Other Commentaries

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 ...

Pelosi-Trump: The madness will continue

There are those who believe that the president came out the winner in the standoff over the government shutdown. They are what political scientists call very wrong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went into that pre-shutdown meeting in the Oval Office in early December on somewhat shaky ground ...

The manure-spreaders of media sensationalism

Here we go again. If you think the manure-spreaders of sensationalism who masquerade as ethical practitioners of journalism learned anything from the recent MAGA-bashing Covington Catholic High School hoax, I have three words for you: Ha, ha, ha. Recently, uncorroborated claims by actor ...

Counties propose ‘A Different Tomorrow’

Do you know how often you use the services and programs provided by your county government? When you go to the courthouse for jury duty or to get a marriage license, it's obvious that you are interacting with your county. But it's not so obvious when you call 911. Or when you go to ...

Wolf’s budget rhetoric meets reality

Last year, nearly 50 of our neighbors fled Pennsylvania every day. They moved to growing states like Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, seeking opportunity. Meanwhile, we literally can't pay businesses enough to come here. Recall that Amazon rejected $5 billion in taxpayer-funded ...

Kamala Harris, ‘Populist’?

In a widely praised National Review article excoriating the media, Charles C. W. Cooke writes, “Sometimes consciously, but most often unwittingly, journalists treat Democrats as normal and Republicans as abnormal and proceed accordingly in their coverage.” To put that another way, the ...

Does media deserve to be respected?

Is it true that Donald Trump’s bad habits are contagious? Is it true that his Democratic opponents and, even more, his critics in the press are increasingly given to terminological inexactitudes, if not downright lies? Sure looks like it. Recently, large parts of the press — we’re ...