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Is Personnel Policy?

In politics, there is an old saying: personnel is policy. What a president does is determined to a large extent by the people he hires. Consider the rumors that Donald Trump is considering appointing Mitt Romney as his Secretary of State. Trump’s stated foreign policy involves a much friendlier approach toward Russia. But he’s not […]

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Post-Mortem

Last week, I got knocked down by something that sure felt like the flu—or maybe it was just a really severe case of post-election depression. I don’t think that’s the case, though, because I was already pretty depressed before Election Day. At any rate, I’m sorry for not sending out much in the past week. […]

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The Ultimate Argument for #NeverTrump

I just discovered the ultimate argument for the #NeverTrump stance, and I discovered it by considering the best argument against #NeverTrump. The argument is this: that no one man can do that much to destroy the American system, because we have such a long history and so many big institutions that keep it alive. As […]

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The Perils of Populism

Take the news that John Kasich is being funded by George Soros, a billionaire notorious for bankrolling far-left institutions, and combine that with the fact that it was Bill Clinton who encouraged Donald Trump to run for president, plus the way Trump has dominated the race with billions of dollars of free media donated by […]

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Gun Control and the Unconstitutioned

The latest attempt to politicize a shooting has Hillary Clinton promising to impose new gun control provisions by unilateral executive action. If Congress refuses to act to end this epidemic of gun violence, I’ll take administrative action to do so. -H — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 5, 2015 This echoes President Obama’s vow, in the […]

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Trump v. Madison

I recently tried to identify six groups of supporters of Donald Trump’s presidential bid. Afterwards, I got a lot of complaints that I left off a seventh group that a lot of his supporters say they belong to. My categories weren’t entirely meant to be disparaging, by the way. “Outright racists”? Yeah, that’s disparaging, but […]

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Nothing Is More “Conservative” Than Birthright Citizenship

Part of Donald Trump’s disastrous plan for a diplomatic and trade war with Mexico is to eliminate birthright citizenship, the policy that you become a citizen of the United States simply by virtue of being born here, even if your parents are not citizens. This is a proposal that enjoys wide support on the right […]

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Why Not to Defund Planned Parenthood

The big political question for the remainder of this congressional term is whether Republicans will be able to pass a vote to defund Planned Parenthood. The more important question, though, is whether it is at all proper for them to try. As an advocate of small government, I’m generally sympathetic to anything that takes federal […]

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Let’s Be Two Americas

There has been some haggling in Congress recently over a proposal to convert a couple of big chunks of federal spending—Medicaid and food stamps—into block grants to the states, which would be given more control over the programs. This proposal suggests a much broader answer to our current political conflicts, toward which this is just […]

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The Party of Palpatine

A while back I observed the contrast between the modern leftists’ self-image and the actual political reality of the policies they support. [T]he media and Hollywood types have always convinced themselves, as George Lucas did, that their villains were metaphors for George W. Bush or a cautionary tale about the evils of the right. But […]

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