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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
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
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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
President Bush can explain his Iraq policies all he wants, but he'll need more than that to stay in the White House. What he needs are called "voters," and in large part because of the kind of immigration policies the president and his party have supported, he may not have enough of them to win... Read More
Six months before the election, and some 20 percent of Republican voters say they are not necessarily committed to voting for George W. Bush. Welcome to the club, but meanwhile, Republicans are doing everything they can think of to insure their maximum leader goes the way of his dad and Bob Dole, among other recent... Read More
With the presidential election only thirteen months away, the ten little Democrats are not the only ones running. President Bush is also cranking up for the race, and soon we can expect to hear from him and his surrogates how much of the black vote they expect to win next year. In the last election,... Read More
The dim idea of the week comes from Washington Times columnistArnold Beichman, a 90-year-old neo-conservative wonderboy who has suffered a brainstorm--that the way for President Bush to win the election in 2004 is to demote Vice President Cheney to national security adviser and put current national security adviser Condoleezza Rice on the ticket. The purpose,... Read More
The South remains a breed apart. You really have to tip your hat to American academics, who display an imperishable talent for rediscovering the obvious. The major discovery announced this week comes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where an erudite soul named Scott Keeter, speaking at the school's Center for the... Read More
One of the chief reasons for the quick and dirty defenestration of Trent Lott as Senate Majority Leader was to induce more black voters to cast their ballots for Republicans. To that end, President Bush went so far as to issue a "Happy Kwanzaa" greeting from the White House and this week was preaching on... Read More
Whatever else emerged from the crisis endured by Republicans because of Strom Thurmond's birthday party, intellectual coherence didn't. The controversy within the Republican right itself over what Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott meant and what should be done about it merely served to confuse even those who pronounced their opinions on the matter. Mainly what... Read More
One reason the White House, the Republican leadership and most neo-conservatives were upset with Trent Lott is that they thought hisremarks about 1948 Dixiecrats would jeopardize the party's alternatives to liberal civil rights policies and President Bush's efforts to "reach out" to black voters. The problem is that finding Republican "alternatives" to what liberals want... Read More
One obvious purpose of the attack on Trent Lott has been to advance the ambition of his critics and rivals within his own party to push him out and put themselves in his place. That's ordinary politics. But another purpose has been to exploit the transparent cowardiceand incoherence of the Republican Party on racial issues... Read More
"Nickles Seeks Lott's Ouster," blared the Washington Post's lead headline Monday morning. "GOP Agenda at Risk, Senator Says." The good news is not that Senate Republicans have decided that their Majority Leader must go - but that there is a GOP agenda at all. From the way in which the Republicans and their neo-conservative allies... Read More
For one brief shining moment, it was beginning to look like Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was taking hormone shots. First heendorsed sending troops to the border to resist invasion by illegal aliens. Then, last week, at a birthday party for 100-year-old Sen.Strom Thurmond, he virtually endorsed the South Carolina senator's presidential campaign 54 years... Read More
Not the least of the lessons in political reality that popped out of the ballot box earlier this month was taught in Georgia, where an old controversy over the Confederate flag design in the state's official flag suddenly descended on a promising political career like a headsman's ax. But even as anti-flag politicians learned one... Read More
With the revival of amnesty for illegal aliens and support for giving food stamps to legal ones, the Bush administration is transparently returning to its brainstorm of winning the Hispanic vote—which in the last election it conspicuously failed to do and almost lost the election by trying. But never let it be said that the... Read More
Official recounts in Florida have now shown that George W. Bush really did win the presidential election of 2000, so all the grouse and whine from the Democrats and the Black Caucus about the Bush presidency being "illegitimate" turns out to be as wrong as it was ill-tempered. But what other counting shows is that... Read More
If the Democratic Party is the party of the common man, the Republicans are the party of the wealthy upper class. That, of course, is the stereotype that has prevailed in American political discussion for well over a century, and with no small reason. Now, as a new century gapes before us, it may be... Read More
After an entire month in office, President Bush appears to be dangling American conservatives - or at least their self-appointed leaders in the Beltway Right - from his watch chain. This week, The Washington Post interviewed a number of sagamores of the right and pronounced that they were pleased with the new administration. This weekend,... Read More
One of the cliches of American politics holds that a political party out of power tends to move to the extreme of the ideological spectrum. Thus, the Republicans moved toward Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan during the Kennedy-Johnson presidencies and the Carter administration, while the Democrats moved toward George McGovern when Richard Nixon was president.... Read More
You really have to feel sorry for the Stupid Party. Even when handed an opportunity to make their Democratic rivals shut up about Republican "insensitivity" and "tolerance for bigotry" and embarrass the Democrats for their own embrace of hatemongers, the Republicans still manage to blow it -- mainly because they refuse to denounce anti-white hatred... Read More
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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.”