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Conservatives' Failure At Inspiring The Younger Generation

Why are young kids looking to other politically right leaning groups than traditional conservatism? What does the popularity of Bronze Age Mindset written by an anonymous author say about the modern conservatism movement? Former Trump national security aide and Claremont Institute Senior Fellow, Michael Anton joins Dan and Amy to discuss his review of the “Bronze Age Mindset” and the philosophy behind it that’s attracting young people.

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Never Trumpers Don't Represent Voters

Despite holding the presidency and the Senate, is the Republican Party dead? Are “Never Trumpers” still relevant? What is there to gain in primarying Trump? New York correspondent for the Federalist.com, David Marcus joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Trump the Burkean

In 1774, the father of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke delivered a speech to the electors of Bristol-the people he would represent in the British Parliament. He said: "Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion."

In other words, a legislator is not supposed to be a human weather vane--simply following the majority opinion at all times.

The same is true for a chief executive.

Whether you think it is out of hubris or philosophical grounding, President Trump is the most Burkean President since Reagan.

Most of our recent presidents have governed from the back of the parade of public opinion rather than choosing to form it at the front.

If President Trump's example of leading with the judgment he was elected to exercise brings about a renewed understanding of proper governance then Trump will have done our representative republic a great turn.

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Politics Shouldn’t Define You

Should conservatives reassert constitutional principles limiting the power of the president while they’re in political control? Was politics ever supposed to be the center of one's life? If we have near full employment and over 3% growth, why is the country still running at a trillion dollar deficit? Do big government politicians see people as only revenue sources for the state? Washington Post columnist, George Will joins Dan and Amy to discuss his new book, “Conservative Sensibility.”  

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The “Frenchian” Approach To The Culture War

Is politics war? How do we wage the culture war without stepping on others’ freedom? Are conservatives underestimating the culture war? Can it be solved with civil debate? Are some on the right losing the principles of free markets and free minds? Columnist at National Review, David French joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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A New Conservative Agenda

Is it time for conservatives to stand up against the bigot baiting and go on offense? Why did the world think the worst of a young white student attending the March for Life wearing a MAGA hat? What should be the new conservative approach in Trump and post Trump era? Editor at First Things, Rusty Reno joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Time To Downsize

Should Trump end the pity parties for federal employees and use his “RIF” power to limit the scope of government as Republicans have been promising for decades? What federal agencies are in need of some downsizing? Is Gen Z not going to be the cavalry for conservatism? Editor and publisher at The American Thinker, Thomas Lifson joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Following the Logic of Illinois' Political Leadership

Are the problems in Illinois due to a lack of bi-partisanship or a little too much collusion? State Representatives Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) and Mark Batinick (R- Plainfield) join Upstream Ideas to talk about Following the Logic in Springfield.  


Saying Goodbye To A Giant

The conservative movement lost a champion in Peter Huizenga last week. A devout Christian, Huizenga was a giant in the conservative movement who gave much of himself to advance the cause of liberty and charity so the lives of others could be better. Pat Hughes says goodbye in this week's Two Minute Warning.