Sorry, GOP, but being anti-abortion is not enough

It used to be that the two major parties were most divided on economic matters. From Reagan to right before Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party, the right consistently maintained an economic orthodoxy that the left just as consistently rejected. Now the sharpest divides are over social or cultural matters.

We can’t wait to welcome you, dear boy

My Dear Son,

You are almost here, aren’t you?

You have been anticipated, covered in prayer, and loved for longer than you can know. You are unaware of it at present, but you’ve already begun an extraordinary journey called life. …

President Trump has backed a QAnon candidate and a lunatic provocateur to win congressional seats. This is Trumpism.

Lots of ink has been spilled trying to determine the shape of Trumpism post-Trump. What happens in two months will help us answer that question. …

Whatever happened to “Love thy neighbor as thyself”?

On April 17, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, hundreds took to the streets right outside the governor’s mansion to protest what they believed to be unfair stay-at-home orders. …

In 2020, you must choose a side. And regardless of your decision, absolute loyalty is required.

Yeats’s prophetic lament that “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity” is borne out daily in our national politics. In the rush to best our ideological adversaries, standards of consistency and decency have not just been forgotten, but consciously discarded. …

A who’s who

Since 2015, the Trump brand has been focused on winning and “owning the libs.” To Trump supporters who find great appeal in this, the projected image is of nonstop victory over an evil ideology. Micro-triumphs in culture war skirmishes are prioritized over a larger governing vision.

Those jockeying to be…

A conservative’s evolution on police violence and race

When NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling in protest during the national anthem in 2016, I was slightly appalled: He lives in the greatest country in the world and enjoys the pleasures of a well-paying profession. Yet he chooses to disrespect the flag and those who fought and died for…

COVID-19 presents unique challenges to expecting mothers, even as its effects remain largely unknown

In February, right before the United States really began to feel the effects of COVID-19, my husband and I found out we were expecting our second child. We felt an immense amount of joy, but the recent past made us more than a little cautious in our optimism. In early…

She pledged never to lie—but lying comes with job

On May 1, 2020, the new White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, delivered her first briefing. In other administrations, this changing of the guard would be noted but not significantly newsworthy. Many presidents go through several press secretaries during their time in office. George W. Bush had four; Barack Obama…

Trump’s performance must be judged on the facts alone

Donald Trump is not the first president to experience a dilemma that severely tests the chief executive’s leadership capabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic may be a new world event, but past presidents also faced unexpected challenges. Trump’s performance, same as theirs, should be judged on the facts alone.

In December, we…

Kimberly Ross

Writer | Independent conservative | Bylines: Washington Examiner, Arc Digital, The Bulwark, USA Today, others | Mom x 2 | Not in your tribe.

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