How the Smart Set Was Wrong About Trump and the Unborn

By |2019-04-03T14:42:06-05:00April 3rd, 2019|

President Trump recently took $60 million away from Planned Parenthood, the first president ever to do so. This and other unique pro-life initiatives of his turned my mind to certain claims made by the pro-life Smart Set back in those crazy days of the 2016 campaign. In March 2016, a group of old and very [...]

Tucker Carlson: A Buckley for Our Time?

By |2019-03-05T23:26:22-05:00March 5th, 2019|

  While Tucker Carlson’s rhetorical reach may not stretch as far and wide as William F. Buckley’s, Mr. Carlson evokes the same gaily combative spirit that young conservatives of the 1960s admired in the founder of National Review. The Bill Buckley of the paleoconservatives has arrived, and just in time for the Trump era. While [...]

The Wall: Echoes of a Distant Empire

By |2019-03-03T22:19:09-05:00March 3rd, 2019|

How often have we not seen, even in our own lives, that actions we take to preserve something we cherish end up destroying that which we seek to protect? Patriotism may be the last refuge of a scoundrel, but the desire for security and the yearning for justice are forever the final refuge of [...]

What President Trump Has in Common With President Polk

By |2019-02-15T11:41:08-05:00February 15th, 2019|

If James K. Polk can be credited with adding a huge swath of territory to the American empire, might Donald Trump one day be credited with preserving that long ago victory by reversing the gradual makeover of the southwestern United States? The game of presidential parallels can be endlessly fascinating. Sometimes it can also [...]

Why Did Ex-Churchgoers Flock to Donald Trump?

By |2019-01-29T14:11:15-05:00January 29th, 2019|

When Donald Trump caught so many political commentators off guard, we looked for an explanation amid the closing factories, but we should have been looking for the closing churches… If you’ve ever been to a Donald Trump rally, you’ll notice it doesn’t match the impression left by the media coverage of the president’s base. [...]

Giving Good Things a Bad Name

By |2019-01-27T22:15:03-05:00January 27th, 2019|

President Trump has an uncanny knack for energizing his supporters and riling his adversaries, but to have a lasting positive impact on American society he will need to find a way to inspire a majority of the American people... Like most first-time visitors, I rambled as if in a trance through the temple complex at [...]

One Month and Counting: The Government Shutdown

By |2019-01-21T22:51:09-05:00January 21st, 2019|

My concern was that once the shutdown began, it would be difficult to end it just as it is difficult to prevent a needless bloodbath once blood begins to spill. What most of the public—including most of my former colleagues in government service—don’t seem to understand is that this shutdown is unlike all those [...]

President Trump Is Right About Syria… Even if He’s Wrong

By |2018-12-31T01:13:46-05:00December 30th, 2018|

President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, if it holds, is one of the few genuinely courageous acts of his presidency… My first thought when I heard that President Trump was finally taking our troops out of the quagmire called Syria was that he was not really serious. Given how frequently and [...]

Why the Right Still Needs Russell Kirk

By |2018-10-31T21:06:09-05:00October 31st, 2018|

When I bought The Conservative Mind in 1994, I thought it was probably a book about how bad President Bill Clinton and the Democrats were—because that’s what I thought conservatism was. I was nineteen, a high school graduate with no intention of attending university, and thought “conservative” simply meant whatever Rush Limbaugh had talked about that day. [...]

What Donald Trump Has in Common With Huckleberry Finn

By |2018-10-26T01:02:17-05:00October 25th, 2018|

Have you ever wondered what a mostly adult Huckleberry Finn might have been like? Or who might pass for a modern day Huck Finn? Or what Huck might have done had he been born into money—or made a pile of it?  Or the potential similarities between an east coast, city-slicker Huck and his Mississippi River-going, [...]

Donald Trump and the Path to a New Conservatism

By |2018-10-16T23:32:22-05:00October 16th, 2018|

It was Donald Trump’s sense of fraternity that most incensed his opponents. For the liberals, it was his solidarity with people they thought deplorable. For the libertarians, it was the safety net he’d offer Americans. For both he was toxic, but his fraternity brought him to the sweet spot in American presidential politics, the place [...]

The Late, Great USA?

By |2018-09-20T22:35:12-05:00September 20th, 2018|

Immigrants who come to America today have no mystic chords of memory to bind them to our common culture. If we do not weave these imaginative chords, their view of America will be ideological—and dictated by the Left. If we do not weave them for young people, they will be severed from the past and [...]

How Would a Justice Kavanaugh Rule on Religious Liberty Cases?

By |2018-08-04T22:04:21-05:00August 4th, 2018|

Despite candidate Donald Trump’s explicit promise to appoint justices who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, as president he declared in his introduction of Brett Kavanaugh that, “like Ronald Reagan,” he did not ask potential nominees where they stood on controversial cases… If one overarching theme emerged from the decisions handed down in June in the most [...]

Russia: Is it Time to Give Peace a Chance?

By |2018-07-20T13:36:42-05:00July 22nd, 2018|

Russia is resurrected from the dead, rising from the tomb in which communism had placed it. It is emerging as a Christian country at a time when other erstwhile Christian countries seem intent on abandoning their faith in order to embrace the suicidal culture of death... Patrick Buchanan’s succinct and penetrating essay on President Trump’s [...]