Oregon's Death (With Dignity?) Wish

This piece originally appeared at National Review Online Sunday, 6 April 2019, under the title "What the Electoral College Saves Us From" and the byline Dan McLaughlin

National Popular VoteThe latest enthusiasm from progressive pundits and activists for replacing the American system of self-government is to abolish the Electoral College and choose presidents by national popular vote. As with all such enthusiasms — expanding the Supreme Court, abolishing the filibuster and the Senate itself, lowering the voting age to 16, letting convicted felons and illegal aliens vote, adding D.C. and Puerto Rico as states, automatic voter registration, abolishing voter ID, etc. — the scarcely concealed argument is that changing the rules will help Democrats and progressives win more.

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For President of Neverland?

This piece originally appeared at American Greatness Tuesday, 21 March 2019, under the title "Constitutional Fairyland" and the byline Conrad Black

Conrad BlackAnother week, a new harvest of insane Democrat pre-electoral hobby horses. Various of the numberless swarm of presidential aspirants in that party have glibly chimed in with their views of how to modify American government to assure a permanent "progressive" majority. Gathering steam now are absurd ideas to side-step the Electoral College, pack the Supreme Court, lower the voting age to 16, and divide the political rubble heap of California into three or four states to create more Democrat senators.

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Rescuing Diplomacy — Trump at Helsinki

This piece originally appeared at American Greatness Tuesday, 17 July 2018 under the title "Diplomacy 101 vs. Politics Writ Small" and the byline Angelo Codevilla

Angelo CodevillaThe high professional quality of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's performance at their Monday press conference in Helsinki contrasts sharply with the obloquy by which the bipartisan U.S. ruling class showcases its willful incompetence.

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If At First . . .

This piece originally appeared at National Review's "The Corner" Tuesday, 2 January 2018 under the title "The Great Experiment" and the byline Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis HansonWe've gone from hard left, under Obama, to hard right, under Trump. Judge the ideologies by their results.

Most new administrations do not really completely overturn their predecessors’ policies to enact often-promised ideologically driven change.

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How "Free" Is "Speech"?

This piece originally appeared at National Review's "The Corner" Wednesday, 16 August 2017 under the title "There’s No ‘Nazi’ Exception to the First Amendment" and the byline Charles C. W. Cooke

Piers Morgan is at it again:

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Under Fire — Infringe NeverMore

This piece originally appeared at The Federalist Friday, 16 June 2017 under the title "After Witnessing Shooting, Rep. Mo Brooks Explains Why We Need Gun Rights" and the byline Robert Tracinski

Robert TracinskiThe congressional baseball game shooter was clearly motivated by political hatred of Republicans. This hatred was clearly fed and magnified by listening to hysterical partisan rhetoric and participating in online discussions that reinforced his political biases, painted caricatures of the evil of his future targets, and reinforced his emotions of anger and resentment.

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Persecution For the Fun of It

This piece originally appeared at The Washington Times Sunday, 26 March 2017 under the title "In Oregon, the left targets an evangelical GOP judge " and the byline Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z HallowVance Day has come to think he stands for all the things America’s intolerant elites can’t stand. He may be right.

The Oregon circuit court judge served two terms as the state’s Republican Party chairman. That's strike one against him in the minds of those elites. Strikes two and three are that he has an evangelical religious bent that leads him to see homosexuality as sinful.

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Reasserting the Primacy of the Constitution

This piece originally appeared at American Greatness Sunday, 22 January 2017 under the title "Trump Defends the Constitution" and the byline Ken Masugi

Dr. Ken MasugiFinally, a president upholds his oath and defends the Constitution against its enemies, domestic as well as foreign.

Donald Trump's inaugural address horrified his typical critics — the media, various conservative and liberal pundits, and sundry identity groups. All this signifies how far these insipid intellectuals and political hacks are from understanding the fundamentals of constitutional government.

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Birth Rights Protected

This piece originally appeared at American Greatness Saturday, 6 January 2017 under the title "Replacing Scalia and Replacing 'Constitutional' Rights" and the byline Robert Curry

Mitch McConnell's bold and sagacious gamble last year in refusing to allow a vote on the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during the remainder of Obama's term surely helped Donald Trump get elected. The specter of Hillary Clinton nominating a replacement for Scalia genuinely frightened many voters, and brought them around to voting for Trump. The senate majority leader's decision to keep Scalia's seat open until after the election applied a constant and perhaps decisive pressure on the electorate.

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The Iconoclast Election

This piece originally appeared at TownHall.com Thursday, 9 November 2016 under the title "Reflections on an Otherworldly Campaign" and the byline Jonah Goldberg

Jonah GoldbergFor months there's been a running gag on social media about "Earth 2," where the 2016 campaign is a happy, normal thing. For instance, in mid-October, shortly after the release of the "Access Hollywood video," I joked on Twitter that, "On Earth 2 [the GOP] is 15 points ahead, looking to gain seats in Senate. Dems' October surprise on Rubio's water bill falls flat."

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