A group of prominent American intellectuals have come together around concerns that the fundamental promise of America--of liberty and justice for all—is in danger of being lost if Americans do not choose wisely at the ballot box on November 8.
The statement issued by the group, which calls itself “Writers and Scholars for Trump”, is simplicity itself:
“Given our choices in the presidential election, we believe that Donald Trump is the candidate most likely to restore the promise of America, and we urge you to support him as we do.”
The signatories to the document arguably represent some of the best minds in America. While a few of the 125 signers, like economist Steve Moore and political scientist Charles Kesler, are already publicly associated with the Trump campaign, most of the rest are not. They represent a wide array of scholarly disciplines both in and out of academe and, collectively, have authored hundreds of monographs.
Many on the Left have long insisted that no one of any intelligence can possibly vote for the Donald. They have been joined by some of the surviving Never Trumpers, such as Jonah Goldberg, who has scoffed at what he calls “Trump's missing intellectuals.”
The appearance of Writers and Scholars for Trump deals that myth a death blow.
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“Pundits who wouldn’t know where to look to find a thinker have decried the absence of scholars and writers for Trump,” said F.H. Buckley, a Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University. “Well, we exist and there are a lot of us, as you’ll see from the list. Moreover, the list includes some of the most acute observers of American politics.”
This list--which effectively levels the intellectual playing field--includes such luminaries as:
- Roger Kimball, author of "The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia."
- John R. Lott, author of "More Guns, Less Crime."
- Larry P. Arnn, author of "Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government."
- Bill Bennett, former secretary of education, author of "America: The Last, Best Hope."
- Deal Hudson, editor and author of "An American Conversion."
Those who signed the list believe that this is just the beginning. They hope that the list will help to bring encourage more intellectuals to come out of the closet, since they will now be able to see how many of their friends have found their way to supporting Donald Trump.
“If the party of the left forms the next administration, this would further undermine, perhaps fatally, the rule of law, the protection of religious freedom, and the protection of life itself,” said Ken Masugi, another signer who teaches American government at Johns Hopkins,
"Those who have been following this scandal-plagued election season know that the corruption of the executive branch—the IRS, the Justice Department and even, sadly, the FBI—is far advanced,” Masugi continued. “The Supreme Court hangs in the balance. And the legislative branch is hamstrung by the refusal of the party of the Left to legislate anything but one massive spending bill at the end of the year, giving the executive, which it controls, essentially free rein."
Many of the scholars who have signed the list, especially those concerned with the law and with the American founding, believe that the brilliant structure of government designed by the Founders is itself in danger after eight years of Obama’s executive overreach. Hillary Clinton, they say, would be more of the same.
Steven W. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute, a former Commissioner of the Commission on Broadcasting to the PRC, and the author of the forthcoming, "The Bully of Asia."
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