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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A New American Agenda

Daniel McCarthy’s essay, “The New Conservative Agenda” which appears in the March issue of First Things, deserves serious attention.  McCarthy correctly finds that “conservatism” has waned and stagnated since Ronald Reagan left office. What is worse, it was our own conservative elites who allowed this to happen. To remedy this atrophy, he argues, we need […]

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A Tight and Tangled ‘Collusion’ Web

Most people reading this will know Sir Walter Scott’s famous couplet (from the narrative poem Marmion): Oh, what a tangled web we weave When first we practise to deceive! Less well known, but undeservedly so, is the excellent completing couplet by J. R. Pope, published under the sly title “A Word of Encouragement”: But when […]

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18 Real Attacks on the ‘Rule of Law’

Donald Trump, we are told over and over and over again, threatens the “rule of law.” To pick a piece at random, I note that Joel Mathis of The Week recently wrote, “When we talk about Trump and the rule of law, mostly we talk about how he’s flouting and evading the constraint of laws […]

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Cold War II: Only This Time We’re the Soviets

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to aim hypersonic missiles at Washington produced dire warnings everywhere of a coming new Cold War. Everywhere, that is, except in the Trump-deranged nation’s capital, where the big news was a coup plot straight out of the old Cold War. In 1962, Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey published a […]

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A Radical Majority

A man many accuse of arrogant loftiness, of being completely severed from those he lords over, issued an open letter this week addressed to the “Citizens of Europe,” as if the current year happened to be 1452. Emmanuel Macron, default French president and paramour of the Financial Times, is currently battling months-long rolling protests to […]

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The Problem Is Legislative Overreach, Not Executive

In 1975, two years after Richard Nixon negotiated the Paris Accords and ended the war in the Vietnam, the Communist North Vietnamese reneged and invaded South Vietnam. Instead of defending the South as Nixon promised we would do in this event, President Gerald Ford looked on helplessly as the Democratic Congress would not permit it. […]

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The 21st Century Belongs to China? Don’t Buy It

From across the pond comes an English academic to tell us that democracy (by which he means the United States) is in decline, while autocracy (by which he means China) is on the rise. This is a restatement of the “China Century” thesis, which argues that the 21st century will be dominated by China in […]

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Do Americans Today Still Deserve Liberty?

Victor Davis Hanson’s brilliant essay, “Autopsy of a Dead Coup,” describes how America’s leviathan bureaucracy effectively attempted a coup against a democratically elected president to abrogate the surprising 2016 election result and continue onward, unabated, in its warped agenda for the country. This “deep state” of unelected, unaccountable, government bureaucrats, whose identities remain obscure to […]

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How Trump Could Turn Venezuelan-Americans Republican

MIAMI—Ernesto Ackerman watched the horror in Venezuela play out on a large screen onstage at a rally he helped organize in support of the country’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido. The event was initially meant to bring Venezuelans in the city together to coincide with the protests back home. It ended up being something very different. […]

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