National Columnists

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 ...

Why do people like Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

Back in the day, small rural airports had textile windsocks, simple and empty things that indicated which way the wind was blowing. The ubiquitous Sen. Lindsey Graham has become a political windsock, and as such he — more than the sturdy, substantial elephant — is emblematic of his party ...

The Covington Rorschach Test

Sometimes, a three-point celebration is just a three-point celebration. Sometimes, a pep rally is just a pep rally. Sometimes, a smile is just a smile. And sometimes, a hat is just a hat. Only among the most deranged partisans could a universal sports ritual, a common high school activity, a ...

The shutdown necessarily continues

The Democrats have long supported securing the border. But it is a signature initiative from President Donald Trump. So now they oppose it. The President cannot cave in, or Nancy Pelosi gets a win. There should be a way out, but both sides are now committed to their positions. Short of TSA ...

Who benefits from democratic control?

In 1976, Gerald Ford won 15 percent of the black vote. That's the most of any recent Republican presidential candidate. In most elections, blacks give Democrats over 90 percent of their votes. It's not unreasonable to ask what have blacks gained from such unquestioning loyalty to the Democratic ...

Trump’s border wall is a MacGuffin

The border wall is now a MacGuffin, and that's the problem. A MacGuffin is a term of art in screenwriting. It's the thing the hero wants but the bad guys are trying to get, and therefore it drives the action of the story. In John Huston's "The Maltese Falcon," the Maltese Falcon is the ...

Gillette’s Sexist Sermonizing to Men and Women

So who is the mastermind at Gillette who came up with the idea that the best way to sell men's razors is to insult the customers with condescending liberal propaganda about "toxic masculinity"? Is pandering to the perpetually angry feminists in the media the way to grab positive "news" ...

Freedom starts with respect for life

Tennessee's new senator, Marsha Blackburn, has just introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. This coincides with this year's March for Life, noting 46 years since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. The legislation would end all federal funding to all abortion ...

‘Medicare-for-All’ would take most of your paycheck

In a crowded field of Democrats vying for the presidency in 2020, one thing stands out. "Medicare-for-all" tops their campaign promises. On Sunday, the latest to announce, former Obama cabinet official Julian Castro, pledged to make Medicare-for-All a reality. But these candidates would ...

When checks and balances fail

In February 2017, Dr. Christopher Duntsch became the first surgeon in American history known to be sentenced to prison for botching a patient surgery. A licensed neurosurgeon, Duntsch left a string of deaths and maimed bodies in his wake: He was accused of causing the death of two surgery ...

Britain, into chaos leaping?

The poet Rupert Brooke voiced the exhilaration of those Britons who welcomed the war in 1914 as a chance to escape monotonous normality, "as swimmers into cleanness leaping." They got four years mired in Flanders' mud. In a 2016 referendum, Britons voted, 52 percent to 48 percent, for the ...

Now playing in Puerto Rico

"He who excuses himself, accuses himself." — Puerto Rican proverb More than 109 lobbyists and 39 Democrat Members of Congress attended a "winter retreat" last weekend in Puerto Rico, ostensibly to help raise funds for damage caused by hurricane Maria in 2017, reports Fox News. The fun in ...

Shutdown ‘Crisis’

This government shutdown is now longer than any in history. The media keep using the word "crisis." "Shutdown sows chaos, confusion and anxiety!" says The Washington Post. "Pain spreads widely." The New York Times headlined, it's all "just too much!" But wait. Looking around ...

Procter & Gamble’s toxic sanctimony

One of the world's most successful brands committed ideological hara-kiri this week. Recognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a massive consumer base at the altar of ...

Bigoted King out of step with American ideals

As a percentage of its population, Iowa sent more troops to fight in the Civil War than any other state. Iowans fought on the side of the Union against the Confederate South. Abraham Lincoln, the president of the United States and the commander in chief of Union forces, was the first Republican ...

The Trump speech and the response

Despite advance billing that President Trump's border wall speech would break news and contain new information, it was mostly familiar rhetoric: criminals and drugs, rapists and murderers are coming to America and the wall is the only way to stop them. The president named families who have ...

There is more to governing than government

Republicans and Democrats are carrying on in Washington as if the fate of the world depends upon how they resolve the partial shutdown of the federal government. But let's be honest, this is not the Cuban Missile Crisis. A more realistic assessment of the situation suggests that the elected ...

Left-wing fake news hurts the nation

Left-wing media stalwarts such as Newsweek, Huffington Post and Salon launched a barrage of fake news after I appeared on "Fox and Friends" recently to discuss new Agriculture Department rules tightening work requirement on food stamps. Unfortunately, the now all-too-common disinformation ...

Dems’ ‘Tax the Rich’ hoax

The U.S. Department of Labor jobs report, released Friday, shows eye-popping gains, concluding a year that has been great for workers. Hourly wages shot up after 10 years of stagnation and real household income topped its highest level in history. Basically anyone who wants a job can get one. ...

The scientific experts who hate science

his week, the American Psychological Association proved once again that it is a political body rather than a scientific one. This isn't the first time a major mental health organization has favored politics over science -- in 2013, the American Psychiatric Association famously reclassified ...