James P. Gannon

James P. Gannon is a retired former Wall Street Journal reporter and newspaper editor. He lives in Virginia. 

Renaming the Redskins

 

Always ready to meddle in other people’s business, the Washington Post in a recent editorial advised Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to start 2014 by changing the name of the team. Though a new national poll shows that 71% of Americans oppose a name change for the team and only 18% want a change, the […]

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Abandoned and Betrayed

 

After the McConnell sell-out and the Boehner betrayal, after the disgraceful abandonment of principles and conservative values by the Washington Republican establishment, what is the proper response from outraged conservative believers in limited government and fiscal responsibility? I have been sitting here on the morning after the New Years’s Day capitulation by Capitol Hill Republicans, […]

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Obama Under Water

 

If President Barack Obama were a legal document, he’d be a sub-prime home loan. The nation’s housing crisis seems an apt metaphor for the president and his political position one year before he stands for re-election. Like nearly a quarter of the mortgage loans outstanding on U.S. homes, Obama is under water. His poll ratings […]

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A Reply to Time Magazine

 

The July 4 issue of Time magazine carried an image of the U.S. Constitution on its cover, along with the headline: “Does It Still Matter?” The photo of the Constitution showed it was being shredded into narrow strips — which describes what Time managing editor Richard Stengel attempts to do in his accompanying article. There […]

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Ferry Diplomacy

 

In a bold and daring move that suggested Churchillian backbone, the British military on Saturday flew military aircraft into Libya to rescue oil workers and others stranded in desert locations amid the escalating violence of Moammar Gaddafi’s reign of terror. The secret mission reportedly plucked 150 or more British citizens and other nationals from the […]

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The Hayseed Rebellion

 

One of the most striking things about this year’s political discourse (as if name-calling and wild accusations can be dignified with such a term) is that what used to be considered traditional and commonplace thinking is now labeled as extremism and bigotry. A few examples: If you believe that the U.S. Constitution means only what it […]

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The Tipping Point

 

The reason that the mid-term election of 2010 is so important is that our county is at a critical tipping point. The concept of the tipping point was popularized by the book of that name first published in 2000 by Malcolm Gladwell. In his definition, a tipping point is “the moment of critical mass, the […]

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FED TO SAVERS: DROP DEAD

 

Thoughts while pondering the 43 cents of interest I earned on my savings. A few days ago I received my monthly statement from Fidelity Investments, where I keep some of my retirement savings. It told me that the cash I keep in a money market account there is earning an annual rate of interest of […]

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Cherokee Nation

 

How can a Jeep TV commercial make more sense than America’s economic policy? I don’t usually pay much attention to television commercials — most of the time I just hit the mute button. But lately, an ad for the Jeep Grand Cherokee has literally commanded my attention, and when it comes on I turn up […]

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America’s Quiet Anger

 

There is a quiet anger boiling in America. It is the anger of millions of hard-working citizens who pay their bills, send in their income taxes, maintain their homes and repay their mortgage loans — and see their government reward those who do not. It is the anger of small town and Middle American folks […]

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