Waiting for a Bull Moose

By |2021-01-29T12:56:51-06:00January 30th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Politics, Presidency, Republicans, Teddy Roosevelt|

Now, as the architects of a potential realignment scramble to redraw their plans with Donald Trump scratched out, it is not surprising that attempts to revive Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy in the Republican party are abundant. If a Roosevelt-style shakeup really is expected—and it certainly would be welcome—just who would our “Bull Moose” be? With the [...]

The “Leatherstocking Tales” and the American Frontier

By |2020-08-21T14:20:39-05:00August 21st, 2020|Categories: American Republic, American West, Bradley J. Birzer, Civilization, History, Literature, Republicans, Senior Contributors|

James Fenimore Cooper’s depiction of the frontier, as expressed in the “Leatherstocking Tales,” transcends race and sex. The frontier can make anyone a true American—noble, liberty-loving, and virtuous. Ultimately, “Americanness” is individual and cultural; it is based on virtue and merit. 1822-1827: Republicanism and the American Frontier With his third novel, The Pioneers, James Fenimore [...]

How Can We Form a More Perfect Union in Our Fractious Age?

By |2021-04-22T17:38:38-05:00April 12th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Gleaves Whitney, Government, History, Liberal, Politics, Republicans|

From the founding generation to the greatest generation, Americans sought meaning in one or more of the three operating systems that informed Western civilization: Judeo-Christianity, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism. The productive tension among those three operating systems defined the modern age. Three radically different world views—yet we moderns kept them suspended in a three-way polarity. [...]

Are We Ready for the Leftwing Virus?

By |2020-04-05T12:52:07-05:00April 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Liberalism, Politics, Progressivism, Republicans|

Many Americans agree that something hasn’t smelled right about this pandemic from the beginning, something in the air that smacks of calculated panic and political engineering. The coronavirus will pass, God willing, but perhaps in its place will come another disease—the relentless leftwing virus. Donald J. Trump has been criticized and condemned for calling COVID-19 [...]

When Republicans Were Progressive

By |2019-05-30T15:31:54-05:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Books, Politics, Progressivism, Republicans|

Always seeking a perch somewhere just slightly to the right of center, Senator David Durenberger regarded government as a problem-solver of something other than the first resort. Today he is not so sure. When Republicans Were Progressive, by Dave Durenberger (296 pages, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2018) Long before the country was divided into blue [...]

The Coming Decline of Fox News

By |2019-03-17T14:45:32-05:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, Journalism, Republicans|

Rupert Murdoch In August of last year, I published my observations under the header “FoxNews Moving Leftward” about what we can now call the “maturing” of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.[1] Even earlier, on January 27, 2017, I observed that “the octogenarian Rupert Murdoch and sons, Lachlan and James, have achieved a balance of authority [...]

Serving Trump? An Open Letter to Conservative Policy Intellectuals

By |2016-06-19T21:07:01-05:00June 19th, 2016|Categories: Donald Trump, Government, Presidency, Republicans|

Dear Sir or Madam, I take it that, as a conservative, you will not quibble with the gender binary implied in my salutation, so I’ll just get to the point. Most of you probably didn’t vote for Donald Trump in your primary. You may even have identified with #NeverTrump or #StillNeverTrump or #NeverEverTrump or #AlwaysNeverTrump, [...]

What Do Conservatives Do with Donald Trump Now?

By |2021-01-06T18:10:31-06:00May 4th, 2016|Categories: Donald Trump, Forrest McDonald, John Willson, Politics, Presidency, Republicans|

Donald Trump has felt the pulse of the people and taken into account the meaning (and limits) of the Constitution and come up with the outlines of a plan that is both reasonably coherent and (dare I say?) conservative. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” —Sun-tzu, ca. 400 BC; or Machiavelli, 1520 AD [...]

Is the Republican Party Splitting Apart?

By |2016-02-14T22:49:46-06:00February 14th, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Democracy, Ideology, Immigration, Politics, Republicans|

Edmund Burke Now that the presidential primary season has begun in earnest, it seems a good time to reconsider just what a political party is—what its purpose and essential nature are, and how we may recognize whether one is healthy or in a state of disorder and potential breakdown. As with most things [...]

Is Populism Replacing Conservatism?

By |2016-03-11T10:34:10-06:00January 31st, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Featured, Liberalism, Politics, Presidency, Republicans, Tradition|

An avowed socialist is running for the presidential nomination of one of the two dominant political parties. Same-sex marriage has been proclaimed the law of the land. Levels of church attendance and religious belief have dropped significantly. And political correctness has run amok on campus, on the net, and in the entertainment industry. One could [...]

Who Is the Conservative? David Brooks vs. Ted Cruz

By |2016-02-15T11:17:17-06:00January 14th, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Christianity, Featured, Politics, Presidency, Republicans|

In a stunning display of moral arrogance and effete pique, David Brooks recently savaged Ted Cruz as a purveyor of “pagan brutalism” unfit to call himself a Christian, let alone lead a nation. Mr. Brooks, whose career rests on his role as liberal elites’ arbiter of conservative conduct, lost his well-coiffed cool as he descended [...]

The Real Reason Paul Ryan Should be “Primaried”

By |2016-01-11T08:12:28-06:00January 10th, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Government, Politics, Republicans|

Like most members of the Republican leadership in both Houses of Congress, Paul Ryan should be voted out of office, in the primary, by the majority of his constituents who are significantly more conservative than he is. But Mr. Ryan should not be replaced because of his role in engineering passage of the vast omnibus [...]

Donald Trump, George Will, and the Soul of Conservatism

By |2016-05-13T16:59:24-05:00October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Donald Trump, Featured, Morality, Presidency, Republicans|

If every cloud has a silver lining, we can say that the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump has—whatever his detractors may say—serves some useful purposes. Those most critical of Trump speak of his followers as delirious, as if they were in the grip of some dreadful political fever. Nevertheless, a fever can be useful to [...]

Which Candidate Will Defy the Republican Establishment?

By |2015-10-05T00:12:19-05:00October 5th, 2015|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Politics, Presidency, Republicans|

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz I for one was sad when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped out of the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Then again, I had been saddened by Mr. Walker repeatedly during his time as a candidate—by his failure to take a consistent stand against massive and even illegal [...]

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