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The Coming 4-Party System

March 23, 2018

One of the advantages of being a conservative academic is that you get to know many others who share your views. There aren’t many, so by attending a couple of meetings or events at policy or scholarly organizations, you get to meet many of them. Three days ago I exchanged messages with a brilliant young historian who is an Adjunct Instructor in a conservative online program.

I don’t recall where we met, but one of these four organizations are places where scholars like him can be found.

The Academy of Philosophy and Letters

Ciceronian Society

Philadelphia Society

Cato Institute

I’ve attended and spoken at events of each and see in them what remains of the old “conservative Movement” that was so much a vital part of American politics from about 1955 to 1980. My young colleague and I discussed the coming realignment of our two party system.

Today, for a number of reasons, our political system is undergoing a realignment that may lead to replacing our two Party system with a multi-party system like that in Europe. Intellectual forces shaping these new parties include:

  1. “Socialism”—the utopian desire to replace traditional society as received by means of the state. Socialism has been the bedrock of social and economic policy of the Democrat Party since the beginning of the Progressive movement and was fashioned originally by French idealists.
  2. Neoconservatism, disaffected Democrats who lust for an imperial government devoted to expansion of Enlightenment ideals and–during the days that the Soviet Union endured—anti-communist. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the anti-communist motivation was dissolved along with the link to the GOP. John Podhoretz (Commentary) and Bill Kristol (The Weekly Standard) are now commentators on MSNBC, the voice of Democrat opposition to President Trump.
  3. Limited government, free market, Supply-side advocates.

The election of 2016 was a watershed because it exposed a lack of leadership in the GOP that had not rejected the civil religion of democracy of George W. Bush and his imperial war policies. Only Trump and Rand Paul knew what the voters wanted and Trump prevailed.

So here’s the coming realignment when the breakup of our two party system occurs:

1.  “Right” or “New“ Traditional Democrats—aligned with Neoconservatives and some Trump Republicans

2.  Progressive Democrats

3.  The traditional  GOP aligned with Neoconservatives and conservatives

4.  A new National Conservative Party

On the periphery of these four parties we’ll find Evangelical Protestants and Fundamentalists who see the End of Days in our time, Catholics motivated to achieve Social Justice and Neoconservatives.

The Protestants will align with the  New Democrats and Trump Republicans, the Catholic advocates of Social Justice with the Progressive Democrats and the Neoconservatives may become active in establishing a “Right” or “New” Democrat Party that succeeds the Trump Republican Party.

The conservative “movement” was not an effective force in 2016—it had lost its integrity and became a business–but faced with extinction, it is likely that some politically active conservatives will form a National Conservative Party.

James Pinkerton believes that we will always have a two party system, so the four groups cited here will coalesce into two. When they coalesce, the National Conservative Party will attract conservative Republicans like Jim Jordan (R-OH) and even some New “Traditional” Democrats.

All this is temporary because, ultimately, these coalitions will be washed away by the “Millennials” who are socialists in the French mold.



Fox News and “Propaganda”

March 21, 2018

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has quit Fox News with this rebuke:

(Fox News) “is a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” he continued. “When prime-time hosts — who have never served our country in any capacity — dismiss facts and empirical reality to launch profoundly dishonest assaults on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community (in which I served) and, not least, a model public servant and genuine war hero such as Robert Mueller — all the while scaremongering with lurid warnings of “deep-state” machinations — I cannot be part of the same organization, even at a remove.

His comments deserve a response:

1) Immigration law, passed in 1965, has gone too far and needs repeal. Though President Trump’s Tweets are not “Presidential,” Americans responded to his call for restrictions on illegal and some legal immigration.

2) There is a concentration of power in the federal government and that, too, needs pruning. Call it a “deep state” or “the administrative state,” it is too big, too intrusive and too expensive.

3) The intelligence community especially the CIA, like our universities, is one-sided and consequently often wrong in its assessments.

4)  The Ninth Court of Appeals is manifestly Left-leaning and needs pruning.

5)  And the U.S. military is much changed since Ralph Peters joined it forty years ago. We’re seeing more officers who are very “political.” “Global warming” and pollution are serious problems for the People’s Republic of China, but the greatest threat we face in Asia is that country’s Maoist regime, not global warming.

When we read comments like those of Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, we wonder why he didn’t seek a consulting assignment with MSNBC or CNN. Perhaps his military career omitted instruction in American politics and history.


The Future is Here

March 17, 2018

In the mid-1960s, proponents of Marxist revolution concluded that students were more likely to support overthrow of capitalism than the working class. Protests at UC-Berkeley were organized for “free speech” and that movement found fertile ground in the anti-Vietnam war movement.

Of course, at the time, the military “draft” was in place and all U.S. males were open to induction into the U.S. military. “Hell, No, We Won’t Go” reverberated on many campuses. If for any reason draft-age male citizens didn’t want to go to fight a land war in Asia, they could dodge the draft by accepting a plenitude of “deferments”–attend college,  teaching in elementary or secondary schools, have children to support–or flee to Canada and become a “draft dodger.”

These young people didn’t stop the war in Vietnam, but their campus protests led to a revolution in higher education. No longer were “Core Curricula” courses required, cafeteria style education was affirmed, grade inflation commenced and the Progressive Left used control of academic employment and tenure to introduce “gender,” Women’s, African American and “Global” studies to replace Western civilization, American history and government, and classical, “liberal,” economics–i.e. free market economics.

The result is loss of the “Millennial” generation to the Left. That, at any rate, is conservative pollster Frank Lutz’ conclusion. “The GOP has lost the millennial generation.”

From the time they could read, these “millennials” have been indoctrinated by elementary and secondary school teachers with degrees in a non-discipline called “Education.”

In the world of “Education,” all is process and hierarchies are mutable. Thus the Constitution of the United States is not fixed in a philosophy of limited government. As Americans we have the right to do what is not right. And everyone is equal except that some are more equal and deserve favorable treatment because a century and a half ago they were enslaved or abused.

Millennials have been taught that discrimination is good when “affirmative.”

Millennials believe that the United States should honor its commitment to admit the poor and hungry of the world to the benefits of American freedom.

Serious scholars have argued that “open” borders or “open” immigration are dangerous and Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election by promising to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.. The late Mr. Justice Scalia affirmed the principle that the Constitution is not something that each new generation may bring “alive” by ignoring the philosophy of limited government that document embodies. And courageous scientists and policy organizations criticize the ideology of global warming.

Today when your child in 5th grade tells you that we have to save the trees, do something about Global Warming, or suggests that the U.S. Constitution should be amended to remove the 2nd Amendment, or that JFK was a great President, you may safely conclude that the future is already here.


St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2018

For my colleagues of Irish descent, St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, so why wait to celebrate?

Here’s the history of the song Danny Boy and listen to Maureen O’Hara sing Danny Boy.


Congratulations to Larry Kudlow!

March 15, 2018

Larry Kudlow was one of the first economists we approached to discuss developing a course on Supply-side Economics. It took awhile, but we ultimately figured out how to develop effective Internet delivered courses and our course on Supply-side Economics is now offered for free!

Nomination of Larry Kudlow to serve as President Trump’s chief economic advisor is the best appointment he has made and Larry will balance to the advice on trade given President Trump by Peter Navarro.

I sent Larry a message with my best wishes this morning and asked him to take an interest in the amount of debt that education consumers have amassed in order to pay for a college education.

Trump’s Musical Chairs

March 13, 2018

Today’s announcement of the firing of U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is reminiscent of  movement conservatives in the Reagan Administration who paid a high price as great as those now being fired or departing from the Trump Administration.

The firing of Rex Tillerson is another sign of President Donald Trump’s erratic administration of the U.S. government. This reminded me of a series of firings, thirty-seven years ago, of young conservatives in the Reagan Administration by the husband of the wife of Nancy Reagan’s best friend.

Charles Z. Wick, a businessman, former band leader and PR executive, served at the head of the agency of government responsible for the public diplomacy of the United States. Movement conservatives were attracted to service at USICA, formerly known as USIA, but ran into the mercurial, unstable, person of the husband of Nancy Reagan’s best friend. That was “Charlie” Wick’s only qualification and a sign of instability to come in the Reagan Administration.

Saving Trump’s Foreign Policy

March 11, 2018

On several occasions, particularly in April and July, I have observed that President Donald Trump is totally at sea about how government operates and cited my reasons.

The President’s principal failure is that he has failed to fill top positions requiring Senate confirmation. That assures that his Administration will fail.  Unfortunately, the President’s arrogance and mercurial temperament places the United States at risk to foreign enemies.

Instead of brushing off his duty to appoint talented professionals to top administrative posts, he should consider appointing these thirteen professional to the Departments of State and Defense, the National Security Council or as Ambassadors to the many Ambassadorial positions he has not, as yet, filled.

Here are the names of thirteen experts who can save this President’s foreign policy:

Michael Doran, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, National Security strategist

Phillip Henderson, Catholic University of America, Presidential Administration

Arthur Herman, Ph.D, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Defense strategist

Mike Pilsbury, Director of the Center on Chinese Strategy, Hudson Institute.

Herman Pirchner, founding President of the American Foreign Policy Council with ties to Speaker Newt Gingrich

Michelle Van Cleve, George Washington University, National Security professional

Angelo Codevilla, intelligence expert and political theorist whose recent book, The Ruling Class, is an indictment of the Washington, DC power elite.

Jack Tierney, professor of International Relations at the Institute of World Politics.

William Schneider served on the staff of U.S. Senator from New York, James Buckley, and was a former Undersecretary of State for Security Assistance.

Robert Reilly, former head of Voice of America, is a public diplomacy professional and author of books on homosexuality, Islam and music.

Ambassador Richard McCormack, is a former Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs.

Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council,  is an expert on the world’s 1.6 million Muslims living in four countries–none of which is in the Middle East.

Jeffrey Smith, expert on the People’s Republic of China and the current South China Sea disputes.