National Columnists

Trump using American capitalism to help the poor

During Christmas week, Fox News invited me to discuss how President Donald Trump's achievements for black Americans are registering in awareness in these communities. Unfortunately, we didn't succeed in scheduling the interview. It's a subject of enormous importance not just because of what ...

Sweden isn’t socialist

For years, I've heard American leftists say Sweden is proof that socialism works, that it doesn't have to turn out as badly as the Soviet Union or Cuba or Venezuela did. But that's not what Swedish historian Johan Norberg says in a new documentary and Stossel TV video. "Sweden is not ...

Say his name: RIP Cpl. Ronil Singh

In the still of the last night of 2018, the silence of California Dems chilled the air and airwaves. Border wall opponent Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted three times between Christmas and New Year's Eve bemoaning the plight of illegal immigrants and their children. But not a peep was heard ...

Resolved: To speak English

"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 just one minute I counted ...

Border wall a symbol of our symbolic politics

As we close out 2018 with a partial government shutdown merely adding some extra spice to the monotonous stew of political rage served daily, it's worth noting that the primary sticking point isn't an ideological split over border security, nor is it the recalcitrance of the president or the ...

America’s love affair with small business rekindled

Bloom Brewery is the kind of Main Street business that shut its doors a generation ago when shopping malls lured customers to their mega-buildings with well-lit parking lots, extended hours and everything imaginable under one roof. The brewery, which offers 24 artisanal beers on tap, sits ...

The generosity of Americans

Nine days ago (at this writing), Iraq War veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe page to help build the wall on the United States southern border with Mexico. In a week and a half, Kolfage has raised over $17 million (toward his stated goal of $1 billion) with gifts from ...

I believe these things are true

I have worked during the Advent season to avoid writing my weekly column about politics. Instead, I have tried to devote myself to focusing on Christianity, given the whole season exists due to the birth of Jesus. On my radio show, I occasionally branch off from the daily news and politics into ...

These boots are made for double standards

Is there anything, anything at all, for which President Donald Trump won't be faulted by a press corps that despises him so much they are making a mockery of themselves in front of the world? They slammed the president for failing to visit troops in a war zone. Then, on Christmas night, ...

Trump’s Christmas present to the Democrats

On Christmas morning President Trump gave the Democrats a major political gift by declaring the federal government is "not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they'd like to call it" on the southern border. The flat statement reinforced the opposition party's charges that ...

Stonewalling the wall

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is mocking "the very dopey people" contributing to a GoFundMe campaign to support President Donald Trump's southern border wall. All Kimmel's got to lose by insulting supporters of the wall is his ratings. But Democrats are risking a voter backlash by stonewalling ...

Protect Our Nation. Build the wall

Somehow a Grinch always manages to show up to ruffle our Christmas spirit. This year, the Grinch is the form of the Democratic leadership that is blocking the Christmas present that President Donald Trump wants to deliver to the nation in the form a wall to defend our southwestern ...

And peace online

My New Year's resolution: Make a careful distinction between speech and violence. America's First Amendment says "yes" to most speech, including speech that criticizes, insults -- even speech that promotes hate. But the law applies only to government. Private organizations can ban hate ...

Osama Bin Laden was right

Osama bin Laden predicted it and his prophecy appears to be coming true. In his book, "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," Lawrence Wright quotes bin Laden as saying: "Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and retreat. ...

Trump’s character will be his downfall

For a very long time now, I have been predicting that the Trump presidency will end poorly because character is destiny. I've said it so often, I occasionally need to be reminded that I didn't coin the phrase. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus did when he observed "ethos anthropoi daimon," most ...

Beware Silicon Valley Santas in the Schools

When it comes to Silicon Valley Santas bearing gifts for our children, I am a big Scrooge. Every responsible parent should be, too. In 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook showered a rural Idaho school district with 500 iPads and Apple TVs for every classroom, along with free training as part of a ...

Disparities Galore

Much is made about observed differences between sexes and among races. The nation's academic and legal elite try to sell us on the notion that men and women and people of all races should be proportionally represented in socio-economic characteristics. They make statements such as "Though ...

No peace or goodwill

Not for a long time has the world seemed so removed from the angelic proclamation of 2,000 years ago: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14). Millions have died in countless wars over the last 100 years. People continue to die today as the result ...

Arizona’s 2020 race

As resumes go, it's hard to fathom a better fit to fill John McCain's Senate seat than the nation's first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat — Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey apparently thought so, too. On Tuesday, he selected McSally to fill the seat ...