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An American renewal

November 30, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Slowly and perhaps even surely, Donald Trump is pulling together a team he believes can help him achieve his goals. Which are what exactly?

The most basic are given to him in Article II, Section One, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution. On Jan. 20, 2017, Mr. Trump will swear to "faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States," and to the best of his "ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Faithful execution implies a presidential obligation to enforce the laws of the land. What about laws he objects to as a matter of principle or policy? He can work with Congress to repeal them. But to disregard them (as one might argue President Obama has done) is to violate his oath.

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Superfluous secessionist nonsense

November 23, 2016  •  The Washington Times

The People's Democratic Republic of Oregon. That has a kind of ring to it, don't you think? The reason this phrase has crystalized in my mind: Just after it was confirmed that Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton, a petition was submitted for a ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from these United States.

"Oregonian values are no longer the values held by the rest of the United States," Christian Trejbal, a freelance writer who filed the Oregon Secession Act, told the Oregonian, a Portland-based daily newspaper.

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The tide turns
Trump's victories pale in comparison to the challenges ahead

November 16, 2016  •  The Washington Times

First and foremost: Nothing is more pivotal to democratic governance then holding free and fair elections that lead to a peaceful transference of power. Over the past week, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama all demonstrated that they get that. This is an achievement that should not be taken for granted — an achievement that remains out of reach in too many of the world's nations.

Sadly, thousands of Americans are too ignorant to comprehend that. They have been not just protesting — that's fine, that's their right — but attacking Trump supporters, burning American flags and vandalizing property. Not without justification do Trump voters see this as confirmation that they made the right choice.

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The war against history

November 8, 2016  •  The Washington Times

"He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past." This, as you may recall, was the slogan of the totalitarian state imagined by George Orwell in 1984, his classic novel.

Today, various groups of Islamists — which we can define as those committed to Islamic supremacism — are operationalizing this concept, attempting to alter the historical record in support of their totalitarian ambitions.

Six months before the attack of Sept. 11, 2001, Taliban leader Mullah Omar ordered the destruction of Afghanistan's ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan. Why? Because those monumental statues were reminders of a time when the country was not Islamic.

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The Ideals of 1776

November 2, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Andrew Roberts, one of the world's great historians, took America to task last week. Let me rephrase that: He took Americans to task for what they – or rather we – are doing to these United States during an election season that often seems like a satirical novel, albeit one that would have benefited from more rigorous editing.

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