Absurd Narrative of the Week

We’ll give this much-coveted prize to a piece by Mike Allen and James Hohmann over at Politico though to be fair, I’ve heard it all over and they’re just channeling Beltway “wisdom.”  Which is one of…

The Death of an Old Regime

[It occurs to me that it's incredibly appropriate to post this on the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington-Concord.  Viva the revolution!] Last week brought us two events—two voices—two perspectives on this crossroad moment in the…

Most Telling Exchange of the Week

Okay, look at this.  Sarah Palin criticizes Obama’s silly new restrictions on America’s use of nuclear weapons.  She says, “It’s unbelievable.  Unbelievable.  No administration in America’s history would, I think, ever have considered such a step… …

Media Distortion of the Week

I want to be careful here because I do understand there is a scandal of terrible proportions being played out in the  Catholic church and there is some truth in what Peggy Noonan says:  the media…

Great Article of the Week

My friend Myron Magnet turned his prodigious erudition and intellect on the Tea Party at City Journal this week, tracing the lines that connect the party to our founders and the ordinary revolutionaries for whom they…

A Tale of Two Cities

Washington  DC and Hollywood are two cities suffering from the same condition:  they’ve not only become completely alienated from the people they’re meant to serve, they’re bizarrely blind to the fact of that alienation.   Like deranged…

“The Wire” Vs The Facts

The Wire is one of the best television shows I ever saw, that anyone ever saw.  Created by David Simon, who wrote the sensational true crime book Homicide:  A Year On The Killing Streets, it’s a…

The Anti-Jesse Jackson Jesse

My City Journal feature on Jesse Jackson’s nemesis, the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, is now available online here.  It’s called “A Man Alone.”  I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who speaks his mind so plainly…

The Mount Vernon Statement

Yeah, this is good, very good.  I especially like this passage, a bit of much-needed taking the plank out of our own eyes: “A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American…

And Now A Word From President Lincoln

I read once that during the darkest days of the Civil War, when it seemed to the president he was presiding over the destruction of the union he loved, Abraham Lincoln could sometimes be heard pacing…