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A Trump Doctrine: “America First”

November 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on A Trump Doctrine: “America First”

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN However Donald Trump came upon the foreign policy views he espoused, they were as crucial to his election as his views on trade and the border. Yet those views are hemlock to the GOP foreign policy elite and the liberal Democratic interventionists of the Acela Corridor. Trump promised an “America First” foreign policy rooted in the national interest, not in nostalgia. The neocons insist that every Cold War and post-Cold War commitment be maintained, in perpetuity. On 60 Minutes, November 13, Trump said: “You know, we’ve been fighting this war for 15 years….We’ve spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, $6 trillion — we could have rebuilt our country twice. And you look at our roads…Continue Reading

Changing “Their” To A Single Pronoun

November 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Changing “Their” To A Single Pronoun

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is always difficult to determine if the time has come to adapt to grammatical errors and the incorrect use of words that have crept into everyday speech. But there are times when it is the wise thing to do. For example, I would argue that it makes no sense any longer to be rigid about the correct use of the term “begging the question.” We use words to communicate. If clinging to proper and traditional word usage leads to confusion, why do it? Highly respected reporters and television commentators now use “begs the question” in the incorrect way — all the time. They use the term to mean a statement that cries out for a…Continue Reading

Obama Attack On Arpaio . . . Sheriff’s Election Loss Not End Of Line For Dedicated Lawman

November 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Obama Attack On Arpaio . . . Sheriff’s Election Loss Not End Of Line For Dedicated Lawman

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Donald Trump and one of his early nationally known supporters, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, both were blasted by dominant media as racist bullies. The liberal propaganda tactic didn’t work sufficiently against President-elect Trump, who was subjected to it since 2015. On Election Day it finally worked against 84-year-old Arpaio, seeking his seventh straight term as sheriff, who had been targeted by media hammering for a decade or longer. That, plus a carefully timed assault against Arpaio by the open-borders Obama administration to bring the veteran sheriff into court for criminal contempt in December. And also multibillionaire left-wing globalist George Soros pouring in $2 million against Arpaio’s re-election. Arpaio first was elected sheriff in 1992,…Continue Reading

After November 8 Earthquake . . . Is The Political Landscape Settling Back?

November 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on After November 8 Earthquake . . . Is The Political Landscape Settling Back?

By DEXTER DUGGAN New Zealand had a November earthquake causing serious damage. But in the U.S., the shaken landscape following the seismic upheaval of the November 8 elections seemed to be settling back into place with little disruption in some spots. Reince Priebus, in many ways a settled establishment Republican, named chief of staff for temblor-causing President-elect Donald Trump. Paul Ryan, an open-borders, deal-cutting GOP international trader, quickly affirmed for his post as speaker of the U.S. House. Ryan and Priebus, moreover, are buddies. Veteran New York liberal Republican Rudy Giuliani being considered for a heavyweight position? National radio talk host Mark Levin said that “all I see is the establishment all over the place.” Trump’s new White House chief…Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Will Be Extra Tasty This Year

November 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Thanksgiving Will Be Extra Tasty This Year

By REY FLORES Thanksgiving Day is the day many of us remember as days spent with family and friends, when we gather to give thanks for God’s blessings. More secular folk see it as a day of gorging on food and football with nary a mention of God in the day. The fact that many of our families will be sitting at a table together again this year will make for quite the interesting conversations, especially after the presidential election. I think it’s fair to assume that many of us have politically liberal family members whom we of course love, but do not necessarily like. While it’ll be fun to serve some crow and humble pie to many of these…Continue Reading

Trashing The Electoral College

November 19, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Trashing The Electoral College

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Ever since I woke up early on Wednesday morning to check the election results, I have been wondering how liberal Democrats would react to Donald Trump’s victory. Would they blame the voters, the Electoral College system, WikiLeaks, James Comey? I knew how the left-wing flamethrowers would react, people like Van Jones and Lena Dunham, who fell all over themselves charging the voters with racism and sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia. You know the drill. I was looking for someone more temperate and open-minded. Someone like Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. Dionne is a liberal Catholic, informed, usually thoughtful and rational in his analysis of events. He gave us insight in his November 9 column in The Washington…Continue Reading

If Pope Won’t Clarify “Serious Error” . . . Burke Says Cardinals Must Make “Formal Act Of Correction”

November 18, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on If Pope Won’t Clarify “Serious Error” . . . Burke Says Cardinals Must Make “Formal Act Of Correction”

By PATRICK B. CRAINE (Wanderer President’s Note: By all accounts, the action of the four cardinals who submitted a letter regarding concerns about Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia constitutes a major event in this critical time for our Church. These cardinals should be applauded and supported with our prayers for their courageous efforts to seek clarity in their defense and protection of Catholic teaching. These concerns were presented to the Holy Father in a most charitable and respectful document. (The matter was initially presented privately and, after receiving no response, it is now being presented publicly, conforming to the norms of the Church as to not cause scandal. This follows many other attempts of expressions of concern and pleas…Continue Reading

Memo To Trump: “Action This Day!”

November 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Memo To Trump: “Action This Day!”

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “In victory, magnanimity!” said Winston Churchill. Donald Trump should be magnanimous and gracious toward those whom he defeated this past week, but his first duty is to keep faith with those who put their faith in him. The protests, riots, and violence that have attended his triumph in city after city should only serve to steel his resolve. As for promptings that he “reach out” and “reassure” those upset by his victory, and trim or temper his agenda to pacify them, Trump should reject the poisoned chalice. This is the same old con. Trump should take as models the Democrats FDR and LBJ. Franklin Roosevelt, who had savaged Herbert Hoover as a big spender, launched his…Continue Reading

More On Cursive

November 16, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on More On Cursive

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK In the October 6 edition of First Teachers, we featured a discussion of the growing movement away from the teaching of cursive writing in our schools. A professor from a large university has forwarded to us some additional information in defense of the teaching of cursive. It comes from a study in the journal Psychological Science by Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles. Mueller and Oppenheimer write, “As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when…Continue Reading

By Word Of Mouth Or Pen And Ink

November 15, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on By Word Of Mouth Or Pen And Ink

By PHILIP TROWER I don’t think anyone would deny that among the outstanding achievements of Western civilization is its historical scholarship. Before the present “global age,” it had managed to recover in detail not only its own past but, insofar as it was possible, that of nearly every other nation on Earth. The point was made in a remarkable book published in the early 1950s called The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian. The author, Nirad Chaudhuri, was a gifted Bengali who had steeped himself in European historical and linguistic scholarship, and in the process had developed a deep love and admiration for it. But why, he asks himself, had it happened in Europe not India? Europeans and Indians were both…Continue Reading