Analysis


The following are exclusive feature articles by RenewAmerica analysts. The views expressed generally reflect the values and philosophy of RenewAmerica — although each writer is responsible for the accuracy of individual pieces, and the position taken is the writer’s own.


August 11, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — The question, essentially raised in our last column, is: Are the Clintons marching toward ultimate earthly power in a virtual locking of arms with Russia's Vladimir Putin? It doesn't matter whether, as some have charged, the former Soviet KGB operative is "Stalin II," hell-bent on reviving the Cold War; the man's actions, almost from Day 1 of his regime, strongly indicate that he intends -- one way or another -- to take us down.... (more)


July 25, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — As the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was fading into history, Republican "civilian soldiers" in high positions and at the grassroots of the "blood sport" that is politics were mapping strategy... (more)


July 21, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Donald Trump has humbled some of us who cheered the Donald's biting take-down of the haughty, out-of-date, presumptive king-making Republican establishment. The New York realtor/developer impressed many as the most outspoken public brawler since Harry Truman, who in turn was the feistiest president since Andrew Jackson. Therefore many who liked Trump nonetheless opined a year ago that the GOP would not nominate him, nor would he win at the convention... (more)


July 19, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — He apparently was not listed in the role – but, hands down, Rudy Giuliani was the de facto keynoter of the 2016 Republican National Convention... (more)


July 4, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — In the aftermath of Brexit, we're seeing -- not a new method of "persuading" voters to go back to the polls again and again and repeatedly cast their ballots on the same issue until, weary of being herded back multiple times to the voting places, the public gives up and finally votes the "right" way. No, what we're seeing is old. Some insistent regimes of past centuries have been known to engage in that tactic.... (more)


June 30, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — When the British pushed back against years-long attempts to form a world government under the radar, few of them realized that the reason their rejection and resentments of the authoritarian ways of the European Union (EU) may have been closer to the truth than even they imagined... (more)


June 27, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — A dark, thug-driven side of the Clinton campaign no doubt is keeping an eye on the re-issue of the book Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Written by Kathleen Willey, we have here a story, credibly told by a woman with firsthand knowledge of the person who is today, right now, trying to get voter approval for – "A Third Clinton Term?"... (more)


June 14, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Every time presidential wannabe Mitt Romney opens his mouth these days, he hammers another nail into the already wobbly campaign to save this country from the destruction that awaits us if Hillary Clinton becomes our next president... (more)


June 2, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Soap operas have a history of re-running the same old scripts over and over again. In the radio days of Stella Dallas and Backstage Wife, some put-upon wife was always running into trouble with her villainous mother-in-law who never shook her belief that the young wife just wasn't good enough for her son... (more)


May 12, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sat down with an ex-president the other day. The purpose was to plot the defeat of the Republicans in 2016... (more)


May 9, 2016
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — As reflected by the dramatic growth of government into new spheres of social and economic life during periods of "progressive" governance, progressives believe in government as the principal occupation and identity of America... (more)


April 19, 2016
JOAN SWIRSKY, RA ANALYST — At the beginning of January 2016, an organization called NORPAC -- a lobby whose mission is to support candidates and sitting members of Congress "who demonstrate a genuine commitment to the strength, security, and survival of Israel" -- invited its members to "an exclusive and intimate" cocktail reception for Hillary Clinton for people willing to pay $2,700 per individual or $5,400 per couple... (more)


March 26, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — It's a good thing the politicians who formed our Constitution more than two centuries ago were not politicians of the cheaper kind. That was a time when they could have initially pondered picking this newly formed nation's chief executive via the simple expedient of crowning a king... (more)


March 5, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — President Romney – whose brilliant strategy to ride to the White House by writing off 47 percent of the population fell...er...short of the mark – has handed down the sacred tablets of judgment as to who is and who is not fit even to run, let alone be elected, President of these United States... (more)


February 15, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Antonin ("Nino") Scalia was one of the most brilliant justices ever to sit on the United States Supreme Court. His deserved 30-year presence in that lofty position gifted America with opinions and rulings that were scholarly in their content, beyond prescience in their historical value, superior in their understanding of the Constitution, and above all, reflective of an appreciation for the responsibility he felt to the America he loved... (more)


February 8, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Beneath the breathless and largely substance-starved wall-to-wall coverage of the horse race in the presidential debates lies the transformational crossroads of America's post-Cold War battle for its very survival... (more)


February 8, 2016
JOAN SWIRSKY, RA ANALYST — So many issues, so little time, which is why I am studiously avoiding any issues about Hillary other than that voice! I am definitely not going into the terminal dishonesty thing, you know, when she told the American public, and also the parents of the murdered victims in Benghazi, that the four patriots who lost their lives to a savage Islamic attack was because of an anti-Islam video... (more)


January 21, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Number 1...This column does not endorse anyone in presidential primary races. Number 2...Anything written during the primary season does not constitute an endorsement or rejection of any candidate for the nomination... (more)


January 4, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Though 2016 is the year we pick our next president, Americans also have good reason to approach that all-important event with another year in mind...2020. Why? Because that is the year in which the very existence of our nation could very well be decided -- possibly in any form other than its name, according to plans now carefully and quietly in the making... (more)


December 14, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — The presidential debates this year have reached all-time highs in audience interest. There's a reason for that: Americans know their country is in trouble, internally and externally. The debates are being closely watched by more Americans that ever, who are desperately looking for someone, anyone out there prepared to "do something" while we still have options... (more)


November 5, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — You have got to be kidding! With all the losers that some backstairs heavy-hitters in the Republican Party have managed to present to us as presidential material over the years, establishment Republicans still presume the credentials to name the party's next presidential nominee... (more)


October 10, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — During this week's turmoil over the Republican would-be successors to House Speaker John Boehner, the Ohioan retracted his earlier timetable for leaving the top House position and also exiting Congress itself at a fixed date this month... (more)


October 7, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — A lot of congressional "tradition" could be broken later this month when the floor vote is taken to replace House Speaker John Boehner. By that time, the Republican majority will have its nominee for the vote of the full House. (That decision is slated to be made by the GOP Oct. 8.)... (more)


October 5, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — How can things go right in Washington? Lately, there has been little reason for conservatives to think they can. And we're not about to raise hopes, only to be disappointed... (more)


September 28, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Help! Somebody rescue Madame Hillary! She is learning big-time what it's like to be on the wrong end of a presidential attack machine... (more)


September 21, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Eight years ago in this space, we raised the question as to whether the Rupert Murdoch media empire could possibly switch its ideological moorings from conservative to liberal... (more)


August 28, 2015
JOAN SWIRSKY, RA ANALYST — Most people, including me, know that Megyn Kelly is not only gorgeous, but also smart, sassy, incisive in her interviews, and genuinely funny. But the interview she conducted Wednesday night, August 26, with Jorge Ramos was disgraceful -- the kind of toadying and biased interrogation that should be Exhibit #1 in journalism schools across the country about how not to be a legitimate journalist... (more)


August 10, 2015
BARBARA KRALIS, RA ANALYST — Pope Francis' conciliatory language toward irregular sexual unions for the past two years has caused the fiercest fighting within the Catholic Church since Vatican II. These matters are the heart of the Church's infallible teachings on faith and morals... (more)


August 10, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Well! Well! Well! So this country does have a president who has finally found an "enemy" he can identify that seeks our nation's ultimate destruction. The name of that enemy -- (hold on; no coaching from the audience, please!)... (more)


August 3, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — It is painful to witness the screech of someone suffering from self-inflicted wounds. Such is the case with establishment or "moderate" Republicans who can't stand it when Donald Trump emerges on the scene. So let's examine the logical question: Who created the "Donald Trump" of this presidential campaign?... (more)


July 30, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — It's 2018. Chuck Spelvin, American, now faces a dilemma. Last night, he read the riot act to his pre-teenage son, who had just been suspended from school. A "disrupter." That's it! At first, no coherent elaboration. It's just that Billy Spelvin had "disrupted a class."... (more)


July 27, 2015
JOAN SWIRSKY, RA ANALYST — "Schumer is not a Shomer" were the words emblazoned on dozens of placards that were held by some of the 12,000 people who flooded Times Square last week to protest the "Death to America/Death to Israel" deal that Barack Obama and his cronies made on July 14th with -- to this day, to this hour -- a palpably belligerent, anti-Western, anti-Semitic Iran... (more)


July 6, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Hillary Clinton, the "all-but-inevitable" Democrat nominee for President in 2016, has finally "clarified" what she means when she declares that "Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of Americans from voting."... (more)


May 21, 2015
JOAN SWIRSKY, RA ANALYST — Editor's note: The following is a guest editorial by RenewAmerica analyst Joan Swirsky originally published Dec. 3, 2005, in the Canada Free Press. Joan requested we republish it in light of recent statements by GOP presidential candidates and media commentators questioning whether the Iraq war was defensible, "knowing what we know now."... (more)


May 8, 2015
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — Conservatism stands for something much larger than public policy prescriptions, government structure, and individual rights. It stands for a uniquely American type of civil society -- a society that has created a uniquely prosperous American economy and a uniquely democratic American politics... (more)


May 4, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — It doesn't seem to matter anymore. No matter which way you turn, no matter which exit for which you try to make a mad dash (figuratively speaking), you barely miss getting beyond the giant gate that slams shut in your face... (more)


April 20, 2015
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — The Obama presidency has demonstrated a fundamental difference between modern liberalism and conservatism. As reflected by Obama's dramatic extension of government into new spheres of social and economic life, liberalism believes in government as the principal occupation and identity of America... (more)


April 2, 2015
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — An article I wrote twenty years ago described the Internet as America's next frontier. And for the past twenty years, it has been a wide-open, innovative, constantly changing -- and yes, somewhat unruly -- frontier... (more)


March 20, 2015
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — It is generally agreed that the most important social mobility function a government can perform -- or promote -- is education. In an open society, education gives each citizen the opportunity to advance on his or her own merit... (more)


March 20, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — A great (but humble) man left us last week. M. Stanton Evans: patriot, journalist, prolific author, philosopher, intellect, years-long professor, and clever, down-to-earth -- funny, good friend. Whatever there was to learn that was worth knowing, Stan Evans (1934-2015) would make it his business to know it... (more)


February 25, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — You are being robbed blind. If you've looked at your tax bill lately, that may not be a great shock to you. But the sheer genius by which American taxpayers are being ripped off, often with a wink from government, is nothing short of outrageous... (more)


February 23, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Does the President of the United States "love America"? Rudy Giuliani has given voice to the most widely believed, under-publicized "worst-kept secret" in the family tree of our president, Barack Obama: that the current White House occupant does not particularly like the nation whose people made him the most powerful man in the world. Mr. Giuliani believes he knows why... (more)


February 16, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — In less than two weeks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to announce its intent to deprive you of your right as a citizen to have access to the internet without government interference. But you're not supposed to know about it... (more)


January 22, 2015
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — Perhaps the clearest distinction between the liberal and conservative political philosophies lies in their respective focus on government as the essential booster and protector of the working and middle classes... (more)


January 19, 2015
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — The argument used by liberals since the New Deal is that a bigger federal government is a necessary aid to the poor and average American... (more)


January 19, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — So we will all live happily ever, right? A U.S. president seems to be giving us that assurance as he's set to make nice with Fidel Castro. President Obama is making himself "relevant" in the only way a spoiled child knows how to make the kind of attention-getting noise whose message is "Hey! Don't forget me. I'm here."... (more)


December 31, 2014
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — Job creation at every level. The ability of every parent to choose the school his or her child attends. A greater mobility for those at the bottom rungs of the economic ladder. A reformed and more affordable higher education system. Targeted tax relief for low-income workers and parents. Greater access to job-skill education programs... (more)


December 22, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Jon Huntsman, Sr., Utah's wealthiest man, says Mike Lee, Utah's junior senator, is an "embarrassment" to the Beehive State. It is not unexpected that the knives are out for Senator Lee, who by now should be quite accustomed to potshots, starting with a dirty tricks campaign waged against him when he sought and won the GOP nomination in 2010... (more)


December 18, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Former CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson is the kind of intrepid reporter who will pursue the tough investigations no matter how many doors are slammed in her face... (more)


December 15, 2014
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — A wide array of issues and controversies dominate the political terrain, but none is as important as the health and future of the middle class. A strong middle class has historically stood as a pillar of American society and constitutional democracy... (more)




They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. —Isaiah 40:31