Tag Archives: Real Clear Politics

How Trump Can Improve Nafta

 Some would prefer a quick conclusion to the negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta, that began this week. But there is a strong case for a different approach, involving trade and something more important: human rights Read Full Article »

The Myth of the Alt-Left

The words “alt-left” sounded strange coming from Donald Trump’s mouth, but then most words do. After a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead, including an anti-fascist activist murdered by the far right, Trump has refused to unequivocally condemn the “alt-right” neo-Nazis responsible for the violence. Instead, he complains that his exterminationist Read More…

What Should Trump Do in Afghanistan?

President Trump and his national-security team are meeting Friday at Camp David, Maryland, to discuss the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. The results of that meeting could have long-term consequences not only for both countries, but also for many regional powers engaged in a new “great game” in Afghanistan. At the heart of the deliberations lies one question: Read More…

What White America Must Do Next

Saturday, August 12th, will go down as a dark day for America. A coalition of white nationalists attempted to rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Young and old donned swastikas. White militia in full camouflage and many openly carrying weapons set out to “protect” the demonstrators. Angry men and women screamed vile and racist slogans. Violence broke Read More…

Charlottesville Arrest Records Show Trump Correct

Rather than denounce only the execrable white supremacists and swastika-wielding neo-Nazis who organized Saturday’s hate-o-rama in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump observed that there was violence coming from the KKK side and from extreme Leftists who opposed them with force — not with tranquility, as did those at a peaceful vigil Wednesday night. Read Full Article »

America's Second Civil War

X Story Stream recent articles “They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee — and what a leader! … No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller.” So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial “The Oxford History of the Read More…

Is the Party of Lincoln Now the Party of Lee?

X Story Stream recent articles This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, crime, police conduct, family structure, poverty, Read More…

Speaking Truth to Power

X Story Stream recent articles Speaking truth to power: Nothing is more difficult, especially in politics. In business, after all, people have contracts and stock options, and if nothing else, at least they can find similar jobs at other companies. But there’s no such thing in government. There’s one treasury secretary, one head of the Read More…

Countering Chinese Mercantilism

We seemed better able to manage these problems in the past. The 1985 Plaza Accords, for example, which involved the five largest industrial countries, represented a coordinated intervention undertaken by Ronald Reagan’s Treasury secretary James Baker to weaken the overvalued dollar. The accords dramatically lowered the value of the dollar by 40 percent, and ultimately Read More…

How Can You Stand by a President with No Heart?

X Story Stream recent articles “O mother What shall I cry? We demand a committee, a representative committee, a committee of investigation RESIGN RESIGN RESIGN” — T.S. Eliot, “Difficulties of a Statesman” WASHINGTON — Many have asked with rising hope in their voices: Will Steve Bannon be fired? It would certainly be ironic for the Read More…

Russia Reaps Blowback from Covert Campaign

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Intelligence officers sometimes talk about “blowback,” when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them. A year later, that is surely the case with Russia’s secret attempt to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, which has brought a string of adverse unintended consequences Read More…

What Identity Politics Hath Wrought

X Story Stream recent articles There’s a whiff of Weimar in the air. During the years of the Weimar Republic (1919-33), Germany was threatened by Communist revolutionaries and Nazi uprisings. Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was assassinated, and violent street fighting was commonplace. Then Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. America is nowhere near that point. Read More…

Delaney, a 'Different Kind of Democrat,' Sets Sights on WH

X Story Stream recent articles It might sound counterintuitive that Democrats, looking to defeat President Trump in 2020, would turn to an ultra-wealthy former businessman who supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, warns against vilifying banks, and believes partisanship is a four-letter word.  But Rep. John Delaney is betting on it.   “Who?”  That was the one-word reaction Read More…

Will There Ever Be a Breaking Point for Trump?

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — We are past the time when mournful comments about President Trump’s disgraceful behavior are sufficient. It is no longer defensible for his lieutenants or Republicans in Congress to tell themselves that they’re staying close to Trump to contain the damage he could cause our country. If their actual Read More…

Controversy on a Pious Cable News Outlet

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Last week, CNN fired Jeff Lord, its famously pro-Trump contributor, for mocking an activist whom The Daily Caller has reported is a racist and an anti-Semite. Lord addressed him by saying, “Sieg Heil!” What is wrong with that? Is CNN covering for racists and anti-Semites? CNN is the Read More…

Trump Isolation Grows as CEOs, Republicans Pull Away

X Story Stream recent articles In the wake of a combative and controversial press conference, Donald Trump Wednesday found himself much the way he began his White House campaign: isolated from rank and file Republicans, business and community leaders, and former presidents. GOP officials dismissed White House-circulated talking points defending the president’s response to racial Read More…

Charlottesville: David Duke Still Matters — Who Knew?

X Story Stream recent articles Who knew David Duke mattered? Cable news made the former wizard of the KKK quite visible in Charlottesville, at what planners billed as the largest gathering of the “alt-right community.” The “Unite the Right” rally encouraged the like-minded to go to and demonstrate in Charlottesville, Virginia. Counter-protesters, of course, showed Read More…