• Notes on the First Debate

    President Trump: The President should have pointed out weeks and months ago that, by comparison with other heads of state, his record in coping with the Coronavirus has been as good as anyone’s, and better than that of some–an important example being Prime Minister Johnson, whose policies have been helter-skelter and absurdly repetitive. The same… Read More

  • Land of Hope and Glory

    Laurence Fox is a superb actor, best known for his role as Detective Sergeant James Hathaway in the British television dramatic series Lewis. Last January he responded to criticism  that the media’s treatment of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was “racist.” “It’s not racism,” Mr. Fox insisted on the BBC’s “Question time,” …we’re the most tolerant,… Read More

  • Out of One Many

    Joe Biden promises he will bring Americans together after President Trump has spent four years dividing them. Many people believe Joe (he’s such a decent fellow), and Democrats seem to think they are in the majority in trusting him to get the job done. The question of whether they are right about this will, I… Read More

  • Dust Thou Art

      Sheep Mountain, like a fallen tombstone, lay on the horizon under a sky thickening with gray cloud ribbons and white lenticulars. It was too cold for snow yet, and rain had not fallen for weeks in the mountains. The wind raised small storms of dust on the pale surface of the clay road and… Read More

  • The Humorous Mr. Trump

    True or not, an accepted fact seems to be that, beyond establishment Republicans, neoconservatives, Democrats, and other leftists, that class of Americans that most distrusts and dislikes  Donald Trump is suburban women—including those who voted for him in 2016– who, we told once and again every day of the week, are set to vote for… Read More

  • Is the Revolution REALLY Upon Us?

      “The revolution is upon us,” Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation has warned, in an eponymous essay published September 4 by “Law and Liberty.” Mr. Gonzalez’s is one of several warnings to the same effect that I have read in the past week or so. Is it justified? Chesterton, in his… Read More

  • Who’s the Great Divider?

    Last Friday Mayor Wheeler of Portland released an open letter to President Trump rejecting his offer of federal help to restore order to his city. “We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. Portlanders are onto you.”Division…racism….Donald Trump is as often charged with the one as with the other: in the second case without… Read More