Other Commentaries

Yelling racist in a crowded nation

WASHINGTON — “Culture and demographics are our destiny.” Stop. But Iowa Rep. Steve King didn’t stop there. He continued to feed his foot deep into his gullet: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Well, now. Let’s pause to parse. First, one never ...

Dr. Ben Carson, in a speech before employees of Housing and Urban Development, the department he now runs, likened slaves to “immigrants”: “That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked ...

The dirty Dem dogs of disruption

Here come the hyperpartisan hounds. A new nonprofit called American Oversight launched this week to combat President Trump’s “culture of impunity.’’ The outfit declared itself “nonpartisan’’ and claims its crusaders will fight for a ‘’transparent and ethical ...

Hiding the media’s disapproval rating

The latest poll by USA Today and Suffolk University carried some eye-opening numbers about public disapproval of the media’s aggressive attempts to run the country. It found that President Trump has a 47 percent approval rating and that 44 percent disapprove of him. That’s not ...

The real lessons of Middlebury College

Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a student group who had invited him to speak. They also inflicted injuries requiring hospitalization on a woman from the faculty who was with ...

Three steps to fixing the health care mess

Most Americans believe that no matter how bad something is, Congress can always make it worse. With their new health care bill, Republican Congressional leaders seem intent on proving that point. Even those with a passionate hatred of Obamacare can find something to hate in the GOP replacement ...

The NEA is a government frill

WASHINGTON — Although the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight. Let’s pretend, counterfactually, ...

Congress’ grizzly betrayal

WASHINGTON — In its zeal to repeal, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule forbidding the baiting, trapping and “denning” of bears and wolves in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. The Senate is poised to consider the ...

The perils of Jacksonian governance

Upon taking office, President Donald Trump dusted off a portrait of Andrew Jackson and hung it above his desk in the Oval Office. He chose better than he knew. The most jaw-dropping furor of the early Trump administration — the Obama wiretapping allegation — was presaged in broad ...

America’s longest war

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $1.4 billion of New York’s resources to solve the persistent problem of poverty in central Brooklyn. If he wins legislative approval, Cuomo, a Democrat, intends to spend the money on affordable housing, job training, anti-violence programs, recreational space, ...

A place to celebrate America’s foundation

TEMPE, Ariz. — Encouraging developments are as welcome as they are rare in colleges and universities that cultivate diversity in everything but thought. Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less ...

Why Cuban missile crisis matters today

Gen. Charles de Gaulle, a French hero and statesman who did not lack for self-esteem, once stated, ‘’When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.’’ In October 1962, after U.S. charges that the Soviets had installed offensive nuclear missiles in Cuba — just 90 miles from the ...

Time to end special-interest loophole in Pennsylvania

Public resources and political activity are like oil and water—they don’t mix. That’s what we’re told, but the truth might surprise you. Because of a legal carveout for special interests, Pennsylvania has been mixing public resources and politics for years. But that carveout ...

What changes would bring more Sunshine to Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has two main public access laws: the Sunshine Act, which requires agencies to hold public meetings; and the Right to Know Law (RTKL), which guarantees public access to many government records. Each law works well in some circumstances, but both need improvements for more ...

Down the conspiracy rabbit hole

WASHINGTON — When he was Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA’s disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: “If the CIA denies something, it’s denied.” Has there ever been a more dry, more wry, more ...

ABC’s huge gay propaganda flop

They say network television is a profit-oriented business, but that’s obviously not the case when it clashes with Hollywood’s sexual politics. Last week, ABC tried to lecture America with a four-part miniseries on the radical gay left called “When We Rise,” and it tanked in ratings ...

Not your daddy’s Marines

WASHINGTON — An old Marine told me that Marines guard Marines from the other side. And when one of their brothers is being threatened, the Devil Dogs (aka Marines) will “go wild on them” for eternity. Yes, but what about the sisters? Do the Devil Dogs protect them, too? What about ...

Wiki-flood

Most Americans, I suspect, have the attitude that if the government is spying on someone there is probably a good reason. In the latest document dump by WikiLeaks, Julian Assange’s outfit may cause some to rethink that premise. Assange, who is viewed by some as a patriot and by others as a ...

President Trump finds common ground with Official Washington

President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress was remarkable partly because it was so unremarkable. What I mean is that it was very much like speeches to Congress given by countless presidents before him. There was the now-familiar buildup of chatter on cable ...

Eugenics was a progressive cause

WASHINGTON — The progressive mob that disrupted Charles Murray’s appearance last week at Middlebury College was protesting a 1994 book read by few if any of the protesters. Some of them denounced “eugenics,” thereby demonstrating an interesting ignorance: Eugenics — controlled ...