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Pruden: The four noisy horseladies of the Apocalypse

By Wesley Pruden | Any man who makes it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a smart guy, by definition. Climbing a greasy pole is impossible, as anyone who has tried it will tell you, and the presidency is the greasiest pole anywhere. So how could a man smart enough to do the impossible forget the […]

Pruden: Newspapers need to stop whining, restore trust with public

By Wesley Pruden | Newspapers are feeling under the gun. People don’t want to pay for what they’re selling. The sweet aroma of paper and ink, the bang and clatter of hundreds of typewriters that evaporated in the clouds of tobacco smoke that once made newsrooms dark and mysterious cave-like places, the thunder of rows […]

Pruden: Not quite a return of ‘The Gong Show’

By Wesley Pruden | The Democrats are finally tuning up for the party’s first presidential primary debates next week, and so far the only topics they can be expected to “debate” is who hates Donald Trump the most and who loves socialism the most. Nothing much to debate there. Hating Donald Trump is no doubt […]

Pruden: Impossible dreaming with the impossible Bernie

By Wesley Pruden | There’s no fool like an old fool, but Bernie Sanders deserves credit for not backing away from his foolishness. In for a penny, in for a pound. Bernie has had a fascination with radical-left politics, the kind that most kids grow out of, since he was a young man in New […]

Pruden: Who will answer when a nation calls for greatness

By Wesley Pruden | Nations are raised to greatness through the virtues of great men, as Edmund Burke observed, and Britain could once call on the likes of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher when the hour of greatest peril arrived. But now, alas, peril is at hand and there’s no one to answer the call […]

Pruden: The most important 44 words in the Constitution

By Wesley Pruden | The First Amendment to the Constitution, the most important 44 words in that priceless and precious promise of liberty and freedom, does not guarantee civil, wise or even responsible speech. It guarantees free speech, however goofy, dumb or even irresponsible. The American obsession with free speech often confounds friend and foe […]

Pruden: One foolish remark and a presidential candidate is toast

By Wesley Pruden | Robert Burns wrote his famous tribute to skewered intrigues — “the best-laid schemes of mice an’ men gang aft a-gley, and leave us naught but grief an’ pain for promised joy” — and paid it to a disappointed mouse. But it’s apt consolation to politicians who run their mouths in the […]

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