National Columnists

Keep calm and carry on

Keep calm and carry on. Those words, though not appearing as extensively on posters in wartime Britain as often supposed, are good advice for Americans now appalled by the presidency of Donald Trump. It is widely proclaimed that he is a president unlike any other, a threat to the ...

America’s founding ideals are worth fighting for

These are tough times to be optimistic about America. Terror attacks in New York City, mass shootings in Las Vegas and campus violence against targeted speakers fill the news. Rather than addressing the problems, partisan politicos act as if each tragedy is merely a platform for their own ...

Homeland group holds annual gripe session

"I’m filled with righteous indignation,” proclaimed Holger Danske as he came through the west door of the community hall to join the town’s other 12 electors for the official annual complaint session of the Homeland Security Committee. “The anger of man does not achieve the ...

Communism turns 100

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia. Communist regimes went on to kill about 100 million people. Most died in famines after socialist tyrants forced people to practice inefficient collective farming. Millions ...

Allahu Akbar-itis: America’s deadly and debilitating disease

"Shout ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.’’ Who knew hijacker Mohammed Atta’s parting words, discovered in his journal after the 9/11 attacks, would become a national punchline? The louder and more frequently jihadists around the globe ...

Shocking but not surprising

It should surprise no one that when it comes to sexual harassment, members of Congress and their staffs are treated differently from the rest of us. The Washington Post notes a law in place since 1995 under which anyone accusing a lawmaker of sexual harassment can file a lawsuit, but only if ...

Legalization isn’t the solution to the opioid crisis

One painful aspect of the public debates over the opioid-addiction crisis is how much they mirror the arguments that arise from personal addiction crises. If you’ve ever had a loved one struggle with drugs — in my case, my late brother, Josh — the national exercise in guilt-driven ...

That other plot — to bring down Trump

Well over a year after the FBI began investigating “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought in his first major indictment. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with a series of crimes dating back years, though ...

The radiating mischief of protectionism

What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive ourselves into believing that corporate welfare can be seemly. Consider the caper, both amusing and depressing, that began when mighty Boeing sought protection behind the skirts of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Boeing, ...

An American President and the world

The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then an assistant ...

Kaepernick and Christian athletes

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently filed a grievance against the National Football League, accusing all teams of colluding to deny him a place on a team because he kneeled during the national anthem. As was true with Michael Sam, the openly gay player and activist ...

The Clintons are just not that into you

I’m still trying to make sense of the news that the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign were the forces behind the infamous “Steele Dossier,” a dodgy document full of hearsay about Donald Trump that was put together by an even dodgier outfit called Fusion GPS, which has ...

Freedom of Speech does not guarantee understanding

Daily Beast columnist Jay Michaelson is unhappy with America’s football fans. In a thoughtful column, he argues that “kneeling for the anthem is a sign of respect, not disrespect, for our country and the values it stands for.” He adds that “To protest — for whatever cause, left or ...

Both parties trying even harder to defeat themselves

Three weeks ago, I wrote a column about how both parties seem determined to lose the next elections. Since then, the pace has accelerated. The clamor is more visible — and more assiduously reported by mainstream media — among the Republicans. George W. Bush and John McCain, who have ...

Can the Feds prosecute foreigners if their actions are legal where they are?

I am in Switzerland this week interacting with and lecturing to students and faculty at the University of Zurich. The subject of our work is the U.S. Constitution and its protections of personal liberty. In most countries, government has begrudgingly granted snippets of personal liberty to ...

The lib enablers of perv photog Terry Richardson

If you wonder why Hollywood stayed so quiet so long about casting couch abuse behind closed doors, just look at how the entertainment industry enabled perverted sexual exploitation of women in front of the camera. Fashion magazine moguls at Conde Nast have now reportedly blacklisted ...

The delusional optimism of both sides

This week, President Trump went to battle with Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson. Johnson’s husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was killed in Niger earlier this month. Trump called his widow to offer his condolences. But Myeshia Johnson apparently interpreted that call as a callously indifferent ...

A private military

We’ve fought in Afghanistan for 16 years now. Are we making progress? After 9/11, we invaded, overthrew the Taliban, killed Osama Bin Laden and — stayed. Afghanistan is now America’s longest war, ever. President Trump’s solution? He’ll send several thousand more ...

Undermining America

Our nation's leftist progressives have long sought to undermine the American values expressed in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Though typical Democrats and Republicans do not have this leftist hate for our nation, they have been willing accomplices in undermining the most ...

The holiday that scares adults

Editor's Note: Mark Shields is off. The following column is by Lenore Skenazy. "Trick or treat! Trick or treat! Give us something lethal to eat!" That's not the actual rhyme, but from all the warnings about Halloween, you just might think it was. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is ...