• Anthony Kennedy: The Most Important Voter In America

    Anthony Kennedy: The Most Important Voter In America

    It would be a lie to say that Anthony Kennedy was the most influential justice on the Supreme Court over the past thirty years or so – he was not. His jurisprudence was often flighty and given to linguistic turns that seem silly in retrospect or even at the time. His justification for his points of view was often wrapped in emotional terms that seemed out of place. But for most of the past thirty years, and certainly in the past twenty, the most important bulwark against government expansion or in favor of it, against individual liberty or in favor of it, against constitutional misinterpretation or in favor of it, was the mood Anthony Kennedy happened to wake up in each morning. His vote was what mattered, not the opinions he composed. And that vote, so often featured in 5-4 decisions, changed the country in fundamental ways. READ MORE...

  • The Migrant Crisis Is About More Than Just Kids

    The Migrant Crisis Is About More Than Just Kids

    Yesterday on Face the Nation, I responded to questions about the migrant separations from their children under the Trump Administration’s policy announced last month by trying to shift the focus to what drives these migrations in the first place – something that can’t be addressed by a simple band-aid piece of legislation paving the way for more lax border requirements.

    Here’s the video, and the transcript.

    “I certainly agree with Jeff [Goldberg] when it comes to the ability of the administration to change this. But … the focus on these kids, while I certainly understand it from a media perspective, is ignoring what is really driving these factors. READ MORE...

  • Why It’s Absurd To Pretend The Enlightenment Is Responsible For Racism

    Why It’s Absurd To Pretend The Enlightenment Is Responsible For Racism

    The ongoing argument over whether the Enlightenment is a good thing is hardly a new facet of American political life. Defenses of the Enlightenment have been written over and over in the past several decades, by various defenders of the liberal order and Western civilization.

    Here is an excellent essay on the topic from Walter Olson, writing two decades ago in the pages of Reason, that might as well have been written today. Here is a criticism running earlier this year in the Wall Street Journal that might well be read as a response to Olson. This is not a new argument, but an old one with a new generation of participants. READ MORE...

  • How Is The Culture War Fought?

    How Is The Culture War Fought?

    On Friday, Jonah Goldberg wrote a lengthy response in his G-File to a piece we ran last Tuesday. That piece, “The Right Must Realize The Left Is A Much Greater Threat Than Trumpism”, clearly irritated Jonah and he is not holding back about it. You can read both pieces and decide whether his critiques are justified. But it seemed appropriate to clarify a few things, as I think there’s a lot of talking past each other going on here – and in some ways it’s just another demonstration of the reordering of the coalitional hierarchy of priorities within the American right. READ MORE...

  • CNN's Insane Anti-Gun Townhall Will Only Help The NRA

    CNN’s Insane Anti-Gun Townhall Will Only Help The NRA

    So thanks a lot for adding to our discourse, CNN.

    Last night’s CNN town hall amounted to a massive in-kind donation to the National Rifle Association. It was absolutely astounding. The problem wasn’t the poor students on stage – though a few of them were, as young people are, overwhelmed by the moment and engaged in disrespectful behavior toward the guests – the problem was a crowd that would cheer anything and everything anti-gun, including in one of the more extreme moments shouting “You’re a murderer” at NRA representative Dana Loesch. One Parkland High School JROTC member refused to participate after being told he couldn’t ask his question about having armed guards in school. The crowd even booed when Loesch brought up a rape survivor who is pro-gun. That was the level of intelligence put on screen, to the point that at varied junctures Jake Tapper attempted to quiet the crowd or ask for respect, to no avail. READ MORE...

  • Your News Media Absolutely Hates You

    Your News Media Absolutely Hates You

    It’d be nice to say that American media doesn’t hate this country. It’d be nice to claim that the American press, while maintaining objectivity and balancing against bias, is still inherently American – that they are patriots who love this country even as they report on its defects. Recall the quote from Daniel Patrick Moynihan while Ambassador to the United Nations: “Am I embarrassed to speak for a less than perfect democracy? Not one bit. Find me a better one. Do I suppose there are societies which are free of sin? No, I don’t. Do I think ours is, on balance, incomparably the most hopeful set of human relations the world has? Yes, I do. Have we done obscene things? Yes, we have. How did our people learn about them? They learned about them in the newspapers.” And that is important. READ MORE...

  • If Haiti Weren't A 'Shithole,' Its Citizens Wouldn't Need Refugee Status In The U.S.

    If Haiti Weren’t A ‘Shithole,’ Its Citizens Wouldn’t Need Refugee Status In The U.S.

    America has the potential to take people from “shithole” countries and turn them into great Americans.

    President Trump derides protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries. 

    President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting. ‘Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?’ Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers. READ MORE...