Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Our under-incarceration problem, California edition

Featured image Keith Boyer, a police officer in Whittier, California, was shot and killed earlier this week. The killer is believed to be Michael Christopher Mejia. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mejia is “a career criminal with a history of drugs and violence.” He has “cycled in and out of jail for repeatedly violating the terms of his release.” Here are the details: Court records show that Mejia was sentenced in »

Is the news media “the enemy of the American people”?

Featured image No, I don’t think it is. To me, this is another instance of President Trump overstating his case, and rather recklessly. But Trump’s claim can’t be dismissed simply by jeering at it. Nor can it be countered, as Dana Milbank tries to do, by citing the sympathetic backgrounds of various Washington Post writers. Trump never said that everyone who works in the news media is an enemy of the people. »

With Seth Leibsohn

Featured image I enjoyed being on Seth Leibsohn’s radio program (the Seth and Chris show) yesterday. We discussed the subject of federal legislation to promote free speech on college campuses, a vital subject for anyone who believes in the First Amendment. You can listen to us by going here. »

No, Trump did not revoke a “LGBT” policy

Featured image The lead headline in today’s Washington Post (paper edition) declares: “Trump revokes LGBT policy.” The Post is referring to the revocation of federal guidelines insisting that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their identity. But the policy in question, as the Post’s description of it makes clear, is a “T” policy. It does not affect the lives of members of the other three categories »

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 »

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

Featured image The 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 image I 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. »

Why the Acosta nomination is very bad news for conservatives

Featured image When 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. »

How Congress can promote freedom of speech on college campuses

Featured image We’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 »

A miserable century?

Featured image Nicholas 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 »

This is what democracy looks like

Featured image Rep. 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 »

Immigrant workers get fired trying to prove a point

Featured image Last Thursday was “A day Without Immigrants” day. In an organized protest against President Trump’s immigration views and aborted executive order, thousands of immigrants stayed home from work. The idea was to demonstrate their indispensability. For the immigrants, there was obvious risk associated with skipping work. An employee who turned out to be dispensable might be fired for not showing up. For an employee who is indispensable but replaceable, the »

The Russians are “dismayed” by Trump

Featured image European leaders (at least those from “old Europe”) have declined to take the Trump administration’s anti-Russia, pro-NATO statements seriously, but this is not the case in Russia. The Washington Post reports that “in Moscow, euphoria over Trump evaporates” as “Russian politicians, journalists and others express dismay” that “the White House puts daylight between itself and the Kremlin.” (These are the headlines of the Post’s story in the print edition) The »

Why do the Eurocrats hate him?

Featured image Yesterday, in discussing Mike Pence’s speech in Munich, I argued that the animosity towards President Trump expressed by some of our European allies has little or nothing to do with Trump’s statements about Russia and NATO. Rather, the animosity stems from the fact that Trump isn’t a leftist and the view that he is a vulgarian. American left-wing elites despise Trump. Why expect European left-wing elites not to? I forgot, »

Anti-Trump Europeans decline to be reassured by Mike Pence

Featured image As I discussed yesterday, President Trump sent his “A Team” to Europe to demonstrate America’s commitment to NATO. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Vice President Mike Pence all traveled to a major conference in Munich for that purpose. Kelly, Mattis, and Pence said the right things. Pence, who told the conference he was sending a message of reassurance directly from President Trump, stated that the »

Carl Bernstein’s silly anti-Trump rant

Featured image Four and half decades after Watergate, Carl Bernstein is still living off of his reporting on that scandal. Bernstein may have been a capable reporter in the 1970s, but his latest rant against President Trump suggests that he is well past his sell-by date. According to Bernstein, “Trump’s attacks on the American press as ‘enemies of the American people’ are more treacherous than Richard Nixon’s attacks on the press.” The »

German defense minister reinforces Trump’s reservations on NATO

Featured image President Trump sent his “A Team” to Europe to demonstrate America’s commitment to NATO. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Vice President Mike Pence all traveled to a major conference in Munich for that purpose. However, key European officials, along with honorary European John McCain, used the occasion to vent over Trump. Apparently, the Europeans would rather grandstand to their domestic audiences and demonstrate their moral »