Trump’s three generals

Featured image The New York Times notes one thing that the generals President Trump has appointed to top administration positions have in common. Gen. Jim Mattis, Gen, John Kelly, and Gen. H.R. McMaster each, at one point or another, “strode the sands of Iraq, fighting on the unforgiving battlefield of America’s costliest war since Vietnam.” Now “all three will sit around the table in the White House Situation Room, steering a new »

Common Sense Reigns: Feds Stop Dictating Bathroom and Shower Use [Updated]

Featured imageToday the Trump administration undid one of the Obama administration’s craziest flights of fancy, a “guidance” that claimed Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 somehow dictates that all bathrooms and showers in schools must be open to students based on the “gender identity” they choose on a particular day. There was a time, many years ago, when I would have thought that the government not just permitting »

Immigration Law Enforcement Begins

Featured imageJohn Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued two memoranda, directed to the relevant federal agencies, that implement the executive orders on immigration that President Trump signed in the first days of his administration. The orders are reproduced below, so you can study them for yourself. The main thrust of the memoranda is to tell ICE and the other agencies that the nation’s immigration laws are now »

CNN Says: Oh-Oh

Featured imageJames O’Keefe and Project Veritas are about to strike again. O’Keefe told Sean Hannity that he has “hundreds of hours of tape” that he intends to release tomorrow. The footage apparently comes from the newsroom of a Democratic Party news organization, and was given to O’Keefe by “someone on the inside.” Who is the target? There has been much speculation that it is CNN. O’Keefe appeared to confirm that speculation »

NY Times Notices Disturbance in the Force

Featured imageIn my new book, which you may possibly have heard about, I include the deliberate provocation that Strauss-inspired political scientists are the most formidable and serious people in the academy today. Although I can defend this proposition, I plopped this out as an assertion, imagining the howls of indignation that might ensue among anyone who caught this sentence. This is preface to noting that twice in the last few weeks »

Trump’s immigration guidance: the return of sensible law enforcement

Featured imageThe Trump administration, via the Department of Homeland Security, has published a memorandum detailing new guidance on immigration enforcement. Andy McCarthy offers an analysis of the guidance upon which I cannot improve. Here is Andy’s short version: “Henceforth, the United States shall be governed by the laws of the United States.” The guidance eschews the idea of trying to round-up and deport all illegal immigrants. As a candidate, Trump himself »

Media alert

Featured imageI will be on Seth Leibsohn’s radio show on 960 The Patriot in Phoenix, Arizona. We will discuss free speech on college campuses and legislation to promote it. I’ll be on at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Seth is a great host and I look forward to talking with him. »

American attitudes to Jews

Featured imageIt is somehow reported as big news that President Trump denounced anti-Semitism yesterday. Was his attitude seriously in doubt? He is a proud supporter of Israel and vocal friend of Benjamin Netanyahu. His appointed ambassador to the United Nations is Nikki Haley, who is trying to right wrongs against Israel committed by the United Nations and, ahem, the Obama administration. His daughter converted to Judaism. He has Jewish grandchildren. In »

The Obamacare Mess: It’s All the GOP’s

Featured imageDonald Trump said in a recent press conference that he had inherited a mess when he became president. This prompted the usual howls of outrage from the liberal press, but I think it is fair to say that every president inherits a mess. It goes with the job. In at least one respect, however, Trump inherited not just a mess, but a steaming pile of dung. In other words, Obamacare. »

A miserable century?

Featured imageNicholas Eberstadt, one of the most perceptive analysts I know of, contends that “things have been going badly wrong in America since the beginning of the 21st century.” He makes a solid case, and I’m not here to dispute it, much less to argue that this century has been a bed of roses. Eberstadt attributes President Trump’s stunning victory to the “miserable” century Americans outside of the “bubble” have been »

Nikki Haley Calls Out the UN

Featured imagePresident Trump has made so many excellent appointments that it is hard to keep up with them all. But surely one of the best is his appointment of Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina, as UN Ambassador. The video below dates from last Thursday, when Haley addressed the press after attending her first Security Council meeting on the Middle East. It is only about four minutes long, so rather »

Man Bites Dog at Stanford

Featured imageI’ve mentioned before that I wonder whether job placement ads for college presidents and senior administrators include the proviso, “spinal removal required.” Because college administrators and administration are a larger part of the problem in higher education today that leftist faculty: administrators crumple before every demand of identity-politics pressure groups. Hence it is remarkable to see the Stanford News article “The Threat from Within” yesterday from its former provost, John »

Why the Acosta nomination is very bad news for conservatives

Featured imageWhen the left sinks a Trump appointee, or the appointee sinks himself, the left doesn’t necessarily win. The left wins only if the replacement is more appealing to it than the original guy. Unfortunately, Alex Acosta, the replacement for Andrew Puzder at the Department of Labor, is vastly more appealing to the left than Puzder was. The Acosta selection represents a win for the left and a defeat for conservatives. »

Remembering the indispensable man

Featured imageToday is the anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Of all the great men of the revolutionary era to whom we owe our freedom, Washington’s greatness was the rarest and the most needed. At this remove in time, it is also the hardest to comprehend. Take, for example, Washington’s contribution to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Washington’s mere presence lent the undertaking and its handiwork the legitimacy that resulted »

How Congress can promote freedom of speech on college campuses

Featured imageWe’ve discussed Stanley Kurtz’s effort, in conjunction with the Goldwater Institute, to promote free speech on college campuses through the enactment of state legislation mandating it. Now, Stanley has a proposal that, if enacted, would do even more for campus free speech. Stanley wants federal legislation to make the protection of First Amendment rights a prerequisite of federal financial assistance to America’s colleges and universities. He presents his proposal and »

Shhh: No One Tell Michelle About The Socialist Diet Plan

Featured imageObesity is said to be the pre-eminent public health problem in America right now, which is  probably one more reason liberals prefer socialism, and always want to enact legislation regulating our diets. (I predict the school version will be called the “No Child Left With a Big Behind Act.”) To wit, this news: Venezuela: 75% of population lost 19 pounds amid crisis Venezuela’s Living Conditions Survey found that nearly 75 »

This is what democracy looks like

Featured imageRep. Jim Jordan is a star. And not just because he had the good taste to hold a presidents’ day town hall meeting at the home of the vastly underrated Warren Harding. Jordan displayed his star quality by patiently fielding questions from protesters who swarmed the event. Crashing the town hall meetings of conservative congressmen has become the rage among left-wing protesters. Dave Weigel of the Washington Post aptly calls »