Why We Need a Trump Sabbath

If you’ve been on Twitter or at a dinner party over the last year, you’ve noticed a pattern. Inevitably, the conversation comes back to a certain topic: Donald J. Trump. Donald Trump’s political rise has dominated our national attention since he announced his run for president. His comments about women, Mexicans, and his political opponents … Continued

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Is There a Cure for Trump Social Media Syndrome?

Social media in the age of Trump presents us with two opposite dangers: a quantum increase in our political anxiety, and a gradual numbing of our political attention. The paranoia problem seems clear. The greatest aggravation from our Facebook feeds used to be the unwanted pictures of faux reunions with high school frenemies-turned-mommy-experts, and the … Continued

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In Defense of Elitism

Deliverance is making a comeback. The 1970 novel, which became an award-winning 1972 film, is one of the most pungent defenses of elitism ever committed to paper and film. A new novel by Erica Ferencik, The River at Night, is basically a retelling of Deliverance, this time with four female leads. In both versions, a … Continued

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The Doomsday Clock is a Measure of Liberal Hysteria, not Armageddon

If you listen to the naysayers, we’re on the precipice, just a few moments away from nuclear Armageddon, ever since Trump became President of the United States of America. As people asked during the campaign, is Trump the right person to trust with “the nuclear football”, the button that enables the President to launch a … Continued

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Stop Bothering Tom Brady about Donald Trump

As a Baltimore Ravens fan, I am legally required to hate Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Yet at the risk of being excommunicated from Ravens Nation, I must admit that I’ve always had a soft spot for Brady, who is by all accounts a devoted father, a terrific teammate, and a loyal friend. … Continued

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The Women’s March and the March of Time

For many, the unthinkable has happened: Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States. If you took seriously the doomsday predictions from many celebrities and leftist activists, you might have expected your world to be profoundly different today with President Trump at the helm instead of President Obama. This sense of fear and … Continued

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The Problem with Pussyhats

As if I didn’t have enough reasons to be irritated with Donald Trump, there is now the fact that half the people in my Facebook feed are using the word “pussy” with reckless abandon. In their efforts to “take back” this word from the Donald and sexist pigs everywhere, they have decided that we all … Continued

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After the Swearing-In, President Trump Should Swear Off Twitter

The Associated Press reports that someone on the Trump transition team finally succeeded in taking away the soon-to-be 45th President’s mobile phone. What they did not do, evidently, is take away his Twitter account. And that’s a shame, since although Trump clearly relishes Twitter combat (earlier in the week he made the mistake of responding to … Continued

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Inaugurations Should Be About Tradition, Not Celebrity Egos

Tomorrow, on January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated the forty-fifth President of the United States. His election was marked by a great deal of turmoil, which hasn’t abated with preparations for the inauguration. Celebrities have publicly denounced both Trump and any performers willing to sing at his inauguration, and protests have been planned throughout … Continued

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In the Trump Era, Will Businesses Have to Virtue-Signal to Survive?

Ever since November, a significant number of Americans have assumed that President-elect Donald Trump’s victory heralds a return to unequal treatment of people of different ethnicities and gender orientations. If you’re LGBTQ, the story goes, you’re in big trouble, not to mention Muslims, undocumented workers, women, and just about everyone else who isn’t a rich … Continued

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