Author: Christopher McDonald

American Secession: A Review

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...

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Trump’s Story of Us

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....

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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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