I do not make it a practice to comment on the work of fellow columnists, though occasionally some care to comment on mine, which is fine. I'm happy to help them make a living.
An exception will be made here because of New York Times "conservative" columnist,
In an end-of-year column titled "Why I'm Still a Never Trumper," Stephens lists the accomplishments of the Trump administration: Tax cuts, deregulation, more military spending, cuts for the
It is a record that should delight any conservative voter, but despite it all and with promises of more to come this year, Stephens still wishes
Character, he says, is supreme. Really? I'd like to see him as a character witness at a trial for
Stephens' emphasis on character apparently doesn't apply in equal measure to presidents like
Stephens quotes the late Sen.
"The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics that determines the success of a society."
How's that working out in the culture of sexual harassment, Opioid addiction, a decline in educational achievement, especially among poor minorities trapped in underperforming schools, and in "entertainment," which often borders on soft porn, not to mention the frequent use of words that generations ago would have gotten your mouth washed out with soap?
Stephens then lists some of the president's less appealing character qualities. For argument's sake, let's concede he's right about all of them. Now what? Would he feel better if a well-spoken liberal were president, populating the courts with lefties who would finish shredding the
What about the character of liberal politicians in cities like
What the elites detest is a Republican who fights back. Some believe the president fights dirty. Maybe he does. Does the policy end justify the political means? Not always, but neither do liberal ends justify the means they use to achieve their goals.
Politics is not about manners and being thought of as nice. Politics is a nasty business. Sure there are some who are both noble and victorious, but we haven't seen their kind in a while. Most
When Stephens was chosen as a