Now Is the Time for All Good Power Line Readers. . . (Updated)

Featured image Have I mentioned before that I have a new book coming out? I can’t remember. Just in case I haven’t: Patriotism Is Not Enough will be officially published next week, on February 21, but Amazon is already shipping it starting yesterday, which means you could have your copy by Thursday! And if every Power Line reader orders a copy, it will make the best-seller list, and I might just be tempted »

Our Fascist Moment—and Theirs

Featured imageAll of this talk from the left of Trump being a fascist is so much twaddle—or projection, since the left tacitly approves of Mussolini’s version of it (“Everything inside the state; nothing outside the state”). But even if there was some truth to the idea, liberals—or at least liberal academics—would be the last to figure it out. How do I know this? Because I’ve checked the academic literature on Hitler »

The trouble with Calhoun

Featured imageHaving previously declared that the name of Calhoun College was to survive the grand renaming project undertaken by the university, President Peter Salovey was at pains to explain why the university had changed its mind. What was once Calhoun College is now to be Hopper College. What happened? Roger Kimball explores the question in the Wall Street Journal column “Yale’s inconsistent name-dropping” (accessible here via Google). In the column Roger »

Liberals bemoan the demise of last-minute Obama regs

Featured imageIt was never a secret that, once inaugurated, Donald Trump would immediately begin undoing regulations that took effect in the last months of the Obama administration. We knew that, for such regulations, Trump would ask Congress to use the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to bypass filibusters in the Senate to overturn recently issued regs. President Trump and Congress have undertaken this process. The Washington Post is not amused. »

Washington Post solicits anti-Trump activists

Featured imageI wrote here about the Washington Post’s solicitation of sob stories from people who say their lives were adversely affected by President Trump’s executive order on immigration. I called it the journalistic equivalent of ambulance chasing. The Post is at it again. Now, it is soliciting activists. Here is the introduction to a questionnaire that follows a silly story about a random woman from Pennsylvania who attended the anti-Trump march »

Washington Post demonstrates importance of voter ID laws

Featured imageLittle agitates Democrats more than claims of voter fraud. Such fraud is a hardy perennial of American politics. Our history is full of examples, such as Mayor Daley’s Chicago. Yet, Democrats want us to believe that, notwithstanding solid evidence to the contrary, it’s not a problem in modern American politics. The reason is obvious. Democrats don’t want laws and procedures to protect against voter fraud because they want to preserve »

Why Is Saturday Night Live News?

Featured imageEvery Sunday morning, the Associated Press has a news story about the prior evening’s Saturday Night Live show. Today’s story is headlined Host Alec Baldwin, ‘SNL’ cast skewer Trump White House. Well, yes, they do that every week. Last Sunday’s AP headline told us that someone I had never heard of–Melissa McCarthy–was mocking White House press secretary Sean Spicer. And it isn’t just the Associated Press. Many news outlets breathlessly »

The M-E-C Freakout Continues

Featured imageThe Media Entertainment Complex (MEC) is going all in to destroy Trump on behalf of the Democratic Party. I wonder how liberals would react if Saturday Night Live did a sexist sketch like the one last night about Elizabeth Warren (preferably in full native American regalia) instead of Kelly Anne Conway: Paul has already noted the ruckus over the supposed ethics violation of Kelly Anne suggesting on air that people »

Remembering Mr. Lincoln

Featured imageToday is of course the anniversary of the birth of America’s greatest president, Abraham Lincoln. As a politician and as president, Lincoln was a profound student of the Constitution and constitutional history. Perhaps most important, Lincoln was America’s indispensable teacher of the moral ground of political freedom at the exact moment when the country was on the threshold of abandoning what he called its “ancient faith” that all men are »

A reform baseball doesn’t need

Featured imageBaseball will implement a new, experimental rule this season in the very low minor leagues. When a game goes into extra innings, each extra half inning will begin with a runner on second base. This, of course, will make it easier for teams to score in extra innings and thus make it more likely that games will end sooner. How much more likely and how much sooner will be revealed »

Euroweenies: Save Us From Trump!

Featured imageJohn Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, has proposed to bar President Trump from speaking to Parliament when he visits the U.K., on account of his supposed “racism and sexism.” That is an extreme case, but it is fair to say that Trump is deeply unpopular with Europe’s elites. Of course, if those elites were a little more perceptive, they might realize that 1) the critical threats they face »

Is It “Deeply Offensive” to Enforce the Law?

Featured imageIt is, apparently, if the law relates to immigration. At Penn State, someone put up posters urging students and others to report violations of the immigration laws. This is the poster: Is it a civic duty to report illegal aliens? That is certainly a defensible position. In general, citizens should cooperate with law enforcement. But Penn State’s administration didn’t see it that way: “The posters are unsigned and appear to »

Al Jarreau, RIP

Featured imageI am so sad to observe the passing of the singer Al Jarrreau today in Los Angeles at the age of 76. Matt Schudel does a good job of paying tribute to Al in the Washington Post obituary . Margalit Fox provides a more ambivalent take in the New York Times obituary. I want to add a local note on Al’s death. Al was a native of Milwaukee. Once he »

Thinkin’ about “Lincoln” again

Featured imageSteven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln seems to have dropped from our cultural consciousness. Perhaps the cognitive dissonance it induces on the left suppresses its memory. As we celebrate the anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday today, I want to take a look back at the film with the notes I offered at the time. I put just about everything important that I know about Lincoln into them. Until reading David Brooks’s obtuse »

Kellyanne Conway: “counseled” but “unrepentant”

Featured imageDuring an appearance on Fox News, senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway plugged Ivanka Trump’s product lines. Speaking from the White House, she said: Go buy Ivanka’s stuff. . .I’m going to go get some myself today. I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody. By saying this, Conway appears to have violated an ethics rule that prohibits a federal employee from “us[ing] his public »

Is Slavery Bad? That All Depends

Featured imageFrom Rod Dreher comes the story of a left-wing Georgetown University professor who defends slavery. This may sound shocking, but it shouldn’t be surprising. Liberal academics around the world teach that only American (and perhaps some Caribbean and South American) slavery was really bad. Other slavery–in particular, African and Islamic slavery–was really a pretty good deal for the slaves. These liberal sophists argue that under Anglo-American law, there was no »

The Gorsuch Confirmation and the Finnis Connection

Featured imageI haven’t had time to weigh in yet on the Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court, so it is time to catch up. In addition to having a law degree from Harvard, it is notable that Gorsuch also took a leave from his lucrative law practice to attend Oxford University to earn a Ph.D under the direction of John Finnis. Never heard of John Finnis? I predict you will in »