A Bulwark of Liberal Clichés

In keeping with the annual custom, a progressive journalist attended this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C., with the sole purpose of mocking the event. The self-admitted liberal posted an ongoing Twitter screed that made fun of several CPAC speakers, including a beloved, elderly man recovering from a brutal bout with cancer. She […]

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Can We Still Be Conservatives?

As someone who is paid to study rhetoric, I am not an easy guy to convince. But when I first read Michael Anton’s essay, “The Flight 93 Election,” in the run-up to the 2016 election, I immediately knew it had joined the few dozen seminal texts that have shaped my political thought. It wasn’t that […]

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Bless Your Heart, Bill Maher

Comedian Bill Maher, better known for his condescending recitals of leftist talking points than his sense of humor, showed us just how much he hates middle America in last week’s episode of his HBO program, “Real Time.” For providing first-hand insight into the mindset of the effete coastal elite, the monologue is worth watching. The […]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Globalist Ambition Tour

Anyone remotely familiar with British politics won’t be surprised to learn that Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party leader, isn’t particularly well-furnished between his ears. A new book, Dangerous Hero, sadly aping something more fitting for a Steven Seagal title, confirms everything one already knew about dear Jeremy. It also confirms the sad state of British politics. […]

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Let ‘Reaganism’ RIP

One of the biggest takeaways from the 2016 election was the unmistakable political and intellectual malaise that had gripped movement conservatism. Reagan-era policies, which had been enacted to counter the Soviets abroad and confront 70 percent income tax rates at home, no longer appealed to voters. Paeans to the “free market” and “limited government” rang […]

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California Republicans’ Munchausen By Proxy Problem

To paraphrase the oft-misquoted Mark Twain, rumors of the death of the California Republican Party are greatly exaggerated. The results of the November 2018 elections, while not completed until December, got worse each passing day until we came up with the final tally. It was, to use the technical terminology preferred by political pundits, a […]

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A State of the Union 75 Years in the Making: Trump Answers FDR

No mere spectacle, President Trump’s State of the Union address will set the course of his campaign into 2020. The basic divide he sees—whether this is how he would characterize it or not—concerns the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. Does the American Founding celebrate recognizing an equality that calls us to expand and protect […]

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Own the Libs, or Let the Libs Own Us?

Brandon Weichert, whose excellent writing has caught my eye for a while now, exhibits his worthy independence from party orthodoxy with his article on Monday asking: Why not tax the rich more? Weichert’s instincts here are good, but as a wizened old-timer (you may call me Obi-Wan), let me sweep back my gray robes and […]

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What We Still Have to Lose

In September 2016, the Claremont Review of Books published Michael Anton’s essay, “The Flight 93 Election,” which became one of the most controversial and discussed essays of that most extraordinary election year. This month, Encounter Books published After the Flight 93 Election: The Vote that Saved America and What We Still Have to Lose. The […]

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Why a Primary Challenge to Trump Would Be a Good Thing

Serious primary challenges to a sitting president are usually a harbinger of electoral doom in the general election. Senator Eugene McCarthy’s challenge to President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 resulted in the Johnson choosing not to seek a second term. Senator Edward Kennedy’s challenge of President Jimmy Carter in 1980 was a long, fractious affair that […]

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