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The Beltway Conspiracy To Break Trump

March 10, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Beltway Conspiracy To Break Trump

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN At Mar-a-Lago the weekend of March 4, President Donald Trump was filled “with fury” says The Washington Post, “mad — steaming, raging, mad.” Early that Saturday, the fuming president exploded with this tweet: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” The president has reason to be enraged. For what is afoot is a loose but broad conspiracy to break and bring him down, abort his populist agenda, and overturn the results of the 2016 election. At its heart is the “deep state” — agents of the intel community, their media collaborators, and their amen corner in a Democratic Party whose control…Continue Reading

What’s The Matter With Kansas?

March 9, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on What’s The Matter With Kansas?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK About ten years ago the book What’s the Matter With Kansas? by Thomas Frank received considerable attention on the talk shows and in the journals of opinion. Frank’s thesis was that mainstream Americans had been “duped” by Republicans into voting against their economic interests by convincing them that cultural questions such as abortion and homosexual rights were more important issues for them. It is not an uninteresting thesis. Donald Trump’s election revealed the extent to which the counterculture values championed by the Democratic Party of today have alienated white, blue-collar voters in Middle America. But this is not the issue regarding Kansas that one of our readers asks us to consider in a recent email. He…Continue Reading

As Feds Deport ID Thief . . . New Arizona Sheriff Shocked That His Lax Policies Stir Public Alarm

March 8, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on As Feds Deport ID Thief . . . New Arizona Sheriff Shocked That His Lax Policies Stir Public Alarm

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — A just-deported illegal immigrant convicted of identity theft “went to Mass and whispered the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church,” claimed an editorial in Arizona’s largest daily paper, venting its customary ill-informed outrage against obeying border and immigration laws. And which “sacraments” did the identity thief “whisper” during Mass shortly before deportation? Baptism or Confirmation? Maybe Matrimony and Holy Orders? Or perhaps she mumbled the Anointing of the Sick? The ID stealer was deported to a Catholic shelter just across the international line from Arizona. Lots of confusion seemed to be in the air as the Phoenix-based Arizona Republic raged against President Trump’s new enforcement of existing laws, even while the recently elected Democratic Party…Continue Reading

Scholas Occurrentes… Another Vatican-Soros Connection?

March 7, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Scholas Occurrentes… Another Vatican-Soros Connection?

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: This commentary by Maike Hickson was first published by OnePeterFive.com on February 28, 2017 and is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + Following reports about Pope Francis’ praise of a Soros-funded left-wing organization called PICO — People Improving Communities through Organizing — we have been informed by some Spanish-speaking sources about a connection between Pope Francis’ papal foundation Scholas Occurrentes and one of George Soros’ close allies in Argentina, Eduardo Elsztain. Scholas Occurrentes is a papal foundation created in 2013 by Pope Francis in order to promote educational projects around the world. As I wrote earlier, in March of 2016, I was in contact with one of the representatives of Scholas Occurrentes,…Continue Reading

Illegal Means Illegal

March 6, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Illegal Means Illegal

By REY FLORES How would you like it if a stranger broke into and entered your home, made himself a sandwich, picked up the remote control, and sat down on your recliner to watch TV? Okay, let’s say this same stranger doesn’t necessarily eat your food, or sit down on your furniture to watch TV, and instead he washes your dishes, does your laundry, and sweeps and mops your floors. While this person may be a hard worker, he is still an intruder who had no business breaking and entering your home. Imagine now if 11 million intruders, closer to 18 million in reality, broke into and entered millions of homes across the United States of America, and demanded that…Continue Reading

Uncuffed From Low Expectations . . . Trump Slips Past Listless Dems To Reach Out And Reach For Stars

March 5, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Uncuffed From Low Expectations . . . Trump Slips Past Listless Dems To Reach Out And Reach For Stars

By DEXTER DUGGAN Unlike the Oscar awards ceremony’s best-picture bumble two nights earlier, longtime entertainer and new President Donald Trump, scorned by Hollywood, pulled off a precision performance before Congress on Ash Wednesday Eve. When television news and entertainment programs have to fill tightly timed slots — the evening news show can’t last two minutes too long, commercials have to make their message right on schedule — Trump managed to speak almost exactly 60 minutes, on the dot, even though he repeatedly was interrupted by applause whose length he had no control over in the U.S. House chamber. No cue cards or notices flashing from a director’s booth to quiet down now. Indeed, Trump noted to the chamber how long…Continue Reading

Capitalism: The Anti-Poverty Miracle

March 4, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Capitalism: The Anti-Poverty Miracle

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Have you ever wished that you could corner Pope Francis and his advisers and question them about their hostility toward capitalism? I have. The Pope comes across as a good man, decent, kind, open to a free-wheeling discussion of the issues of the day, yet he seems to have a blind spot that leads him to judge capitalism by its shortcomings and socialism by its promotional literature. Neither you nor I is likely to get a chance for a meeting like that, but Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, accomplished the next best thing. He placed an article in the Jesuits’ America magazine on February 20 entitled “Confessions of a Capitalist Convert” that…Continue Reading

Is Secession A Solution To Cultural War?

March 3, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Secession A Solution To Cultural War?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN As the culture war is about irreconcilable beliefs about God and man, right and wrong, good and evil, and is at root a religious war, it will be with us so long as men are free to act on their beliefs. Yet, given the divisions among us, deeper and wider than ever, it is an open question as to how, and how long, we will endure as one people. After World War II, our judicial dictatorship began a purge of public manifestations of the “Christian nation” that Harry Truman said we were. In 2009, Barack Obama retorted, “We do not consider ourselves to be a Christian nation.” Secularism had been enthroned as our established religion, with…Continue Reading

The Mortal Storm

March 2, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Mortal Storm

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It has been many years since I last watched The Mortal Storm, the 1940 movie starring Robert Young and James Stewart as young Germans at the time the Nazis came to power. But I remember certain scenes clearly, especially the depictions of Nazi college students disrupting their classes and accusing their professors of being disloyal to Hitler. I can recall, even as a boy, remarking to myself how defenseless a classroom teacher becomes when young men such as those in this film refuse to abide by the norms of civility and scholarly discourse and resort to angry rhetoric to carry the day. The scenes were especially effective because, if I remember correctly, the Robert Young character…Continue Reading

The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

March 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The past week, The Wall Street Journal revealed that members of the intelligence community — part of the deep state, the unseen government within the government that does not change with elections — now have acquired so much data on everyone in America that they can selectively reveal it to reward their friends and harm their foes. Their principal foe today is the president of the United States. Liberty is rarely lost overnight. The wall of tyranny often begins with benign building blocks of safety — each one lying on top of a predecessor — eventually collectively constituting an impediment to the exercise of free choices by free people, often not even recognized until it…Continue Reading