Other Commentaries

Remember Bill Clinton’s Asiagate scandal?

The talking heads at CNN and MSNBC are positively giddy. Aha! A Russia connection. Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians! It’s best when they can find a liberal guest to say what they’re thinking, and they have plenty from which to choose. Here’s a sentence of hyperbole from ...

The state is not God

Anyone looking for another reason not to leave life-and-death issues to the state need look no further than the conflict between the British government and the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard. Governments, including the British courts and the European court of human rights have refused ...

California and Trump

Donald Trump has new words for an old song: “California, here I don’t come.’’ The president has made it to Eastern Europe, but he hasn’t made it to Hollywood. Something tells me he’d rather sit down with Vladimir Putin than with California’s extremely popular governor, ...

Charlie Gard’s fate not state decision

Charlie Gard’s parents are doing the wrong thing — and I’d probably do it too. Charlie Gard, if you haven’t heard, is the 11-month-old baby whose plight has become a popular cause in England and, increasingly, the United States. Charlie seemed like any other healthy baby when he was ...

In declaring independence, the politicians lagged behind badly

The Declaration of Independence deserves its place as one of the most important documents in the history of the world. But, despite its significance, the Declaration did not lead the nation to independence or inspire people to take up arms and begin a revolution. Instead, the Continental ...

The crisis in America’s crime labs

Junk science endangers lives. Forensic junk science in the hands of overzealous prosecutors, ignorant police detectives and reckless experts threatens liberty. There is a crisis in America’s government-run crime labs — and it’s not just the result of a few rogue operators. The ...

FX show spreads debunked CIA drug smear

As much as liberals say they despise “fake news,” some of the most powerful and notorious sources of fake news in America are the leftists in Hollywood. Their “based on a real story” manglings and stranglings of history are legendary, from Oliver Stone on down. The latest example is ...

No, China isn’t going to lead

The world has had its delusions about China over the years, but none quite as fantastical as the notion of Beijing assuming the mantle of global leadership. Ever since Donald Trump’s election, it has been a journalistic trope to speculate that China is about to take the lead on ...

A place where civility once ruled

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — When was the last time you heard a member of one political party praise a member of the other party? Here in this hamlet nestled among the Green Mountains, former Baltimore Democratic Mayor Kurt Schmoke rose to speak well of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, a ...

Trump’s ‘divisive’ tweets — left-wing hypocrisy

Critics hammered President Donald Trump for his “sexist” tweet in which he made fun of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. Trump tweeted: “I heard poorly rated MorningJoe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho ...

Home Rule or politics as usual?

Under the Articles of Confederation, not only were the states woven together by fabric so weak that the new nation could not function, but in addition the executive of the Continental Congress was not much more than a figurehead. The Founders of this country thought they would try the Greek ...

The $5 county fee: A bipartisan solution to pressing local bridge need 

When something goes wrong at your house or with your vehicle, your inclination is to get the issue fixed so you can continue to enjoy the benefits of that appliance or vehicle. The same is true at a higher level, for example, with thousands of bridges across the state that everyone relies ...

Another Mark Levin best-seller spiked

Polls out for Independence Day hit a sobering note: Our patriotic feelings are on a steady decline. Gallup found the number of people describing themselves as “extremely proud” Americans has dropped from 70 percent in 2003 to just 52 percent in 2016. Just 34 percent of Americans ages 18 to ...

CNN hurt its credibility

CNN is not wrong that the president of the United States ought to stop behaving like a clown. But they overshot recently. As someone who has about the lowest possible tolerance for Trumpian vulgarity, I thought the imbroglio over the CNN logo gif was overwrought. This was an invitation to ...

Not most dependable of friends

Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who — because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state that Hillary ...

Trump and the media – codependency

On the Saturday before the Fourth of July, Donald Trump tweeted, “My use of social media is not Presidential — it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!” I joked on Twitter that I thought this was a perfectly apt explanation for a real estate guy. After all, that’s how ...

Teen mags launch the Pronoun Wars

Some of the most aggressive cultural propaganda today is coming from magazines for teenagers. The biggest crusade is about sex (yes, as soon as possible) and gender, where biology is completely negotiable, and incorrect or bizarre pronouns are nonnegotiable. Teen Vogue Digital Editorial ...

Urban America’s Underclass: More money won’t solve the problems

PBS NewsHour aired a story last year about Milwaukee, saying many residents call the city “the worst place to be a black man in America.” It talked about last year’s riots in the city after a cop shot a black man. One black Milwaukee resident explained that this is “what happens when ...

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone

Societal changes take place so slowly that we rarely see them unfold on a day-to-day basis. Our culture and lifestyles adapt so quickly to new technology that we soon can’t remember life without the latest innovation. But when we look back over any significant period of time, the scale ...

Rhetoric boils over in health-care debate

Even by Washington standards, this is a particularly dumb political moment. Earlier this month a political zealot went to a baseball practice intending to kill as many Republican congressmen as he could. As often happens after such horrible events, various politicians and media figures ...