Perpetuation and Moderation: Trump’s Lincolnian Rhetoric

  In recent days, a series of particularly cogent and well-delivered Donald Trump speeches prompted media speculation about his “change of course” and the new direction of his campaign. Though they seem more like distillation than departure to me, it is true that the seriousness and the clarity of the speeches is striking and a […]

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Overheard Somewhere in Ohio: The Little Hamlet and the Global Village

  Boy: Grandpa, I don’t understand what I see on TV. People seem angry. Why are people saying terrible things about one another? Old Man: I don’t know for sure, my boy. It’s an election year. And for some people not everything is going well. And when that happens people become angry. It’s part of […]

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Why Conservative Intellectuals Support Trump – A Reply To Peter Beinart

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  Peter Beinart is a bit late to the party in excoriating “Trump’s intellectuals.” It’s not just that the theme has been done to death, months ago. It’s also that, in order to conjure up a hook for his piece, Beinart makes the preposterous claim that “more than a year after Trump announced his presidential […]

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The Needed Change

The needed change of the 1980s was a recognition that rolling back the Soviet Union not only was possible without war but in fact was essential to reduce the risk of nuclear annihilation. Recognizing that rolling back our globalized administrative state is not only possible but essential for averting America’s economic and environmental annihilation is […]

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‘Hamilton’ Starts to Tell America’s Story

While pundits bemoan the alleged low state of American race relations, the hit musical “Hamilton” defies that conventional wisdom. With their rapping and dancing, the show’s black and other minority actors glorify America by retelling its founding story as a triumph of multiculturalism. The race-conscious casting ultimately defends (to the irritation of leftist critics) the […]

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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 […]

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What the Failures of American Indian Policy Can Teach Us About the Injustice of Divisive Tribalism

Naomi Schaefer Riley’s newly-released book, The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians, looks to be more than just an interesting examination of an isolated but regrettable phenomenon. It may provide us some insights about the perils of a progressive administrative state that is obsessed with identity politics. The fishing camp where my family has […]

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Feds: “Don’t Tread On Me” May Be Punishable Racial Harassment

  Turning Citizens Against Each Other Remember free speech?  I do and it was great while it lasted.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is currently reviewing a complaint which may define the Gadsden Flag as a symbol of racial harassment for which employers could be punished.  If the EEOC rules against the flag, employers who […]

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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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