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Pruden: The churls and their denial and grief

By Wesley Pruden | Life is not fair to losers, or the critics of Donald Trump, and the way he won the presidency. He just won’t stand still and give the rotten eggs a chance to hit their mark. The Donald is conducting his transition to the White House in his own way, taking his […]

Pruden: The melting of campus snowflakes

By Wesley Pruden | Academic freedom, once so popular in the faculty lounges, appears to be optional on many campuses where college presidents wilt under the first squeals of snowflakes. These snowflakes are not the first ice of winter, but delicate students who imagine they, like their first bumps in life, are unique, and worry […]

Pruden: The agony of watching the transition

By Wesley Pruden | What we used to call “the press,” before the newspapers aspired to be part of the professional class with its inflated titles and airs, is never happy. Nor should it be. The press is a demanding and cranky lot by definition, and now they’re something called “the media.” Marshall McLuhan, who […]

Pruden: The continuing education of the reluctant scholar

By Wesley Pruden | It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good, and some of our history-class dropouts are at least getting the lesson they missed in seventh-grade civics. The ill wind blowing across the fruited plain is teaching all those dropouts how America elects the president, and they’re having trouble with the idea that […]

Pruden: Chaos in transition, business as usual

By Wesley Pruden | The Democrats and their media acolytes keep sorting through the entrails of road kill looking for clues to find the disaster to unmake the making of the president. So far nothing has worked. First someone had the bright idea that the losers could petition the electors in the Electoral College to […]

Pruden: The Clintons and a long goodbye to Arkansas

By Wesley Pruden | This has been a bad year for dreams of dynasties. The Bush dynasty has been dismantled with Jeb, who was the first favored son, writing finis to the family dream of a trifecta. Hillary Clinton, who started plotting her path to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. when she was a law student at […]

Pruden: Drowning the elites in the gene pool

By Wesley Pruden | The 2016 elections are a gift that keeps on giving, and nothing has been sweeter than watching the chattering class being taken back to school. Rarely has smug arrogance been so sharply rebuked. It’s delicious to watch. Yum, yum. The pundits and talking heads particularly relish the finding in the exit […]

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