A Key Component of America’s Best Idea Turns 100

“National Parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” -Wallace Stegner, 1983 Last week marked a major milestone in American environmentalism and conservationism. On Thursday, August 25, 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial. Our National Parks have become something we almost take for granted. We know, whether we are … Continue reading A Key Component of America’s Best Idea Turns 100

The GOP Has a National Electoral Problem

There’s a reason why Republicans far and wide have been lining up for years to heap praise upon former president Ronald Reagan. It’s not just because he’s a charming pseudo-cowboy-esque actor turned politician, although that undoubtedly plays a huge role in his widespread appeal. No, Ronald Reagan embodies more than just a man’s man, he represents a political party, and a very successful one at … Continue reading The GOP Has a National Electoral Problem

Is Donald Trump a Conservative?

The Republican nominee is like nothing we’ve seen in any election. His rhetoric is widely perceived as divisive, drawing large numbers of disenchanted voters to the polls all the while alienating women, minorities, and traditional core GOP constituencies. This has led many in the Republican establishment to repudiate his conservative credentials, dismissing him as an electoral fluke rather than the sanctioned standard bearer for modern-day … Continue reading Is Donald Trump a Conservative?

Is Donald Trump a Populist? An Analysis of a 19th Century Prairie Fire

We do not come as aggressors. Our war is not a war of conquest. We are fighting in the defense of our homes, our families, and posterity. We have petitioned, and our petitions have been scorned. We have entreated, and our entreaties have been disregarded. We have begged, and they have mocked when our calamity came. We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we … Continue reading Is Donald Trump a Populist? An Analysis of a 19th Century Prairie Fire