National Columnists

Both sides are doing it wrong

A certain segment of the evangelical pastoral community has decided Christians should embrace social justice. More prominent evangelicals are pushing back, saying "No." I think both sides get it wrong. John MacArthur, one of the great theologians of our age, has pushed back against the ...

Don’t look for civility unless Democrats win in November

"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Hillary Clinton told CNN last Tuesday. Her words cannot be taken literally, for you can be civil if you want to; they're a statement that she doesn't want to. That's the bad news; the ...

CBS Prime-Time shows honor Hillary

Hillary Clinton isn't president, but Hollywood is offering the biggest consolation prize it has: working her into TV plots where she can be toasted as wise and wonderful. Within the first two weeks of the fall season, CBS has done this twice. On the Oct. 7 episode of drama "Madam ...

Fortunately, our society is not as polarized as our politics

In the wake of the politically toxic dialogue of recent weeks, it's refreshing to note that 63 percent of voters recognize that American society is not as polarized as American politics. Most understand that who we are as individuals and communities is much more than our political affiliations ...

Will Kavanaugh realign racial politics?

With nerves still raw from the wrenching confirmation process of now Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, speculation whirls regarding what the political implications will be. Worth considering is where the racial lines will be drawn. Among the more aggressive voices from the ...

What do we have in common?

America stands at a precipice. It's a moral precipice of our own making: We're not facing any external existential threat, or any serious economic crisis. Nonetheless, we're at each other's throats in a shocking and unique way. At least in the 1960s, serious issues divided us: the national ...

Socialism destroys

Socialism is hot. Famous actors recently made a commercial proclaiming that "democratic socialism" creates some of the best parts of America. It's "your kids' public school" (says Susan Sarandon), the "interstate highway system" (Rosario Dawson), "public libraries" (Jay Ferguson), "EMTs" ...

The most important movie you’ve never heard of

It's here. "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer" debuts in theaters nationwide on Oct. 12. I do believe this groundbreaking film by indie producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney is the most important movie in America right now — a true-life saga of good vs. evil, ...

Democrats’ foul tactics on Kavanaugh may come back to bite them

"I can't think of a more embarrassing scandal for the United States Senate since the McCarthy hearings," said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn as then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the afternoon of Sept. 27, "and the question was asked, 'Have you no ...

Journalism matters in your community

Beyond the noise of the Beltway and the daily vilification of national media outlets, are community newspapers serving cities, counties and regions throughout the U.S. Your local newspaper is far from being The Fake News. Your newspaper is most definitely not The Enemy of the People. In fact, ...

Journalism matters in your community

Beyond the noise of the Beltway and the daily vilification of national media outlets, are community newspapers serving cities, counties and regions throughout the U.S. Your local newspaper is far from being The Fake News. Your newspaper is most definitely not The Enemy of the People. In fact, ...

A victory on trade

In baseball, when a team trades a player to another team each side expects a benefit in return. Not so in recent years when it comes to trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries. President Trump has been right in his criticism of NAFTA and other trade deals that have left the ...

Community journalism matters because communities matter

"Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.” It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years. Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least. We publish photos of ribbons being cut at bakeries, and donations being dropped off at local food pantries. We ...

Journalism matters because democracy matters

n in-depth newspaper investigation revealed that a state-operated home for aged military veterans was providing sub-standard care and that taxpayer money that was to go to improve the home was spent elsewhere. The result was the replacement of the state’s veterans secretary and numerous ...

Pro-abortion left vs. Kavanaugh

I've been writing for years about the depth of the culture war taking place in America. I've done so with trepidation, with knowledge that without resolution, culture wars can turn into physical wars. It happened once in America. Can it happen again? The first major violent confrontation ...

On health care, voters want more choice and less politics

Polls consistently show that health care is one of the top issues on voters' minds heading into the midterm elections. It's a powerful issue because it impacts everyone so personally and can have enormous consequences. At first glance, the opportunity for political action seems clear. Just 34 ...

Treating the Court as a Political Branch

Harsh winds are blowing on Capitol Hill. The hoped-for and feared clash between Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and his principal accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, has come and gone, with all of its calculated and spontaneous outbursts, as well as gut-wrenching emotion. Dr. Ford subjected herself ...

Could Kavanaugh’s anger be righteous indignation?

Why is Brett Kavanaugh so upset? It's a question few ask because so many already think they know the answer. The most common explanation — the hot take so hot it melted the conventional wisdom and forged a new concrete groupthink — is that Kavanaugh was so angry because he represents ...

Seriously mentally ill

They live on the street, often foraging through dumpsters. Some threaten us. Occasionally, they assault people. Thousands of mentally ill people cycle in and out of hospital emergency rooms. They strain our medical system, scare the public and sometimes harm themselves. Most, says DJ ...

Investigate the Senate Democrat wrecking machine

How did we get here? The Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination circus didn't happen by accident. The emergence of incredible — and by "incredible," I mean the literal Merriam-Webster definition of "too extraordinary and improbable to be believed" — accusers in the 11th hour was no ...