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National Columnists

Mitt Romney: A modern man for all seasons

During his floor speech explaining his vote to convict Donald Trump, Mitt Romney was overcome by emotion and paused to compose himself. The intense moment came when he spoke of his devotion to God, saying: “I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am.” Lump in throat. ...

Iowa was very good for Bloomberg

The Iowa caucuses have long been nearly useless as a measure of Americans’ preferences for the next president. This year it has been more useless than usual. The next star of the Democratic contest will be New Hampshire, whose people are also overwhelmingly white and whose Democrats are ...

Acquitted but not exonerated

"The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”— George Orwell, “1984” The Senate trial of President Donald Trump ended not with a bang but a whimper. What different outcome could one expect from a trial without so much as ...

The end of 2016

And so 2016 finally draws to a close. It’s been the longest election year in American history. It ran from Feb. 1, 2016, the date of the Iowa caucuses, to the Senate vote to acquit President Donald Trump on Wednesday. It’s true that Nov. 6, 2016, was a signal event in this ...

After Trump acquittal, what’s next?

Just because the Senate (acquitted) President Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” don’t think Democrats will raise the white flag of surrender. They (and their media allies) have only just begun. Next is a campaign to defeat ...

Economics reality

I have been teaching economics since 1967 — 40 years of it at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During that interval, economic reality has not changed. Just as Galileo’s law about the independent influence of gravity on falling objects has not changed, neither have the ...

Donors are a lousy way to gauge political support

To get onstage at the last Democratic debate, a candidate had to have received contributions from at least 225,000 donors. That disqualified Mike Bloomberg. He has only one donor: himself. That rule sounded nice and democratic with a small “d,” but actually, it is a highly flawed way to ...

Moving in opposite directions on abortion

Even in our era of politics without precedent, few things are as inexplicable as the Democratic Party’s decision to take increasingly extreme positions on abortion while so much of the country moves in a different direction. The March for Life, held annually in Washington, D.C., around the ...

China’s environmental malpractice hurts everyone

Alot of things are going wrong on this planet, and a lot of those problems are made in China. The deadly coronavirus is being linked to “wet markets” that traffic in wildlife. Not only have these markets enabled the virus to pass from animals to humans but they have also contributed to the ...

Joe Biden must explain his Ukraine dealings

Democrats impeached President Donald Trump for putting his own political fortunes ahead of the national interest in dealing with Ukraine. But it’s Joe Biden who should be in the hot seat for that. Trump is criticized for a July 25 phone call, when he asked the president of Ukraine for ...

The media’s dreadful impeachment partisanship

One favorite tactic of our “objective” media during the impeachment of President Donald Trump is to find a clip of the president’s legal experts such as Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz expressing an opinion during the 1998-99 impeachment of Bill Clinton and then show a contrast with the ...

Impeachment: The Left’s ultimate eeapon

In 1868, President Andrew Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act that had been enacted by Congress over his veto in 1867. Defying the law, Johnson fired Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, without getting Senate approval, as the act required him to do. In his 1956 Pulitzer ...

Democracy and Tyranny

During President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial, we’ll hear a lot of talk about our rules for governing. One frequent claim is that our nation is a democracy. If we’ve become a democracy, it would represent a deep betrayal of our founders, who saw democracy as another form of ...

Adam Schiff’s avalanche of accolades

Our media elites arrogantly lecture about our democracy being undermined by robotic propaganda, but do they ever listen to themselves talk about the Democrats? Somehow, they think their robotic propaganda is just the “truth.” The press came to witness the Senate impeachment trial, and Rep. ...

Freebies for everyone

The Iowa Caucus, the real start of the 2020 presidential primaries, is next week. Who’s favored to win? Sadly, as I write this, the smart money says it’s the candidate who’s promised Americans the most “free” stuff. Six months ago, my staff and I tallied the candidates’ ...

Red China’s infection of US classrooms

Dangerous menaces are spreading from mainland China to the United States. Surgical masks and Big Pharma vaccines, however, won’t protect this nation from its infiltration. The problem doesn’t lie with bats. It lies with America’s batty pursuit of globalization at all costs. Chinese ...

Historians say New York Times gets history wrong

We live in history-making times. Not so much because of the impeachment trial going on in the Senate, which will make history only if it routinizes impeachments of impolite presidents when their opposition party gets control of the House, but because of what looks like an ongoing battle for ...

Conservative divide pits anti-left against anti-state

For most Americans, conservatism basically means the stuff Republicans are for, and liberalism means whatever Democrats are for. I don’t mean this as a criticism, just a statement of fact. One of the great things about America is that politics — never mind political philosophy — isn’t ...

Stop with the silly ‘centrist’ labels for Democrats

The most abused adjective in political reporting is the label “centrist.” It should tell you everything about the politician. Unfortunately, it tells us far more about those applying the label. The American Conservative Union ratings system has been widely accepted as the voting compass ...

The rampant hypocrisy of the Democratic Party

As the Senate impeachment trial unfolds, we’re witnessing an alarming dual justice system where Democrats accuse the president and the Republican Party of criminal wrongdoing and foul play while giving themselves a pass for the very same acts of which they accuse others. Take foreign ...