Melissa Mackenzie

Melissa Mackenzie is managing editor of The American Spectator.  She works and lives in Houston, Texas with her two sons, one daughter, and one dog.

Donald Trump: The Pro-Life President


Who knew? Who knew or really believed that candidate Donald Trump would become pro-life President Donald Trump? Politicians say things. Mitt Romney was for abortion in Massachusetts before he was against it as a presidential candidate. John McCain held a nuanced view on abortion as presidential candidate saying that abortion would be okay in special […]

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Boy Scouts & Mormon Church Part Ways


In October, I noted that it’s over for the Boy Scouts. It is. The organization will limp along, but it’s over. And with it, Girl Scouts is over, too. Girl Scouts, and I say this as a former Brownie and Girl Scout myself, gets boring past fifth grade or so. Camping trips dry up. All […]

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Yes, 2016 Was the Flight 93 Election


What happens when conservatives win the House, the Senate, the majority of governorships and state houses and still lose the cultural war? What happens when Americans sense that there is a contempt for God, marriage, children, morality, free speech, free association, hard work, individualism and decency and the contempt is led by the Democrat President […]

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Kanye and Alfie and the 2nd Amendment


When the British subjects in America declared independence, they claimed as inalienable rights the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Americans are not subjects of the throne, they’re free citizens. To solidify the rights of Americans, Congress drafted the Constitution and laid out the Bill of Rights — the first ten amendments […]

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Michael Cohen Raid Mueller FBI Trump

The Cohen Raid and Mueller Madness


Rumors have circulated for months that what will take Donald Trump down is not anything having to do with collusion with Russia but his business dealings before the election. Trump is compromised by all the deals he swung as a businessman, so the rumors assert. What may have flown under the radar in the private […]

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Slowing Down to Consider Sin


Passover and Easter coincide which means that most of the nation is slowing down simultaneously and taking time to reflect on themselves, on God, on freedom, on slavery, on sin. Jewish people prepare by cleaning their homes and ridding it of leaven and the week will culminate in the Passover supper which commemorates freedom from […]

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Save Facebook From the Evil Within


Nearly 70% of American adults use Facebook and they spend roughly 35 minutes per day on the medium. That’s over a half hour daily on a social media platform. It’s not time well-spent. Too much time on Facebook provokes envy which results in fear of missing out which ends in depression.  Harvard Business School lists […]

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Obama’s Secret M.I.T. Talk


The scandal with Obama’s secret M.I.T. talk isn’t that Obama demands secrecy from people he speaks to, including the media. The scandal is that the attendees and media comply. Reason Magazine received a recording of the event but they’re not giving away their sources. The media and speech goers were told that they would never […]

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Who Is Doing the Slandering?


Last week, CNN threw together an arena of grieving and outraged families who had either lost a child or lost a classmate in a massacre by a young man wielding a rifle. Let’s pause for a moment and consider the disgusting amorality of exploiting people in this shocked and horrified state. Sure, the people consented […]

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Shame on Sheriff Israel


It gets worse. Most of us were introduced to Sheriff Israel when he blamed NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch for the deaths of 17 high school children at CNN’s grief-exploitation spectacle. Since then, we’ve learned that his office received over sixty calls (Buzzfeed found evidence of 22 more calls) to his office about the killer before […]

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