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If President Bush achieved nothing else in his Inaugural Address lastweek, he at least provided fodder for media pundits to chew on for a solid week or more. This is an unusual accomplishment, even for inaugural addresses, most of which are endured and then ignored by those whose job it is to listen to them... Read More
The most recent installment of Politically Correct mind control comes from Harvard University itself, the world capital of Political Correctnessand at least a major metropolis of mind control. It concerns no less a victim than the president of Harvard himself, Lawrence Summers, a veteran of the Clinton administration, who recently uttered some remarks about women... Read More
Mr. Barone's advice was no criticism, since he fairly gushed with toasty sounds about the similarities between Wilson's beliefs and Mr. Bush's"vision of an America spreading freedom and democracy to new corners of the world." And in fact Mr. Barone was correct. Wilson is exactly who Mr. Bush sounded like in his speech yesterday. Woodrow... Read More
Like the fog in Carl Sandburg's insipid poem, Martin Luther King Day this year seems to have crept up on the nation on little cat feet. We have heard few of the usual neo-conservative slobberings over how they wish they could have marched with King in Selma, nor even many of the usual lamentations of... Read More
"No issue, not one, threatens to do more damage to the Republican coalition than immigration," gasps neoconservativeDavid Frum in National Review's Dec. 31 cover story. [Full article here]. Mr. Frum, the original "patriotic conservative" who tried to smearthe entire anti-war right as "unpatriotic" back in 2003, has now defected from the ranks of the Open... Read More
Despite what the Republican leadership would like us to think, all is not harmony and light between the Republicans in Congress and the Republican in the White House. Emerging unpleasantness on the issues of Social Security and looming Supreme Court appointments are part of the problem, but a split on immigration reform looms larger still.... Read More
If it's a tsunami you're afraid of, what happened in the Indian Ocean last month is probably not what you should be worrying about. The tsunami Americans need to fear is the man-made wave of globalization that has helped gut the American work force by exporting its jobs overseas in part through the cute little... Read More
Last summer a flurry of press reports disclosed the FBI's investigation of a man named Larry Franklin who works in the Defense Department under neo-conservative policy chief Douglas Feith. The supposed reason for the investigation was espionage for Israel. The neo-con buddies of Mr. Feith and Israel sounded off about the anti-Semitism that was obviously... Read More
In Europe, if not in the United States, some people are beginning to grasp that just maybe they made a mistake when they decided to welcome millions of immigrants over the last several decades. The most recent European to get it is former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who has been making noises about the... Read More
It's beginning to dawn, even on American politicians, that you cannot have something like 34 million immigrants in the country and not expect immigration to become a major political issue. The latest politician in whose brain this insight has blossomed is the junior senator from New York and very possibly the next president of the... Read More
The Christmas wars just won't stop, even though Christmas is right upon us, at least for a year and maybe forever, if the anti-Christmas warriors have their way. While the warriors have been waging their crusade to make everyone from school kids to presidents say "the holidays" instead of"Christmas," their allies in the media have... Read More
A tip of the hat to Charles Krauthammer, Jewish neoconservative (not necessarily a redundancy, despite what many neocons claim) who last week lobbed a much-merited smack at the face of the anti-Christmas lobby. "The attempts to de-Christianize Christmas are as absurd as they are relentless," he writes, and he's perfectly correct. [Goodbye Christmas? Charles Krauthammer,... Read More
"Who is such a sap as to take the word of such a person?" asked journalist Christopher Hitchens about David Brock, another journalist (sort of) who confessed to having penned what he later admitted was a mendacious account of Anita Hill on behalf of the "Republican sleaze machine" (for which he was well paid with... Read More
December is not even half over, and already the war on Christmas has started. Out in the Red State of Colorado, where traditional culture supposedly thrives, the city of Denver has waded into a little cultural gunplay that is attracting national attention. But Denver is not the only battlefield. Increasingly it looks like Christmas may... Read More
So who says Islamic fanatics don't celebrate Christmas? This week our friends in Al Qaeda sent Americans a little present in the form of a massive murderous attack on the U.S. consulate in Jidda that, after three hours of vicious gun play, left nine people dead. Happy Holidays. Readers should excuse my cynicism about the... Read More
Only a few days after the national election, President Bush appointedhis campaign manager, Ken Mehlman, the new head of the Republican National Committee. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Mehlman offered the world his own analysis of the voting patterns in the 2004 election and what they tell us as to why his boss won. As the Washington... Read More
On a recent Thanksgiving trip to Washington, relatives of mine had their car stopped near the Capitol and subjected to a "bomb search"by—somebody or another, the local cops, the federal cops, theHomeland Security cops, the UN cops, who knows and who can tell anymore? There was no bomb of course (not even my relatives carry... Read More
Just exactly how many murders will it take to convince the Open Borders lobby, whose leader now seems to be President Bush, that mass Third World immigration is not such a good idea? Up in Wisconsin, a gentleman named Chai Soua Vang, a 36-year-old Hmong immigrant, just blew away six people, apparently because they threw... Read More
ABC Sports last week took careful aim at the "moral issues" that are said to have driven this month's national election and delivered a good swift kick to their dentures on national television. The main reaction from viewers and the professional "family values"lobby has been to denounce the nudity and clearly implied sex of the... Read More
Well, I guess you can't expect a guy to know what's going on inside this country just because he's the President of the United States. This week President Bush took a trip to Chile, where he more or lessofficially raised from the dead his defunct amnesty plan of last January. I guess he missed what's... Read More
The Bush administration has read the political tea leaves that this year's election left at the bottom of the electoral cup and concluded that amnesty for illegal aliens is the message they send. Since that was the message the administration wanted to see, it's not surprising that's the message it gets. But its tea-leaf readers... Read More
It didn't take the neoconservatives long to figure out the real truth about the election and explain to us, hanging breathless, what we should think about it. David Brooks in the New York Times was perhaps the first to unveil it to the rest of us out here in the boonies. The truth, you see,... Read More
Barely a week has passed since 84 percent of the nation's self-described conservatives cast their ballots for George W. Bush, and already the president and his administration have delivered at least two good, strong, swift kicks in the teeth to the voters who elected him. Speaking in Mexico this week Secretary of State Colin Powell... Read More
If last week's election returns tell President Bush anything about immigration policy, it is that he ought to continue and even expand the"guest workers" program he unveiled last January. What was essentially an amnesty for illegal aliens, a reward for lawbreakers and an open invitation to the world to immigrate to this country seems to... Read More
When a drunken man tries to walk a tightrope, it is never possible topredict whether he will make it across or fall. Nothing you can reasonably foresee happening can possibly affect the outcome of his walk, and whatever happens depends entirely on accident. So it was with the great presidential election of 2004, now quickly... Read More
What will happen to American conservatism as a result of the 2004 election? Obviously, the answer depends largely on what happens in the election, and we won't know that until tomorrow (or later). But that doesn't stop pundits from telling us anyway. Pat Buchanan believes a "civil war" will break out inside the Republican Party... Read More
In politics, a wise man once told me, there are only two important questions: (1) Who should win? (2) Who will win? You don't have to be very wise to understand that the answers are not necessarily (or indeed very often) the same. As to the first question, my own wisdom, such as it is,... Read More
After 30-something years of mass immigration, legal and illegal, the immigration issue finally tiptoed into the national political discussion in the third and final presidential debate this month, with moderator Bob Schieffer acknowledging that he had received more e-mail about that issue than any other. Neither candidate, of course, had anything serious, intelligent or even... Read More
If neither of the two major presidential candidates excites you very much, maybe you should consider staying home on Election Day and reading a good book. A good book to read on that day or others isChilton Williamson Jr.'s just-published The Conservative Bookshelf.Even if you don't like it, it will tell you about a lot... Read More
A tip of the hat to the Department of State, which had the guts and good sense to express its opposition (sort of) to congressional legislation creating an office for monitoring "anti-Semitism." The bill passed both houses of Congress by voice vote and was signed into law by President Bush last week. It's a very... Read More
After nearly two years of bitter controversy about the role of neo-conservatives in dragging the country into a useless and apparently endless war in the Middle East, it has finally begun to dawn on some of the neo-cons' liberal enemies that their critics on the right have been warning about them for years. In Sunday's... Read More
While George Bush and John Kerry, Dick Cheney and John Edwards, debate democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan, democracy may be taking a bit of a small lurch forward inside the United States—much to the dissatisfaction of the above-named global democrats. In Arizona, citizens fed up with massive illegal immigration and the indifference of their own... Read More
As President Bush's lead in the polls started to wobble after his first debate with John Kerry last week, White House haggling over certain legislative proposals in Congress could deal the finishing blow to Mr. Bush's hopes to remain president. The legislation, known as "H.R. 10," concerns both immigration and national security. H.R. 10 is... Read More
It must have been a tough decision for the editors of the Washington Post last week whether to lead on page one with the return of baseball to the District of Columbia or the story about the demonstration in Annapolis to acknowledge white guilt for slavery. As it turned out, the editors went with baseball,... Read More
Race, it has now pretty much been proved, is not "just a social construct" but a fact of nature, but it does have social and cultural meaning. Most of the talk about what race means centers on non-whites, but last week Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor at theLos Angeles Times, took a look at what... Read More
After nearly a decade of obsession with and pandering to the Hispanic vote, the leaders of both major political parties are finally being told an unpleasant truth — the Hispanic vote is overrated. Last week William Frey, one of the country's leading demographers and a major expert on immigration, unbosomed this lesson in an interview... Read More
After nearly a decade of obsession with and pandering to the Hispanic vote, the leaders of both major political parties are finally being told an unpleasant truth—the Hispanic vote is overrated. Last week William Frey, one of the country's leading demographersand a major expert on immigration, unbosomed this lesson in an interview with the Washington... Read More
Does it make any difference who wins the presidential election? Both major candidates are so close to each other on so many major issues—immigration, trade, even foreign policy—that it's very hard to tell, and many conservatives who usually vote Republican are asking why they should vote for President Bush at all. One reason they should,... Read More
Only one week before a Time magazine cover story breathlessly informed the nation what the nation has long known—that America's borders are grotesquely out of control and getting worse—the Bush administration's border security chief told the nation to forget about the borders, there's nothing we can do. But what Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson told... Read More
Last summer, William Donald Schaefer, former Governor and present Comptroller of the state of Maryland, made the news when he groused about a worker at McDonald's who couldn't take his order because he couldn't speak English. "I don't want to adjust to another language," Mr. Schaefer grumped in public comments. "This is the United States.... Read More
With all the chest-thumping and flag-waving the Republican Conventioncontributed to Western civilization last month, President Bush finally got the bounce in the polls that may well keep him in the White House for the next four years. If so, what will he and his party do and where will they move? In the New York... Read More
The first reaction from Washington insiders to news reports that the FBI was hot on the trail of an Israeli spy inside the Pentagon was to wonder what a spy could possibly tell the Israelis they don't already know. Since this administration, most of the Congress and its staff, and much of the media are... Read More
Ever since September 11, 2001, the burning issue of reparations for slavery has flickered rather dimly. Now, thanks to blackneoconservative Senate candidate Alan Keyes, it may flare again. All by himself Mr. Keyes has added gas to the reparations flames in his race for the U.S. Senate in Illinois. Mr. Keyes is probably not going... Read More
"Right Wing Sees Betrayals," the headline in the Washington Timesshouted last week, and it's about time the right wing did. This particular headline referred to what had been going on inside the Republican Convention's platform committee, where conservatives were given the run-around by the party establishment on several issues dear to them. One such issue... Read More
After several weeks of fulminating about John Kerry's war record and the medals he presumably awarded to himself, Republicans finally got down to the real point about the man who would be president. Amazingly it was none other than the forgotten Robert Dole, himself something of a war hero from World War II, who seems... Read More
For the first presidential election since 1988, Pat Buchanan is not on the ballot this year, but his soul goes marching on in a new book just released on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Where the Right Went Wrong is not, as it is already being billed, an"attack" on George W. Bush, but... Read More
Having made such a smashing success out of its war with Iraq, the Bush administration now seems to be pondering the glories of yetanother one in Iran. In recent weeks, various administration officials and their amen corner in the neoconservative press have muttered and mumbled about theperils of Iran suddenly developing—guess what?—"weapons of mass destruction."... Read More
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After the American electorate wades through the scintillating debate about which presidential candidate is less patriotic than the other, some voters may display an interest in picking one of them to vote for. Many have already decided, and the bad news for President Bush is that a lot of them are the people who voted... Read More
The real Hero of the Week to emerge from the Democratic Convention last month was the fabled Barack Obama, the Democrats' keynote speaker and candidate for the Senate from Illinois, where he currently serves as a state senator. It was not just that Mr. Obama, a half-black and half-white icon of multiracialism, was the star... Read More
After some 30 years or so, the Washington Post finally sent a reporter to the movies to discover the astounding news that Hollywood doesn't like corporations. The occasion for this revelation is the re-make of the 1962 thriller The Manchurian Candidate, a film I have never cared for and the new version of which I... Read More
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Sam Francis
About Sam Francis

Dr. Samuel T. Francis (1947-2005) was a leading paleoconservative columnist and intellectual theorist, serving as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Patrick Buchanan and as an editorial writer, columnist, and editor at The Washington Times. He received the Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in both 1989 and 1990, while being a finalist for the National Journalism Award (Walker Stone Prize) for Editorial Writing of the Scripps Howard Foundation those same years. His undergraduate education was at Johns Hopkins and he later earned his Ph.D. in modern history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His books include The Soviet Strategy of Terror(1981, rev.1985), Power and History: The Political Thought of James Burnham (1984); Beautiful Losers: Essays on the Failure of American Conservatism (1993); Revolution from the Middle: Essays and Articles from Chronicles, 1989–1996 (1997); and Thinkers of Our Time: James Burnham (1999). His published articles or reviews appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, National Review, The Spectator (London), The New American, The Occidental Quarterly, and Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, of which he was political editor and for which he wrote a monthly column, “Principalities and Powers.”