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    Across the western world, a liberal belief in the importance of caring about our fellows has taken hold — empathy is its core motivation, a desire to avoid giving offense in any way, its outcome. Yet, […]

  • In the 1850’s, disaffected Democrats and Whigs, members of the two major political parties then dominating national elections, coalesced to form a new national party, the Republicans, in order to halt the […]

  • Many Republicans I know who signed on for Trump in the primaries, or by the time of the general election, seem to have concluded that Trump’s appeal was so powerful that, post the election, he was in position […]

  • Once the lie we heard repeatedly was that George W. Bush lied us into war. He was routinely excoriated by the left for this during his years in office. It was an absurd, partisan trope that took root as the […]

  • The decision, last night, by the three judge appeals court panel in the Ninth Circuit to uphold the lower court’s stay of Trump’s travel ban reminds us all that, under the Constitution, we have three separate […]

  • Trump’s blunderbuss of an executive order re: immigrants and refugees could well have serious adverse effects — but not the ones its opponents imagine. Whatever the wisdom of that order, the manner and timing […]

  • Barton Swaim argues in this morning’s WSJ ( http://www.articles/trump-the-press-and-the-dictatorship-of-the-trolletariat-1485215912 ) that the press should ignore Donald’s Trump’s lies on silly things because […]

  • I have argued, since Trump’s election, that we must honor the Constution to which we often pay mere lip service and accept the verdict of the 2016 election. We must treat newly inaugurated President Trump with […]

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  • Writing for the Wall Street Journal, reporter Janet Hook describes the growing resistance to the legitimacy of a Trump presidency, most recently challenged by Democratic Congressman from Georgia John Lewis in […]

  • Writing for the Wall Street Journal, reporter Janet Hook describes the growing resistance to the legitimacy of a Trump presidency, most recently challenged by Democratic Congressman from Georgia John Lewis in […]

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  • Reading this morning’s New York Times, I’m struck by their take on what Obama’s been doing in the waning days of  the transition of the presidency to his successor. As is to be expected, they apparently t […]

  • Why do I call myself a conservative rather than a liberal, even while sharing certain culturally liberal values with many of  my liberal/progressive friends? President Obama’s approach to the presidency […]

    • Reading this morning’s New York Times, I’m struck by their very different take on what Obama is doing. As is to be expected, they think it’s just find for the current president to do everything he can to hem in his successor and make it as difficult as possible for him to alter Obama administration actions. They even argue that George W. Bush did that when he negotiated a status of forces agreement with then Iraqi PM Nouri al Maliki, thereby forcing the incoming president to remove American troops by 2011! Completely disregarded is the obvious fact that the Obama administration simply took the tough negotiating position of the Iraqi government as an opportunity to walk away and did — or that President Bush was under great pressure at home to demonstrate that our Iraqi presence was not an indefinite one. Looking for something to justify President Obama’s unprecedented series of executive actions to lock into place his own policy agenda, even in the face of its rejection by the voters (Trump won the electoral college after all!), they latch onto the most feeble analogy imaginable. But then, what else is new in the progressives’ efforts to always justify anything their champions do in the furtherance of the progressive cause? Since they simply have no respect for the other side of the argument, since conservatism to them is tantamount to a kind of heathenism in the church of the nation’s political life, anything done to block or undermine it is justifiable to them.

      Yet it is simply inarguable that no president in modern times has ever been so willful about his agenda or so willing to tie the hands, or try to, of the person the voters have chosen to succeed him. If the country as a whole had wanted Obama 2.0 it had every opportunity, by electing Hillary Clinton, to achieve that. It didn’t and that despite the historically high negatives Donald Trump’s poll numbers revealed for him. Yet the political left remains convinced that Obama is on solid ground in doing whatever he can to balk the incoming president. He makes the staffers in the White House of Bill Clinton, who famously pulled “w” of White House keyboards and grabbed stuff on the way out the door look like pikers. President Obama is doing something much more worse if not quite as tacky. Through all the last minute policy decisions via executive actions, when outgoing presidents usually affect a modest quietude and work to ease the transition in the face of coming change, Obama has gone the old Clinton staffers one better. He is trying to permanently fix the government landscape to make the Trump administration’s job harder in doing what it was elected to do.

      As the incoming president would say (or rather tweet), “so sad.”

  • It’s clear enough why so many voters are dismayed over the results of the recent presidential election. Trump was divisive and ill-mannered and the other major candidate, Hillary Clinton, seemed assured of the […]

  • The mistake Democrats and folks on the left are generally making, in their angry reaction to the recent Republican sweep, lies, at least in part, in their supposition that Obama was the object of unique […]

  • Once again Democrats are disappointed with an election and, just as in 2000, when the popular vote count gave them hope of reversing an electoral vote outcome they found distressing, many partisans on the left […]

  • A major problem with the Obama presidency has been the president’s notion that if he doesn’t get what he wants one way (a legislative change or an appointee, say) he is free, as the president, to simply do […]

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