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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

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

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

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

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

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

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