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Thomas Piatak writes from Cleveland, Ohio.

  • More Buchanan, Less Kushner.

    By Tom Piatak | April 10, 2017
    [A]t least some in the Trump White House are beginning to lose sight of the issues that brought about perhaps the most astonishing win in American presidential history.
  • A Quietly Effective Conservative

    By Tom Piatak | March 27, 2017
    Osborne created a welcome refuge for those of us who prefer movies that are not drenched in profanity, sex, and violence, and that sought to appeal to audiences through storytelling, not titillation. Thank you, Robert Osborne, RIP.
  • The Screech of the Privileged

    By Tom Piatak | January 22, 2017
    Trump won the presidency despite the unremitting hostility of all the pundits outraged by his inaugural address. But being a successful president is a far more daunting task than being a successful candidate, and the odds are still stacked against Trump
  • A Christmas Desert

    By Tom Piatak | December 08, 2016
    Christmas leads to the heart of our culture; the War on Christmas leads nowhere.
  • Carpe Diem, Mr. Trump!

    By Tom Piatak | December 05, 2016
    If Trump is to succeed in his goal of ending the outsourcing of American jobs and of bringing back jobs that have already gone overseas, Trump will need to do more than threaten and cajole CEOs, as welcome as that is.
  • The First Fruits of Victory

    By Tom Piatak | November 11, 2016
    The Washington Post, which spent the election doing all it could to stop Donald Trump from becoming president, is now reporting something that happened only because Donald Trump became president: the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead.
  • A Few Quick Thoughts on the Election

    By Tom Piatak | November 09, 2016
    There is, of course, much to be said about the election, but here are a few quick thoughts.
  • The Lafayette Escadrille and Chief Wahoo

    By Tom Piatak | October 24, 2016
    In March of 1916, a group of brave American pilots banded together to fight for the Allied cause as part of the French Air Force, over a year before America entered the war.
  • The Pilate Option?

    By Tom Piatak | October 16, 2016
    Since Trump's boorishness is not the basis for his support among Christians, the question is whether there are reasons that would justify Christians deciding to vote for Trump. The answer to that question is an emphatic yes.
  • Using Howard Stern to Build Hillary's Dream

    By Tom Piatak | October 09, 2016
    It is hard to see how the return of the Clintons to the White House could ever be characterized as a vindication of sexual morality.
  • A Choice, Not An Echo, Again

    By Tom Piatak | September 07, 2016
    Monday brought the sad news that Phyllis Schlafly had died, at the age of 92. Schlafly was a tireless advocate for conservative causes for over half a century.
  • The Donald’s Not For Turning

    By Tom Piatak | September 01, 2016
    If a clear contrast on the substance of immigration policy between Trump and Clinton emerges in the minds of voters, that contrast will almost certainly work to Trump's benefit.
  • John McLaughlin, RIP

    By Tom Piatak | August 17, 2016
    Yesterday brought the sad news that John McLaughlin, the host of the McLaughlin Group for 34 years, had died at the age of 89. McLaughlin managed to create a show that was informative, lively, and friendly to conservatives.
  • The Threat of Trump

    By Tom Piatak | August 08, 2016
    One of the reasons for the media's frenzy [on Donald Trump], of course, is that a belief in "multiculturalism" and "diversity" has become a religion for many in our elite. Belief in this new religion is shown in the media's coverage of Trump's economic team, the Khan controversy, and many other stories.
  • Self-Promotion Masquerading As Principle

    By Tom Piatak | July 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.
  • A Night At The Convention

    By Tom Piatak | July 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.
  • All Lives Matter

    By Tom Piatak | July 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.
  • The Enemies of Economic Independence

    By Tom Piatak | July 05, 2016
    The founders sought more than political independence from Europe. They also sought to secure America's economic independence. To that end, the second bill enacted by the first Congress was the Tariff Act of 1789, the stated purpose of which was "the encouragement and protection of manufactures."
  • You Can Go Home Again

    By Tom Piatak | June 27, 2016
    I suspect that everyone in this area will remember where he was and who was with when the Cavaliers finally ended a championship drought that seemed poised to last forever, and that everyone who attended the parade will also long remember that amazing day of celebration.
  • The Cam Newton Republicans

    By Tom Piatak | May 09, 2016
    What all of these die-hard opponents of Trump are arguing is that the voters should not be allowed to determine the direction of the Republican Party. It is easy to see why these Trump opponents have come to the this conclusion: a Trump victory would threaten their influence, their reputations, and even their livelihoods.
  • A Bizarre Choice

    By Tom Piatak | April 28, 2016
    It's hard to see what Fioriana adds to Cruz's campaign. Her attempt to become a U. S. Senator from California was no more successful than her campaign for president.
  • The Politics of Violence

    By Tom Piatak | March 14, 2016
    One doubts that the respectable voices of the left and the right now uniting to denounce Trump would be doing so if Trump's political message were more to their liking.
  • The Duce Takes New Hampshire

    By Tom Piatak | February 15, 2016
    Trump is an American businessman who feels about America the way American businessmen used to feel about America before globalism taught some of them that their countrymen could, and even should, be replaced by foreigners.
  • From Nation to Market

    By Tom Piatak | February 08, 2016
    Government needs a source of revenue to operate. For much of American history, the principal source of revenue for the federal government was the tariff.
  • Dogmatism Masquerading As Science

    By Tom Piatak | January 28, 2016
    So far, the presidential campaign has not gone as the experts had predicted. One of the reasons for this is that many Americans are anxious about the economy, an anxiety that those ensconced in the recession-free DC bubble have a hard time understanding.
  • Revenge of the Castaway

    By Tom Piatak | January 22, 2016
    If it proves nothing else, this year’s campaign does vindicate Samuel Francis’s dim view of organized conservatism. The grandees “of all that remains of the famous ‘Conservative Movement’” have issued numerous ineffectual fusillades against Donald Trump.
  • Opposition to Merkelism Grows

    By Tom Piatak | January 13, 2016
    Since the migrant influx is both young and overwhelmingly male, it threatens to bring about a dramatic, and swift, demographic transition in Germany.
  • Farewell to Downton

    By Tom Piatak | January 08, 2016
    Like many Americans, I spent Sunday evening watching the beginning of the final season of Downton Abbey. The show has become a huge hit, at least by PBS standards, with some 25,000,000 or so American viewers. At first glance, this success is surprising.
  • War on Christmas 2015

    By Tom Piatak | January 06, 2016
    Anno Domini (soon to be abolished?) 2015 followed the same pattern we have seen recently: trench warfare. Amazingly, we now have a GOP presidential contender who explicitly acknowledges the need for Americans to say “Merry Christmas.”
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice

    By Tom Piatak | December 23, 2015
    Christmas is the preeminent musical holiday. As the conductor remarked at a Cleveland Orchestra Christmas concert I attended some years ago, more music has been written for Christmas than any other holiday.
  • Optimism Isn't Enough

    By Tom Piatak | December 16, 2015
    Other than burbling about optimism and inclusion, it’s not clear that Ryan has much to offer such voters today. In fact, before becoming Speaker, Ryan was a reliable supporter of both transnational trade agreements and mass immigration.
  • No, Antonin Scalia Is Not A Racist

    By Tom Piatak | December 11, 2015
    What the furor over Scalia’s remarks shows, yet again, is that “diversity” has become a religion to many in our elite, and that those who question any tenet of this new religion will be treated as heretics.
  • No One Has the Right To Come to America

    By Tom Piatak | December 08, 2015
    For much of American history, it was understood that no one had a right to immigrate to America, that Americans had the unfettered right to decide who should come to America, and that immigration should be judged on whether it benefited America, not on whether it was good for immigrants.
  • No Parallel?

    By Tom Piatak | December 03, 2015
    President Obama, who was in Paris yesterday, when 14 people were murdered in San Bernardino, cited the shooting as illustrating the need for stricter gun control.
  • No, They Aren't French

    By Tom Piatak | November 14, 2015
    I have seen news reports stating that French authorities are concerned about the hundreds of French Islamists who have gone to Syria to fight for ISIS and have returned to France. This is misleading.
  • Ohioans Just Say No

    By Tom Piatak | November 05, 2015
    If drugs are legalized, there is a danger that, at some point, all the resources than now go into persuading Americans to purchase all sorts of useless and even dangerous, though legal, baubles will eventually be used to persuade them to consume drugs.
  • A Teacher of Doctrine

    By Tom Piatak | October 30, 2015
    It is no secret that the recent Synod of Bishops was the cause of trepidation, even anxiety, among some Catholics. Their concern was over the coherence of doctrine. This is not a trivial concern.
  • Let Them Eat Platitudes

    By Tom Piatak | October 28, 2015
    For years, establishment politicians have sought to mask the economic decline of the middle class by repeating platitudes about “opportunity" and “growth,” platitudes made empty by the elite consensus favoring trade and immigration positions that make economic life harder for most Americans.
  • Our Mideast Fetish

    By Tom Piatak | October 08, 2015
    Somewhere over the Atlantic, there is an Islamic militia that has proclaimed an Islamic state. It controls territory in several countries, has kidnapped and murdered many innocent people, including Christians, and openly professes its disdain for Western learning.
  • A Particular Facet of God's Design

    By Tom Piatak | September 30, 2015
    Last week, the European Union voted to require members to accept a portion of the migrants who have been coming into Europe over the Mediterranean and through the Balkans.
  • Some Thoughts on the CNN Debate

    By Tom Piatak | September 17, 2015
    Voters rightly want to hear how candidates will solve the problems of today, not how much they admire someone who solved problems a generation ago. It’s no longer morning in America; it’s far closer to midnight.
  • Ideology Uber Alles

    By Tom Piatak | September 16, 2015
    One of the clearest signs of how ideological American society has become is the push to put women in combat. No one argues that our armed forces will fight better if women are put in combat roles.
  • A Vote of No Confidence

    By Tom Piatak | September 11, 2015
    The latest CNN poll can only be read as a vote of no confidence in the Republican political establishment and the entire political class.
  • The New Bulwark of Christendom

    By Tom Piatak | September 09, 2015
    Hungary was roundly condemned in the international press for seeking to enforce EU rules, which require that those seeking asylum register in the first EU state they reach. But the migrants didn’t want to stay in Hungary, even to register for asylum.
  • No Will To Survive

    By Tom Piatak | September 02, 2015
    Srdja Trifkovic’s contact within the Dutch Ministry of Immigration isn’t the only one who has noticed that the current flood of “migrants” now heading to Europe resembles an invasion.
  • Maybe Voters Do Care About Immigration and Trade After All

    By Tom Piatak | August 20, 2015
    Trump’s rise in the polls is also the result of the specific issues he has been talking about, primarily immigration and trade.
  • The Mideast Quagmire

    By Tom Piatak | August 17, 2015
    Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm, the US led effort to remove the Iraqi military from Kuwait. Although the US military had no problem kicking Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, removing ourselves from that troubled region has proven far more difficult.
  • Some Thoughts on the Debate

    By Tom Piatak | August 07, 2015
    The demand to tighten up immigration comes entirely from below, not above. But that demand is a strong one, as the unexpected popularity of Trump has shown.
  • Safety First!

    By Tom Piatak | August 06, 2015
    A substantial number of Americans have become convinced that no risk is ever worth taking, and that no infringement on freedom or privacy is too great, as long as it can somehow be justified by a concern for safety.
  • Parole for Pollard

    By Tom Piatak | July 30, 2015
    The only reason Pollard has not been released before now is that numerous former Secretaries of Defense and Directors of Central Intelligence and Naval Intelligence have publicly opposed his release.
  • The Natives Are Restless

    By Tom Piatak | July 29, 2015
    It appears that voters are in fact interested in what Trump has to say, particularly on immigration.
  • Maybe It's Not Time to Head for the Hills

    By Tom Piatak | July 23, 2015
    It is a little hard to tell exactly what “The Benedict Option” is, but it does seem to involve at least some withdrawal from public life by conservative Christians.
  • A Tale of Two Shootings

    By Tom Piatak | July 20, 2015
    For our elites, mass immigration and multiculturalism are unquestionably good, and no evidence to the contrary will be allowed to reach ordinary Americans.
  • A Modern Prophet

    By Tom Piatak | July 13, 2015
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s name will forever be linked to his rigorous denunciation of the evils of Communism.
  • No Rust Belt Revivalists Need Apply

    By Tom Piatak | July 09, 2015
    “Rust Belt revivalists.”—Republicans who have noticed that “the GOP has been dominated by corporate interests and needs to identify more directly with the economic frustrations of working-class voters.”
  • A Judicial Putsch

    By Tom Piatak | June 26, 2015
    John Adams famously wanted a “government of laws and not of men.” Today’s decision is yet the latest illustration of how far we are from that ideal.
  • Don't Take Down The Flag

    By Tom Piatak | June 25, 2015
    Last week, Dylann Roof walked into the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and slaughtered nine of the innocent people he found there. Roof’s act of slaughter has rightly been greeted with universal revulsion.
  • A Contemptuous Establishment

    By Tom Piatak | June 24, 2015
    A recent New Hampshire poll showed Jeb Bush in first place, at 14%. In second place was Donald Trump, with 11%. Bush, of course, represents the Republican Establishment.
  • Ann Coulter Interview: Part Two

    By Tom Piatak | June 11, 2015
    Part two of the interview with Ann Coulter and the continued discussion of immigration.
  • Ann Coulter Interview: Part One

    By Tom Piatak | June 08, 2015
    An interview with Ann Coulter discussing her new book, Adiós, America!.
  • A Happy Anniversary

    By Tom Piatak | May 28, 2015
    Seventy years ago today, Chapman & Hall published Brideshead Revisited, written by Evelyn Waugh while he was on leave from the British Army during World War II.
  • A Country Without a Future

    By Tom Piatak | May 27, 2015
    It is hard to see how a country that hates its past can have much of a future. If that is so, the gay marriage referendum in Ireland last week suggests that Ireland has no future.
  • A Politician Keeps a Promise

    By Tom Piatak | May 08, 2015
    One of the basic political problems of today is the increasing tendency of political leaders to ignore the views of those who elected them.
  • The Proud Confederate Ensign

    By Tom Piatak | May 07, 2015
    One of the more absurd, not to mention offensive, aspects of political correctness is the increasing tendency to treat the Confederacy as the equivalent of Nazi Germany.
  • Christians Overboard

    By Tom Piatak | April 17, 2015
    Today brings the news that 15 Moslem migrants seeking to enter Europe illegally are under arrest by Italian police for throwing 12 Christian migrants to their deaths in the Mediterranean.
  • Mugabe's Mayhem

    By Tom Piatak | April 13, 2015
    Late last week, I saw a small piece from AFP reporting that, on a visit to South Africa, Zimbabwe's de facto dictator Robert Mugabe said, "I don't want to see a white man." Of course, if a European leader had commented, "I don't want to see a black man," the international outcry would still be going on.
  • The New York Times Applauds The Party of CEOs

    By Tom Piatak | April 08, 2015
    Last week's furor over the version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act approved in Indiana and awaiting only the governor's signature in Arkansas was illuminating. Once again, the contemporary left demonstrated that it values conformity, not tolerance.
  • Being A Neocon Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry

    By Tom Piatak | April 02, 2015
    One of the many unfortunate trends in today's American politics is that being wrong on significant matters seems to carry little penalty, while being right on significant matters seems to carry little reward.
  • Another Politician Abandons The Unborn

    By Tom Piatak | January 29, 2015
    Earlier this week, Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio wrote an opinion piece in the Akron Beacon Journal announcing that, after much soul-searching, he no longer considered himself pro-life.
  • Will Republicans Blow Another Opportunity to Stand Up for the Middle Class?

    By Tom Piatak | January 07, 2015
    Twenty-five Republican members of the House of Representatives did not vote to re-elect John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Most of those voting against Boehner were conservatives.
  • The Thin Blue Line Gets Thinner

    By Tom Piatak | December 22, 2014
    Over the weekend, Ismaaiyl Brinsley murdered New York City policemen Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, after leaving messages stating he was going to take revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner by killing "pigs."
  • The GOP Chooses Pottersville, Again

    By Tom Piatak | December 12, 2014
    Last night, John Boehner convinced 162 House Republicans to vote for a bill funding the federal government, with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security, through September.
  • We're Number Two!

    By Tom Piatak | December 08, 2014
    Last week, Brett Arends of MarketWatch reported that, for the first time since Ulysses S. Grant sat in the White House, the United States no longer has the world's largest economy. That honor now belongs to China.
  • Jeff Sessions Stands Up for Americans

    By Tom Piatak | December 03, 2014
    Yesterday, Senator Sessions issued a powerful statement urging congressional Republicans to defund President Obama’s amnesty for illegal immigrants, an act that even Yale Law School Professor Peter Schuck, writing in The New York Times, admitted constituted an impeachable offense.
  • The Contempt of Obama

    By Tom Piatak | November 21, 2014
    There is much to be said about Barack Obama’s announcement last night of an executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, and other Chronicles writers have already addressed several important aspects.
  • No Tolerance for Intolerance

    By Tom Piatak | November 19, 2014
    Yesterday there was supposed to have been a debate at Christ Church College in Oxford between two British writers whose work I have enjoyed, Tim Stanley and Brendan O’Neill. The topic was to have been whether the abortion culture harms Britain.
  • My Vote Still Counts

    By Tom Piatak | November 10, 2014
    Back in 2004, I was part of the 62% of Ohio voters who supported a referendum to amend the Ohio Constitution to define marriage as “a union between one man and one woman.”
  • Obama Repudiated

    By Tom Piatak | November 05, 2014
    Last night’s midterm elections marked a decisive repudiation of Barack Obama.
  • A Man For Others

    By Tom Piatak | October 23, 2014
    Today I received an email I knew would be coming, telling me that one of my high school theology teachers, Jim Skerl, had died of pancreatic cancer. So ended a thoroughly Christian life, one that deserves to be better known.
  • The New Robber Barons Are Democrats

    By Tom Piatak | October 21, 2014
    Much of the financial support for the sort of “immigration reform” favored by Barack Obama has come from Silicon Valley.
  • A Critique of Contemporary Culture

    By Tom Piatak | October 06, 2014
    The focus of most media coverage has been on the the supposed need of the Catholic Church to give its blessing to contemporary culture, particularly those ways in which modern men and women ignore or even defy Christian moral precepts.
  • Time for an Immigration Moratorium

    By Tom Piatak | September 25, 2014
    The Center for Immigration Studies reports this morning that the number of immigrants, both legal and illegal, in the United States is now 41.3 million, the highest it has ever been.
  • Obama's the Decider Now

    By Tom Piatak | September 08, 2014
    Today, Barack Obama is singing a different tune. Over the weekend, Obama told Chuck Todd of NBC that he wants “a system where the millions who are here…have a path to get legal.”
  • Cantor Cashes In

    By Tom Piatak | September 04, 2014
    The defeat in June of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary by a conservative challenger with little money was one of the most encouraging developments in American politics in a long time.
  • At Least They Have Cell Phones

    By Tom Piatak | September 02, 2014
    Over the weekend, I caught some of Raymond Arroyo’s interview with Paul Bremer, George W. Bush’s envoy to Iraq after our invasion.
  • The Recovery That Wasn't

    By Tom Piatak | August 21, 2014
    According to economists, the US economy began recovering from the recession back in 2009. However, last week brought further confirmation that there has been no economic recovery for many Americans.
  • The Gutsy Ann Coulter

    By Tom Piatak | August 08, 2014
    My old compatriot from law school Ann Coulter has a habit of writing columns not designed to advance her interests as a columnist.
  • A War on Whites?

    By Tom Piatak | August 06, 2014
    Alabama Republican congressman Mo Brooks generated outrage among the usual suspects this week by telling Laura Ingraham that the Obama Adminstration's push for amnesty for illegal immigrants is "a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party.
  • Putin's Friends in Ukraine

    By Tom Piatak | July 20, 2014
    The most important borders for Americans to worry about are our own. But the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has certainly shifted media attention from the crisis on our southern border to the borders of Ukraine.
  • A Preventable Crisis

    By Tom Piatak | July 15, 2014
    Just as critics of the immigration amnesty bill touted by Obama have noted, any attempt to legalize illegal immigrants will only lead to more illegal immigration.
  • The Beginning of the End

    By Tom Piatak | June 28, 2014
    One hundred years ago today, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie Chotek, the Duchess of Hohenberg, were visiting Sarajevo when they were assassinated.
  • Rod Dreher Admits That A Turgid Midwestern Monthly Is Right

    By Tom Piatak | June 12, 2014
    My short piece on the anti-Catholic hysteria in the media surrounding the St. Mary Home for unwed mothers and their children in Tuam, Ireland—which closed its doors 53 years ago—has generated a lengthy response from Rod Dreher entitled "Trust Diarmuid Martin, Not Tom Piatak."
  • Eric Cantor's Defeat Is A Victory for America

    By Tom Piatak | June 11, 2014
    The defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in tonight's Virginia Republican primary is a victory for America.
  • More Anti-Catholic Hysteria

    By Tom Piatak | June 09, 2014
    "Eight Hundred Dead Irish Children thrown into the sewer by Catholic nuns." So charged Rod Dreher last week at The American Conservative.
  • Bullying For A Higher Cause

    By Tom Piatak | May 24, 2014
    In recent years, there has been much media attention given to "bullying" in schools, with the lion's share of attention given to a particular type of bullying, that directed at youngsters identified as "gay."
  • Heckuva Job, Bushie.

    By Tom Piatak | May 05, 2014
    Before we went into Iraq, Chronicles predicted that American intervention would be calamitous for both for the United States and for Iraq's ancient Christian communities. And so it proved to be.
  • It's Elementary

    By Tom Piatak | March 10, 2014
    "Un pere, une mere, c'est elementary." This is the batte cry of La Manif Pour Tous, the French group that mobilized in opposition to gay marriage in France.
  • The Inconvenient Dead

    By Tom Piatak | October 14, 2013
    On Sunday, 522 Catholics killed for the Faith during the Spanish Civil War were beatified in Spain.
  • Democrats to the Barricades

    By Tom Piatak | October 09, 2013
    While the political spotlight has been on the government shutdown, the Democrats have not forgotten that America's political future will be shaped by the immigration bill passed by the Senate but stalled in the House.
  • A War on Syria Is a War on Christians

    By Tom Piatak | September 08, 2013
    Ten years ago, Chronicles was one of the few American publications pointing out that the American invasion of Iraq would be a disaster for Iraqi Christians.
  • Mass Immigration Bad for America Bad for the Church

    By Tom Piatak | September 02, 2013
    This Labor Day, elite opinion is pushing a piece of legislation that poses a clear threat to the interests of working Americans, the immigration bill supported by President Obama and passed by the Senate. By massively increasing legal immigration and regularizing illegal immigration, this bill promises to further depress wages and to throw more Americans out of work
  • Meandering and Craven

    By Tom Piatak | August 26, 2013
    Last Friday, Commonweal published an essay by former First Things editor Jody Bottum entitled "The Things We Share: A Catholic's Case for Same-Sex Marriage." The reaction of National Review's Michael Potemra was to pronounce Bottum's piece "fascinating and brave." A less apt description is hard to imagine.
  • Death in Oklahoma

    By Tom Piatak | August 22, 2013
    Earlier this week, Chris Lane, an Australian baseball player, was brutally killed in Duncan, Oklahoma. Police have charged James Edwards and Chancey Luna with first degree murder for killing Lane. Lane was white; Edwards and Luna are black, though an accomplice, Michael Jones, charged with being an accessory after the fact, is white.
  • The Worst Republican Nominee Ever

    By Tom Piatak | August 03, 2013
    John McCain is back in the news. The media is exulting that "The Straight Talk Express Is Back" because McCain has taken to denouncing members of his own party as "wacko birds" and to carrying water for Obama in the Senate.
  • A Small Miracle

    By Tom Piatak | July 26, 2013
    It's as if The Nation admitted Alger Hiss's guilt, The New Republic discovered the virtues of evangelical Christianity, or National Review concluded that Barack Obama has been an outstanding president.
  • They Don't Like Hot Dogs And They Don't Like Us

    By Tom Piatak | July 04, 2013
    Much of the discussion over the immigration bill that just passed the Senate focuses on how it will deal with illegal immigration. But much of the financial backing for the bill comes from Silicon Valley, which wants to vastly increase legal immigration, particularly the H1B visa program, which allows American employers to import technical workers from abroad.
  • Your Tax Dollars At Work

    By Tom Piatak | July 01, 2013
    Last week, Fr. Francois Mourad, a Syrian Catholic priest, was brutally murdered by Islamist rebels in Syria.
  • The Senate Turns Its Back On Working America

    By Tom Piatak | June 27, 2013
    Today, the Senate passed an immigration bill that promises amnesty to illegal immigrants and a massive increase in legal immigration.
  • Immigration Bait and Switch

    By Tom Piatak | June 20, 2013
    Tonight media reports are hyping a deal to add a border fence to the Amnesty Bill currently being considered in the Senate.
  • Electing a New People

    By Tom Piatak | June 11, 2013
    A bill that the media is touting as providing "comprehensive immigration reform" is currently making its way through the Senate.
  • Another White House Globalist

    By Tom Piatak | June 10, 2013
    Whenever it is polically expedient, Barack Obama criticizes free trade. He did it in 2008, when he told Ohio primary voters that he would renegotiate NAFTA.
  • Vive la France

    By Tom Piatak | May 30, 2013
    Last weekend, Paris saw the third march of roughly one million people against gay marriage.
  • The War on Christmas Comes to Spain

    By Tom Piatak | May 23, 2013
    Every Christmas, we are instructed that there is no War on Christmas. But the hostility to Christianity and Western culture that motivates the War on Christmas is in fact widespread.
  • Google Gets One Right

    By Tom Piatak | April 25, 2013
    Google often gets grief over the events and people it chooses to honor.
  • Butchery in Philadelphia

    By Tom Piatak | April 12, 2013
    Several commenters have decried the lack of media coverage of the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. Gosnell is charged with the deaths of one pregnant woman and seven children who were born after botched abortions; those children were killed by having their spinal cords severed.
  • A Misnamed Magazine

    By Tom Piatak | April 05, 2013
    The American Conservative has had dozens of articles and posts on gay marriage. The general tenor has ranged from arguing that gay marriage is inevitable to criticizing opponents of gay marriage to arguing that support for gay marriage is the conservative position. What has largely been absent is any opposition to gay marriage.
  • The Quiet of Easter

    By Tom Piatak | April 01, 2013
    In recent decades, the public profile of Easter in the United States has diminished. Americans now spend more on Halloween than on Easter, and the public attention Easter receives is largely negative.
  • Pope Benedict XVI: A Brief Reflection

    By Tom Piatak | February 11, 2013
  • A Band of Brothers No More

    By Tom Piatak | January 24, 2013
    Yesterday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the Pentagon was largely eliminating restrictions on women serving in combat units. This is perfectly consistent with the egalitarian ideology to which the Obama Administration is committed.
  • A Christmas Miscellany

    By Tom Piatak | December 21, 2012
    Peter Brimelow has written a discussion of the War on Christmas for VDARE.com that is well worth reading. In it, Peter puts me in the unusual role of optimist. There are still many people in this country who want to suppress the public celebration of Christmas, and the situation in the schools, where culture is formed and transmitted, remains terrible.
  • Robert Bork, RIP

    By Tom Piatak | December 19, 2012
    Today brings the sad news that Robert Bork has passed away.
  • The War on Christmas

    By Tom Piatak | December 17, 2012
    The desire to efface Christmas that lies behind the elevation of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and all the rest is illustrated by the New York City schools, which ban Nativity scenes but regularly display menorahs and Moslem crescents.
  • The Power of Christmas

    By Tom Piatak | December 16, 2012
    The power of Christmas (and Christianity) shows through even in unexpected places, such as Saturday Night Live.
  • A Daughter of Mary and Target for Herod

    By Tom Piatak | December 08, 2012
    Last night, my wife and I attended the vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception at our parish. We sat immediately behind a family I had often seen but never sat by before, a woman in her forties with Down syndrome and her father. I could not help being moved by what I saw.
  • No Halos, Please, We're Eurocrats

    By Tom Piatak | November 23, 2012
    Slovakia's plan to issue a two Euro coin commemorating the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Great Moravia, of which Slovakia was a part, has run afoul of Christophobic Eurocrats.
  • Too Old, Too White, Too Male

    By Tom Piatak | November 09, 2012
    After the election, Al Cardnenas, head of the American Conservative Union, complained that the Republican Party was "too old and too white and too male." One wonders what Mr. Cardnenas would say about the Continental Congress or the Constitutional Convention.
  • Why Romney Lost Ohio

    By Tom Piatak | November 06, 2012
    Four years ago I wrote, "if Republicans want the joke to be on them, they can listen to [Rich]Lowry [of National Review], line up to damn the American auto industry, and look forward to losing the Great Lakes states year after year after year."
  • Diversity Threatened in the NBA

    By Tom Piatak | October 31, 2012
    The Minnesota Timberwolves will be fielding a team this year that is only one third black. That means that the Timberwolves will have a much higher percentage of blacks than the general population, though a far lower percentage of blacks than any other team in the NBA.
  • How Does A Traditionalist Vote?

    By Tom Piatak | October 26, 2012
    Recently, Dan McCarthy of the American Conservative had a piece asking, "How Does A Traditionalist Vote?"
  • An Island of Saints

    By Tom Piatak | October 21, 2012
    Today, Pope Benedict XVI canonized Mother Marianne Cope, the second canonized saint who worked at the leper settlement on the island of Molokai.
  • Free Trade Still Doesn't Work

    By Tom Piatak | October 16, 2012
    This morning the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran an important opinion piece by Alan Tonelson of the redoubtable United States Business and Industry Council on manufacturing and the presidential election.
  • America's Secular Party

    By Tom Piatak | October 10, 2012
    Yesterday's Washington Post reported that, according to a recent Pew Center study, 19.6% of Americans now describe themselves as having no religious affiliation.
  • What's Missing From This Picture?

    By Tom Piatak | October 02, 2012
    If Romney cannot even talk about these issues, why would anyone expect him to do anything about them? Indeed, Romney is already beginning to retreat on immigration, even though his relative hard line on illegal immigration helped him win the Republican nomination.
  • Andy Williams, RIP

    By Tom Piatak | September 26, 2012
    Today brings news of the death of Andy Williams at the age of 84.
  • Free Trade Is For Suckers

    By Tom Piatak | September 25, 2012
    In other words, only the United States clings to the ideology of free trade, while other countries take the manufacturing jobs that used to be ours.
  • Murderous Ingratitude

    By Tom Piatak | September 12, 2012
    Yesterday brought the shocking news of the murder of the US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
  • The Forgotten

    By Tom Piatak | September 11, 2012
    Yesterday the AP had a very interesting story on newly declassified documents that support the view that FDR and Churchill knew that the Soviets were responsible for the massacre of over 20,000 Polish prisoners of war at the same time they were publicly following Stalin's lead and blaming the massacre on the Nazis.
  • Globalization Hurts the Middle Class

    By Tom Piatak | August 21, 2012
    Derek Thompson of The Atlantic has an interesting post arguing that globalization is the single most important factor in the decline of the American middle class.
  • Yes, Virginia, Paul Ryan Is Catholic

    By Tom Piatak | August 16, 2012
    Venues in which a person's fidelity to Catholic teaching is generally viewed as a negative are suddenly voicing concern about Paul Ryan's adherence to Catholic social teaching.
  • Pay Up Or Else

    By Tom Piatak | August 16, 2012
    Today's Cleveland Plain Dealer has an article analyzing a revealing ad the Obama campaign is running here in Ohio.
  • It's Ryan

    By Tom Piatak | August 11, 2012
    This morning, Mitt Romney chose the backdrop of the USS Wisconsin, one of four members of the mighty Iowa class and a magnificent symbol of American power, to introduce Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.
  • Wages Now Lower Than in 1968

    By Tom Piatak | July 16, 2012
    This month the Census Bureau reported that the inflation adjusted median income for male workers was $32,127 in 2010, less than the $32,844 such workers earned in 1968.
  • Farewell to Mayberry

    By Tom Piatak | July 04, 2012
    Yesterday brought the news of Andy Griffith's death at 86. Unfortunately, the type of television exemplified by The Andy Griffiith Show died long before its star did.
  • Quick Thoughts on the Supreme Court

    By Tom Piatak | June 28, 2012
    Putting together the Court's two most notable recent decisions, the Arizona immigration decision and the Obamacare decision, leads to this unsettling conclusion: there is virtually nothing the states can do on their own, and there is virtually nothing the federal government cannot do. If that is what the Founders intended, I'm a unicorn.
  • More on Roberts

    By Tom Piatak | June 28, 2012
    I hate to disagree with Rick Oliver, but I think he is too optimistic about John Roberts.
  • Globalism Is Not A Conservative Value

    By Tom Piatak | June 27, 2012
    Barack Obama's recent concern over sending American jobs overseas is as phony as his broken promise, made during the Ohio Democratic primary in 2008, to renegotiate NAFTA, but there is little doubt that his attack on Mitt Romney's record of outsourcing American jobs during Romney's tenure at Bain Capital is politically potent.
  • Mitt Romney Promises to Expand Immigration

    By Tom Piatak | June 22, 2012
    President Obama's announcement of a de facto amnesty for illegal immigrants by administrative fiat offered a chance for Mitt Romney to appeal to the majority of Americans who consistently tell pollsters that they want to see immigration reduced.
  • A Quiet Man

    By Tom Piatak | June 22, 2012
    I recently had the chance to visit the village of Annascaul on the stunningly beautiful Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. The attraction in Annascaul was the South Pole Inn, opened by Annascaul native Tom Crean after his retirement from the Royal Navy.
  • Insulting Poland, Cont.

    By Tom Piatak | June 01, 2012
    It turns out that Barack Obama had managed to insult Poland before he ever talked about a "Polish death camp."
  • Barack Obama, Culture Warrior

    By Tom Piatak | May 31, 2012
    One of the sillier stories told to garner support for Barack Obama in 2008 was that he would help bring Americans together by peacefully ending the culture war, a culture war most Americans found tiresome.
  • Insulting Poland

    By Tom Piatak | May 30, 2012
    American presidents seem to have a habit of insulting Poland. Gerald Ford probably lost the 1976 election when he maintained in a presidential debate that Poland was not dominated by the Soviets and never would be under a Ford Administration. (The Poles, who were in fact dominated by the Soviets, weren't able to register a protest).
  • For Greater Glory

    By Tom Piatak | May 23, 2012
    Review of For Greater Glory
  • Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame

    By Tom Piatak | May 21, 2012
    Just three days after Georgetown University had Kathleen Sebelius on campus to address an awards ceremony during commencement week, another prominent Catholic university found a better way of dealing with Sebelius.
  • Georgetown Needs An Exorcist

    By Tom Piatak | May 18, 2012
    Today brings news that Georgetown alumnus and author of The Exorcist William Peter Blatty intends to pursue a canon law lawsuit against his alma mater that may possibly result in Georgetown's not being able to call itself a Catholic university any longer.
  • Brideshead Revisited in 2012

    By Tom Piatak | March 06, 2012
    The funeral of the Marquess of Marchmain was marred by the refusal of the parish priest, Father Mackay, to give Communion to two of the mourners, Lady Julia Mottram, the Marquess' daughter, and her partner, the artist Charles Ryder.
  • The Evil Party Rides Again

    By Tom Piatak | January 31, 2012
    There are many reasons to criticize the the Republicans as the Stupid Party, and I have often done so. But we need to remember that, in Sam Francis' dichotomy, the other major party is the Evil Party. And some of what the leader of the Evil Party is doing has no real precedent in American history.
  • Voting in America

    By Tom Piatak | November 08, 2011
    Why are there bilingual ballots?
  • The Mob vs. the Statesman

    By Tom Piatak | October 31, 2011
    Pat Buchanan's new book, Suicide of a Superpower, continues to raise many of the issues he has long stressed and shows where we are likely to end up, if we do not change course.
  • The Jobs Go Out Like the Tide, Continued

    By Tom Piatak | September 30, 2011
    Wednesday, at a meeting with Hispanic activists, President Obama vowed to keep pushing for what he calls "comprehensive immigration reform."
  • The Jobs Go Out, Like the Tide

    By Tom Piatak | August 29, 2011
    Mike Dorning of Bloomberg has an interesting article on "The Slow Disappearance of the American Working Man."
  • Today's Rich Are Different

    By Tom Piatak | August 17, 2011
    It used to be that plutocrats felt they were part of the society in which they lived, or at least felt the need to act as if they were part of that society.
  • Goodbye to Borders

    By Tom Piatak | July 20, 2011
    This morning's Cleveland Plain Dealer carried a sad headline: Borders, the nation's second largest bookstore, was liquidating, and its 10700 employees will be unemployed by the end of September.
  • The Conservative Movement Raises the White Flag, Again

    By Tom Piatak | June 28, 2011
    Unless you live in a cave, you know that New York's legislature recently passed a bill recognizing homosexual marriage, a bill that was quickly and enthusiastically signed into law by the latest loathsome member of the Cuomo clan to govern the Empire State.
  • Music for Today

    By Tom Piatak | June 23, 2011
    History contains many tragedies, and one of these is the early death of Mozart.
  • Wages Stagnate, Even Neocons Notice

    By Tom Piatak | June 21, 2011
    Farsighted conservatives have warned for decades that globalization was leading to wage stagnation in the United States. This was, for example, a major theme in Pat Buchanan's The Great Betrayal, published in 1997.
  • Cardinal Stepinac: Another View

    By Tom Piatak | June 13, 2011
    It pains me to disagree with a writer I like and admire, but Srdja Trifkovic’s piece on Cardinal Stepinac makes no attempt to explain, much less understand, why Catholics respect and admire this brave Croatian martyr.
  • Where Your Tax Dollars Go

    By Tom Piatak | June 06, 2011
    Forbes has a list out this morning of America's five richest counties.
  • Of Gods and Men

    By Tom Piatak | May 10, 2011
  • Good Friday, Bad Earth Day

    By Tom Piatak | April 22, 2011
    When I turned on my computer this morning, I got reminders from both Yahoo and Google that today was...Earth Day.
  • The Republicans and Abortion

    By Tom Piatak | April 13, 2011
    Lucy just pulled the football away from Charlie Brown again.
  • Trump and Trade

    By Tom Piatak | April 07, 2011
    This morning brought the surprising news that, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Donald Trump is running second among GOP presidential hopefuls, at 17%, behind Mitt Romney's 21%.
  • A Reminder of Hope

    By Tom Piatak | March 25, 2011
    As our country plunges into yet another foolish war in the Moslem world and teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, it is easy to be focused on the negative.
  • A Modest Proposal for the Eurocrats

    By Tom Piatak | January 27, 2011
    Recently, the European Union published a calendar for school children that noted Moslem and Jewish holidays but made no mention of any Christian holiday, including Christmas. The same principle operates here, in the countless public school "winter concerts" that highlight music for Kwanzaa and Hanukkah but feature no Christmas carols.
  • Globalism Ascendant

    By Tom Piatak | January 10, 2011
    Last week, President Obama named William Daley as White House Chief of Staff and Gene Sperling as the chief White House economic adviser. Last fall, he named Austan Goolsbee as the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
  • Merry Christmas to Chronicles Readers

    By Tom Piatak | December 24, 2010
  • Miller and Lennon

    By Tom Piatak | December 15, 2010
    Sixty-six years ago, a small plane took off from southern England for Paris. It never made it.
  • The Forgotten

    By Tom Piatak | November 29, 2010
    I recently came across an item in the Catholic press describing a Mass of Reparation offered in Britain for the 12,000 Slovenian Catholics handed over by the British to be murdered by Yugoslav Communists in May 1945.
  • Nazis in the Strangest Places

    By Tom Piatak | October 26, 2010
    Last night, on the recommendation of friends, my wife and I went to see Secretariat. We both thoroughly enjoyed this wholesome, well-made movie, that manages to be suspenseful even though most moviegoers already know that Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973.
  • Support for Free Trade Plummets

    By Tom Piatak | October 11, 2010
    On October 2, 2010, the Wall Street Journal ran an article detailing the results of the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
  • Still the Metric System in Short Pants

    By Tom Piatak | June 18, 2010
    An invasive foreign species is among us.
  • Christopher Hitchens and the Days of Rage

    By Tom Piatak | April 09, 2010
    On March 23, the Associated Press published a story dealing with sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church to little fanfare. It noted that allegations of sexual abuse involving the Catholic Church in the United States dropped in 2009, and that most of the alleged offenders “are dead, no longer in the priesthood, removed from ministry, or missing.”
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