Author: Christopher McDonald

Where Impeachment Stands

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...

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Harold Bloom and the Canon

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...

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Is Trump Being Impeached?

Progressives are very, very excited. More excited than they were by pictures of Robert Mueller on coffee mugs. More excited than liberal journalists repeating “the walls are closing in” for two years. They’re even more excited than when they find obscure connections between Trump and white nationalists. Why? Donald Trump is facing impeachment! Well, not really. No. The House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, began an “impeachment inquiry” in the House Judiciary Committee. This body, headed by Democrat Jerry Nadler, has the power to investigate whether articles of impeachment should be brought for a vote in the House. While this is bad for...

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Liberal Healthcare Delusion

  The Democratic candidates are becoming increasingly unhinged in what they think will attract a majority of Americans. Their notions of what they think is good healthcare for 350 million people are the most worrying. Last week’s debates were indicative. The first night’s debates was a medley of weirdness, shouting, and people asking ‘who’s that?’ to their screens. The best-known persons on stage were Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Each socialist spoke in terms of 2 narratives. One is the plight of the uninsured or of those who can’t get insurance to cover their healthcare needs. The second was, briefly,...

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Heritage Foundation’s Dr. Azerrad Talks Liberty

The American Right has long enjoyed a conflict between libertarians and conservatives. The split goes back to such figures as Russell Kirk, the godfather of conservatism. Early National Review writer Frank S. Meyer fashioned what was called ‘fusionism.’ Meyer attempted to take the conservative desire to encourage right living and combine with the libertarian hatred of government intervention and make them allies in their pursuit of smaller government. In line with this old vein of argument, some remarks were given which highlight how this split is present even today. Heritage Foundation’s Dr. David Azerrad gave some very interesting remarks...

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