Ben Stein’s Diary


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Trump’s Blast Off

 

Let’s not kid ourselves. That was a super speech. Not flowery, except that in parts it was eloquent without being flowery. Not poetry, except that it was poetry. It was a blast from the heart of the heart of America. It was as if Mr. Trump did not even have to use words. His sincerity […]

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America and the State of the Nation

 

A few days ago, I was in a small but cheerful hotel room in downtown Chicago. I had just flown in from L.A. and had dinner with John Coyne, a dear friend from Nixon days, so I was in a great mood. As the air conditioning whirred around me, because Chicago was having a strange […]

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The Trump Effect

 

Presidents Day. L.A. Off in a drizzle to my 12 step meeting. It has been raining steadily here most of the winter. It’s like living in a dimly lit aquarium. The “climate change” nuts had been telling us that we humans had caused the drought and now we were going to have 500 years of […]

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Subversives in Black Robes

 

What that court did on Thursday was the equivalent of Japan suing FDR in 1941, saying that if the USA went to war against Japan, many Japanese would be killed and wounded. Therefore, Japan argued, the due process rights of the Japanese would be violated and the court must enjoin the U.S. going to war. […]

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The President’s Immigration Rights

 

Wednesday So, the rain falls every day here in Los Angeles now. Every single day. And Jerry Brown, our governor, told us we would have a drought for 500 years. Politicians are not good weather forecasters. No one is a good weather forecaster. The forecasters cannot tell what the weather will be tomorrow. How can […]

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Feeling Warm and Cozy in Wintry Iowa — Until I Turned on CNN

 

Thursday Guess where I am. No. You’ll never guess. I’m in Des Moines, Iowa. It is FREEZING here, but I love it. My flight left at 1 p.m. yesterday from LAX. No demonstrators, but the soup at the Delta lounge was only so-so. It was tasty but lukewarm vegetable soup. The walk to my connecting […]

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Just Doing His Job

 

A tale told by an idiot. Full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing. Of course Olivier said it far better, but it rings in my ears as the nation’s newspapers go crazy about President Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration. I’ll leave it to you to say which is the idiot… the demonstrators, the professors, the […]

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Questions, Questions: Why Such Fear and Loathing of Trump?

 

Forty-two years ago, I met a woman agent from Hollywood. She was a sweet, diminutive woman originally from Boston. She was a militant leftist, and teased me good naturedly but sometimes bitterly about my work for Nixon. We worked together for decades. She retired and moved to San Diego but I still talked to her […]

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Goodbye Mr. Fish and Chips

 

The TV and newspapers are filled with nostalgia sayings of goodbye to the Obamas. The ever witty Barry. The stunningly beautiful Michelle. Yes, she talks like a Valley Girl but if you don’t think she’s drop dead gorgeous, you’re a racist pig. The sacred children, whom Mr. Obama really does seem to have treated like […]

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The Assassination of Donald Trump

 

The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton. So the old saw goes, referring to the bravery and discipline of the aristocratic officers the British Army, learned while playing rugby against Harrow. The Battle of Watergate was won in the network and newspaper editorial offices. There, “an effete corps of impudent […]

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