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Library of the Conservative Movement

December 12, 2017

We have a number of memorials to the Civil Rights Movement, but where is the library or memorial to the Conservative Movement?

Most of us are still alive who came to maturity during the first days of a political movement begun by Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind (1953), fortnightly issues of Nation Review (1955) and F. Clifton White’s “Draft Goldwater” committee (1961).

The “movement” was in full force when Ronald Reagan made his first campaign for the GOP presidential nomination (1968). Between 1953 and 1980, three decades that were the heydey of the Conservative Movement, there was no Internet, no Web browsers, Twitter, Instagram nor Reddit. Consequently we amassed correspondence with one another, our teachers, and leaders of “the Movement.” I have file cabinets stuffed with correspondence with Bill Buckley, Russell Kirk, Gerhart Niemeyer, Stephen Tonsor, Vic Milione, and dozens more.

A library or archive for those documents and testimonials should be created lest the history of our struggle against the Progressives, Internationalists and socialists who are destroying our country be lost.

Political Correctness at Reuters

December 8, 2017

Fed-up with mainline media, I’ve been viewing Google and Yahoo News, Drudge, Washington Examiner, NewsMax and today, Reuters.

You can scratch Reuters from your search for unbiased news. In today’s news report, two PC “journalists,” Jonathan Landay and Walter Strobel, report on action taken by Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coasts, to better regulate the process of “unmasking” during Presidential transition periods.

These worthies, Landay and Strobel, write:

The move follows unsubstantiated charges by President Donald Trump and his allies that his predecessor’s administration spied on Trump and improperly “unmasked” the identities of his associates during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition.

Unsubstantiated?

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers engaged in “unmasking” of 260 people during the last days of the Obama Administration. When called to testify, she said, “I didn’t do it,” someone used her access.

Perhaps the owners of Reuters, a division of the Toronto-based media company Thomson Reuters should ask Landay and Strobel to visit Toronto and explain how “unsubstantiated” were those charges that the Obama Administration “unmasked” the identities of Trump campaign officials.

Three Who Can Replace Donald Trump

November 30, 2017

Even before President Trump began making ill-considered comments and Tweets, I was fearful that a Trump Presidency would destroy the GOP and damage the conservative movement for at least ten years. On Election Day 2016, I went to the polls divided between my Party and what I feared for my country.

I voted for my Party, but for the past year I have watched the antics of President Trump. Much of what he has said, needed to be said, though maybe not in the style of a man unmindful of where he was speaking.

The annual Al Smith dinner of the Archdiocese of New York is designed to put politics aside, make a few self-effacing jokes, and celebrate what we hold in common.  In what is Donald Trump’s style–never to miss an opportunity to attack–Donald Trump let loose and, for the first time in memory of these charity dinners, was booed.

Of course, I loved it when he attacked the media, said “hello” to his old friend Chuck Schumer, who was now his enemy, and made fun of Hillary. But, that was not the place nor the way to honor Al Smith and the works of charity celebrated at this dinner.

I also liked his Inaugural Address, and his speech at the United Nations said things that needed to be said.

But, Donald Trump is a “celebrity,” a person known for his well-knowness, and not known for his knowledge of government, how it operates nor for understanding of whom to appoint to the many sub-cabinet posts that can make or break a Presidential Administration.

In other words, Trump’s Presidency is a failure in terms of governing and, in terms of politics, he will put all Republicans running for election in 2018 at risk and he will lose the 2020 Presidential election.

In other words, if conservatives want a place in American politics they must organize now and find a leader to challenge President Trump in the 2019 primary contests for the GOP nomination. If any choose to challenge Donald Trump for the Presidential nomination, they also will have to run against former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, as well as Donald Trump.

Here are the names of three candidates to succeed Donald Trump as President of the United States:

Governor Eric Greitens, Missouri, age 43, is a graduate of Duke, a Rhodes Scholar and a former Navy Seal. Greitens is worth keeping in mind because of the crisis at the University of Missouri brought to light when Communication Professor Melissa Click was fired. Greitens would be our first Jewish president.

Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-4), age 53, was a champion wrestler in high school and at the University  of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied Economics. Jordan is a former Chairman and co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus. He is from rural north central Ohio. Though Ohio Republicans tend to be moderates, not conservatives, Jordan is the real thing.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), age 40, is the youngest U.S. Senator. A graduate of Harvard College where he earned a B.A. and a J.D. degree,. More important, Cotton attended a program of the conservative Claremont Institute and studied in the M.A. degree program at Claremont University. Achieving the rank of Second Lieutenant, Cotton attended the U.S. Army Airborne School as well as Ranger School and Air Assault School.

Each brings strengths and weaknesses to national politics.

Jim Jordan’s rural Congressional District has none of the sources of wealth he’ll need for national politics.

Eric Greitens has yet to prove his conservative credentials, and much will depend on whether he tackles the Left University at Missou.

Tom Cotton is probably the best of these three in terms of his knowledge of government and conservative philosophy, but he hails from the deep South state of Arkansas. His rumored appointment to replace Mike Pompeo at CIA is a plus, but probably puts him on ice for the balance of the Trump Administration.

Have I missed anyone?  Yes, Sen. Rand Paul.

 

 

The GOP’s Next Leader

November 29, 2017

In June of 2010, conservative Republicans faced issues that are oddly similar to ones we face in 2017. Back then we looked to the Presidential election of 2012 as a way to overcome the consequences of Sen. John McCain’s loss to then-Senator Barack Obama. Now we wonder if the GOP can survive the election of 2020.

The one accomplishment conservative Republicans could look to was the successful “Contract with America” that we now realize was the first statement of the post-World War II generation to affirm the interests of that generation.

The handiwork of Cong. Newt Gingrich, the 1994 Contract with America was jammed with principles connected to policies that appealed to the voters and led to a 54 seat gain in the House and a 9 seat gain in the Senate in that year’s Congressional elections.

Back then, as now, tax reform was an issue balanced by concerns for growing deficits. The solution, then as now, was not to raise taxes, rather reduce government spending.

Here’s what I wrote in 2010 and which I still believe:

It is necessary to look at federal tuition assistance (direct student loans and Pell                  Grants), Medicare, Social Security and begin to cut back benefit by 5% a year for                  five years. It is also necessary to conduct a review of American foreign policy                      which has been in decline since the election of President Jimmy Carter and                          reevaluate the value of NATO, the United Nations, and, of course, our military                      engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

My recent book on the crisis in higher education calls for shifting 5% a year of annual Title IV student loan spending to the states in Block Grants to the States. Let the States define what education and training programs are needed.

Entitlement Programs like Social Security, Medicare and the foolish Prescription Medicine benefits of the George W. Bush Administration will not exist in any meaningful form when today’s “Millennials” reach retirement age.

I argued then and I believe today:

it is necessary for younger Americans to vote their economic interests. It is not in                the interest of 30-somethings to vote for politicians whose policies will assure that              withholding income for Medicare and Social Security is never returned to them in              benefits when they retire.

Every word about foreign policy and national security that I wrote in 2010 is true today. NATO has changed and became a place to meet to talk about collective security, but not grab the bull by the horns and build a strategy to protect Western Europe from a predatory Russian kleptocracy. Instead, NATO built a new headquarters building in Brussels at a cost of close to $1 billion.

The United Nations, too, is a relic from the 20th century when it was believed that international law, international agreements and world government could replace balance of power politics. And, of course, we are still embroiled in the politics of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Apart from President Trump’s promise to protect all existing entitlements, his pursuit of tax reform without concern for increased deficits and his statements on American national security and foreign policy are much like those I emphasized back in 2010.

The difference this year is that we have no Newt Gingrich grinding out new ideas around which the GOP can rally.

Our President has demonstrated that, though he wanted to become President, he knows nothing about how government is organized and managed.

The GOP is, essentially, leaderless and that does not bode well for the GOP in the 2018 Congressional elections nor in the 2020 Presidential contest.

The good news is that any young, ambitious and optimistic conservative Republican currently holding elective office can see opportunity in this sorry mess.  Who that young person is and when will he take the lead?

Tomorrow, my picks for the next leader of the GOP.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough–Whitewashing Radicals

November 28, 2017

I apologize for watching Morning Joe on MSNBC, but I’m an early riser and have watched Joe Yarborough over the years. Once a GOP member of Congress from Pensacola, Yarborough created a new life for himself as a television commentator. When he joined MSNBC with his own show, he was looking to expand our understanding of modern day politics and explore both sides of issues of the day.

In 2007, Joe Yarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist were interesting and informative. Geist, a former sports commentator and son of a former New York Times journalist, graduated from Vanderbilt, and once said on camera something to the effect, “I lived in the South and the South isn’t racist.”

Ten years later, all that has changed. Geist parrots the morning line of propaganda outlined by Brzezinski and Joe Yarborough, now affianced to Mika, describes himself as an “Independent.”

This morning the depth of propaganda was reached in an extended interview with Valerie Jarrett.

The Obama Circle in Chicago included the MidWest Academy, a training school for community organizers modeled on the Marxism-Leninism of Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers, Ayers wife Bernadette Dorn and Marilyn Katz.  This morning nothing of this radicalism was mentioned on Morning Joe and good ole boy, Willie Geist lobbed softball questions to draw out today’s MSNBC propaganda from Jarrett.

The genius behind this mix of Leftist propaganda is MSNBC’s Philip T. Griffin. Griffin was one of the media executives invited to Trump Tower after the 2016 election where President-elect Trump let loose what he really thought about the media. It seems clear that Griffin was offended and is resolved to pay back what he was given.

Trump’s Four Enemies

November 26, 2017

President Trump has four enemies, but only two are prepared to strike. His enemies are the People’s Republic of China, the radical Islamic regime in Iran, Putin’s Russia and Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.

Though the PRC is a major threat to American interests in Asia and has supported the development of ballistic missiles by North Korea, the PRC has always played a long term game. In the short term, they miscalculated by not anticipating President Trump’s election. With three American aircraft carriers placed within striking distance of North Korea, the PRC will not strike Taiwan, nor will it attempt to destroy the economy of Japan–not now.

The regime in Iran fears President Trump’s propensity to act in ways that cannot be predicted and will withhold aggression against Saudi Arabia–for now.

Robert Mueller, however, is poised to strike and will bring indictments against former National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn and Flynn’s son and move against the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and son, Trump, Jr.

Vladimir Putin will strike to recover Ukraine and draw back an independent Ukraine into greater Russia. That will present President Trump with his first major national security crisis. Much will depend on how badly Robert Mueller’s indictments have injured the President and whether Putin has incriminating information that will bring down the Trump Administration. Given President Trump’s weakness toward Russia thus far, before the 2020 Presidential election, the United States may face simultaneous Impeachment of the President, succession of Vice President Pence and demands for military action to protect Ukraine.

 

Anti-American Bias in Universities

November 24, 2017

I’m pleased to announce that on December 5, I will participate in a Webcast at Noon on December 5 to discuss Anti-American bias in American higher education. Click here for details.

This will be the 2nd Webcast from the media studio of the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. Our first, on the topic “Reclaiming Western Civilization,” was held on November 22nd, 2016 and attracted thousands of visitors and launched our Center for Western Civilization.

We are now planning three seminars and one scheduled for Summer 2018 will examine the question of why Western civilization is more valued in Eastern Europe than in the centers of Western Europe.