Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow, a 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).

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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World Court Decision Won’t Temper China’s Territorial Claims

 

As expected, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled against China’s expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea. The Philippines was exultant. Beijing responded angrily. Territorial disputes pose a perennial international problem. Great powers, including the U.S., typically refuse to be bound by the decisions of others when they believe important interests […]

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A Brexit Revote?

 

The polls had barely closed in the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum when people on the losing side were calling for a revote. So far nearly four million people have signed petitions to hold another contest. It’s unlikely. The margin of victory was decisive, about four percent and 1.3 million votes. Prime David Cameron declared that […]

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Post-Vote Eurocrats Want to Rush Brits Out the Door

 

The European Union’s leaders said they wanted the United Kingdom to remain in the EU. But Brussels offered only minimal concessions to British Prime Minister David Cameron, undercutting his effort to sell the benefits of continued EU membership. Now the Eurocrats who dominate EU policy are attempting to push the UK out the door. London […]

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