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60Where I Was Wrong Part I: The Filibusterhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/10/where-i-was-wrong-part-i-the-filibuster
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Spiliakos)Over at
, I wrote that
NeverTrump conservatives should start the reconciliation process with Trump supporters by explaining where we went wrong in the years leading up to the Trump campaign. I should start with myself. I wasn’t writing about politics when I held these opinions, but I voted and spoke, and so I bear my share of responsibility as a citizen. There is too much for just one column, but today, I will start with the filibuster.
The Constitution as a Coward’s Shield and a Barbarian’s Rockhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/the-constitution-as-a-cowards-shield-and-a-barbarians-rock
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -email@example.com (Pete Spiliakos)The pseudonymous Trump partisan
writes that Donald Trump has mounted the “first serious national-political defense of the Constitution in a generation.” Decius has been sharply and effectively criticized
but his defense of Trump is important for illuminating the abuse of constitutional rhetoric on the right. The abuse did not start with Trump partisans—even as Trump partisanship threatens to take it in new and uglier directions.
]]>Aleppo and a Laymanhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/aleppo-and-a-layman
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Spiliakos)Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson famously blanked at the mention of Aleppo.
New York Times
tried to shame President Obama for his failure to stop the vicious fighting in Syria’s largest city. Not knowing the name of the major city in an important world conflict is an embarrassing lapse for a potential president (to the degree that a Libertarian nominee can be called a potential president). But Cohen’s column is the more worrying. It is an instance of elite opinion calling on the United States to act in Syria, without discussing what we would need to do to create and keep peace there.
]]>The Ruins of the Pat Buchanan Coalitionhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/the-ruins-of-the-pat-buchanan-coalition
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -email@example.com (Pete Spiliakos)Former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan has argued that his
was off when he ran for president in the 1990s. He says that people were not ready for his populist message of immigration restriction and protectionism, and that now they are rallying to Trump on these issues. That’s one way to look at it. Another is to see that Buchanan’s actual 1990s constituency is in disarray, and that his true successor in 2016 was partly Ted Cruz and partly—nobody.
]]>Don’t Feed Trump’s Trollshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/08/dont-feed-trumps-trolls
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Spiliakos)One of the sadder sights during this election season has been that of intelligent conservative writers trading barbs on social media with witless and malicious (and usually anonymous) Trump supporters. I get the sense that many people who write about politics for a living have judged the mass of Trump supporters on the basis of their experiences with the scum of the internet. This practice has led some to call for purging Trump supporters from the Republican Party. To attempt such a purge would be disastrous and—even if it were possible—would entail the expulsion of millions of decent (though erring) people. When dealing with the mass of Trump supporters, we should start with kindness and a willingness to listen.
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Pete Spiliakos)The two party conventions ended with a Trump speech labeled
and a Clinton speech labeled
I despise Trump, but there is little that is less honest or more useless than the way our political class talks about what is optimistic and what isn’t.
]]>Bernie Sanders and the Atomized Republichttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/07/bernie-sanders-and-the-atomized-republic
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Spiliakos)Yuval Levin
that American politics is being distorted by the toxic nostalgia of Baby Boomers who seek a return to a golden past: Liberal Boomers want to restore the Great Society, while conservative Boomers want to revive Reaganism. All of this is true—but it obscures an important difference between the two forms of Boomer nostalgia. Liberal nostalgia, as seen in the social-democratic agenda of Bernie Sanders, demonstrates greater appeal among the young. Indeed, for the young, the Sanders agenda isn’t even nostalgia.
]]>To Save Religious Liberty, Focus on Media Ecologyhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/07/to-save-religious-liberty-focus-on-media-ecology
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Pete Spiliakos)David French is
to argue that evangelical Christians (and all supporters of religious liberty) will have to fight for their liberties or lose them. French’s argument for public protest is sound, but alongside his suggestions, perhaps we should consider how social conservatives have been fighting
. Perhaps our worst defeats are not at the hands of the media or Supreme Court liberals; perhaps our worst defeats are at the hands of politicians who will never live up to our hopes, and corrupt institutions that claim to be on our side. And perhaps the best way to defend religious liberty is to focus less on the next election (and there is always another next election) and more on the perspective of the average apolitical American.
]]>Our Divisions Aren’t Caused by Davos Eliteshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/06/our-divisions-arent-caused-by-davos-elites
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Spiliakos)It is tempting to believe that America is divided between the people (however flawed they might be) and a cabal of cosmopolitan billionaires. But, as Samuel L. Jackson said in
, that ain’t the truth. Some of America’s most salient divisions are between right-leaning wage-earners and right-leaning business owners and executives. Until we figure out a way to get these two groups to work together toward a common agenda, America—especially the American right—will continue to be a mess.
]]>We Have A Countryhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/06/we-have-a-country
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Pete Spiliakos)It was never about small government. That is the bitter lesson many conservatives have learned, as they have seen Republican-leaning voters opt for a candidate who promises mass deportations and protectionism. That’s the bad news.