The crisis upon our nation is a severe one. How severe is unknown, as we do not have the right information. Whether infection rates will be severe or whether we can flatten the curve of infection; whether we can find a cure fast enough to avoid major deaths; whether the death toll will be catastrophic, all are unknowns. But here’s something we do know: America is stepping up to the plate in a major way. Several days ago, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted out: “NY has a critical need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including gloves, gowns and...Read More
Author: Christopher McDonald
Nations, much like religions, have their taboos and their heresies. You cannot think or advocate for some things without attracting major criticism. When you go against the taboo, you place yourself outside the Overton Window of common discourse. F.H. Buckley, professor of law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, has broken all the taboos in his new book, American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup. The Secession Problem The word “secession” is just such a taboo among Americans of today. American liberals see it as the fruit of Southern slavery in the nineteenth century, and hear...Read More
President Trump delivered what may be his final State of the Union Address. This yearly address has altered from the simple reading of a letter by the President’s secretary, to a grand affair redolent of a Royal speech to Parliament. So while this annual tedium is deeply anti-republican, we can still find credit for the President for what he said. Trump opened his speech by declaring: “Our military is completely rebuilt, with its power being unmatched anywhere in the world — and it is not even close. Our borders are secure. Our families are flourishing. Our values are renewed....Read More
Another day passes, and the impeachment proceedings roll on. Or, they zip by: it’s going so quickly, it’s hard to keep up with every day’s alleged bombshells. It’s a blur of somber, grey-haired men, beautiful female foreign service employees, and medal-studded military staffers. But all this is for little but display. There is no substance to it, for the end of the story is already written. A Rapidly Changing Narrative This impeachment started faster than any impeachment in history. Nixon’s impeachment inquiry was 599 days from the Watergate break-in to the beginning of the proceedings. Clinton’s took 260 days to begin. Trump’s has taken...Read More
Literary scholarship has lately suffered a heavy blow as Harold Bloom has passed away. Bloom served for decades as Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University. During his career, he had published over 40 books and countless articles and essays. Bloom came to be regarded as a defender of the Western Canon in the 1990s culture war thanks to his best-selling book The Western Canon: The Books and Schools of the Ages. In his book he took up 26 authors and examined them, finding in them the greatest writers of the Western world. Bloom wrote, “Nothing is so essential...Read More
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