James P. Pinkerton

Articles by James P. Pinkerton

Pinkerton: Barack Obama Is a Machiavellian Fox in ‘A Promised Land’

The irony of Obama is that for all his “Yes, we can” rhetoric, he was content to say, “No, we can’t.” In this, he fit Machiavelli’s definition of the fox-like politician who is shrewd enough to avoid traps. And while the life of a fox might be long, it is unlikely to be consequential because the ability to avoid traps is not the test of greatness.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: Former President Barack Obama's memoir is seen on display at the Greenlight Bookstore in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on November 17, 2020 in New York City. "A Promised Land" is the first of two memoirs written by former President Obama. (Photo by …

Pinkerton – Democrats Tell AOC: Woke Doesn’t Work

It’s not Democrats’ first choice to go criticizing other Democrats—they’d rather, of course, be blasting Republicans—and yet the disappointment of the 2020 election has convinced them that they had better speak up.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., attends a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019, on White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's violation of the Hatch Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pinkerton: October Surprises in U.S. History

Drastic turns can, and do, happen at any time, and yet now, in October 2020, as so many eyes are glued to political events, we realize how much effect they can have.  

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for coronavirus. (Photo …

Pinkerton: The Crime Election — Trump vs. Biden 

We’re having an election over rioting, violence—and law and order. On August 25, CNN’s Don Lemon said of the riot issue, “It is the only thing right now that is sticking.”

In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on March 12, 2020, left, and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on April 5, 2020. Early polling in the general election face-off between Trump and Biden bears out a gap …

Pinkerton: The Real Battle of 2020: Who Votes, and Who Counts

On the front page of the August 24 edition of The Washington Post, the headline was, “More than 500,000 mail ballots were rejected in the primaries. That could make the difference in battleground states this fall.” 

In this May 17, 2016, file photo, ballots are prepared for counting at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. The coronavirus has knocked presidential primaries back several weeks as officials worry about voters crowding into polling places. If the disease remains a hazard in November, Democrats say there's only …

Pinkerton: Riot Reality Is Biting the Democrats  

The fact is, Joe Biden is going to have to speak for himself on the key issue of keeping the streets of America safe. And that’s a reality that threatens to really bite the Democrats over the next ten weeks. 

KENOSHA, WI - AUGUST 24: A man looks over caution tape during a second night of rioting on August 24, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The civil unrest occurred after the shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, on August 23. Blake was shot multiple times in the back by Wisconsin police officers …

Pinkerton: The Return of the San Francisco Democrats

The Democratic Party’s presumptive vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is the ultimate San Francisco Democrat, representing the “woke” left-libertarianism of a place where everything is tolerated except for conservatism and where Silicon Valley’s plutocrats are free to enrich themselves insulated from the deplorable riffraff they despise.

US Senator Kamala Harris attends the United State of Women Summit at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, on May 5, 2018. (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Pinkerton: Ten Things that Will Happen in a Biden Presidency

If Trump campaigners are truly in it to win it, they will have to start defining Joe Biden—and doing it in a most tangible way, so that Americans can truly get a sense of what an actual Biden presidency would be like.

FORT DODGE, IA - JANUARY 21: Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden arrives during an event at Iowa Central Community College on January 21, 2020 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. With less than two weeks to go until the Iowa caucus, the candidates are making their case to voters …

Pinkerton: In Defense of Andrew Jackson

The would-be statue-topplers know little or nothing about Andrew Jackson, the war hero who defended the nation with courage and resolve.

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Pinkerton: In Defense of Police Unions

It seems that virtually all the groups on the political spectrum—conservatives, libertarians, liberals, and progressives—are converging together to crush police unions. And that’s a shame, because the rights of policemen and women, as workers, should be fully defended.

New York Police Benevolent Association President Mike OMeara and representatives from other NYPD and law enforcement unions holds a news confenece at the Icahn Stadium parking lot June 9, 2020 to address the "current anti-law enforcement environment" in New York. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY …