Secession Is for Morons


I love California. I have lived here since the summer of 1976 and while I travel like a madman, Sunny Cal has always been my base for the last forty years. What’s not to like? It almost never rains. The weather is balmy year round here in L.A. The people are ambitious and lively and […]

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Sorry Progressives, Millennials Love Capitalism


The 2016 election proved a lot of Washington, D.C., insiders wrong. But some pundits continue to perpetuate the myth that millennials are overwhelmingly socialist. Nothing could be further from the truth — millennials love free markets and hate government control. The first point to keep in mind is that millennials, who did not live through […]

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Our Most Misunderstood President


Herbert Hoover: A Life By Glen Jeansonne (New American Library, 455 pages, $28) Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, may be, in common public perception, the most inaccurately characterized man in the history of the republic. He’s way down on the list of esteemed presidents, because of circumstances almost certainly beyond anyone’s […]

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Attack of the Pfft People


The cool clique inevitably reveals itself as the loser league. In Napoleon Dynamite, this phenomenon plays out during the school-auditorium-dance-routine scene, when cool kid Don delivers a patronizing “pfft,” as his classmates go crazy over the title character’s sweet moves. You see it in Revenge of the Nerds, when the dorks switch places with the […]

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Send Mitt Romney to the Congo


We at The American Spectator have nought but admiration for the cool, calm, and collected manner in which the president-elect is assembling what in Lincoln’s time was termed a team of rivals. As did Abraham Lincoln, who came to the presidency with less than a majority of the popular vote, Donald Trump finds that the […]

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Three Things Nikki Haley Needs to Keep in Mind


In more ways than one, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is one of the most important assignments in the diplomatic corps. Despite South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s trade-related forays as the top elected executive official in her state, nothing really compares to being America’s top diplomat in an unwieldy U.N. bureaucracy. Here are […]

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Find Yourself a Nephew


A little over 18 years ago, my sister called me up with an extremely strange request. She asked me if I wanted to go watch my six-year-old nephew play T-ball. No, who in their right mind would want to drive an hour to watch six-yea- olds play that? That was the response that was in […]

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Willie and Phyllis: A Couple of Christmas Books


Pretty Paper By Willie Nelson with David Ritz (Blue Rider Press, 283 pages, $23) The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories By P.D. James (Alfred A. Knopf, 157 pages, $24) Books about Christmas, or with Christmassy themes, can be saccharine. Consider a couple that aren’t. Some may argue that the Willie Nelson book Pretty Paper comes close […]

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Fidel Is in the Details


I applaud President-elect Trump’s statement on Cuba. He said, “Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.” There’s a lot more, and it’s important that […]

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Now That’s Keeping Your Eye on the Ball


Having been a little rough on President-elect Trump yesterday for tweeting about flag burning and stepping on his own positive message and laudable presidential transition progress, I’m glad to report that Mr. Trump’s next 24 hours of Twitter activity showed him keeping his eye on the ball. On Tuesday night, roughly simultaneously with the New […]

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