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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/

Monday, August 21, 2017

The American People Know Best



Despite the relentless media assault on the heritage of the Confederacy, the American people continue to oppose the removal of Confederate memorials -- not that this will stop the left from plowing ahead.  Here are the results of a recent poll:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/majority-americans-want-preserve-confederate-monuments-reuters-ipsos-215130275.html

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Standing Tall



Friends, you may have seen on Twitter or Facebook some of the vicious hatred which my appearance on CNN drew out of the left.  The consensus of CNN-watching internet trolls seems to be that I am a doo-doo head who deserves to be fired for daring to disagree with leftist orthodoxy.  Well, fortunately life and academia don't work that way.  I'm not going anywhere, and I will continue to stand for what I believe is right.  You can rest easy on that score.

For those who wish to view the whole interview, here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTgtUbUaQhk&feature=youtu.be

Also, keep an eye out for more insightful analysis of the issues of the day.  My next article will focus on the left's penchant for leveling false charges of racism.  A timely topic, I'm sure you would agree!

Facing Down North Korea



Hi again.  I promised you another analysis of President Trump's principled stand against North Korea, and here it is.  It's already been published in the Olean Times Herald, but I don't have a link for it as yet.  Enjoy!

Trump: The Last, Best Hope for Peace

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy blogs at: www.waddyisright.com

To those who consider President Trump a belligerent buffoon, the title to my article will naturally come as a surprise. What these Trump critics fail to realize, however, is that adopting a threatening and forceful posture, as Trump has done in recent days with North Korea, is a time-honored tactic of diplomacy and negotiation, and President Trump is nothing if not a skilled deal-maker. He understands, as the press seems not to, that sometimes the only way to avoid war is to convince others that you are prepared to fight. This maximizes the pressure on your enemy to make concessions. And, I would argue, at this juncture concessions on North Korea's part are the only way that peace can be maintained in East Asia.

A history lesson is in order. President Richard Nixon is now regarded as one of the most brilliant and accomplished Presidents in terms of his management of foreign policy. During his Presidency, however, he was routinely derided (by sanctimonious liberals) as a madman and a warmonger. An excellent case in point would be the “Christmas Bombings” of December 1972. With tremendous difficulty, earlier in 1972 Nixon's National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, had negotiated a peace agreement with communist North Vietnam to end the Vietnam War. By the end of the year, however, the North Vietnamese were wavering. In mid-December, President Nixon ordered a massive bombing campaign against the North, involving waves of B-52 bombers. His aim was to pressure the North Vietnamese to resume talks and accept a compromise settlement. His actions were roundly criticized as bloodthirsty and callous. Weak-kneed leftists around the world rallied to defend the communist North Vietnamese. President Nixon's bold gambit succeeded, however: the North Vietnamese returned to the negotiating table, and the peace agreement was signed in January 1973. The Vietnam War ended, and on terms largely favorable to the United States. (It was only after President Nixon's resignation that the North Vietnamese resumed their campaign to conquer the South.)

What can we learn from this Nixonian parable? The enemies of the United States are tough customers. They do not respond to mealy-mouthed platitudes. They respond to force, and to the threat of force. They act out of self-interest, and therefore an America that is unwilling to threaten the vital interests of its enemies is an America that those enemies will surely not take seriously. President Trump may now stand condemned in the mainstream media as a loose cannon, and as a swaggering fool, but he should know that great Presidents that have come before him, like Nixon and Reagan, have borne the same type of abuse, and for the same reasons, and with the same scant justification. President Reagan's Cold War strategy of “Peace Through Strength,” which sought to build up U.S. military forces to counter Soviet aggression, was a legendary success. Many historians believe that it paved the way for the West's victory in the Cold War a few years later. But where would the world be today if President Reagan had listened to his over-refined leftist critics – if he had curtailed the U.S. defense buildup and gone hat-in-hand to the Soviets, begging for mercy? The mere thought is chilling.

Because North Korea's possession of nuclear weapons, and the capacity to deliver them to the United States, is utterly unacceptable, this means there is only one way to avoid confrontation between our two countries: North Korea must relent, and it must give up its ICBMs and its nuclear arsenal. The only way this can happen, though, is if the North Koreans become convinced that the alternative to capitulation is obliteration. In other words, U.S. threats of military action must be credible, and they must be credited by China and North Korea, in particular. That China recently voted in the U.N. Security Council in favor of the toughest ever sanctions against North Korea proves that they take U.S. threats seriously. That, at least, is a start. It is also, incidentally, a victory for the U.S. at the United Nations that the pusillanimous Obama administration never could have achieved.

The next time President Trump brandishes the sword against North Korea, therefore, and the next time he promises “fire and fury” to anyone who attacks or threatens to attack us, our allies, or our interests, Americans of all political persuasions should not criticize him; they should praise him. We should all pledge our full support to President Trump and to the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who may be called upon to implement a military response to North Korean aggression. We should do so not only because it is the right thing for patriotic Americans to do, but also because a united front against North Korea, and a demonstration of our granite resolve, is the only way to convince Kim Jong-un and his henchmen to come to their senses. We must be ready for war, in short, because it may well come, but also because our very readiness for battle may be the only hope we have to avoid it.

President Trump understands these foreign policy truisms better, it seems, than many of the “experts”. Let us hope and pray that he will stay the course and apply whatever pressure is needed to safeguard the American people from North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Waddy Does a Command Performance on CNN!!!



Friends, tonight we took Waddy is Right to a whole new level.  Tonight I appeared on CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett.  I defended Robert E. Lee and the heritage of the Confederacy.  I was nervous, but it seemed to go very well.  The lefties are stewing about it, so that has to be a good sign.  Here is a clip:

https://twitter.com/OutFrontCNN/status/898330842526760960

That's only part of the interview.  If anyone has a clip of the whole thing, please let me know!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waddy Shall Rise Again



Greetings!  I promised you another article on North Korea, and indeed I've written one, but I'm not positive that it's been published online as yet.  It should be appearing in American Greatness very soon.  Sit tight!  Good things come to those who wait.

In the meantime, I've written an article about Robert E. Lee, historical memory, and why Confederate monuments should be preserved.  I'm very proud of it.  You'll find it here, courtesy of The Daily Caller:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/16/in-defense-of-robert-e-lee/

Enjoy!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Peace Through Strength



Friends, I'll be writing another article soon about the North Korean situation, but in the meantime I recommend this piece by Oliver North:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/08/10/to-end-north-korean-crisis-trump-must-convince-china-are-deadly-serious-about-military-action.html

North is absolutely right: only China can put the kind of pressure on North Korea that can get them to back down, and only if they back down can war be avoided.  Thus, if Trump is now talking tough, and if America is now acting tough, it's because that's our only hope to preserve the peace in East Asia.  Liberals shouldn't be condemning Trump's swagger; they should be praising it!  Only time will tell if our strategy of bluster will succeed.  My guess is that the North Koreans (and possibly the Chinese) are too stubborn to budge.  We'll see.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Red States Keep Getting Redder

Here's a story to warm any Republican/conservative's heart:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-rally-west-virginia-governor-switches-parties-010834774.html

It must really burn the Democrats up that they SWEAR the country is with them and hates Trump, and yet they keep losing elections, and in this case they are losing a governorship without an election even taking place.  Ouch!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Oops!



Apparently I mistakenly attached the wrong link to my post yesterday, so some of you may have been led unexpectedly to my most recent batch of vacation photos instead of to my honeyed prose...  You're welcome?  Ha ha.

In recompense, here's a must-read article for all conservatives/Trekkies.  Enjoy!

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/08/02/william-shatner-social-justice-warriors-stand-for-inequality.html

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Helping Trump to "Right the Ship"



Greetings!  I imagine you've been distressed, as I have, by the deterioration in President Trump's poll numbers lately.  By and large, we can blame the world's most elaborate propaganda offensive ever, which has been blackening Trump's name since 2015, but of course we conservatives and Trumpers have made some mistakes along the way too.  Here is my analysis of the situation, recently published in The Daily Caller.  Enjoy!

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/01/how-to-right-the-ship-the-s-s-trump/

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Drive a Stake through Obamacare's Heart!



Greetings!  As you know, the Senate is still struggling to find a way to keep Republicans' promise to the nation...that they would end Obamacare and (eventually) replace it with something better.  Let's hope they can make it happen. 

Here is my latest article, which should be appearing soon in a newspaper near you, and has already appeared in American Greatness...  Thanks to American Greatness for providing another outstanding platform for my conservative commentary.  :) 

The article follows the logic of my previous post, more or less.  I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you encourage your Congressman and Senators to vote to end Obamacare and pursue real fixes to our broken health care system.  If you ask me, time is running out.  Our health care fiasco will bankrupt us, if we're not able to change course.

https://amgreatness.com/2017/07/24/repealing-obamacare-spur-much-needed-bipartisanship/

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Trump's Advice is Sound



Hi again, friends!  I apologize for not posting in a while.  Being on vacation is hard work!

As you will have heard, the effort in the Senate to agree on a formula to repeal and replace Obamacare has failed, at least for now.  Recently, President Trump tweeted, and not for the first time, some sage advice: if you can't repeal and replace Obamacare simultaneously, then repeal it now, and replace it later.  Is this the perfect solution?  Perhaps not, but politically it offers some major advantages.

First, it's likely to work.  Republicans can all agree that Obamacare is bad and should be repealed.  So get on with it!  Decisions about what to replace it with can wait until later.  Let the repeal take effect years from now, if needed.

Second, the chief reason Democrats won't participate in repealing and replacing Obamacare is that they would prefer to keep it.  The second Obamacare is repealed, though, their calculus has to change.  They can participate in replacing it, or they can watch it disappear altogether.  Presumably, some Democrats will see the wisdom of being part of the conversation on replacing Obamacare, once replacement becomes an inevitability.  That way, at least they can get some of what they want, instead of none of it.

Last, the alternative to repealing now and replacing later, at this stage, is presumably embarrassment, failure, and self-flagellation for Republicans.  This is unacceptable.  Republicans were elected to lead the country.  They need to demonstrate a capacity to do so.  Weakness only begets weakness.  Thus, we have no choice but to repeal AND replace Obamacare, no matter how long it takes, and no matter the machinations that get us there.  The left has been quite effective in slowing down Republicans, and the Trump administration, with judicial chicanery, and with phony stories about Russia and personal attacks against everyone with the last name of Trump.  They want, no doubt, to get as many Republicans as possible "off the reservation," so that it is impossible for conservatives to govern.  We can't let them succeed!  Push on, I say.  Get it done.

For all these reasons, I support President Trump's call to repeal Obamacare NOW, and replace it later.  I hope you will too.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

North Korea is On Notice!

Good news!  The Daily Caller picked up my article on North Korea.  Will President Trump pay heed?  Frankly, it's hard to imagine that any more patience could possibly bear fruit, but of course the President knows much more about the situation than you or I...

Here's a link to the article in The Daily Caller:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/10/times-up-for-north-korea/

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Moment of Truth



Friends, if you're like me you've been pondering the mess we're in with North Korea for a long time.  It's by no means easy to figure out what we should do, because, whatever option we choose, it could (literally) blow up in our face.  Nevertheless, I believe the time for action has arrived -- military action, if needs be.  Here is my latest article (the long version).  See what you think, and I welcome your comments and/or criticisms.


Time's Up for North Korea

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy, Associate Professor of History, SUNY Alfred, blogs at: waddyisright.com

For decades, North Korea's hardline communist regime has flouted international norms and international law, threatened its perceived enemies with terrible violence, violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbors, kidnapped and assassinated foreign nationals, engaged in a wide range of criminal activities, and built up its military, including nuclear weapons and missile programs, in violation of U.N. resolutions and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, who embodies this national tradition of iconoclasm and provocation, has repeatedly taunted the United States, reveling in the possibility of turning U.S. cities to “ashes” with his nuclear weapons.

Recent pressure from China, which has been encouraging North Korea to abandon its confrontational tone, as well as its nuclear and missile tests, seemly has achieved nothing. The North Koreans are as belligerent as ever, and their first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, conducted on July 4th (so as to cause maximum annoyance for the United States), confirms that they are nowhere near backing down.

And why should they? For decades, North Korea has thumbed its nose at the entire world, and the response has been tepid, at best. In 2010, North Korea sank a South Korean warship, and South Korea protested but took no meaningful action. The U.S. reacted with similar restraint when the U.S.S. Pueblo was seized in 1968. Over the years, North Korea's nuclear program has invited condemnation and a progressive tightening of sanctions, but for a country that enjoys attention, even negative attention, and which engages in stunningly little trade with other nations, these measures are more a demonstration of international impotence than they are an effective set of countermeasures. President Obama addressed this impasse with a fruitless, toothless policy of “strategic patience,” which only emboldened the North Koreans, and led them to escalate their rhetoric and their military buildup.

This is the mess that the United States finds itself in, and which President Trump must somehow resolve. Acceptance of a nuclear-armed North Korea, with the capacity to strike against U.S. cities, is an unacceptable outcome, because Kim Jong-un's rationality is in doubt, and his glee at the prospect of vaporizing American cities and their inhabitants is palpable. The Soviets, by contrast, may have been ruthless, but they were never reckless. One way or another, therefore, North Korea must be disarmed of its nuclear weapons and its long-range missiles. Since there is little prospect of achieving these goals by continued posturing and issuance of sanctions, there are only two ways that President Trump can make the world safe from North Korea.

The most desirable outcome would be one that disarms North Korea peacefully. The only way that this can be done under present circumstances is by delivering an ultimatum to Kim Jong-un. For instance, President Trump could demand that within 30 days North Korea will decommission its nuclear reactor, hand over its nuclear weapons, welcome U.N. nuclear inspectors, cease all work on long-range missiles, etc. in return for prompt negotiations on a peace treaty to end the state of war that still technically exists on the Korean Peninsula. In effect, we would be proposing to legitimize and accept the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang in exchange for enfeebling it militarily. My guess is that such an ultimatum would only work if it was accompanied by dire threats to use massive military force against North Korea if it refused to cooperate.

The second course of action that could result in the removal of the North Korean threat involves direct military action. North Korea could be blockaded as a preliminary step, but ultimately its nuclear and missile development facilities, nuclear reactor, missile launching sites, etc. would probably have to be destroyed by bombing. To suppress their conventional retaliatory capabilities, North Korea's air defenses and its artillery forces might also have to be targeted on a large scale. The best case scenario would then be one in which the North Koreans quickly realize that they have bitten off more than they can chew, and to save their own skins they accept the demands of the international community. They might even overthrow Kim Jong-un and choose more responsible leadership. The worst case scenario, however, would be one in which North Korea retaliates against U.S. forces in the region, and probably against civilians in South Korea and Japan. Although there would be no question of North Korea prevailing in the ensuing conflict, and in my opinion very little possibility of Chinese intervention, casualties could be high.

Understandably, many in the U.S. and throughout the world are advising caution, given the high stakes involved. The problem, though, is that caution and forbearance have been the basis for policy towards North Korea for several generations, and the North Koreans have gotten the message, loud and clear, that they can do anything, to anyone, and get away with it. President Trump faces such a difficult challenge in North Korea precisely because previous U.S. and world leaders have been unwilling to accept the risks of confrontation. Now we have no choice.

President Trump: avoid unnecessary bloodshed if you can, but above all face down the North Koreans and eliminate the threat that they pose once and for all. The alternative could be as apocalyptic as the darkest fantasies that dart through the warped mind of Kim Jong-un.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Voila!


Not surprisingly, The Daily Caller jumped all over my latest article on the Trump travel ban.  Here it is.  Enjoy!

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/30/trumps-travel-ban-must-be-upheld/

Friday, June 30, 2017

You Saw it Here First...



Hello again!  I've been hard at work on my latest article.  This one is about Trump's travel bans, which as you may have heard were largely unblocked by the Supreme Court on June 26th.  They will rule on the larger issues at stake in October, but the signs look good.  I hope you enjoy the article, and I'll let you know when it appears locally and/or nationally!

Trump's Travel Ban Must Be Upheld
 
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy, Associate Professor of History, SUNY Alfred, blogs at waddyisright.com
 
As most Americans know all too well, since the media has covered the so-called “Muslim ban” obsessively, if disingenuously, most of the elements of President Trump's travel bans (issued in January and in March) were blocked by left-leaning federal judges. On June 26th, we learned that the Supreme Court unanimously swept aside most of these injunctions. In addition, the Court signaled that it will decide the underlying issues in October – although several justices have already tipped their hand, indicating that they are very likely to support the President's position. All this is outstandingly good news, not only for President Trump, for conservatives, and for national security, but also for the constitution itself, as I will explain.

The travel bans in essence block refugees, visitors, and immigrants from six countries that the Trump administration believes are particularly infested with terrorists who wish to do harm to the people of the United States: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. This action is intended to be temporary, and it allows for exceptions. Moreover, the President's authority over the admission of foreigners into the U.S. is well-established, by precedent and by statute. U.S. Code, Title 8, Section 1182, states: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens...into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens...or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.” In short, the President has very broad authority over immigration matters. So why, then, would any federal judge even consider inteferring with the travel bans?

The injunctions issued by leftist judges rely on three primary assumptions: one, that the travel bans are not justified by any definable threat; two, that the remarks of President Trump and some members of his team indicate that the real motivation for the bans is religious prejudice; and, three, that the bans, in targeting people from the six countries already named, discriminate on the basis of nationality. All of these arguments have one thing in common: they are exceptionally weak.

First, it is absurd to suggest that federal judges, who do not have the requisite security clearances and who do not receive intelligence briefings, would be in a better position to judge matters of national security than the President of the United States. In addition, the list of six countries affected by the ban is a veritable terroristic rogue's gallery. No one in his or her right mind could deny that refugees, visitors, and immigrants from these countries are more likely to represent a threat to Americans than people from, say, Australia or Norway. Numerous recent terrorist attacks in Europe perpetrated by migrants from the Middle East help to prove this point. Moreover, do we really want unelected judges meddling in any policy, agency, or law when they feel that their judgment is sounder than that of elected officials? No! Such judicial overreach simply must not stand.

Second, with respect to the charge that the travel bans are essentially based on religious prejudice, we must admit that Donald Trump, as a Presidential candidate, made some foolish statements along these lines. Nonetheless, he has also long since ceased to speak in those terms, and he has explicitly stated that the travel bans do not constitute “Muslim bans”. It is also abundantly obvious that, if the intention of the bans is to prevent Muslims from coming into the country, they are monstrously ineffective means of achieving that objective, since the vast majority of Muslims live in countries unaffected by the bans.

But the more fundamental question that Americans ought to be asking is this: why are only the most incendiary words ever spoken (or tweeted) by President Trump ever accorded any weight by the mainstream media and leftist judges? Why are his innumerable condemnations of discrimination, by contrast, not taken seriously? Let us be honest: President Trump says a lot of things, some of them intemperate and unwise, and some of them mutually contradictory, and that is certainly not to his credit, but it is grossly unfair to him to assume that only the most egregious things that he says (and usually only a twisted version thereof) represent his real thinking. What would happen if the same “logic” was applied to the utterances of liberals and Democrats? Presumably, the courts would disallow any leftist who has ever said an unkind word about men, or whites, or police officers, or Christians (i.e. virtually every leftist alive) from ever executing policies, or voting on legislation, that could in any way be perceived as prejudicial towards those groups. Government would grind to a halt! Needless to say, however, such a nonsensical standard would never be applied to liberals. It apparently only applies to Beelzebub himself: President Trump. Ridiculous.

Lastly, with respect to the baseless charge that the travel bans constitute discrimination on the basis of nationality, the simple truth is that every country on earth uses nationality as a partial test to determine whether or not to permit entry to aliens. That is why visas exist: they grant special permission to foreigners to enter a country, when presumptively this permission would be denied, based more often than not on the person's nationality. Thus, for instance, a Canadian requires no visa to visit the U.S., but a Ukrainian, or an Afghan, or a Congolese does, and rightly so. To deny President Trump the authority to make such determinations in the interests of U.S. national security would be extremely dangerous, since it might create a new standard (and perhaps one secretly desired by liberals) that would allow access to our country to virtually anyone, at any time, and for any reason, since to deny them such entry would be “discrimination”. The Supreme Court is right: this is flawed reasoning.

In the end, therefore, while Americans are welcome to debate the wisdom of President Trump's travel bans, they are also obliged to accept the fact that Donald Trump is the President, and thus he has broad authority over immigration. The injunctions conjured up by activist judges represent, in effect, an effort to negate the results of the 2016 Presidential election, and to wrest control over immigration from the Executive Branch and place it in the hands of unelected (and on national security matters uninformed) leftist judges. As conservatives, but more so as Americans, we cannot allow this to happen. The separation of powers lies at the heart of the U.S. Constitution, and so it should remain.