Other Commentaries

The Matrix at 20

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic “The Matrix,” which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes it’s the other way around. On occasion, art can be prophetic. “The Matrix” is such a ...

On the constant hunt for fresh outrage

It’s a perfect mess befitting our imperfect age. The New York Times announced it was hiring a Sarah Jeong to join its editorial board. A respected reporter on technology and the internet, Jeong is Asian-American. Nanoseconds later, a number of her objectively racist tweets emerged. “Oh ...

The free market is curing blindness

The FDA recently approved a revolutionary drug that could restore sight to 2,000 nearly-blind Americans. Doctors inject the personalized "gene therapy," called Luxturna, directly into patients' eyes. The treatment overrides a rare genetic mutation that causes severe vision problems and ...

Confusion as national policy

My father was a tough guy. When I was in college, it was much cooler to be a liberal arts major than to be in the school of commerce. Nevertheless, Dad insisted I take not only a couple of accounting courses in the school of commerce, but also a class in business management. Peter Drucker was ...

Liberals against freedom of conscience

Why is it considered “liberal” to compel others to say or fund things they don’t believe? That’s a question raised by three Supreme Court decisions this year. And it’s a puzzling development for those old enough to remember when liberals championed free speech — even advocacy of ...

Hathaway is hurting race relations

Dear Ms. Anne Hathaway, Two black sisters at an Oakland, California, subway station were attacked by a knife-wielding white man. He killed one sister, Nia Wilson, and injured the other. The Bay Area Rapid Transit police arrested him. His family reportedly told authorities that he suffered ...

CNN pits Lebron James against Trump

Pro basketball legend LeBron James was interviewed on “CNN Tonight” on July 30. Host Don Lemon warmly congratulated him for opening a school for 240 at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. If only it could’ve ended there, focused just on that. But you knew it ...

Trump and Sulzberger on media bias

Every president since George Washington has suffered from a critical press. John F. Kennedy canceled all White House subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune because of coverage he regarded as unfavorable. President Obama, who was almost universally adored by mainstream media, ...

The battle over socialism is joined

It’s begun. We are having a debate over socialism. Not over whether it’s fair to call Democrats socialists. Not over whether socialism has been good for Venezuela or some other faraway, unfortunate country. But no-kidding socialist policies right here in the United States. ...

GOP candidates … on their own

It’s a safe bet that when President Donald J. Trump was a younger man, he never read “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s American classic about a young child’s awakening to racial prejudice in a sleepy little town in the pre-civil rights South. The admirable Atticus Finch teaches ...

Trump sabotaged by his own lawyer

In recent weeks, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, now the chief lawyer and principal spokesman for President Donald Trump’s legal team, has offered arguments more harmful to Trump than helpful. In a series of combative, disjointed and logically challenged television rants, Giuliani ...

NATO isn’t for defending Montenegro

WASHINGTON — Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently asked President Trump, “Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?” It is a fair question — one that many Americans were asking following Trump’s performance at the NATO summit — and it deserved a better answer ...

The case for freeing Valentino Dixon

I’m in Colorado on a three-way phone call with Valentino Dixon, inmate No. 91B1615 at New York’s Wende Correctional Facility, and his 27-year-old daughter, Tina Dixon, a first-grade teacher in Ohio. Faith, family and drawing — golf courses, jazz musicians, landscapes — have kept him ...

The Emmy Awards tilt to the Left

On July 26, the News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations were announced, and PBS topped the list with 45 nominations. CBS led the broadcast networks with 31 nods, followed by CNN and HBO with 22 each, and ABC with 20. MSNBC got 5. Vice News got nine. Al-Jazeera International USA got ...

Will Russia back Dems in 2018 midterms?

“I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election,” President Trump tweeted recently. “Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t ...

When airport security is insecure

In Vanderklok v. United States, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit declined to apply the civil rights laws in favor of an air traveler who was mistreated by TSA screeners. However, Vanderklok was not the end of the story. The Federal Tort Claims Act grants the United States sovereign ...

Has Donald Trump replaced Ronald Reagan?

Donald J. Trump has reversed Republican positions held for decades, and Republicans act as if they have not noticed his evisceration of many of these traditional Republican stances. Their favorability numbers for the President remain at about 90% even though he has implemented policies for ...

Name of the game: Votes for Democrats

San Francisco is permitting “undocumented immigrants,” as political correctness demands we label them, to register to vote this November in local school board elections. Who doubts this is the first step by the left and Democrats toward full voting rights in state and eventually in ...