Other Commentaries

The ‘Racist Ad’ and news judgment

During the last weekend before the midterms, the media decided an ad by President Trump was “racist” and therefore refused to air it. CNN, NBC, Facebook and even Fox News took that position. The “star” of this commercial is Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican citizen who has repeatedly ...

We survived Nixon; We’ll survive Trump

WASHINGTON — This week marked the 50th anniversary of the election of President Richard Nixon. It is a chance for some perspective. While many seem convinced the United States will never recover from the Donald Trump presidency, the truth is conservatism, the Republican Party and our nation ...

Unvetted, illegal caravans are health threat

We live in bizarro times. Suddenly, it is controversial to state obvious, neon-bright truths. It has become newsworthy to observe that illegal border-crossers who circumvent required medical screenings are a threat to America’s public health and safety. Just look at these hyperventilating ...

Hating the Jews

“Some of my best friends are Jews.” That familiar, yet offensive, phrase has been used by some people as a defense against an accusation of anti-Semitism. It’s time, however, to rebrand it as a positive affirmation of love and concern for the Jewish people. In light of the latest mass ...

You can’t choose your relatives

George Mitchell, a former federal judge and Senate majority leader, was the chief negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought to a peaceable end 30 years of civil war in Northern Ireland. He was a kid from Waterville, Maine, whose father was the orphaned son of Irish immigrants and ...

‘Hateful Rhetoric’ — Obama should look in mirror

Former President Barack Obama received praise for his response to the recent murder of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Obama tweeted: “We grieve for the Americans murdered in Pittsburgh. All of us have to fight the rise of anti-Semitism and hateful rhetoric against those who look, love, ...

Trump’s nuclear-treaty withdrawal sends a message to North Korea

WASHINGTON — In announcing his decision to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, President Trump cited Russia’s repeated violations and the fact that the treaty does not bind China, which is engaged in the world’s most ambitious ballistic missile ...

The caravan is real

The last thing the left wants prior to the midterms is an image dramatizing the weakness of our southern border. So the caravan of thousands of migrants, emanating from Honduras and headed toward the United States, is considered an illegitimate story, a shoddy excuse for President Donald ...

What’s Halloween without racism charges?

It’s Halloween and time for another round of outrage over inappropriate costumes. Once upon a time, parents — most of them, anyway — were concerned with oversexualized costumes for little children, but how unenlightened was that? Today we’re focusing our energy on what’s really ...

Will burly men stop House Dems’ Blue Wave?

Do they live in two different worlds? White college graduate women favor Democrats over Republicans in House elections by a 62 to 35 percent margin. White non-college-graduate men favor Republicans over Democrats in House elections by a 58 to 38 percent margin. Those results are from a ...

Governor’s race ignores vital issues

Pennsylvania voters deserve a real gubernatorial debate. Sure, there was that Alex Trebek-hosted spectacle. But with Trebek doing most of the talking (and getting several facts wrong) voters didn't learn much. With Governor Wolf refusing to debate again, there has been no serious discussion of ...

The new normal in politics

On election night election analysts try to make sense of the results, put them in some sort of context, and describe whatever patterns and forces have produced electoral outcomes. Good luck following that script in 2018. Indeed, the 2018 election is not following any normal midterm script. ...

Invasion of the country snatchers

Is it more than coincidence that thousands of migrants from Central America are seeking to enter the United States illegally just two weeks before the midterm election? Who are these people? Who’s paying for their transportation, food and expenses? Why doesn’t the media find out? Is this ...

The ‘Voter ID is racist’ con

Add late-night comic Trevor Noah to the list of ill-informed lefties who consider voter identification a “racist” demand intended to “suppress” the black vote. “Isn’t it interesting,” Noah said, “how every time Republicans create a voting restriction, it just so happens to ...

Yes, press has much to answer for

Our states are anything but united. Our politics are indeed polarized — with too many of us Americans retreating into our own comfortable spaces, where we can associate only with those who agree with us. And yes, we of the press are anything but blameless for this situation. Take the ...

McConnell could become century’s most consequential conservative leader

WASHINGTON — This weekend, left-wing protesters accosted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a Kentucky restaurant, yelling at him that he was a “traitor.” But not so long ago, it was tea party conservatives who were calling McConnell a traitor to the GOP. They owe him an apology. ...

A plan for debt relief

As difficult as it may be to believe, there was a time when Republicans were known as the anti-debt and balanced budget party. Now, the GOP prefers to tout low unemployment as the debt soars and they are co-conspirators in its rise. It’s not that Republicans (and once-fiscally responsible ...

Which team is the lesser of two evils?

For the past two years, many Democrats thought that victory in 2018 would simply be a matter of running against Donald Trump. The only question in the minds of some activists was how big the “blue wave” would be. For those in the party, opposing the president seemed to be enough. ...

The Camp of the Saints

In Jean Raspail’s 1973 dystopian novel, “The Camp of the Saints,” about 1 million poor folks from India make their way on hundreds of ships around the southern tip of Africa and up to the French Riviera. The international media use helicopters to follow the flotilla, and the news of ...

2018 midterms: All about Obama

Former President Selfie Stick is back in action, firing up Democrats before the midterms with his signature rallying cries: I, I, I, I! Me, me, me! My, my, my! According to a tally by The American Mirror’s Kyle Olson, Barack Obama’s campaign speech Monday for Nevada Senate Democratic ...