Columns

Columns by date [2000; 2001; 2005; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017], columns by publication [The Daily Caller; Claremont Review of Books; Breitbart; The Washington Times; The American Conservative; National Review; The American Spectator; TheFederalist; Radix News; Human Events; Ricochet; Rockit News; American Greatness; NewsMax; Washington Examiner]

2018

Hobbled by Robert Mueller’s possible findings, if any

September 4th 2018
The Washington Times

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MLK Jr. Would Be Pleased With Black Americans’ Gains Under Trump

August 28th 2018
TheFederalist

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History Is Bunk — If It’s Not Taught Properly

August 6th 2018
The Daily Caller

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When Roosevelt Flew to Tehran

July 26th 2018
The Washington Times

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Honoring the Fallen on D-Day

June 6th 2018
The Washington Times

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What’s Next for Conservatism?

June 3rd 2018
TheFederalist.com

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‘Make Congress Work Again’

April 30th 2018
The Washington Times

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Why President Trump Should Veto the Bill Prohibiting Him from Firing Robert Mueller

April 27th 2018
TheFederalist.com

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‘Lord of the Flies’ Teaches Everything You Need to Know About Letting Kids Push Gun Control

April 25th 2018
TheFederalist.com

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Let The Word Go Forth:  Chappaquiddick Invented The Cover-up

April 8th 2018
TheFederalist.com

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Should the Pentagon Bend Over Backwards to Support Trans Military Personnel?
March 15th 2018
TheFederalist.com

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Russia Collusion Saga — Chapter 27
February 20th 2018
TheFederalist.com

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Racism:  The First and Final Insult of Losers
January 31st 2018
The Washington Examiner

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When It’s Something Other Than Race
January 25th 2018
The Washington Times

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DACA for Dummies
January 16th 2018
The Washington Times

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Pumpkin Time for Robert Mueller
January 7th 2018
The Washington Times

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2017

‘Attorney General Sessions, Call Your Office’
December 26th 2017
The Washington Times

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Merry Christmas, Bill Burke
December 22nd 2017
The Federalist

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Roy Moore and the politics of winning
December 11th 2017
The Washington Times

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A Tale of Two Cultures — and Two Bracelets
November 21st 2017
The Washington Times

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It’s Jeff Sessions’ time to leave the Justice Department and ride for glory
November 21st 2017
The Washington Examiner

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Roy Moore and Jeff Sessions: Two problems — and a solution
November 12th 2017
The Washington Examiner

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Sex, College Sex — and Harvey Weinstein
October 12th 2017
American Greatness

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Is Barack Obama responsible for the Navy’s collisions?
August 23rd 2017
The Washington Times

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Summer Games for the Resistance
August 16th 2017
American Greatness

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Who Promoted Emma Lazarus?
August 7th 2017
NewsMax

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Prep Schools Like Milton Not Teaching Political Diversity
August 2nd 2017
NewsMax

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When insurance becomes a method of taxation
July 19th 2017
The Washington Times

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Solving the Mueller problem
July 4th 2017
The Washington Times

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For God, For Country, and… For Trump?
June 20th 2017
The American Spectator

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Closing Time for the Episcopal Church?
June 13th 2017
The Washington Times

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Health Care Reform: Not in God’s Lifetime
May 31st 2017
The American Spectator

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Dana Milbank’s Fear of Flying
May 26th 2017
American Greatness

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Comey, Flynn, Trump, Brutish, and Short
May 25th 2017
American Greatness

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Flied Lice and Golden Visas
May 23rd 2017
The American Spectator

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Piling On: The Desperation of the Left
May 17th 2017
The American Spectator

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Of Course Your Son’s Swank Boarding School Is Gender Diverse
May 12th 2017
TheFederalist.com

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Saying goodbye to grandma
May 10th 2017
The Washington Times

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John Jimenez built that
May 4th 2017
The Washington Times

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Trump’s 100 days vs. Democrats’ 100 days of resistance: A progress report
April 29th 2017
Fox News Opinion

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Oilman Rex Tillerson and Ukraine
April 26th 2017
American Greatness

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Advice and consent in the time of obstruction
April 25th 2017
The Washington Times

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Billionaires for deregulation
April 4th 2017
The Washington Times

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How Trump Can Use His Tax Cut To Drain The Federal Research Swamp
March 13th 2017
TheFederalist.com

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Trump Needs to Fire Regulatory Agencies, Stat
February 21st 2017
TheFederalist.com

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Hillary Clinton and the Rule of Law
February 2nd 2017
The Washington Times

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Lobbying in the age of Trump
January 16th 2017
The Washington Times

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For Conservatives, Donald Trump Shifts The Window Of What’s Possible
January 5th 2017
TheFederalist

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Donald Trump Brings A New Season Of Hope
January 2nd 2017
The Washington Times

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2016

Schadenfreude and the New York Times
November 22nd 2016
The American Conservative

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The Case for Trump — in 300 words
November 4th 2016
The American Conservative

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Trump Or Clinton? Argh! What Would Wm F. Buckley Do?
October 16th 2016
The Washington Times

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Let’s Play Pin The Mustache On The Donkey

July 14th 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Donald Trump, Congress And The American Tradition
June 22nd 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Monkey Times — and Monkey Business — at Harvard

May 18th 2016
Ricochet

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Bathroom Bills Stall Amid Shower Of Criticism
May 17th 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Voter ID Laws Are Not Racist
May 1st 2016
Rockit News

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What You Need To Know About Drew Barrymore’ Divorce
April 27th 2016
TheFederalist.com

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The Media’s Crocodile Fears Over Donald Trump’s Authoritarianism
April 13th 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Harvard Law School Chases the Seal of Good Identity Politics
April 4th 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Why We Can Be Optimistic About America Despite Scalia And Trump
February 23rd 2016
TheFederalist.com

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Will Gene Therapy Wipe Out Gays?
Rockit News, February 16th 2016

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Donald Trump and Venereal Disease
TheFederalist.com, January 27th 2016

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The Fat Lady, The Episcopal Church, And The Anglican Communion
The Daily Caller
January 26th 2016

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How Trump Could Restore Constitutional Government
TheFederalist.com
January 20th 2016

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Hillary, It’s Barack. We Need To Talk.
Rockit News
January 7th 2016

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2015

Does Donald Trump Think Black Voters Are Stupid?
The Daily Caller
December 15th 2015

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Minimum Wage as Affirmative Action
Rockit News
Novemeber 24th 2015

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Marco Rubio, If You Can
Rockit News
November 17th 2015

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Suppose States Just Ignored The Gay Marriage Ruling
Rockit News
November 12th 2015

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Why Racial Discrimination Is Wrong
Rockit News
August 26th 2015

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Civil Rights Racket Keeps Blacks Poor and Democratic
Rockit News
July 28th 2015

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Vile Bodies: The Episcopal Church’s General Conventions
The Daily Caller
July 17th 2015

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Extra! Pope Denies Henry VIII Late Checkout. Crisis Looms.
The American Conservative
June 11th 2015

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Tell a Joke. Save a Culture.
Rockit News
April 29th 2015

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Obama Undermines So-Called Independent Regulatory Agencies
Rockit News
April 20th 2015

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Indiana Burning
Radix News, April 11, 2015

The liberal firestorm over Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act tells us that it’s time to think more critically about the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Stan Evans: Everyman’s Bill Buckley
TheFederalist.com, March 26, 2015

What do you get when you cross Bill Buckley and Stan Evans?

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Episcopal Church Scandal as reported by The Washington Post
TheFederalist.com, March 19, 2015

How did a woman with a drinking problem, and a DUI, get to be a bishop in the Episcopal Church?

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Join the Army, See the World, Change Your Sex
The Daily Caller, March 9, 2015

Bradley Manning may be a knave, but it’s the people of the US who are the fools.

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Would the U.S. Go to War for Lithuania?
The American Conservative, March 5, 2015

Does the U.S.’s national interest require it to defend Lithuania under the NATO Treaty?

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Bare Ruined Choirs
Radix News, February 25, 2015

Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Who know? Who cares?

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What Did Jeb Bush Say? Don’t Bother Asking His Office
Breitbart, February 24, 2015

Why is it difficult to get copies of Jeb Bush’s speeches?

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Jafar for President: Forgive Student loans
TheFederalist.com, January 20, 2015

Forty million student loan debtors offer Republicans a chance to make a double play — if they can remember how to throw. And catch.

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Jeb Bush’s Toaster Problem
The Daily Caller, January 12, 2015

Skip the beef. Where’s the sparkle?

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Let’s Make A Deal With the Middle Class
The Daily Caller, January 5, 2015

After fifty years of losing the war on poverty, we need new troops.

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2014

Merry Christmas, Kim Jong-Un
The Daily Caller, December 25, 2014

The North Koreans alone won’t save Western Civilization. We may have to help.

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Too Late Now to Sell Obama Short
Human Events, December 10, 2014

Were you part of the smart money that got out of Obama Inc. early?

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Obama’s Last Chance: Promoting Marriage Can Restore His Presidency
The Daily Caller, December 2, 2014

President Obama is no good at politics so he should try a new game — marrying his desperation for a favorable legacy to a public good.

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The Federal Trade Commission’s Unwelcome Birthday
Washington Times, November 6, 2014

Americans have paid dearly for 100 years of anticompetitive regulation.

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John Kerry: “Some of My Best Friends are Jews”
TheFederalist.com, November 4, 2014

Frantically, frenetically, the Obama people play the gender card, or cards, and the race card.

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Pumpkin Papers Irregulars Tribute to M. Stanton Evans
Human Events, October 30, 2014

There is no one in the Conservative Movement who has not heard of Stan Evans.

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A Birthday Wish for John Dingell (and Good Riddance)
The Washington Times, July 7, 2014

The Michigan Democrat was infamous for his dirty tactics.

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D-Day, 2014: A Remembrance
TheFederalist.com, June 6, 2014

You might think that today, the battle that changed the course of Western Civilization would have bit more resonance. the course of what?

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Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Student Debt Has Got to Go!
TheFederalist.com, May 8, 2014

Thirty-eight million students with loans are an opportunity for Republicans, who should solve their problem, but only by doing something . . . Democrats would rather die than let happen.

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After Ukraine, What Should U.S. Strategy Be in Europe?
Washington Times, April 8, 2014

When was the last time you read the NATO Treaty?

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Republican Social Justice?
The American Conservative, March 11, 2014

AEI’s Arthur Brooks tries to add a new layer of varnish to an old GOP agenda.

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A Valentines Day Shooting in the Other Washington
The American Conservative, February 20, 2014

Crime in Washington, whether it’s up or down, takes place primarily “somewhere else,” in the . . . lower-class neighborhoods.

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2012

Intelligent Design: A Review of If Not Us, Who?: William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement by David B. Frisk
The Claremont Review, August 2, 2012

Rusher devoted almost all his energy to his primary passion: the politics of saving America.

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2011

Conscripts in a Ponzi Scheme
The American Spectator, June 13, 2011

To fix Social Security, we will have to assign two tasks to the young: pay more and retire later. What’s in that for them?

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Social Security and the Ghost of Ephram Nestor
The American Spectator, April 6, 2011

Americans are doomed to a clunky Model T retirement system designed by Franklin Roosevelt unless Republicans can make themselves useful.

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Dracon for President?
The American Spectator, February 22, 2011

Democrats described the Republicans’ budget cuts as drastic, double meat ax, death spiral, and, yes, draconian. Republicans called it democratic.

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Mitch Daniels and the CPAC Moment
The American Spectator, February 14, 2011

Gov. Daniels gave a great speech. Thirty-one minutes. Forty-two applause lines. But two legs of his three-legged stool were missing.

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The New America Firsters
The American Spectator, February 7, 2011

Central to America’s financial good health is a change in Washington’s culture, like the change Adm. Yamamoto brought to the America Firsters.

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Getting Serious About Regulations — NOT!
The American Spectator, February 2, 2011

All regulations that impose requirements on businesses with fifteen or more employees should be amended to affect only businesses with fifty or more employees

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Egypt and the Realpolitik of Violence and Freedom
The American Spectator, January 31, 2011

To think that violence is always bad is not to know that violence can be the handmaiden of freedom.

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The Real State of the Union
The American Spectator, January 27, 2011

To balance the budget we may have to cut expenses that we all agree are important.

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All That Gold
The American Spectator, January 24, 2011

The income-tax burden is $2.3 trillion. The regulatory burden is $1.75 trillion. That’s where the gold is.

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Operation Mainstreaming
The American Spectator, January 17, 2011

Should the Smithsonian use its semi-governmental position, and taxpayer funds, to try to confer “mainstream” status on behavior that most Americans think is aberrant and fringy?

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Reading the Constitution
The American Spectator, January 12, 2011

Here’s a fact that will astound liberal progressives: we actually have a constitution, and it has — or had — a purpose.

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2010

America the Generous
The American Spectator, August 11, 2010

Individual Americans are generous, but Congress cannot be, by definition because it gives away other people’s money.

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Mau-Mauing the Free Press
The American Spectator, August 3, 2010

Government financing of the press without government influence? About as likely as finding a chaste maid in Cheapside.

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Corn vs. Coronary Bypass Surgery
The American Spectator, July 28, 2010

Our philosopher-king guardians have encouraged us to think socialistically about health care, but not yet about food production and distribution.

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News Quiz #3 Report Card
The American Spectator, July 26, 2010
Report card on readers who guessed which news paragraphs were bogus.

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News Quiz #3
The American Spectator, July 19, 2010

In which readers are again asked to identify the bogus news item.

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Rand Paul and Halitosis
The American Spectator, July 12, 2010

Discussing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 during a campaign is like telling the bride she has halitosis — as you carry her across the threshold.

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A Separate Peace?
The American Spectator, June 28, 2010

It will always be necessary to stand athwart history and make no peace with — indeed, to make war on — social engineering, in whatever guise it manifests itself.

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Barack Obama’s Square Box
The American Spectator, June 18, 2010

Obama’s performance will not get better, because he lacks the experience and the imagination to make it better.

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Alphaomegaizing the Conservative Movement
The American Spectator, in the June 5, 2010 magazine

The Conservative Movement, as a movement, ended in 1980 — when it won.

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News Quiz #2
The American Spectator, May 10, 2010

Can you spot the bogus paragraphs in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

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News Quiz for Discerning American Spectator Readers
The American Spectator, May 5, 2010

In this contest, readers are asked to identify the bogus news item.

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Freedom Worth Its Salt
The American Spectator, April 28, 2010

When should civil disobedience begin? Surely not over salt. But salt is not the issue.

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The Curious Incident at the New York Times
The American Spectator, April 13, 2010

The New York Times seems to be more interested in protecting its friends in the homosexual community than youngsters.

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Lash and Chain Morality
The American Spectator, March 10, 2010

ObamaCare is not madness. Madness is a medical term. The political term is socialism.

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WBHO and WBHO FM in the Nation’s Capital
The American Spectator, March 8, 2010

When the president speaks, he hopes you can’t tell the difference between Goldilocks and Goldfinger.

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Reloading: A review of Going Rogue: An American Life, by Sarah Palin
The American Spectator, January 29, 2010 and in the February 13, 2010 magazine

Gov. Palin believes in the Tenth Amendment and (or is it because?) she also believes in personal responsibility.

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Three Smooth Stones
The American Spectator, January 26, 2010

How Republicans can counter the president’s State of the Union speech.

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2009

Nobody’s Pluperfect:  A review of Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor, by Matt Latimer

The American Spectator, December 14, 2009

This is a laugh-out-loud book with a serious message.

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Laughing Gas: A review of The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus
The American Spectator, October 1, 2009

Obama, Tanenhaus tell us, is a — no sniggering now — explicitly, non-ideological centrist. HA!

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What’s Your Metric?
The American Spectator, September 2, 2009

How do we talk about freedom if we have no metric?

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Richard Cohen’s Wild Moose Chase
The American Spectator, August 21, 2009

Cohen professes to be scandalized by Joe McCarthy’s drinking, but not, apparently, by JFK’s whoring.

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Accuracy Is Desirable
The American Spectator, March 9, 2009

Quotable quotes are sometimes not quotes after all.

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Saving Senator Burris
The American Spectator, February 29, 2009

Senator Burris’s (D, IL) résumé is more impressive than President Obama’s.

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Selling Obama Short
The American Spectator, February 25, 2009

If Barack Obama were a stock, would you be buying or selling?

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2008

Conservatism and Civil Rights
The Claremont Review, October 9, 2008

If Abraham Lincoln could countenance slavery to preserve the Union, what was wrong with Conservatives’ countenancing Jim Crow a little longer for the sake of preserving the nation’s constitutional architecture?

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A Born Teacher: A review of Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from National Review by William F. Buckley, Jr., and of Strictly Right: William F. Buckley, Jr. and the American Conservative Movement by Linda Bridges and John R. Coyne, Jr.
The Claremont Review, April 29, 2008

Buckley was certainly the most important intellectual political man, of the second half of the 20th century.

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McCain’s Not A Conservative, But That’s OK
CBS News/National Review, February 19th 2008

What is a conservative? Essentially, someone who is temperamentally suspicious of government.

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Deciding Abortion: The Key Questions
NRO, May 2, 2005, and National Review, May 9, 2005

The first issue in the debate is whether the fetus is a person. The second is how we should behave if we can’t conclusively decide the first.

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A League Of His Own
The Washington Times, May 31st 2001, with M.D.B. Carlisle

Much of the analysis of the decision by Sen. Jim Jeffords to switch parties is nonsense.

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The Hand on Rocker’s Cradle
The Washington Times, June 14, 2000 , with M.D.B. Carlisle

Rocker is Hollywood’s child, left as a changeling on the conservatives’ doorstep.

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