National Columnists

Liberals in a tizzy

Many blacks and their white liberal allies demand the removal of statues of Confederate generals and the Confederate battle flag, and they are working up steam to destroy the images of Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis from Stone Mountain in Georgia. Allow ...

Leftist artists show hate for Houston victims

The nation’s eyes are fixated on dramatic flooding in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, where the death toll (so far) is thankfully small compared to flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The government response on all levels seems to be fairly effective, and unlike with ...

What Harvey wrought

Like 9/11, Hurricane Harvey brought us together. In awe at the destruction 50 inches of rain did to East Texas and our fourth-largest city and in admiration as cable television showed countless hours of Texans humanely and heroically rescuing and aiding fellow Texans in the worst natural ...

Dangers are coming to the rule of law

Amid the bad news this summer of racial tensions in Charlottesville and biblical-like floods in Houston and preening saber rattling between Pyongyang and Washington, a dangerous below-the-radar trend has been developing about which all who believe that the Constitution means what it says should ...

The deeper currents of american politics

Back when I was a pollster, I would explain that following the daily polls was like watching a heavy rainfall on the surface of a river. There’s a lot of action and noise and splashing around, but nothing that gives you a real sense of where the river is going. For that, you must look beneath ...

Time to drop colleges’ racial quotas and preferences

When a policy has been vigorously followed by venerable institutions for more than a generation without getting any closer to producing the desired results, perhaps there is some problem with the goal. That thought was prompted by a New York Times story headlined “Even With Affirmative ...

Price gouging

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is upset about “price gouging” during hurricane Harvey. Some stores raised prices to $99 for a case of bottled water — $5 for a gallon of gas. “These are things you can’t do in Texas,” he says. “There are significant penalties if you price gouge ...

Keith Ogre-mann: Conde Nast-y’s misogynist-in-Chief

Once a woman-hating blowhard, always a woman-hating blowhard. Keith Olbermann, the “new” face of the Democratic resistance on Conde Nast’s digital video platform, is the same old foul-mouthed beast he was on cable TV. Over the weekend, the former MSNBC frother went berserk over ...

Can the GOP’s shotgun marriage be saved?

Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, Republicans awoke to learn they had won the lottery. Donald Trump had won the presidency by carrying Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. All three states had gone Democratic in the last six presidential elections. The GOP had won both houses of Congress. ...

Diana, still our goddess of beauty

What is it about the month of August that finds so many celebrities dying? Just this month we’ve seen the passing of Glen Campbell, Barbara Cook, Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis. Thomas Meehan, who wrote the book for the musical “Annie,” died last week. Marilyn Monroe died in August 1962 ...

Robert Lee, no E.

You know we’ve reached a point of — something — when a sports announcer named Robert Lee is reassigned from calling a University of Virginia college football game because of his contemporaneously unfortunate name. Lee reportedly agreed with ESPN that he should go elsewhere ...

Al Gore’s hype

I was surprised to discover that Al Gore’s new movie begins with words from me! While icebergs melt dramatically, Gore plays a clip of me saying, “‘An Inconvenient Truth’ won him an Oscar, yet much of the movie is nonsense. ‘Sea levels may rise 20 feet’ — absurd.” He used ...

Historical hysteria

"The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” — Friedrich Hegel We will learn even less from history if we wipe it clean, as some are trying to do by removing statues of Confederate leaders whose beliefs about slavery and race most, including me, find ...

Is Trump’s agenda being eclipsed?

"I have not become the King’s First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire,” said Winston Churchill to cheers at the Lord Mayor’s luncheon in London in November 1942. True to his word, the great man did not begin the liquidation. When his countrymen ...

Charlottesville Donnybrook

Charlottesville, Virginia, a city named after Britain’s first black queen, was the scene of a bloody riot Saturday, Aug. 12. The fray resulted in the death of one woman, who was mowed down by a car; plus, there were many other people injured. Have politicians and the news media told the ...

America’s second civil war

"They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee — and what a leader! ... No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller.” So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial “The Oxford History of the ...

Alt-right’s despicability doesn’t make ‘antifa’ the good guys

Righting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn’t necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is simply an obvious fact. The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin. He also killed millions of his own people and terrorized, oppressed, enslaved or ...

Colin Kaepernick: history’s hero?

The National Football League’s preseason is underway, and national anthem-hating quarterback Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have an NFL job. One can easily identify the liberal journalists by their anguish over this so-called injustice. You can also identify them by their dishonest ...

Google women

Why aren’t there more women criminals?! Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1. We male stutterers outnumber women, too. This isn’t fair! We need more affirmative action! These disparities must be caused by sex discrimination because everyone knows there are no real ...

Armageddon postponed

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood up to the ...