […]

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Progressive Leftists vs. Common Sense

Have you heard this one? A federal judge has ruled that the all-male military draft is unconstitutional. How did you feel about this bit of news when you first learned of it? Did you think the ruling was ridiculous? An outrage? Did you feel hopeless about what is happening to our country? All of the […]

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When Bureaucracy Replaces Humanity

I got a letter last week informing me that my catastrophic health care insurance was terminated. The plan was terminated because of a technical glitch. Instead of billing the credit card I had designated as my primary payment option, my healthcare provider billed an old and deactivated card. A declined payment of $10.42 (to supplement […]

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The Birth of America’s Fifth Republic

Ever since Donald J. Trump won the presidency in 2016, America’s political elite have been asking themselves, “is the American republic dead?” To which, I answer: yes! In fact, the glorious republic Americans created following our victory over the British Empire died long ago. The United States has not had one republic for the last […]

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Foggy Crossroads

On January 28 I wrote here that Donald Trump had always known that some of his promises, “e.g. opposition to abortion, stopping alien migration—were so integral to his identification with his supporters that any blatant infidelity to them would finish him,” and that his signing a “government funding bill without any money for a wall […]

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Congress Sells Out Again

After spending the last 10 years debating border security—the last two of which were under unified GOP control—and then engaging in a 35-day shutdown the best Congress could muster this week was a 1,169 page bill that does nothing more than sustain the problem. The fix was in from the start. Democrats entered negotiations determined […]

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An Independent America

Who are the friends of America? Who are the real enemies who hate America to the core of its being? In trying to answer these questions, the usual distinctions between conservative and liberal don’t apply anymore, especially since Donald Trump has been president. The idea of America is under assault today from those who inhabit […]

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The Indispensable Guide to the Matrix

You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about? —Morpheus, “The Matrix” Pop culture references go […]

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A Seesaw of Sore Losers and their Special Counsels

Just under a year from now, on February 3, 2020, Iowa will hold its caucuses. A month later, the Democrats and the Republicans both will likely have a prohibitive favorite for the presidential nomination after Super Tuesday cements their insurmountable leads. In other words, very soon, President Trump’s opponents will have the opportunity to remove […]

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