The Hoax Turns Destructive

by Roger Kimball
Editor and Publisher, The New Criterion

The following is adapted from a lecture given the title "The January 6 Insurrection Hoax" delivered at Hillsdale College on 20 September 2021, during a Center for Constructive Alternatives conference on "Critical American Elections".

Reprinted by permission from
Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.

Jan 6 protesterNotwithstanding all the hysterical rhetoric surrounding the events of January 6, 2021, two critical things stand out. The first is that what happened was much more hoax than insurrection. In fact, in my judgment, it wasn't an insurrection at all.

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The Constitution's "Ugly Step-Child"? The American Judiciary

This piece originally appeared at RealClear Public Affairs Wednesday, 8 September 2021, under the title "The Supreme Court in the American Constitutional Order" and the byline Matthew J. Franck

Seal of U.S. Supreme Court

This spring, President Biden appointed a 35-member Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, charged with soliciting expert views, deliberating among themselves, and reporting back to him on the subject of “reforming” the nation’s highest court. The commission’s members are themselves mostly eminent scholars of the Court’s work, preponderantly but by no means exclusively liberal ones. In their two public meetings so far (via Zoom), the members have taken written and oral testimony from 45 witnesses – also various eminences of the bar and the professoriate, and also mostly liberals.

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The New Face of Communism

by Christopher F Rufo
Founder and Director, Battlefront

Scope of racismThe following is adapted from a lecture delivered on 31 March 2021, at Hillsdale College with the given title "Critical Race Theory:  What It Is and How to Fight It".

Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.

Critical race theory is fast becoming America’s new institutional orthodoxy. Yet most Americans have never heard of it — and of those who have, many don’t understand it. It’s time for this to change. We need to know what it is so we can know how to fight it.

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An Exceptional Constitution Creates an Exceptional Nation

This piece originally appeared at RealClear Public Affairs Tuesday, 16 March 2021, under the title "Top Five Reasons Why the Constitution Should Be Revered" and the byline Michael Warren

ConstitutionThe United States Constitution is not some musty piece of parchment, written in barely legible calligraphy and irrelevant to our lives. To the contrary, it is a governing document of profound significance that all Americans should revere. If you don’t believe that, here are five reasons why you should change your mind.

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"We the People" NOT "For the People"

This piece originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal Tuesday, 16 February 2021, under the title "An Unconstitutional Voting 'Reform'" and the byline David B. Rivkin, Jr. and Jason Snead

ConstitutionHouse Democrats have made election "reform" their top legislative priority. House Resolution 1, styled the For the People Act, would vitiate existing state election laws, federalize the rules of congressional and presidential elections, and effectively do the same for state elections, which are often conducted on the same ballot. Critics have noted that the proposed rules are designed to benefit Democrats.

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Truth to Cancel

This piece originally appeared at Monday, 20 July 2020, under the title "Instead of Canceling our Culture It's Time to #canceldemocrats" and the byline Rep. Louie Gohmert

Rep. Louie Gohmert
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) speaking on House floor

Many on the left and their willing accomplices in the media would tell you otherwise, yet a cursory examination of our nation’s factual history and records proves the riots and chaos that have swept across our country in recent months stand as a devastating reminder of the racist policies and values held by the Democrat Party throughout much of its history.

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A Final Word for 2020

This piece originally appeared in The Carroll County Times online Tuesday, 22 December 2020, under the title "Lesson Learned From the Trump Years" and the byline Rick Blatchford

Christmas at White HouseIt's just a few days before Christmas and my last effort for the year. What's your pleasure — more politics and controversy? I've been watching some of my cohorts on this page for cues. On Dec. 14 one columnist went after a conservative writer — by name. Sure hope there's no challenge to a duel. If there is, my money's on her. (Insert smiley face here.) On Dec.16, another columnist opted to continue his incessant poking at Trump. One is left to ponder what they will do after Inauguration Day. Hopefully, no further postmortems.

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Undone by the Experts?

This piece originally appeared at The Hill online magazine Saturday, 21 November 2020, under the title "No Thank You Dr. Fauci" and the byline Gayle Trotter

Lincoln at Gettysburg
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In the midst of our greatest national struggle, Abraham Lincoln called upon all Americans to ensure that "government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the Earth." Who would have imagined that Honest Abe's highest aspirations could be undone by . . . a microbe?

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Proud to be THE Pro-Life Party

This piece originally appeared at Public Discourse:  The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute Thursday, 23 January 2020, under the title "Why Roe Must Go"" and the byline Rita Joseph

All ideological fads eventually fade and collapse into disrepute, because they have no foundation in truth. "Pro-choice" ideology had its rise, which was based on the crude, reductionist falsehood that a human being in the womb is an anonymous, generic "bunch of cells". Now, its central lie has been unmasked, and Roe is ripe for reversal.

Forty-seven years after Roe v. Wade [410 U.S. 113 (more) 93 S. Ct. 705, 35 L. Ed. 2d 147, 1973], several hundred thousand Americans still March for Life every year in Washington, D.C. and other cities, protesting this infamous decision.

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In Defense of Article II

Editor's note:  This post is paired with the video of the Attorney General delivering the lecture located HERE on our site. This text originally appeared on the Department of Justice web site under the title Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society's 2019 National Lawyers Convention. It is reproduced here slightly edited with emphasis added to highlight particularly salient points.

U.S. Attorney General William BarrGood Evening. Thank you all for being here. And thank you to Gene [Meyer] for your kind introduction.

It is an honor to be here this evening delivering the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture. I had the privilege of knowing Barbara and had deep affection for her. I miss her brilliance and ebullient spirit. It is a privilege for me to participate in this series that honors her.

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