Conservatism

Thomas Sowell on the madness

Featured image Thomas Sowell just turned 90, but he is still on the case. Indeed, his new book — Charter Schools and Their Enemies — was published on his 90th birthday. Among the many tributes to Sowell at 90 are this one by Steve Hanke and Richard Ebeling at NR (Ebeling has more here), this one by Mark Perry at AEI, and this one by his friend Walter Williams at Jewish World »

Is Disunion In Our Future?

Featured image Until the last few months, the idea of disunion as anything but a historical relic had barely occurred to me. But lately, I have begun to wonder. Is there any basis on which we can share governance of America with people who hate our country and our traditions, institutions, culture and freedoms? Why, exactly, should we want to do so? Is there any set of shared assumptions and values that »

Why so much trouble nominating reliably conservative Justices? Part Two

Featured image In this post from last month, I tried to explain why Republican presidents have far less success nominating reliably conservative Supreme Court Justices than their Democratic counterparts have in nominating liberal ones. The main reason, I said, is that the conservative legal movement in America has multiple strands, not all of which point adherents to a result that can be called, or agreed upon as, conservative. For example, if one »

Check Out One of the GOP’s Brightest Stars

Featured image Earlier today I spent 30 minutes interviewing South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem in a webinar sponsored by Center of the American Experiment. We had more than 2,300 registered for the event, with many more watching on Facebook Live. If you missed it earlier, here it is again. I thought Governor Noem was terrific. As you watch the video, ask yourself: how many better leaders do we have in the U.S. »

Will Kristi Noem Be On the National Ticket in 2024?

Featured image The short answer is: I hope so. One way or another, 2024 will be a vitally important election. If President Trump is re-elected, as I think he probably will be, the presidency will be open in 2024. If Trump loses, a senile Joe Biden will be ripe for the plucking in 2024, assuming he is still alive and functioning by then. It isn’t too early to think about the Republican »

From the Land of the Free

Featured image I’ve been offline for a day or two, visiting family in South Dakota for Independence Day. (Or “Independence” Day as CNN would have it.) We had a big group: three of my kids, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, a fiance and a boyfriend. This year, more than ever, it was good to spend the 4th in a land of freedom and unabashed patriotism. South Dakota was in the news, too, with »

The Courage To Say No

Featured image I wrote here about South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem, who is approaching heroic status. She stood alone against the tide of governors issuing stay-home fiats amid the coronavirus panic, taking the principled position that Americans are free people, not subject to arbitrary orders from their governors. What a refreshing idea! She also said that South Dakotans are smart–smart enough to do a better job of looking after their own health »

Why so much trouble nominating reliably conservative Justices?

Featured image Today, Yoram Hozany, an Israeli philosopher, tweeted: I wonder: Has there ever been an ideological movement this incompetent? They only had one job to do: Distinguish conservative lawyers from liberal lawyers. They formulate lists of approved individuals and everyone murmurs that they’ve been vetted. Then all sorts of distinguished persons publicly pronounce in chorus that the candidate is brilliant and the nomination fine. What criteria are involved in all this? »

A Heroine of Our Time

Featured image No one is standing taller against the current tide of insanity than Candace Owens. You likely have already seen this Facebook Live video; tens of millions have. If not, it is worth watching. She begins by explaining why George Floyd, whose death was tragic and wrongful, was no hero. (The point is not academic. There is a movement afoot to rename Minneapolis’s Chicago Avenue as George Floyd Avenue.) She then »

Our Four Largest States: Compare and Contrast

Featured image Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted this comparison of California, Texas, Florida and New York. It is simple but interesting in several respects: Hmmm… pic.twitter.com/k4S9xlGvdF — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 18, 2020 Obviously, the comparison undermines the liberal conceit that shutdown orders save lives. Many similar comparisons have been done, generally supporting the same conclusion, like this one. It is also noteworthy that the states with the lowest taxes also »

Gimme CRB shelter

Featured image Our friends at the Claremont Review of Books have an important announcement: “With so many here and around the world still confined to quarters, the CRB editors have decided to brighten your detention by making our new Spring issue available free to readers everywhere. No masks required.” No longer the middleman selecting highlights from the issue, I urge Power Line readers to check it out on their own here. As »

Minnesotans Stand Up for Freedom

Featured image Today an impressive number of Minnesotans demonstrated outside our governor’s mansion in St. Paul, protesting the extreme shutdown order that has devastated the state. My wife and I attended; I didn’t expect much of a crowd since the demonstration was planned on short notice and didn’t get a lot of publicity. This is what we saw as we drove down Summit Avenue toward the rally: The crowd was on both »

Robert Costa’s latest “drive by” assault on conservatives

Featured image Robert Costa of the Washington Post seems determined to give Philip Rucker a run for his money as the most partisan and intellectually dishonest member of the Post’s stable of Trump-hating reporters. His latest entry is called “Some in GOP remain skeptical of illness’s reach and official reaction” (paper edition, the headline on the internet is only marginally better). The title itself is silly. Everyone should be skeptical of reports »

The Walter Mondale Republicans?

Featured image Yeah—I’ll bet that’s a headline you never expected to see on Power Line! It is prompted by this news story in today’s Washington Post: Conservative intellectuals launch a new group to challenge free-market ‘fundamentalism’ on the right Oren Cass believes conservatives have blundered by outsourcing GOP economic policymaking to libertarian “fundamentalists” who see the free market as an end unto itself, rather than as a means for improving quality of »

The era of Limbaugh

Featured image I have learned much from listening to Rush Limbaugh to the extent that I have been able to catch his great radio show over the years. He is a man of great perception and insight that he communicates in the style of a born teacher. I have loved his show from the first moment I caught it during the Clarence Thomas confirmation ordeal in 1991. When Rush celebrated the thirtieth »

Rush speaks: His big day

Featured image In the first hour of his show yesterday Rush Limbaugh told the story — the story as he experienced it — behind his appearance at the State of the Union address this past Tuesday evening. Rush has posted his monologue telling the story under the headline “What a week! I’m one of the luckiest people alive.” Even with what he acknowledges is left unsaid (“someday I hope to be able »

Rush Limbaugh: A Great American

Featured image Liberals were horrified when President Trump awarded Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union speech, recognizing his decades of service to the cause of American freedom. The context, of course, was Rush’s tough cancer diagnosis. In the aftermath, Scott and I both emailed Rush to extend our best wishes and add our small voices to the millions who are encouraging Rush as he battles »