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R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and a New York Times best-selling author. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, National Review, Harper's, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris) and elsewhere.

Articles by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

Parking lot rant illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Where to find America’s aristocracy

Notwithstanding what the Marxist whim-wham artists have been telling the youths of our country for over a generation, there has been little sign of a true aristocracy in America. For a very short period of time something like an aristocracy appeared during the era when the Robber Barons plied their arts, but it did not last. Published April 21, 2015

Fidel Castro, 1962. Associated Press photograph

Reminding Obama about Cuba's history

Does anyone remember what it was that turned America hostile toward the tropical paradise of Cuba? Our president tells us that "we're caught in a time warp, going back to the 1950s and gunboat diplomacy, and 'Yanquis' and the Cold War." Yes, really, "gunboat diplomacy." That is how University of Chicago adjunct law professors talk about American foreign policy. And he adds, "Sometimes those controversies date back to before I was born." So, what got America so riled up over the Castro brothers and Cuban communists even before Barack Obama was born? Published April 14, 2015

Illustration on gay activist agitation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

To be gay and angry in America

Some of my most cherished lines from President Clinton's presidency had nothing to do with women with whom he did or did not have sexual relations. Rather, they were inspired by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that he signed on the White House South Lawn on Nov. 16, 1993. At the time there was not much controversy about what he then said, but they are admirable lines nonetheless. Today they might be deemed heroic lines. Published April 7, 2015

Illustration on the waning of sexual political scandals by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sex among the goofballs

What is going on in American politics of late? There has not emerged a truly goofball politician since Anthony Weiner, the congressman and later New York mayoral candidate who could not resist sending pictures of his private part so frequently and to so many women, that it really was no longer a private part but rather a public spectacle. Go ahead, Google it. In fact, Yahoo it. My guess is there are dozens of pictures of Mr. Weiner's public private part all over the Internet. Published March 31, 2015

Illustration on the need for reform in Islam by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A challenge to Islam’s archaic ways

What do you know — the world's leading reformer of Islam is turning out to be a general. He is not a learned mullah. He is not a suicide bomber. He does not even have a weaponized bicycle. He is Egypt's Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi who, somewhat reminiscent of our own Gen. George Washington, turned in his uniform for civilian garb and was elected president of Egypt with a huge majority. Published March 24, 2015

Cost of the prison system, illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rand Paul's appeal for sensible sentencing

A couple of months back in our nation's capital, Sen. Rand Paul spoke at The American Spectator's annual Robert L. Bartley dinner and wowed the crowd. However, at the end of his rousing speech he assumed a more somber tone as he spoke about the plight of America's poor, particularly the poor who commit petty crime. Published March 17, 2015

Illustration on Democrats' idolatrous attitude toward Hillary Clinton by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

Hillary against the world

Regarding last week's string of stories about Hillary Clinton conducting her State Department business between 2009 and 2013 exclusively on a private email account, the heat — as we say here in Washington — is on in the kitchen. Her account was completely controlled by her. Published March 10, 2015

The Tarheels Step on Themselves Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Cleaning up the campus boondoggles

Readers of this column are familiar with my argument that a conservative tide is sweeping the country, contrary to the mainstream media. In the off-year elections of 2010 and 2014, the gains made by conservatives have been substantial in governors' mansions and in state legislatures. To be sure, they have been substantial in Washington, too, at the House and Senate level, but I would argue that they have been more consequential at the state level. There, old conventions that have been in place since the left-wing 1960s are being heaved out and a clamor of protest is being heard from the evicted. It can only get worse. Published March 3, 2015

Jon Stewart Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Jon Stewart, exit stage left

The irrepressible New York Times is at it again. First it destroys the credibility of the most trusted newsreader in America, Brian Williams, and leaves him in a heap, exposed as a flagrant liar. Now it is destroying the credibility of the most trusted comic in America, Jon Stewart, and intent on leaving him, too, in a heap, exposed also as a flagrant liar. The New York Times used all of its investigative skills to expose Mr. Williams, and it is using them again to expose the wretched Mr. Stewart. Published February 18, 2015

NBC Mainstream Media Takes a Hit Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Brian Williams' unlikely future in news

On the vexed matter of Brian Williams, my friend and colleague Wes Pruden raises a fundamental question. "Brian Williams, the tall tale teller for NBC News, has had a rough few days, but he's likely to survive," writes Wes. "He'll probably be back," Wes speculates, even overcoming the derisible endorsement of Dan Rather. Dan, your endorsement could be the kiss of death to poor Brian. Is there no reality check on these egomaniacs? Published February 11, 2015

Conservatism has blossomed into the major intellectual and political force of our time. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

Conservatism is now everywhere

There is a problem with the Internet. Its commentary is too often dominated by pinheads. H.L. Mencken used to complain that only idiots write letters to the editor. That might have been true of his day — the 1920s and 1930s — but in our time writers of letters to the editor of newspapers and even of websites are occasionally quite well-informed and even lucid. But others, I am afraid, are indeed pinheads, sitting in their underwear back home, foaming at the mouth, believing that the whole world is profoundly interested in their every word, until the authorities arrive at their homes to take them away. Published January 28, 2015

This Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 photo shows Duke Chapel in Durham, N.C. On Thursday, just days after announcing that a traditional Muslim call to prayer would echo from the historic chapel tower, Duke University changed course after being bombarded with calls and emails objecting to the plan. Instead, Muslims will gather for their call to prayer in a grassy area in front of the chapel before heading into a room in the chapel for their weekly prayer service on Friday. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)

Duke University’s chapel kerfuffle

A few weeks back, many Americans were understandably perplexed by Duke University's decision to allow Muslim students to sound the call for Friday prayer (the adan) from the belfry of its famed chapel tower. Published January 21, 2015

Liberals Missing from Talk Radio Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The silence of the lefties

This column over the years has been interested in liberalism in a special way, as a coroner is interested in a corpse in a special way. Specifically, I have been interested in the pathologies that laid the patient low. What precisely has been the cause of death? Published January 14, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus ceremonial swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) ** FILE **

Democrats running on empty

As the Republicans settle into the House of Representatives and the Senate, with their largest House margin in 86 years and about as healthy a margin in the Senate as they could have gained in 2014, the talk in major media is of the Republicans' many problems. As The Washington Post put it in a front-page headline, "Rancor in GOP flares ... ." The Democrats should suffer from such "rancor." Published January 7, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel (center), posted this selfie with former first family the Clintons.

Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren set up good year for Republicans

Perhaps the beginning of 2015 is an appropriate time to think about what we are to be confronted with in the presidential year 2016. Ever since the autumn electoral rout of the Democrats, we have been confronted by news stories of the looming presidential prospects of Hillary Rodham Clinton and hints about the rise of the presidential prospects of Elizabeth Warren. Published December 31, 2014

Illustration on the decline and fall of literary substance by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Public nuisance: The future of the New Republic

I should like to pose a question to the overnight press baron Chris Hughes, who owns the moribund New Republic that he has rendered moribund with astounding speed and no class at all. Published December 10, 2014

Illustration on the American Christmas tradition by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ignoring the Christmas haters

Alas, it is over. I am speaking of the Thanksgiving Day celebration — one of my favorite holidays. It is a serious celebration as we give thanks for our many blessings. Yet it is also a jolly day, full of good food, drink and sport, perhaps touch football, more likely a televised game. The whole family comes together and, often in the company of friends, has a festive time. Moreover, there is a venerable sense of tradition to the feast that renders the whole holiday somehow reassuring. Published December 3, 2014

President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. Obama is telling Americans who voted for change: "I hear you." The President said the Republican victories Tuesday in the midterm elections are a sign they want Washington "to get the job done."  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The president of 'no'

In the gloom of the day after last week's election, I think even his allies in the media expected something more from the prophet, Barack Obama. Published November 12, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. The Justice Department and EPA announced that Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Company would pay a $100 million penalty for overstating vehicle fuel standards. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The last of the racists

So what did you think of the 2014 election? Do I hear talk of a wave election? Is 2014 another 2010 election? I think it is, and that makes it more significant than any other recent election, as I shall explain in due course. Published November 5, 2014