Donald Trump

Interventionists leading Trump to the Rubicon

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Bottom line: The U.S. goal of crushing the ISIS caliphate is almost attained. But if our victory in the war against ISIS leaves Iran in the catbird seat in Baghdad and Damascus, and its corridor from Tehran to Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut secure, is that really a victory? Do we accept that outcome, pack up and go home? Or do we leave our forces in Syria and Iraq and defy any demand from Assad to vacate his country?

What Dubya missed about nationalism

F.H. Buckley, New York Post

There’s a logic to nationalism that demands an affection for fellow citizens of every kind, and that asks us to look out for the less fortunate amongst us. The pure libertarian who doesn’t think his government owes anything to fellow citizens in distress might be faithful to his right-wing ideals, but he’s not much of a nationalist. Along with Jefferson’s liberty and equality, nationalism also embraces an ideal of fraternity.

Eek, I'm a Populist!

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Pragmatism and anti-elitism are the twin pillars of the new populism.  When I say this I am knowingly giving short shrift to the issues -- the border wall, taxes, the debt, healthcare, foreign policy etc.  Yes, we all have opinions on these and others, but they are essentially fungible and will be replaced by still more as time goes on. Something more noteworthy is going on.

Looks Like the Personal Really Is Political

William Murchison, The American Spectator

Aren’t you glad you asked why the congresswoman and the president are at such odds, and the country with them? We know the proper solution to such tiffs — turn Americans back into people, rather than R’s and D’s and what not. There’s of course the intervening challenge of figuring out, after all these years, how to make the personal really, truly personal again.

Congress Suffers From Senility Of Purpose And Principles

The 115th Congress is among the oldest in history; 18 of the 33 Senators running for reelection in 2018 will be 65 or older, but we think Congress is failing not because it suffers ill effects from aging, but because it suffers from senility of purpose and principles.

A clown in a sequined cowboy hat distorts greatest sacrifice

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Congresswoman Wilson is living proof that, literally, anyone — no matter how stupid — can get elected to Congress. And the fact that there is actually a party in American politics that would allow someone so dumb in their caucus only proves how unseriously Democrats take themselves and how much contempt party leaders have for innocent American voters.

Conservative Leaders To Ryan: Pass Budget Resolution Now!

Conservative leaders, including CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie have written to Speaker Ryan telling him to stop stalling around on passing a budget because the quickest path to passing a tax reform bill is to move directly to a House vote on the Senate-passed budget resolution.

Transgender PAC To Spend $180,000+ To Attack Conservatives Like Bob Marshall

Danica Roem’s vast fundraising has enabled him to craft a very professional stealth campaign that emphasizes a moderate sounding agenda on local issues, like transportation, to put a more palatable gloss on a hard-Left social agenda.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: What does George W. Bush & the NFL flag protesters have in common?

It’s hard to predict how the latest battles over American culture will turn out or if they’ll ever truly end. There’s so much disinformation out there and so many liberal politicians seeking to take advantage of it that things just seem to be getting more dumb and dumber all the time.

NFL missed golden opportunity

Cheryl K. Chumley, Washington Times

Fans deserve more than political shows and incompetent league leaders. They deserve what they pay for — a football game. And it won’t be long before the boycotts will have their dramatic effects, the advertisers will abandon in droves and soon enough, the only ones left watching professional football will be the politicians and special interests who use race and social justice for personal gain. But at least there will be dancing in the end zone. There is that.

Ted Cruz Makes Epic Put Down Of Bernie Sanders And The Democrat Tax Collectors

Our advice to Mitch McConnell and the GOP leadership – not that they are likely to accept it – is that they should concentrate on rounding up votes for the Trump tax plan and leave the talking to Ted Cruz.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: No one but Trump controls his image and media liberals hate it

There’s no concrete explanation for why Trump tweets or says what he does and whether it’s on purpose or accident will likely remain a mystery for the balance of his days in office. Trump knows what he’s doing and the image he’s fostered is one that meets his approval.

Democrats yelp as Trump upholds Constitution

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Democrats have naturally complained that Republicans, having failed to repeal or replace Obamacare, are trying to wreck it. There's some basis for that, but also for saying it's Democrats' own fault, since they passed Obamacare in a form even they knew was flawed. One lesson: It's hard to make complex one-size-fits-all laws work. Another: If you don't obey the law, even the cleverest lawyers may not be able to keep you out of trouble.

The Trump-McConnell detente

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

It isn’t about deportment and playing nice with the opposition. That isn’t the way most Democrats play the game. Democrats play hardball. Too many Republicans seem to prefer badminton. Democrats know the only reason to gain power is to use it. Republicans too often seem embarrassed by power and appear to care more about what liberal journalists and critics think of them than what the voters who elected them think.

Trump Warns McCain: 'I Fight Back -- And It Won't Be Pretty'

Michael Van Der Galien, PJ Media

McCain can be darn sure that Trump isn't goofing around. If the RINO from Arizona wants to take Trump on, he'd better expect the president to fight back. Oh, and if I were McCain, I'd tread very carefully right now. After all, if Trump has proved one thing these last two years, it's that he is uniquely able to take on and defeat the Republican establishment of which McCain is a proud and prominent member.

Is War With Iran Or North Korea Inevitable?

Certainly, a nuclear-armed ICBM-equipped North Korea or Iran is intolerable to our interests and to the future of western civilization. The question for President Trump is at what point do the other options available to stop the threat be judged failures?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: No need to panic, Donald Trump isn’t diving in with the swamp monsters

Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he possesses a virtually unmatched political instinct. Trump understands where he’s been and where he’s going and who can help him get there. Invariably he’ll recognize the leaders of the establishment aren’t his friends.

Four GOP Senators Standing in the Way of Progress

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

When Steve Bannon speaks of "primarying" politicians like this, he isn't really being a bully or an extremist, as the media likes to paint him.  He is actually making quite a bit of sense.  Trump appears to know this and, from the look on his face at Monday's joint press conference, McConnell does too.

George Soros Puts $18 Billion Into Radically Transforming America

Far-Left billionaire George Soros has restructured his Open Society foundations and his investment firm to put $18 billion into financing a revolution to fundamentally transform America from a constitutional republic into a socialist oligarchy.