September 4, 2015
Crime rates are rising in cities and neighborhoods across America. Cop killings continue to make the news night after night, even as protesters decry the use of force by America's cops. We want to know what CBC members thought about police use of force -- they are fine with the police using more force to keep us all, and themselves, safe.
Should the police be allowed to use greater amounts of force?
September 3, 2015
CBC MEMBER OF THE WEEK: JARRETT STEPMAN, Editor at Breitbart.com - one of the most successful news outlets in the country! Mr. Stepman primarily edits the site, Big Hollywood, which is a site dedicated to exposing the Hollywood Left.
Congratulations Jarrett on being our Conservative Book Club “Member of the Week!” Tell us a little about yourself and the work you do at as Editor at Breitbart? What’s an average day like for you?
I do a little bit of everything as a Breitbart News Associate Editor; copy editing, social media, putting out our daily newsletter, and generally working with writers to produce content for our site.
But I also do a great deal of writing as the Breitbart historian. Whether it’s defending a Founding Father from liberal attacks—like when the Obama administration wanting to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill—or commemorating an important historical event, I’m usually the one tasked with defending American history and principles.
Ronald Reagan said in his farewell speech that an “informed patriotism” is what we want. I feel it’s my job to bring knowledge about this country’s past to our readers, and combat the negative portrayal of this exceptional country so common in the mainstream media.
What got you interested in the work you do?
Although I grew up in very liberal Oakland, California, my family and my own personal inquiry led me to conservatism at a young age. Surrounded by ideas opposed to my own, I strove to hone my beliefs through reading and studying conservative thinkers. I was a columnist for my college campus newspaper, which convinced me that I wasn’t a bad writer. Now, I’m incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to put my words in print for a living.
Breitbart.com is by far one of the most influential conservative publications on the web. What do you attribute its success to?
Breitbart News is special because we understand—as Andrew Breitbart used to say—that politics is “downstream form culture.” Whether we are defending traditional American values or pointing out the absurdity of Hollywood, we do a good job of engaging with wider culture.
While many aspects of modern popular entertainment is detestable to conservatives, it is vitally important to step on enemy turf and engage with the mediums the Left uses to dominate American politics, academia, media, and Hollywood. Conservatives will find political headwinds perpetually against them if they cede this ground. We aim to turn the tables.
What books, authors, or conservative-themed books, influenced your political philosophy and outlook on life?
The go-to conservative book for me is Barry Goldwater’s book, The Conscience of a Conservative, which I read in college and have re-read about three or four times since. Though published in 1960, it is still one of the best, concise books on conservative principles as they apply to American politics.
My favorite books about the other great conservative statesman of the 20th century, Ronald Reagan, is The Age of Reagan two-part series by Steven F. Hayward. It is an amazing tale of the conservative movement’s rise from the ashes to ultimate victory during Reagan’s presidency.
I have many favorite authors, but in particular I enjoy Richard Brookhiser, Forrest McDonald, and Harry Jaffa. Brookhiser’s character sketches of great Americans from our early history are incredibly insightful; McDonald’s detailed explanation of the Founding and institutions our country was built on can’t be matched; and Jaffa’s discussions about the ultimate truths and ideas passed on from the Revolution leave the reader truly believing in American Exceptionalism.
Why did you join the Conservative Book Club? How is the user experience beneficial to you?
I absolutely love the Conservative Book Club. As someone who is a voracious reader, I can quickly find what important books conservatives are reading right now. Even more important perhaps, there is a great section of Conservative Classics. These are the building blocks of an education in the conservative “canon” that every serious thinker on the Right should be delving into.
September 2, 2015
Former vice president Dick Cheney, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and his daughter Liz Cheney, former deputy assistant secretary of state, explain the unique and indispensable nature of American power, reveal the damage done by President Obama’s abandonment of this principle, and show how America can and must lead again.
Since World War II, American power and leadership have been an unmatched force for the defense of freedom around the globe. For 70 years, presidents both Republican and Democratic have shared a dedication to maintaining American power and leadership. President Obama has abandoned this bipartisan tradition, choosing instead to “lead from behind” as he abandons America’s allies, appeases our enemies, and apologizes for this great nation.
When the former vice president spoke out on the topic last year, the Wall Street Journaldeclared, “Dick Cheney is still right,” and the Washington Post lauded his comments, adding that “unless we have a president who understands that proactive, early action and a robust military force are essential to national security, we will forever be racing to catch up to our enemies.”
Now the former vice president and his daughter, former deputy assistant secretary of state Liz Cheney, team up to explain how President Obama has drastically broken with the bipartisan foreign policy consensus that enabled America to prevail in World War II, to win the Cold War, and to triumph in the first decade of the War on Terror. The Cheneys reveal the damage done by President Obama’s policies and demonstrate how his unwillingness to defend and protect American power has weakened the nation and diminished the ability of future presidents to defend us.
Finally, the Cheneys do what no one before them has done: chart a path forward to restoring American power and strength, explaining what must be done to reverse course, to fight and win the war on terror, to rebuild our military and reassure our allies that they can once again rely on American leadership. A critical, frank, and much-needed touchstone, Exceptionalshould stand as a guiding principle for the potential presidential candidates in 2016—and for policymakers today and beyond.
September 2, 2015
Unlikeable is the stunning, powerful exposé of Hillary Clinton and her floundering race for the White House. With unprecedented access to longtime associates of the Clintons and the Obamas, investigative reporter Edward Klein meticulously recreates conversations and details of Hillary Clinton's behind-the-scenes plotting in Chappaqua and Whitehaven.
Klein, the former editor in chief of New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, draws a deeply troubling portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton, a highly unlikeable presidential candidate and a woman more associated with scandal than with accomplishments, with lying than with truth, with arrogance than with compassion.