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Think of the Children
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Think of the Children

It seems things don’t change much after all. Consider these recent hysterical comments. “There’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, age 30. “And it does lead, I think, young

California Apocalypse Now
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California Apocalypse Now

Just about everybody I know, especially Republicans, is planning an exit strategy from California. A Los Angeles County firefighter I met at a party said all those guys, too, are planning to leave, despite their high salaries and pensions. Many

Republic of War
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Republic of War

For a pacific, commercial republic protected by two giant oceans and two peaceful neighbors with small militaries, America sure has fought a lot of wars. 

Michael Beschloss’s Presidents of War details eight American leaders beginning in 1807 who took us

What Really Happened
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What Really Happened

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”
—Yogi Berra

I call 2016 the Chronicles Election.  The issues discussed in this magazine, often a lonely voice in the wilderness, for more than 30 years finally caught up with the national

A View From Across the Pond
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A View From Across the Pond

If ever there was a democratic election in a giant modern nation-state, it was Donald J. Trump’s victory in 2016.  And I’ve closely watched every presidential election since I was nine in 1964, when Lyndon Johnson lied his way to

All About Trump
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All About Trump

Today, all books by liberals really are about President Trump.  Such is Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, by MSNBC far-left fake-news host Lawrence O’Donnell.  This book’s proxy is Richard Nixon and his

Politics Is Policy
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Politics Is Policy

“Drain the swamp!” Donald Trump declared in every campaign speech of 2016.  He meant, of course, the Swamp of Washington, D.C., home of the labyrinthine network of centralized bureaucracies that control our lives.  It’s also called the Deep State and

Big Tech as Big Brother
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Big Tech as Big Brother

Conservatives more than anyone else view with a gimlet eye the rise of the Internet and the gigantic tech companies that are taking over ever larger parts of our lives.  Even the place where most of these companies dwell, Silicon

The Tragedy of Richard Nixon
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The Tragedy of Richard Nixon

Pat Buchanan’s new biography of Richard Nixon’s presidency is the first volume anyone looking at that tumultuous time should turn to.  Having served as Nixon’s researcher and speechwriter starting in 1966, Buchanan, not yet 30, followed the victorious President into

The Tragedy of Richard Nixon
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The Tragedy of Richard Nixon

Pat Buchanan’s new biography of Richard Nixon’s presidency is the first volume anyone looking at that tumultuous time should turn to.  Having served as Nixon’s researcher and speechwriter starting in 1966, Buchanan, not yet 30, followed the victorious President into

How He Did It
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How He Did It

Roger Stone is a longtime political operative who has worked for every Republican president since Richard Nixon, and numerous presidential and other candidates as well.  Stone retains great admiration for Ronald Reagan, but now has only disdain for the Bush

Abortion Politics in the Age of Trump
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Abortion Politics in the Age of Trump

Abortion politics has consumed my adult life, starting in 1972 when, at 17, I helped defeat the abortion-legalization Measure B on Michigan’s ballot.  A few weeks later, on January 22, 1973—like December 7, 1941, a date that will live in

What the Hell Is Going On?
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What the Hell Is Going On?

On December 7, 2015—Pearl Harbor Day—candidate Donald Trump called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”  After applause from the large

The Cataclysm That Was Roe
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The Cataclysm That Was Roe

The pro-life movement today almost completely identifies with the Republican Party, despite its support by a few Democrats such as Pennsylvania Sen. Robert Casey (sometimes).  It wasn’t always so.

In 1972, at the age of 17, I worked against Michigan’s

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Trump Victory Uncovers National Review’s Dysfunction

Among those surprised by Donald Trump’s resounding victory was my old nemesis at National Review, Kevin Williamson. “Well, that was unexpected,” wrote the rag’s “roving correspondent,” whose roving didn’t uncover the obvious and overwhelming groundswell of support out there

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The Media’s Assault on Trump

Donald Trump has been rebutting the media for its relentless attacks on him. The “conservative” Wall Street Journal editorial page, which always has disliked his candidacy, responded, “Donald Trump lashed out at the media on Sunday after more stories

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The Convention Behind the Scenes

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

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Does Trump Still Have a Chance?

The neocons are gloating that Donald Trump’s poll numbers have slumped. “Donald Trump is in the midst of a fairly dramatic collapse in public opinion polls,” enthuses Peter Wehner in Commentary. “What seems to be happening isn’t that Hillary

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Trump vs. Tyranny

Donald Trump already is the presumptive Republican nominee for president and easily will win Tuesday’s California primary. Yet he has continued to campaign in the state, which has revealed the top issue of this campaign: Trump vs. tyranny. Every rally

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The Unitary State of America

Our country’s name, the United States of America, is plural. Yet a more accurate description at this late date would be the Unitary State of America—singular, not plural. Consider some recent events:

• “The Obama administration released a warning Monday

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Guns, Matrimony, and Jihad in San Bernardino

The December 2, 2015, killings of 14 people in San Bernardino, California, by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, is the sort of story that garners the label “only in America,” with plot twists that include arranged marriage,

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Why Is Japan Dying?

It’s Jan. 22, 2016, the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade abortion decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that has killed more than 60 million babies here.

But this year, let’s turn to Japan. Fortune magazine ran an article

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Good Trump News: Rove Attacks

The news keeps getting better for Donald Trump’s campaign for president. The latest: Karl Rove is coordinating attack ads. “The mastermind of George W. Bush’s presidential victories in 2000 and 2004, Rove has not signed on with any of the

Electing Your Own Boss
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Electing Your Own Boss

Until the late 1950’s and early 60’s, the deal for government employees was that they were paid less than similar private-sector workers but got excellent benefits, especially strong pensions and almost absolute job security.  And although some government workers belonged

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China’s One Child Policy—and Ours

If you’re an old pro-lifer like me, you remember the many battles over China’s one-child policy. Mao actually encouraged large families. He thought population problems would be solved by communist economic planning, a large population would make China stronger—and the

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The Worst State

Things are pretty dismal all over the country, but some places are worse than others.

Usually, published rankings of American states are compiled by liberals who value such things as high-school and college graduation rates, personal income, internet speed, and

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Bye, Bye Boehner

The revolt against the Establishment continues. The three leading contenders for the Republican nomination for president – Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina – never have held political office.

Now House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has been pushed out

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The New Invasion of Europe

Reflecting on the immigrant invasion of Europe, Tom Piatak wrote on the loss of Western man’s will to survive. Here’s my gloss.

Europe lost its will to survive and is being invaded by immigrants: It discarded its Christian faith, which

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How Rand Paul Blew It

“We blew it.”

—Wyatt (Peter Fonda) in “Easy Rider”

I thought Rand Paul was positioned to do well at the beginning of his campaign. But his poor performance in last Thursday’s debate underlined that his campaign long ago blew it.

Getting Out of Bed With Korea
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Getting Out of Bed With Korea

In some ways—even more than Japan and the People’s Republic of China—South Korea is dominating key U.S. markets.  I’ve noticed this for years in Orange County, where Hyundai North America just built its new $200 million U.S. headquarters in

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LBJ’s Silver Coin Debasement 50 Years Old

Back in 1965, I was ten and an avid coin collector. I inserted silver dimes and quarters, and other coins, into the slots in the blue collection books. Then in 1965, I remember President Johnson asking Americans to start circulating

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Trump seizes immigration issue

On June 11, 2014, more than a year ago, I wrote here on the Chronicles blog, “Right now the immigration issue is lying in the street for whatever Republican presidential candidate, if any, is willing to pick it up –

The Yellow Brick Road to Jobs and Stability
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The Yellow Brick Road to Jobs and Stability

“Let the Yankees Freeze in the Dark” read the bumper stickers in Texas in February 1982, the month I flew back from West Germany, mustered out of the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and returned to my hometown

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Dixie Peaceniks?

People don’t like it when you mess with their heritage. The Bolsheviks tried to destroy Russian nationalism, in particular massacring Russian Orthodox bishops, priests and nuns. But when Hitler invaded, not enough Russians fought for Marx, Lenin and dialectical materialism.

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The Duopoly Wins on Trade, You Lose

Sometimes a bellwether issue isn’t the most important issue. Abortion is more important than this week’s U.S. Senate vote on Trade Promotion Authority. But abortion is a decades-old issue that has involved many battles, and still does.

The TPA vote,

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Obamatrade boosts small business taxes

Although defeated for now – and, one hopes, permanently – details are leaking out about the Obamatrade deal. Sen. Rand Paul revealed that it would increase taxes on small businesses. So much for the promises of House Speaker John Boehner

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Why Doesn’t GOP Congress Subpoena TPP Documents?

President Obama continues to keep secret the documents on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Congressmen can see the documents only if they pledge not to reveal the contents.

Then why doesn’t Congress just subpoena the entire contents of the documents

Detroit: From Under the Rubble
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Detroit: From Under the Rubble

Two weeks before Apple began selling its new Apple Watch, Shinola Detroit took out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal.  Above a large photo of its analog watch, The Runwell, was the tag, “The Watch That’s Too