Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.
What I miss about the first Bush is that, while he had no program, and no principles beyond his bromides about service and patriotism, those bromides contained valuable ideas.
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More than any other politician, Clinton prepared the public for the devil’s bargain Trump would later make with his supporters. Continue Reading »
Donald Trump’s friendliness toward Russia has the potential to reshape global politics. Continue Reading »
What does the Carrier deal mean for limited-government politics? How can principled conservatives accommodate themselves to Trump’s scrambling of political categories? Continue Reading »
For many liberal activists, fear of Trump is fear that what they would have done with power now will be done unto them. Continue Reading »
I spent the 1990s and the first half of the previous decade thinking way too much about cutting taxes and way too little about labor-force participation and family structure among America’s low-skilled workforce. I had the vague idea that, if taxes were low and efficient, the rest would work out . . . . Continue Reading »
Perhaps no error looms larger in contemporary American politics than Iraq. Continue Reading »
If we don’t give voters a more accountable Congress, don’t be surprised if they want an unaccountable president to take down a corrupt and unresponsive system. Consider Trump a warning. Continue Reading »
Calling Donald “Only I can fix it” Trump a constitutionalist empties the term “constitutionalist” of any connection to our actual Constitution, or even to the small-c constitutionalism of respect for the rule of law. Continue Reading »
Cohen declares, “No outcome in Syria could be worse than the current one.” He seems to have a high degree of confidence that if the United States had bombed the Assad regime, it would have produced a more peaceful Syria. Maybe it would have. Or maybe bombing—or perhaps better to say, merely bombing—the Assad forces would have produced only a different kind of hell. Continue Reading »