Archive for August, 2016


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Trump’s Immigration Policy Trap

August 29, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The biggest political story of the last week has been Donald Trump’s flip-flop on deporting undocumented immigrants. This Sunday on CNN, Mike Pence filibustered his way through the subject for almost seven minutes before Jake Tapper finally declared, “You did not address the issue” and moved on. Chris Christie on… Read the Rest »

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How Trump Betrayed Ann Coulter on Immigration

August 26, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump has just betrayed Ann Coulter. Which is a dangerous thing to do. This week, Coulter released her new book, In Trump We Trust. As the title suggests, it’s a defense of Trump. But more than that, it’s a defense of Trumpism. Most Trump surrogates contort themselves to defend… Read the Rest »

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How Democrats Become the Conservative Party

August 19, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

By any reasonable definition, Democrats are now the more conservative of America’s two parties. They are more interested than Republicans in conserving America’s international relationships, cultural norms, and political and economic institutions as they are.

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Why Jewish Conservatives Fear Donald Trump

August 19, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

George Will once wrote that Barry Goldwater actually won the 1964 presidential election. It just “took 16 years” — until the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 — “to count the votes.” It’s time to update that line. Pat Buchanan actually won the Republican nomination in 1996. It just took… Read the Rest »

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‘Trumpism’ and the Rift Between Belief and Truth

August 15, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The number of high-profile conservative commentators who enthusiastically support Donald Trump is relatively small. But the number of high-profile conservative commentators who enthusiastically support “Trumpism” is higher. Trumpism is the belief that Trump’s followers constitute the “real America” and that anyone who does not validate their grievances is an elitist… Read the Rest »

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Why Are Some Conservative Thinkers Falling for Trump?

August 10, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Logically, Donald Trump should have less support among intellectuals than he had a year ago. That’s because over the past year, he has made statements that expose him as both ignorant of public policy and contemptuous of liberal-democratic norms. He has proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States, incited… Read the Rest »

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Obama and Netanyahu Inspired the Black Lives Matter-BDS Alliance

August 10, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, the Movement for Black Lives – a coalition of groups inspired by Black Lives Matter – released a 37,000-word platform. In its foreign policy section, the platform calls Israel an apartheid state, endorses the BDS and condemns the “genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.” The American Jewish… Read the Rest »

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It Shouldn’t Have Taken a Khizr Khan

August 3, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I’ve found the Khizr Khan vs. Donald Trump clash exhilarating. It’s the closest thing Americans have yet seen to the famed “Have you no sense of decency, sir,” riposte that helped doom Joseph McCarthy. But it’s disturbing, too. If it proves that America can overcome the bigotry and ignorance that… Read the Rest »

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How the American Jewish Establishment Silences U.S. Politicians About Settlements

August 3, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Want to know how the American Jewish establishment keeps American politicians from questioning Israeli policy in the West Bank? This is how.