Monthly Archive: January 2018

Shocker: Trump Meant What He Said (Before 2016)

Trump is committed to an immigration “bill of love” for the Dreamers, which is supposedly also going to include funding for his infamous wall. And what does this “deal” teach us? That Trump is not using DACA to get the wall. He is using the wall to get DACA. He has been all along. His tough guy anti-immigrant ruse during the primaries was...

Trump Derangement Syndrome

Throughout the latter portion of the Republican primaries, during the presidential campaign, and even more intensely since the election, Trump supporters have relied on the smear “Trump Derangement Syndrome” as a catch-all reply to any criticism or question regarding Trump’s words, actions, or mental acuity. I myself have been accused of being a TDS sufferer often, by all the best cultists. But even...

On Restoring American Individualism

The following, originally published at American Thinker in 2012, was my attempt to offer a synoptic account of the intellectual grounding of modern constitutional republicanism — i.e., political freedom — and of how that grounding is undermined by progressivism. This essay is assigned annually in a required discussion course taught at University of Missouri, where I suppose it has made hundreds of young...

Trump’s Hinges Fall Off

Indignation, as I have recently noted in another context, is the soul’s rebellion against uncomfortable questions about itself. But indignation retains a semblance of rationality (or at least rationalization) at its core. One step beyond indignation lies the even more revealing spectacle of a man responding to criticisms that touch sensitive nerves by melting down into hysterics. Here, then, is a Trump tweet...

Is Donald Trump Bill Clinton?

As Trump’s admirers inundated us with their year-end “Wishlist fulfilled!” declarations last week, detailing (without differentiation) the accomplishments, pending accomplishments, or dubious rhetorical “accomplishments” of his first year, I have begun to notice a distinctly familiar aura about this presidency — a fairly predictable aura to anyone who has been observing Trump from outside his cult’s myopic circus tent: the aura of the...

Trumpanzees Try to Deflect from Bannon Story

Streiff at RedState, one of Donald Trump’s most ardent damage controllers — it’s amusing how many feel the need to defend the honor of a man they claim to believe is Alpha++ — has posted an article in which he tries to deflect attention from Trump’s embarrassing chest-beating gorilla act over Steve Bannon, by nitpicking over inconsequential misstatements in Michael Wolff’s new “scandal”...

Imaginary Wall Just Got Ten Feet “Taller” (aka less real)

Republican lawmakers, continuing the time-honored Donald Jr.-Roger Stone-Reince Priebus-Jeff Sessions tradition of following Donald Trump around with a big beautiful pooper scooper, are now out at the microphones promising that of course when Trump built his cult of nationalist (i.e., anti-American populist) morons by endlessly repeating the mantra, “The Wall,” he didn’t actually mean a wall. He meant an amnesty deal. Someday, when...

Dwarf Wars II: Gee, Guess Who Wins

Matt Drudge — for years the GOP establishment’s most influential and valuable mouthpiece (aka fraud) within the so-called “new media” — inserts himself into the Trump-Bannon messy divorce case as Trump’s public defender and deflector shield. No surprise there. But what most people will fail to see is whom Drudge’s seek and destroy mission is really destined and designed to help: Mitch McConnell....

Dwarf Wars: Trump vs. Bannon

Steve Bannon, a woman scorned, now says Donald Trump’s family members are traitors, the Russia scandal is real, and Trump knew what was happening. (“Me too!”) Trump has responded by saying he never really loved Bannon, that Bannon was little more than a hanger-on, and that every mistake of the GOP during the past year was due to Bannon’s mindless incompetence. Ah, the...

World Progress Report, or Why Is There Still Socialism?

Well, my calendar says it’s 2018, but anyone taking a quick glance at today’s world scene and its sorry cast of characters could be forgiven for imagining it was 1918. After all, we humans pride ourselves on learning from our mistakes, and surely no era would be more inclined to indulge in this pride than one that calls itself “progressive.” And yet… One...