Democracy in Peril: A Conversation with National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke

Charles C.W. Cooke sat down with editor-in-chief Matthew J. Santucci to discuss the Brexit vote, the Trump phenomenon, and the role of the federal government after his talk at Fordham University. Charles is the editor of National Review online, author of “The Conservatarian Manifesto” and frequent guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”.  Thank you for taking time to meet with me tonight. Being English, I wanted to start off by gaining your perspective on the Brexit vote. What are the parallels that one can draw between that vote (that movement) and Trump’s “silent majority”?…

Donald Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of New Fascism

In the aftermath of the Second World War, we told ourselves: “Never again.” Standing in the rubble of London and in the ashes of Hiroshima, we swore that we would not allow a conflict of this scale to proliferate again. The generation that had seen the rise of fascism and genocide, of dangerous nationalism and xenophobia, vowed that we would not stand by and do nothing in the face of the Hitlers and Mussolinis of the world. They promised. And now, their children and their children’s children are breaking that…

In Jon Stewart’s Absence, All Politics Became Satire

There was a time when Jon Stewart was among the most trusted people in news. As comical as that statement sounds, it’s exactly what a 2007 Pew Research Center poll found. Stewart, who hosted “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central and never purported to be a journalist or news anchor, was nonetheless viewed as the one of the most reliable by a majority of respondents. Naturally, this said a lot about the political climate. Network news established itself in firm partisan camps. Depending upon which network one watched, there would…

The Electoral College after 2016

A divided nation produced an astonishingly divided result in the presidential election on Nov. 8. While Donald Trump, the billionaire business magnate, captured enough Electoral College votes to secure the presidency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earned more popular votes. Currently, she stands over two million votes ahead of the president-elect. This occurrence illustrates a divide between urban and rural America, which received little focus leading up to the general election. The Electoral College, as defined by the National Archives, was established by the founding fathers “as a compromise…

It’s Morning in America

Donald Trump’s shocking win last Tuesday was a seismic blow to the American political establishment of the past eight years. His victory completely gutted the mainstream polling industry, shattered the expectations of nearly every political pundit, and signified the largest juxtaposition between any two administrations in the modern era. For conservatives, Trump’s electoral landslide victory represents a chance to begin anew after enduring eight stormy years of the most liberal administration in contemporary times. A conservative administration, supplemented by Republican majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate…

The Post-Trump Market Rally

Florida was falling. So were all of the battleground states. The so-called firewalls in Wisconsin and Virginia, too, were up in flames. It was a catastrophic failure of the Democratic machine – a blistering surprise delivered by a surge of Trump voters that lifted him from the depths of what had been believed to be almost certain defeat into a resurgent, euphoric victory. Few had expected it (disclaimer: including me) – and certainly not the financial markets. According to analysts, they’d priced in a Clinton win long ago. But when…

There Are More Than Two Sides to Politics: Chad Peace speaks about Independent Voters in 2016

Chad Peace is a leader in the independent voter community. He serves as the legal strategist for the Independent Voter Project (IVP), the publishing editor for IVP’s publication IVN.us, president of IVC Media, and partner at the law firm Peace & Shea LLP. Peace has dedicated his life to reforming the electoral system in favor of all voters, not just party affiliates. Welcome Chad. Thank you for joining me today. Do you mind discussing a bit of what the Independent Voter Project (IVP) does?  The Independent Voter Project was founded…

In One Weekend, Trump Shows Why He is Unqualified for the Presidency

Some people like the idea of a Trump residency – an outsider, a businessman, a man willing to speak his mind with no concern for political repercussions. Some even argue that he has strengthened democracy by bringing a politically disenfranchised demographic, his “silent majority,” back into the political mainstream. But while certain people like the idea of Trump, it seems difficult to like Trump the person. While speaking his mind, he riles up crowds with racist undertones, and he grossly debases women. As a political outsider, he fights to create…