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.Read more
This piece originally appeared at TownHall.com Thursday, 9 November 2016 under the title "Reflections on an Otherworldly Campaign" and the byline Jonah Goldberg
For 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."Read more
The first piece originally appeared at Townhall.com 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.
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 Townhall.com 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.Read more
This piece originally appeared at TheFederalist.com Thursday, 4 May 2016 under the title "A Conservative's Guide to a Trump Nomination" and the byline D.C. McAllister
Populism 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.Read more
by Christopher DeMuth
Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on September 15, 2015, at Hillsdale College’s Sixth Annual Constitution Day Celebration in Washington, D.C..
Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.
Our Constitution is often treated as a reliquary, worthy of reverence but no longer of much practical use. Yet the Constitution reflects, in many deep and subtle ways, the character of the people who established it and have lived and prospered under it for centuries. This is particularly true of its structural features of federalism and separated powers, which vindicate Americans’ democratic nature, our distrust of power, and our taste for open competition.Read more
This piece originally appeared 15 February 2016 as installment #100 in the e-mail newsletter series Kristol Clear under the title "Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)", and the byline William Kristol
Nino Scalia would have appreciated, even been amused by, Sunday's Washington Post banner headline announcing his death: "Supreme Court conservative dismayed liberals." Scalia didn't mind dismaying liberals due to his attachment to the Constitution and the rule of law. And he had the self-confidence and sense of humor to take such a farcically inappropriate headline in stride. But think about it: One of the giants of the Supreme Court (and not just of the modern Supreme Court but of the history of the Supreme Court), a central figure in the revitalization of a whole approach or set of approaches to the Constitution and constitutional law, the author of some of the most important opinions and some of the greatest dissents ever to issue from that bench, a towering figure in our public life, dies — and the headline of the paper of record in our nation's capital focuses on the fact that he "dismayed liberals." What an example of the decay of modern liberalism into un-self-conscious solipsism!Read more
This piece originally appeared at TheDailyBeast.com Monday, 16 November 2015 under the title "Why Can't the Dems Say 'Radical Islam'?" and the byline Ben Domenech
How Saturday [14 November 2015] night’s debate displayed a party both at odds with reality and the popular will when it comes to terrorism.
[The 14 November] Democratic presidential debate offered the country a moment of clarity that exposes just how brittle and discredited the worldview of America’s elites has become — and it showed that critiques of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s approach to policy are an exposed nerve which will absolutely present a challenge to her in future debates next fall.Read more
This piece originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal and at WSJ.com Friday, 12 June 2015 under the title "Hillary's Unlawful Plan to Overrule Voter-ID Laws" and the byline David B. Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley
Automatic registration at 18, letting felons vote — it's all part of an unconstitutional progressive dream.
Declaring that Republican-controlled states have "systematically and deliberately" tried to "disempower and disenfranchise" voters, Hillary Clinton has called for a sweeping expansion of federal involvement in elections. In a speech last week in Houston, laying out what promises to be a major campaign theme, Mrs. Clinton called for automatic voter registration at age 18, a 20-day early-voting period and a maximum 30-minute wait period to vote.Read more
This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post and at WashingtonPost.com Friday, 5 June 2015 under the headline "The Super PAC Minuet" and the byline George Will. For another facet of this issue, read the author's follow-up "The 'Progressive' Itch to Regulate Speech" at TribLive.com (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Saturday, 13 February 2016).
Campaign finance “reformers” think the United States would be better governed if the government could thoroughly regulate campaign speech, which is speech about the composition and comportment of the government. Reformers scold the Supreme Court for construing the First Amendment as though it says “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” Reformers say government can limit campaign money without limiting what most of such money funds — political speech.Read more
This piece originally appeared at CommentaryMagazine.com Friday, 5 June 2015 under the headline "Hillary Needs a Faux War on Voting Rights" and the byline of Jonathan S. Tobin.
Hillary Clinton was in Texas on Thursday doing what she usually does: not taking questions from the press while seeking ways to energize the Democratic base. In this case, her focus on highlighting a key issue for Democrats: voting rights. But contrary to the overheated rhetoric she and other members of her party are employing, this has little to do with fighting actual efforts to stop minorities from voting and everything to do with creating a sense of crisis, particularly among African-Americans, that Republicans are seeking to put them "back in chains".Read more