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The Mencken Dictum

I understand all of the talk on the right about impeaching President Obama, I really do. It’s not just incompetence that has led to the collapse in Iraq, to renewed conflict with Russia, to the fact that the Germans hate us now, to the chaos at the border, and so on. It’s the president’s dereliction […]

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The Paradox of the Non-Interventionists

A rigorously non-interventionist foreign policy poses a basic paradox. The worse the rest of the world looks, the more the anti-interventionists can say there are no good options to choose from, and we should just stay home and keep out of trouble. But the worse the world looks, the more intervention is actually necessary to […]

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The Mean Girls of Global Warming

Someone sent me a clip from John Oliver—a nebbishy British version of Jon Stewart—arguing that global warming skeptics don’t deserve a hearing because 97% of scientists supposedly back the claims of catastrophic man-made global warming. This video actually demonstrates that lefties like Oliver and Stewart don’t deserve a hearing, at least not on any topic […]

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Henry Higgins Feminism

My Federalist colleague Mollie Hemingway has been cataloging the progress of what you might call Henry Higgins Feminism, which is based on the premise, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” Women are supposed to interrupt people more, say “sorry” less, and do other things that men supposedly do. It’s considered proof of […]

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Why Rand Paul Can’t Be President

Rand Paul is one of the most promising new Republican politicians, with impeccable small-government credentials, a fanatical grassroots following, and the charisma to appeal to mainstream voters and even, potentially, to reach across party lines. So it’s an awful shame that he can’t be president. Senator Paul cannot be president because of his disastrous approach […]

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Why the Redskins Trademark Ruling Should Terrify You

Like most people, I haven’t been all that interested in the controversy over whether the name of the Washington Redskins is offensive. Personally, I’m more offended that Washington, DC, has become the kind of megalopolis that can support an NFL team. If I had my way, it would go back to being a humid, swampy […]

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I Confess My Sin to the Pope

Dear Pope Francis: I am writing to confess my sin. That’s what you Catholics are supposed to do, to confess your sin to an authority figure, right? OK, then, I’m confessing mine. You see, I fit the description you recently gave of those who support the capitalist economic system, who have fallen into the sin […]

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Wish-Fulfilling Prophecy

Democrats predicted that the war in Iraq was unwinnable, Harry Reid said it was already lost, and Senator Obama declared that President Bush’s “surge” wouldn’t work. And now here we are in 2014, and by golly it looks as if they were right: Iraq is a total disaster. An al-Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State […]

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Why We Fired Eric Cantor

Here’s all you need to know about Eric Cantor’s stunning loss in the Republican primary for Virginia’s seventh congressional district. For almost as long as I’ve lived here, which is coming up on 20 years now, the purpose of the seventh district has been to re-elect Eric Cantor every two years. It’s a strongly Republican […]

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Obama Stops Going Though the Motions

Last week, President Obama was widely criticized for the emptiness of his big speech on foreign policy and national security at West Point. This weekend, with the trade of five high-level Taliban leaders for ransomed American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, we saw the consequences of that emptiness. There is one thing that wasn’t quite captured in […]

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