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Trump Fights For Us—It’s Why They Hate Him
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Trump Fights For Us—It’s Why They Hate Him

Donald Trump is crude, vulgar, egotistical, even narcissistic. He is, at best, verbally maladroit, and his attempts to backtrack from statements that cause outrage are often embarrassing, even cringeworthy. Still, all in all, Trump often reminds me of what Abraham

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The Essential Sector

One of Donald Trump’s signature issues during the presidential campaign was his assertion that bad trade deals had cost millions of American manufacturing jobs, and his promise to do something to reverse that doleful trend.  As with many of Trump’s

Devaluing American Citizenship
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Devaluing American Citizenship

The best speech I ever heard on immigration was delivered by the late Terry Anderson at the Reform Party Convention in Long Beach in 2000. Anderson, a black native of Los Angeles, described how his livelihood as an auto mechanic

The Conventional Wisdom on Trade is Wrong Again
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The Conventional Wisdom on Trade is Wrong Again

For years, the purveyors of respectable opinion assured us that there was no need to worry about the economic dislocations caused by free trade, because such dislocations would be comparatively minor and temporary. In fact, as Gwynn Guilford notes in

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The Great Clarifier

Not even President Trump’s most ardent admirers would claim that he is a “Great Communicator,” the title bestowed on the last resident of the White House who could plausibly be seen as governing, at least in some respects, as a

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The Great Tariff Panic

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President Trump’s announcement that he intends to impose tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum produced what can only be described as hysteria across the admittedly narrow spectrum of establishment opinion. Missing from all this commentary was any recognition that Trump’s

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Now They Tell Us

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For years, National Review has been relentless in its criticism of conservatives who questioned the benefits of free trade, even though the conservative tradition in America has historically been skeptical of free trade. “Protectionist” was one of the most common

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The New Deplorables

After Roy Moore secured the Republican nomination to fill Jeff Sessions’ seat in the U.S. Senate, the Washington Post ran an article claiming that, roughly four decades ago, Moore had dated two teenage girls and asked out a third in

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Bitter Never Trumper Admits Free Trade is a Loser

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President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs of up to 50% on Asian washing machines being dumped into the United States in response to a trade case brought by Whirlpool prompted howls of outrage among Trump opponents everywhere, especially among Trump

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A Conservative Case for Open Borders?

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As I write this, the federal government remains “shut down” because congressional Democrats have committed themselves en masse to open borders. The Democrats know that they can secure congressional approval of President Obama’s unilateral DACA amnesty if they give President

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Standing Up To The Academy

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Last week I saw an article about a proposal, currently part of the tax bill, to levy a 1.4% tax on investment income earned by private colleges with endowments of more than $500,000 per student. Thirty-two colleges currently have such

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An Uncertain Trump

During the seemingly endless presidential campaign, Donald Trump was often both courageous and decisive, repeatedly refusing to back down from “gaffes” that were unpopular with the media because they were actually expressions of the populist nationalism that won him the

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The Blast of the Globalists

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During the presidency of Barack Obama, George W. Bush generally avoided public criticism of his successor. Bush’s reticence could be read as a recognition of how calamitous his presidency had been, marked as it was by a disastrous war in

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Borders, Prayers, and Other Taboos

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On Saturday, tens of thousands of Poles gathered on their country’s borders to pray the rosary. The event was too large for the media to ignore, but most news reports made clear how offensive this combination of Christian faith and

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Stand for the Flag!

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I have attended many professional sporting events, and I have no memory of any of my fellow spectators failing to stand for the National Anthem. Standing for “The Star-Spangled Banner” is widely recognized as a matter of common courtesy. It

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Taking a Stand in Warsaw

With a monument to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising as his backdrop, President Trump delivered a forceful speech on the eve of the G20 Summit, sounding themes that would not be welcome by most other leaders of the world’s most economically

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Rod Dreher and the Politics of Betrayal

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The past week or so has been a sad one in American political life. The reason for this, of course, is Charlottesville, where a woman lost her life and people proudly carried flags no Americans ever should, the swastika of

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A Just Candidate for Regime Change

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I have no idea what is the best way to deal with North Korea. But I do know this: North Korea is the worst governed place on the planet. The only thing preventing the North Koreans from enjoying the prosperity

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The Inevitability of National Politics

Many conservatives have become disenchanted with national politics.  This disenchantment is understandable.  Strong support for Republicans seeking the White House and seats in Congress has done little to conserve the type of society most of those voting Republican wanted to

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Buy American: Compelling Reasons

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From the August 2014 issue of Chronicles.

For years, the media and Hollywood have sent the message that anyone who wants to be fashionable should eschew American products and buy foreign ones.  Recently, Mike Rowe, the host of Dirty Jobs

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Prudence Isn’t Fear

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Last week saw two particularly grisly Islamic terror attacks of the type that have become all too common: 22 people, mostly children and teenagers, were killed after a bomb exploded at a pop concert in Manchester, England, and 28 Egyptian

If the Center Cannot Hold
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If the Center Cannot Hold

The surprising triumph of Donald Trump has produced what can only be described as an extended temper tantrum by much of the American left, which fully expected a victory by Hillary Clinton to be followed by unending political dominance, as

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A Quietly Effective Conservative

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For many years, it has been a common lament that the official Conservative Movement, centered in Washington, has not succeeded in conserving anything. There is much truth to this lament. After all, American society has moved steadily leftward since the

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The Screech of the Privileged

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Donald Trump’s inaugural address was a powerful, straightforward articulation of American nationalism: “At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens. . . . From this day forward, a new vision

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Middle American Revolution Begins

Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election was greeted with shock and disbelief in many quarters.  My favorite example of this occurred at my law-school alma mater, where students traumatized by the thought that ideas regularly denounced by the

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A Christmas Desert

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On Sunday, I got to hear a wonderful Christmas concert by the Cleveland Orchestra. Particular highlights included the three carol medleys performed by the Orchestra: Robert Wendel’s “Christmas a la Valse,” Malcolm Arnold’s “Fantasy on Christmas Carols,” and

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Carpe Diem, Mr. Trump!

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Last week I attended a legal conference hosted by a well-positioned law firm with many significant corporate clients. What I heard there was surprising, and encouraging. An expert on tax policy declared that Trump had been substantially right about trade,

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The First Fruits of Victory

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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. The Post story quotes

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A Few Quick Thoughts on the Election

There is, of course, much to be said about the election, but here are three quick thoughts:

1) Trump’s achievement was remarkable. He won the Presidency despite the fierce opposition of the American Establishment, including media coverage as uniformly hostile

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The Lafayette Escadrille and Chief Wahoo

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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. They named their squadron the Lafayette Escadrille,

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The Pilate Option?

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British statesman Enoch Powell began his most famous speech with this observation: “The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils.”  I thought of Powell’s cogent dictum often over the last week or so, as Rod Dreher (and

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Using Howard Stern to Build Hillary’s Dream

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As I sit down to write this, on the Sunday afternoon before the second presidential debate, the media feeding frenzy over remarks made by Donald Trump 11 years ago continues unabated.  The content of those remarks reminded me of one

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A Question of Identity

Most people have multiple identities, and contemporary America is tolerant of almost all of them, including men who think they are women and women who think they are men.  There is one notable exception, though, to this general tolerance:

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John McLaughlin, RIP

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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. When the

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The Threat of Trump

The media attacks on Trump have become relentless. For some reason, Washington Post headlines show up in my Facebook feed, and it is increasingly difficult to distinguish the news stories from the opinion pieces—they all merge into a seemingly endless

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Self-Promotion Masquerading As Principle

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. You certainly don’t use a prime time speaking slot to try

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A Night At The Convention

On Monday night, I had the good fortune to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, thanks to the generosity of a friend who gave me a guest pass.  There has been much media-generated doom and gloom about this convention,

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All Lives Matter

When I awoke on Friday morning, I picked up the copy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer delivered to my house and read the headline on the front page, above the fold: “Killing of black men ‘troubling.'”  The article referred to

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You Can Go Home Again

As some of you may have heard, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, June 19 to win the NBA Championship, making the Cavs the first Cleveland team to win a major sports championship since Jim Brown

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The Cam Newton Republicans

Cam Newton’s petulance after the Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos largely eclipsed the splendid season Newton had had before the Super Bowl. Since Donald Trump essentially clinched the GOP nomination after winning over 50% of the vote in

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Falling In (and Out of) Line

As I write, we have reached the stage of the Republican primary cycle that, since at least 1988, requires a pronouncement from the highest levels of the GOP: Now is the time for other candidates to back out and for

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A Bizarre Choice

Four years ago, Mitt Romney lost the industrial Midwest, and the White House, in large part because the Democrats successfully used Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital to portray him as a champion of outsourcing American jobs. Bizarrely, Ted Cruz has

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The Politics of Violence

It is by now a familiar pattern. The left begins targeting a conservative figure for promoting “hate.” Soon, organized protests pop up, designed to prevent the promoter of “hate” from speaking in public and to prevent the public from hearing

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The Duce Takes New Hampshire

National Review hasn’t been this fun to read since it used to try to be funny—and succeed—decades ago. Each day brings a new hysterical reaction to the political success of Donald Trump, which NR writers variously predict will lead to

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From Nation to Market

Back in August, The New Yorker ran a less than flattering article about Donald Trump.  In it, the author recounted why two middle-aged New Hampshire residents, Nancy and Charlie Merz, were supporting Trump. Both had lost jobs: Nancy, when