Other Commentaries

Getting easier to be ‘green’

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be “green.” The evidence is the “Green New Deal,” which CNN describes as a “...10-year ‘economic mobilization’ that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation’s infrastructure while building whole new layers into the ...

End shameful strand of U.S. history

Four hundred years ago this summer, colonial America’s first representative assembly was convened in Jamestown, Virginia. The event launched a noble tradition that grew to become America’s founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance. However, that noble beginning was ...

Abortion and the right to stay alive

Much has been made lately of language in a recently enacted New York state statute that permits abortion up to the time of birth if necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother. New Jersey has had the same provision for two generations via a regulation of the Board of Medical ...

The state of what union?

Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of the divisive and combative ...

It’s time for the ingrates to go

Crying hate is a lazy way to debate. But in the Beltway, where honest discussion and vigorous deliberation are desperately needed, the rhetorical sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot circular saw to cut it. Take Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who thrust a Liberian immigrant, Linda ...

The shutdown and the border openers

The government shutdown ended so the two sides could negotiate on border security. It’s nonsense, of course. Pelosi and Co. has made it abundantly clear before, during and since the shutdown: There will be no border wall funding, period, they said. And while there was some border funding, ...

Schultz is calling Democrats out for how radical their party has become

s are furious at former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz for announcing that he may launch an independent campaign for president. They fear he will split the anti-Trump opposition and help reelect the president. But what angers them even more is that Schultz is calling Democrats out for ...

Celebrating 25 years of the CAC – a community achievement

It was May 1993 when Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops took the stage for the very first performance at the newly renovated Community Arts Center. Since that time, the curtain has risen on a number of attractions a list of which would fill many column inches in this newspaper. To be ...

Legalizing marijuana in state: A familiar script

It wasn’t surprising when Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently suggested it was time for the state to take a "serious" and "honest” look at the legalization of recreational marijuana. Earlier he had opined that the time was not quite “ripe.” But Wolf, term limited and following a ...

Harris and the implausibility of ‘Medicare-for-all’

Sen. Kamala Harris committed a most unusual gaffe at her CNN town hall recently — not by misspeaking about one of her central policy proposals, but by describing it accurately. Asked if the “Medicare-for-all” plan that she’s co-sponsoring with Sen. Bernie Sanders eliminates private ...

Who gets to be called black –and who is not

When Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced her candidacy for the 2020 presidential race, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked a black guest whether Harris is “seen as African-American.” The guest promptly assured a relieved Matthew: “Yes, I think she’s seen as African-American. The fact ...

Virginia Unreal

Politics is not brain surgery; it’s not that complicated. Politics is about addition, not subtraction. Show me a political party that is openly seeking and welcoming “converts” to its side and is finding common ground and I’ll show you a growing, healthy and, yes, winning political ...

The problem with ‘social justice’

Noah Rothman, a brilliant young writer and editor at Commentary Magazine, has just published his first book, and it’s about nonsense. Let me be clear: The book isn’t nonsense. It’s crisp, insightful and passionate. The topic, captured in the title, “Unjust: Social Justice and the ...

What became of country before party?

One of the few advantages of changing addresses is that you sometimes discover long-forgotten items. In a recent move, I found an old recording that contained an interview of Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-MT) by Paul Duke for NBC’s “Today” show. The year was 1968. Richard ...

Green New Deal backers embrace fantasies

Recently, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced what many news outlets described as “legislation” for the Green New Deal, a wildly ambitious plan to eliminate the American fossil fuel industry within a decade or so. It’s worth noting that it’s ...

An American Nightmare

Recently, on a quiet residential street at 6 in the morning, the neighborhood exploded in light, noise and terror. Seventeen SUVs and two armored vehicles arrived in front of one house. Each vehicle had sirens blaring and lights flashing. The house, which abutted a canal, was soon surrounded by ...

What Covington incident tells us

On Jan. 19, a moment arrived that nobody anticipated and quickly became a national Rorschach test. The moment came when a group of students had an encounter of some sort with a Native American elder on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Their encounter became a social media sensation. ...

Irrational political culture about to get more so

Ralph Northam deserves his current friendless state. The Virginia governor’s initial reaction to a shocking image of a man in blackface standing next to someone dressed in a Klan outfit that appeared on his page of his medical school yearbook was to admit one of the figures was him. His ...

What America needs: A great American movie

During long, gray, bleak winters — before the women’s and men’s college basketball tournaments and before baseball’s opening days — I confess to an embarrassing secret: I thoroughly enjoy watching TV- and movie-related awards shows on TV, not just the Oscars but also the Golden ...