National Columnists

Time to end the shameful strand of US History

Four hundred years ago this summer, colonial America's first representative assembly was convened in Jamestown, Virginia. The event launched a noble tradition that grew to become America's founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance. However, that noble beginning was challenged ...

The state of what union?

Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of the divisive and ...

The Senate Finance Committee is now steered by a tractor driver from Iowa

His tractor is so noisy that, when driving it, the man who calls himself "just a farmer from Butler County" puts his cellphone under his cap, set on vibrate. Charles Grassley, 85, who has served in the Senate longer than all but 11 of the 1,983 other senators — and who still runs 3 miles four ...

It’s time for ingrates to go

Crying "hate" is a lazy way to debate. But in the Beltway, where honest discussion and vigorous deliberation are desperately needed, the rhetorical sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot circular saw to cut it. Take Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who thrust a Liberian immigrant, Linda ...

Slum by the Bay

San Francisco is one of the richest cities it the world. It's given us music, technology and elegant architecture. Now it gives us filthy homeless encampments. One urban planner told me, "I just returned from the Tenderloin (a section of San Francisco). It's worse than slums of India, ...

Sacrificing Northam will not be enough

"Once that picture with the blackface and the Klansman came out, there is no way you can continue to be the governor of the commonwealth of Virginia." So decreed Terry McAuliffe, insisting on the death penalty with no reprieve for his friend and successor Gov. Ralph Northam. Et tu, ...

Is reality optional?

Suppose I declare that I am a king. Should you be required to address me as "Your Majesty"? You say, "Williams, that's lunacy! You can't prove such nonsense." You're wrong. It's proved by my declaration. It's no different from a person born with XY chromosomes declaring that he is a woman. The ...

Time for humility for Davos Elite

Turnout at Davos was lousy this year. President Trump, preoccupied by the government shutdown, was a no-show at last week's World Economic Forum there. So were British Prime Minister Theresa May (Brexit) and French President Emanuel Macron ("gilets jaunes"). Chinese President Xi Jinping, Davos' ...

Fear sets terrible policy

Across the United States, Republicans are scrambling to play catch-up. Many of them did not believe the warnings in 2018, thought the polls were wrong and got smashed under a blue wave that crested over them. Their response is to operate out of fear, and they are doing strange and crazy things. ...

Which parents should be scolded?

It's hard to fathom in this supercharged atmosphere, but politics actually has been more tumultuous than it is today (see: War, Civil). On the other hand, the war to define -- or, better put, redefine -- American culture has never been more ferocious. Its militancy has reached the point where ...

What became of country before party?

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-MT) by Paul Duke for NBC's "Today" show. The year was 1968. Richard Nixon ...

What the Covington High School incident tells us about America

On Jan. 19, a moment arrived that nobody anticipated and quickly became a national Rorschach test. The moment came when a group of students had an encounter of some sort with a Native American elder on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Their encounter became a social media sensation. ...

Trump is leading, not caving

The media is having another field day at the alleged expense of President Donald Trump. Supposedly, per what we read, the president "caved," "folded," or "lost" in the government shutdown showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Except it's not true. Our elite spends so much time ...

Pelosi, Trump have few incentives to compromise, so madness will continue

There are those who believe that the president came out the winner in the standoff over the government shutdown. They are what political scientists call very wrong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went into that pre-shutdown meeting in the Oval Office in early December on somewhat shaky ground ...

What became of country before party?

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-MT) by Paul Duke for NBC's "Today" show. The year was 1968. Richard ...

The manure-spreaders of media sensationalism

Here we go again. If you think the manure-spreaders of sensationalism who masquerade as ethical practitioners of journalism learned anything from last week's MAGA-bashing Covington Catholic High School hoax, I have three words for you: Ha, ha, ha. On Tuesday morning, uncorroborated claims ...

Democrats’ America: The Heart of Darkness

If it was the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that black and white would come together in friendship and peace to do justice, his acolytes in today's Democratic Party appear to have missed that part of his message. Here is Hakeem Jeffries, fourth-ranked Democrat in Nancy Pelosi's House, ...

Confession and apology

For the past two years, I have defended the press from President Donald Trump's criticism. Having worked at both CNN and Fox News, I know the good hard work so many reporters do to provide us with the news. We have a president who found a way out of going to Vietnam, and we have reporters who ...

The NFL recovers from kneeling frenzy

The National Football League is back on top of the ratings heap after both conference championship games were so competitive they spilled into overtime. Sunday's New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game drew 53.9 million viewers to CBS — a shocking 27 percent increase from last year ...

Americans continue to reject the regulatory state

Democratic dreams of a Green New Deal tap into some very real concerns shared by most Americans. Fifty-five percent of voters nationwide agree with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) that we have just over a decade to act before catastrophic impacts of climate change become ...