J.E. Blanton

J.E. Blanton is a researcher and writer in Washington, D.C. He blogs at PostWestphalian.com.

No Conservatism With Authority

 

Political scientist Clinton Rossiter concluded his 1960 work Parties and Politics in America with the following formula: “No America without democracy, no democracy without politics, no politics without parties, no parties without compromise and moderation.” In the case of a conservative political party, I would suggest an addendum to that formula: “No conservatism without tradition, […]

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Where Will White Evangelicals Be on November 9?

 

Invocations of the divine have always been part of American public life, going back to the assertion in the Declaration of Independence that “all men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” When Thomas Jefferson wrote of “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” from which the United States derived its […]

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Mob Rule And The Modern Primary

 

During his victory speech following the April 19 New York Republican primary, Donald Trump repeated what has become a common refrain from his campaign of late: that the Republican nominating process is “crooked” and “rigged.” The solution, Trump proposed, is “going back to the old ways: You get votes and you win.” The idea that […]

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Mob Rule and the Modern Primary

 

During his victory speech following the April 19 New York Republican primary, Donald Trump repeated what has become a common refrain from his campaign of late: that the Republican nominating process is “crooked” and “rigged.” The solution, Trump proposed, is “going back to the old ways: You get votes and you win.” The idea that […]

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