F.H. Buckley

F.H. Buckley is a Foundation Professor at George Mason School of Law and the author of The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (forthcoming April 2016, Encounter Books).

Our Cuban Missile Crisis Moment

 

Nobody much noticed, but we just had a new Cuban Missile Crisis. Remember the last one? The Soviets tried to place missiles in Cuba and we interdicted the Russian ships. For a moment it looked like WWIII but then Khrushchev backed down and the Soviet ships returned home. When he heard this, Robert Kennedy turned […]

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That Was the Week That Was

 

That Was the Week That Was was the name of an old BBC review of the news. It’s also an apt summary of the last week in America, of the first week of the new Trump administration. It’s also the first time the Trump election really hit home for me. Don’t get me wrong. I […]

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In Victory, Magnanimity

 

As we begin a new year, those of us who astutely backed Trump from the get-go might want to ask ourselves how we might show magnanimity to our opponents. That’s what Churchill recommended, after a victory, and he was right about that as he was about most things. For Hillary, things are understandably rough, and […]

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Explaining Obama

 

Obama’s recent betrayal of Israel helps explain a minor diplomatic incident early in his administration, in which the U.S. opposed Canada’s appointment to a seat on the Security Council. Canada, at the time, was governed by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, and would have voted against the recent Security Council resolution on Israel, which America covertly sponsored […]

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Venomous Fish-Wife

 

So it seems as though Kim-Jung Un has called Hillary Clinton a “venomous fish-wife.” Say what you want about the little squirt, but he does have a way with words. Reminds me of the time when the Nixon tapes came out and revealed his one-word description of Pierre Trudeau. They asked John Diefenbaker to comment, […]

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The New Republican Party

 

As I write, at one in the morning, it looks as though the Republicans will score a hat trick: the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives. Which means we are poised for an extraordinary revolution in American government, with a 100 days of legislation beginning on January 20 next in which Obamacare will be […]

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Trump Is Going to Win

 

There’s all this speculation about the election. And it’s all horsefeathers. No one has a clue, because the voting patterns on this one will be entirely different from previous elections. That’s why I’m about to tell you what’s really going to happen. Trump is going to win. But narrowly. That’s when the Dems will send […]

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Guilt by Association?

 

Now that the polls have tightened, some of the NeverTrumpers are beginning to wonder whether Trump is quite so horrible after all. There are, after all, jobs to given out, should he win. I regard this as entirely amusing, as I’ve been a Trump supporter for more than a year, and I’m not looking for […]

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So How Would the Framers Be Voting?

 

One of the more profoundly stupid things said about this election is that it would have shocked the Framers of our Constitution. Horsefeathers! Our Framers had far greater experience with the vagaries of human conduct than they’re given credit for, and could see it face to face in the “father” of the Constitution. I am […]

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Our Parnellite Moment

 

I confess that, before the rise of Donald Trump, I had never expected to see a Republican elected to the White House. What with the attack on traditional American principles in our schools and the illegals whom Clinton would add to the voter rolls, the Democrats would become the country’s natural governing party. Over time, […]

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