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  • THE SAYING “THE chickens have come home to roost” seems to apply to the immigration policies of the Joe Biden administration, sanctuary cities and states.

    Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and
  • LONDON, ENGLAND — Watching BBC and Sky News coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, one is struck by the adjectives used by reporters, commentators and people interviewed outside Balmoral Castle and Buckingham Palace: sense of duty, virtue, integrity, service. 

    One commentator said
  • THE NEXT TIME Republicans control all three branches of government, they may wish to visit an old idea: the flat tax. When magazine publisher and Republican Steve Forbes ran for president in 1996, the flat tax was at the heart of his campaign.

    Forbes lost the nomination to Bob Dole, who
  • I HATED COLLEGE history. The textbooks were mostly about dead white men, Abigail Adams excepted. The lectures were boring. I didn’t see how any of it related to my young life and future plans.

    Historian David McCullough, who died at
  • “DON’T THEY KNOW it’s the end of the world. . .” —Skeeter Davis, 1962

    President Joe Biden has repeated a story he has told before, but repetition does not necessarily make it true.

    Speaking last week in Somerset, Mass., where
  • IN 1988, FIVE YEARS after calling the Soviet Union an evil empire, President Ronald Reagan visited Moscow where he addressed an audience of students from Moscow State University. At the heart of his speech, Reagan promoted the virtues and success of liberty and his vision that tyranny would ultimately be defeated; recall his other forecast made to
  • SOME EDITORIAL WRITERS, columnists and activists are working overtime to tell stories of women who oppose last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court that overturned Roe v. Wade. Women will die, they say. What about the lives of their unborn children?

  • IF THE HOUSE Jan. 6 committee proceeds to its seemingly predetermined conclusion that Donald Trump incited the Capitol riot and tried to reverse the results of the 2020 election, and if they recommend to the Department of Justice that Trump committed criminal acts and should be prosecuted, President Joe Biden will
  • THERE ARE NO adjectives that can accurately describe the gruesome act committed by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. He killed 19 children and two teachers. Evil is about as close as it gets.

    President Joe Biden and some fellow Democrats predictably called for
  • THE OVERT RACISM and anti-Semitism written in the Buffalo, N.Y., shooter’s 180-page “manifesto” has been rightly denounced by civilized people. The usual questions are being asked. These include “How did he get the gun after he was admitted to a hospital last year for symptoms of mental illness?”

    Another question is
  • AS WITH MANY things, propaganda can be used for good or ill, depending on who dispenses it. During World War II, American propaganda was considered a necessary tool in the pursuit of victory in a moral cause. Germany and Japan had their own propaganda machines to advance an evil agenda.

    The Nazi propaganda effort was headed by
  • “AND THEY’RE OFF,” as the callers of horse races say. But in this case, it means the government will no longer enforce mask mandates on airplanes, trains, buses, subways and other forms of public transportation.

    U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, a judge for the Middle District of Florida, said
  • DURING THE 1994 CONGRESSIONAL campaign, Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) and Dick Armey (R-Texas) drew up what they called a Contract with America. It was printed on a card which was small enough to fit in a wallet or purse and it detailed what Republicans would do should voters give the Republican Party a House majority for the first time in 40 years. The
  • WHEN ONE SITS down to make a deal with the devil, it is the devil who usually wins. That’s because he is crafty, as the book of Genesis describes him.

    The United States and Iran appear on the cusp of a deal that President Joe Biden and his diplomats claim will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon in the short term. In exchange for a deal that won’t be worth the paper it is written on, the
  • FROM THE START of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. stock market, which has been stumbling since the beginning of the year, wrote the New York Times, is down 10.3% from its most recent peak Jan. 3, and the cost of gas is rising rapidly. Near-record high oil prices, it briefly topped $130 per barrel Monday, means in some states it costs
  • RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin’s invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine under several pretexts reminds me of Adolf Hitler’s rationale for invading and annexing Sudetenland in 1938, and his invasion of Czechoslovakia and Poland a year later. Then, as now, the excuse was that German-speaking people (then) and Russian-speaking people (now) wanted to
  • ONCE IN TV journalism there were people called assignment editors and news directors.

    Among their responsibilities was to instruct reporters and camera crews which stories they were to cover that day.

    Their choices were based on several factors that included
  • THE ART OF deconstructing an argument by refutation and holding a person accountable for previous statements that the person now contradicts was once an honored tradition. It has now mostly gone the way of other traditions in favor of sound bite statements formulated in political party meetings and used to
  • FOR THE THIRD straight day last week, the Chicago Teachers Union canceled classes, choosing to return to virtual learning and citing dangers from the Omicron variant as their excuse.

    To many, this is seen as nothing more than
  • PEACE ON EARTH and goodwill to men this time of year seems increasingly absent in diverse places. In America the noble objective seems to have long ago left the U.S. Capitol where too many members of Congress are as divided and angry at each other as ever.

    A new study by researchers at Cornell University finds
  • SOME POLITICIANS AND government officials can’t let a crisis go to waste. In the matter of the tornadoes that devastated parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri, restraint was called for, but went unanswered.

    Asked about the cause of such devastation, President Joe Biden said

  • THE SUPREME COURT recently heard oral arguments for and against a Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks. The arguments, pro and con, are familiar, but there is a greater argument to be made for upholding the law and, should a majority of justices decide to do so, overturn Roe v. Wade.

    That greater argument begins with several questions that may be connected to abortion. They include
  • REMEMBER THOSE “SHOVEL-ready jobs” promised by the Barack Obama-Joe Biden administration in 2011? When many failed to appear after passage of this spending boondoggle, President Obama joked “Shovel ready was not as shovel ready as we expected.”

    That law, titled
  • MY HOW QUICKLY things can change with the right message and messenger.

    Glen Youngkin’s victory over Democrat re-tread Terry McAuliffe in the race for Virginia governor ought to be a reminder that kindness wins over name-calling and that
  • VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA Harris, who appears to be in the witness protection program when it comes to her assigned role of restoring our southern border, has resurfaced in a video she sent to 300 Black churches in Virginia. In it, she called on congregants to vote for Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe. She
  • IT IS A metaphor for what is occurring at seemingly all levels of our country and culture. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced it will slow service for first-class mail and periodicals while temporarily increasing prices on all commercial and retail domestic packages because of the holidays. It’s probably
  • LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — Forget what you hear most pundits saying about the recent recall election that failed to unseat California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Some Democrats think because Newsom ran on an anti-Donald Trump platform, that will bring the party success or cause them less damage in the next
  • FOR 20 YEARS SINCE Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. presidents have been saying their antiterrorism policies have worked, as evidenced by no new attacks on America. While we should be grateful another attack hasn’t occurred, past performance is no guarantee of future success. Fanatics are nothing but patient as we
  • WHAT HAS HAPPENED in Afghanistan will not stay in Afghanistan, but will have a ripple effect throughout the region and beyond.
    In remarks made at the White House, President Joe Biden proved he is out of touch with reality. Responding to criticism that America’s credibility has been damaged due to his precipitous withdrawal of U.S. troops Biden said, “I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world.”
    Several allies have been critical, among them
  • IF A CRISIS is a terrible thing to waste, how terrible would it be to waste two simultaneous crises?
    While still in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and Delta variant — isn’t crisis overused and thus losing its power? — comes a report from a panel of scientists assembled by
  • WE HAVE ALWAYS had them among us: fortune tellers; diviners; readers of palms, tarot cards, tea leaves, stars, horoscopes; discerners of animal entrails; calling on gods of wood and stone; and all sorts of other “seers” who have attempted to 
  • BY ANY STANDARD, Zaila Avant-garde is a remarkable 14-year-old girl with a positive and compelling outlook on life.
    Avant-garde, her father reportedly changed her surname from Heard in honor of jazz legend John Coltrane, recently won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, the first
  • BOOKS AND ARTICLES, scientific as well as theological, have been written on human nature. Still, most people don’t understand it, refuse to learn from it or worse, play to its dark side.
    Some politicians play to the dark side of human nature because
  • A New Jersey school district has voted to eliminate “the names of all religious and secular holidays from the school calendar, opting for the more generic description “Day Off.” You can guess the reason. They used those increasingly popular words — “inclusive” and “equitable.”
    No more
  • SENATE REPUBLICANS REFUSED to go along with the House and establish a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, which left five people dead and more than 100 police officers injured. By a vote of 54 to 35, the bill to form the “bipartisan” commission failed, but who really believes that it would have
  • OBSERVING THE OUSTER of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) from her House leadership position and her criticism of former President Donald Trump reminded me of a ’70s TV ad for Listerine® mouthwash. The company attempted to use the product’s bad taste to its advantage. The ad said
  • THE CIA IS always looking to recruit new agents and advertising is one way it has done so in the past. The difference this time is in a newly created series of recruitment videos that reflect the spirit of the age in which we live, rather than appealing to abilities and patriotism.
    The videos seem to suggest that the super-secret agency has been infiltrated, not by spies from Russia, China or al-Qaida, but
  • THE GUILTY VERDICT against former Minneapolis, Minn., police officer Derek Chauvin on all counts was correct, based on the evidence, but the theatrics leading up to that trial and after the jurors had made their decision was outrageous.

    Demonstrations, riots and looting around the country since the death of George Floyd had to have influenced the jury, the media and public opinion.

    Comments before, during and after the trial by politicians were unhelpful to put it mildly. Rep. Maxine Waters represents a district in California. Why did she go to Minnesota to urge people to stay on the street and get
  • WHEN THE NFL decided not to punish players who kneeled during the pre-game national anthem, some fans reacted by refusing to attend games, buy league merchandise or watch games on TV.
    It took several years for the
  • WHEN I HEARD Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas say on “Meet the Press” that the southern border is closed, it immediately brought to mind claims by Iraq’s former information minister, dubbed “Baghdad Bob” and “Comical Ali” aka Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, about
  • EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS, WHO once were content with staying out of earthly concerns, have grown into an influential subset of American politics. Not all who identify with this label vote in unison. They voted in large numbers in 1976 for Jimmy Carter, but reversed course in 1980 and went for Ronald Reagan. In subsequent elections, a majority have voted for
  • PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN has challenged those who oppose the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion bill disingenuously dubbed COVID-19 relief or the more deceitful American Rescue Plan.
  • IF THE SECOND impeachment trial of Donald Trump were a play, it would close after one performance. The plot is known, the outcome is certain and the drama is contrived.
    If it were a film, it might be called
  • PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN and Press Secretary Jen Psaki have assured us Biden is a devout Catholic who attends church regularly. The question is not new, but should be asked again and a credible answer demanded. How can one be devout about one’s faith and not comport with scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church? As
  • THE OLD SAYING “revenge is a dish best served cold” is understood to mean it is better to deliver retribution for a perceived or actual injustice after time has passed in order for it to be done dispassionately. Sometimes, it is better not to serve that dish at all. Like perishable food left unrefrigerated, a different kind of “bacteria” can
  • I DON’T LIKE making predictions for a new year because they are just guesses, and like palm readers, fortune-tellers and “experts,” guesses are often wrong.
    The point was proved last year, when
  • AT THE 1980 DEMOCRATIC National Convention in New York, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) delivered a speech following his defeat by Jimmy Carter for the presidential nomination. The speech was boilerplate liberalism. Kennedy criticized Republicans and Ronald Reagan for their ideas, which he said were from the past. Today, the
  • WHENEVER PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden makes a rare public appearance and is out of the immediate control of his team, it increases my suspicions that he is not physically, and above all mentally, up to the job he is about to take over.
    Last week, Biden
  • EVERYWHERE ONE LOOKS, there are warning signs, from labels on cigarette packs warning that smoking causes cancer to ridiculous labels on thermometers that read “Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally.”
    Associate Justice Samuel Alito has delivered some serious warnings that too often are ignored by
  • THE POLLSTERS GOT it wrong again. Some claimed going into Tuesday’s election that Joe Biden had an unbeatable margin of 17 points in some states. Pundits claimed Republicans would lose between five and 15 seats in the House. It appears they’ve picked up a few. And because final results will not be known until 
  • CAN JOE BIDEN be trusted?
    It was President Richard Nixon who said in the midst of the enveloping Watergate scandal “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I
  • PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S infection with COVID-19 adds to a year no fiction writer could have contrived. The image of Trump walking out of the White House wearing a mask and traveling by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., was an optic we have not seen with this president and
  • THE DEATH OF Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives conservatives and Republicans what they claim to have wanted since judicial activism became the norm in the 1960s.
  • THE CABLE NETWORKS, including Fox News, could talk of little else Labor Day weekend but the magazine piece in The Atlantic by Jeffrey Goldberg alleging President Donald Trump had said Americans who have died in wars are losers and suckers. The comments allegedly were made two years ago during the president’s visit to France, and
  • LABELING ANOTHER PERSON has become a popular political pastime. The intent is to use a label that is impossible to disprove no matter the amount of contrary evidence.
    Perhaps the worst label one can attach to another person is 
  • I BEGIN WITH a personal story to make a greater point.
    Two weeks ago, I mailed an 8-by-10-inch envelope from a Miami post office to an address in New York state. The postage was correct as was the address and
  • THE VIOLENCE PERPETRATED in the streets of cities across America continues because state and local elected officials (all Democrats) refuse to do what is necessary to stop it. These acts no longer fit the definition of protest. Rather, sedition defines them, “incitement of discontent or rebellion against a
  • THE ON-AGAIN, off-again opening and closing of restaurants in Miami, Fla., has angered restaurant owners in the area. Last week, 30 of them gathered to protest the latest shutdown order by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez, a Republican.
    Nick Sharp, who
  • IN PROVIDING THE crucial fifth vote to strike down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals, Chief Justice John Roberts has re-enforced a longstanding theme: there is no guarantee a judge nominated by a Republican president will decide cases based on
  • THE MINNEAPOLIS CITY Council has passed a measure to dismantle the city’s police department and replace it with what Council President Lisa Bender calls a transformative new model of public safety. This is supposed to better protect people in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd by a
  • IT WAS A night I shall never forget.
    The date was April 4, 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., and I was flying home to Washington, D.C., from Atlanta, Ga. As the plane descended over National Airport, I could see
  • THE CHOICE BEFORE us seems to be no choice at all: stay inside and have no human contact with another soul, keep businesses closed, denying a livelihood to millions or step outside and risk death. Though I believe the risk is small when comparing the number of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have
  • THE DESTRUCTION OF the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the subsequent demise of the Soviet Union two years later lulled the West into a false sense of security. Many appeared to believe that an age of unending peace and prosperity had been ushered in. While terrorism would become a stateless threat, most people probably thought it to be an
  • “. . . THE RIGHT OF the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” from the First Amendment.
    Conservatives are mostly a passive lot, expressing their frustrations and anger over ideas they oppose by listening to or watching Fox News, talk radio or attending
  • I CONFESS TO a certain self-interest in this column. The media — especially newspapers — is in trouble. Conservatives like myself have been relentless in attacking their collective bias over the years, but as more of them fold or reduce staff, it is crucial the institution be saved.
    Margaret Sullivan, a columnist for The Washington Post, has suggested that
  • HE WAS THE 44th vice president of the United States in the George H.W. Bush administration, but for the last 20 years, Dan Quayle has stayed mostly away from the unfriendly glare of political life.
    I called him to get his thoughts on
  • THE MODERN MEDIA trend is to make fun of President Donald Trump for his alleged and actual misstatements of fact. You have to go a long way, in this case Sky News in Australia, to find a media outlet willing to make fun of a U.S. liberal Democrat.
    Rita Panahi, the host of
  • THE RUSSIANS ARE like the devil. Each gets blamed or credited with more than they are responsible for.
    Intelligence officials went to Capitol Hill where, according to The Hill “they briefed the House Intelligence Committee about Russia interfering in the presidential race in an effort to get
  • FOR 68 YEARS, the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis; a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for
  • TWENTY YEARS AGO, President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat met at Camp David in Hauvers, Md., where Barak offered almost all of what Arafat asked for in exchange for making peace with the Jewish state. Arafat
  • THE LATEST PROTESTS in Iran by people angry over the Iranian military’s missile launch that “unintentionally” downed a Ukrainian jetliner killing many Iranians, Canadians and others, is different from past protests over rigged elections, rising gas prices and what Americans like to call voter suppression.
    This time, the protests are over
  • IT CAN BE USEFUL and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago.
    Jan. 2, 1920, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 108.76. Today, it is more than 28,000 points.
    In 1920, the United States had become an economic power, which is remarkable considering
  • WHILE WATCHING “JEOPARDY” the other night, I had a fantasy. Suppose Alex Trebek had a Final Jeopardy category called The Ultimate Impeachment Hypocrite.
    Here’s how I
  • NOT MANY PEOPLE THINK of the Ten Commandments these days unless some group is trying to fight a legal battle to place them on public property.
    Still, these laws of God, which may be familiar to some only through the Cecil DeMille classic film starring Charlton Heston as Moses, contain worthy guidelines that are
  • IF YOU ARE IN need of more evidence as to why so many Americans are cynical about politics in general and Washington in particular — and isn’t current evidence sufficient? — you need look no further than the etymological shift taken by Democrats during the House impeachment hearings.
    As The Washington Post first reported, the decision to replace quid pro quo with
  • AS FAR AS I can tell from a reading of history, while some presidents were friends of clergy — who sometimes advised them — to my knowledge, none hired them as staff members; until the presidency of Richard Nixon. It was during Nixon’s administration that Charles Colson began mobilizing the evangelical community to support
  • HE WAS THE Bernie Sanders of his day.
    Charlie Chaplin — the iconic actor and, at the time, a well-known political leftist, some said communist — delivered a speech in San Francisco, Calif., in 1941, prior to America’s entry into
  • THE YEAR WAS 1972 and Americans wanted out of the Vietnam War. The right, because it was not being won, and the left because of the increasing body count and lies from generals and politicians about “progress” toward defeating the communists.
    Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern’s slogan “Come
  • THEY ARE ALL GONE now; the men and one woman who were major influences in my early journalism career. The last two died within weeks of each other. They were Jack Perkins and Sander Vanocur, both veterans of NBC News where I started as a copyboy.
    My list of mentors is
  • “WHEN WOULD YOU like to schedule your knee replacement surgery?” asked my American doctor before I left for Ireland. I gave him a date that works for me. I’m calling it the result of an old basketball injury, not advancing age. His office scheduled it for that date.
    Contrast this with
  • THERE ARE PEOPLE in every generation who believe the generation following theirs is either going to the dogs or will ruin the country.
    A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll lends credence to that way of thinking, especially where Generation Z (millennials), those born in the mid-1990s to mid-2000s, and
  • PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has repeatedly promised “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism.
    We may not be at the stage Bernie Sanders would advocate, but
  • CALLING SOMEONE RACIST has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real problems.
    President Donald Trump has, again, been
  • THE PHRASE “AMERICA, Love It or Leave It” has a pedigree dating back at least to the Eugene McCarthy era. In the ’70s, the phrase was employed against those protesting America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The left has its own version, vowing to leave the country if a Republican is elected president. They
  • THE LIKELIHOOD I would ever be welcomed to serve on a network panel questioning the Democratic presidential candidates is equivalent to an invitation to take the next trip to the moon.
    Still, as I tortured myself watching the two “debates,” which were not really debates, but
  • “THE PENTAGON HAS released new color photos as proof that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman,” reported ABC News. Hours before that attack, Iranians launched a surface-to-air missile at a U.S. drone monitoring the tankers. The missile missed. In response, 1,000 American troops are
  • IT’S A FAMILIAR quote from Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver Twist,” but with special contemporary relevance in light of a statement last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “ ‘If the law supposes that,’ said Mr. Bumble ‘the law is an ass, an idiot.’ ”
    But it isn’t so much that the law is fractured. Rather, it is
  • AMONG THE MANY things that frustrate Americans about Washington, D.C., is the unwillingness — not inability, but unwillingness — to solve problems.
    One of many examples is the
  • CONGRESS CREATED THE Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007, in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law. College graduates would be forgiven their student loans if they pursued a career in such professions. The Wall Street Journal reported the program is now in disarray. Although 73,000 people have applied for debt forgiveness as of March 31, just
  • OBJECTIVITY, LIKE ELVIS PRESLEY, long ago left the building in Washington and so the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being read and interpreted through mostly-biased eyes.
    Democrats, who had counted on Mueller to prove that the Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russia, were
  • FOR THE LAST 27 years, Democrats have been trying to win over evangelical Christians who last voted in large numbers for their party’s presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter, in 1976.
    At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, Al Gore gave it a go, but
  • WHAT SEAN DAVIS, cofounder of the web magazine The Federalist, wrote in the Wall Street Journal sums up the disgust many Americans are feeling about the way big media handled the Russia collusion story. “It wasn’t merely an error here or there. America’s blue-chip journalists botched the entire story, from its birth during the presidential campaign to its
  • ONE OF THE rotten fruits produced by what passes for today’s American education system is the ignorance some young people have about socialism.
    According to a new Harris Poll given exclusively to Axios, the news and information website, Generation Z, comprised of those born in 1995 or later “has a more positive view of the word ‘socialism’ than previous generations and, along with
  • HERE’S A SENTENCE I never thought I would write. Dianne Feinstein was right.
    A small group of middle- and high-school children from the San Francisco Bay area visited the Democratic senator from California last week to demand she support the 
  • MY FIRST REACTION upon hearing that hundreds of leaders in the Southern Baptist church had sexually abused as many as 700 people in 400 churches including victims as young as 3 was “How could they?” It was the same reaction I had when news of predatory priests in the Roman Catholic Church and the
  • ONE OF THE few advantages of changing addresses is that you sometimes discover long-forgotten items.
    In a recent move, I found an old recording that contained an interview of Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-Montana) by Paul Duke for
  • WHEN YOU RECEIVE your paycheck and look at the withholding for federal, state and, sometimes, city taxes, along with Social Security and Medicare, you probably don’t think you’re underpaying the governments and want them to take more.
    New York City, N.Y., Mayor Bill de Blasio believes that if you have played by what used to be called “the rules” and are
  • “WHY CAN’T THE English teach their children how to speak?” asked professor Henry Higgins in the musical “My Fair Lady.” It’s a good question for Americans, especially millennials.
    On a recent flight, two young women sat behind me, chattering away rather loudly. In one minute I counted 16
  • REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES dating back, at least, to Richard Nixon have used the slogan “tough on crime” and its corollary “lock ’em up and throw away the key” as electoral red meat. The problem is what to do when inmates are released with few skills, fewer job prospects and a bleak future that leads some to
  • I FIRST MET the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston, Texas, congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this
  • Google search “great American political cartoonists” and you will undoubtedly find the late Herbert Block, aka “Herblock,” of The Washington Post; Paul Conrad of the Los Angeles Times; Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and several other cartoonists whose work, if not their names, are familiar to
  • WE ARE ABOUT to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington. Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and reach across the aisle or will they pander to their base which wants President Donald Trump’s blood? Guess which scenario I’m
  • IS IT MORE than coincidence that thousands of migrants from Central America are seeking to enter the United States illegally just two weeks before the midterm election? Who are these people? Who’s paying for their transportation, food and expenses? Why doesn’t the media find out? Is this migrant caravan a ploy by
  • ARGUABLY, A CONTRIBUTING factor to the continuation of abortion is that it is performed out of sight and thus, out of many minds.
    A film about one of the worst practitioners of abortion, Kermit Gosnell, opened Oct. 12, in at least 600 theaters. Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortionist sentenced in 2013, to life in prison without parole for the murder of
  • RINGLING BROS. AND Barnum and Bailey Circus announced last year it was closing after a 146-year run, largely because of high operating costs, costly legal battles with animal rights groups and declining ticket sales, especially after elephants were retired from the show.
    Brett Kavanaugh’s embattled nomination for the Supreme Court has become a
  • THEY DON’T TEACH history, at least American history, like they did when I attended public school. That’s why the recent hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to become an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court served as a teachable moment.
    Repeatedly, Kavanaugh referenced the
  • FINDING SOMEONE IN Washington who is nonpartisan and puts the nation’s interests ahead of their own is so rare these days that he or she, if found, might qualify as an endangered species.
    But once in a while, call it the law of averages, someone
  • PRISON REFORM HAS normally been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But perhaps, like so many other things in the Donald Trump administration, this, too, is
  • LIKE A BASEBALL team that is way behind going into the fifth inning, Democrats and socialists are hoping for the political equivalent of a rainout so that the game President Donald Trump is winning will be canceled, allowing them time to regroup.
    The president’s opponents are going to need more than that figurative cancellation, however; they’re going to need a real plan of action. Democrats, whose policies of tax, spend and regulate are being reversed, seem to have nothing to offer except failed policies that have slowed growth and discouraged business expansion. Their “policy” is a vain hope that scandal and Russian collusion will lead to Trump’s downfall. So far, that strategy isn’t working. His base 
  • DID PRESIDENT DONALD Trump bungle the moment in Helsinki, Finland, by casting doubt on American intelligence findings that Russian agents “meddled” in the 2016 election? His critics, including some Republicans, say so. And last week, Trump said he had misspoken when he expressed doubt about Russian culpability, but several things need to be kept in mind.
    The first, is that Russia and the United States have been meddling with or spying on each other for decades. That is hardly a secret. Second, according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, no votes were altered and the election outcome was not affected by the alleged meddling. Third, the fealty most Democrats and some Republicans are showing for the credibility of U.S. intelligence today was lacking after it was discovered that
  • THE RETIREMENT OF Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court is about to bring a 60-year battle to a head.
    For decades, the country has witnessed a fight between those who believe the Constitution speaks for itself and others who believe it says whatever the judges think it says or even should say.
    Already, the left is apoplectic. Fundraising letters are going out. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) sent one within minutes of Kennedy’s retirement announcement and Chris Matthews went ballistic on MSNBC, all but forecasting the end of the world as we know it.
    A few examples will
  • NEED PROOF THAT the current controversy over children of undocumented immigrants is more political than humanitarian? Hillary Clinton said she was adamantly against illegal immigrants and supported a border wall, until she ran for president in 2016.
    In his 1995 State of the Union address President Bill Clinton said “All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected, but in every place in this country are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.” Bill Clinton went on to tout the importance of border security.
    Now, Democrats, whose policies have contributed to the separation of parents from children — I refer to
  • NOTHING APPEARS BEYOND the reach of the social engineers, not even cake.
    In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the Colorado Human Rights Commission had failed to take into account the religious beliefs of a Lakewood, Colo., baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has sometimes sided with the liberal wing of the court, was highly critical of the commission, which he said had written its antidiscrimination regulations in ways that were hostile to the faith of the baker, Jack Phillips.
    Kennedy’s majority opinion specifically noted that
  • “I AM SHOCKED, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here.” 

    —Capt. Louis Renault, “Casablanca”

    Human nature being what it is, it should come as no shock that the next level of approved gambling in America is sports betting. States already have casinos, the lottery and other ways of separating money from the weak for their ravenous and bottomless coffers, so why not allow betting on
  • FOLLOWING THE 2016 ELECTION, President Barack Obama rightly warned the Donald Trump transition team “we only have one president at a time.” It was a reminder that there can be one person articulating American foreign policy so world leaders will have no doubt as to the intentions of the United States.
    Obama’s former Secretary of State John Kerry ignored that warning and has been behaving as if he’s still in office.
    Kerry, wrote the Boston Globe, engaged in some unusual shadow diplomacy with Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the United Nations in New York, reportedly to try and salvage the
  • THERE HE GOES. Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, including declining rates for minorities, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), affectionately called “crazy Bernie” by some conservative talk show hosts, is flirting with the idea that the federal government should guarantee every American a job, paying a minimum of $15 an hour and health care benefits.
    The Washington Post reports the plan would “fund hundreds of projects throughout the United States aimed at addressing priorities such as infrastructure, health care, the environment, education and other goals. Every American would be entitled to a job under one of these projects or receive job training to be able to do so, according to