I am a law school student, delegate for Senator Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, conservative activist, and future Texan. I have interned in D.C. for Senator Mike Lee's Judiciary Committee office and for the Ethics and Public Policy Center. I am also affiliated with Vanguard PAC ( Follow me on Twitter at @josh_hammer.


    The 2016 Election is Now a National Security Election

    I have very little to say about the horrific string of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that has not already been said.  Those of us for whom 9/11 was a seminal moment in our intellectual development know full well that evil exists in this world, that moral and cultural relativism is utter nonsense, and that radical Islamic jihad is an irredeemably recalcitrant form of cancer fundamentally at | Read More »

    A Quick Note on, “BUT SEE AUSTRALIA!!!”

    In the aftermath of the unspeakable recent tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon, many on the Left have invariably made odes to the purported crème de la crème of all possible “gun safety” policy proposals — namely, Australia’s national gun confiscation program instituted as a direct result to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.  For prospective gun-grabbers, Australia’s mass confiscation represents something of a utopia (never mind the | Read More »

    Let the Games Begin. Here’s What to Look For.

    After two-plus years (for the junkiest of the political junkies among us, at least) of “who’s-gonna-run” 2016 chatter and four-plus months of having officially declared candidates, it is finally time for the most crowded presidential primary in modern history to kick off in earnest.  I will be in Atlanta this Thursday-Sunday for the 2015 RedState Gathering, and could not be more excited to watch the debate | Read More »

    Bibi Netanyahu, Churchill of Our Time, Defends Western Civilization at the U.S. Congress

    “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.  Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves.  Those are the sheep.  Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak.  They’re the wolves.  And then there are those blessed with | Read More »

    On Duke, Islam, and Progressives

    In third grade, I won a basketball game at a local carnival, and as a prize was handed a Duke Blue Devils-themed miniature basketball.  With piqued interest, my first distinct memory as a Duke Basketball fan was the following season’s national championship game in 1999: Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke — which had not lost since the championship game of the early-season Great Alaska Shootout | Read More »

    How to Lose a Cyberwar with North Korea

    In the past twenty-four hours, United States intelligence officials definitively confirmed that the recent cyberattacks against Sony Pictures Studios and the concomitant threats to terrorize movie theaters showing its film, “The Interview,” are indeed the work of North Korean state actors.  Sony, of course, canceled the global release of “The Interview,” which threatens to ex ante effectuate some of the most outright perverse incentives in geopolitics that we’ve | Read More »

    This Means War

    Barack Obama used to teach constitutional law at the law school in which I am presently enrolled.  He was by all accounts well-liked by his students, though perhaps somewhat aloof to his then-fellow faculty members.  I currently have class three days a week in then-Professor Obama’s old favorite classroom, Room V, and each time I enter I see a photo near the door commemorating his | Read More »

    We won. Now watch leadership like a hawk.

    Tuesday night was a shellacking — a big, good old-fashioned, glorious shellacking.  At the national level, the voting populace definitively rejected Obama-era reactionary progressivism as the sclerotic, intellectually vapid, and more generally failed stain on the American political conscience that it is.  However, now that Republicans control the entire Congress and begin the work of trying to construct a legislative agenda — either to meaningfully enact | Read More »

    Fight Hard on the Border Issue

    Of all the issues across the American political spectrum, few make certain factions of the Inside-the-Beltway/K Street Establishment wet their panties more than does the immigration issue.  These armchair-quarterback Establishmentarians can freely opine from the relative tranquility of Greater Washington whilst our porous southern border and outmanned Border Patrol attempt to withstand hitherto unforeseen numbers of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs), illegals entering domestic soil from Ebola-stricken countries, | Read More »

    It’s Time to Pay Attention to Kansas

    While it is far too early to write an obituary in Topeka, conservatives must acknowledge the reality that Governor Sam Brownback is fighting for his political life right now in Kansas.  The RCP average has him trailing by 2.8%, with even GOP-leaning polling firm Rasmussen Reports showing Brownback down 10 points earlier this month.  Considering Kansas’s reputation as a bastion of cultural conservatism and a | Read More »