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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.

Amazon Enters the Pharmaceutical Market Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Climbing the health care mountain

Milton Friedman was not only a brilliant economist — a Nobel laureate in fact — but he was a gifted writer. In his 1962 book, "Capitalism and Freedom," he presciently explained how health care costs were going to leap out of control over the next decades. Sure enough they did. They multiplied from spending roughly one of every 20 dollars on health care in the 1960s to spending roughly one of every 5 dollars on healthcare today. Published May 1, 2018

Liberal Media on Cable Television Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The angry left and its adversaries

Has it been noted that the country's political disagreements are becoming increasingly violent? About 15 years ago "the angry left" appeared on the scene, and its indignant members got a lot of attention from the media. The enormous volume of press attention signaled the media's manifest approval, if sotto voce. Next came the Occupiers' movement, and again these ruffians came with the media's approval, at least sotto voce. Then gun-toting cowards began shooting people for humanitarian reasons, and the media did not know what to think. The assassination attempt on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his colleagues comes to mind. Published April 24, 2018

Voting for a Communist Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The wrath of the frustrated elites

William Casey was my lawyer. One day I came into my office and found a large man sitting on my desk. I greeted him amiably, and he greeted me amiably. Yet, he was still siting on my desk. At some point in our meeting we settled into a more conventional seating arrangement, and Bill began to tell me about the world as he analyzed it at the time, the late 1970s. I then made two decisions. If Bill agreed to be my lawyer I could take on anyone. What is more, he knew prodigious amounts about the world. He had brought charts and maps. He would be my foreign policy adviser. Published April 17, 2018

Illustration of Larry Kudlow by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Larry Kudlow to the rescue

The markets are on edge. Yet, then again, inflation is low, employment is high — in the case of blacks and Latinos historically high — and growth is healthy and looking to become very healthy. Dare we say it, robust? The reason for the edginess in the markets is that President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on Communist China and threatens to impose still more tariffs. There is talk of a trade war. That should worry any champion of free markets. Published April 10, 2018

Illustration on the artistic side of the Neanderthals by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Picasso was a Neanderthal. Wasn't he?

There have been some very auspicious developments in human evolutionary studies that ought to allow us a welcome respite from my usual political ramblings in this space. Published April 3, 2018

Brenner Getting Intel from the Brits Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Partisanship and John Brennan's plot

What passes for the current wisdom today contains a great deal of solemn slop. Yet there are some solemnities in the current wisdom that one assumes are legitimate. For instance, it is said that today partisanship is more intense than it has been since — I suppose — the Civil War, or at least since the days of Sen. Joe McCarthy. Americans on the left, the right, and those treading water in the middle cannot agree on anything. Well, I would have said this was a bit far-fetched until last week. That was when I experienced partisanship for myself. Published March 27, 2018

Illustration on ongoing reform at the FBI by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Goodbye, Andrew McCabe, and no more tears

Last week, if you follow the soap opera drama that the mainstream media has orchestrated against the Trump administration, you got your money's worth. As the week progressed Andrew McCabe, the departing deputy FBI director, was almost frantic. He was running from office to office at the Justice Department in a frenzy to save his pension before retiring. Published March 20, 2018

Illustration of Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

#MeToo, the Hillary and Monica edition

There is a growing debate on the left over whose side to take in the simmering controversy between Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton or the Clintons (plural), depending on how long Hillary remains loyal to Bill or, come to think of it, how long Bill remains loyal to Hillary. Truth be known, she might be in even hotter water than Bill at this moment. Published March 13, 2018

Stopping the Tariffs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump and free trade

President Donald Trump has had a splendid first year in office. He has the economy moving again and at a healthy pace, 2.6 percent in the most recent quarter. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and the economic signs are mostly healthy. Published March 6, 2018

Illustration of Steve Bannon by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

Me and my garbage man

It has been at least 10 years since I stopped by American conservatism's largest and gaudiest national jamboree, the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC. Published February 27, 2018

Illustration on accusations of racism at Penn State by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Professor Amy Wax and the Brownshirts on campus

Recently a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in league with a professor at the University of San Diego Law School made bold to write an essay for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her name is Amy Wax, and I have no idea what her politics might be. That she has gained tenure at Penn suggests that she is a liberal, but that is about all I know about her. If she were teaching when I was in college back in the 1960s she almost certainly would have been a liberal. There were very few conservatives back then. Published February 20, 2018

Valentine's Day Shell Game Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Following the Clintons' final con

For years I have been saying that the Clintons lie when they do not have to, and they tell a gigantic whopper when a little white lie would be perfectly adequate. This time-honored observation explains many of their past run-ins with the law. Published February 13, 2018

Episcopal Reforms Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pope Francis falls behind the Episcopalians

I have never met the pope, but I have followed his activities sedulously, as might be expected of a Roman Catholic. Pope Francis is an agent for change in his 2,000-year-old church, change in what Catholics believe and change in how they worship. Notwithstanding my never having met him, my guess is that he was a bit embarrassed by a decision announced recently by the Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. The Episcopalians got the jump on him in the realm of change. Published February 6, 2018

Illustration on the relationship between Democrats and the Clintons by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Scandal keeps the Clintons in tight embrace

"Scandalous" — that is the name that Fox News has chosen for a multipart documentary that Fox is airing on Sunday evenings. If you missed it this week, watch it in the weeks to come. It promises a lot of har-hars. Published January 30, 2018

Illustration on the modern Democrat party by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Democratic Party of 2018

As the Democrats grow increasingly ravenous to have a shot at the presidency of President Donald Trump they are beginning to train their guns on the front-runners for the nomination. Published January 23, 2018

Illustration on the varied content of private conversations by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Good news vs. private conversations

Last week the headlines should have abounded with the year's good news. It was the economy: GDP up some 3 percent and for the last quarter nearly 4 percent, unemployment down to a 17-year low and black unemployment at the lowest level since such statistics were compiled. The stock market was soaring, up some 42 percent since Donald Trump was elected, and inflation was low. It was the best Christmas season in years. Published January 16, 2018

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Remembering the 'business guys' whose business was conservatism

My friend and colleague, Donald Rieck, died late last week in an automobile accident. He leaves two charming and very young children. He also leaves many friends throughout the conservative movement, and shocked colleagues at The American Spectator. Published January 2, 2018

President Donald Trump turns to talk to the gathered media during a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the mIlitary at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Donald Trump's very good year

Naples — Here I am in Naples, Florida ending the year in the sun and actually coterminous with a golf course. I, of course, will not indulge in the sport, for I find it too leisurely. Actually I do not even consider it a sport. I am in agreement with my old friend, the great basketball coach Bob Knight. Published December 26, 2017

The 2020 Presidential Election Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump's 'seichel'

'It's the economy stupid," as we used to say back in the good old days. The good old days being the 1990s when the president of the United States could molest women in the White House during business hours with impunity. Published December 19, 2017