The Conservative Conscience
This is American University’s foremost conservative policy and opinion journal administered by the American University College Republicans. Featuring articles by and for American University’s conservative community, this journal serves as the primary resource for an extensive breadth of topics.
“Do not despair of our present difficulties. We believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history. We make history.Farewell fellow Americans, God bless you, and God bless America.” - Senator John S. McCain III
By: Robert HeilbergIt’s not a controversial idea that a foreign embassy is typically located in a country’s preferred or official capital city. Washington D.C., the home of the U.S. government and the capital of the United States is home to foreign embassies from around the world. The reason why those embassies are located in Washington is not done so by accident. The work that foreign embassies and their appointed ambassador do relies on proximity to the central power and core institutions in the host country. It’s the same reason why the U.S. embassy in Germany is located in Berlin, not Hamburg or Frankfurt, or why we station our ambassador to China in Beijing, not Shanghai or Nanjing.
By: Andrew MagloughlinHouse Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) unveiled the long-awaited Republican tax plan yesterday, dubbed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. This bill delivers many of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises by lowering taxes for a whopping 94% of Americans.
By: Nawal AliIn August, President Trump announced that the United States will deploy additional troops to Afghanistan as part of a new change in American policy regarding the longest war in US history. Some commentators were skeptical of President Trump’s new strategy, concerned about the lack of a timeline for the end of the already 16-year-long war. Additionally, there was no explanation about how this increase in troop levels could change the current situation in Afghanistan. What these critics and skeptics fail to acknowledge is how the approach of the Obama administration was not working. President Trump’s speech made clear that an improvement in American policy can be made.
By: Robbie Rosamelia
President Trump Begins The Long Road To Combatting The Iranian Threat By Decertifying Their Compliance With The JCPOAPresident Trump’s announcement on October 13th to decertify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—commonly referred to as the Iran Nuclear Deal—was met with both praise and scorn as Iran has proved it is becoming increasingly bold in how far it pushes the deal to its limits. With rhetoric abound, it is necessary to take into account the events that led up to the president’s decision and deliver a reminder that the Iranian threat did not end with the deal.
By: Thomas KennaPrior to listening to his brilliant lecture on Wednesday evening, I had the honor of interviewing National Review Senior Editor and American Enterprise Institute Fellow Jonah Goldberg for The Conservative Conscience. The interview lasted about thirteen minutes. It has been transcribed for your consumption and enrichment below.
By: Nicholas IlluzziWith the successes of the 2016 elections, the Republican Party has found itself in its most powerful position in almost one hundred years. Not only does the GOP control all three branches of the federal government, it also has trifectas (control of the governorship and both houses of state legislators) in 26 states. This incredible electoral success has come from an ideologically diverse slate of candidates, more focused on winning through a local understanding of constituents as compared to national ideological purity and big out-of-state donors. With this diversity, however, comes conflicts. These conflicts have begun to define Trump-era legislation. Republicans across the nation have found themselves beholden to constituencies with different values, from suburban evangelicals to the blue-collar working class. These variations have had the Republican Party questioning its values since the primaries.
By: Thomas Kenna
A Profile of Jonah GoldbergDespite what you may have heard, Jonah Goldberg can, in fact, buy pants. And while President Trump may be quick to critique his pants-purchasing capabilities, Goldberg’s contributions to ideological conservatism, on the other hand, are difficult to dismiss. In the nineteen years that Jonah Goldberg has been writing for National Review, he has brought humor, wit, and relevance to conservative commentary.
By: Matthew LevengoodAlmost every women’s-rights activist has in their repertoire of arguments the supposed colossal injustice that is the wage gap. Allegedly, women make less money than men for equal work. Outrage! How is this happening in the year 2017? There’s a key issue that many people are missing when they rally against this statistic – it’s horribly out of context. What many feminists and policymakers on the left often ignore are the hard economic factors behind the wage gap.
By: Jon MannAs aspiring academic DJ Khaled once said, “Congratulations, you played yourself.” That’s especially the case for populations that adopt socialism. In every example, someone who is not you, most notably leaders of state-owned corporations and corrupt politicians, will prosper from socialism. I am more than ready to concede many individuals benefit from a socialist system; I just highly doubt you would be one of them.
By: Andrew DemosthenousWilliam Mansfield manufactured cotton twine and threads during the Civil War. These threads were sewn into cotton blankets and used by Union soldiers fighting to preserve our Union and end the oppression of slavery . When the war ended, Mansfield gave the company to his son George, who began to manufacture fishing lines.
By: Robert Rosamelia
In a turbulent and demoralizing political landscape, we should defer to tradition to steady ourselvesPresident Donald Trump is unique in nearly every metric on which a president is judged. He was elected without any prior military or political experience, he has an infamous penchant for tweeting whatever thoughts come into his head, and—most notably for a Republican president—he seldom talks about Constitutionalism or conservatism.
By: Thomas GueliIn typical AU-fashion, my neighbor and I had been discussing politics last Saturday. In the course of the discussion, my neighbor admitted that she could not possibly understand how Pres. Trump won the state of Florida in the 2016 election despite the state’s large Hispanic-American population. Her underlying assumption was only partially correct; while Hispanic-Americans tend to vote for Democrats, Cuban-Americans, specifically, are solidly Republican voters. Progressive readers might be curious as to why.
By: Nicholas Illuzzi
How Necessity Drove Europe’s Environmental IdeologyOn June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. On that date, I was enjoying a vacation in Italy, a nation with a diverse and beautiful environment. Italy is also a nation that follows the European Union’s environmental legislation and has championed efforts to reduce carbon emissions. As I saw wind turbines adorning the hills of the Tuscan countryside, I wondered how Europe has been able to prioritize and implement such extensive environmental measures when such efforts have found little traction in America.
By: Brian ThomasThis past June, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces submitted an amendment for the National Defense Authorization Act 2018 seeking to create an independent “Space Corps” within the Air Force. This relationship would be similar to the relationship between the Marine Corps and the Navy.
By: Robert Rosamelia
The New Direction for AU College RepublicansIn President Barack Obama’s first public appearance since leaving office in January 2017, he appeared at the University of Chicago with a panel of six students and community leaders. The comments from one of the panelists, Max Freedman—himself a College Republican, struck me as particularly important to keep in mind.
By: Robert HeilbergThe highly publicized debacle that ended in the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) at the hands of divided factions of congressional Republicans exposed not only in house divisions within the GOP, but a frustrating failure within the party to sell the merits of their legislative agenda.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, both the AU Dems' blog and the Conservative Conscience will produce articles regarding three hotly debated topics. Each blog will define its respective party's stance, and ultimately end with a concurring suggestion for bipartisan reform. Please tune in!
Indiana found itself in a national firestorm after Governor Mike Pence (R) signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law. RFRA is perceived as granting religious business owners the right to refuse service for members of the LGBT community, but other laws similar to RFRA have not had that result. LGBT advocates believe the law legalizes discrimination similar to that which African Americans faced in the segregation era. LGBT advocates use phrases like, “We decided everyone could sit at the counter 50 years ago,” and, “No hate in our state!” Interestingly, many economic conservatives opposed the law because they believe it will deter businesses from locating in Indiana. So far, the RFRA hasn’t boded well for Indiana.