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 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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Update: #Never "Lesser of Two Evils"

The first piece originally appeared at on 28 July 2016 under the title "Why Voting for Donald Trump is a Morally Good Choice" and the byline Wayne Grudem. It trended as the #1 article for over a week and maintained a top-5 position at the site after having gone viral for over a month. Following the revelation of the infamous Hollywood Access interview with Billy Bush, Dr. Grudem changed his mind in a follow-up article. After some further reflection, however, he wrote an update to the original article that appeared at TownHall on 19 October under the title "If You Don’t Like Either Candidate, Then Vote for Trump’s Policies". That article appears here.

Dr. Wayne Grudem

After I saw the shocking 2005 video with Trump talking about his sexual aggression against women, I wrote, "There is no morally good presidential candidate in this election." I condemned Trump's immoral conduct and said I did not know how I would vote. I asked to remove my earlier article, "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice". I urged Trump to withdraw, hoping we could get a better candidate.

The liberal media loved this. “Evangelical theologian calls on Trump to withdraw.” I suddenly had more requests for interviews from mainstream news organizations than ever in my lifetime. I turned them all down.

And Trump did not withdraw.

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Coming to Terms With Trump

This piece originally appeared at Thursday, 4 May 2016 under the title "A Conservative's Guide to a Trump Nomination" and the byline D.C. McAllister

Denise C McAlisterPopulism is a virus we’ve just recently caught. Cultural Marxism is a cancer that has infiltrated every part of our nation. Pivot to #NeverHillary.

As a Tea Party constitutional conservative, I’ve been asked many times this primary season what I’m going to do if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president. Like many conservatives, I struggle with a Trump candidacy because he’s not a principled conservative and he’s manipulating emotions within the electorate much in the same way as Barack Obama.

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