Donald Trump

A Malicious Impeachment

By |2020-01-21T11:40:12-06:00January 16th, 2020|Categories: Constitution, Donald Trump, Pat Buchanan, Politics|

About the impeachment of President Donald Trump she engineered with her Democratic majority, Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday: "It's not personal. It's not political. It's not partisan. It's patriotic." Seriously, Madam Speaker? Not political? Not partisan? Why then were all eight House members chosen as managers to prosecute the case against Trump, who ceremoniously escorted the [...]

Impeachment, the End of an Era, and the Conservative Challenge

By |2020-01-14T14:46:46-06:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, Donald Trump, Government, James Madison, Liberalism, Politics|

It is difficult to know when an era has ended. The events dominating the news today—presidential impeachment, deep state subversion of secret surveillance courts, confused and prolonged wars, out-of-control debt and government spending, and a radicalized educational and media culture—suggest something quite profound is threatening American governance. But it is not so clear precisely [...]

If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let’s Go!

By |2020-01-21T11:41:58-06:00January 7th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Middle East, Pat Buchanan, Politics, War|

Two months ago, crowds were in the streets of Iran cursing that regime for squandering the nation’s resources on imperial adventures in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen. Things were going America’s way. Now it is the Americans who are the targets of protests. Fifteen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to turn Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship into a [...]

Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day

By |2019-11-28T12:28:03-06:00November 28th, 2019|Categories: Donald Trump, Presidency, Thanksgiving|

On Thanksgiving Day, we remember with reverence and gratitude the bountiful blessings afforded to us by our Creator, and we recommit to sharing in a spirit of thanksgiving and generosity with our friends, neighbors, and families. Nearly four centuries ago, determined individuals with a hopeful vision of a more prosperous life and an abundance of opportunities made [...]

“My Beloved Country”: Remarks to the United Nations General Assembly

By |2019-09-25T14:25:14-06:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Government, Immigration|

Editor's Note: President Trump delivered the following remarks to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2019. Thank you very much. Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, distinguished delegates, ambassadors, and world leaders: Seven decades of history have passed through this hall, in all of their richness and drama. Where I stand, [...]

Conservatism and Our Constitutional Inheritance

By |2019-09-08T23:16:39-06:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: Congress, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Populism, Presidency, Timeless Essays|

The constitutional inheritance is not merely a gift to be expended or consumed; it is a responsibility to be stewarded. This sense of intergenerational obligation—debts to the past and future—is the most solid and powerful grounding for originalism and respect for constitutional form. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the [...]

Pardoning the Unpardonable

By |2019-06-21T01:00:45-06:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Joseph Mussomeli, Justice, Politics, Senior Contributors, War|

Before legal codes were hammered into stone tablets, there were customs that enshrined a code of conduct for all warriors. And this code has always been founded on an unfathomable paradox: that those we kill we must also honor. It’s a familiar story. A soldier’s rage. In fairness, we might even call it righteous [...]

Critiquing Robert Kagan’s Enlightenment Liberalism

By |2019-10-30T12:06:44-06:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Democracy, Donald Trump, Liberalism, Natural Rights Tradition, Politics, Tyranny|

While Robert Kagan basically dismisses church and community in the development of liberalism, can there be any sadder but more important concession than his own admission that “liberalism has no particular answer” for what can legitimize its rights? An essay is meant to be very, very important when it consumes four giant pages in [...]

How the Smart Set Was Wrong About Trump and the Unborn

By |2019-09-17T15:26:48-06:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Conservatism, Culture War, Donald Trump, Politics|

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 |2019-04-20T19:53:55-06:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Politics|

  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 |2019-03-03T22:19:09-06:00March 3rd, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Civilization, Donald Trump, Government, History, Immigration, Joseph Mussomeli, Politics, Presidency, Senior Contributors|

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 |2019-10-03T15:11:38-06:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, History, Politics, Presidency|

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 |2019-01-29T14:11:15-06:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Donald Trump, Politics, Religion, Social Institutions|

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. [...]