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National Columnists

No payroll tax, no social security

By the time you read this, President Donald Trump’s latest economic stimulus plan may be largely forgotten. But it has revived an unpleasant idea that the right fringe has been peddling for years: killing Social Security and Medicare. We speak of an executive order that would cut payroll ...

The good and bad of pandemic-era crime rates

Here’s some positive news from the crime beat: It is reported that, nationwide, robberies, rapes, drug offenses and burglaries are down during the first half of 2020. This trend is one of the rare good things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer people have been venturing out the ...

The Missing Group of Voters in 2020

Political polls elicit predictable reactions from the candidates being polled. The campaign of the candidate trailing in the poll almost invariably invokes history: "I, for one, am grateful that Christopher Columbus didn't take a poll before he bravely sailed off in search of a New World. He ...

COVID-19 won’t disappear, so schools must reopen

In one ear, the trembling voice of a teacher says she's terrified to return to the classroom. In the other, an exhausted mother of two young children tells me she's praying her kids can go back to school. In the New York Times, teacher Rebecca Martinson writes that she won't risk her life to ...

Biden backers terrified of debates

CNN's media unit emails out a nightly newsletter titled "Reliable Sources." The newsletter is not always reliable, since it has a slippery grasp on what its own network is putting on television and online. On Aug. 3, Oliver Darcy led the newsletter discussing what he described as an "imaginary ...

Fact check: Yes, the Mob is coming for you

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. — In June, America's mass media propaganda machine endangered the public by spreading insidious "disinformation" — while purporting to debunk "disinformation." The New York Times, NBC News, CNN and the Associated Press converged nine weeks ago to persuade readers and ...

What is the truth about the soaring COVID-19 numbers?

For weeks, medical experts and the news media have told us that if we begin to reopen various aspects of the economy, there would be a resulting spike in COVID-19 cases. It appears that they were correct. They warned against the hasty reopening of restaurants and other industries, arguing that ...

Biden’s lies for black (and white-privilege guilt) votes

"Take a look at my record, man. ... I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP has endorsed me every time I've run." — Joe Biden, May 22, 2020, on "The Breakfast Club," hosted by Charlamagne tha God. No, the NAACP has not "endorsed" Joe Biden for any of his races, let alone all of ...

Joe Biden goes from over the hill to right man for the moment

Only a few months ago, in late February, former Vice President Joe Biden was widely regarded, as one author labeled him, as Yesterday's Man. He was barely hanging on, looking to the approaching Democratic primary in South Carolina as a "firewall" unseen in most crystal balls. A surge of ...

The folly of the Never Republicans

"Burn it down” is rarely a wise or prudent sentiment. A cadre of Republican opponents of President Donald Trump is nonetheless calling for a purifying fire to sweep through the GOP in the fall, taking down as many Republican officeholders as possible. Only this willy-nilly bloodletting ...

Will Democracy Seem Lost in the Mail?

The 2020 campaign has been so contorted by the coronavirus that the Democrats and Republicans are still figuring out how on Earth they’ll hold virtual conventions. Now imagine how it could make a mess out of November. As President Donald Trump bizarrely tweeted about delaying the election, ...

A saint goes marching home

In a world seemingly gone mad, Thursday's funeral for Rep. John Lewis offered a refuge of sanity and presented a confluence of humankind's best qualities — honor, dignity, humility and grace. Watching from home and listening to the eloquent rhetoric of the past three presidents — George ...

John Lewis funeral was a political event

Traditionally, funerals are supposed to serve at least three purposes: honor the life of the deceased, comfort those who mourn his passing and preach a message about eternity and the brevity of life. Tradition was discarded during John Lewis' funerallast week in Atlanta. Like the memorial ...

Leftist Effort to Revise American History

There is very little new under the sun. The monument and statue destruction that we are witnessing has been witnessed in other times and other places. A tyrant's first battlefield is to rewrite history. Most notable were the political purges of Joseph Stalin. The Soviet government erased ...

Early voting and subverting election chaos

When Margaret Fuller, one of 19th century America's public intellectuals, grandly proclaimed, "I accept the universe," Thomas Carlyle, the British historian, reportedly said, "By gad, she'd better." In 21st-century America, people worry about whether President Donald Trump will "accept" defeat ...

It’s Time to Break Up Big Tech

Monopolistic companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple and others have become far too powerful. They thwart competition and abuse their power, whether it's by failing to protect users' privacy and data or controlling one of our most basic freedoms -- free speech -- in hopes of ...

The Inconvenience of Neighborliness

A legal scholar tested Jesus and asked simply, "Who is my neighbor?" In reply, Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the ...

Intensifying into violence

"Protestors in California,” tweeted ABC News, about an incident in Oakland, “set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified.” If you’d presented your ninth-grade teacher with that sentence in your weekly writing ...

Mike Adams: Doer of the word

Michael Scott “Mike” Adams was a brilliant professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He was an unapologetic conservative who wrote prolifically and fought valiantly against the forces of political correctness and pure evil. He advocated with unbridled passion ...

Pandemic v. Protestors

Decent Americans who are feeling perplexed today shouldn’t be ashamed about it. There is good reason to be perplexed. On the one hand, in the name of health and safety, we are being asked by government to compromise personal freedoms that we have always taken for granted: going to work, ...