Illegal voting and what to do about it [UPDATED]

Featured image Donald Trump says that illegal voting may have put Hillary Clinton ahead of him in the popular vote. Clinton leads Trump by around 2.5 million votes, so the president-elect’s claim seems far-fetched. However, as Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund explain in the Wall Street Journal, we simply don’t know the extent of illegal voting in American elections. Moreover, the Obama administration has done everything it can to keep it »

A not ready for prime time player [With Comment by John]

Featured imageFor the past 10 years the Star Tribune has shielded Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison from serious scrutiny. The Star Tribune has reported the apologetics of Ellison and his devoutly liberal Jewish supporters as facts. They are not. Ellison’s success in misleading the hometown crowd has deluded him into thinking he is ready for prime time as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is not. Allison Sherry’s pathetic piece »

Should Claire McCaskill determine who will replace Scalia?

Featured imageWho is the eighth best (or least bad) Democratic Senator? If you answered “I don’t give damn” you are wrong. Under current rules, the eighth best Democratic Senator holds veto power over the person Donald Trump will select to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court. Confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee requires 60 votes. There will be 52 Republican Senators in the Senate that decides whether to confirm Trump’s »

Remembering Roddie Edmonds

Featured imageSteve Hayward’s book Patriotism Is Not Enough is forthcoming on February 14, 2017. The book is rich in reflections occasioned by a close reading of the intellectual history Steve takes up. In the introduction Steve quotes Walter Berns’s understanding of the Founders to the effect that “the making of patriots cannot be left to chance.” Later in the book Steve writes that “the tyrant of the ‘liberated self’ cannot be »

Kellogg’s: Not too gr-r-reat!

Featured imageJohn proposed that readers boycott Kellogg in response to the company’s announcement that it is pulling its advertising from Breitbart. Many readers have responded with messages to Kellogg’s on which we have been copied. I particularly enjoyed this one, which I thought other readers might find of interest as well: I read Mr. Hinderaker’s excellent post about Kellogg pulling its advertising from Breitbart.com. You may remember when the company refused »

Professor watching

Featured imageTurning Point USA (TPUSA), a conservative organization made up of high school and college students, has compiled a website database of more than 200 professors at universities across the nation who, in the view of the organization, “discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” The website is called Professor Watchlist. This has outraged the left which, inevitably, complains of “McCarthyism” by TPUSA. Annabel Scott at the »

Is Russia Preparing to Invade Ukraine?

Featured imageLondon’s Sun isn’t much of a newspaper. Most of its articles are about crime, actresses on vacation and reality TV actors behaving badly. But even the Sun knows that the potential outbreak of war in Central Europe is worth covering: Russia is reportedly deploying a massive army on the Ukrainian border amid fears of an imminent invasion which risks destabilising Eastern Europe. Ukraine‘s Deputy Defence Minister Ihor Dolhov says a »

From the penalty box

Featured imageIn “After last night,” on the morning of November 9, I noted Donald Trump’s “improbable victory” over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election and consigned myself to the penalty box for “the next few months.” I might have adapted Lincoln’s statement on the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision and called it “an astonisher” in our political history. I called a “minor penalty” on myself “for manifest errors of understanding, of »

A reservation about Betsy DeVos

Featured imageDonald Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education has met with considerable praise from conservatives, and for good reason. She has been excellent on school choice issues. However, the Secretary of Education is not in much of a position to affect school choice policy. Perhaps DeVos will help persuade some Republicans at the state and local level to be less resistant to school choice. Other than that, I’m »

Politico: What If Trump Enforces the Law?!

Featured imageI have been saying for a long time that, while our current legal immigration system poses intractable problems, illegal immigration is relatively easy to solve: we only need to enforce our existing laws. Donald Trump’s appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General signals that he intends to do just that. Politico belatedly tumbles, apparently, to what is going on: “Immigration-hardliner Sessions could execute crackdown as AG.” If confirmed as Trump’s »

What happened in Minnesota (3)

Featured imageIn “What happened in Minnesota” I took a look at the most potent issue behind the remarkable results favoring Republicans in the state legislative races, which I noted as to the House races in part 2. I included a powerful ad that ran on the subject of Obamacare, Minnesota style, brought to us courtesy of Governor Mark Dayton. In the brief interview below with WCCO’s Esme Murphy on November 6, »

Must the Constitution Protect Flag Burning? [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageDemocrats are burning American flags in violent demonstrations and riots across the country, which led Donald Trump to re-ignite an old debate with a tweet: Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016 Trump’s suggestion that flag burning should not be treated as protected »

Investigation confirms absence of wrongdoing in Charlotte shooting

Featured imageIn September, rioting broke out in Charlotte, North Carolina after a black police officer shot and killed Kenneth Lamont Scott. Mr. Scott was an African-American who, according to the police, pulled a gun and refused to drop it. From the beginning, the shooting looked justified, but we couldn’t tell for sure until the matter was thoroughly investigated. Now, with the investigation complete, it is clear that there was no wrongdoing »

Dayton’s stormy Tuesday

Featured imageIn 1994 or so one of my daughters was in school with one of Mark Dayton’s sons. Dayton was serving his last year as state auditor. At a silent auction to raise funds for the school, Dayton contributed Power Lunch for 2 with Mark Dayton at the Minneapolis Club. As the auction was winding down, I noticed that not a single person had entered a bid on it. So I »

Boycott Frosted Flakes!

Featured imageLiberal bullies are trying to pressure advertisers into boycotting Breitbart.com, one of the most popular conservative sites on the internet. Unfortunately, they are having considerable success. As you probably know, Breitbart.com was founded by Andrew Breitbart and has been run by Steve Bannon following Andrew’s tragically premature death. Breitbart.com was an early and enthusiastic backer of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and Bannon became a close adviser to Trump. He is »

An uninspired choice for DOT Secretary

Featured imageThe buzz phrase “drain the swamp” has been overused in recent days, I think. However, it applies nicely to the Department of Labor. For decades, the DOL has been a bog of oppressive regulations which, among other things, sometimes promote racial discrimination in favor of minorities. Elaine Chao presided over that swamp for eight years during the George W. Bush administration. She did little to drain, or even disturb, it. »

Trump’s synthesis [UPDATED]

Featured imageIn the run-up to this year’s election, when I thought Hillary Clinton would win, I speculated about what a post-Trump GOP would look like. It seemed to me that the Party might settle on a synthesis that mixed two doses of traditional conservatism with one dose of Trumpianism. Based on Trump’s early moves, especially his appointments, it looks like this might be the formula. Except I’m not sure about the »