Other Commentaries

The media was still unglued in 2018

President Trump has been in office for almost two years, which should mean that by now, all the crazy talk in the media about his impending dictatorship ought to be abandoned. Democracy is still vibrant, as we saw with record voter turnout in November. But the wild conspiracy theories about ...

Beware Silicon Valley Santas in schools

When it comes to Silicon Valley Santas bearing gifts for our children, I am a big Scrooge. Every responsible parent should be, too. In 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook showered a rural Idaho school district with 500 iPads and Apple TVs for every classroom, along with free training as part of a ...

The New York Times supports blacklisting Jews

The venerable New York Times, in an editorial, has endorsed the concept of blacklisting Jews. This is from a newspaper which has a proven record of deliberately down-playing evidence of genocide against the Jews during the Holocaust. In this country, conspiracies, and sometimes even ...

Impeaching Trump: We can’t afford it

Seventeen! That’s the number of separate federal and state ongoing investigations targeting President Trump. This number omits the dozens of civil lawsuits the president or his businesses are also confronting. Under this unprecedented scrutiny Trump is easily the most investigated ...

Hollywood gangs up on Roger Ailes

Talk-radio host and friend Chris Plante recently made an excellent point about Hollywood. As horrible new revelations of sexual misbehavior surface about former Les Moonves, it’s highly unlikely anyone’s going to make a movie about him, or about Matt Lauer, or Charlie Rose and so on. But ...

Dogs have their day in our politicized society

I wanted to write this column about dogs. If you follow me on Twitter or have read my work elsewhere, you probably know that about me: I like my dogs. Though truth be told, I probably like your dogs, too. Because I just like dogs. It’s a common sentiment. Dog ownership has been going ...

President Trump is about to repeat Obama’s mistake in the Middle East

WASHINGTON — During his time in CIA custody, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told his interrogator something prophetic. The United States may enjoy some fleeting battlefield successes, Mohammed declared, but in the end “we will win because Americans don’t realize ... we do not need ...

The insufferable James Comey

Never before has a former FBI director boasted about taking advantage of an administration’s disorganization for his own ends. But never before has a former FBI director been as self-satisfied as James Brien Comey Jr. In an interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Comey delighted ...

Baby, it’s crazy outside

The far left is having trouble fighting wars on two fronts. With President Donald Trump in office, it’s fair to say that there wasn’t much of a “War on Christmas” this year, since the War on Trump is never-ending. But it’s more than that. The left has become so radicalized in ...

The congressional recessional

America is often described as a constitutional democracy or constitutional republic. That’s not really true. The best you could say is that our system is constitutional-ish. Consider the bizarre controversy over President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria. A As a matter ...

What this current crisis tells us about 2020 voters

In these Washington hours of genuine bipartisan panic after the principled resignation of the nation’s thoroughly respected secretary of defense, James Mattis, American voters are forced to confront the real-life consequences of what it means to have elected an amateur-outsider — with no ...

Tough on criminal justice reform

Republicans and conservatives dating back at least to Richard Nixon have used the slogan “tough on crime” and its corollary “lock ‘em up and throw away the key” as electoral red meat. The problem is what to do when inmates are released with few skills, fewer job prospects and a bleak ...

Trump sabotaging himself by pandering to base

Remember the old saw about the salesman who loses money on every sale but thinks he can make up the shortfall by selling in volume? That’s what comes to mind every time I hear people say that President Trump is being shrewd by pandering to his base. Consider the recent remarkable Oval ...

Mueller probe could be disaster – for Democrats

WASHINGTON — All of Washington is focused on the political peril President Trump faces from Robert Mueller’s investigation. But the Mueller probe could very well turn out to be a disaster, not for Trump, but for the Democrats. The special counsel was appointed to investigate whether Trump ...

American fertility headed to all-time low

In 1957, 4.3 million babies were born in the United States. In 2017, 60 years later, the number was 3,853,472. That’s an 11 percent decline, in a nation whose population has nearly doubled over those six decades. And though there are a few days left in 2018, the number for this year is ...

The potential 2020 Democratic contenders

Let’s assume that surnames alone — down even to their phonemes — portend a presidential election in 2020 between John Kasich and Bob Casey. Kasich vs. Casey, either of whom might very well prove capable of restoring dignity, respect, intelligence, and sanity to the White ...

Deficit warning an alert for state’s taxpayers

Pennsylvania’s state budget looks like an awful lot like a bucket with a hole in the bottom — taxpayers keep filling it up, but billions of dollars keep leaking out. The latest projections show a $1 billion increase in state revenues will pour in next year, according to the Independent ...

Migrant girl dies, media pounces with missing facts

One of the reasons people decry the “fakeness” of the news is the selectivity of which heart-rending anecdotes are “news” and which are not — unless they can be blamed on undesirable politicians. On Dec. 13, the Washington Post published an online story headlined “7-year-old ...