A Better Plan for Campus Subversion

Featured image Nebraska attorney and Power Line Iowa stringer Dave Begley passes along this story about a bill in the Iowa state legislature to require the public universities in the hawkeye state to balance their faculties ideologically by party affiliation: Now another legislator wants to enforce what he calls “partisan balance” among Iowa’s faculty members. Iowa Republican Senator Mark Chelgren’s bill would require that no professor or instructor be hired if his or her most »

A little patriotism goes a long way

Featured imageThe slogan and organizing principle of President Trump’s administration is “America first.” As he explained last night: “My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America.” This is just common sense. Absent the Obama aberration, no president would think to say it. However, even a message this obvious can use powerful, patriotic rhetoric and effective staging to support it. Trump’s presentation »

The face of sacrifice

Featured imageThe emotional high point of President Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress last night came when he recognized the presence of Carryn Owens, the widow of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens (video below). The speech had several emotional moments, but this was certainly the emotional high point of such speeches going back many years. In Mrs. Owens David French sees “The face of sacrifice.” Mark Hemingway observes »

A face in the crowd

Featured imageThe response to presidential addresses such as President Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress last night is inherently difficult, if not impossible. That may explain why the Democrats turned to former Kentucky governor Steve Beshear to deliver the Democratic response in a diner surrounded by ordinary Kentucky citizens. Governor Beshear’s response recalled Andy Griffith doing his cracker barrel/man of the people shtick as “Lonesome” Rhodes in A Face »

Donald Trump “normalizes” himself

Featured imageWe’ve heard plenty of talk from Democrats, “never-Trumpers,” and some in the mainstream media about how they cannot allow Donald Trump to be “normalized.” Much of the media coverage of Trump’s first month in office should be understood as an attempt to prevent such normalization. President Trump has assisted their efforts by not behaving like a normal president. I have in mind his tweeting, his transparently thin skin, and his »

A Great Night For Trump and Republicans

Featured imageI don’t have much to say about President Trump’s speech to Congress tonight, beyond the obvious. The speech itself was tremendous, and Trump delivered it effectively, often passionately. It was an interesting reminder of how much better Trump is, as a speaker, than his predecessor, when he sticks to the script. The speech’s opening was inspired, with its reference to Black History Month and denouncing of recent hate crimes, especially »

Does the NFL combine violate the ADA?

Featured imageIf your answer is, “you can’t be serious,” you’re not fully in tune with the contemporary landscape. On the other hand, your common sense quotient is high. The NFL scouting combine is basically an audition by more than 300 of the best collegiate football players who are eligible for the NFL draft. They come to Indianapolis each year to undergo on-field workouts, medical testing, interviews, and psychological testing. The workouts »

Out of order

Featured imageSomething tells me that if California state senator Janet Nguyen were a liberal espousing the sacramental view of abortion or the fictitious evils of Jeff Sessions she would be an overnight sensation. As it is, Senator Nguyen’s removal from the state senate chamber when she sought to take issue with her colleagues’ recent tribute to the late Tom Hayden remains something of a secret. Senator Nguyen is not inclined to »

Fake news: A case study

Featured imageYou may have read about the former Obama White House staffer who resigned from the Trump White House after only eight days. Rumana Ahmed thought she should “try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration” she wrote at the Atlantic last week, “in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America’s Muslim citizens.” But then, according to »

Who cares about “conservatism”?

Featured image“Tom Hagen” doesn’t. He’s the author of a piece by that name in American Greatness. In form, Hagen’s argument parallels that of Michael Anton (aka Decius), discussed here. Anton’s subject is the “liberal international order.” He argues that it is a means to ends, not an end in itself, and thus must be rated on its ability to serve core American foreign policy interests — peace, prestige, and prosperity. Hagen »

Trump Unbound, At Dinner

Featured imageDonald Trump continues to bestride the world like a colossus. I can’t recall a precedent for the extent to which he monopolizes public attention and discourse. You could prove that with newspaper headlines just about every day, but here is an example of how thorough Trump’s dominance is–a list of the most-read articles on Politico that I captured at a random moment during the day: Is it smart for the »

Democrats Say: We Need To Be Farther Left!

Featured imageAs the Democratic Party slides inexorably downward, its leaders don’t seem inclined to question whether infantile leftism is really the path to electoral success. Nancy Pelosi looks back. Regrets, she has a few: Pelosi added that she got grief from the Left for not impeaching George W. Bush over the Iraq War after the 2006 midterms, where the Democrats regained control of Congress. In fact, she said she never recovered »

On Immigration, the Art of the Deal

Featured imageDrudge’s headlines scream: “DREAMERS MAY GET THEIR DREAM / TRUMP DEALING ON IMMIGRATION.” CNN, the president’s most reviled network, says: “Trump envisions bill allowing many immigrants to stay in US.” President Donald Trump wants to pass an immigration reform bill that could grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US. “The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both »

The Oscar flub: a “Harvey Mansfield” theory

Featured imagePricewaterhouse Coopers insists that the initial awarding of Best Picture to “La La Land” was the result of human error. No doubt, this is correct. I’m confident that the Academy intended to give the award to “Moonlight,” a film about African-Americans in Miami that was written by two African-Americans, one of whom directed it. But here, mostly in jest, is an alternative theory based on the grading practice that Harvey »

Donald Trump, George Bush, and the press

Featured imageGeorge W. Bush is a good man. The mainstream media hammered him mercilessly and mostly unfairly for eight years. One media mainstay tried to take Bush down late in the 2004 campaign with fake news. Yet, Bush spoke up for the embattled mainstream media today. He called it “indispensable to democracy.” Politico portrays this as “a break from the position of his fellow Republican, President Donald Trump, who has called »

How the Administrative State Threatens Our Liberty: VIP Live, With Howard Root

Featured imageThe administrative state is the #1 threat to our freedom, a fact which no one knows better than our friend Howard Root. Howard was the founder and CEO of Vascular Solutions, Inc., a successful medical products company that was set up as a victim by Barack Obama’s hyper-politicized Department of Justice. For five years, Obama’s DOJ persecuted and harassed Howard and his company with bogus claims. Thankfully, Howard Root had »

More Soldiers, Fewer Bureaucrats

Featured imageThat is President Trump’s budget proposal in a nutshell. Trump’s plan will include a “whopping” $54 billion increase in defense spending, according to the Associated Press. That will take the defense budget a little more than half way to where it was when President Obama started cutting it in 2011. The president’s budget will “impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid,” meaning pretty significant cuts for most federal »