The Left-Right Alliance Against Self-Government

Who knew that neoconservative standard-bearer Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard and progressive-Left icon Tom Friedman of The New York Times were in such fierce agreement? Both have waded into the debate recently with defenses of the administrative state. Sure, they might disagree on the top marginal tax rate or which country to invade next, […]

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Conservatism: What is it Good For?

Paul Mirengoff of PowerLine has been kind enough to reply to my recent essay on the state of modern conservatism. To get the brown-nosing out of the way, I have been an avid reader of PowerLine for years. I thank Mirengoff for taking the time to comment on some of the problems I brought to […]

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Trump Revisits Gettysburg

As Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg spoke of America by referring to the four score and seven years that had passed since its birth, President Trump envisioned an America twelve score and 10 from its birth; its 250th birthday, or sestercentennial. That would place us in 2026, a year and a half following an eight-year Trump presidency. Our […]

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Donald Trump Hasn’t Changed—And That’s a Good Thing

When President Donald J. Trump walked into the Capitol on Tuesday evening to give his first speech to a joint session of Congress after his first month in office, the mood among the political establishment was apprehensive. Before the speech, the news cycle churned with stories about how the president was set to moderate his […]

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Looking at Trump as a Turnaround Executive

The 2016 election outcome was an unexpectedly loud declaration by the American people about their dissatisfaction with the direction of the country. Further, the magnitude of the post-election polarization has ensured the historical habit of “happy talk” promoting the need for bipartisan initiatives that bring us together is absent and not going to happen. We […]

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Perez Points to Battle Between Administrative State and America

The battle over the administrative state is joined. In remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, presidential advisor Stephen Bannon called for the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” On Saturday, the Democratic National Committee elected as its chairman the very embodiment of the administrative state: former Obama Administration Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. […]

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Common Sense Conservatism is Really Just Pro-Americanism

Friends who voted for Hillary Clinton and friends who viewed her possible election with dread and foreboding have asked me to explain Donald Trump to them. Some have asked me if he is even a conservative. Many Trump supporters have tried to get me to agree that whatever Trump’s political persuasion may be the people […]

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