Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, is the author and editor of several books, including The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington (Transaction) and Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics (Crossway).

Blaming Georgetown University for Slavery

 

Slavery is evil. Most Americans recognize that. Most people around the world also do so. But that wasn’t always so. Indeed, a couple of centuries, not to mention a couple of millennia, ago people held many views which today are considered, shall we say, unsavory at best. Such as warring for no and every reason, […]

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About Our Creepy Saudi ‘Friends’

 

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have attacked their neighbor, Qatar, for supposedly supporting terrorism. They pretend to be firefighters, but spent years as arsonists. Over the years the Saudis, in particular, financed and staffed terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, which staged the 9/11 attacks. Riyadh’s record has since improved, but only under strong U.S. […]

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As a Religion, Chinese Communism Has Failed: Rising Persecution Will Fail Too

 

President Xi Jinping’s China is becoming a more fearful place. The government has cracked down both on dissent and contact with the West. Religious persecution also is rising: the Communist god that failed fears competition. A new Freedom House report, “The Battle for China’s Spirit: Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping,” details how […]

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The Shame of Religious Persecution

 

Religious differences run deep in our pluralistic world. It may come as no surprise that such disagreements sometimes end up in violence. Yet that rarely is the case in what might be called Christendom. Indeed, in large part, there is little discrimination let alone persecution against spiritual minorities in majority Christian nations. The exceptions tend […]

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The Donald Should Wave Goodbye to The Sultan

 

Among Donald Trump’s odd fixations are foreign strongmen. They are a reality and must be dealt with. Sometimes they can and do aid U.S. policy. But just because they are quick to toss opponents into jail doesn’t mean that they necessarily are the sort of decisive leaders Washington should back. On Election Day, National Security […]

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Christian Trumpkins: A New Model for Evangelical Political Involvement?

 

White evangelicals voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. That set off much breast-beating on the religious left as well as among some conservative “Never-Trump” Christians. Whatever the wisdom of casting a vote for The Donald, the willingness of serious believers to look beyond their faith in voting for president is a healthy political development. American religious […]

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When Democrats Wanted Moscow’s Political Assistance

 

The Clinton Machine is unable to maintain online security, and it supposedly is Russia’s fault. The release of emails that demonstrate how the Clintons and their avaricious, ambitious minions, camp followers, associates, and co-conspirators planned to assault the public interest is called a violation of America’s electoral process. The natural consequences of Hillary Clinton’s arrogant manner […]

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The Rule of Law Is More Important than Donald Trump

 

The unexpected outcome of last month’s election loosed the horrors of the liberal imagination. The America that we all “knew” to exist doesn’t. “They” are coming to round up all of society’s victims. Of course, we’re still waiting. (With luck, Hollywood celebrities will be the first to go to the camps.) And we’re likely to […]

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Donald Trump, the Tweeting President

 

January 20, 2017 dawned bright. Temperatures approached the lows of the second Ronald Reagan inaugural, but that cold was nothing compared to the frigid atmosphere as the Obamas and Trumps traveled down Pennsylvania Avenue for the swearing in. Official civilities between principals were maintained, barely. However, the two sets of aides had been waging a […]

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Fantasy January 20, 2017: Evan McMullin Takes Presidential Oath

 

August 12, 2016: Independent conservative and former CIA operative Evan McMullin announces his candidacy for president. Most members of the press yawn. A few snicker. August 15: Washington Post Style section reporter begins calling around to write what he terms a “snarky” profile of McMullin. August 17: Washington Post Style reporter tragically dies of food […]

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