Other Commentaries

ABC’s huge gay propaganda flop

They say network television is a profit-oriented business, but that’s obviously not the case when it clashes with Hollywood’s sexual politics. Last week, ABC tried to lecture America with a four-part miniseries on the radical gay left called “When We Rise,” and it tanked in ratings ...

Not your daddy’s Marines

WASHINGTON — An old Marine told me that Marines guard Marines from the other side. And when one of their brothers is being threatened, the Devil Dogs (aka Marines) will “go wild on them” for eternity. Yes, but what about the sisters? Do the Devil Dogs protect them, too? What about ...

Wiki-flood

Most Americans, I suspect, have the attitude that if the government is spying on someone there is probably a good reason. In the latest document dump by WikiLeaks, Julian Assange’s outfit may cause some to rethink that premise. Assange, who is viewed by some as a patriot and by others as a ...

President Trump finds common ground with Official Washington

President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress was remarkable partly because it was so unremarkable. What I mean is that it was very much like speeches to Congress given by countless presidents before him. There was the now-familiar buildup of chatter on cable ...

Eugenics was a progressive cause

WASHINGTON — The progressive mob that disrupted Charles Murray’s appearance last week at Middlebury College was protesting a 1994 book read by few if any of the protesters. Some of them denounced “eugenics,” thereby demonstrating an interesting ignorance: Eugenics — controlled ...

A day without American tech workers

Last month, there was a national “Day Without a Latino.’’ This week, the demonstration du jour shutting down schools and shops is a “Day Without Women.’’ Here’s my question for all the virtue-signaling protesters who pay lip service to better jobs and wages: Where’s your ...

The anonymous-sources hypocrisy

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders exposed a notable bit of hypocrisy on ABC’s “This Week.” As the liberal media boiled over President Trump accusing former President Obama of wiretapping him, ABC host Martha Raddatz spat at Sanders about a conservative blog’s ...

The Trump effect

Here are two scenarios. One: You are a retiree who in recent years has been concerned about the value of your stock portfolio. Suddenly, the value of your stocks and stock-based mutual funds surges, the Dow rising 1,000 points to record highs within weeks. You examine the monthly report your ...

The story of O.J. and us

The cover image on iTunes for the Academy Award-winning documentary series “O.J. Simpson: Made in America’’ is a dripping glove in the design of the stars and stripes. It perfectly captures the message of the series — the “trial of the century’’ was really a reflection of ...

The Battle of Middlebury

At Middlebury College last week, Charles Murray needed a safe space — literally. In a significant escalation of the campus speech wars, protesters hooted down the conservative scholar in a lecture hall and then roughed up a Middlebury faculty member escorting him to a car. The Middlebury ...

Land of Miracles

Sometimes miracles happen. In this land of miracles, what else can you expect? The day started out like any other. Here we are in Israel, visiting Kaila, now a law student at the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan, outside of Tel Aviv. One of our favorite places to visit in Israel ...

Leadership Washington could learn from

Hollywood’s critics, of which there has never been a shortage, have long accused that California village of being the national home office of insincerity and shallowness. Two great 20th-century American wits memorably made that case. Fred Allen wrote, “All the sincerity in Hollywood you ...

R.I.P., DNC?

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — If the Democratic Party is ailing after losing the presidency to Donald Trump, state parties are on life support. Here in the long-ago Democratic stronghold of Alabama, the party is all but dead, say some of its disheartened members. Consider: Not a single statewide ...

President Trump hits a home run

One after another, the pundits hailed President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress as his finest speech, though the usual naysayers were quick to snarkily add that it was his only good speech. Yuk-yuk. Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume, a serious analyst with, by his count, ...

A wry squint into our grim future

WASHINGTON — Although America’s political system seems unable to stimulate robust, sustained economic growth, it at least is stimulating consumption of a small but important segment of literature. Dystopian novels are selling briskly — Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” (1932), ...

National sigh of relief

The morning after President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress, the Dow Jones industrial average shot up 300 points, lifting the stock market above 21,000. But the excitement of the money managers couldn’t touch the ecstasy of conservative observers. John Hinderaker of the Power ...

President Trump reinvents himself

For Republicans who have been concerned that President Trump has not been specific about his policies and about where he wants to take the country, last week’s address to Congress and the nation was a welcome relief. For liberals, however, it was a problem precisely because he offered ...

Revolt of the attorneys general

WASHINGTON — Among the many unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of resistance to executive overreach, a check-and-balance improvised in reaction to his various presidential power grabs. It’s the revolt of the state ...

How did America get stuck With such a regulatory state?

Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have proven the ability to disrupt millions of lives with the stroke of a pen. Last week, I wrote of how the EPA arbitrarily changed the rules simply because it didn’t like the results of Election 2016. The week before I noted that by placing its faith ...

New OMB chief tackles Rubik’s cube of federal budget

WASHINGTON — The dyspeptic Henry Adams was not nice but not wrong when he described what now is named the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House, as an “architectural infant asylum.” The granite pile, which once housed the State, War and Navy departments, was, ...