June 26, 2019
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  • Give Tucker Carlson the Nobel Peace Prize

    After months of escalating tensions, Iran shot down an unmanned American military drone last week. In response, a retaliatory American airstrike had been planned. At the last moment, President Trump called it off, explaining in a series of tweets that it was unnecessary and disproportionate. According to reports, he was…

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  • CNN’s Credibility Crisis

    President Trump in April mocked CNN (yet again), tweeting out a report that the cable news network had registered its lowest viewership ratings of 2019. “Congratulations!” Trump wrote to his nearly 60 million followers. Prior to the president’s tweet, CNN had recently aired three town hall events featuring 2020 Democratic…

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  • Lessons from Bill: Call the S.O.B.

    In January 2016, Bill Clinton’s presidential library made public transcripts of telephone calls between the president and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The calls, placed between May 1997 and December 2000, represent, as the New York Times noted, “a time capsule . . . captur[ing] the priorities and perceptions of…

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  • Saudi Billionaires Are Not a Reason to Sacrifice Americans

    Let me pose a simple question: What was the last American war that did not involve Saudi Arabian interests? In 1994, photographers captured this scene as a U.S. Marine took up a strategic kneeling combat stance in the early hours of Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti, perhaps the last U.S.…

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  • Undocumented and Afraid

    President Trump last week announced that starting at the end of June, “ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.” “They will be removed as fast as they come in,” he said. Administration officials said they…

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  • Project Veritas’ Bombshell Video Ruffles Some Feathers

    James O’Keefe’s explosive video exposing Google’s political agenda appears to have ruffled some feathers in the media world. Jen Gennai, the Google executive seen talking to Project Veritas undercover journalists about Google’s plans to prevent “the next Trump situation,” has already published a response complaining that she was taken out…

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  • Richard Trumka and Big Labor Try to Come Home

    Richard Trumka needed to come home. Walking into the union hall at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers building along the Monongahela River, the AFL-CIO president shed the twisted expression on his face as he shook hands with his rank-and-file organizers. With the older union hands, there were no handshakes but…

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  • Climate Crusaders Poised to Claim Oregon

    The best that may be said of the drama playing out in Oregon this week is that it exemplifies the vast and growing distance between Left and Right in America today. To see it in its worst (and, perhaps, clearest) light, however, it exemplifies the relentless onslaught of corporate leftist…

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  • Immigration as Reparations?

    The New York Times recently published an op-ed advancing a rather peculiar argument. Author Suketu Mehta builds on the familiar, hackneyed debate over reparations for slavery to make an even bolder, but more politically contemporary proposal: as penance for colonialism, the West should open its borders to the Third World.…

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  • Propaganda War vs. Saudi-Israeli Peace Accord

    The saying used to go, “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.” Americans eligible for membership in AARP will recall the line as a clever dig at the breathless reporting of not-so-“breaking” news during the first season of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” way back in 1975. In our own times, NBC…

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  • Clarity About Nationalism

    In order to make arguments for nationalism, we have to define it. The first definition in Merriam-Webster is “loyalty and devotion to a nation.” But in a second paragraph, it adds, “especially: a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of…

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  • What Hillary and Obama Actually Did

    It’s remarkable that the Democrats—and the corporate leftist media—don’t know the difference between Norway and Russia. One is an unequivocal part of the West, a founding member and staunch pillar of NATO. The other is a schizophrenic nation with imperialistic tendencies run by a former KGB colonel. These nuances are…

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  • Project Veritas Video: Google Is a ‘Highly Biased Political Machine’

    As many have suspected, Google “is not an objective source of information” and is actively working to prevent Trump from being reelected in 2020,  the latest undercover video put out by Project Veritas confirms. “Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google. And like, I love her but she’s…

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  • To Hell With the Naysayers—Hawley Is Right About Big Tech

    David French and his fellow peacetime conservatives are at it again, wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth as U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) takes a run at curtailing the immense power of Big Tech. As French channels Neville Chamberlain, the fact is that unless the tech companies are forcefully…

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  • Crime Without Consequences

    The latest and greatest cause du jour is criminal justice reform—a push to claw back the “tough on crime” policies of decades past. In pursuit of that agenda, scores of advocacy groups have masqueraded as public policy analysts presenting their predetermined conclusions that the “system” is broken as unbiased assessments…

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  • Chip Roy Takes a Stand—Will Republicans Learn?

    People often question whether it’s still true that one man can make a difference in the modern Congress. This week, Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas) proved that it is. Fed up with the House passing legislation on autopilot (that is, passing amendments and bills “unanimously” without recorded votes and no one…

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  • Free Trade and the ‘Cheap Goods’ Delusion

    Between 1348 and 1352 a monstrous plague—the Black Death—ravaged Europe. The disease struck young and old, men and women, saint and sinner alike. Half the population died. Whole cities disappeared. Western Civilization was on the brink of collapse. What caused this plague? Bad smells. Foul odors. The stench of decay.…

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  • What Made American Academia Great (and How It Was Destroyed)

    Since retiring from the university, several people have asked if I miss it. I tell them I miss what it was, but not what it has become. Higher education in America has gone from being the best in the world to one of the most pathetic. Why? It’s hard to…

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  • I’ve Got a Plan for That!

    History is littered with the calamities created by those in possession of little knowledge but tremendous certainty. As the political season heats up it seems every candidate and his dog has a plan to solve something. One might reasonably ask these wannabe planners what direct experience they have in the…

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  • Ocasio-Cortez Showcases the Left’s Reverse McCarthyism

    My grandmother spent World War II in a concentration camp in Transnistria. Growing up in Israel, we were encouraged in school to ask our grandparents what it was like to live through the Holocaust, but my grandmother was always understandably sparse on the details. The only thing she ever spoke…

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  • Heretics in the Church of Progressive Liberalism

    Religions fear heretics more than non-believing infidels because they are, at least on paper, supposed to be closer to the truth than infidels. That’s why intra-religious disputes are often so bloody: between Catholics and Protestants, between Sunni and Shia, between Anglican and Puritan. Progressive liberalism has dogma and heresy, too.…

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  • Demographics Is Not Destiny

    A special election is scheduled for September 10 in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District to replace former incumbent Walter Jones, the long-serving Republican who died earlier this year. The district is solidly Republican. Jones earned twice as many votes as his Democratic challenger in nearly every election since he first…

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  • Defending Free Speech Is More Important Than A Flag Burning Ban

    Just as Americans are beginning to be persuaded that corporate leftists are attempting to censor the speech of those on the political Right, President Trump wants to ban a form of free expression. In a Saturday tweet, Trump praised Senator Steve Daines’ amendment to make it illegal to burn the…

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  • We Need a Higher Education Reformation

    American higher education, once the envy of the world, is suffering a crisis of confidence and a loss of purpose. “Once upon a time, universities were institutions dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the transmission of the highest values of our civilization,” writes New Criterion editor and publisher Roger…

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  • The Chris Buskirk Show: Episode 9—Trump Launches His 2020 Campaign

    Trump officially launched his 2020 campaign and the media immiedately proved they still don’t get it. Meanwhile, Trump drew a huge crowd in Orlando while Biden and the others struggle for traction. The game is on, now what? We’ll talk the politics, the people, the horserace, and make sense of…

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  • Dangerous Derangement

    America cannot continue as a republic without the acceptance that one party routinely will be turned out of office. Democrats no longer accept that bedrock principle of American liberty. They see themselves as the only party entitled to govern. “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and the Russian collusion frame-up are two faces…

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  • The September 12 Election

    President Trump just launched his reelection campaign to great fanfare in Orlando, Florida. It’s good to see the President back on the campaign trail, bringing his America First message to the American people—this time with the benefit of an extraordinary record of promises kept. Still, I worry that some voters…

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  • Russian Hack or CrowdStrike Ruse?

    Robert Mueller may live to regret indicting Roger Stone. Stone is the long-time Republican political operative who made headlines in January when he was hauled out of his home by a squad of FBI agents adorned in tactical gear and carrying M4 rifles. The ostentatious display of force seemed made…

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  • Worshipful Procession: The Progressive Liberal Protest March

    In 2008, noted psychologist and addiction expert Stanton Peele argued in Psychology Today that, “Religious people are certifiable. They are obligated to believe crazy things . . . I write this from my hotel in Seville, on Good Friday, after marching through the streets following religious processions of floats, mournful…

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  • We Hold All the Cards in the Showdown with Iran

    In May 2018, the Donald Trump Administration withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, popularly known as the Iran nuclear deal. The United States then ramped up sanctions on the Iranian theocracy to try to ensure that it stopped nuclear enrichment. The Trump administration…

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