Other Commentaries

One-note droning on transgender ban

A sudden, even shocking announcement came from President Trump’s Twitter account on July 26. The government “will not accept or allow ... Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity” in the military due to “the tremendous medical costs and disruption” that entails. Whether you ...

Procter & Gamble’s identity-politics pandering

Once upon a time, brothers-in-law William Procter and James Gamble sold candles and soap. Their 19th-century family business grew into the largest consumer goods conglomerate in the world — launching the most recognizable brands on our grocery shelves, including Tide, Pampers, Crest, ...

The president is not the enemy

The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily — make that hourly, even minute by ...

Vulgarity: Starter pistol in race to bottom

A friend of mine who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year — I skipped it — reported to me that the Young Republican men were “wearing their ties down past their [crotches].” I cleaned up the quote a bit for the benefit of a family newspaper. Though ...

Will Trump’s low approval ratings doom GOP in 2018?

In normal political times, a president with a 40 percent Job Approval rating would be a tremendous drag on his party in the midterm elections. But these are not normal times. A look back at what happened on Election Day last November suggests that President Trump’s low ratings will not ...

American Imams for Pogroms

Our very secular national media have a favorite narrative when it comes to “hate speech” and religion. Since 9/11, our national sin is “Islamophobia.” Anti-Semitism continues to exist in isolated pockets, but it’s so ... yesterday. “Hate speech” against Muslims is now a top-shelf ...

Trump family values

Jeff Sessions thought he was on the Trump team, but he was sadly mistaken. For President Donald Trump, the world breaks down into three categories — there’s family, who are part of the charmed Trump circle by blood or marriage; there are “winners,” who have earned Trump’s regard by ...

The revolution devours Venezuela

Venezuela is a woeful reminder that no country is so rich that it can’t be driven into the ground by revolutionary socialism. People are now literally starving — about three-quarters of the population lost weight last year — in what once was the fourth-richest country in the world on a ...

The sadly missing case for Republican health care

At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...

The Democrats’ ‘better deal’ is, in reality, a raw deal

Theodore Roosevelt offered Americans a “Square Deal.” His fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, gave us “The New Deal.” Modern Democrats, who have lost election after election, are now offering the country “A Better Deal.” Speaking in Berryville, Virginia, a small town that ...

‘And, finally, it was Williamsport’

In the 1940’s up and down the Allegheny River with Pittsburgh as its hub, were little river towns that featured small sandlot baseball fields. On any given summer day these little diamonds would have young boys participating in a baseball game. Most were pick-up games, very few ...

Confessions of a Climate Change skeptic

We’ve all heard the urgent calls to action to remedy man-made climate change. I’m sorry, but I’m just not buying it. Before you start accusing me of being “anti-science”, be advised that I love science. Have you had your spouse obtain science textbooks via library loan just to ...

USA Today’s impeachment-push poll

If there’s anyone left in America who still thinks the national newspapers aren’t partisan, they must have missed the front page of USA Today on July 24. The banner headline across the top read, “USA Split on Trump Impeachment.” It took a poll attempting to figure out very publicly ...

Don’t be shocked by Alaska threats

It’s a bit of a cliche to quote “Casablanca” when it comes to Washington’s gift for manufactured outrage, but the classics are classics for a reason. When Captain Louis Renault orders Rick’s saloon shut down, Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) protests: “How can you close me up? On ...

A plan to save Social Security

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ...

It’s High Noon on ‘Repeal and Replace’

The reason Republicans can’t “come together” on a repeal-and-replacement plan for Obamacare is that the American people haven’t come together on what they want. True, polls show Obamacare remains unpopular. But the various Republican replacement proposals have polled even worse. ...

The lessons from Sessions situation

WASHINGTON — Transparency, thy name is Trump, Donald Trump. No filter, no governor, no editor lies between his impulses and his public actions. He tweets, therefore he is. Ronald Reagan was so self-contained and impenetrable that his official biographer was practically driven mad trying to ...

The AP Stylebook is getting crazy

Back in those ancient days when teletypes gave us the sound effects for news, the Associated Press was esteemed as the gold standard of objective news coverage. Inside a liberal media bubble, that pretense continues. But for decades now, AP has tacked hard to port along with the rest of the ...

Remembering Apollo 1

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong famously took “one small step for a man” and “one giant leap for mankind.” He and Buzz Aldrin stepped into the history books that day as the living embodiment of an amazing technological achievement. We’ll hear a lot more about that trip in the coming ...

Randi Weingarten’s smear

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is paid not to tell the truth about school choice, and she deserves a raise. In a speech last week, she purported to uncover the racist roots of the school-choice movement in “massive resistance” to school desegregation ...