Terry Schilling


Terry Schilling is executive director of the American Principles Project.

While President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has managed to hit a grand-slam so far at this week’s confirmation hearings, this hasn’t stopped well-meaning “Never-Trumpers” and principled conservative pundits from picking apart his comments. The double-edged social media platform known as Twitter is great. It has empowered everyday people to have a voice when it […]


Prof. Gerry Bradley of Notre Dame Law School has a column today at National Review repudiating recent arguments that Neil Gorsuch should answer boldly on overturning Roe v. Wade during his Senate confirmation hearings. Prof. Bradley argues: For him to become the first nominee in living memory to reveal his mind about Roe would mark him — […]


Apparently, Bill Gates thinks that the pro-Common Core movement was derailed by online comments consisting of 140 characters or less — what most people know as tweets. This, presumably, is why his foundation paid for this recent study (on top of the $2.3 billion he has already invested into Common Core) analyzing the amount of […]


Dear President George W. Bush, Hey, Mr. President! Great to hear from you. We’ve missed you these past eight years. It would be great to have heard from you on Obamacare, the stimulus, the debt ceiling, Benghazi, or any of the other 32 crises and scandals during President Obama’s two terms. Oh well! Haha! Don’t get […]


Contrary to the conventional wisdom of the media, President Donald Trump has picked almost all the right fights during his first few weeks in office. His first slew of policy changes through executive orders have not only advanced conservative ideals and brought additional voting blocs to the table, but they have also exposed the radical […]


Frank argued quite persuasively last week that it wasn’t House Bill 2 itself that doomed North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory in his reelection bid, but rather the overwhelming negative publicity dumped on the state by the left-leaning media and corporate-entertainment-sports complex. But while Democrats and their allies were busy outspending McCrory in the governor’s race […]


Apparently, if you’re from North Carolina and believe that there are only two genders — male and female, just to clarify — then you’re an “antiquated” bigot who is potentially costing your neighbors jobs and economic opportunity in the hundreds of millions of dollars. At least, that’s according to Forbes.com columnist Corinne Jurney. That’s right. […]


scha·den·freu·de ˈSHädənˌfroidə/ noun pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune   nar·cis·sism ˈnärsəˌsizəm/ noun extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.   This weekend was a time of great sorrow. Sorrow over the state of our country and the growing adversities […]


Donald Trump has an incredible opportunity tonight. With momentum on his side, and with critical swing states shifting in his direction, he has the ability to convince millions of undecided voters to support him. The best way he can do that is by exposing Hillary Clinton’s extreme positions. Voters are generally aware of her corruption […]


I have a lot of respect for Leon Wolf and all the folks over at RedState. I really do. But I made the decision months ago to ignore their website — at least until Wednesday, November 9th — when they became so stubbornly committed to the #NeverTrump movement that they chose to support Gary Johnson, […]


On Monday, Donald Trump stated what is essentially a fact to anyone who follows financial markets — the Federal Reserve has created a “false economy” that has artificially inflated the stock market. Via Reuters: “They’re keeping the rates down so that everything else doesn’t go down,” Trump said in response to a reporter’s request to address […]


In 2012, billionaire liberal Warren Buffett came to the rescue of President Obama by arguing, as a billionaire, for tax increases on the rich. Mr. Buffett proposed what he called “The Buffett Rule”, which would apply a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on individuals who make more than $1,000,000 a year. Mr. Buffett, being […]


There is a lot of speculation about what Donald Trump will propose in his economic speech today in Detroit. But what makes Trump’s speech unique? What separates Trump’s proposals from the past two GOP nominees? Unlike John McCain or Mitt Romney, Trump’s economic plan will speak primarily to workers and secondarily to businesses. Since 2013, […]


The Committee on the Platform for the RNC has finished the final draft of the 2016 platform — to be adopted and voted on by the full convention next week. This current platform is a strong statement of conservative principles that unite the Republican Party together. It is conservative across the board — including on social, […]


I have been actively working at the GOP Committee on the Platform for the past three days now. It has been an interesting experience, and it continues to be so as we finish the last plank of the platform. I wanted to give you all some background and a rundown of what’s been going on […]


The driving message of the #NeverTrump movement is Principle Before Party. According to #NeverTrump, voting for Donald Trump would ostensibly violate conservative principles, and therefore, true conservatives must discard party affiliation and vote third party. Voting third party supposedly allows one to keep his or her conscience intact, while not sharing culpability for the election of […]


There’s a story in Politico today where Donald Trump says that the GOP will become a ‘workers party’ under his leadership: “Five, 10 years from now — different party. You’re going to have a worker’s party,” Trump said in the May 17 interview. “A party of people that haven’t had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are […]


Michael Barone has a column on RealClearPolitics.com today where he points out the steep hill that Donald Trump still must climb to win the nomination outright. We both agreed about the similarities with the Northeastern states, but he pointed out something that I missed — that turn out in these heavily blue states was just […]


Don’t Bury Cruz Just Yet

by Terry Schilling

“Et tu, Schweppe?” A Shakespeare you may be, but a Michael Barone not so much. Without a doubt, Donald Trump had a stellar Tuesday night and drew closer to the nomination. But don’t get out the “Make America Great Again!” party horns just yet. Trump is still almost 281 delegates away from securing the nomination and […]


The number one rule in politics should be: “The first person to mention rape loses.” We saw this play out in Missouri back in 2012, where Todd Akin blew a layup U.S. Senate race. And if Donald Trump has his way, we will see the same thing blow up Republicans’ chances at the White House […]