• Necessary Allies, Not Implacable Enemies

    Necessary Allies, Not Implacable Enemies

    To place our polarized politics in proper perspective, conservatives need to look back at the nearly half-century struggle known as “the Cold War.” The Soviet Union and its satellites really did amount to an “Evil Empire” and the US and our allies constituted the necessary counterweight of goodness and decency.…

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  • Taking Encouragement from Under-Rated Presidents

    Taking Encouragement from Under-Rated Presidents

    Can a new president with a tenuous mandate and a balky Congress, held in contempt by “enlightened” opinion, nonetheless preside over dynamic years of peace and prosperity? History answers with a ringing “yes!” and Donald Trump should feel encouraged by that record. Between 1868 and 1896, six presidents occupied the…

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  • Positive Results Trump Political Disappointments

    Positive Results Trump Political Disappointments

    In President Trump's first six months, illegal immigration dropped dramatically, reaching its lowest point in at least 16 years—despite the fact that the administration hasn't built its border wall, or conducted mass deportations that many feared, or enforced the promised Muslim ban. At the same time, the stock market boomed…

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  • Messages from “DUNKIRK”

    Messages from “DUNKIRK”

    The superb new movie “Dunkirk” conveys important messages about a fateful episode of World War II. In May, 1940, the rapid Nazi advance through France trapped a huge British army on the coast, offering easy targets for Luftwaffe bombers. The Royal Navy couldn't rescue the troops from the beaches, so…

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  • Not So Polarized, After All

    Not So Polarized, After All

    Despite the partisan polarization that characterizes both politics and media at the moment, the public seems surprisingly united when it comes to defining Americanism. A new Voter Study Group survey associated with George Washington University, showed a full 93% agreeing that “respect for American institutions and laws” is important for…

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  • Different Roles Divide the Party

    Different Roles Divide the Party

    As Republicans on Capitol Hill struggle to make progress on health care and tax reform, the loudest voices in conservative media rip the GOP's Congressional leadership for their willingness to compromise on drafting legislation. Actually, Republicans in the House and Senate are doing what they need to do to succeed…

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  • The Only Solution for the Korean Crisis

    The Only Solution for the Korean Crisis

    North Korea's recent rocket tests highlight this brutal regime's ongoing threat to peace. A mere change of leadership won't eliminate the dangers posed by the rogue state; the only long-term solution requires disappearance of the totalitarian nightmare in Pyongyand and unification of the Korean Peninsula. That may seem unthinkable at…

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  • Double Standards in the War between White House and Media

    Double Standards in the War between White House and Media

    For all his vast power, the President of the United States—any president—is always at a structural disadvantage in a “war” with the media. The First Amendment protects press rights to criticize the government, and everyone expects such criticism. But if government—or the president, as head of government—strikes back by assailing…

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  • Infatuation With Obama; Rage Against Trump

    President Trump and his supporters are absolutely right that there's a glaring contrast between the way media treat this president and way the press handled his predecessor, Barack Obama. With Obama, potentially devastating scandals—Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, the VA—never gained momentum; the press never blamed Obama personally when…

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