The China Myth Exposed

Featured image From early in our nation’s history, America’s intellectuals have mostly looked down on their own country and yearned for it to be like someplace else–someplace more sophisticated, and more in tune with “modern” intellectual currents, whatever they might be at the moment. That is a long history, which I will skip over. In our own time, American intellectuals have claimed that Soviet Russia, Germany and Japan were harbingers of the »

Now It’s Sanders vs. Biden

Featured imageBernie Sanders’ feud with Elizabeth Warren is well known, but I hadn’t realized that he is now battling with Joe Biden until I saw this column by the appalling Paul Krugman. He indicts Sanders for dishonest attacks on Biden relating to Social Security, and, like many other observers, notes the recurrent viciousness of the Sanders operation: While the news media has been focused on the “spat” between Elizabeth Warren and »

Warren responds

Featured imageSenator Warren didn’t do too well in the moment she was challenged by the Iowa voter about the injustice of her tuition loan forgiveness scheme. The Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Kugle picks up Warren’s subsequent response in “CBS Anchor to Warren: Are You Saying ‘Tough Luck’ to People Who Saved for College?” “For Americans who are in that father’s position, who felt they did the right thing and you’re bailing »

The State of Things for Dems: Gloomy & Getting Gloomier

Featured imageIt’s still early and things can change fast, but several new polls show Bernie Sanders surging in Iowa and New Hampshire as well as nationally, as Warren continues to stumble, Biden continues to unimpress, and Buttigieg continues to ignore the propeller beanie hat stuck to his head. If Sanders sweeps Iowa and New Hampshire and surges in South Carolina and Nevada, he could become well nigh unstoppable. The Democratic establishment, »

Angela Davis does Yale

Featured imageThe Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reports that Yale tapped Angela Davis as a Martin Luther King Day speaker last week. Who, students might have wondered if they had been so inclined, is Angela Davis? The Yale Daily News identified her in its story on her speech as an “activist.” Ron Radosh recalled in the 2012 Washington Times column “Jury isn’t out on Angela Davis” when the D.C. Superior Court »

A postmodern impeachment

Featured imageThe House impeachment managers have wound up their case for the removal of President Trump from office. With lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff, Dems got the man they deserved. For those of us who followed the rise and fall of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, Schiff must be the most notorious liar of the United States. He is certainly the most notorious liar to be celebrated by the mainstream media. We »

Escaping Washington, D.C.

Featured imageBernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are stuck in Washington, D.C., trapped in the Senate pretending solemnly to weigh the evidence in the impeachment trial. But that doesn’t mean I have to be here. In fact, we’re leaving town, and the country, for a week. We will be on an island in the Caribbean, watching even less of the trial than we have been. In other words, we will be watching »

What If They Gave an Impeachment and No One Came?

Featured imageThe Democrats are desperately trying to flog their impeachment show, but so far both the ratings and the reviews are bad. Ratings fall flat as the vast majority of Americans tune out impeachment trial. Only 3% of Americans tuned in across all the major networks and cable news combined. https://t.co/pKuD1obnt6 — Ted Davis (@tedsthetruth) January 23, 2020 You’ve all seen the headlines: Impeachment trial gets lower ratings than Jeopardy! on »

A meaningless tape recording of Trump

Featured imageThe latest impeachment related story — a non-story in my view — is about a tape recording in which President Trump (according to reports) instructed associates to fire Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The recording apparently was made at a dinner party in April 2018 by Igor Fruman, one of Rudy Giuliani’s main Ukraine operatives (along with Lev Parnas). Yovanovitch wasn’t fired until May 2019. Thus, there is »

Free Speech? Not In France

Featured imageFrom France comes this disturbing headline: “French teenager in hiding after insulting Islam online.” Police have told a French teenager to go into hiding after she received death threats for insulting Islam. The 16-year-old has been advised to stay away from her lycée (sixth-form college) in southeast France after calls on the internet for her to be killed, raped or attacked. Great police protection! A 16-year-old girl is threatened with »

Roots of the whistleblower

Featured imageAs I have said a time or two before, behind the whistleblower lies what must be an interesting back story. We published Paul Sperry’s 4,000-word investigation here earlier this week. Now on an interesting segment of her FOX News show Laura Ingraham draws on emails she has obtained to push the story a few years further back (video below). FOX News itself reports on the segment in “Laura Ingraham: Much »

The Week in Pictures: Early Groundhog Day Edition

Featured imageIs impeachment still going on? I know Groundhog Day is still officially nine days off, but I guess Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi came out of their hole in the ground early and saw their shadow: six more weeks of impeachment! To paraphrase Dr. Venkman, impeachment beats having a real private sector job. Also: Are iguanas the new groundhog? What does it mean when an iguana sees its shadow as »

The lives Morgan Wootten touched

Featured imageThe late Morgan Wootten didn’t just help shape the lives of his basketball players and history students at DeMatha Catholic. He touched thousands of lives through his annual basketball camp. According to this report, Wootten didn’t just preside over the camp. He lived in the dorms with campers and ate meals with them. A friend who was an outstanding high school basketball player has first-hand knowledge of Wootten’s camp. He »

Trump at the March for Life

Featured imagePresident Trump spoke in person at the 47th annual March for Life on the Mall in Washington this afternoon. Marc Thiessen elaborates on the meaning of the moment in his Washington Post column “At the March for Life, Trump will be greeted as a pro-life hero — because he is one.” I have posted the video below following the White House text of the speech without further comment: THE PRESIDENT: »

George Anastaplo on Impeachment and Statesmanship

Featured imageI was rummaging around in my library yesterday looking for a particular essay on Plato by the late George Anastaplo of Loyola University and Rosary College in Illinois, and by accident I happened upon a lecture he gave in February 1974—note carefully the date—entitled “Impeachment and Statesmanship.” (The essay appears in his collection Human Being and Citizen: Essays on Virtue, Freedom, and the Common Good.) Needless to say I had »

Washington Post columnist blames John Roberts for “impeachment mess”

Featured imageWho is to blame for the impeachment of President Trump? It has to be either Trump or the House that impeached him. Or maybe a combination of the two. But the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank claims that, somehow, the “mess” is Chief Justice Roberts’s fault. Milbank is the Post’s clown prince. He’ll say anything, usually with as much snark as he can muster, to try to score a point against »

Warren’s Joe the Plumber moment

Featured imageWe are fortunate to have video (below) of a great “Joe the Plumber” moment (as Megan Fox calls it at PJ Media) earlier this week featuring Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail in Grimes, Iowa. The Daily Caller reports on its here and The Hill here After waiting in line to get his moment with Warren, a voter “vent[ed] frustration that her promise to wipe out student loan debt would »