Elizabeth II was a bridge between the past and the future. She wasn’t Churchill’s Queen, or Margaret Thatcher’s Queen, or Tony Blair’s Queen, though she presided over them all. She was a Queen for all her people and all Great Britain, working hand in hand with political legends without being a political activist. Her heir,… Continue reading Queen Elizabeth II was irreplaceable and the monarchy might not make it long without her
The media has suddenly discovered that President Biden is a rapidly fading old man and some Democrats are claiming he shouldn’t run again in 2024. Of course, Biden’s many problems were evident long before he got into office. Where were they then? Nobody should be surprised that Joe Biden makes an awful President. He’d been… Continue reading Biden supporters should spare us the buyer’s remorse
The President’s approval rating is at the bottom of the spectrum for the modern era. More people identify as Republicans than at any time since 1995, and the country is beset by challenges and crises from all sides. For a man that promised a return to normalcy, we’ve seen nothing like it. Of course, it’s… Continue reading Did President Biden just have the worst first year in modern history?
American democracy can be messy and confusing, but that’s only because it’s working as intended: Ensuring every decision of the government is subject to scrutiny, helping to keep each branch of government within the bounds of their authority, and that no single person ever is vested with unlimited authority or power. What other alternative is… Continue reading The enduring importance of our Constitutional order becomes more apparent by the day
Whatever happened to Obama’s Yes We Can and the Audacity of Hope? Lessons from President Truman on the importance of creative thinking and a refusal to surrender in the face of setbacks and untold horrors. Truman faced perhaps the greatest challenges of any incoming President in US history, yet wouldn’t be cowed and ultimately created… Continue reading Afghanistan: The lack of imagination and determination is most frightening of all
Our failure in Afghanistan is the result of policy goals that could never be achieved and lies to cover up our failure to achieve them. Unfortunately, this pattern isn’t limited to the Middle East. It infects just about everything, from our response to coronavirus to climate change, we’re always planning to do the impossible, then… Continue reading Afghanistan: Lofty dreams and outright lies, the wreckage of neoconservatism and its lessons for our entire approach to government