America First

Why I Have Given Up on Trumpism

Roger Kimball, American Greatness

When it comes to Donald Trump, pragmatism overwhelms ideology. Which is why I believe that there no such thing as “Trumpism.” Its putative author is constitutionally averse to the spirit that would give substance to the -ism. Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly was onto something essential about his boss when, in his powerful press conference last month, he observed that Trump’s agenda was “what’s good for America.” That is to say, he has no “agenda” as that term is often used, i.e., no set of hidden or ulterior motives for his policies.

This Explains A Lot

As if having Wall Street wonder boy Gary Cohn trying to undo the President’s economic nationalism from a big office in the West Wing wasn’t bad enough, the US Chamber of Commerce is buying access to the Trump White House by hiring Sara Armstrong, the Republican National Committee's Chief of Staff to try to defeat the policies Trump campaigned on.

Is Trump’s Agenda Being Eclipsed?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Today we hear talk of upping and extending the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, of confronting Iran, of sending anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to Ukraine to battle pro-Russia rebels in the east. Can the new custodians of Trump’s populist-nationalist and America First agenda, the generals and the Goldman Sachs alumni association, be entrusted to carry it out?

Pittsburgh Not Paris Rally: You Can Do It Too

The Fairfax County GOP’s Pittsburgh Not Paris rally was a huge success garnering media coverage all over the world. We urge our conservative friends to do the same thing in their communities. Put the notice out on social media, hit your email list, make some signs and send us pictures and a short report on your success.

War Cries vs. ‘America First’

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The promise of a Trump presidency—that we would start looking out for our own country and own national interests first and let the rest of the world solve, or fail to solve, its own problems—appears, not 100 days in, to have been a mirage. Will more wars make America great again?

How Is Attacking Syria an ‘America First’ Policy Objective?

Doug Bandow, CNS News

Trump explained his flip-flop: “I now have responsibility for Syria.” But that’s what one would expect the politicians he defeated to say. President Trump should recognize that he was elected as steward of the American republic and its people. To fulfill that responsibility, he should keep the United States out of the Syrian Civil War.

Why ‘America First’ Resonates

Robert Merry, The American Conservative

Americans favor a measured, cautious foreign policy for America that also incorporates a recognition that the country must continue to play a major role in the world. America could do worse—and has in recent years.

The Moral Case For Trump's "America First" Agenda

Memo to the rest of the planet: Stop panicking over the victory of Donald Trump.  His “America First” agenda is not about abandoning the free world.  If anything, it is about saving the free world—from itself.

Trump's Victory Speech Should Give the Democrats Reason to Worry

John Judis, Talking Points Memo

It was a speech that portrayed the candidate as someone who, above all, wanted to make sure Americans were safe, employed and prosperous. That’s the kind of appeal that could win some votes.