Coming Home From College

Every year, many thousands of American parents find that the son or daughter they sent to college has been transformed by college into a leftist. For left-wing parents, this may be a blessing, but for parents who are not leftist—not to mention conservative—it is often painfully jolting. It is jolting because their beloved child now […]

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‘Intersectional’ Democrats Reap What They Sow

The party that has spent years working to turn American politics into a mud pit of racial strife is finally reaping what it sowed. Once the exclusive province of campus leftists, “intersectionality” is the idea that all “oppressed and powerless” people ought to put their squabbles aside and unite in a common struggle. As they […]

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Identity Politics and Dual Loyalties

It is common on the mainstream Right to complain about the rise of identity politics. All the talk of intersectionality and white privilege makes conservatives wince. They are already loud and proud in their anti-racism, so they’re confused and frustrated that it has not bought them more good will. Indeed, some proclaim the Democrats are […]

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Liberalism Then and Now

If you go back just a few decades, here is what liberals believed: Everyone should be judged as an individual. To see someone as a representative of a group is to stereotype him. People have a right to privacy, which means that what they do in their personal lives isn’t relevant to their public and […]

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The 1972 Progressive Pathway to Oblivion

What is strange about the new envisioned progressive agendas for 2020 is that no serious Democratic presidential candidate next year could ever run on them. Instead, what we will see over the next few months are insidious efforts to ignore, disown, or recant endorsements of Democratic candidates for president. And if not, Democrats will be […]

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Democrats’ Crisis: They’ve Run out of Cool Free Sh*t!

This week the high tide of leftist idiocy outdid itself, transforming into a tsunami of toxic imbecility, inundating the public square with the stinking flotsam of their lunacy, mendacity, and bigotry. Rudderless, the party of redistribution now finds itself adrift in a crisis of their own making, one that could lead an electoral deluge in […]

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The Democrats’ Civil War Begins

When the American Conservative Union asked if I wanted to address CPAC this year, of course I said yes. Then came several weeks of discussion as to what the subject of my speech should be. This is the biggest event of its kind in the nation, with more than 200 speakers and this year in […]

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Pigs on Two Legs Turn on Each Other

Tennis great Martina Navratilova until recently had long been coronated as a social justice trailblazer. She was one of the first marquee celebrity athletes to come out as gay, and then to advocate lesbian issues in and out of sports. But suddenly the icon seems out of step with her progressive legend status. Navratilova had […]

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The Unforgiving Religion of Leftism

For all the talk on the Left about love and tolerance, it’s getting impossible to ignore the evidence presented to our senses, which screams that the Left is hard-hearted and hateful. For the Left, grace is not to be found in any world above, and its supply is precious in this world, too. The redemptive […]

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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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