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#TakeTheKnee Is the Dead End of “Resistance” Culture

At a rally on Friday, President Trump said that the NFL should fire any players who copy Colin Kaepernick by going down on one knee when our national anthem is played. So this Sunday, dozens of NFL players dutifully responded by going down on one knee to show their “resistance” to Trump. That’s where we […]

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George W. Trump

Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations does its best to form a synthesis out of Steve Bannon’s nationalism and George W. Bush’s foreign policy—but it’s not exactly a coherent combination, and we can already see its blind spots. It has been a bit odd to see Bush-era neoconservatives applauding Trump’s speech, but it’s easy […]

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Why Are We So Uneasy About 9/11?

I didn’t plan to write anything for the anniversary of 9/11 this year, because I figure we’re at the point where we save the extended analysis for round-number anniversaries. It’s something I care about deeply, as longtime readers know, but they will also know that I have written a great deal about that attack and […]

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The Cackling-Maniacal-Laughter Schadenfreude Phase of the Trump Administration

For those of us who opposed Donald Trump from the beginning, we have passed beyond the #NeverTrump phase, past the “take what we can get” phase, and even past the cringing embarrassment that he’s the leader of our party. Now comes the cackling-maniacal-laughter schadenfreude stage. Yes, that’s right. This is so big that we need […]

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The Monsters Are Due on Main Street

I’m worried that the Charlottesville riots are making the left psychologically unhinged in the same way that they have been unhinged by the election of Donald Trump, only more so. The problem with their reaction to Donald Trump is that he seems to so totally vindicate all of their political prejudices that he justifies an […]

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Donald Trump Needs Not to Be President Yesterday

We’re done with the “Well, maybe it won’t be so bad and we should take what we can get” phase of this administration. It’s time for the “he’s a disaster and needs to go” phase. For everybody’s good, Donald Trump needs to not be president, and he needs to not be president yesterday. I say […]

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Notes on Our State of Emergency

Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, just declared a state of emergency for Charlottesville after violent battles between white nationalists and far-left “antifa” counter-protesters. I made it into town Saturday evening, and it certainly did look like a place in a state of emergency, though without any sign of the emergency itself. The streets were eerily empty […]

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Lost in the Monkey House

I’m going to ask you to bear with me while I tell a brief story that seems irrelevant but actually has a lot of application to our tumultuous politics, particularly after this past week. A while back—please don’t ask how—I happened to find myself watching an episode of the fashion-design competition show “Project Runway.” However […]

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Dear Trump Critics: This Is an OODA Loop, Please Get One

Our politics is settling down to into a distinct pattern. It goes like this. Donald Trump says or does something that ranges from the provocative, to the childish, to the utterly normal and unexceptional. The media and the opposition political party (but I repeat myself) then totally over-react and hyperventilate. They take something bad and […]

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Donald Trump Is Boring

There is a crisis in American politics. The crisis is that Donald Trump is boring. Normally, I wouldn’t mind a boring president. In fact, I prefer boring presidents. I like less drama, fewer scandals, and more focus on the issues—on actual legislative action and foreign policy decisions. But that’s not the good kind of boring […]

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