Putin Speaks: Liberalism Has Lost the World

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Putin decried the "dispersal of ethnic Russians" across the newly independent successor states of the Soviet Union: "25 million ethnic Russians found themselves living outside the Russian Federation. ... Is this not a tragedy? A huge one! And family relations? Jobs? Travel? It was nothing but a disaster." What may be said of Putin? He is no Stalin, no Communist ideologue, but rather a Russian nationalist who seeks the return of her lost peoples to the Motherland, and, seeing his country as a great power, wants NATO out of his front yard. We have a common interest in avoiding a war with this nuclear-armed nation as we did with the far more menacing Soviet Empire of the Cold War.

Understanding the California Mind

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

In California, civilization is speeding in reverse—well aside from the decrepit infrastructure, dismal public schools, and sky-high home prices. Or rather, the state travels halfway in reverse: anything involving the private sector (smartphones, Internet, new cars, TV, or getting solar panels installed) is 21st-century. Anything involving the overwhelmed government or public utilities (enforcing dumping laws, licensing dogs, hooking up solar panel meters to the grid, observing common traffic courtesies) is early 20th-century.

Are Conservatives Really Just Liberals?

Elliot Kaufman, National Review

It wound be un-conservative for Americans to abandon liberalism, just as it would be un-conservative to give in too fully to the liberal temptation. We don’t need a Liberal Party — or an Illiberal Party either, for that matter. Both are hasty attempts to “rebrand” the movement in response to the election of President Trump. Instead let us focus our conservatism. It should cherish the spirit of liberty while defending the goods that come before and sustain it.

Krauthammer: ‘Liberalism On Trial’ During Midterms Elections

Al Weaver, Daily Caller

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer believes that Tuesday’s midterm election is a “referendum on Obama’s hyper-liberalism,” and the results of an “incompetent” and “overreaching government.” 

How Obama Turning Liberalism into Instrument of Coercion

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Today’s liberals seem bent on pushing people around, preventing them from speaking their minds & practicing their beliefs. It’s not just the language that’s changed.

Politicians’ Arrests Show Match of Liberalism, Corruption

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

Politicians with no respect for traditional American values easily disregard the law.

Will de Blasio Help Conservatism?

Noel Sheppard,

Commenting on new NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), Will said, "[T]here's nothing better for American conservatism than periodic examples of untrammeled liberalism...I give him three years and people will be begging for a return to something else."