Pro-Trump, Anti-Trump and the Meta-Narrative

“As in Jephthah’s day, at stake in the upcoming presidential election is the life or death of a nation. Is Trump America’s Jephthah? Only if, by the providence of Almighty God, He moves the hearts and minds of the American people to reject America’s political elite who would choose global hegemony to an independent American […]

The Myth of Donald Trump as an ‘Anti-Intellectual’

dnldtrmp7One of the criticisms frequently hurled at Donald Trump is that he’s an “anti-intellectual.” Liberals count on incautious readers to conflate the term “intellectual” (which refers to a range of professions, which leftists mostly dominate, and not because they […]

Rod Dreher Has Officially Jumped the Shark

The American Conservative blogger Rod Dreher has never been entirely my cup of tea. His posts are frequently too overwrought, and they come off as, for lack of a better word, prissy. (I tried hard to come up with another word to describe them that wasn’t so loaded, but I couldn’t think of one that […]

Open Borders Libertarianism is a Suicide Pact, Part 1

I don’t know who the first person was to make the observation that is the title of this essay, but a quick Google search reveals that libertarian podcaster Christopher Cantwell seems to be the person most responsible for popularizing it or the alternate version “Libertarianism is not a suicide pact.” I find myself using it […]

Variety's Spice of Life vs. Diversity's Murder of Culture

Cover of Leviathan by Sir Thomas Hobbies (1651)


“We must all obey the great law of change,” wrote Edmund Burke to Sir Hercules Langrishe in 1792, for “It is the most powerful law of nature, and the means perhaps of […]

Interview with Darrell Castle, Constitution Party Presidential Nominee

darrell_castle_t720Darrel Castle, a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran, earned a Juris Doctorate from Memphis State University in 1979. Castle opened his own law firm in Memphis in 1984, and has concentrated his practice in the areas of bankruptcy […]

Some Thoughts on the Ted Cruz Endorsement of Donald Trump

Sen. Ted Cruz has belatedly endorsed Donald Trump. Cruz was in a no win situation, but it was a no win situation of his own making. If he didn’t plan to endorse Trump in Cleveland, he should have declined the offer to speak at the Convention. A refusal to endorse from afar, such as with […]

“Lucifer Wins His Own Kingdom”: Imagine a Latent Early Clinton Concession of the Presidency to Trump


With Hillary Clinton’s declining health now gone public, her unprecedented corruption exposed by the pro-Russian WikiLeaks release of the Democratic National Committee’s e-mails and her own from Benghazi suggest the Clinton/Kaine ticket for November is not only in jeopardy, it is growing clearer that she will inevitably lose. In light […]

So What You’re Saying Is … Pat Buchanan Was Right all Along

A recent Claremont Review of Books article by the obviously pseudonymous Publius Decius Mus, “The Flight 93 Election,” has created quite a stir in the conservative universe. The article is a vigorous defense of Trump and Trumpism, and has been touted widely by Trump supporters. Rush Limbaugh read it aloud on his radio program. It […]

Conservative Anti-Trumpers Want It Both Ways

In my frequent battles with anti-Trumpers, I have noted two distinct lines of argument. One is that Donald Trump is really just a big government liberal whose policies are barely distinguishable from Hillary Clinton’s. The other is that Trump is so far outside the mainstream that Hillary is closer to traditional Republican thought. The remarkable […]

Entangling Alliances are not America First

The problem for me with reading National Review is that just about every article there triggers me and inspires me to write a rebuttal, which if I did would make my family and my employer very unhappy. But some articles are more triggering than others. This one by abortive NeverTrump Presidential candidate David French in […]

Forgettable, Regrettable Republican Turncoats

Traitors: The Never Trump Republican Establishment

Traitors: The Never Trump Republican Establishment

Traitors: The Never Trump Republican Establishment

“I want my chance to fail as miserably as the Mitt Romney campaign failed. Romney lost […]

The Tin Ear of Free Trade Advocates

As an unabashed supporter of Donald Trump and a conservative who has long been of the paleo-populist persuasion, I frequently find myself engaged in online debates with “regular” conservatives, and one of our most common and contentious topics is the virtues of free trade. One of my frequent foils on the matter recently directed me […]

The Trump Family Connection to Moscow: Ivanka and Putin's Squeeze, Wendi Deng Murdoch; Paul Manafort

Donald Trump on Vladimir Putin

The chickens are home to roost for Donald Trump’s scorched earth candidacy. His myriad skeletons which fall daily from his closet link him inextricably to Russia — and have since the waning years of the Soviet Union during […]

If It’s Really About Conservative Purity Then Endorse Darrell Castle or Shut Up

Anti-Trump “conservatives” act as if they are the only group of people who have ever faced having a nominee of their party that they don’t like and don’t believe represents their party well, but I’ve got news for them. They aren’t. A lot of conservatives weren’t satisfied with Romney, McCain, Bush II, Dole, Bush I, […]

Evan McMullin? NeverTrump Still Doesn’t Get It

We have long been promised that if the convention coup plot failed, as everyone who knows anything about the process knew it would, and Donald Trump emerged as the Republican nominee, that the NeverTrump bitter-enders planned to put forth an independent challenger to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to represent self-proclaimed “real conservatism” and/or “real […]

Pick a Side Peggy

“I end with a new word, at least new to me. A friend called it to my attention. It speaks of the moment we’re in. It is “kakistocracy,” from the Greek. It means government by the worst persons, by the least qualified or most unprincipled. We’re on our way there, aren’t we?” ~ Peggy Noonan


The Reform Party’s Branding Problem and Election 2016

Recently I wrote an article regarding Darcy Richardson’s candidacy for the Reform Party nomination. Well a funny thing happened at the Reform Party Convention last weekend. Instead of picking a nominee, they postpone the decision until 8 Aug. It is probably not wise to criticize the decision makers in the party who you wish to […]

Do Not Trust Trump to Leverage the Second Amendment Against the Fifth and Fourteenth

Donald Trump Tweet on Newtown

I continually read Republican voters attack Sen. Ted Cruz for his failure to demonstrate total fealty to my former party’s presidential nominee Donald Trump. Most cannot bring themselves to describe one policy on which Hillary Clinton is not […]

To Trump or Not to Trump?

trmp-wfb The GOP civil war taking place over Donald Trump becoming the party’s presidential nominee has been painful and damaging to the Republican Party. Conservative leaders who were once cordial now publicly slam each other. Friends who worked […]

“Character” Cruz: Political Pariah

Ted Cruz hatchets Donald Trump, but cuts his own throat

Ted Cruz hatchets Donald Trump, but cuts his own throat

Ted Cruz hatchets Donald Trump, but cuts his own throat

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one […]

A Court Party No More

In early 2015, well before Donald Trump was a blip on the radar screen, a friend asked me to contribute an article to a Constitution Party newsletter, so I happily obliged. The article was entitled “Needed: a Real Country Party,” but because of the nature of the venue it was never made available for wide […]

Swaggin' With Trump

I have read a few articles recently that attempt to psychologically analyze Donald Trump and explain what motivated his decision to run for President after several past flirtations. I’m not going to link to them because they’re hit pieces, but that doesn’t mean they don’t contain some insight. Just […]

NeverTrump's False Narrative

This video by Steve Deace, who I believe to be one of the sincere but misguided leaders of the NeverTrump effort, is a perfect illustration of the insular nature of much of official conservatism. Deace concedes that the Establishment does not like Trump, but sees the Establishment’s unwillingness to join the NeverTrump crusade as an […]

Anti-Trumpers, Please Watch The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

As a good traditional conservative, I like Westerns. If you watch a lot of Westerns you will eventually discern that many of them have a very similar theme. This theme is that the breed of men it took to tame the Wild West is different from the breed of men it took to civilize the […]

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