Michael Anton (aka Publius Decius Mus) performs a fisking of Bret Stephens’ paean to untrammeled immigration. It goes without saying Bret doesn’t come off very well. Can you imagine Stephens used to be considered conservative? It’s a long article and I doubt Bret even deserves the honor of this much attention but Mr. Anton does cover the bases very thoroughly. I would say this article is preaching to the choir but if you are interested in just how crazy the house conservatives at the New York Times have become check out Anton’s dissection of exhibit A.
America Is Not the Common Property of All Mankind
Julie Kelly has a nice article (NeverTrump is Now NeverSCOTUS) that reviews how the remaining NeverTrumpers have gone so far off the rails that they not only still deny Donald Trump’s achievement in saving the Supreme Court but even claim that throwing the next Court pick to the Democrats is the right thing to do. Guys like Bill Kristol want the Dems to take over the House and Senate just to destroy President’ Trump’s term in office. It’s hard to believe that they were ever actually on our side. In fact I don’t.
NeverTrump is Now NeverSCOTUS
The author uses a list of qualifications that President Trump lacks to show why he should be unable to screw things up the way the experts in the Bush, Obama and Clinton White Houses were supremely gifted at doing. Kinda fun.
Thank God Trump Isn’t a Foreign Policy Expert
Professor Codevilla must be reading my Trump vs … parodies. But I like it and endorse President Trump to at least put the first item into action. Just don’t wait until Labor Day. Do it now.
President Trump’s September Surprise
Walsh reviews the pedigree of the bureaucracy’s hold on Washington going back to the Progressives proclaiming the need for wise men to tell us rubes what’s best. Pretty good read. Like his example at the end of the Trump alternative. Put our embassy in Jerusalem and tell the Israelis we won’t punish them for defending their own people from rioters and terrorists.
Great Men, Black Swans, and the End of the Mandarins
My post here is an echo of an echo. Hanson is giving a description of Conrad Black’s biography of Trump, “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other“. Victor Davis Hanson is very often a good read, no matter the subject, and this article is no different. It has inspired me to get this biography even though I recently read a different (and less friendly one) one. I liked Hanson’s review so I reviewed it! Seriously, there’s nothing groundbreaking in this article but if you are interested in the biography and like Hanson’s style it’s a nice read.
[post script – After further reflection this is actually an echo of an echo of an echo. I’m writing about Hanson writing about Black writing about Trump]
Why Trump Is a President Like No Other
Chris Buskirk interviewed Michael Anton ( link ) about his tenure in the Trump Administration. There are a number of interesting things in the interview. But toward the end they talk a bit about Anton’s opinion of Donald Trump. As opposed to the usual disillusionment we typically hear from former administration members Anton is extremely positive about his former boss. Here are the more important ones I gleaned from the audio interview.
“He was just right about the issues that mattered right now and that’s why I supported him.”
“I knew him reasonably well … wasn’t having dinner with him … was a staff guy … but was around him a lot over the course of fifteen, sixteen months.”
“Liked him enormously, respected him enormously … there is a patriotic core to him that burns very hot.”
“He’s in it for the right reason, is doing it for the right reason … he didn’t have to do any of this.”
“He’s governing as President almost purely out of love for this country.”
Both Buskirk and Anton were educated at Claremont-McKenna College and were pupils of Harry Jaffa who was associated with the Claremont Institute. I have found the people associated with the Claremont Institute to be extremely aware of what is currently at stake in our political situation and perceptive about the actual value of the various players on the political landscape.
This article has a lot of stuff that’s been in the news lately such as the judge in the Manafort case. But it’s a good read and very enheartening. Kimball did a good job putting it together.
Thoughts on ‘Unfettered Power’
Federal Justice T S Ellis III is throwing serious sand into the gears of Mueller’s Manafort prosecution. According to him Mueller is basically abusing his authority in a transparent ploy to leverage Trump’s associates as witnesses against him for basically any criminal activity regardless of relevancy to the Russian Collusion investigation. Julie Kelly discusses how this could be the beginning of the end for Mueller’s “trumped up investigation.” No pun intended?
Pretty good read from Prager. I found the part where college professors would sneak up to him and whisper that they supported Trump. It’s like a scene out of 1984.
Fear of the Left: The Most Powerful Force in America Today