Other Commentaries

It is time to end the practice of gerrymandering

Gerrymandering has become the buzzword du Jour in national politics - as well as a long smoldering policy issue about to convulse the Supreme Court in a possible constitutional crisis. Yet, few realize the ancient and arcane origins of the term – nor how we have gotten to this point. The ...

Government job creation is a myth

Can government create jobs? If you ask Gov. Tom Wolf, you won’t get a straight answer. On the one hand, Wolf promised Amazon millions — likely billions — in taxpayer subsidies to build a second headquarters in the commonwealth and create jobs. On the other, Wolf recently took to Twitter ...

The politics of cake

Nothing appears beyond the reach of the social engineers, not even cake. In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the Colorado Human Rights Commission had failed to take into account the religious beliefs of a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Justice Anthony ...

No pardon for partisan hypocrisy

Quick, grab the smelling salts and clear the fainting couches. President Trump’s pardon of conservative author Dinesh D’Souza recently violently triggered Beltway media elites. It’s peanut butter, weed pollen, gluten, manspreading, Chick-fil-A, the national anthem, and Kryptonite all ...

Heaven’s newest angel

There are those who believe he should never have been allowed to be born. He came into this world prematurely with severe spina bifida, Chiari II malformation, hydrocephalus, autonomic dysreflexia, central sleep apnea, dysphagia, hypotonia and paralyzed vocal cords. He would develop chronic ...

Could Trump pardon himself? It’s complicated

In conservative circles, few arguments are more triggering than those that begin: “The Founding Fathers never could have imagined ...” There are several reasons conservatives don’t like this line of reasoning, but chief among them is that it gives license to progressives to exceed ...

Different standards for the left

We’ve come a long way from harmless playground jibes like “your mother wears combat boots,” to those of today from the likes of Samantha Bee and other leftist “entertainers” who say things about President Trump and his family that are so vulgar they can’t be printed in a newspaper ...

Christian Baker 1, Officious Bureaucrats 0

In the closely watched Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the Supreme Court dealt a blow against the small-mindedness that so often characterizes the self-appointed minders of social justice in America. The case involved a Christian baker in Colorado named Jack Phillips, who refused to create a ...

End White House visits for champions

One of last week’s silliest news “controversies” swirled around the Philadelphia Eagles’ cancelled visit to the White House. Pundits on the right were offended that many players refused the honor of a White House invitation just because they don’t like the president. On the left, ...

Trump suffers from poor public lawyering

Recently, the White House leaked a copy of a letter sent by President Donald Trump’s legal team Jan. 29 to special counsel Robert Mueller. The letter set forth the president’s strategy, arguing essentially he is immune from prosecution for any crime. To soften the tone of this poorly ...

When politics was fun

On Sept. 26, 1960, when Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy and his Republican opponent, Richard Nixon, met in the first ever nationally televised presidential debate — watched or listened to live by some 60 percent of adult Americans — there were no overnight polls or sophisticated voter ...

Roseanne’s lunacy tells us nothing about America

Valerie Jarrett, the former Obama aide targeted by Roseanne Barr, says the comedienne’s train wreck should be a “teaching moment.” And so it should — about the poisonous kookery of Roseanne Barr. Given the political freight piled atop the hit revival of her TV program, it was ...

Dems’ dishonesty hands Trump winning issue

WASHINGTON — How evil is MS-13? Last year, two gang members in Texas reportedly murdered a teenage girl as an offering to Satan. According to prosecutors, the gang leader (known as “Diabolico”) told the young girl that “the Beast” wanted “a soul” before having his partner shoot ...

How many divisions does Deep State have?

During the so-called McCarthy era, a single question cut across all partisan and philosophical lines: Were you on Sen. Joe McCarthy’s side or not? McCarthy’s conspiratorial, bullying, blunderbuss anti-communism and “red-baiting” was either defensible or it wasn’t. Remarkably, for ...

How many divisions does Deep State have?

During the so-called McCarthy era, a single question cut across all partisan and philosophical lines: Were you on Sen. Joe McCarthy’s side or not? McCarthy’s conspiratorial, bullying, blunderbuss anti-communism and “red-baiting” was either defensible or it wasn’t. Remarkably, for ...

Pennsylvania’s Primary problem

Donald Trump is right. Elections in the United States are fixed. But he is wrong about how they are fixed, who is doing the fixing, and what it is doing to our democracy. Trump seems to believe that millions of illegal voters are stuffing our national ballot boxes with illicit votes. But ...

High-quality pre-k investments build human potential, reduce prison spending

For 25 years, I have taught men and women incarcerated in Pennsylvania’s state prisons. They come to my class if they don’t have a GED or high school diploma, but frankly, many never even came close. Some can barely read or do simple addition. Most don’t know their times tables. I ...

Roseanne’s spontaneous combustion

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column includes strong language judged pertinent to the substance of the column.) Who knew we would look back at Roseanne Barr’s crotch-grabbing massacre of the national anthem in 1990 and see a mere flesh wound on her career? She embarrassed herself, mocking ...

Step One to stop false accusations: Exposure

Here’s an incontrovertible fact: People lie. They fudge little things, like their height or weight. They exaggerate their athletic prowess or professional accomplishments. They deceive family, friends, lovers, voters, government officials, business partners and themselves. They lie about ...

Ireland makes its decision on abortion

The scientific, moral and theological battle between life as an “endowed unalienable” right and the evolutionary view that we are just material and energy shaped by pure chance in a random universe with no author of life, no purpose for living and no destination after we die has been won in ...