(Character) Assassination

The source of the Left's outrage. The old definition of a Puritan is a person who is constantly worried that somewhere, someone is having a good time. The new definition of a “Progressive” should be a person who worries that somewhere, someone is trying to kill terrorists. Rachel Maddow fit the bill last night on MSNBC. Maddow mentioned a new wrinkle in the covert CIA concept that … [Read more...]

Jeane Kirkpatrick, RIP

For many of us, December 7 has another reason to live in infamy. Last Thursday, Ronald Reagan’s first ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, passed away at the age of 80. A tireless exponent of the truth, even when in environs as hostile as international diplomacy, she perfectly reflected her president's wishes and her nation's consensus. Her rhetoric “took everyone by … [Read more...]

Farewell, Chairman Bill

I am proud to say this article was read by William F. Buckley Jr. personally. Upon reading it, he sent a very kind personal letter to me, which remains one of my most cherished possessions. This article was excerpted in the August 9, 2004, hard copy issue of National Review. An edited online version may be seen here, although in the print copy, mine was the first article excerpted. We reprinted … [Read more...]