• The Audacity of Trump

    Whatever one thinks of the new President Trump or his expressed agenda or his often brutal rhetoric, he faces the same challenge that confronted all of his predecessors: he has just four years to demonstrate to his countrymen that he is worthy of their votes a second time. All the hand-wringing and cries of despair and political ennui emanating from the country’s establishment classes and liberal masses miss that fundamental reality of our presidential system

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  • Witch Hunt on Campus

    Now is the time that we, as a country, reflect on the record of the previous administration and nervously watch as a new president takes on the world’s most powerful office. And in a book due for release tomorrow, K.C. Johnson and Stuart Taylor Jr. urge us to consider one part of the Obama legacy in particular: his administration’s stoking of “witch hunts” against college students accused of sexual assault.

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  • The Horrible New Normal

    I was busy all day Saturday in a wonderful Dallas bubble. I gave a talk about the Benedict Option this morning at Providence Christian School, then went to lunch with some folks who are doing amazing work serving the poor, then hung out with new friends and old ones at the Old Monk pub, my old hangout, and then went to a nice long dinner with more Providence folks. It was a great day.

    I came back to the hotel room late, and got caught up on the big events of the day: the women’s march, and

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  • Failed Education Reform

    Surprise, surprise. From the Washington Post:

    One of the Obama administration’s signature efforts in education, which pumped billions of federal dollars into overhauling the nation’s worst schools, failed to produce meaningful results, according to a federal analysis.

    Test scores, graduation rates and college enrollment were no different in schools that received money through the School Improvement Grants program — the largest federal investment ever targeted

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  • What We Heard At The Trump Inaugural

    I apologize for these dashed-off thoughts below. I’ve been traveling all day and unable to get online. I’ve got a dinner to get to shortly, and I want to get something up. I heard the Inaugural Address on the radio while driving. Here’s what I think.

    TAC founder Pat Buchanan didn’t get to give a Presidential inaugural address, but he lived to hear a new US president say what he would have said had he been given the chance. I was roadtripping when I heard Trump’s speech, and thought

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  • Trump's Protectionism Isolates US on Global Stage, Emboldens China

    Chinese President Xi Jinping’s address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Tuesday may have sent the strongest signal yet that China is more willing than the United States to champion free trade and globalization, thanks to President Donald Trump’s protectionist and anti-trade leanings.  

    At the commencement of the WEF’s annual summit, Xi — the first Chinese head of state to participate in Davos — spoke of the importance of globalization for global economic growth, whereas

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  • Trump’s Inaugural Address

    Trump’s inaugural address contained a lot of populist boilerplate and committed to achieving a lot of overly ambitious or impossible goals. One of the more unrealistic pledges he made concerned combating jihadists:

    We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

    First, that isn’t going to happen. We have seen that the U.S. doesn’t know how to do this, and

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  • Don’t Move the Embassy to Jerusalem

    Screengrab: Trump speaks before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee

    Trump reaffirmed his interest in relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The move still makes no sense:

    “I don’t know what’s in it for Trump,” said Akiva Eldar, a longtime Israeli columnist and co-author of a book on the issue of moving the embassy. Mr. Eldar’s thesis was that this was largely a concern for American politicians, not Israelis or Palestinians — and even within the United States, it was not generally advocated by those with experience on the ground [bold mine-DL].


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  • Weirder Than The Trumpening?

    Even stranger than the Trumpening! (Refat/Shutterstock

    This is a fun game. Can you think of more historically implausible

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  • Inauguration Day

    “Half of the people have been very sure that if he were elected the country would come to an end, if the world did not. But we are inclined to believe that the Union will last a little longer, and that we shall have some good times yet, in time to come. It has been said that a “special Providence watches over children, drunkards, and the United States.” They make so many blunders, and yet live through them, it must be that they are cared for, for they take very little care of themselves

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