Back to the Future of Conservatism

Featured image There is much talk these days about the future of conservatism. Donald Trump has decisively changed the Republican Party; most of us think, for the better. Republicans are now seen as the party of the middle and working classes. I would say that we really have been that all along, but Trump brought the populist core of conservatism to the forefront. And “America First,” far from being scandalous as the »

Mask Mandate? Not In South Dakota

Featured image Joe Biden has mused about imposing a national mask mandate if and when he takes office. There is no possible constitutional basis on which he could make such an order, yet his intention is taken seriously by many, and most, perhaps cowed, have not pushed back. There is at least one state, however, where unconstitutional orders emanating from a Biden White House will not be obeyed: South Dakota. President-elect Joe »

Wasteful Spending: An Issue From the Past?

Featured image Josef Stalin famously said that one death is a tragedy, while a million deaths are a statistic. The same holds true for spending: most people’s eyes glaze over at the thought of a billion dollars, but we get outraged over the idea of a $400 hammer. The $400 hammer won one of Senator William Proxmire’s Golden Fleece awards, decades ago. Proxmire did a more effective job than just about anyone »

Thoughts On Where We Stand Now [with question from Paul]

Featured image The presidential election seems to be going South and a Joe Biden administration may be in the offing. It is a bitter pill to swallow and I am profoundly depressed. Nevertheless, here are a few mostly-optimistic observations on the current scene. * My guess is that in a perfect world, where only legal voters vote, and everyone votes only once, President Trump won the election. The problem is that, while »

Glenn’s New Home

Featured image For some years now, Glenn Reynolds has been bringing a weekly dose of sanity to USA Today’s editorial page. But when Glenn wrote a column about the Biden scandals a couple of weeks ago, USA Today refused to run it, consistent with the liberal doctrine that free speech is great, except when it threatens the interests of the Democratic Party. So Glenn has terminated his relationship with USA Today and »

It’s Easier To Be a Bin Ladin Than a Conservative

Featured image This column in the Spectator is a breath of fresh air in the bizarre moment in history that we occupy. It is written by Osama bin Laden’s niece, Noor bin Ladin. Noor bin Ladin loves America: Americans are, in my experience, the warmest, most kind-hearted and open-minded people in the world. I have found this to be true for my whole life, despite being the niece of Osama bin Laden »

If You’re Free On a Saturday Night…

Featured image …tonight, actually…you can tune in at 7 p.m. Central time to see Center of the American Experiment’s Virtual Gala 2020. It will feature a live keynote by Sarah Huckabee Sanders (whose new book is really good, by the way) with audience Q and A. We will also present Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota with a Courage In Government award. And we will cut away live to a few of »

Nine Days To Go…

Featured image …until Center of the American Experiment’s Virtual Gala 2020. The event kicks off at 7:00 Central time on Saturday, September 19. I will host it; Sarah Sanders will be the featured speaker, including live Q and A, and we will have a special guest appearance by Governor Kristi Noem, to whom the Center is presenting a Courage In Government award. The National Anthem will be sung by 13 year old »


Featured image This music video was uploaded to YouTube on Saturday and already is approaching one million views. The principal performer is “Ricky Rebel.” This is how the video is described on YouTube: On AUG 22, 2020, a violent #BlackLivesMatter mob swarmed the Trump Unity Bridge in Beverly Hills. The Trump Unity Bridge responded to #BLM with a DANCE OFF to their unifying theme song MAGA / YMCA! I don’t think those »

Return of the Log Cabin Republicans

Featured image The Log Cabin Republicans call themselves “the nation’s original and largest organization representing LGBT conservatives and straight allies.” I haven’t noticed much from them lately, but this Twitter video by Christian Walker is good, and is getting a lot of attention. Christian is Herschel Walker’s son: [email protected] has watched BLM burn, loot and murder. Now he has a strong message for the violent leftists destroying our cities and killing patriots »

2020 Virtual Gala: Sign Up Now!

Featured image Each year, Center of the American Experiment holds an Annual Dinner that typically draws around 1,000 people. Such luminaries as Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev and the first President Bush have headlined the event; more recently, Tucker Carlson, Tom Cotton and Candace Owens. This year, we planned the dinner/fundraiser for April, rescheduled it for June on account of COVID, and then again to September 19. I refused to cancel the event, »

Get your hand out of my shower revisited

Featured image Before the advent of the modern environmental movement, National Review founder Bill Buckley used to proclaim with a glint in his eye that a liberal is someone who wants to reach into your shower and adjust the temperature of the water. Man, oh, man, was he right. The liberals’ environmental agenda brought Buckley’s satirical thrust uncomfortably close to reality. See, for example, the Wall Street Journal article “A water fight »

CRB: Border wars

Featured image This is the third of three planned previews of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Having reviewed the issue in galley, I selected essays and reviews I thought some Power Line readers would find of interest. With the indulgence of the editors of the CRB, we are extending the preview with a bonus edition tomorrow. Please stay tuned. Today I have two books reviews that I »

COVID and the Death of Common Sense

Featured image Why are so many panicked over the Wuhan flu, a relatively minor disease? Of course, COVID can be deadly, like virtually all diseases, but if you are 25 or under it is less lethal than an average seasonal flu, and it is overwhelmingly the very elderly and infirm who are at risk. So why the hysteria? In part, at least, because most people have a wildly distorted idea of the »

Conservatism Means Sanity

Featured image I agree essentially 100% with Paul’s discussion earlier today of what 21st Century conservatism should stand for. I also would put Paul’s analysis next to this new Trump campaign ad: — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2020 What is striking to me is that the ad consists of what once were considered platitudes. But in today’s world, it is an ad that no Democratic candidate could endorse, a »

What conservatives should stand for

Featured image It’s not unusual to see articles questioning the Republicans Party’s suitability as a vehicle for conservatives. But this article by David Azerrad questions whether conservatism is a suitable vehicle for the right. I don’t agree with everything in David’s article and I wish he had defined “conservatism” in other than metaphoric and hyperbolic terms. However, I strongly recommend the article, and I mostly agree with passages like this one: The »

A Modest Proposal to Help Drain the Swamp

Featured image Quite a few years ago, one of my law partners was prominent in the Democratic Party. This was the good old days, when most Democrats were mainstream Americans. He wrote an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, arguing that we should disperse federal agencies around the country rather than centralizing them in Washington. The Department of Agriculture might be in Des Moines, the FTC in Denver, the FDA in Charleston, »