Tag Archives | Constitution

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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The O’Reilly Disequilibrium

NBC News anchor Brian Williams was recently caught making up stories, and not just one story but a lot of them, habitually, all of them self-aggrandizing. Media types on the left initially responded by making excuses for Williams, but now they have struck back by seizing on similar self-aggrandizing statements by Fox News Channel’s’ Bill […]

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How We Legislate Now

Top Stories of the Year: #5 This is the time when I traditionally count down the top stories of the year, as covered in The Tracinski Letter. I’ll also be sending out a few short articles covering some breaking news events (for example, Wednesday’s news about Cuba and North Korea) and one or two larger […]

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President Palpatine

Yesterday, President Obama announced his plan for executive amnesty for illegal immigrants. Of course he has no authority to do it. Don’t ask me. Ask him: “we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws.” This is basic Schoolhouse Rock kind of stuff. […]

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A Pen, Phone, and a Golf Club

President Obama gave a post-election press conference in which he pretty much took a pass on all of that stuff about acknowledging the public’s rebuke of his party or seeking common ground with the Republicans who will now control a co-equal branch of government. Instead, he “reiterated…that he intends to use his executive authority to […]

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Loyal to Whom?

The new memoir from former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has been aptly described as a vindication of just about everything the president’s critics on the right have been saying about his policy in Iraq and Syria. So naturally Panetta is now a marked man. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, for example, […]

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