President Trump likes to describe his foreign policy as “America First”. Unfortunately for Trump, he has the tendency to conflate his own personal and political preferences with national interests. Trump’s recent trip to Europe illustrated this well. Trumping Through Europe First, Trump went to the NATO summit in Brussels, where he ripped into the Europeans for their woeful defense budgets. That is nothing new. There is a bipartisan tradition in this country of being frustrated with Europe’s lack of defense spending, but Trump always takes it too far. Trump views threats as a way to gain leverage, which is...Read More
Author: Alex Christy
President Trump has selected Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The Senate should confirm Kavanaugh, but Trump also missed an opportunity. While we may never know why exactly Trump selected Kavanaugh over someone like Amy Barrett, we can assume that Trump was looking to avoid a confirmation fight. It is possible that Republican senators such as Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkoswki would have voted against Barrett. By nominating Kavanaugh, Trump saved Democrats from themselves. During Barrett’s appointment hearings to the 7th Circuit in October 2017, Dianne Feinstein said to Barrett that, “The dogma lives loudly...Read More
Our traditional narrative of the Supreme Court in recent years said that conservatives held a 5-4 advantage on the Court, with Anthony Kennedy being the swing vote. That was not the best description, and the left knew it. When it came to social issues, liberals held a 5-4 advantage, no question. Now god-king Emperor Justice Kennedy has abdicated retired and progressives are reeling from the announcement. President Trump now has the opportunity to replace Kennedy with a solid originalist, and end the left’s dream of turning the Supreme Court into a super legislature to enact their social agenda The Leftists’ Reaction The...Read More
It is that time of year again where we all sit on our hands and hold our collected breaths to see what the Supreme Court has to say on the controversies of the day. This week, the Supreme Court came down with three opinions: one on Trump’s so-called “travel ban,” another involving compelled speech at a California clinic, and one involving compulsory union dues for non-members. The Travel Ban Case The Court ruled 5-4 to uphold Trump’s executive order. The order placed a 90 day ban on individuals from a handful of predominately Muslim countries from entering the country. ...Read More
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the state of conservatism on campus. As a recent graduate of Western Washington University, I want to use this opportunity to share some thoughts and advice on how conservatives can survive on campus. My first bit of advice to any conservative college student would be to keep track of your passport at all times, I almost lost mine in Victoria, and no conservative wants to be stuck in Canada. In all seriousness, at Western, on the lawn in front of the Communications Facility are The Stairs to Nowhere and for many conservatives, this...Read More
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