2018

Actually, 2018 Was a Pretty Good Year

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

For all the pro- and anti-Trump invective and media hysteria, the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation circus, and the bitter midterm elections, the U.S. was relatively calm in 2018 compared with the rest of the world. There was none of the mass rioting, demonstrations, and street violence that occurred recently in France, and none of the existential and unsolvable divides over globalization and Brexit that we saw in Europe. In sum, the more media pundits claimed that America was on the brink of disaster in 2018, the more Americans became prosperous and secure.

Cultural Winners and Losers of 2018

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

In the Trump era, wherein content creators are judged solely on political impact — are they offering enough "Resistance"? — instead of the quality of their product. The Democratic gains in the midterms should make the left happy about its political fortunes, excepting that every day President Trump remains in office is intolerable. Culturally it's a mixed bag. Though the products offered are overwhelmingly leftist, deconstructionist or both, the audience response is often unsupportive. When there is a rare nod toward a pro-conservative or pro-American message, the public's response is enthusiastic. Here are some of the Cultural Winners and Losers of 2018.

2018, the year of the worker

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

If 2017 was the year of the investor with stock market gains of more than 25 percent during President Trump’s first year in office, 2018 was undoubtedly the year of the American worker. There has never been in most of our entire lifetimes a better time to be looking for a job than today. Unemployment is nonexistent in almost all parts of the country. Wages are rising for the first time in two decades. Americans are again the most productive and among the highest-paid workers in the world. Anthony Scaramucci, a former Trump adviser, titles his new book: “The Blue Collar President.” That is exactly what Mr. Trump is: The working man and woman’s CEO.

Bye-bye, 2018 —The Year of Living Hatefully

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Calling 2018 The Year of Living Hatefully (or, perhaps more accurately, living in or through hate) is but the culmination of a trend that has been going on for many years. There is and has been an emptiness in American society and I am going to suggest a cause I never thought I would, not because it is unique to me -- it hardly is -- but because I have, until relatively recently, been a rather typical agnostic of my generation. It is the absence of God, augmented by the ongoing secularization of our culture largely perpetrated by that same generation (mine).

The Media Was Still Unglued in 2018

Brent Bozell and Tim Graham, Townhall

The wild conspiracy theories about Trump never stop. Some of them qualify as the worst media quotes of the year. When you read quotes from many prominent leftists, it becomes quite apparent that liberals really aren't a tolerant and compassionate bunch. They sure are angry these days. It's woefully unfair for Trump to call them an "enemy of the people," but it's somehow fair for them to call Trump some kind of Kim Jong-Hitler who eggs on murders of black people, marches kids to the gas chambers and traumatizes babies. Such was the state of things in our national media in 2018.

Donald Trump's Very Good Year

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

2017 was pretty good for one year’s work by a guy who was never elected for anything before he ran for the presidency. Only a Never Trumper could complain. But expect the Mueller investigation to go on for a long time and expect the FBI to show increased attention to Jared Kushner. The year 2018 should be a happy one for Donald Trump, but there are reasons to be apprehensive.