Monday, December 31, 2018

Let's Make a the Border?

Friends, today I bring you a few articles of note.  The first is more confirmation that China's economy is hurting, and it's President Trump who is delivering some of the pain via our ongoing trade war.  This is good news -- the more the Chinese leadership sees its economy as vulnerable, the more they will be disposed to make concessions and meet US negotiators halfway.  My biggest fear is a fig-leaf agreement that allows the US and China to declare victory, but leaves our unhealthy and unbalanced trading relationship essentially untouched.

In other news, there are strange rumblings from the Bernie Sanders camp about alleged sexual harassment during his 2016 presidential campaign.  The upshot of it is that #MeToo elements are trying to prospectively assert control over the dynamics that prevail in the Sanders campaign going into 2020.  What transpired in 2016?  Who knows.  But look for more self-inflicted wounds on the Left as the presidential primary season gets underway.  Every Democrat will be playing the race card, the gender card, and any other card that they can get their hands on.  The results could be ugly in the extreme.

Lastly, check out this intriguing proposal from Lindsey Graham about how to resolve the government shutdown and get President Trump the $5 billion he needs to build the southern border wall.  Graham suggests that DACA protections for some young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children could be enshrined in the law, in return for wall funding.  It's an elegant solution, especially as all sides agree that DACA recipients should be given some path to legal status, and, theoretically at least, all sides agree that we need a secure border.  A compromise ought to be possible -- but as I've observed before this debate isn't really about the border at all.  I suspect many Democrats would happily betray DACA "kids" if it meant harming Trump.  To put it simply, the main reason Democrats don't want a "wall" is because Trump does.  That's how childish our politics have become.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Syrian Dilemma

Friends, my latest article examines the question of whether President Trump is right to withdraw U.S. ground forces from eastern Syria. Read on to learn the official WaddyIsRight position on this important issue...

Good Riddance, Syrian Civil War!

The media and the political establishment's excoriation of President Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from the battlefield of eastern Syria has been blistering, as per usual, but in fact our exit from the Syrian Civil War is well-timed and sensible. President Trump is to be praised for bucking the conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C. to save the American people, and more importantly American servicemen, from this bloody quagmire.

It pays to recollect how we became involved in Syria in the first place. In 2011, in the midst of the chaotic but hopeful “Arab Spring”, a number of global and regional powers, including the United States, decided that now was the perfect time to destabilize the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Accordingly, the Obama administration encouraged a popular rebellion, while denying the rebels the means to succeed in their revolt. The result was a strategic and human nightmare. A civil conflict raged that wrecked the Syrian economy, obliterated cities, killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, and turned millions into desperate refugees. True, Assad is no angel, but the sufferings of the Syrian people since a host of outsiders, including the sage experts in the Obama administration, decided to “rescue” them have far outstripped any indignities that the Assad family could devise.

What was worse was the fact that the Syrian Civil War quickly devolved into senseless and disorganized violence, as the forces “rebelling” against the Assad regime became a many-headed hydra of terrorists, fundamentalists, and crooks. True, some Syrians fought for democracy and freedom, but the conflict also became saturated with a wide assortment of villains, and with foreign actors, including Russians, Iranians, and Turks, who wished to exploit the opportunity to expand their influence. 

Worst of all, Sunni extremists in eastern Syria coalesced into a new movement that became known as the Islamic State. ISIS inflicted ironfisted repression, including slavery and torture, on a vast scale, while gruesome executions became the group's calling card. Amazingly, in 2014 ISIS decided to export Muslim theocracy and savage violence to neighboring Iraq (and duly conquered large swaths of that failed state), all while fostering a new wave of terrorist violence in the West. ISIS even became active in Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, the Philippines, Palestine, Chechnya, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan, as it metastasized into an evil empire of limitless ambition and sadism.

And this was when the United States finally said “Enough!” Under President Obama, U.S. forces were deployed to Iraq to help government forces there stem the ISIS advance. A bombing campaign was waged against ISIS forces in both Iraq and Syria, and American special forces began to worm their way into the eastern provinces of Syria to assist the mostly Kurdish forces who were fighting the Islamic State war machine. As the first important victories against ISIS were won, the U.S. commitment to the anti-ISIS crusade mushroomed, especially in 2017 under America's new President Donald Trump: bases and airfields in eastern Syria were built, and billions of dollars were invested in the conflict. Meanwhile, Russian, Turkish, and Iranian forces awkwardly shared the battlefield with American soldiers. All were united in a temporary, tacit, and very uneasy alliance against the ravages of the Islamic State.

The good news is that America's intervention in eastern Syria was an unqualified success, in terms of advancing the goals that brought us to Syria in the first place: we came, after all, not to oust Bashar al-Assad from power, or to found a new American empire, but to strangle and if possible destroy the Islamic State. It worked. ISIS has lost 99% of its territory, and it has been reduced to the status of a bit player in the Syrian Civil War, no longer able to threaten the integrity of Syria or Iraq, no longer able to project power throughout the Middle East or onto the streets of Western capitals, and no longer able to terrorize the long-suffering people of its eastern Syrian heartland. ISIS is not gone, but it is defeated, and American troops are no longer required to shepherd it to its inevitable demise.

President Trump is right: under the circumstances, Americans should be celebrating the collapse of ISIS, as well as the victorious return of American forces. Instead, the hawkish establishment in Washington, D.C. is carping about lost opportunities and potential strategic advantages ceded to our putative enemies in Russia and Iran. 

The truth is that we have “ceded” nothing but a dusty expanse that was never ours to command in the first place. The Syrian Civil War will grind on, and Russians, Turks, and Iranians will fall in it, to no great purpose, especially now that the eventual outcome is a foregone conclusion: the Assad family will remain in charge in the vast majority of Syria.

So why is the U.S. foreign and defense policy establishment so outraged by our withdrawal from Syria? What could Americans possibly hope to gain by persisting in an occupation of eastern Syria? Yes, local Kurds and Sunni Arabs might find our reign there more benevolent than that of Assad, or Russia, or Turkey, or Iran. Eastern Syria is not a dependent territory of the United States, however, and we have no right to decide the fate of its people, especially considering that the legitimate government of Syria doesn't want us on its turf. 

Moreover, every second that Americans remain on a battlefield teeming with Russians, Turks, and Iranians, the chances increase that a new and wider conflict will be sparked involving several of these great powers. Do we really want to risk war with Russia, for instance, and the potential nuclear horrors this would involve, simply because we have grown attached to some worthless real estate in eastern Syria? I should hope not. 

The only other viable argument against President Trump's withdrawal plan – that further U.S. action is required to finish off ISIS – ignores the fact that other regional threats have long since overtaken the Islamic State on America's strategic radar. We cannot – we should not – physically occupy every piece of ground on which a terrorist movement or proto-state might someday take root, or re-root itself. That would be a recipe for the over-extension of American military power, and it would invite a terrible backlash from outraged locals. 
The time has come, therefore, to let others have the “glory” of chasing the last ISIS fighters out of their miserable holes, while the United States refocuses on other priorities, including a host of domestic challenges and the consolidation of Western-friendly regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. There the prospects for something resembling democracy and/or stability, while not particularly bright, are at least brighter than they ever were in eastern Syria.

I therefore congratulate President Trump on his wise and bold course of action in the Syrian conflict and in the battle against ISIS. It is never easy to deny the hawks in Washington their pound of flesh, but in this case American interests are well-served by doing so. 

Simply put, ISIS is now Syria's problem (and Russia's, and Turkey's, and Iran's). We, the American people, having done our part (and more!), wish them all Godspeed in finishing the noble work of obliterating the stain on humanity that is and was the so-called Islamic State. The sooner Syria and the world can move on, the better.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.

And here's the American Greatness version, as featured on RealClearPolitics! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Democracy Denied: Brexit Saboteurs

Friends, my latest Newsmaker interview with Brian O'Neil is a barnburner!  (That's right: we set fire to an actual barn...)  We hash over the prospects for a no-deal Brexit...and for the betrayal of British democracy via a new "referendum" to reverse the vote in June 2016 to leave the EU.  In addition, Brian and I talk about: the politics and economics of the government shutdown, Trump-Russia fatigue, the question of whether the House will ultimately impeach President Trump, the progress achieved by Trump despite massive opposition, whether the tables can be turned on the leftist Dems pursuing Trump, Rand Paul and his support for American withdrawal from Syria, and waste in the foreign aid budget.  Don't miss it!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas to One and All!

Despite all the challenges we face as a nation, we're still blessed to live in a country where we're free to celebrate (or not celebrate) holidays like Christmas and thus to be true to our own beliefs.  May you and yours enjoy much joy and conviviality this Christmas Day!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

A Snow Job in the Swamp

Friends, it's been fairly obvious that, under Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department had very little interest in pursuing crimes and potential crimes committed by FBI agents, Obama administration DOJ officials, and members of the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and the Clinton Foundation. No, the level of motivation to screw Donald Trump was far greater.  Here is a wonderful RealClearInvestigations article on how the DOJ has protected its own (and Democrats far and wide) from real scrutiny.  If ever there was a compelling argument for the immediate appointment of a second special prosecutor, tasked with bringing the Clintons, the DNC, and corrupt Trump-haters in the Obama administration to justice, this is it.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Equal Time?

Friends, the relentlessness with which the media has focused on "Russian interference" in the 2016 election, and the deviousness with which they have constantly suggested "Trump-Russia collusion" without producing anything other than purely circumstantial evidence, is more than an affront to the canons of journalism -- it's nothing less than a coordinated effort to destabilize and de-legitimize the federal government of the United States.  In its sheer irresponsibility, it constitutes a sort of treason-lite.  Be that as it may, people have a right to worry about foreign interference in our elections.  The real scandal is that the interference of countries other than Russia has gone almost entirely unnoticed, and certainly unpunished.  Countries like China and Iran, as this article notes, interfered in 2016.  Countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel meddle in U.S. politics as a matter of course.  In fact, dozens of countries take an active interest in domestic U.S. politics.  Why, then, is the media focused like a laser beam on Russia, Russia, Russia?  The question need not even be asked.  It answers itself.  The sole purpose of the Russia narrative has always been to destroy Donald Trump.  This is why concerted Russian efforts to gain influence with Democrats (over many years) are completely ignored.  The media's selectivity is...uncanny?  Well, we patriots aren't fooled.  We see this left-wing propaganda for what it is.  But the rest of America?  Sad as it is to admit, tens of millions of our countrymen have been hoodwinked.  The press has much to answer for.

Friday, December 21, 2018

No Country for Phony "Refugees"?

Friends, there's a new sheriff in town, and his name is Trump. The President has decided to shut down the government to force the Democrats' hand -- and hopefully secure funding for a border wall.  Hallelujah!  It's about time.  I wish President Trump well.  In my latest article, I outline some of his bold moves at the border, and I suggest some additional measures that would help to defeat the scourge of illegal immigration.  Enjoy!  (P.S. Special thanks to Jack, whose fondness for Hispanic lingo helped to inspire the title.)

Trump is Proving to be One Tough Hombre at the Border

After some indecision, President Trump has decided to roll the dice and embrace a government shutdown in order to put pressure on Congressional Democrats to fund a “Great Wall” on the border with Mexico. Bravo, President Trump! 

Conservatives and patriots have watched with consternation over the past two years, as Trump has repeatedly given way on the issue of wall funding. The time has now come for Republicans to put up or shut up. As Trump observed himself, upholding the sovereignty of our nation, and protecting the safety of the American people, is the first responsibility of any elected official. Thus, adequately fortifying our porous border with Mexico ought to be a no-brainer for any Congressman. Since, unfortunately, quite a few Congressmen lack the necessary brains to realize this, their hands must be forced. So be it. It is high time that an American President showed the mettle to take this battle on.

The media's reaction to a shutdown is predictable: they will spin it as a calamity caused, as per Chuck Schumer's latest trademark sound bite, by a Trumpian “temper tantrum”. Walls are dumb, the press will say, and Trump is wasting everyone's time, since the Democrats will never vote for a wall. The obvious rejoinder is...Trump clearly believes in the necessity of a wall, as do many of his core supporters. We shall see whether a day, or a week, or a month, or a year, of partially disabled government is enough to bring Democrats to the negotiating table, but they will crack, sooner or later. If in the end that means meeting President Trump halfway and voting for slightly less than $5 billion for the wall, that would be vastly better than nothing.

Those who believe in border security should be thrilled that President Trump is finally going to the mat for a wall. The good news doesn't stop there, however. This week the U.S. also agreed with Mexico that, in future, those traveling through Mexico to apply for asylum in the U.S. will stay in Mexico while their claims are being processed. This is a huge win for the Trump administration. What it means is that Mexico will bear the burden of housing and caring for these migrants (no doubt subsidized by the U.S.), but more importantly these opportunistic gate-crashers will be denied, both in the short-term and in the long-term, what they most want: entry into the United States. After all, going forward, how many poor Central Americans will make the trek to the U.S. border if they know that at the end of it they face a long spell in a Mexican detention camp, followed by a likely refusal of their asylum application by U.S. authorities? Very few indeed. 
Imagine just for a second, though, that Hillary Clinton had been elected in 2016 instead, and she had welcomed every self-described “refugee” at the border with open arms, continuing President Obama's policy of “catch-and-release”, which gave these mostly phony asylum-seekers immediate gratification: the ability to work and live in the U.S. Trump's new agreement with Mexico constitutes a strong deterrent to illegal immigration and to fraudulent requests for asylum. The Democratic “plan” for the border, though, would have encouraged greater and greater flows of migrants/refugees, and thus by now America's cities would be overflowing. 

We can't, of course, rule out the possibility that Mexico will balk, or that some grandstanding federal judge will try to block President Trump's brilliant new deal with Mexico with a national (or international) injunction, but on the face of it Trump has, at a stroke, torpedoed the raison d'être of the “caravan” system. The end of the road for most migrants will now be in Tijuana, instead of Los Angeles. The American people can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Despite all these positive signs about President Trump's seriousness about defending our border and our sovereignty against the tide of illegal immigration, there is still more to be done. A wall will not, by itself, prevent all illegal crossings, nor will it stop people from coming to the U.S. as tourists or as students and then choosing to stay here. What will put an end to these forms of illegal immigration is strong sanctions on U.S. employers who hire undocumented workers. The Trump administration has so far not moved as aggressively as it should in this regard. Millions of U.S. businesses continue to scoff at our labor and immigration laws. There still exists no better way to disincentivize illegal immigration than by depriving illegal aliens of work opportunities. Despite the carping this will engender from corporate America, it is in the long run the only way that illegal immigration can be defeated.

Secondly, our country has, as I have noted before, strong laws prohibiting the harboring of illegal aliens, and which make it a felony to aid or encourage illegal immigration. Democratic politicians and various “pro-immigrant” advocacy groups are violating these laws with impunity and have been doing so for years. Jeff Sessions' Department of Justice followed standard operating procedure in such cases – that is, it assumed that Democrats and liberals are above the law. There is no reason why the Whitaker or Barr Justice Department should act with similar fecklessness. On the contrary, it is high time that illegal immigration's enablers and apologists should face the music.

With President Trump's help and guidance, the United States is about to turn the corner on the issue of illegal immigration. We are about to control our border with Mexico for the first time in decades.

Let's not stop there, however. Let's control the homeland as well, by making it a place where employers, politicians, and activists alike respect our immigration laws, and where crime does not pay.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.

And here's the Townhall version: 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The World Gone Mad?

Friends, don't miss my latest interview on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.  Brian O'Neil and I discuss the head-scratcher that is the Left's vendetta against President Donald Trump...especially in light of the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton's impeachment and acquittal.  In 1998-99, Democrats couldn't care less that the President of the United States clearly broke the law and obstructed justice.  Now, they can't wait to impeach and remove Donald Trump for similar offenses, despite the fact that no strong evidence exists that he committed them.  What a difference twenty years makes!  In addition, Brian and I talk about our trade war with China, climate change and the prospects for human "extinction", the role of Michael Cohen in the inquisition against Donald Trump, the persecution/prosecution of General Michael Flynn, the need for a new special prosecutor, the prospects for war with Iran, and Gorbachev's policies of perestroika and glasnost in the Soviet Union.  Enjoy!

And here's a special holiday bonus: a story about how even Christmas isn't safe from the limitless wrath of Trump-haters. Note that this Yahoo story makes no mention of any possible criticism of these anti-Trump "Christmas decorations," nor does it make the point that maybe, just maybe, Christmas isn't the season to be tearing down the President of the United States.  We truly have reached a point where the Left's contempt for Donald Trump is intense enough to be described as pathological.  Very sad.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

"Die, Bastard Humans!" Says the New York Times

Friends, sometimes I see an article title so loony that I just have to read it.  This gem comes to us courtesy of the New York Times, which apparently is giving serious consideration to the proposition that it would be desirable for all human beings to just die already.  That's right, human scum.  You've emitted carbon and tortured cows long enough -- it's time for you to shrivel up and go extinct.  Wow.  This is the sort of "philosophical argument" that could only come out of academia, and frankly I'm surprised even the NYT would entertain it.  Be that as it may, we defenders of Western Civilization should know what we're up against.  Even a pro-human stance can't be taken for granted any longer on the Left.  Oh, la vache!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Purity Police Are At It Again

Poor Gandhi.  He just can't catch a break.  Now an African university is removing his statue because of insensitive remarks he made about African natives during the time he lived in South Africa.  And that's liberalism to a tee.  There are no heroes anymore, and soon there won't be any statues left, because, unless you uphold every modern leftist prejudice perfectly, 100% of the time, the PC police will come for you eventually too...  There's no safety from totalitarians.  Take note.

In other news, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is sticking to her guns, saying there will be no "second referendum" on Brexit.  Good!  Those who wish to undo the results of a democratic election on Brexit should be ashamed of themselves.  A "no deal Brexit" is also looking more and more likely.  I say: bring it on!  Britain can make it work, and if it does work I like to think a great many EU countries might follow in Britain's footsteps...

Lastly, Carl Cannon's take on Mueller's frame-up of President Trump is worth a read.  If Matt Whitaker was doing his job, he'd probably be firing Mueller as we speak.  A good second choice would be to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate...the special prosecutor's office of Robert Mueller, as well as other DOJ/FBI misconduct and illegality surrounding the probe into Trump-Russia collusion.

Friday, December 14, 2018

This Just In: The New York Times Vindicates Trump?

Friends, the New York Times gave a backhanded compliment to President Trump today, admitting that his tariffs and America First trade policies are deepening the economic malaise affecting China.  Remember when the Left and supposedly every qualified economist predicted that Trump's "trade war" would cause unending misery...for Americans?  Well, the robust U.S. economy has put paid to those claims, but as I predicted China is much more vulnerable to a trade war than we are.  Exports (especially to the U.S.) drive China's economy.  They can ill afford to pick a fight with the United States of America.  Will China ultimately blink, accepting many of our demands?  I have little doubt that they will.  My only worry is that our demands will be too modest, and the trade deficit will continue to fester.  The germane political question is: when Trump wins his trade wars, as he surely will, will the New York Times give him any credit?  Not much, I would guess, and only on page 22...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Is There Such A Thing As TOO MUCH Waddy?

Friends, today I bring you a special Christmas treat: a WaddyIsRight Newsmaker interview and a shiny new article, all rolled into one.

My latest Newsmaker interview with Brian O'Neil covers many key developments, including: the Oval Office clash between President Trump, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer; the ongoing "Yellow Jacket" protests in France; President Trump's poll numbers; the Left's politics of vendetta; the potential presidential candidacy of Beto O'Rourke; the question of "hush money" paid to Stormy Daniels as an "impeachable offense"; climate change; the perils of legislating in the current political environment; President Trump's chief of staff dilemma; the policy of "Vietnamization"; and the historical legacy of the abdication of Britain's King Edward VIII.

Please also check out my latest article, which is an impassioned plea for President Trump to risk a government shutdown in order to force Democrats to fund his proposed border wall.  Now is the time to BUILD THAT WALL!!!  No more procrastinating.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Climate Theatrics

Friends, there are two constants in the world of "climate change": 1) politicians, journalists, and academics never tire of hectoring the public about the cataclysm that higher global temperatures portend, and 2) global carbon emissions keep increasing, despite the blather of these sanctimonious elites.  If leftist piety could defeat climate change, this war would have been won a long time ago, but in fact all this talk is mere, well, hot air.  In the meantime, ordinary folks like ourselves have to wonder: are our prospects really as bleak as the opinion leaders suggest?  The upshot is that they are not.  Climate change introduces substantial uncertainties and challenges, but mankind is, as best as we can tell, quite capable of meeting them.  Consider the arguments of this fine article, and indulge yourselves in a big sigh of relief:

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Trump: A Work In Progress?

Hey, nobody's perfect, right? My latest article examines the first two years of Donald Trump's presidency and some of the missed opportunities for this administration. Ideally, these missed opportunities can turn into important lessons for Trump and his team. Fighting his way to reelection will be tough, but Trump is the epitome of tough, and he can be quick on his feet too. I sincerely hope he takes some of my sage counsel to heart, because, if he does hone his message and improve his tactics, there's no limit to what he can achieve. We need four -- well, six -- more years of Trump (at a minimum)! Let's make sure we get it.

And here's some bonus wisdom: a great analysis of the "climate change" boondoggle:

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A New World Order

Friends, in my Newsmaker interview this week with Brian O'Neil, we pay tribute to our 41st President George H.W. Bush. I analyze his invaluable contributions to the end of the Cold War, a seminal moment in global history that has ushered in a dramatically freer and more prosperous world. This week's show also covers the "yellow jacket" riots in France, Mueller and the unequal justice meted out to Democrats and Republicans, the rise of socialism on the Left, Democratic obstruction of the enforcement of our immigration laws, and much more!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Elephant in Harvard Yard

Friends, today I recommend to you this excellent article about the state of affirmative action in higher education.  Very soon the Supreme Court might consider this issue anew, and I sincerely hope they will end affirmative action for good.  You don't hear much about racial preferences in the media -- because to draw attention to them or to question them is not politically correct -- but, as this article describes, the extent of their use, both in higher ed and in the business world, is vast...and very troubling.  Millions of Americans are being negatively impacted by these preferences: whites and Asians who are denied opportunities based on their race, and blacks and Hispanics, who are, in many cases, given these opportunities, but do not have the background to be successful in their new roles.  The alternative -- to judge people based "on the content of their character" and on their abilities, rather on than their skin color or ethnic background -- seems not to occur to many leftists, but it's one that conservatives, and most Americans, support.  Let's end affirmative action for good, therefore, and let's call race preferences what they are: a form of racism that has no place in 21st-century America.

And a quick reminder: media bias has been with us for a long time, and the dearly departed President George H.W. Bush was a frequent victim of it.  Take all the after-the-fact praise of his legacy that you see in the press with a grain of salt, therefore.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Godspeed, President Bush!

Allow me to join in that great chorus of voices that is praising the honorable service and accomplished life of former President George H.W. Bush, who died yesterday.  I was always a big fan of his.  For many years, in fact, there was a life-sized cardboard cutout of President Bush that adorned my room.  Granted, Bush was a moderate, and in 1992 I was sorely tempted to support the insurgent candidacy of Pat Buchanan (for all the obvious reasons), but I never lost respect for Bush the man.  He was a patriot, a gentleman, and a consummate public servant.  It is to the everlasting shame of this country, if you ask me, that we replaced Bush with...Bill Clinton, of all people, in 1992.  We traded a war hero for a peacenik draft-dodger.  What a deal!  That's water under the bridge, though, and Bush himself never bore a grudge.  Can you imagine an officeholder graciously accepting defeat, in our present climate?  Well, times have changed, and not always for the better.  Mark my words: you'll see a lot of news stories in the next few days to the effect that the real lesson of Bush's life is...that Trump sucks.  I respectfully disagree, although I understand why the Bushes find Trump's style so odious.  They're entitled to their opinion.  I'm also entitled to mine: I think George H.W. Bush was a fine man and an excellent President.  By all appearances, he was a great family man too.  He will be missed.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Will the 21st Century be the Anti-American Century?

Friends, the fact that so many young people are attracted by the siren song of leftism is a source of profound disappointment for many conservatives, as it should be.  This "poll" professes to measure some of the shockingly liberal and unpatriotic sentiments of the younger generation, and thus, despite its serious methodological flaws, it can serve as a wake-up call for those on the right who believe that "the children are the future," as, of course, in a literal sense they are.  The Left is doing a full court press to convince children and young adults that America is a hellscape of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and transphobia, and only the Democrats can save us from the KKK/Republican Party.  Many youngsters are swallowing the bait.  Be afraid!

Secondly, you may wish to read one of Victor Davis Hanson's articles, which are always stimulating.  In this article, Hanson opines that Trump's rashest and most juvenile remarks and tweets are hurting him with the sort of moderate, suburban voters he needs to win re-election in 2020. To a point, I agree.  Trump's style irks many people, and he could smooth out some of the hard edges of that style in order to minimize his offensiveness.  What Hanson doesn't seem to get, though, is how little style or substance matters when the media is determined to make you look bad.  Many of Trump's "outrageous" tweets aren't in fact outrageous at all.  They're just spun that way by a hostile press corps.  Unless Trump gets some handle on the media, and shames or intimidates them into moderating their bias, his stylistic changes won't accomplish much, in my view.

And here's another article that echoes my position that, unless conservatives learn how to reverse the Left's domination of the media and many other culturally pivotal institutions, our collective goose is cooked:

Make a Run for the Border?

Friends, the thin green line is hard at work, as the U.S. Border Patrol attempts to keep the Central American migrants at bay.  The newspaper copy pretty much writes itself for leftist journalists: "President Trump is tear gassing babies!  Oh, the humanity!"  We break the story down during my latest Newsmaker interview with Brian O'Neil.  We also cover the denouement of the Mueller investigation, the fate of Rod Rosenstein, the controversy over bias at Twitter, and the military lessons of the Vietnam War.  Don't miss it!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Good News/Bad News

Breaking News: Chairman Cuomo, iron-fisted ruler of the People's Republic of New York, has declared that he will NOT run for President in 2020.  He wants to concentrate on the important work remaining in the obliteration of the Empire State.  Is Cuomo on the level?  Probably, yes.  A declaration of non-interest in running for President is difficult, if not impossible, to walk back.  The good news, therefore, is that it appears that the nation will be spared Cuomo's misrule.  The bad news, however, is that Cuomo will be lording it over New Yorkers for the foreseeable future, and possibly forever.  There are only two small rays of hope: he could be jettisoned at some point by his fellow Democrats.  There's precedent for that in New York, as we all know.  Our Governors and Attorneys General regularly bite the dust.  He could also be elevated to the cabinet, or to some other high-level appointment in Washington, if a Democrat wins in 2020.  You see, friends -- whatever happens, hope springs eternal, and all things must surely come to an end someday, even Cuomo-ism.  Stay strong!

Monday, November 26, 2018

All Smiles in Swampsville?

Friends, my latest article is an analysis of President Trump's (superficially curious) decision to endorse Nancy Pelosi's bid to become Speaker of the House. Is Trump crazy...or crazy like a fox?  Decide for yourselves.

President Trump: More “Mr. Nice Guy,” Please

Lost in the hail of barbs and recriminations that the talking heads unleash on poor President Trump on a daily basis is the fact that he recently made a brilliant political move of Machiavellian shrewdness. He endorsed Nancy Pelosi's campaign to be re-elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. In doing so, he put Pelosi and the Democrats – his avowed political enemies – in a wholly unexpected and deeply uncomfortable position.

How did he do it? After the Democrats won the House majority in the midterm elections, Trump tweeted that Pelosi “deserves this victory, she has earned it.” He told reporters: “I like her, can you believe it? I like Nancy Pelosi. She's tough and she's smart...she deserves to be Speaker, and now they're playing games with her...” Trump has even offered to “help Nancy Pelosi if she needs some votes”, suggesting Rep. Tom Reed, a New York Republican, as a potential Pelosi supporter.

What are we to make of a Republican President who offers to assist a much-reviled San Francisco liberal to assume the crucial role of Speaker of the House? Pelosi dismissed Trump's offer immediately, vowing that she would win the speakership with Democratic votes alone, but could Trump's maneuvers have more lasting significance?

First, we should observe that, in supporting Pelosi, Trump is arguably plucking some very low-hanging political fruit. Pelosi is, despite a halfhearted, leaderless rebellion against her by a handful of House Democrats, extremely likely to be re-elected Speaker. According to PredictIt, an online betting market that implicitly forecasts political developments, Pelosi's return to the speakership is a 96% certitude. President Trump is therefore betting on a winner, and in politics that is seldom a bad idea. Trump is likely to earn some bragging rights, therefore, and he will be able to greet the newly-enthroned Speaker Pelosi in January with a firm handshake and a sly insinuation that he was behind her all the way.

Second, President Trump must know that, given the unprecedented loathing that liberals feel towards him, his support for Nancy Pelosi cannot but be seen by her as a political liability. From the leftist perspective, Trump's approval of Pelosi is a bad joke, at best, and the kiss of death, at worst. Liberals also realize that part of Trump's (and Republicans') affection for Pelosi grows out of her perceived weakness. She is widely seen by conservatives and Trump-supporters as a tarnished figurehead for loony California-style liberalism. She is, in this sense, the perfect foil for Trump to run against in 2020. That the House she presides over will accomplish little besides raking President Trump and his family members over the coals will, Republicans assume, make it even easier to blacken the name of Democratic candidates in 2020 with the epithet: “He/she is a Pelosi liberal!” If one assumes, therefore, that the likely alternative to Pelosi is a fresh new face with the potential to re-brand the Democratic Party and refocus the work of the House on bipartisan priorities, then it is surely in the political interests of Republicans that Pelosi should retain her stranglehold on the speakership and on the Democratic caucus. She is an albatross, pure and simple.

Third, assuming that Trump is actually playing a double game, and that his support for Pelosi is intended to hobble her and/or to lessen her chances of emerging as Speaker, the possibility emerges that Trump will succeed in precipitating the defeat of his “favorite” by a newcomer. If indeed Pelosi is defeated, it will be because the Democrats succumbed to vicious internecine squabbling. Trump and Republicans would take, one assumes, undisguised pleasure in Pelosi's downfall and in the Democrats' discomfiture. They might also assume that whomever was chosen as the new Speaker of the House would be either severely damaged by the bitter battle that would have preceded their selection, or would be gravely compromised by the accommodations they would have made with the far-left elements in the Democratic caucus in order to achieve victory. Either way, Trump and the Republicans would be the beneficiaries.

All in all, therefore, Trump's decision to voice his support for Nancy Pelosi's bid for the speakership seems like the rarest of political machinations: a true win-win that carries virtually no risk for the Machinator-in-Chief. To put it another way, whatever happens to Nancy Pelosi, Trump will come out of the Democrats' bruising political struggle smelling like a rose.

Given the obvious political benefits of President Trump's unconventional intervention in the Democrats' House leadership contest, perhaps President Trump should consider reprising the role of “Mr. Nice Guy” in the near future. For instance, some well-timed, incisive praise for the President's favorite Hollywood blowhards (Alec Baldwin?), for left-leaning corporate bigwigs (Jeff Bezos?), and even for the brashest and most refractory of White House correspondents (Jim Acosta?) could be just the medicine these “enemies of the people” need to rethink their life-philosophy of Trump-hatred. Every compliment could even come with a free MAGA hat...

Could the old-saying be true: you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar? I advise President Trump to find out. What does he have to lose?

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.

And here it is in the Daily Caller: 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!  This year, I'm thankful for America, President Trump, Justice Kavanaugh, the Republican Senate, my legions of adoring fans, and yes -- I'm even thankful for liberals!  After all, they're "worthy" opponents, but not quite worthy enough to win (most of the time).  We couldn't ask for much more than that, could we?  😆  May you all enjoy some quality time with your family, and may the holiday season be full of warmth and fellowship for everyone (enclosed by Trump's admittedly hypothetical wall)!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Pelosi Now, Pelosi Forever?

Friends, for those of you who have read your Book of Revelation carefully, you must be wondering: was one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse named "Pelosi"?  It's an increasing germane question, as the Democrats debate whether to re-enthrone San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi as the Speaker of the House.  In my latest Newsmaker interview, you'll learn whether I think Nancy still has the goods, and we also discuss the election results in Florida and Georgia, the Jim Acosta-CNN case, how to handle those pesky caravans, and the current dynamics in Brexit politics across the pond.  And there's more!  Don't miss out.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Elon Musk: Space Cadet

Friends, my latest article, published in Townhall, is a follow-up to an article I wrote in May about Elon Musk's fanciful "Starlink" project, which aims to bring satellite-based broadband internet access to the whole planet, at vast and unnecessary expense.  This is the prelude, we're led to believe, to the settlement of Mars with a million little Musk apostles.  Needless to say, I think it's science fiction.

And while you're at it take a gander at this fine article, which focuses on the Left's domination of our culture -- a very effective counterpoint to the Republican Party's domination of our political institutions.  Make no mistake: conservatives are at a grave disadvantage in the cultural arena, which is the arena, lest anyone forget, where the future is made.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Sunshine State Goes Red, Finally!

Friends, allow me to convey official WaddyIsRight kudos and congratulations to Florida Governor Rick Scott, who, after much electoral hanky-panky, has been declared the winner of this year's Senate race, which pitted him against Skeletor -- ahem! excuse me -- against Democrat Bill Nelson.  It was a hugely expensive and hard fought race, and a super-close one, but in the end Scott prevailed, as he tends to do.  He did it partly by spending millions of dollars of his own money.  Well, I suppose if Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg can do it, so can Rick Scott.  It's an investment in good governance, after all!  Needless to say, I'm very pleased to see the Republican majority in the Senate growing, and I'm very relieved to see Republicans maintaining their dominance at all levels in the great state of Florida.  Long may it last!

Here's a great analysis of how Florida Republicans have kept Hispanics in play, with special emphasis on this year's Governor's race, won by Ron DeSantis.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jim Acosta and the Media's Sense of Entitlement

Friends, my latest article addresses CNN's ridiculous lawsuit, by which Jim Acosta is trying to force his way back into the White House, so he can disrespect the President to his heart's content. Outrageously, Fox News is voicing support for CNN and Acosta. Is it time for conservatives to change the channel, or chuck their TVs into the nearest well? I leave that up to you...

Fox News Should Be Ashamed Of Its Support For CNN And Jim Acosta

Conservatives are rightly shocked and dismayed by two recent decisions by Fox News, an allegedly Republican-friendly organization. First, Fox decided to ban President Trump's anti-illegal immigration campaign ad after CNN decided it was “racist”. Note that Fox, NBC, and other media outlets didn't discover this racism on their own. No, they needed that paragon of journalistic integrity, CNN, as well as a Twitter mob, to find it for them. Hardly a profile in courage or a sign of sound judgment on the part of Fox News.

Now, Fox News has compounded its sins by filing an amicus brief supporting CNN's recent lawsuit against the White House. The lawsuit aims to force the Trump administration and the Secret Service to restore the press pass of legendary blowhard Jim Acosta. The White House terminated Acosta's access to the White House grounds after he refused to surrender the floor during a recent press conference, and in fact he refused to give the microphone back to a White House intern who was attempting to reclaim it. This was the last straw for Sarah Sanders, who decided that some semblance of order had to be restored to the interactions between the administration and the media, and some standard of professionalism, respect, and courtesy had to be enforced on White House journalists.

Amazingly, CNN alleges in its lawsuit that Jim Acosta's constitutional rights have been violated. His rights to free speech, press freedom, and “due process” apparently entitle him to question the President, at whatever length he deems appropriate, on national television. The audacity of this claim is breathtaking, but that Fox News would subscribe to this specious logic is a bitter blow to those conservatives who thought that Fox, at the very least, could be depended on to give Donald Trump a fair shake. Not so.

Consider the facts: Jim Acosta is a free man in a free country. He has been lavishly criticizing Sarah Sanders and Donald Trump, on Twitter and by other means, continuously – before, during, and after the infamous press conference. No one is interfering with his right to free speech in any way, and nor is he unable to work as a reporter. In fact, more people are listening to the siren song of Acosta-ism now than ever before. One might even say that the...volume of his speech has been turned up dramatically, courtesy of the President's low opinion of him.

Despite this, Acosta and CNN claim that the Constitution guarantees them access to the President. Now, keep in mind that a pass to gain entrance to the White House grounds is technically irrelevant to Acosta's ability to pose challenging questions to the President of the United States. Trump can always refuse to call on Acosta at press conferences, even if the “rude, terrible person” is present. 
Or perhaps I speak too hastily: perhaps CNN feels Acosta is entitled not just to stroll the White House grounds, but also to buttonhole the President (and Sarah Sanders) as often as he wishes. Perhaps Acosta is even entitled to favorable camera angles, a glass of cool, refreshing water before each of his tirades, and a good night's rest before each foray into rudeness... After all, each of these factors bears on Acosta's ability to deliver his harangues effectively, and to scrutinize the President and his administration in a suitably public way. One wonders, in fact, whether Acosta and CNN are also entitled to high ratings for their broadcasts of presidential dressings-down? Could all Americans refusing to tune into CNN during White House press conferences also be guilty of constitutional violations? It's a question no American should dismiss lightly, given the creativity of liberal lawyers.

The truth, of course, is that, in a free country, every person is entitled to free speech, but they are also able to decide for themselves to whom they will speak. To put it in the starkest possible terms: the Fifth Amendment states that even those accused of a crime, even those self-evidently guilty of a crime, are not required to speak to the court that will hold them in judgment. And yet CNN (and its media acolytes) asserts that the President of the United States must, according to the Constitution, submit to the disrespectful and unprofessional “journalism” of Jim Acosta. Trump must allow Acosta to pontificate in the President's own house, and, presumably, he must give answers that satisfy Acosta, who otherwise will feel entitled to unlimited follow-ups, in pursuit of “the truth”.

The absurdity of CNN's position is transparent. CNN takes the view that President Trump, in his capacity as President, has no rights at all. He is merely a creature of the press. He is a punching bag, and it is for the Fourth Estate to decide how hard and how often he will be hit, and by whom. Ridiculous!

I encourage the White House in the strongest terms to fight CNN's lawsuit, to stick to its guns and deny Jim Acosta renewed access to the White House, and, in future, to issue clear and strict standards that will govern the expectations for other reporters covering the Trump administration.

The White House press corps is by no means required to support President Trump or to ask him only softball questions, but it is, or ought to be, required to show basic respect, decency, and professionalism in its conduct. And, if the journalistic luminaries in the White House Correspondents' Association don't like being held to the same standard as any other guest in the White House would be, well, they can vote for President Trump's opponent in the 2020 election.

Of course, they were already planning on doing that anyway, as we all know.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.

And here's the American Greatness version: 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Is Merkel's EU Army Coming for...YOU???

Friends, don't miss my latest interview with Brian O'Neil on WLEA's Newsmaker Show.  This week we dissect the midterm results, including the Florida recounts and the Sinema victory in Arizona, we talk about the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, and we discuss the potshots that European leaders have been taking at President Trump.  I also assess Angela Merkel's absurd claim that the EU needs a "true" army of its own.  If you ask me, the EU would be better off sticking to its core competency of promoting free trade.  The more it gets into foreign policy and military affairs -- and the more it asks right-thinking Europeans to give up control of their borders -- the less likely it is to survive in the decades ahead.  My prediction: Britain will be the first country to leave the EU, yes, but it won't be the last.  And an EU Army?  A pipe-dream!  Nothing more.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pyrrhic Victory

Friends, my latest article explores the double-edged sword that is the new, very slender Democratic majority in the House.  Enjoy, and thanks to Townhall for publishing it!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Friends, the midterms are now in the books, and Republicans can celebrate some big wins in marquee matchups: Florida Governor, Georgia Governor, and the U.S. Senate races in Arizona, Texas, North Dakota, Missouri, Florida, and Indiana, for instance. Still, Democrats won the House, albeit narrowly, and this is certainly not what I expected or hoped for.  My latest Newsmaker interview with Brian O'Neil gives you my general opinion on the midterms, which I will also analyze in a forthcoming article.  Here is this week's Newsmaker Show:

Meanwhile, I invite you to take a gander at these important stories.  First, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired (not unexpectedly), and this means that the Mueller investigation has a new overseer: Acting Attorney General Matt Whittaker.  What does this portend?

Secondly, CNN's Jim Acosta has had his pass to access the White House revoked, after behaving deplorably towards a White House intern and more importantly President Trump. If you ask me, Acosta is a buffoon, not a journalist, and his disrespectful brand of "journalism" would never have been tolerated if it was directed at President Obama. Simply put, no one is required to like President Trump, but a White House reporter is and ought to be required to show basic respect to the Office of President. Acosta has failed in that regard, so he should find a new line of work, or a new "beat" as a reporter.  I strongly believe the White House should stick to its guns on this issue, regardless of whatever whining comes out of the press corps.

Lastly, winning the House does not seem to have put the far-left in a better mood.  They descended like jackals last night on the home of Tucker Carlson and implicitly threatened him and his family.  You'll see a lot of journalists howling about the fate of Jim Acosta -- you'll see very few lift a finger to defend Tucker's constitutional rights, not to mention the safety and well-being of his family.  It's a shame that the Left wasn't held more accountable for this kind of behavior in the midterms, but at least we can presume that Tucker will keep fighting the good fight...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Decision Time for America

Friends, I'm sure I don't need to remind you to vote, but I will remind you that we're very blessed to live in a country where We the People get to decide who will lead us. I anticipate a great night for Republicans, yes, but more to the point I'm 100% sure that America will keep on ticking, as it always does, and our divisions will subside, sooner or later. One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty And Justice For All! Take a little time today to be thankful, if you please.

Here's a very interesting analysis based on some sophisticated number crunching.  I don't agree with the conclusion, but I think the article does a good job of revealing just how challenging it will be for the Democrats to take control of the House...

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Grand Finale: Depression on the Left

Friends, today American Greatness has published the last installment in my four-part series about the Democrats' likely reaction to defeat in the midterm elections. I see CNN today has doubled down on its prediction that the Dems will prevail by 13 points. Ha! They sure do have a sense of humor! I jest, of course -- liberals have no discernible sense of humor, and if the "blue wave" doesn't come to pass you can bet they will be distraught, to say the least. The last part of my analysis considers the question of how many will descend into a deep depression...and how many may give up on the Democratic Party or the liberal movement altogether. The number need not be high to guarantee President Trump re-election in 2020. See what you think...

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Anger on the Left: America's "New Normal"

Ah, Howard Dean. Remember when this guy was the favorite to win the Democratic nomination in 2004, but crashed and burned, partly because he was seen as too "angry" and extreme? Well, Democrats and liberals have undergone an evolution since then. They are now so apoplectic about the Trump presidency that no bad behavior, no fit of vituperation, no incidence of harassment of Republicans, seems out of bounds. In fact, the liberals are seemingly competing with each other to earn the title "Biggest Trump-Hater of All-Time". Think Trump is a fascist? NO! He's a Super-Nazi! Think Trump is soft on Putin? NO! He's a Putin stooge and an epic traitor! Think Trump is a ruthless businessman? NO! Actually he's guilty of every white collar crime in the book, ipso facto, and most non-white collar crimes too. Why not? And, lastly, think Trump supporters were wrong to vote for him? NO! Every Trump voter is as racist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, Earth-hating, and generally monstrous as Trump himself! Death would be too mild a punishment for such swine!

That, unfortunately, is how the Left has come to see the world. It isn't pretty. Part Three of my four-part series on the likely leftist reaction to a failure of the "blue wave" is about ANGER, and how liberal rage will intensify in some frightening, but ultimately counterproductive (to the Left), ways after November 6th.

Here it is in American Greatness (it was also featured on RealClearPolitics!):

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Dems Are In Denial, And It's About To Get Much Worse

Friends, it's no secret by now that the Democrats will do anything to avoid the awful truth that they straight-up lost the 2016 election.  Oh no, they say -- we were cheated.  In fact, the whole Trump presidency is an illusion, a mistake, a passing fancy, a criminal conspiracy which will soon unravel. In short, Democrats are in denial, and once they lose on November 6th their condition will dramatically intensify. Read all about it in Part Two of my "Stages of Grief" analysis:

Friday, November 2, 2018

Whammy the First: A Brief History of TDS

Friends, today the first in my four-part series of articles appeared in American Greatness. The topic is a very important one: what explains liberal derangement since the election of President Trump, and more importantly how will this derangement change or intensify after they lose another election on November 6th? I have by now made it clear that I believe the "blue wave" is destined to fail, and thus we cannot but be curious how the Left will react. They have, by all appearances, been flirting with lunacy for two years now, so will they be able to absorb the shock of another setback, another rebuke from the American people?  My guess is that the 2018 election will produce a major earthquake on the Left, and the Democratic Party and the liberal movement may be permanently hobbled by the resulting chaos. I analyze the prospects for liberal self-destruction using Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's Five Stages of Grief as a model. Today's installment is just an introduction -- a brief history of Trump Derangement Syndrome, if you will -- so the real "meat" of the analysis and my more detailed prognostications will follow on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Don't miss it! America's future is on the line.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Democrats: The End is Nigh! REPENT!

Friends, in a further sign that Democrats may want to dust off their applications for residency in Canada, data continues to pour in documenting the failure of the "blue wave". Today I bring you three articles that confirm, in the main, that 2018 may not be as great as 2014 for Republicans, but arguably the position for the GOP in 2018 is better than in 2016, and 2016 -- in case you've forgotten -- was something of a banner year! Now, maybe independent voters have turned against Republicans in a big way. Maybe there's some wave of young or minority voters who Democrats plan to spring on us at the last minute (a sort of strategic reserve). None of this seems very likely. An election in which Republican voters turn out in record numbers, and in numbers that are proportionally similar to previous elections in which they did well, hardly sets the stage for a rout. My sense, therefore, is that we're still on track to turn Trump Derangement Syndrome into Trump Psychosis. Be of good cheer, Republicans!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A WaddyIsRight Quadruple-Whammy Is Coming Soon!

Friends, you won't want to miss my latest interview on the Newsmaker Show with Brian O'Neil. We break down the midterms, the recent spate of pseudo-bombings and actual shootings, the fall of Angela Merkel, the question of "birthright citizenship", and more! Most of all, I scoff at the "big blue wave" that Democrats say is coming...  Listen in, why don't you?

Meanwhile, gird your loins for what is sure to be a life-altering experience: a series of FOUR articles that will be published in American Greatness in the coming days. This magnum opus will feature my take on the ravages of "Trump Derangement Syndrome," which is already hobbling most liberals, and which, I firmly believe, is about to become vastly more acute, in the wake of the failure of the "blue wave". I predict exactly how the Dems will react to this massive setback, and how the liberal movement may start to unravel and destroy itself...  This is history in the making, and you heard it here first! The articles will come, slow and steady, one per day, starting on Friday. Hold yourselves in readiness!