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National Columnists

Will Churchill’s statue be next to fall?

On Gen. George Washington’s orders, the Declaration of Independence, signed in Philadelphia, was read aloud to his army. On hearing it, the troops marched to Bowling Green, decapitated and pulled down the statue of George III, and sent the remnants to be melted down into musket balls. It ...

Abolishing police departments would make things so much worse

In these trying times, it’s difficult to find something to smile about. But I’ve found some modicum of mirth watching very sympathetic liberals go the extra mile to help hone the message of activists calling to “defund the police.” For instance, Katy Tur, an MSNBC anchor, had Isaac ...

Free speech under fire

One of the biggest threats facing America today isn’t beyond the water’s edge; it’s censorship spreading like a wildfire coast to coast: a perilous endangerment to free speech, a free press and artistic expression that should alarm every American — I don’t care how you vote. ...

A time of reckoning to repair racial tensions

If you don’t agree that black lives matter, you should stop reading now. Conversely, if you believe blacks in America are victims of a deadly conspiracy of systemic police racism, you may want to look away. The facts simply do not bear out that claim. Yes, we have heard about a ...

A contract with black America

On October 26, 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a mostly African American audience in Charlotte, North Carolina. He said: “Every African-American citizen in this country is entitled to a government that puts their jobs, wages and security first...I will not let you down. You ...

The true plight of black Americans

While it might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called “systemic racism.” Instead, we need to look at the responsibilities of those running our big cities. Some of ...

Law and order isn’t fascist

onfronted by a clear and present fascist threat, the staff of The New York Times rose up last week to humiliate and punish quislings in its ranks. In a now famous op-ed, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton called for federal troops to quell riots and looting, an idea that the Times staff considered ...

Will home farming survive a vaccine?

Farm-to-table refers to freshly grown produce — that is, fruits and vegetables not transported from some distant time zone or even hemisphere but recently harvested on boutique acreage just outside town. The foodie media trumpet the virtues of local food sources, and their cosmopolitan ...

The return of the tea party

It’s 2009 again, or feels like it. That was when spontaneous, grassroots protests against overweening government sprang up and were widely derided in the media as dangerous and wrong-headed. The protesters then were inveighing against Obamacare; the protestors now are striking out ...

The Left’s coming war on cops

Newly painted in huge yellow letters on 16th Street, just north of the White House, is the slogan: “Defund the Police.” That new message sits beside the “Black Lives Matter” slogan, also in huge letters, painted there at the direction of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. She renamed ...

Enemies of the State

As if the current COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t created enough chaos in our lives, yet another outrageous, race-based police brutality case emerged to engulf the nation in its terrifying aftermath. Righteous street protests were infiltrated by agitators whose sole goal was to create mayhem, ...

Are Democrats smart enough to take yes for an answer?

Here’s the fail-safe test for whether a political party is growing and strengthening or shrinking in size and prospects: Is that party spending its time, energy and effort seeking, recruiting and welcoming converts to its ranks, or is that party instead hunting down heretics within its ranks ...

Race and riots

"No justice, no peace!” they shout. Then they break windows. It makes me furious. But then I watch the video of the Minneapolis cop kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, while Floyd repeatedly says, “I can’t breathe,” and three other officers just watch. Then I see the video of the ...

Assaulted and vilified, the cops save the cities

On the fifth night of rioting, looting and arson in Minneapolis, the criminal elements were driven from the streets. By whom? By the same cops who had been the constant objects of media derision and mob hatred. Without the thin blue line, far larger sectors of dozens of America’s ...

The burden of race and rage

In 1992, I operated a small publishing business in Los Angeles. It was destroyed as a result of riots that ensued after four police officers were acquitted of charges of excessive violence in the beating of Rodney King. It changed my life. I focused my resolve to work in public policy to ...

Biden’s safe space in the liberal media

On May 21, the CNN “Reliable Sources” newsletter mocked the governor of Florida under the headline “Stuck in his safe space: DeSantis hides on Fox.” The governor holds press briefings to take questions from Florida reporters, but he hasn’t said yes to CNN or MSNBC or CBS, all of which ...

The controlled burn rages out of control

In the wake of riots that have spread across America, leaving shattered businesses and wounded communities in their wake, it feels as though our nation is collapsing around us. That’s bizarre, considering that virtually all Americans agree with the following two propositions: first, that it ...

Liberal governors and mayors mugged by reality in George Floyd fallout

Whatever you think of President Donald Trump’s “offer” of military assistance to riot-torn American cities — and I think it would be like pouring gasoline on a fire — understand it as pressure exposing an inconvenient truth: Liberal Democratic governors and mayors have been mugged ...

Get up off your knees

Dear law-abiding Americans: You have done nothing wrong. Being white is not a crime. Being a Trump voter is not a crime. Being a police officer sworn to “protect and serve” every day is not a crime. Being a non-white police officer proud to uphold and enforce law and order is not a ...