Other Commentaries

The press — the people’s best friend

Thomas Jefferson was a severe critic of the newspapers of his time. Still he said: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” I agree. Our free press is not ...

Waving a red flag in Dixie

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As the entire nation reeled from the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, South Carolinians were met with news that a local teen had made violent, racist videos and threatened to shoot up his high school. Red flags don’t come much brighter. In conversations across ...

Polluting the social environment

“It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.” — Eric Hoffer WASHINGTON — It is 1,218 miles from the Aaron Bessant Park ...

Neither left nor right

America is sick. Just about everybody recognizes it, and we didn’t need two more mass shootings to convince anybody of anything. Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track, despite a roaring economy. You can blame Donald Trump, but Americans have been unsatisfied with the ...

Debates show Obama’s presidency has shrunk

Whatever happened to Barack Obama? For a while there, no modern figure was supposed to be as consequential. It’s difficult to describe the hype in the early days of the Obama era. Time, Newsweek and countless deep thinkers cast him as a 21st century Lincoln or FDR. Some literally saw a ...

A necessary ingredient of political success

Nationalism has a bad name. For many Americans, mention of the word summons up visions of Hitler and Nazism. Some condemn nationalism as thoughtless bragging that your nation is better than others, which should be discouraged just as second graders are told not to brag, lest they hurt ...

A tale of Zorro and Little St. Jeff’s

WASHINGTON — The more we learn, the more Jeffrey Epstein resembles an evil comic book character for the developmentally arrested intellectual — the charming-but-lurid mastermind with a plot to take over the world by impregnating scores of women on a remote desert estate. Last Wednesday, ...

Extravagant candidate promises

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has lots of big ideas to redesign the United States. She dreams of Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, forgiving student loans, waging war on corporate America and more. On the debate stage in Detroit, Warren pushed back when others raised doubts about her ambitious ...

What presidential debates teach us

Listening to debates among presidential primary candidates invariably reminds me of the 1974 Democratic primary for New York governor. To set the scene: In November of 1973, Republican Nelson Rockefeller, four times elected chief executive of the Empire State who would later be chosen by ...

The truth about Kamalacare

Arming herself for Wednesday night’s Democratic primary debate, contender Kamala Harris unveiled her latest health care position paper. Harris has flip-flopped over whether she supports eliminating all private insurance in favor of a single-payer government-run health system. Her new plan ...

Forget moderates vs. radicals

WASHINGTON — The two-night Democratic debate this past week was portrayed as a policy brawl between the party’s moderate and left wings. But what we really saw in Detroit were debates between the party’s left and the far left. On Tuesday night, the so-called moderates offered dire ...

When Journalism 101 is cast aside

The goal was a journalism career. The destination was Sports Illustrated. The destination evolved into 44 years at the Sun-Gazette, more of a career than 99 percent of the population gets. That’s because the goal — journalism — was achieved. The path was tricky, with challenges, ...

Will the excitement over the moon landing dissipate?

With all the hoopla in the press and the popular media about the first manned moon landing 50 years ago, the question is whether the trip to the moon was worth it and should we continue with manned exploration? Even before the first man landed on the moon, questions were being raised as to ...

Smelling rats in Baltimore

Calling someone “racist” has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real problems. President Trump has (again) been called a racist for having the temerity to note that House Government Oversight Committee ...

Wrong to attack Cummings

WASHINGTON — President Trump was wrong to personally attack Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D.-Md., a man widely respected by both Democrats and Republicans alike. But Trump was absolutely right when he called Baltimore “dangerous,” “filthy” and “rodent infested” — that is, if you can ...

Congressional impeachment show needs to be suspended — or canceled

The impeachment show needs to be suspended and sent back for major rewrites — or, better yet, canceled entirely. I use the word “show” deliberately, because that is what it has become. In the most recent episode of House Democrats versus President Trump, pro-impeachment members were ...

Can Democrats ever get to the fourth stage?

It is time to remind ourselves of the Four Stages of Political Defeat and whether the losing side — in this case, the Democrats who suffered an unexpected and stinging rebuke in 2016 — will be able to recover and compete. Because political parties are composed of human beings, when a ...

What’s next for Democrats?

The Washington Post, which has done everything in its dwindling power with articles, editorials and columns denouncing, demeaning and attempting to destroy President Trump, appears to have temporarily — but only temporarily — raised the white flag. A headline following former Special ...

A colossal waste of Mueller’s time

WASHINGTON — The picture that spoke far more words than former special counsel Robert Mueller uttered during last week’s hearings was taken by renowned photographer David Hume Kennerly. The close-up of Mueller’s face was a portrait of rare depth, the sort one is more likely to find on a ...