Rich Galen

Posted November 19, 2015

The other day I wrote a column in which I suggested "The easiest and safest approach [to dealing with terrorists hiding as refugees] is to close the border, TFN - 'til further notice."

Posted November 16, 2015

It is unfortunate, but no surprise, that everyone running for office, working for someone running for office, or writing about someone running for office is searching for the perfect rhetorical and political response to Paris.

Posted November 11, 2015

Before we begin, let's take a second to say "Thank You" to all America's veterans. Veterans Day (no apostrophe) is celebrated on November 11 in commemoration of the armistice that effectively ended hostilities in the Great War.

Posted November 09, 2015

Ben Carson, former sociopath, former Egyptian agricultural scholar, former almost West Point graduate, former neurosurgeon, and soon to be former Republican frontrunner is having a tough run in his quest for the GOP nomination.

Posted November 05, 2015

I spent the weekend on T. Boone Pickens' ranch, Mesa Vista, with about two dozen really smart people talking about energy and transportation. As those of you who have ever sat in a meeting - or even had lunch - with me know, I have the attention span of a five-year-old, but I was mesmerized at the breadth and depth of thinking about how we will get from point A to point B in the near future.

Posted November 02, 2015

Fred Thompson died over the weekend.

Posted October 26, 2015

There is a phrase thrown around politics - RINO - Republican In Name Only. It refers to someone who is not a strong enough adherent to whatever Conservative principles the writer (or sayer) as believes the RINO should be.

Posted October 22, 2015

I think I have figured out the phenomenon known as Donald Trump.

Posted October 12, 2015

While official - and unofficial - Washington, DC is barely able to breathe given the turmoil in the Republican Conference of the U.S. House, it is useful to remember that we have been here before.

Posted October 08, 2015

While the popular press is in a projectile sweat over the coming elections for Speaker of the House - both internally to the Republicans and then to the House as a whole - the campaign for the Democratic nominee for President is getting more and more interesting.

Posted October 06, 2015

It was late afternoon when we got to another border crossing point, Magyarboly, Hungary.

Posted October 06, 2015

This is Part 2 of The Hungary Games. You should be getting this on Tuesday morning. I'll send Part 3 Tuesday afternoon.

Posted October 05, 2015

One young man, Marc, came from Germany. He is 21 years old. He dropped out of college some time ago and has been on a personal walkabout trying to decide what to do with his life. He found a Twitter handle, #Zakany, that got his interest and decided to come to this small summer resort community and help with the migrants who come across the border into Hungary; there to board trains to take them on.

Posted September 29, 2015

There is a rarely used motion available to Members of the U.S. House who are dissatisfied with their leadership. The form is: I move to vacate the chair."

Posted September 24, 2015

Sometimes, when a candidate drops out of a race - typically a race for his or her party's nomination for President, there is at least a touch of Schadenfreude in most of us. Even - maybe especially - toward candidates we actually like.

Posted September 21, 2015

The hoo-hah from Republicans AND Democrats over Donald Trump's reaction to a question at a town hall meeting regarding President Obama's religion and the status of Muslims in America made me recognize something: Until Trump attacked Obama, Democrats were largely silent on his candidacy.

Posted September 10, 2015

With all the projectile sweat over illegal immigrants generated by Donald Trump and parroted by other GOP candidates for President it is useful to take a deep breath to compare and contrast the problems at our southern border with Central and South Americans to the problems in Europe with (largely) Syrians and Iraqis.

Posted September 03, 2015

Two recent developments might lead to the dreaded unintended consequences: Pyrrhic victories.

Posted August 31, 2015

The children of America are going back to school. And, in nearly every household, there is at least one person who is standing over the kitchen sink in tears, wondering where the years have gone.

Posted August 27, 2015

When the Congress comes back to work after Labor Day there will be a number of items on their to-do list. One that will generate a great deal of smoke and heat will be Congressional approval of the Iran deal.