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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Does America Need More Moore?



Friends, sometimes voters face hard choices.  They must consider voting for a candidate in whom they do not have complete confidence.  They may also have to weigh serious charges against a candidate, which may or may not be true, and which will almost always be politically-motivated.  If you live in the great state of Alabama, you know exactly what I mean.  Here is my analysis of the choice that Alabama voters face on Tuesday, December 12th:

Roy Moore for Senate – For Now...

On Tuesday, Alabama voters face a difficult choice. They can vote for Republican and conservative Judge Roy Moore, accused of sexual misconduct. They can vote for the Democrat, Doug Jones, and potentially scuttle the barely functioning Republican majority in the Senate. Or, lastly, they can choose to not vote at all, which is, given the political dynamics, effectively a vote for Jones and for Democratic obstructionism. Of these options, clearly the best is to vote for Roy Moore, as I will explain.

There are currently 52 Republicans out of 100 Senators, giving the Republicans a precarious majority, and in many instances a wholly insufficient one, given the filibuster. Mitch McConnell failed to push a repeal of Obamacare through the Senate largely because of this flimsy majority. The tax bill only passed by a razor thin 51-49 margin. Since the election, moreover, the only thing the Senate has done with a degree of efficiency and dispatch is approve President Trump's cabinet appointments and judicial nominees. Even this will become difficult, however, if Democrat Doug Jones prevails and becomes Alabama's next Senator. In short, the ability of conservatives to accomplish anything whatsoever in Washington, D.C. hinges on maintaining and expanding the Republican majority in the Senate. That conservatives would acquiesce to shrinking this majority is inconceivable. This is ample reason to vote for Roy Moore.

In addition, as Americans, we should remember that Roy Moore is entitled to a presumption of innocence. Various women accuse him of various misdeeds. Some of these allegations are relatively inconsequential; some of them are extremely consequential, amounting to sexual assault and child abuse. It is possible that Roy Moore is guilty of the former and innocent of the latter. If so, this would surely matter. It is possible that he is wholly innocent. It is also possible, we must admit, that he is guilty of everything of which he has been accused, and maybe of even worse. We do not know for sure, and that is the point: we cannot condemn a man solely on the basis of accusations. Evidence must be weighed, and due process must be applied.

What would due process look like? It could occur in the context of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation, or one or more of the women who accuse Moore could sue him in civil court, perhaps arguing that he has defamed their character by denying their truthful allegations, and then a jury would have the opportunity to decide the case. This would be infinitely preferable to trying Moore in the court of public opinion, and thus allowing the moral conscience of the Washington Post to decide who is eligible to become a U.S. Senator. 
 
If Moore was to be proven guilty of any crime, then presumably he would resign from the Senate, or he would be deprived of his seat by a two-thirds vote of his colleagues. Alabama's Republican Governor would then appoint a (suitably conservative) replacement, and we would be right back where we started. In the interim, therefore, electing Roy Moore to the Senate does no obvious harm.

Alabama voters are justly hesitant to vote for a man accused of sexual impropriety. They should remember, however, that it is impossible to know the heart of any political candidate with absolute certainty. Any politician could turn out to be a sexual predator, a homicidal maniac, a serial arsonist, or even a lawyer. We live in a fallen world, and thus it would be folly to expect that any potential officeholder will embody perfection. Nevertheless, we should always give our fellow men and women the benefit of the doubt.

Along these lines, we should not lose sight of the fact that Roy Moore is a principled conservative, who has demonstrated a willingness to make personal sacrifices in order to uphold his most deeply cherished beliefs. (And these beliefs are, after all, the real reason why liberals detest him.) Twice, Moore has been removed as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama. Both times, this was because of his adamant refusal to comply with judicial orders he thought were wrong. Although dedicated to the law, in other words, Moore recognizes a higher law, which he is unwilling to transgress. This makes Moore, arguably, a bad judge, but it does not make him a bad man. Even liberals admire civil disobedience, when they sympathize with the underlying cause.

Roy Moore's granite resolve, I would argue, does not make him unfit to be a U.S. Senator. It makes him uniquely fit to be a U.S. Senator, especially in an age when few other politicians are willing to jeopardize their power and perquisites to serve a higher cause. The question, then, is whether Moore's alleged misdeeds negate his obvious merits. Only time will tell, and for now, therefore, Alabama voters should base their choice on what we know about Judge Moore – that he is a devout Christian and a steadfast conservative – and not on politically-motivated and largely unsubstantiated allegations.

Alabama voters should pick Moore, secure in the knowledge that, if the allegations against him are ever proven true, then there is a system in place to remove him, and the people of Alabama, not the press, will once again decide who gets to represent them in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Impeachment Circus Comes to Town


Friends, it's finally happened: the House of Representatives has voted on articles of impeachment directed at President Trump.  Now, today's vote was purely symbolic, but the numbers are interesting.  58 Democrats (and zero Republicans) voted to proceed with the articles of impeachment.  Keep in mind that these articles didn't even specify a violation of the law -- they merely advanced the argument that Trump is a big meanie stupidhead, and thus should be ejected from office.  To my mind, 58 seems like a low number.  Liberals all across the country are embracing impeachment wholeheartedly, and they long ago convicted Trump, in their warped minds, of treason, obstruction of justice, jaywalking, and other assorted high crimes and misdemeanors.  In addition, any Democrat who DOESN'T vote for impeachment risks a primary challenge from the left.  Why not get on with it and impeach him, therefore?  Partly, their hesitation is a result of fidelity to the Democratic leadership, which believes that we need to let the investigations of Trump play out before impeaching him (big of them, I know).  Partly, Democrats are also worried that impeachment could backfire.  After all, Republican efforts to impeach President Clinton only polarized the country and gave him breathing space to rebuild his popularity.  He left office in good shape, if his polling numbers are a reliable indicator.  Impeachment is an extreme remedy, after all, and in some ways Democrats might prefer to wound Trump rather than remove him.  They seem to expect that they will make massive gains in 2018 -- why jeopardize those gains by pursuing a risky impeachment gambit?  For now, President Trump is safe.  Presumably, though, Mueller will give the impeachment crowd cover to advance their agenda out in the open, and in strength, soon enough.  Don't be surprised if Mueller waits to release his specious "findings" until they can do maximum damage to Republicans.  Above all, gird yourselves, because this is only the beginning of a long, gruesome fight!

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/363544-house-rejects-democratic-resolution-to-impeach-trump#.WihRfp5ieWA.twitter

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Just When You Thought the NFL Was Recovering Its Sanity...



Friends, the kneeling and black power salutes have abated somewhat, but what price is the NFL prepared to pay to keep a lid on its un-patriotic players?  Check out this article, which details the NFL's plans to steer its charitable giving to radical leftist organizations linked to George Soros.  Sadly, this is a common ploy on the left: essentially, businesses and organizations are given an ultimatum either to donate to leftist causes (and institute quotas) or face unending charges of "racism!", "sexism!", etc etc.  Jesse Jackson was a master practitioner of this form of P.C. extortion.  It's sad, needless to say, to see the NFL succumb to these tactics.  In the end, the only way to defeat them is to fight fire with fire.  By that I don't mean to fight extortion with extortion, but rather to use the power of the purse to motivate organizations like the NFL to straighten up and fly right.  In short, if fans refuse to watch the NFL, or attend games, or buy merchandise, advertisers will in turn pressure the league to show more respect to the flag and cease patronizing radical groups.  This can be a winning strategy, but in all likelihood it will necessitate canning Roger Goodell.  When that happens, we'll know the tide has finally turned.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/4/nfl-inks-deal-george-soros-linked-social-justice-g/

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tom Steyer: Public Enemy Number One?




Hi friends.  Dr. Waddy is at it again -- calling out the Left for its dastardly deeds.  Today I published an expose of Tom Steyer in The Daily Caller.  Steyer is the billionaire who is funding tv and internet ads calling for the impeachment of President Trump.  His reasoning is of course specious, but his agenda is even more frightening.  His contempt for democracy and for the rights of conservative Americans is also boundless.  This is a man who you need to keep tabs on.  Elite leftists like Tom Steyer will impose judicial tyranny on us, if they get half a chance.  Read on, and arm yourself with knowledge!

http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/01/the-billionaire-behind-calls-for-trumps-impeachment-has-a-hidden-agenda/

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Giant Sucking Sound That Is...Elon Musk



I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with all the trimmings!  Now, feast your eyes on my latest article, published in an exciting new venue, American Thinker.  It's about Elon Musk, who you may know for his ventures in space travel, solar energy, and electric sports cars.  Musk is also a prodigious consumer of government funds, and my piece tells that side of the story.  Read on:

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/how_much_should_taxpayers_invest_in_elon_musk.html

But that's not all!!!  I offer you this special bonus -- an article in National Review that summarizes President Trump's many accomplishments to date.  It's the perfect antidote to all the naysaying you'll encounter in the mainstream media.  Enjoy!

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454028/donald-trump-accomplishments-thanksgiving

Friday, November 24, 2017

Trump's Asia Trip and the Need for Missile Defense



Recently, as you will know, Trump hit Asia like a typhoon, uprooting complacency everywhere he went.  His firm and unapologetic adherence to America First principles, coupled with unswerving respect for the peoples and cultures of Asia, were just what was needed.  My most recent article praises Trump's accomplishments during his Asian tour, and repeats my earlier call for a strengthening of U.S. missile defense capabilities, to give President Trump maximum leverage in dealings with rogue regimes like the one in North Korea.  More importantly, missile defense gives the USA the ability to defend itself from nuclear attacks -- and in that sense every component of our missile defense systems is worth its weight in gold!  Luckily, though, these systems aren't made of gold -- in fact, they're remarkably cheap, given what they can do.  All the more reason to make them stronger.

Here's the article, which has so far appeared in American Greatness and the Lockport Union-Sun and Journal:

https://amgreatness.com/2017/11/21/missile-defense-the-epitome-of-america-first/

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!



I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and please don't forget to say a prayer and give thanks for all the blessings that come with living in the US of A!  We're very fortunate, despite all our gripes.  It pays to remember that.

Gobble gobble!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The China Syndrome



Greetings!  As many of you know, I am concerned, like so many Americans, about the rise of China, and I wholeheartedly support President Trump's agenda of recasting our relationship with China to protect U.S. interests and American jobs.  We should anticipate, however, that many big corporations will be more concerned with their bottom lines than they are with U.S. national interests.  Qualcomm is a case in point.  It is increasingly becoming a Chinese company rather than an American one.  The stakes are high, because Qualcomm, and companies like it, possess technology secrets that underpin American strategic and economic dominance.  We cannot afford to see these advantages compromised.  Luckily, President Trump is showing a lot more vigilance in the protection of our national interests than any President in recent memory.  That's no reason for complacency, though.  Read my article, and you'll have a better understanding of the dangers that we face:

https://townhall.com/columnists/nicholaswaddy/2017/11/21/qualcomms-love-affair-with-china-jeopardizes-national-security-and-us-technology-dominance-n2412471

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trump and the UFC



Friends, containing the growth of big government is an endless task.  Even most Republicans in Washington are lukewarm fiscal conservatives and states' righters, and most Democrats are a lost cause.  It turns out some in Congress, in fact, would like to work some federal magic on the mixed martial arts scene, which, as you probably know, is flourishing.  Let's tell Uncle Sam to mind his own business, shall we?  Here is my analysis of the issue, published in Townhall (another new venue for Waddy prose):

https://townhall.com/columnists/nicholaswaddy/2017/11/15/uncle-sam-dont-pick-a-fight-with-the-mma-n2409837

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Marxism and Racism: A Primer



I would like to recommend the article below, which sets in historical context the modern leftist/socialist claim to carry the banner of anti-racism.  There are indeed historical connections between leftist ideology and racism, and certainly there is no lack of evidence that Marxist ideas can inspire mass murder.  Where the author falls short, however, is in his failure to recognize the fact that race has become the ideological touchstone of the modern left -- that literally everything and everyone the left dislikes is now "racist".  Moreover, the knee-jerk anti-white prejudices of the left are themselves racist, albeit a form of racism that probably the likes of Marx and Engels never foresaw.

https://capx.co/socialisms-obsession-with-race/

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Brave New World



Friends, you didn't think for a moment that the transgender movement was the endpoint of liberal wackiness, did you?  Oh no.  There's more to come.  Much more.  Witness this article about a man who is, in addition to being transgender, "transracial".  He was born white, but identifies as Filipino.  Now, here's where it gets interesting, because the law is very clear about who can be defined as "white", "black", "Hispanic", etc., based on ancestry, because, lest we forget, many tangible benefits provided by government are based on one's race or ethnicity.  Thus, we can't have (loathsome) white people redefining themselves as (noble) minorities willy-nilly, now can we?  Moreover, as this man admits, he fears being accused of "cultural appropriation".  In other words, people of color sometimes jealously guard their cultural uniqueness, which they are unwilling to share with unworthy white people.  Issues like these, needless to say, tie up liberals in knots.  You might recall the white woman who redefined herself as black, and became, for a while, the head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, until she was laughed out of town.  Why, you ask, is every transgender individual to be celebrated to the nth degree, while people who are "transracial" are suspect, in liberals' eyes?  You would think, given that gender is much more rooted in biology than race is, that it would be easier, not harder, to make a claim of bring transracial, but such is not the case.  The question, as always, is one of leftist sensitivities.  Leftists like the transgender crowd.  Years of propaganda have convinced them that transgender people can be permitted into the hallowed halls of victimhood, and thus every transgender person, even if they betray their country, is a hero.  Perhaps in a few years liberals will feel the same about transracial folks.  I doubt it, though.  Much as liberals profess to disbelieve in the reality of race, it is such a defining characteristic in their eyes, and minority status is so precious to them, that they will be loath to share it with anyone who doesn't make the grade.  Mark my words: the political and legal definitions of gender and sex will get slipperier and slipperier -- but race will remain inviolate.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/13/transracial-man-born-white-says-he-feels-filipino/858043001/

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Not So Fast, Democrats!


I hope you're all having a happy and/or solemn Veterans Day!  FYI, today I appeared on WLEA's "Top Story" program, and the main topic of conversation was the recent election results in Virginia, New Jersey, etc.  My position is that, far from signaling the ruin of the Republican Party, the real takeaway is that the political dynamics haven't changed much from November 2016 to now.  Listen in and decide for yourself:

http://wlea.net/newsmaker-november-11-2017-professor-nick-waddy/

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Rural America Shouldn't Be Forgotten



My most recent article addresses a critical problem that all too often the mainstream media completely ignores: rural poverty.  One of the best ways to create opportunity for rural Americans is to bring broadband internet to every corner of this nation.  It's a technical challenge, but we're making considerable progress, and more may be coming.  Read on for additional details.

Incidentally, one of this blog's most faithful and insightful followers, who you will know as Jack, pointed out to me that an additional benefit of bringing broadband internet access to millions more Americans is that they will be empowered to access information, education, and entertainment NOT approved by the mainstream media and/or the corporate/academic/Hollywood/Washington elite.  Now THAT is a goal worth embracing, wouldn't you say?

Here's the aforementioned article, published first in the Olean Times Herald:

http://www.oleantimesherald.com/commentary/trump-s-fcc-can-lend-helping-hand-to-rural-america/article_a3ed6220-c1b9-11e7-959b-cf811f69c1ac.html

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fighting the Good Fight



Recently, General Kelly got himself in hot water for daring to praise (gasp!) General Robert E. Lee, the scrupulously honorable commander of the Army of Northern Virginia.  I feel General Kelly's pain, insofar as I too have been lambasted for having the temerity to state the obvious about Lee.  Here is a fine analysis of the issue of Lee's legacy:

http://nypost.com/2017/10/31/kelly-is-right-about-robert-e-lee/

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Trump-Russia Hoax Never Dies



Friends, you may be concerned about the indictments of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates that were issued this week by the Special Prosecutor investigating Trump-Russia "collusion".  Well, don't lose any sleep over them.  The substance of the charges has nothing to do with collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and it has absolutely nothing to do with President Trump himself.  The purpose of these charges is to capture headlines and to put pressure on Trump associates to give Mueller what he wants (dirt on Trump)...or else!  In reality, though, Mueller's case against Manafort appears to be weak, and in any case whatever nuisance charges Mueller contrives to press, President Trump has the pardon power to quash them, if need be.  Now, maybe Manafort is a sleazebag.  Stranger things have happened.  In that case, he deserves justice.  The bottom line, however, is that, lacking evidence to support their broader conspiracy theories, all the left has is threats, bluff, and spin.  Unfortunately, sometimes that's enough.  Should Mueller be fired?  Probably that would be counterproductive.  If you want my opinion, though, Trump should fire Rod Rosenstein, who is the Deputy Attorney General who brought us the Special Prosecutor in the first place.  He also gave Mueller his exceedingly vague mandate, which ensured that he could investigate Trump and friends for anything and everything, but that he wouldn't dream of prying into any Democratic scandals, corruption, "collusion", or miscellaneous malfeasance.  The terms of this inquiry are indeed an outrage, and the Obama administration's, the DNC's, and the Clinton campaign's subversion of the justice system and the intelligence community in order to blacken the name of their political adversaries ought, by rights, to be the bigger story, and the real focus of any Special Prosecutor.  Alas, such is not the case.  Anyway, to get you up to speed on the significance of the latest developments, I recommend these two excellent analyses:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453244/manafort-indictment-no-signs-trump-russia-collusion

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/31/that_other_plot_--_to_bring_down_trump_135406.html

Oh, and Happy Halloween!  Don't let those ghoulish lefties give you a fright...

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Left's Doomsday Weapon: Lawyers!



Behold, my latest article, published in Morning Consult (thanks to the editors!), which concerns the newest front in the left's ongoing campaign to subvert democracy.  That's right -- I said it -- the left wants to subvert democracy.  They can talk all they like about phony Russia conspiracies, but the simple fact is that liberals have no compunction about overruling the will of the people and accomplishing their goals through the courts.  Indeed, they think, and are not shy in saying, that the law and the constitution are "ever-changing".  Friends, that means that the left gets to reinterpret the law and the constitution as they please to suit their agenda.  It also means that when people like Donald Trump win elections, the left will use the courts to prevent them from exercising power.  We saw that just today, with a federal judge's injunction against President Trump's order excluding transgender people from the military.  Now, every American can decide for themselves what they think about the issue on the merits, but shouldn't the elected representatives of the people, and not unelected judges, have the final say?  Well, liberals think not.  My article is about leftist efforts to sue the pants off of energy companies, which they blame for climate change, and don't think that they'll stop there.  Gun manufacturers -- liberals have their eyes on you too.  President Trump can expect to be confronted with a Great Wall of judicial activism and obstruction as long as he's President.  The Supreme Court will have to work overtime to clear away some of this judicial troublemaking.  As conservatives, we'd like to think that winning elections will guarantee us the opportunity to accomplish our policy goals, but with the courts, lawyers, the media, the education system, Hollywood, and corporate America largely arrayed against us, nothing comes easy.  Brace yourselves, therefore, for a long, hard slog!

https://morningconsult.com/opinions/left-wants-lawyers-not-voters-shape-u-s-climate-policy/

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

After ISIS, What Comes Next?



Partly thanks to President Trump's aggressive moves against ISIS, that repulsive force is now in retreat, and as a "state" it is close to collapse.  Now is no time for complacency, however.  Behold, my latest article, which reflects on the latest developments in the Middle East, and on prospects for further progress:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/23/after-isis-what-comes-next/

Thursday, October 19, 2017

North Korea: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario



Friends, the North Korean regime is, as we all know, unpredictable, volatile, and unrelenting hostile to the United States.  It is also armed with nuclear weapons and is working hard to develop the capacity to deliver them to our shores.  Complacency is not an option.  If President Trump decides we need to take out North Korea's nuclear and missile programs with airstrikes, I will support him.  Whatever we do in North Korea, though, we need the capacity to defend ourselves from ICBMs.  That is the subject of my most recent article.  Check it out, and thanks to The Daily Surge for publishing it!

http://dailysurge.com/2017/10/north-koreas-emp-threats-preparing-worst/

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Waddy Returns...Again!



Once again, this week I was interviewed by Brian O'Neil for the Newsmaker program on WLEA in Hornell.  This time we talked about the war against ISIS, gun control, media bias, the NFL anthem controversy, the Vietnam War, and a host of other issues.  No stone was left unturned.  Listen in, and be amazed!!!

http://wlea.net/newsmaker-october-17-2017-professor-nicholas-waddy/

Those Dems Just Don't Know When to Stop



Sometimes the self-delusional heights to which lefties ascend are, well, downright funny.  Some liberals, believe it or not, still haven't given up on the Clinton campaign.  This joker has formulated a way for Hillary Clinton to replace Trump in the White House...  Priceless!  The fact that so many leftists are inclined to believe this nonsense only makes it more uproarious.  Enjoy!

http://www.newsweek.com/hillary-clinton-president-lawrence-lessig-post-686077

Saturday, October 14, 2017

President Trump Defends the Flag



President Trump's radio address this week was an eloquent defense of Old Glory.  It seems incongruous that a U.S. President should have to explain why, in America, we ought to respect our own flag, but these are the times we live in...  Fortunately, in the NFL, we seem to be winning the battle.  The real litmus test will come if a Dallas Cowboys player decides to defy Jerry Jones.  Then the rubber will meet the road...  Stay tuned!

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/10/14/trump_weekly_address_respecting_the_flag_of_the_united_states.html

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Trade fairness and...the NFL?



Behold, my latest article, about an issue of trade fairness and the rule of law, combined with a few of my thoughts on the NFL anthem controversy...  Enjoy!

http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/11/amazingly-samsung-and-lg-are-as-bad-as-the-nfl/

Friday, October 6, 2017

Reassessing the Vietnam War



Thanks to Ken Burns, the Vietnam War is once again in the public eye, and I seek to set the record straight in my latest article, coming soon to a newspaper (or a conservative website) near you...  See what you think:


The Vietnam War: A Noble But Ill-Fated Crusade


Given the renewed public interest that Ken Burns' The Vietnam War has generated, now seems like an ideal time to revisit some of the lessons of that conflict. In particular, I wish to dispel two oft-repeated myths: that the U.S. effort in Vietnam was hopelessly morally compromised, and that the U.S. effort was doomed to failure. Neither of these notions, which have become conventional wisdom on the left, stand up to serious scrutiny.

First, with respect to the moral foundations of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, we must begin by acknowledging the context: in the midst of the Cold War, America was committed to a strategy of “containment”. That is, from Truman to Reagan, every U.S. President sought to prevent the spread of communism and Soviet influence by supporting non-communist governments around the world. In the early 1960s, President Kennedy decided that the U.S. needed to take a stand against communist infiltration in South Vietnam, partly because we had recently been embarrassed by the communist takeover in Cuba and the defeat of the CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion there. U.S. credibility was on the line: having pledged our support to those who were fighting communist subversion, we would have looked impotent and unreliable if we allowed South Vietnam to fall to the communist North.

Lest we forget, communism was a force for evil of unparalleled strength and ruthlessness. Communists held sway over a significant portion of the planet for only about 70 years, but in this time they killed approximately 100 million people. Those who suggest the appeasement of communists, or the abandonment of South Vietnam, must therefore explain where in the world they would have been willing to take a stand against such a formidable enemy – and if the answer is Georgia, or Oregon, or Connecticut, then we must ask: how much greater would the casualties have been in such a war, if the advance of communism had been allowed to proceed unhindered to our very shores? Vietnam was arguably of trivial importance to the United States, yes, but its very triviality made it an ideal location to fight a holding action against the communist menace.

The related argument that the means that the U.S. employed to fight the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army were immoral is equally specious. True, American soldiers sometimes committed war crimes, and Vietnamese civilians were killed by U.S. bombing raids in the North, but the more salient point is that civilian casualities always represented a failure of U.S. precautions, which were designed to preserve innocent life, whereas for the communist enemy such casualties represented deliberate murder on a lavish scale. The Viet Cong assassinated its political opponents, obliterated thousands of villages, and massacred civilian prisoners, intentionally and repeatedly, in order to terrorize the people of South Vietnam. There is no moral equivalence between the United States of America and the Viet Cong. Anyone who says otherwise has been watching entirely too much network news.

Moreover, whatever moral compromises the U.S. may have made in supporting a flawed regime in South Vietnam, the consequences of abandoning our friends and allies in that country to their fates under a communist dictatorship were infinitely worse. The fall of South Vietnam to the communist North in 1975 led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians, including “boat people” who died attempting to flee a communist-instigated apocalypse. Make no mistake, therefore – those who advocated a U.S. abandonment of South Vietnam, who consider themselves advocates of “peace and love,” have blood on their hands no less than the soldiers who fought there.

Finally, with respect to the notion that victory was not possible in the Vietnam War, I invite the reader to consider the events of 1972, which prove that victory was not only possible, but easily within our grasp. By 1972, the U.S. policy of “Vietnamization” had dramatically improved the fighting capabilities of the South Vietnamese army (ARVN), which permitted a vast reduction in the number of U.S. troops deployed. In late March, the North mounted a massive conventional invasion of the South, hoping to take advantage of the U.S. drawdown. This invasion was defeated, and much of the North Vietnamese Army was shattered, by ARVN counterattacks, supported by U.S. military aid, advisors, and airpower. In November 1972, as if to seal this victory, the American people dealt George McGovern, the avowedly anti-war Democratic candidate for President, a historic thrashing. He won one state to President Nixon's forty-nine. The “Christmas bombings” of December 1972 gave the North Vietnamese the last push they needed to sign the Paris Peace Accords of 1973, ending the war with an American victory, i.e. a successful containment of communism in southeast Asia. All that was required to consolidate this triumph was an ongoing American commitment to support our friends in South Vietnam. It was, therefore, the ultimate abandonment of this sacred duty, instigated by leftist propaganda and communist disinformation, that led finally to North Vietnam's conquest of the South in 1975. Had President Nixon remained in office, and had Congress not underminded U.S. support for South Vietnam, it is my firm belief that that country would never have fallen.

The Vietnam War today serves as a prism through which one can view almost any question of U.S. foreign policy, national security, or even morality and popular culture, and there is still much to be learned by studying the conflict. The lessons, however, are certainly not as simple as the ex-hippies who dominate academia and the mainstream media would have us believe.

“The Vietnam Syndrome,” as President Reagan described it, which has hobbled our country for decades, persists even today. Among its most pernicious effects has been to instill in the American people the false belief that America itself is evil, and any mission we undertake overseas must be rooted in selfishness, greed, ignorance, and racism. The truth about the Vietnam War, however, is that we fought it for a noble cause, and, in the end, sadly, by ceasing to believe in that cause and in ourselves, we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History in the State University of New York and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Waddy Saturates the Airwaves Yet Again



Hi, friends.  I was interviewed by Brian O'Neil at WLEA in Hornell once again for the Newsmaker program, and you can listen to the show here:

http://wlea.net/newsmaker-october-3-2017-professor-nicholas-waddy/

We covered a lot of ground, talking about the shooting in Las Vegas, tax reform, Puerto Rican relief efforts, the failure of Graham-Cassidy, as well as reflecting on the Confederate flag and my travels in Croatia and Bosnia this summer.  I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

For Those Keeping Score...

The collective insanity of NFL players abated somewhat this week...  Bottom line: the vast majority of NFL players agree with President Trump: it's patriotic and respectful to STAND during the national anthem. 

It's telling that we're getting some black power salutes mixed in with the kneeling, by the way.  A race-blind America is not at all what many of these leftists have in mind...

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/10/01/nfls-week-4-sees-more-kneeling-during-national-anthem.html

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Double Dose 'll Do Ya...



Greetings!  Your conservative hero has been hard at work, holding high the torch of liberty, so that more and more Americans can see it...  Earlier this week, I appeared once again on the Newsmaker program of WLEA in Hornell.  Brian O'Neil was my excellent host.  We talked about many issues, including the NFL controversy, North Korea, Graham-Cassidy, and the Vietnam War.  You can listen to the broadcast here:

http://wlea.net/newsmaker-september-26-2017-1-hour-special-with-professor-nick-waddy-and-dr-gary-ostrower/

Yesterday, a slightly modified version of my recent article about Graham-Cassidy also appeared in American Greatness.  You can find that gem here:

https://amgreatness.com/2017/09/29/why-graham-cassidy-failed-and-the-hard-slog-ahead/

Dr. Waddy is doing his best to defend conservative values in as many media markets as possible, and he plans to cast an even wider net in the months to come.  Stay tuned!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Big Government: A Formidable Adversary



Voila -- my latest article, about the failure of the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill, and the great difficulty we conservatives will have in reversing the relentless expansion of government.  The article has already appeared in the Olean Times-Herald and will doubtless appear elsewhere soon.  Enjoy!

The Failure of Graham-Cassidy is a Wake-up Call to America

With the annoucements by Senators Paul, McCain, Collins, and Cruz that they would not vote for the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill, which aimed to repeal and replace Obamacare, the latest Republican effort to undo President Obama's signature achievement once again met with failure. There is a lesson to be learned in this debacle about the insidious cunning of modern liberalism.

Above all, the reason why numerous Republicans shy away from repealing Obamacare, and why almost every association of doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies opposed Graham-Cassidy, is the same reason why virtually every expansion of government since the dawn of the 20th century has remained in place, and virtually every attempt to shrink government has failed. Simply put, liberals know what they are doing. Every new government program, and every new line in the budget, creates a constituency – a “special interest”, if you will – that thereafter will bitterly oppose the revocation of whatever preferment they have received. Obamacare is no different. It unleashed a vast new revenue stream for the states, which receive federal money to support their health insurance exchanges, and which receive even vaster amounts of federal money to support the expansion of Medicaid. Any attempt to dismantle Obamacare will thus endanger the fiscal well-being of the states – and, by extension, the profits of doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. Not surprisingly, craven politicians are loath to take this step.

Say what you will about Obamacare, but at its heart is the expenditure of gargantuan sums of taxpayer dollars in order to subsidize medical care for poorer Americans. On some level, this is of course a noble cause, but the political and financial reality is that Obamacare did not fundamentally alter the dysfunctional dynamics of our health care system. It merely poured money into it in order to expand access. Thus, Obamacare has had the effect of enriching numerous people, like doctors, hospital administrators, and insurance executives, who were already rich, but, naturally, could stand to be richer... The same is true for all government programs. Even the most well-meaning of social services serve ultimately to transfer government funds into the hands of the private sector providers of food, housing, child care, counseling, cell phones, and, yes, medical care, to the relevant beneficiaries. True, many, even most, Americans support shrinking government in the abstract, but their tepid support for government cutbacks cannot prevail in the face of the much more passionate and organized opposition that emanates from the constituents, which is to say the recipients, of government spending. The designers of Obamacare surely knew this: they knew that, once a vast new government entitlement program was created, it would be virtually impossible to destroy it. The millions of people who had gained access to health insurance, and more importantly the handful of multi-millionaires and billionaires who had gained new profits, wouldn't stand for it. And here we are. This is why government spending, as a percentage of GDP, has been growing in a nearly continuous fashion since the beginning of the 20th century, and why all the hot air emitted by politicians about cutting the size of government has led precisely nowhere.

The sad truth is that conservatives need to accept two harsh realities if we are ever to make any progress in reversing the tide of government expansion. One, the Democratic Party will never cooperate with efforts to restrain government, because government spending is the bread and butter of Democratic politics, and an ideological commitment to finding governmental solutions to every conceivable problem is a defining characteristic of modern liberalism. Democrats will reflexively oppose any and all attempts to cut government spending, and they will inevitably describe such proposals as “inhumane” and irresponsible. And two, Republican politicians, despite their rhetoric, are by no means reliable “yes” votes on bills that aim to cut federal spending, return power to the states, or otherwise dent the growth of government. Republican Congressmen and Senators are invariably afraid of being labeled as “heartless” for seeking spending cuts (or even for opposing spending increases), and, truth be told, government largesse benefits Republicans almost as much as it benefits Democrats. Every politician, even President Trump, seeks to gain popularity by showering the needy (and sometimes just the grasping) with public funds... This is how Washington works – nay, how America works – whether we like it or not.

If there is any answer to this curse of steady government expansion, it is the election of more true conservatives to public office. Indeed, the failure of Graham-Cassidy may ultimately be reducible to the fact that Republicans lost two Senate seats in 2016, and thus their majority became precariously thin. In 2018, we have a golden opportunity to expand the Republican majority in the Senate. That might allow for real reform – and for the fearsome dragon of Obamacare to be slain at long last.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History in the State University of New York and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fake News? You Decide...

It seems that the (left-leaning) networks are -- gasp! -- taking a side in the controversy over standing or kneeling (or not appearing at all) for the national anthem...  Check it out:

http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/nfl-tv-networks-deliberately-avoided-booing-fans-cbs-nbc-fox-espn-monday-night-football/wp37jk7eoiha1p7ktogwfftzs

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

In Case You Were Wondering...

Hi friends.  There's some polling data out on whether football fans agree with President Trump, or whether they agree with the anthem-kneelers.  The results are predictable.  See for yourself...

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/64-demand-nfl-players-stand-for-national-anthem-50-less-likely-to-watch-over-politics/article/2635678

Once again, the media gets it wrong, and Trump gets it right!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Do Your Part!



Friends, the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill, which is probably our last chance to get rid of Obamacare, is hanging by a thread.  Senators John McCain, Rand Paul, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski have either come out against the bill or are still wavering.  The bill isn't perfect, but a federalist solution to health care is far better than one that puts every key decision in the hands of bureaucrats and swamp people in Washington, D.C.!  Please, reach out to these Senators and encourage them to vote for Graham-Cassidy!  Appeal to their patriotism, appeal to common sense, invoke party loyalty, threaten to support a primary challenger in the event that they don't vote for the Republican bill -- in short, do whatever it takes.  The clock is ticking, and like President Trump each and every one of us needs to pull out all the stops to deliver a win.  Together, we can do it!!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Waddy: Political Sage/World-Class Athlete!



Friends, you know already that Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is THE source for top-quality political analysis and commentary, but did you also know that he is an Olympic-caliber athlete and champion croquet player?  It's amazing, but true:

https://geneseesun.com/waddy-and-castignetti-conquer-croquet-field-in-geneseo/

Monday, September 18, 2017

It's Always Nice to Be Proven Right



Yesterday, I wrote about how Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who have the temerity to TALK to President Trump about fixing our country's problems, will be savagely reviled by far left activists.  It didn't take long for the activists to prove me right:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article173966601.html

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Crazy Like a Fox?



Mark my words, fellow conservatives -- while many are now talking about Republicans who are horrified that Trump is willing to make deals with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, they should be asking a different question: how will the far left react?  Believe me, we are seeing just the beginnings of liberal self-flagellation over the issue of whether or not to work with Trump.  The sanctimony and prickliness that prevails on the far left is such that anyone who even contemplates negotiating with President Trump will be subjected to harrowing attacks.  Brace yourselves, liberals -- and enjoy the show, conservatives!  Trump's best strategy has always been to exploit Democratic divisions, and peel away some Democrats who are willing to support elements of his agenda.  That's not crazy or hypocritical -- it's political common sense.  Republicans should applaud him every step of the way.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/15/left-warns-pelosi-schumer-on-trump-242780

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Trump in the Polls: All is Well, Despite What You Hear



What's that we hear?  Yet another liberal commentator declaring that President Trump is THE LEAST POPULAR PRESIDENT EVER, and his poll numbers continue to tank...  Of course, this nonsense is designed to discourage Republicans and conservatives, while it buoys the spirits of leftists.  Does it work?  No doubt to some degree it does, but the truth is that Trump's standing in the polls hasn't changed appreciably since he WON THE ELECTION!!!  Read all about it in my latest article:


Trump: He Takes a Licking and Keeps On Ticking


How many times in the last two years have media experts and leftist commentators announced the political death of Donald J. Trump? Surely he couldn't come back from the proposed “Muslim ban”? Surely he couldn't survive the Access Hollywood scandal? Surely the allegations of collusion with Russia, combined with his firing of FBI Director James Comey, would destroy his last vestiges of credibility? Most recently, liberals declared, surely his politically incorrect statements in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville would lead to his undoing?

The reader knows, of course, where this story ends. Each and every time that leftists have sought to write off Donald Trump, as a Presidential candidate, and now as a President, they have been proven dead wrong. Donald Trump weathers every storm – an apt metaphor for a nation that has just weathered two hurricanes – and he emerges, if not unscathed, unbowed and unbroken. More importantly, his visceral connection to his supporters, and their connection to him, survives, even thrives, despite this adversity. Liberals, by now, should know that the Trump phenomenon is not a flash in the pan. And yet they seem to have convinced themselves that just over the next rise will come the definitive, final collapse of Donald Trump. He will be impeached. He will resign. He will be declared mentally incompetent. Perhaps, just perhaps, aliens will kidnap him, along with the cabinet and the Republican leadership, and somehow Nancy Pelosi will end up in the White House. While liberals breathe, it seems, they hope.

Recently, we have seen confirmation that liberals' exultation in the wake of President Trump's Charlottesville comments, which they perceived as endorsements of racism and “Nazism,” were not perceived in the same light by the American people. Since mid-August, when the Charlottesville tragedy unfolded, Trump's job approval and favorability numbers have gone up, shattering liberals' expectations of a polling death spiral.

Moreover, for anyone who thinks President Trump's political goose is cooked, and he could not possibly win reelection in 2020, consider the fact that his favorability ratings now are higher than when he won the Presidency in November 2016. The numbers don't lie – and these numbers, I might add, are based on data aggregated from numerous public polls, most of which, as any Republican will tell you, are skewed in order to minimize Republican support. The important thing is the baseline, however: if Donald Trump can win the Presidency with an average favorability rating in the mid-30s, then he can certainly keep it with a rating in the high-30s. To suggest otherwise would be the height of naivete.

Lately, though, there is even more good news to cheer Republicans and Trump supporters. The Rasmussen Presidential approval numbers (the Rasmussen poll was among the most accurate in predicting the results of the 2016 election) have rebounded significantly since August. Trump's job approval reached an all-time low of 38%, but recently it rebounded into the mid-40s. Democrats, of course, can cling to the numbers in other polls, but they can't deny the trend: far from cratering, President Trump is clawing his way back to levels of approval and favorability that he almost never saw during the campaign.

None of this means that the media's incessant attacks on President Trump have been futile. On the contrary, they have managed to obscure many of the President's successes, and they have magnified his faults and missteps. The bottom line, however, is that Trump is still standing, and his base, by any objective measure, is roughly as large and as enthusiastic as it has ever been.

Try as they might to find the rhetorical “kill shot” that will bring Donald Trump down, liberals keep firing blanks. Maybe, just maybe, their panicked, scattershot approach – expressing maximum outrage at everything, and hoping that one of their phony scandals will stick – is the reason why.


Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History in the State University of New York and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.


 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Getting Tough on Deportations



Here is a story that will be music to the ears of any American who believes in the enforcement of our immigration laws, and the strengthening of our nation's borders.  Too often, the deportation of dangerous criminals is resisted both by Democratic politicians and by their countries of origin, which, understandably, don't want them back.  But accepting the deportation of these criminal aliens is these countries' solemn responsibility, and President Trump will not take no for an answer.  Bravo!  Finally, our government is standing up for us.  It's about time we played hardball with those who have contempt for our laws.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-cuts-off-visas-for-countries-that-refuse-deported-immigrants/article/2634314

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Ruling Conservatives "Out of Bounds" is What Liberals Do Best



I'd like to recommend this article to you, about the Southern Poverty Law Center's frequently cited lists of "hate groups".  Conservatives have long claimed that these lists are padded with well-meaning, law abiding groups and people that have simply run afoul of leftist orthodoxy.  Here we learn exactly how this process works:

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-07/southern-poverty-law-center-gets-creative-to-label-hate-groups

Leftists seem obsessed these days with fixing increasingly pejorative (nay, apocalyptic) labels on as many conservatives as possible.  The laughable attempts to describe sundry right-wingers as "Nazis" is just one case in point.  The common denominator seems to be the liberals' view that their ideological antagonists are so vile that no one should listen to anything they have to say.  The last thing liberals want, it seems, is a conversation, because that would serve to dignify conservatism as a valid point of view.  Heaven forbid!

Be aware, incidentally, that the SPLC also keeps track of a growing list of "black separatist" hate groups.  You haven't heard about them, and you probably never will, because, for the mainstream media, "hate" is an exclusively white phenomenon.  Of course, sensible people know better.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Identity Politics, White Nationalism, and the Future of Race Relations



Behold, my latest article, written on request for The Daily Caller.  Many of you will have noticed the similarities between the ideology of white nationalism, and the parochialism of leftist identity politics.  I attempt to clarify this strange relationship, and to provide some advice to those trying to heal the national and racial divide.  See what you think!

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/07/white-nationalism-has-a-doppelganger-leftist-identity-politics/

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Trump Resurgent



Friends, I feel another article coming on...  For one thing, I'm already working on a piece for The Daily Caller about the role of identity politics in the rise of "white nationalism," or more accurately in the transformation of white nationalism into a farcical replica of equally farcical forms of tribalism on the left.  Stay tuned! 

In addition, I've been keeping close track of Rasmussen's job approval numbers for President Trump, and the trends are encouraging.  Although he took a dip back in July and August, hitting a low of around 38%, he's now back up to 45%.  That's not a phenomenally high number, but it's impressive, given the hounding he's received, and presumably always will receive, from the media.  People keep counting out Donald Trump, claiming that "this is the end," but every time he proves them wrong. 

Keep on truckin', Mr. President!  We can rack up big wins in 2018 and 2020.  Don't let anyone tell you differently!

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_sep6

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Trump's Three Percent Solution



Hi all.  I hope you've had a splendid weekend. 

Cast your eyes on my latest article: an homage to President Trump's economic stewardship, and a plea for Republicans to support his efforts at tax reform.  The economy is really humming along, but we can do better, if only we get on board with the President's economic agenda.  Email, call, or pester your Congressman and Senators in person, if necessary.  Let's not miss this golden opportunity to Make the I.R.S. Great Again (so to speak)!

Trump's Three Percent Solution

On August 30th the Commerce Department revised its estimate of economic growth in the second quarter – to an annualized rate of 3%. Economic growth has thus already hit a threshold promised by President Trump, but scoffed at by leftist economists and politicians, who assumed that Obama-era growth of around 2% was surely the best that America (a tired husk of a nation, in their eyes) could achieve. There is reason to believe, moreover, that the best is yet to come.

The “Trump bump” to economic growth and to the stock market has been pronounced – the S&P 500 is up about 15% since November 2016 – despite the fact that much of the Trump agenda has been stalled in Congress. Obamacare taxes and regulations have weighed on the nation's economy since 2010, and, thanks to John McCain's cantankerousness, the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare was narrowly defeated in July – for now. Neither has President Trump's promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan made any headway in Congress. True, Trump has appointed pro-growth, conservative judges to our nation's courts, and he has used his executive authority to fight over-regulation, but the real world effects of these steps are, so far, modest. This makes it all the more incredible that economic growth, job growth, and stock market appreciation have been so robust. It begs the question: why?

If there is one signal blessing that Donald Trump has bestowed on the U.S. economy, it is this: investors, business people, workers, and consumers now know, with absolute certainty that, whatever may happen in the months and years to come in terms of tax policy, infrastructure spending, budget cuts, or fiscal reforms, Hillary Clinton will not be at the helm. Thus, her version of crony capitalism, which would have gleefully embraced records levels of regulation, bureaucracy, and taxation in an attempt to manhandle America into state-managed prosperity, is now just the stuff of nightmares. Trump, therefore, has stopped the slide into torpid socialism that President Obama began. In this sense, Trump's economic achievements so far have been based more on what he hasn't done than on what he has. They have been based on Wall Street and Main Street's collective sigh of relief, now that the pall of Democratic economic mismanagement has been lifted.

Imagine, then, the scale of growth and opportunity that the U.S. could attain if, instead of merely allowing President Trump to tinker at the edges of economic policy, we allowed him and his capable team to heal some of the festering wounds that have beset our economy for years, if not decades. How many inefficiencies and how much waste could be eliminated in our health care system, if common sense reforms were finally undertaken, and real competition were introduced – how many new resources would thus be freed up to provide better health care to greater numbers of Americans? How many businesses would flourish, if modern infrastructure allowed them to communicate and transport their goods as efficiently as possible? How many Americans, whose jobs have been lost to countries like China and Mexico, might see their fortunes restored by a trade policy that insisted on renegotiating trade deals in U.S. interests, punishing companies that outsource jobs, while rewarding those that are loyal to America and to the American worker? These are all goals that President Trump could achieve, with the support of Congress and the American people.

As President Trump suggested in his recent speech in Missouri, a good starting point is tax reform. Perhaps nothing would jump-start economic growth more than reforming our broken system of federal taxation, often regarded as the most needlessly complicated in the world. President Trump has set four worthy goals for Congressmen and Senators drafting a tax plan: tax simplification and the elimination of loopholes; reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%; cutting middle class taxes; and encouraging corporations to repatriate the trillions of dollars in wealth that they are hiding overseas. The details will undoubtedly be the subject of much hand-wringing and tough negotiating, but, broadly speaking, President Trump's goals are shared by many Republicans and Democrats (if the latter are brave and honest enough to buck their obstructionist base). Thus, for the sake of our nation, we must make tax reform a reality.

Much as the media likes to focus on the Trump administration's real and imagined missteps, the booming economy is a sign that the vast potential of America is gradually being unleashed by President Trump. Already, he is Making America Wealthy Again. With just a little help from Congress and the people, he could truly make our economy soar.

3% growth, even 4% growth – nothing is impossible, in a country as dynamic as ours. Together, we can leave Obama's anemic growth rates in the dust.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy, an Associate Professor of History in the State University of New York, blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

You're Fired, James Comey!



Friends, do you have even the slightest doubt that President Trump did the right thing in firing FBI Director James Comey?  If you do, then this article should set your mind at ease.  Comey was a menace to the rule of law, and the whole nation should rejoice at his enforced retirement.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/james-comey-started-drafting-statement-exonerating-hillary-clinton-before-fbi-interviewed-her-aides/article/2633095?utm_campaign=Washington%20Examiner:%20Breaking%20News&utm_source=Washington%20Examiner:%20Breaking%2

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Excellence in Broadcasting, Waddy-style!



Hello again!  Recently your conservative hero, Dr. Waddy, continued his domination of the airwaves by appearing on the Newsmaker program on WLEA AM 1480 in Hornell, NY.  I addressed a number of hot topics in the course of a stimulating conversation with the program's host, Brian O'Neil, and you can listen to the whole broadcast here.  Enjoy!

http://wlea.net/newsmaker-august-29-2017-professor-nicholas-waddy/

Monday, August 28, 2017

Make Columbus Great Again?



Friends, as you know, the assault on America's history is intensifying every day.  Protests and attempts at vandalism of statues and monuments are now daily occurrences.  Nonetheless, historians and patriots are pushing back against the wrecking ball of leftist ideology.  I recommend to you this article, which is a balanced, sensible defense of the importance of Christopher Columbus to U.S. and world history.  Was Columbus perfect?  Surely not, but more than anyone else he helped to bring about what we know as America -- a fusion of cultures, albeit not always harmonious, based in the western hemisphere.  In a sense, therefore, to reject Columbus is to reject America itself.  Unacceptable!  I, for one, say we should keep Columbus Day, keep honoring Columbus, and keep celebrating America, warts and all.

http://nypost.com/2017/08/26/christopher-columbus-deserves-to-stay-in-his-rightful-place/ 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Waddy Once Again in the Big Leagues



Thanks to Kristina Wong at Breitbart for soliciting my input on her excellent article about NATO's (minimal) contribution to the war in Afghanistan.  As you know, President Trump has been pressuring NATO countries to do their part.  It's an uphill battle, but it's articles like this one that will help to keep their feet to the fire...

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/25/us-4000-troops-afghanistan-nato-half/

Friday, August 25, 2017

Republicans in Congress: It's Time to Develop a Backbone



Needless to say, so far the performance of the Republican Congress has been underwhelming.  The repeal and replace of Obamacare was blocked by a few recalcitrant Senators.  Tax reform is still meandering through the legislative process.  Now Democrats assure us that President Trump's border wall will never see the light of day.  Enough is enough!  My latest article is a call to arms for Republican Senators and Representatives.  I believe that the budget votes upcoming, and especially the question of whether Congress will fund the wall, can be a turning point.  Read on, and see why:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/25/republicans-stand-with-trump-on-the-wall/

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wise Words from Stanford? Amazing, But True



Friends, here is a great analysis of the perils of rewriting history.  I encourage everyone to read it.  It echoes many of the points that I made in my piece about Robert E. Lee.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/08/24/the_progressive_war_against_the_dead_134819.html

Keep an eye out for my next article, which will focus on Trump's border wall and the question of whether or not we conservatives should be willing to shut down the government in order to get it.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

V.P. Pence Strikes the Right Tone on Confederate Monuments



It was great to see Vice-President Pence make a strong statement in favor of keeping historical monuments today.  He's a great patriot and an eloquent defender of all that is best about America.  You can find his remarks here:

https://twitter.com/foxandfriends/status/899977466814488576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fs.yimg.com%2Fos%2Fyc%2Fhtml%2Fembed-iframe-min.7f33a83d.html

Waddy Strikes a Blow Against Leftist Race-Baiters



Friends, the vitriol which my appearance on CNN elicited from the left put me in mind of one of their favorite pastimes: hurling charges of racism in every direction.  The liberal obsession with racism is well known, and I dare say every Republican public official and commentator in the nation has been called a racist, and most of them have received that treatment hundreds or thousands of times.  Enough is enough!  My most recent article attempts to turn the tide.  You can find it in The Daily Caller:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/22/unfounded-charges-of-racism-are-hate-speech-too/