Today at theamericanconservative.com, Rod Dreher took on ‘porky’ populists, Scott Galupo reflected on America’s civic religion of neutrality, and James P. Pinkerton suggested that we should focus more on health and less on health insurance. Daniel Larson discussed the trend of Republican defense nostalgia, Kelley Vlahos flagged a consequential case for domestic drones, and Scott McConnell owed Gore Vidal an apology.

Romney sounds like Bush without the diplomacy, culture war issues are actually fading, and the campaign is devolving into a series of boring, useless gaffes. In the Repository, Robert Nisbet explains why the American Revolution was truly revolutionary.