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The Constitution Is Foolproof, But It Isn’t Damned Fool Proof

Let’s start at the beginning: our president is a fool. President Trump has been in office long enough to demonstrate a chronic lack of elementary prudence or any shred of self-discipline. He has a knack for constantly creating crises by his own recklessness. He does things like set off totally unnecessary tensions with South Korea […]

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The Tribute Pragmatism Pays to Principle

Top Stories of the Year: #2 I ended top story #3, my overview of the self-destruction of the Democratic Party, with a warning about how the Republicans can blow it all by forgetting what they are supposed to stand for. This is the danger presented by the top political story of the year, the rise […]

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The Ideological Gutting of the Republican Party

I don’t know what’s worse about Donald Trump’s determination to intervene, as he did with Carrier, to keep manufacturers from moving any capital or operations overseas. Is it the fact that he is vowing to interfere “on a day-by-day basis,” one deal at a time, to threaten “retribution” against recalcitrant firms? This is a policy […]

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Change the Swamp

Donald Trump won the presidency with a promise to “drain the swamp” of crony insider deals in Washington, DC. Then again, he won the presidency with a whole lot of promises, including one to save American manufacturing jobs from competition with cheap labor in China and Mexico. Spoiler alert: he is not going to save […]

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“That’s What Freedom Sounds Like”

So suddenly we’re all supposed to switch sides again on whether dissent is patriotic. In a continuing effort to prove that it all depends on whose ox is gored, a lot of people on the right suddenly now think that it’s super-rude for constituents to send a public message to their elected officials. They are […]

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How Not to Watch the Vice-Presidential Debate

How do you watch tonight’s vice-presidential debate? I have no idea, because I have no intention of watching it. And neither should you. The vice-presidential debate will be even more inconsequential than usual this year for four reasons. 1. The VP candidates won’t offer any surprises. Mike Pence and Tim Kaine are sober, serious, experienced […]

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What Is the National Interest?

The Road from Etchasketchistan, Part 2 A few years ago, I compared the state of our foreign policy debate to the fictional country of Etchasketchistan. It is as if the foreign policy establishment have been turned upside down and shaken, resetting the alignments that have held since 9/11, and in some cases since the end […]

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