Alfred S. Regnery

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Ferguson and the Thin Blue Line

Ferguson and the Thin Blue Line

The barrier between anarchy and a civilized society, between order and chaos, between respect for decency and lawlessness. If you had just arrived in the country after spending the past month in the Canadian backcountry without any news source, you

Like Cops in Ferguson, America Must Police the World

Like Cops in Ferguson, America Must Police the World

In his new book America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder (Sentinal, $32.95), Wall Street Journal columnist and Pulitzer winner Bret Stephens makes a timely analogy between the broken windows policing theory and Pax Americana, or what

The Book that Killed a Commie Tyrant

The Book that Killed a Commie Tyrant

It has often been remarked that the most lethal weapon the West had against Soviet Communism was the truth.  When the truth worked its way through the cracks of the barriers erected by the dictators who ran the place, the

Missouri Riots: Let the Facts Determine the Outcome

Missouri Riots: Let the Facts Determine the Outcome

The world is outraged over the shooting of a black teenager in suburban St. Louis over an altercation with police. The headlines scream that police “executed an innocent young black man” and the head of the St. Louis NAACP says

The Passing of a Conservative

The Passing of a Conservative

Editor’s Note: The following is a chapter about Ronald Reagan’s funeral from Alfred S. Regnery’s 2007 book, Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism, about the conservative movement in America. Thirty-five years before he died, when he announced that he would

Take This, Harry Reid

Take This, Harry Reid

No unemployment benefits for millionaires? You would think a proposal to cut them off wouldn’t generate much opposition, particularly from Senate Democrats – but you would be wrong. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania figured out how to get a little

Ted Cruz and Lost Causes

Ted Cruz and Lost Causes

More than a few things that make up the core of modern conservatism started with “lost causes.” Oh, those who proposed them didn’t think they were lost causes, but if they listened to their critics, to their opponents, to the

Prisons: Too Many of the Wrong People Locked Up

Prisons: Too Many of the Wrong People Locked Up

Crime rates across America are down and the prison population is up. Is there a connection? You bet there is. Since 1980, the overall crime rate has dropped by nearly 40 percent. According to FBI statistics, there were 1.9 violent

Border Patrol Agents: Don't Pass Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

Border Patrol Agents: Don't Pass Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

Members of Congress, home for the August recess, have been surprised at the intensity of opposition to proposed legislation to “solve” America’s immigration problem. Most members figured they were going to hear about Obamacare, the debt ceiling, and lingering unemployment.

Handcuffing the NYPD

Handcuffing the NYPD

After nearly twenty years of some of the most effective policing in America, a liberal federal judge has let political correctness trump common sense and slapped a set of legal handcuffs on the New York City Police Department. Stop and

The Trivialization of SWAT

The Trivialization of SWAT

SWAT teams and similar law enforcement tactics are an integral part of effective policing. In the battle against violence, gangs, and terrorism, they are law enforcement’s most potent weapon, and over the years have saved many innocent lives.  The FBI,

SWAT Teams Save Lives

SWAT Teams Save Lives

Pedro Vargas set fire to his South Florida apartment last Saturday, killed six innocent people, including a seventeen year old girl, and held two others hostage at gunpoint for three hours before a Hialeah SWAT team stormed the complex, broke

George Zimmerman, the Rodney King Case, and Double Jeopardy

George Zimmerman, the Rodney King Case, and Double Jeopardy

Should Eric Holder prosecute George Zimmerman on a civil rights charge? Such a move would be all about the politics and very little about the merits of the case–but it would not be unprecedented. After four Los Angeles police officers

Protecting New York's Criminal Class

Protecting New York's Criminal Class

Scant evidence exists that the favored liberal gun control measures have any impact on crime whatsoever. And, when you think about it, why should they, as the guns liberals want to control are virtually all owned by law-abiding, non-criminal members

Obama's Court Packing Plan

Obama's Court Packing Plan

In his latest attempt to emasculate the Constitution, President Obama made the unprecedented move last week of nominating three reliable, Washington-centric liberals to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, commonly known as the D.C. Circuit. 

Who Is Not to Trust? Why Ted Cruz Is Right

Who Is Not to Trust? Why Ted Cruz Is Right

So Ted Cruz doesn’t trust the Republicans. Imagine that. “Let me be clear” he said on the Senate floor the other day. “I don’t trust the Republicans, and I don’t trust the Democrats.” And why not? The last four years

Law Enforcement to New York Politicians: Don't Ban Guns

Law Enforcement to New York Politicians: Don't Ban Guns

Obama’s gun control bill may have gone down to stinging defeat in the Senate, but gun owners in New York weren’t so lucky. And you would think that New Yorkers, being virtually controlled by liberal Democrats, would welcome restrictions on

Sheriffs and the Second Amendment

Sheriffs and the Second Amendment

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Those twenty-seven words enshrined in the Constitution by our founding fathers clearly give

John Brennan: Obama's Puppet to Head the CIA

John Brennan: Obama's Puppet to Head the CIA

The President’s ill-starred and abysmal choices for his second-term national security team aren’t much more of a surprise than the rhetoric he used in his acceptance speech earlier this week. They won’t do much more for the reputation, standing, and

Conservatives to Obama: Time to Stop Stealing from Our Children

Conservatives to Obama: Time to Stop Stealing from Our Children

In a demonstration of unity, conservatives issued a statement on Thursday morning demanding Republicans in Congress stand up to Obama’s bullying by banding together and refusing to raise the debt limit unless Congress passes, and Obama signs into law, significant spending cuts

The End of Plan B

The End of Plan B

Early last Wednesday morning, soon after John Boehner’s “Plan B” had emerged on the scene, a group of conservative leaders, organized in a group called the Conservative Action Project and chaired by former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, met with

Obama's Fiscal Cliff and the Chicago Way

Obama's Fiscal Cliff and the Chicago Way

A friend from Chicago, involved in Illinois politics who has known Obama since his early days in the Illinois State Senate, told me that two things that trump everything else in Obama’s mind: redistributing the wealth and empowering labor unions. 

How 'Bill Clinton's Rule' Defined Obama's Win

How 'Bill Clinton's Rule' Defined Obama's Win

When the Swift Boat scandal first emerged in 2004, Bill Clinton reportedly called John Kerry, telling him that he better figure out a way to make it disappear. “If you are the issue in a campaign,” Clinton told Kerry, “you’ll

Ships Aren't Horses Aren't Bayonets

Ships Aren't Horses Aren't Bayonets

With his smart-ass “horses and bayonets” remark in Monday night’s debate, in response to Mitt Romney’s concern about a shrinking Navy, the President again showed his ignorance about military readiness and how to keep the world safe. Obama explained, in

What to Expect in Monday Night's Debate

What to Expect in Monday Night's Debate

Monday night’s foreign policy debate may be the capstone of Mitt Romney’s rise in the polls and, if he handles it like the first two, it could be Obama’s Waterloo. And what should Romney do? Very simply, he needs only

Benghazi: Political Before Romney or Obama Weighed In

Benghazi: Political Before Romney or Obama Weighed In

The terrorist attack in Benghazi was never politicized. Not by Mitt Romney, not by President Obama, and not by the press. The terrorist attack in Benghazi is – by its very nature – political, as are all foreign policy failures

Intelligence Community Responds to Biden 'Bloviations'

Intelligence Community Responds to Biden 'Bloviations'

Vice President Joe Biden laughed mirthlessly during the debate as Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) coolly unbraided the Obama Administration’s foreign policy–but the joke is probably on Joe.  His chipper performance last night may have boosted the

The Scandal That Is Foreign Aid

The Scandal That Is Foreign Aid

Just two weeks after the US Embassy in Egypt was ransacked by terrorists and a band of Egyptian thugs, President Obama announced that he would provide Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood government with an emergency infusion of $450 million in US

What Republicans in Congress Must Do in 2013, Win or Lose

What Republicans in Congress Must Do in 2013, Win or Lose

At a closed-door meeting last week attended by leaders of the conservative movement, discussions centered around development of a “no excuses” list of big-ticket legislative issues to be addressed in the 113th Congress.  Win or lose, the consensus among both

Regnery: Who's Better Off?

Regnery: Who's Better Off?

Not long ago I was talking to an old friend who has spent his life in behind-the-scenes electoral politics in Chicago (and as a Republican has never even tried to get elected to anything). He got to know Barack Obama

Presidential Polls, Israel, and Iran's Nuclear Ambition

Presidential Polls, Israel, and Iran's Nuclear Ambition

As the Romney-Ryan ticket inches ahead in the polls, one of the little noticed implications just may be the avoidance, at least for a time, of World War III. World War III? How does that work? According to high-level U.S.