Other Commentaries

The media is suddenly angry over happy talk to dictators

Situational ethics define the liberal media. There is no pursuit of truth. There is only a double standard. When former President Barack Obama bowed to dictators in Cuba and Iran, it was “historic” diplomacy. When President Donald Trump talks up meeting with autocrats, that’s another ...

The People vs. the Media

President Trump and I have something in common. We were both invited to the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner and we declined. The president wasn’t interested in hearing himself mocked by an industry that holds him to a different standard than his predecessor and I wasn’t ...

Calling all mothers

As a Justice on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, I can state with certainty that no cases have affected me more than those involving the sexual abuse of children. Throughout my 17 years on the appellate bench, I have been astounded by the sheer number of these cases that come before ...

Parents: Prepare your kids for left-wing campus bias

Do college students — and their parents — truly understand how thoroughly left-wing professors dominate the humanities side of academia? Many people know that most professors are liberal, but the degree to which the left wing rules is jaw-dropping. A study published last September in Econ ...

A thinking mom’s message for Kimmel

I feel your pain. But please use your brain. Recently, late-night TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue about his newborn son. His baby was born with a congenital heart defect that required emergency open-heart surgery. Millions of American parents, myself included, ...

Efforts to make colleges turn profit carry high social cost

Efforts to make colleges turn a profit sometimes comes with a high social cost. While there are justifications for curtailing wasteful spending in higher education, efforts to slash the budget by eliminating core educational programs are bound to invite public criticism. In a controversial ...

Missing Kate O’Beirne

My adopted hometown of Washington has been accused, not always unfairly, of being a city full of scheming climbers who are frantically courting the company and the favor of the powerful. In this and so many respects, Kate O’Beirne — the conservative leader and writer who died too soon, ...

‘Tax Cuts for the Rich’?

One of the painful realities of our times is how long a political lie can survive, even after having been disproved years ago, or even generations ago. A classic example is the phrase “tax cuts for the rich,” which is loudly proclaimed by opponents, whenever there is a proposal to reduce ...

A culture of independence

On May 4, 1776, the colony of Rhode Island declared its independence from Great Britain. That was two full months before the Continental Congress got around to issuing the document we now revere as the Declaration of Independence. But, even though Rhode Island acted on its own, they were ...

Populist movement pausing, not retreating

WASHINGTON — Yesterday’s conventional wisdom: A wave of insurgent populism is sweeping the West, threatening its foundational institutions — the European Union, the Western alliance, even liberal democracy itself. Today’s conventional wisdom (post French presidential election): The ...

Mortgage interest deduction can’t be pried away

WASHINGTON — Attempting comprehensive tax reform is like trying to tug many bones from the clamped jaws of many mastiffs. Every provision of the code — now approaching 4 million words — was put there to placate a clamorous faction, or to create a grateful group that will fund its ...

Ann Coulter the liberal

Because the California National Guard couldn’t be mobilized in time, Ann Coulter had to withdraw from giving a speech at Berkeley. If you take it seriously, that’s the import of UC Berkeley’s decision to do everything it could to keep the conservative provocateur from speaking on ...

Reagan’s lesson for Trump: Across-the-board tax cuts

It’s something most conservatives would not have imagined a year ago: The opening act of Donald Trump’s agenda in the White House contains a real whiff of President Ronald Reagan. To be sure, there’s plenty the Reaganites won’t like — talk of trillion-dollar federal building ...

Trump and Talking right

President Trump did something recently I have long advocated. He met with a small group of conservative journalists, pundits and radio talk show hosts. I was among them. After ticking off a list of what he said were his accomplishments leading up to the arbitrary 100-day marker of his ...

Consolidation of DDAP is wrong move

Today, 10 Pennsylvanians will lose their lives to a drug overdose. This week, upwards of 1,000 people will die of an overdose in the United States. By comparison, the Vietnam War, a period that spanned 10 to 12 years, claimed more than 56,000 American lives. We are now approaching that level ...

Scammers seem to be everywhere; Utility offers help, advice

It seems like you can’t look at the news or social media nowadays without reading about email and phone fraud. Scammers will pretend to be just about anybody – utility employees, bank employees, even IRS agents – to try to get hold of your money or your personal information. It’s ...

Berkeley didn’t birth free speech, attempts to bury it

Demosthenes, the Athenian rhetorician and champion of liberty, pointed out around 355 B.C. that residents of Athens were free to praise Sparta’s regime, but Spartans were banned from praising Athens. In 1689, the British passed a law guaranteeing freedom of speech in Parliament. A century ...

Trump’s biggest achievement in his first 100 days? Stopping the Left

President Donald Trump’s biggest achievement in his first 100 days? Easy. He stopped the Left. Measure Trump’s first 100 days not just by looking at what he has or has not accomplished. Look at what America would have experienced under the alternative: Hillary Clinton. Under ...

A road map for dealing with campus radicals

Jonathan Haidt is a member of one of America’s smallest fraternities — those who attempt to see beyond their own prejudices. In the left-leaning Chronicle of Higher Education, he notes that “intimidation is the new normal’’ on college campuses. The examples are well-known: The ...

The police vs. the PC police

As is almost always the case, signs of trouble preceded the latest shooting in Paris, which left one police officer dead and wounded two bystanders before police killed the gunman, later identified as French national Karim Cheurfi, a known criminal with a long, violent record. ISIS claimed to ...