Can Conservatives See Their Wins?

Take a minute to talk to any committed, grassroots conservative voter about their thinking ahead of the presidential primary process, and you will be privy to a host of anxieties. These are not the thoughtless products of an overactive amygdala. Conservatives are possessed of righteous frustration with government, are pessimistic about the direction in which the country is moving, and are legitimately fearful that the next generation will have it worse off than they did. These are earned and well-founded concerns. Many conservatives are also, however, deeply resentful of their party’s inability to advance a conservative governing agenda despite their electoral victories. Moreover, some are convinced that Hanlon’s razor does not apply; the GOP’s myriad failures are not the result of haplessness but insufficient zeal in service to the cause. The most conspiratorial among them would contend that only a series of covertly liberal fifth columnists could produce the cascading disappointments for which the current crop of Republicans in Congress are responsible. This is a bizarre outlook. If conservatives dispassionately surveyed the political landscape, they might be surprised to find that their movement has enjoyed a number of successes of late.

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Can Conservatives See Their Wins?

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John Kelly Changed the Game

When Trump fights on values, he wins.

For approximately 18 minutes, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly accomplished the impossible: He got America’s journalists and political opinion writers to shut up and listen.

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Bush’s Finest Hour

More than just Trump.

On Thursday, George W. Bush delivered a speech at the “Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In The World” event in New York City. Headlines are touting the speech as an attack on Trumpism. That’s accurate, so far as it goes. But it’s clear from Bush’s words that he was aiming for (and achieved) something loftier than yet another complaint about the 45th president. Bush was making the case against the pervasive discontent that’s driven many citizens throughout the Democratic West to a politics of grievance and revenge. Trumpism is but one example.

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The Danger of the Me Too Campaign

Denunciations.

Silence, Wordsworth wrote, “is a privilege of the grave, a right of the departed. Let him, therefore, who infringes that right by speaking publicly of, for, or against, those who cannot speak for themselves, take heed that he opens not his mouth without a sufficient sanction.”

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Fake News Will Never Die

A problem with no solution.

Though it’s certainly the worst Photoshop job I have ever seen, a provocative image making the rounds on social media also helps demonstrate why the fight against “fake news” is unwinnable.

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The Great Stock Market Crash of 1987

Still the blackest Monday.

Thirty years ago today—October 19th, 1987—the bottom dropped out of the stock market.

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