Other Commentaries

Protesting, free speech and justice

Sixty-nine percent of voters nationwide believe freedom of speech is “absolutely essential.” Another 23 percent believe it is “very important.” In a deeply polarized political era, it’s encouraging — and amazing — to find that 9 in 10 Americans recognize this basic freedom as ...

Metaphor in a government-founded church

I was intrigued by all the fanfare attendant upon the national farewell to the late Sen. John McCain. I have written in this space that McCain and I were friends who spoke many times, but generally only about the issues upon which we agreed — abortion, immigration and torture. On those ...

Neil Armstrong didn’t forget flag

History is usually airbrushed to remove a figure who has fallen out of favor with a dictatorship, or to hide away an episode of national shame. Leave it to Hollywood to erase from a national triumph its most iconic moment. The new movie “First Man,” a biopic about the Apollo 11 astronaut ...

Qualified Kavanaugh faces hostile Dems

Since Robert Bork’s “borking” 30 years ago, Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for a high court nominee by a Republican president have become predictable. Democrats, who favor a “living Constitution,” meaning whatever they think the founding document ought to say, are pitted ...

Oprah shouts for abortion

Over the years, Oprah Winfrey has seemingly evolved into America’s mom. After her TV career, she sounds like an evangelist preaching a feminist substitute to replace religion in her monthly Oprah Magazine. Her August issue carries this motivational nugget of Oprah wisdom on the cover: “We ...

Being inspired by the achievements of U.S. should not be partisan affair

I know the news cycle has moved on to fresher outrages, but I’d like to revisit the recent culture war freak out, because I think the wrong people freaked out. A quick recap: The film “First Man” debuted at the Venice Film Festival. The movie chronicles the life of Neil Armstrong, the ...

Strengthen patents to boost family businesses

Which company is more innovative? A corporate giant, or a family-owned business? More often than not, it's the family-owned firm. A recent study found that for every dollar invested in research and development, family businesses generate more patents, new products, and revenues than their ...

Midterms and the Keystone State

23! That number has been seared into the brains of political observers dissecting the crucial 2018 congressional midterms. 23 is the number of House seats Democrats must win to gain control of the House of Representatives. Currently, the nation’s leading political prognosticators, Larry ...

Contrary to media coverage, most Americans aren’t that into politics

For many obsessed with politics, the upcoming midterm elections are perceived as a fight between good and evil that will determine the fate of the nation. In the narrative framed by true believers and much media coverage, it’s a fight between those who are convinced that President Donald ...

Now I understand how Reformation happened

WASHINGTON — For the first time, I understand how the Reformation happened. Reading the stunning letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano — in which the former papal nuncio says he had personally informed Pope Francis five years ago about the serious accusations against then-Cardinal ...

McCain’s patriotism vs. Trump’s nationalism

The death of Sen. John McCain has elicited an enormous amount of commentary about the differences between the former Navy pilot and POW and the current president of the United States, who received five draft deferments, one of them for “bone spurs,” and who once remarked that avoiding ...

The war on conservative free speech

In the competition of ideas, you can’t win the game if you’re not on the playing field. That’s why Silicon Valley bigwigs’ stubborn refusal to put business above their own personal partisan biases doesn’t just rankle. It reeks. Equal access to social media is not just about ...

Corrupt Democrats are not ‘news’

When seeking to demonstrate the degree to which the “objective” news media act like Democratic partisans, the best place to start is scandals, as in “Have you heard all about the latest Republican scandal?” versus “What Democrat scandal?” On Aug. 8, Republican congressman Chris ...

President Trump should come clean

If it wasn’t obvious before, it should be now: President Donald Trump is in an impeachment fight. It hasn’t fully ripened yet. That won’t happen unless Democrats take the House and do so with a healthy margin in the fall. But Michael Cohen’s statement that he committed campaign ...

As the fall campaign season begins

While political activists have been caught up in the 2018 midterm elections for most of the past two years, most Americans haven’t been paying attention. That will begin to change after Labor Day as people who don’t obsess about politics begin to consider the choices before them. Because ...

John McCain and me

About four years ago, I was browsing through one of Manhattan’s last remaining independent bookstores, when my cellphone rang. I didn’t recognize the incoming telephone number, with its 202 area code, but I assumed it was a Fox News colleague from our Washington bureau. When I answered ...

Church needs #MeToo moment — starting in Washington

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis’s letter to the Catholic faithful was remarkable in that the Holy Father apologized not only for the sexual abuses carried out by Roman Catholic priests but also for the coverup of that abuse carried out by bishops. “The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, ...

Trump’s self-interest vs. the public interest

The president of the United States will not talk to special counsel Robert Mueller because his lawyers want to prevent him from walking — or, rather, talking — into a perjury trap. Rudy Giuliani, the president’s most visible lawyer, insists that no attorney worth his license would ...

Consider the injustice of forced union dues

As you shop for back-to-school supplies for your kids or food for the Labor Day cookout, consider this: The clerks, shelf stockers, truck drivers, and factory workers who make that possible can all be legally forced to pay money to a union or else be fired. Why? Because Pennsylvania is one of ...

Democrats better off playing by the rules than denouncing them

When you lose a game, particularly a game you had good reason to expect you’d win, do you try to figure out how to play better? Or is your first reaction to demand changes in the rules? In the case of the Democratic Party, it’s the latter. Perhaps that comes naturally to a party that ...