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  • Ted Cruz and the Trump Takeover - 7/22/2016

    The self-righteousness and smugness of Ted Cruz in refusing to endorse Donald Trump, then walking off stage in Cleveland, smirking amidst the boos, takes the mind back in time.

  • Self-Promotion Masquerading As Principle - 7/21/2016

    There are some simple rules governing modern American political conventions. If you speak at the convention, you endorse the nominee. If you can't endorse the nominee, you don't go.

  • The Convention Behind the Scenes - 7/20/2016

    While what’s said before the TV cameras at a political convention is important, just as important is what goes on behind the scenes in the meeting rooms. That’s where policymakers of all stripes meet and hammer out a political party’s future.

  • Erdogan’s Enabling Act - 7/20/2016

    Last Saturday, during lunch with Scott Richert and Aaron Wolf at Rockford’s Prairie Street Brewhouse, I expressed suspicion that the coup in Turkey—just over 24 hours old at that time, and in the final stages of collapse—was Erdogan’s Reichstag fire.

  • A Night At The Convention - 7/20/2016

    There has been much media-generated doom and gloom about the 2016 GOP Convention, but the negative expectations generated by a hostile press were not confirmed by what I saw.

  • Is the Party Over for Bushism? - 7/19/2016

    Who represents the future of the GOP? On trade and immigration, the returns are in. Should the GOP go back to globalism, amnesty or open borders, it will sunder itself and have no future.

  • Radical Thoughts on Turkey - 7/17/2016

    Erdogan will now take the country back into the Islamic world. He has already been supporting ISIS. Without his support, and that of Obama, ISIS would have been exterminated long ago.

  • Oh, Donald, Say It Ain’t So - 7/15/2016

    Donald Trump has done his country great service by simply telling the truth, tearing a few holes in the great fabric of lies that makes up American public discourse. The American people have responded to his boldness and independence.

  • Who Gave Us Justice Ginsburg? - 7/15/2016

    "Her mind is shot." That was the crisp diagnosis of Donald Trump on hearing the opinion of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the possibility he might become president.

  • Groundhog Day on the Promenade des Anglais - 7/15/2016

    There will be many, many "next times" unless and until people get really, really sick of this charade and do something about it.

  • The LCMS: A Triumph for Conservatism - 7/13/2016

    On Tuesday, by rejecting “lay pastors,” the conscription of women, and female communion assistants and “elders,” the Missouri Synod didn’t just bear witness to particular points of doctrine or to the truths contained in certain Bible verses. The LCMS officially embraced a conservative ethos.

  • Will Hillary Ditch Black Lives Matter? - 7/12/2016

    This weekend, Rudy Giuliani called Black Lives Matter "inherently racist." Does he not have a point? After the death of Eric Garner in a police takedown, Black Lives Matter led mobs onto the streets and highways of Manhattan chanting, "What do we Want? Dead Cops! When do we want them? Now!"

  • All Lives Matter - 7/11/2016

    The ascendancy of Barack Obama is just one of many signs that white racism is no longer a potent force in America. Yet race relations are more tense than they were when Obama was elected. The reason for this is power.

  • Is Hillary Morally Unfit to Be President? - 7/8/2016

    Does Hillary Clinton possess the integrity and honesty to be president of the United States? Or are those quaint and irrelevant considerations in electing a head of state in 21st-century America?

  • Nigel Farage, a Different Direction - 7/5/2016

    It is given to very few to say that they have changed history. Farage did. UKIP was less a party than a movement, which owed everything to the personality of one man who converted a nation to his way of thinking.