David Marcus: COVID has given us a new normal and it’s not bold or beautiful

By David Marcus Among the most foolish utterances of the COVID pandemic, and it’s a very competitive category, was that it was the chance to create a bold and beautiful new normal. …read more

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True North Moves in The Right Direction

By Bradley Devlin

When I was an intern at the Heritage Foundation in 2019, the program leaders and scholars who would address our intern class during luncheons would often talk about “true north,” the guiding principles of conservatism that inform how the Heritage Foundation goes about helping form policy. Say what you will about the Heritage Foundation and some of its stances—I would likely agree with many of your critiques—today I can report that true north has moved in the right direction.

The Heritage Foundation has chosen Kevin Roberts, the chief executive officer of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, to be the successor to Kay Coles James as Heritage president. In a statement released by the Heritage Foundation, Barb Van Andel-Gaby, chairman of Heritage’s Board of Trustees, said, “After looking at candidates from across the country and throughout the conservative movement, one person truly stood out: Heritage’s trustees have unanimously elected Dr. Kevin Roberts as our next president.”

While there were many outstanding candidates we interviewed during the search process, Kevin was the best choice to lead The Heritage Foundation at this pivotal time in our nation’s history. Kevin has an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep enthusiasm for conservative solutions, and he will bring with him a different perspective as a D.C. outsider… He will ensure that our unprecedented influence on Capitol Hill continues, and he shares our belief that Heritage must lead not only conservatives—but America—with a positive vision for the future.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead The Heritage Foundation and honored the board selected me as its next president,” Roberts said in the announcement.

Heritage is known throughout the conservative movement and policy community as a solutions factory. As a lifelong, movement conservative, I have always seen Heritage as the beacon of conservatism and of the American dream. In recent years, as I have worked with Heritage scholars on several issues, I came to appreciate Heritage’s critical role at this particular point in history. Coming from a state as free and prosperous as Texas, I’m eager to share the innovative ideas we developed and build on them.

For months, members of the media reported a who’s who of big names in Conservative Inc. that could be chosen to fill James’ shoes, from former Vice President Mike Pence to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. It would have been easy for the Heritage Foundation to pull a former Trump administration name out of a hat in order to try and get into the good graces of what some call the “new right,” while offering little institutional or outlook change.

In choosing Roberts, Heritage decided not to do that, which deserves to be commended. Roberts doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk. In a recent appearance on American Moment’s “Moment of Truth” podcast, Roberts said that the process of education, properly understood, “cultivates in each student a desire to be free. Not freedom as …read more

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Karol Markowicz: Parents as terrorists, cancel culture mobs – we must fight the age of conformity

By Karol Markowicz It is the age of conformity. We see it in the cancel culture around us, the vaccine mandates pushed by the president, the move to turn parents at school board meetings into domestic terrorists. …read more

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Janice Dean: NY’s new governor has given me a glimmer of hope related to COVID nursing home deaths

By Janice Dean My husband Sean and I and other grieving families who lost loved ones to COVID in New York nursing homes met with Gov. Kathy Hochul this week. …read more

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Greg Gutfeld: When Democrats are in charge, they can get away with anything

By Greg Gutfeld Dems never need to worry about their sins. Just as Jon Gruden loses his job for racist comments in private emails, the media gives a pass to Hunter for throwing around the “n-word” like he was Jimmy Kimmel in a Snoop Dogg skit. …read more

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Don’t Commit to Defense of Taiwan

By Ivan Eland

China, under the leadership of strongman Xi Jinping, has become more assertive in East Asia, recently increasing military flights near Taiwan, which it regards as an errant province. Of course, this has spun up the interventionist foreign policy establishment in the United States. For example, Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, recently advocated removing the public ambiguity surrounding whether the United States would defend Taiwan if attacked by China. Yet making this informal alliance an explicit one is an extremely bad idea.

Some allege that Taiwan is strategic to the United States, because in any war with China it would be like having a giant aircraft carrier off the coast of our adversary or because the offshore island is near important trading routes. Although the Chinese want Taiwan reincorporated into China primarily because of domestic nationalist sentiments, their military is probably painfully aware of Taiwan’s potential for use as a large base from which the United States could attack China. This threat is vivid for China, given that it was carved up by Western powers in the late nineteenth and early 20th centuries, including the U.S. contribution of forces to Western military suppression of the anti-colonial Chinese revolt labeled the Boxer Rebellion.

Of course, if the Chinese had the use of bases on Cuba, off the U.S. coast, the United States would not stand for it—as the Cuban Missile Crisis with the Soviet Union during the Cold War showed. As for America protecting sea lanes for trade, China depends heavily on international commerce for economic prosperity and has little incentive to restrict such trade, thus raising the hackles of the entire world.

More important, Taiwan’s value as a base in any U.S. military dust-up with a nuclear-armed China pales in comparison with the role a U.S. defense of the island could play as a cause of that potentially cataclysmic war in the first place. China would have a much easier time attacking Taiwan than the United States would have defending an island halfway across the world. When push comes to shove, China is much nearer to Taiwan than is the United States and feels much more strongly about getting it back than does the United States about protecting it.

Thus, making an explicit U.S. commitment to do so should be avoided. Any significant U.S. armed confrontation with China has the potential to go nuclear, and the United States would need to answer the ultimate question of whether it wants to sacrifice Los Angeles (and other U.S. cities) to save Taipei. The answer should be a resounding, “No!”

The fallback argument for interventionists is the rather imperial one used throughout the Cold War, that “American credibility” with its many other wards around world would be undermined if the United States failed to defend Taiwan. This argument was used to entangle the United States in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, which also were fought over non-strategic areas in the adversary’s sphere of influence.

More generally, in its decades as a superpower, the United States has …read more

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Michael Goodwin: The Hunter Biden saga remains an outrageous scandal on its first anniversary

By Michael Goodwin Much of America remains in the dark about the scandalous profiteering of the Biden family even one year after the New York Post’s report. …read more

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