National Columnists

The exception that is Costa Rica

LIBERIA, Costa Rica — In the ongoing U.S. debate about immigration, the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are mainly in the news because many of those crossing our border from Mexico are from these nations. Why isn't Costa Rica experiencing a similar mass ...

Rescue border towns and taxpayers with ‘Remain in Mexico’

President Donald Trump scored a win on last week when a federal appeals court gave a temporary green light to the president's "remain in Mexico" program. The idea is to keep asylum seekers south of the border until they get their day in court. It's urgently needed to help border towns such as ...

Right to print arms

Are you very afraid? 3D-printed guns are coming. "Virtually undetectable!" shrieked CNN. "This changes the safety of Americans forever!" shrieked MSNBC. Does it? Six years ago, a company called Defense Distributed posted blueprints for 3D-printed guns on the web. The Obama State ...

Questions for Chase (away) Bank

I have been a Chase Bank customer for years. Who knows how much longer it'll be? Will the company's thought police come for me next? How about you? If you are a non-leftist who does business with the financial giant owned by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., you need to ask questions and get ...

Some things to ponder

There's a push to change laws to permit both criminals serving time and ex-criminals the right to vote. Guess which party is pushing the most for these legal changes. If you guessed that it was the Democrats, go to the head of the class. Bernie Sanders says states should allow felons to vote ...

Mayor Pete and the crackup of Christianity

"(T)here is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so," said Hamlet, who thereby raised some crucial questions: Is moral truth subjective? Does it change with changing times and changing attitudes? Or is there a higher law, a permanent law, God's law, immutable and eternal, to ...

The Democrats’ sweepstakes of frivolity

The Democrats' presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party's 2016 achievement — the election of the current president — was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison d'etre is to frustrate Democrats, seems to be thinking: ...

It’s about time

President Trump has designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). It's about time. Other administrations might have done it, but didn't. In a statement, the president said, "The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It ...

The democratic 20-percenters are boosting President Trump

Things are looking better for President Donald Trump than they were when the year began. The latest evidence is that 54% of voters nationwide now believe it is at least somewhat likely the president will be reelected in 2020. That's up from 50% a month ago and 46% in early ...

Nielsen wasn’t right for Trump’s ‘bad cop’ role on immigration

Kirstjen Nielsen is off the island. The embattled, beleaguered and apparently overwhelmed secretary of the Department of Homeland Security was reportedly fired before she could quit. Summoned to the White House on Sunday, she arrived with a resignation letter in tow. "Despite our progress in ...

False accuser Shaun lying King’s record of harm

This week, "journalist, activist and humanitarian" Shaun King will give a keynote speech at the annual Innocence Network conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the event, whose attendees work to prevent and undo wrongful convictions, is "The Presumption of Innocence." I've covered many ...

Zuckerberg cronyism

Please, regulate me! That was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's message to Congress recently. "Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree," he wrote in an op-ed. "(W)e shouldn't make so many important decisions ... on our own." It sounds so ...

Millennials for socialism

If one needed evidence of the gross ignorance of millennials, and their teachers and college professors, it's their solid support for socialism and socialist presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Socialism has produced tragedy wherever it has been implemented. Last year marked the 40th ...

Already deep in the politics of Hate

During an Iowa town hall last week, "Beto" O'Rourke, who had pledged to raise the level of national discourse, depicted President Donald Trump's rhetoric as right out of Nazi Germany. Trump "describes immigrants as 'rapists' and 'criminals'" and as "'animals' and 'an infestation,'" said ...

America’s pre-existing health condition: Donald Trump

President Trump in a recent conversion now wants to make his Republicans "the party of health care." But first, he says, it must try again to kill Obamacare, a task the Republican Party has attempted repeatedly with no success. Before attempting that effort, it would seem wise to come up ...

Will black voters keep democrats from going too far to the left?

Which of the two dozen or so Democratic presidential candidates is going to carry black voters next year? The answer to that question is likely to be identical to the answer to the question "Which candidate is going to be the Democratic nominee, and maybe the president?" For years, black ...

Building a healthy political system

It's no secret that America's political system is badly broken, so ScottRasmussen.com decided to find out what voters think is wrong. We began by exploring what voters think is needed to create and maintain a healthy political system. Four items were deemed "Very Important" by at least 7 out ...

Change Social Security to a program of ownership

I have been an advocate for years of changing our Social Security system to a program of ownership rather than government taxing and spending. To those walking around with the idea that Social Security is some kind of pension in which you have been investing for years — forget it. ...

2020: Socialist America or Trump’s America?

In the new Democratic Party, where women and people of color are to lead, and the white men are to stand back, the presidential field has begun to sort itself out somewhat problematically. According to a Real Clear Politics average of five polls between mid-March and April 1, four white men ...

Breakfast isn’t important

I skipped breakfast again this morning. I won't worry about it. Yes, I've heard the advice. "It's the most important meal of the day." It balances blood sugar levels, kick-starts your metabolism, stimulates the brain, etc. A Harvard University study said men who regularly skip ...