The Silence is Deafening

Chicago is a war zone. This Christmas weekend saw 43 more shootings, 11 of which were fatal. Chicago Police Department spokesman Jose Estrada told the New York Times that there have been 745 homicides this year, up from 476 at this point in 2015, and marking the first time since 1997 that there have been…

Terror in Berlin: The Beginning of the End for European Integration

The foremost job of a functioning government is to protect its citizens. In that regard, the European Union has failed due to decisions made by governing elites that further the liberal, globalist ideology of European elites at the expense of the people they govern. Anis Amri, the 24-year old Tunisian refugee in Germany without a…

Time to Move on: Responding to Democratic Distractions Since the Election

Since Donald Trump was elected president on November 8th, the Democratic reaction to his election has been a classic case of the five stages of grief—well, at least four of the five, because they have not quite reached acceptance. On Sunday, John Podesta, the architect of a presidential campaign that managed to lose despite spending…

America, Back in Business

“That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1863 Donald Trump’s election to the presidency last month allows those famous words uttered by Lincoln in his 1863 Gettysburg Address…

Trump, Tillerson, and Optimism for Russo-American Relations

For a party, president, and Secretary of State (and failed presidential candidate) who presented a giant red Reset button to the Russian foreign minister in 2011 and mocked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for referring to Russia as the “number one geopolitical foe of the United States”, the Democratic Party, led by the Obama administration…

Trumping the Dragon: An American End Game with China

President-Elect Donald Trump made waves last week by accepting a phone call from the newly (democratically) elected president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen. The Washington establishment and mainstream media let out a collective shriek as they wailed Trump was undoing decades of American foreign policy tradition since the Carter administration, which held that the United States would refuse…

Drastic Times Call for Drastic Measures: How to Fix College

Since Donald Trump’s election as president, protests have erupted in major American cities and on college campuses (I was actually caught in the middle of a protest in Charleston, SC last weekend). These protests have highlighted the divisions in this country which formed after eight years of an Obama administration, which despite being touted as…

Notre Dame A Sanctuary Campus? An Irrational Choice

In the past week, some Notre Dame faculty, employees, students, and alumni, have been circulating and signing a petition urging Fr. John Jenkins, the president of the University of Notre Dame, to make Notre Dame a sanctuary campus. Though Notre Dame already does much for undocumented students, such as not volunteering information to immigration authorities…

Beer of the Week: Buffalo Sweat, Tallgrass Brewing Co.

I found myself back in Rochester, MN, for work this week, and had the chance to drink a couple Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat beers at Dooley’s while watching the NLDS. I was really impressed with this beer, and think it has the potential to be a fall and winter favorite. Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat is an oatmeal…

What Caused the Rise of Trump?

The rise of Donald Trump is a reaction to how out-of-touch the political class in Washington, DC is with normal American voters. Regardless of our personal feelings toward Trump and his candidacy, it’s important for Americans to recognize the factors that spurred his rise. In my last post, I argued that Donald Trump (and Hillary…

Trump vs. Clinton: The Candidates We Deserve

Sadness. Frustration. Disgust. Anger. More Sadness. Those were my reactions to the second presidential debate on Sunday night, a debate that was anything but presidential. The first thirty minutes of the debate were almost unwatchable–I managed to get through it, but I was worried my face would be stuck in a permanent cringing expression. From…

College Football Week 5: Against the Spread

Last week: 8-5 Stanford @ Washington (-3) With the decline of Oregon this year, this game will in all likelihood decide the PAC 12 North this season. My head is telling me to pick Stanford–it’s tough to pick against Christian McCaffery, a strong defense, a great coaching staff, and a proven record of success the last…