National Columnists

The UN: Once ‘useless,’ now useful

While campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump more than once referred to the United Nations as a “useless” organization and “not a friend of democracy.” In his speech Tuesday to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he apparently has discovered the often ...

Tension between president and congress is politics as usual

or the first time in nearly 20 years, the president seems out of alignment, on policy and political goals, with his party in Congress. This strikes many as an anomalous, even alarming, situation. But if you look back at history, it’s more like the norm — even if Donald Trump isn’t. The ...

Show biz meltdown: bombs away!

The numbers don’t lie. Across the entertainment industry, viewers and fans are tuning out. It’s no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-Trump and anti-American antics. Pro tip, Tinseltownies: Swapping your jazz hands for middle fingers and waving ...

Detoured by government

Michelle Freenor’s business almost failed before it began. That would have been a loss, since her Savannah, Georgia, walking tour gets only good reviews from customers. “Top notch tour guide giving us a lot of history of Savannah’s Historic District,” said one five-star Yelp review. ...

Ignorant nation

At a National Archives ceremony last Friday in Washington, D.C., 30 immigrants became naturalized U.S. citizens. In a video, President Trump encouraged them to embrace the “full rights, and the sacred duties, that come with American citizenship.” It was a noble sentiment that once ...

The welfare state’s legacy

That the problems of today’s black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and poverty has achieved an axiomatic status, thought to be self-evident and beyond question. This is what academics and the civil rights establishment have taught. But as with so much of ...

House Republicans’ frustrations may doom their majority

The Founding Fathers didn’t expect that serving in Congress would be a lifetime career. And for a century, it mostly wasn’t. The first election in which more than half the incumbent members of the House of Representatives were re-elected was in 1898. Since then, the majority of House ...

New Vietnam documentary series provides a timely booster shot

WASHINGTON — Many Americans’ moral vanity is expressed nowadays in their rage to disparage. They are incapable of measured judgments about past politics — about flawed historical figures who were forced by cascading circumstances to make difficult decisions on the basis of imperfect ...

Study: State’s parents back shared parenting; judges don’t

In North Dakota, a child’s chances of spending meaningful time with each parent following divorce have less to do with his parents than what county they divorce in. For example, there’s a whopping 100% difference in joint custody between Grand Forks and Morton counties. Worse, courts are ...

There’s more to governing than government

There is a mistaken notion deeply embedded in our national political dialogue that society is naturally divided into public and private sectors. The public sector is thought of as the vehicle for governing society and looking out for the common good. The private sector is where people merely ...

Why does God permit natural disasters?

Like many Americans during the past three weeks, I’ve been bombarded by news about the destructive power of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. The stories are of misery, death and destruction. The misery, death and destruction are acutely difficult to accept because ...

Never forget: Muslim hate crime hoaxes

Another year. Another Sept. 11 anniversary. Another opportunity for grievance-mongering Muslim agitators to decry the imagined “epidemic” of “Islamophobia.” South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) convened with Mad Maxine Waters and other House Democrats in Washington, D.C., ...

Blame for disaster

"How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take,” demands “The Daily Show” comic Trevor Noah, “until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!” His audience roars its approval. When Hurricane Irma hit, so-called friends admonished me, “Look what your fossil fuels ...

Tribalism marches on!

Recently, a columnist-friend, Matt Kenney, sent me a 25-year-old newspaper with his chiding that my column had been given better play. Both had run in The Orange County Register on June 30, 1991. “Is there no room for new nations in the New World Order?” was my title, and the column ...

The Mafia and the migrants

ROME — I spotted them on my way to dinner with a friend near Castel Gandolfo. They are migrants from Africa, sitting by the side of the road outside a “temporary” residence that, for many, appears to have become permanent. They all have cellphones. They all seem oblivious to us as we pass ...

The devil’s playground

I have a year old in sixth grade. The more I talk to parents, the more I am mindful of how clueless many of us are about raising our kids in the internet age — an age that only recently came into being. It is even more difficult to raise your kids in a world where you may have Christian ...

Immigrant children and the rule of law

Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that in six months, the Department of Justice will begin the long process for deportation proceedings against 800,000 young people who came to America as babies and young children in the care of their parents and others because those ...

Seeing alternatives

I just got new glasses — without going to an optometrist. It’s another innovation made possible by the internet. Going to an optometrist can be a pain. You have to leave work, get to an optometrist’s office, sit in a waiting room and then pay an average of $95 (in my town). But I ...

If Republicans don’t make a move, they deserve to lose

Politics is the art of shifting the playing field. This is an art Republicans simply don’t understand. Perhaps it’s because they spend so much time attempting to stop the Democratic snowball from running downhill too quickly, but Republicans in power have an unfortunate tendency to ...

There is no such thing as a ‘Deserving DREAMer’

Over and over again, from the mouths of politicians in both parties, identity politics purveyors and cheap labor lobbyists, we hear the same refrains about President Obama’s 800,000 amnestied illegal alien youths: ‘’They don’t deserve to be punished.’’ ‘’They deserve ...