Better Off Than Four Years Ago? Reagan’s Question in 2016

President Reagan famously asked Americans, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” when seeking their vote for his reelection in 1984. That slogan has been repeated by many candidates since, typically as a way to encourage audiences to focus on the economy: Are you earning more, do you have a better job, … Continued


What Is Sexy and What Is Crude?

In response to Ashley McGuire’s post about Beyoncé’s performance at the Super Bowl and the question of whether traditionally minded women can be sexy: of course they can. Traditional women can be, and are, sexy. So are liberal women and anarchist women (although there’s fewer of those). Women are sexy. It’s just kinda how God … Continued

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Beyoncé’s Soulful Feminism

I happened to like Beyoncé’s halftime show at the Superbowl. But I also happen to like Beyoncé. Perhaps it’s because Beyoncé, whether she means to or not, promotes a pro-family version of feminism. She more or less said in an interview that her husband, Jay-Z, is the only man that she has ever slept with. … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Fashion, Parenting

Promised Land’s Shallow Depiction of Small-Town America

What ever happened to the salt-of-the-earth, small-town, country bumpkin, family farmer that used to populate popular movies? I ask this question after having slogged through the Matt Damon/John Krasinski antifracking debacle called Promised Land. As someone who has written quite a lot about natural gas development and the process of extraction known as hydraulic fracturing … Continued

Culture, Movies

“Gotcha” Journalism Is Ruining the NFL

The National Football League is an economic and entertainment juggernaut, providing the most competitive, exciting product in the sports world today. It’s a big deal. And although I’m fully aware that it is essentially grown men playing a child’s game for millions of dollars, I love every second of every game of every season. But … Continued

Entertainment, Sports

Is Hollywood’s Bias Conservative?

Elias Isquith in The Atlantic no doubt raised a few eyebrows with his recent article with the counterintuitive title, “Hollywood’s Real Bias Is Conservative (but Not in the Way Liberals Often Say).” He looked at the impressive slate of political (and in some cases, highly politicized) films from 2012 including The Dark Knight Rises, Les … Continued

Culture, Movies

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Inside the Life of a Young Conservative on World Tour

My friend Caleb works for Live Nation Entertainment and has spent the last few years of his life touring the world with U2 and other top-grossing musical acts. Caleb’s a God-fearing, tax-paying, gun-supporting American in his twenties whose values and worldview don’t necessarily comport with those of the people he works for and/or with, but … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Music

Golden Globes Prove the Need for Real Diversity in Hollywood

In answer to Commentary’s question about the future of Conservatism “in the wake of the 2012 election,” Academy-Award-nominated screenwriter and cofounder of Pajamas Media Roger Simon issued a challenge. “Move to take back the arts and entertainment,” Simon proposed. “Conservatives whine incessantly about Hollywood. Stop whining and do it. Learn to make movies and TV … Continued

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