Jeff Giesea’s Speech at the DeploraBall

Editor’s note: The following is a transcript of the keynote speech delivered last week by Jeff Giesea, organizer of the MAGA3X DeploraBall party at the National Press Club—an event celebrating the inauguration of President Donald Trump and the good people Hillary Clinton included in her “basket of deplorables” who helped to make that happen. Like […]

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The Beltway Boys Still Don’t Get It

Watching the news coverage of the inauguration, I was struck by how quickly the Washington establishment sets upon and locks into place a conventional wisdom on everything Trump does. On “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bob Woodward nonchalantly claimed that Donald Trump is not an ideological person. Woodward insisted that Trump comes from the world of “selling […]

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A #NeverTrump Libertarian Wakes Up

I was a “Never Trumper” libertarian almost from the beginning. (That’s actually a bit of a misnomer. I have hated to call myself a libertarian for years; “classical liberal” is a better fit.) I declared in December 2015 that I would not support Donald Trump if he won the Republican nomination. I also wrote many […]

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The “Rage” of the Poets

Prepare to have your life disrupted. Free verse may be in short supply for awhile. Sunday is the day that poet Alan Kaufman has called for a general strike—among poets—who will stop rhyming for a day of protest. Actually, while the call to arms does refer to the event as a strike, which usually means a […]

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#Pissgate: A Primer

#Pissgate: A Primer CIA: Yo just so you guys know, someone who’s been credible in the past put together this document saying Russia might have blackmail material on president-elect Trump. We’re looking into it. Will let you know when we know more.       Obama: k Trump: k Congressional leaders: k Leaker: EYO CNN […]

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Trump’s Bitter-Ender Critics Are Consumed With Projection

Friedrich Nietzsche famously warned, “he who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster.” Judging from the ongoing neoconservative meltdown in response to president-elect Donald Trump’s feud with the Intelligence Community, the lesson has fallen completely on deaf ears. Perhaps the ur-text of the species arrived this past Friday, when self-proclaimed […]

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Meryl’s Bad Memory

“I am a righteous bitch, aren’t I?” –Meryl Streep as Kate Mundy in “Dancing at Lughnasa” Meryl Streep on Sunday brought all her righteousness to bear at the Golden Globes where she excoriated President-elect Trump and passionately spoke to the necessity of a free and brave press in order to fight, what I can only […]

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To Understand 2016, Go To Nashville, Not Hollywood

PowerLine’s John Hinderaker is surely right that “These people don’t seem to understand that the rest of America doesn’t give a rat’s a** what Hollywood celebrities think about politics.” And the Democrats, long ago, gave up understanding this. (Recall the recoil from John Kerry saying the expletive-filled political rantings of Whoopi Goldberg “conveyed the heart […]

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The New Yorker on the “Greatness Agenda”

The January 9, 2017 edition of The New Yorker features a story titled “Intellectuals for Trump,” which highlights the work of Publius Decius Mus and American Greatness. Here’s a short excerpt: The most cogent argument for electing Donald Trump was made not by Trump, or by his campaign, but by a writer who, unlike Trump, […]

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Fake News for the Ages

Editor’s Note  We commissioned Professor Matterson to research fake news in pop culture and throughout history, as his notes below reveal. He told us that “Any simplistic narrative about fake news is problematic.”   Leaders of Western Thought   “Why, then, ’tis none to you, for there is nothing either fake or real, but thinking […]

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