Impromptus: America’s place in the world, &c.
Since the 1988 GOP convention, I have been quoting George Bush (the Elder). It was at that convention that he first accepted the presidential nomination.
He asked a question, essentially: Is America “another pleasant country on the U.N. roll call, …
Science joined the #resistance over the weekend, or so the organizers of the March for Science would have us believe.
Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the country under the banner of science and …
Impromptus: The way we were, &c.
There was a song: “Mem’ries light the corners of my mind. Misty water-colored mem’ries of the way we were.” I have been thinking lately about the way we were.
Remember when we knocked President Obama for spending so …
A Trump Victory on the Border
Donald Trump’s saber rattling may or may not deter Kim Jong-un, but it’s had an effect south of the border.
In the first few months of this year, illegal border crossings have dropped precipitously. It is an early …
March for Science: Sympathy for Our Enemies
As liberals tripped over each other virtue-signaling after the MOAB strike in Afghanistan on April 13 and imagining all the ways the erroneous but oft-cited figure of its $314 million cost could have been better spent (clean water! the homeless! health care!), …
The Meaning of a Phone Call
In the wake of a coup attempt last summer, Turkey’s Erdogan cracked down viciously. He rounded up tens of thousands of civil servants, teachers, judges, soldiers, and so on. He used the occasion of the coup to imprison anyone …
The MOAB Attack on ISIS Was a Beautiful Bargain
Once again, the Trumpophobic Left has proved that it will not give President Donald J. Trump credit for anything, not even erasing Islamofascist killers who are the sworn enemies of every American — even those who despise Trump.
Acting on what …
‘Racism’ (Still) Didn’t Elect Trump
The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog has an eye-grabbing headline up today: “Racism Motivated Trump Voters More than Authoritarianism.” Predictably, the headline oversells.
Thomas Woods, a professor of political science at Ohio State University, uses the just-released 2016 American National …
The Post-Trumpism Presidency Begins
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Syria, War Crimes, and the National Interest
President Donald Trump’s decision last week to order airstrikes to punish Syria for a chemical-weapons attack that killed and injured scores of civilians has exposed conservatism’s intellectual confusion about U.S. foreign policy. Perhaps the most troubling thing …
Why Trump Can Still Win While Losing
Is anyone surprised by a new ABC News/Washington Post poll that shows Donald Trump is the least popular president approaching 100 days in office since they started taking such surveys? Trump won the office while losing the popular vote and …
My Impromptus today is headed “The way we were, &c.” Why dredge up this song? Well, I was thinking of what we used to say about Obama. We used to say that he spent too much time on the golf …
The Professional Class Strikes Back
Notes from realignment: A solid Republican district becomes the site of a Democratic resurgence. In the first round of a special election a thirty-something unknown outperforms Hillary Clinton’s 2016 margin. A runoff looms, but the lesson to draw from this result …
Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Policy Is Dangerous Nonsense
‘We don’t have a level playing field for our workers,” President Donald Trump told a group of workers in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday. Truth is, if we were to ever level the playing field with countries like Mexico and …
Maxine Waters Is Millennials’ Next Great Hope, and That’s Hilarious
For conservatives in need of a laugh today, CNN has you covered, with this story: “Maxine Waters Is Having a Moment.” Yes, that Maxine Waters.
Waters, the longest-serving black woman in Congress, has attracted the kind of Internet buzz not …
During the campaign, Donald Trump published a “Contract with the American Voter,” and he may even have read it. He described the document as “my pledge to you.” If anybody had been listening, they might have learned from his former …
No, Trump Is Not a Neocon
With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the “mother of all bombs” exploding in Afghanistan, and an aircraft-carrier strike group heading toward North Korea, has there been a revolution in President Trump’s foreign policy?
His most fervent supporters shouldn’t get …
Trump Isn’t Validating Your Ideology
The seeming decline of Steve Bannon’s influence has people thinking that Trumpism won’t become anything like a coherent ideology. That is looking at things from the wrong direction. Trump’s success, despite his manifest vices, comes from having …
Can someone reacquaint President Donald Trump with Steve Bannon, his ideologist whom the president now professes barely to know?
Trump’s jaw-dropping public distancing from Bannon is the latest twist in a struggle that is astonishing even by the standards …
Our Three Presidents Born in 1946
With the inauguration of Donald Trump this year, we have now had, for the first time in our history, three American presidents who were born in the same year. There have been three pairs of presidents born in the same …