In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Obama is Still in Office, and That’s Dangerous

From a piece I have running today in Lifezette: President Obama famously snarked that he didn’t need Congress so much because, “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.” That is, he could use his pen to issue executive orders and phone up leftist activists and groups to back his agenda, circumventing the will of the peoples’ elected representatives. But with Donald Trump’s election

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Haunted, Harried Hillary

From a tongue and cheek piece I did that ran Monday on LifeZette: What’s scaring Clinton this year is people — some of whom didn’t seem scary at all just last week! But now their masks are on, and like a zombie army they’re marching toward her, relentlessly, threatening to chase her far away from the White House. FBI Director James Comey seemed like such

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The Peril of a Presidential Candidate Under Criminal Investigation

Good morning. Mrs. Obama said just last week that Hillary is some kind of beacon toward which the gazes of our children should be directed. They could end up looking into a prison. From a piece I have running today on LifeZette: With just eight days to go in the 2016 presidential election, one of the two candidates with an actual chance to be president of the

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Did Obama Actually Call Someone Else Whiny?

From a piece I wrote for LifeZette: President Obama this week waded into the general election with his customary grace, instructing Donald Trump to stop “whining” that the contest might be rigged. “If you start whining before the game’s even over, if whenever things are going badly for you and you lose — you start blaming somebody else — then you don’t have what it

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Why Trump Should Demand a Fourth Debate

Well, first of all, why not? He’s losing. From a piece I have running today in LifeZette: By proposing a debate where comment is restricted to economic issues, Trump could occupy the moral high ground, a place where he has had plenty of trouble standing, even against Hillary Clinton. Instead of showboating TV journalists, Trump could demand that actual economists moderate the proceedings, or other

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Obama to Trump Voters: You are Racists

From a piece I have running today in LifeZette: In a column titled, arrogantly enough, “The Way Ahead,” Obama asserts the current moment “reflects any number of eras in which Americans were told they could restore past glory if they just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control.” He adds, “We overcame those fears and we will again.” Trump’s legions dream

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Ayotte and Toomey’s Anti-Trump Opportunism Fails

From a piece I did for LifeZette. No doubt, were Trump way ahead in their states, these two senators would be putting their “reservations” about the GOP nominee aside and embracing him. Two Republican senators facing brutal re-election battles in critical presidential battleground states have damaged themselves and Donald Trump by failing to flatly endorse the Republican presidential nominee. Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and

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Obama is Not Done with America Yet

My latest piece for LifeZette: “Obama’s Last Radical Push.” From the article: President Obama has only about 3.5 months left in his administration — but don’t be fooled. He still has plenty of time to do lots of damage. Obama just ceded U.S. government control over the internet by relinquishing Commerce Department oversight of ICANN, which keeps track of website addresses and names. That is

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Trump May Not Have Outscored Clinton, But He Still Won

Here’s my take on the debate, which I did in a piece for LifeZette. From the article: Hillary Clinton may have won the debate on points. But this debate was not scored on points. Clinton was obviously better prepared. Famed for his slash and burn approach to debates, Trump was actually a bit less aggressive than Hillary, allowing her to land more blows while he

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Eight Things Trump Must Emphasize to Win the Debate

From a piece I did for LifeZette: The topics for Monday’s crucial first presidential debate are “achieving prosperity,” “securing America,” and “America’s direction.” This is a gift to Donald Trump, because under the Obama administration, of which Hillary Clinton was a part, America is not achieving prosperity, it’s not secure, and it is headed in the wrong direction. And Trump’s policies are specifically designed to

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Hillary Summons Al Gore Back to Duty

Hmm. Maybe they’re more desperate than we think. What do those internal polls look like in the Clinton camp? But this is a very bad idea. From a piece I have running today in LifeZette: Some of the grimmest news of the election season trickled out last week when word came down that the Clinton campaign, increasingly desperate to halt Hillary’s decline in the polls,

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Obama Talks Economic Fantasy While Touting Hillary

From an article I have running today in LIfeZette: The president arrived in Philadelphia Tuesday to campaign for Clinton, seizing on a stray number and trumpeting it as if the country had  been brought back the Roaring Twenties. But after nearly eight years of Obama, the economy currently is just a point away from recession. It grew by just 1.1 percent during the second quarter of

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