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Flash! Lawyer Sells Access To Politicians!

May 19, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Flash! Lawyer Sells Access To Politicians!

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Washington in shocked, shocked! that businesses are willing to pay lawyers and lobbyists millions for influence and access to politicians and their staffs, regulators, even the media. ’Tis the season to ruffle feathers, apparently. But this is nothing new. For years, Washington lobbyists have been charging billions for such influence. Somehow, the fact that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has been peddling his “insider knowledge” has the nation’s capital in a twit fit. But as the dependable Tim Carney points out, “that’s typical swamp behavior.” Carney, who writes for the Washington Examiner, is the rare journalist who actually wears out a lot of shoe leather to dig for news — and few Swamp Dwellers appreciate what…Continue Reading

Israel At 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour Of Power

May 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Israel At 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour Of Power

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it was a week of triumph. Last Tuesday, May 8, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. Thursday, May 10, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights, Bibi answered with a 70-missile attack on Iran in Syria. “If it rains on us, it will storm on them. I hope we have finished the episode,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, boasting that Israel’s raids hit “nearly all Iranian infrastructure in Syria.” The day before, Bibi was in Moscow, persuading Vladimir Putin to cancel the sale of Russia’s S-300 air defense system to…Continue Reading

From Puritan Aspiration To The Virginia Bill Of Rights

May 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on From Puritan Aspiration To The Virginia Bill Of Rights

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Throughout the nineteenth and most the twentieth century, schoolbooks depicted the early European settlers of the North American Continent as noble-minded immigrants, in the Old World persecuted for their religious faith, and in the New World bent on the creation of a more congenial society. In spite of attempts to totally secularize public school curricula, that story may yet prevail, if only to support the liberal immigration policy advanced by the progressive left. The truth is far more interesting, and perhaps more relevant. From the ranks of the Pilgrims who settled in the New World between 1620 and 1630 emerged a theocracy which was to prevail in New England through the latter part of the seventeenth…Continue Reading

Counter Culture Has Failed; Can We Try Culture Yet?

May 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Counter Culture Has Failed; Can We Try Culture Yet?

By SHAUN KENNEY Both Fr. James Schall, SJ, and our very own Christopher Manion have written about the concept of America’s impending revolution (The Wanderer, May 10, p. 1) — in short, the prospects of a leftist revolution right here at home. I am saddened to report that the revolution has already occurred. Not only have we lost, but we lost in tremendous numbers with generations of casualties. Some might say it began with the 1968 counterculture movement, but in truth we all know it began far earlier than this. Veterans returning home from post-Second World War Europe, perhaps? The rise of beatnik culture, the advent of existentialism in the works of thinkers such as Derrida, Camus, and Foucault, and…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Guide To Stop The Political And Cultural Trashing Of Our Lives And Nation

May 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… A Guide To Stop The Political And Cultural Trashing Of Our Lives And Nation

By DEXTER DUGGAN Reclaiming the Republic: How Christians and Other Conservatives Can Win Back America, by Robert G. Marshall, TAN Books, Charlotte, N.C., ISBN 978-1-5051-0940-5, 311 pages, hardback, $24.95, 2018. Bob Marshall, who passed a lot of years in the Virginia House of Delegates, serving 13 two-year terms, covers a lot of territory in this valuable political how-to book, from the Founders’ philosophy to precinct door-knocking, and from unacceptable judicial supremacy to voter-registration forms kept handy in the car to hand out. Whether the reader wants to know what the U.S.’s early architects thought about the three co-equal branches of government, or how effective Barack Obama was at voter contact in Virginia for the 2008 presidential election, Marshall, basically an…Continue Reading

To Whom Did Alfie Evans Belong?

May 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on To Whom Did Alfie Evans Belong?

By MIKE MANNO Well, the Brits did it again. Not satisfied after killing Little Charlie Gard last July, they found a new victim, err, patient, whom Her Majesty’s government decreed should die, in his own best interests. We all know the story of Little Alfie Evans, a child with an undisclosed — read that: undiagnosed — brain ailment and whose parents, with unmitigated gall, decided to try to save his life. You see, apparently in Great Britain, its Public Health Service — read that: socialized health service — is understood to be a better decision-maker for small children than the kid’s parents. The government’s imprimatur grants to the decision-makers in the health service a wisdom that is not given to…Continue Reading

DC’s Price Of Entry: Shattered Reputations, Ruined Lives

May 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on DC’s Price Of Entry: Shattered Reputations, Ruined Lives

By CHRISTOPHER MANION The mainstream media and their allies in the Deep State typically rage at anything President Trump does. It’s as predictable as the sunrise. But the attacks have recently broadened, targeting not only Trump but anybody with the audacity to work for him. The cases of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, NSC Director General Michael Flynn, and 2016 campaign aide Michael Caputo — all “former” associates of the president — are representative of a much broader search-and-destroy mission on the part of the left. But first, some history. In 1987, President Reagan nominated Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert Bork to serve on the Supreme Court, to replace retiring Justice Lewis Powell. The scathing attacks that ensued are…Continue Reading

As An Orange Mane Glows In D.C. . . . Republican Prospects Seem Brightening For Mid-Term Elections

May 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on As An Orange Mane Glows In D.C. . . . Republican Prospects Seem Brightening For Mid-Term Elections

By DEXTER DUGGAN Will Republicans in this November’s midterm elections do less walking into walls and more walking on water? Predictions from quarters that wish the GOP ill had foreseen a blue wave of outraged Democrats drowning chronically hapless Republicans in the vote ritual shortly after Halloween. Democrats are frightening enough as the current party of death and degeneracy, and the thought of their becoming more powerful politically in the month before Christmas is no gift by any measure. Political fortunes rise and fall with events, but in early May events were swimming in President Trump’s direction. Sensing the way the tide was running, GOP primary-election candidates often fought to position themselves as the Trumpiest of all. From beneath the…Continue Reading

Are Bibi And Bolton In The Wheel House Now?

May 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Are Bibi And Bolton In The Wheel House Now?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump on May 8 contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put on notice that their ties to Iran are to be severed, or secondary sanctions will be imposed on them. Driving the point home, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin ordered Airbus to cancel its $19 billion contract to sell 100 commercial planes to Iran. Who is cheering Trump’s trashing of the treaty? The neocons who sought his political extinction in 2016, the royals of the Gulf, Bibi Netanyahu, and the Iranian Republican Guard Corps. The IRGC…Continue Reading

Conceptions Of The Priesthood… Why Fewer Are Accepting The Call

May 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Conceptions Of The Priesthood… Why Fewer Are Accepting The Call

By JUDE DOUGHERTY It is well documented that in the aftermath of Vatican II, vocations to the Catholic priesthood fell dramatically. They subsequently rose under the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, only to decline again since 2012. Recent statistical reports are a cause for concern. There is a shortage of priests, notably in Europe and North America. Remedies proposed include an increased use of the permanent deaconate, the ordination of married men, abolishing the requirement of celibacy, and the ordination of women. Conceptions of the priesthood differ and that may be the reason that fewer accept a call. Human nature has not so changed that fewer are capable of the self-sacrifice normally associated with the priesthood. In…Continue Reading