Other Commentaries

Facts don’t favor socialism

As the Democrats careen to the left (and over a cliff), it should not be surprising that their allied “fact-checkers” are running alongside them, trying to “correct” any negative impressions. “Be wary of politicians crying socialism,” warned Washington Post “fact-checker” Glenn ...

Sen.Sherrod Brown will be missed in Democratic presidential field

Why should it be of any importance or interest that Sherrod Brown, the third-term U.S. senator from Ohio, announced this week that he will not run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination? For one reason, unlike many recent would-be national leaders who belong to his party — a list ...

Dems find it hard to confront anti-Semitism

The Democratic Party had a rough time condemning anti-Semitism. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has, on several occasions, made classically anti-Semitic claims about American Jews, and the effort to formally denounce those statements in the House ruined a week in which the Democrats were ...

Presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand is a hypocrite on sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON — In April 2018, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged Senate leaders to pass her bipartisan Congressional Harassment Reform Act. “Congress has a sexual harassment problem — and isn’t taking it seriously,” Gillibrand wrote in Fortune magazine. “If we can’t clean up our own act, ...

Pessimistic about politics, optimistic about America

My latest book has a simple message built right into the title: “The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not” expresses my deep pessimism about our broken political system and my great optimism about the future of our great nation. Many in the political world have ...

Impeachment quest lets the AOC types set the Democrats’ agenda

Has the Democratic Party reduced its chances of denying President Trump a second term by continuing to concentrate on throwing him out before the end of his first? You can make a good case that it has. Democrats have been itching to oust Trump since the days before he took the oath of office. ...

The Dems’ Jewish problem

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) comment that the influence of the Israeli lobby in Washington pushes lawmakers to take a pledge of “allegiance to a foreign country” was bad enough. A watered-down House resolution condemning, not Omar, but “all hatred” was as tepid as denouncing drunk ...

Yes, there’s a crisis at the border

We interrupt the talk of the president “manufacturing” a crisis at the border with this hair-raising report about the crisis at the border. Alarming new numbers about border apprehensions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection should puncture the lazy conventional wisdom about the border ...

Peace begins with a smile

“Peace,” we were told by Mother Teresa, “begins with a smile.” Smiles have been very scarce in American political life lately. What follows is a modest attempt to encourage a smile or two. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who first ran for president in 1987, has been publicly ...

Yes, there’s a crisis at the border

We interrupt the talk of the president “manufacturing” a crisis at the border with this hair-raising report about the crisis at the border. Alarming new numbers about border apprehensions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection should puncture the lazy conventional wisdom about the border ...

Keeping us grounded … with purpose

They just kept coming, and coming ... and coming. All ages. All excited. All to see the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors perform one of the best concerts I personally have ever witnessed. The atmosphere in the Community Arts Center in downtown last Tuesday night was electric. I mean ...

Caution on subsidizing nuclear power

Like many Pennsylvanians, I have been watching with great interest the debate surrounding the future of nuclear power. Proposed legislation currently circulating within the Pennsylvania General Assembly would require electric utilities to purchase as much as 50 percent of customer demand ...

The dangers inherent in opulent America

down to Washington, DC on business to meet with some lawyers at the Justice Department. I thought, aha, here is my change to take the Acela. I have a soft spot in my heart for trains. Having grown up in Long Island, N.Y., I recall taking the Long Island Railroad with my mother. I learned to ...

Bryce Harper and loyalty

President Harry Truman once said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” That truism can now be applied to baseball players, notably Bryce Harper. Harper, a former Washington National and now new member of their National League East rival, the Philadelphia Phillies, recently ...

To pay reparations, will Dems sue themselves?

After the election and re-election of the country’s first black president, who would have thought that, less than two years later, leading Democrats would seriously debate paying blacks reparations for slavery? Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports a bill that would set up a ...

The mothers who can’t speak on the record

Here’s a very sad story. Those who wish for the collapse of our culture are now celebrating children deciding they’re not the gender they were “assigned at birth.” A few years ago, The Washington Post front page celebrated a child as “Transgender at Five.” We’re increasingly ...

Trump became CPAC pseudo-event

Two years ago, at the dawn of the Trump administration, Kellyanne Conway predicted that 2017’s CPAC would really be TPAC, or “Trump Pac.” What was premature spin then is conventional wisdom now. The Conservative Political Action Conference has always been what the great historian Daniel ...

In defense of women’s sports

We’re going to need the cisgendered Olympics. The state of Connecticut has offered a dismaying picture of the future of female athletics, with two transgender runners routinely outpacing the competition at the state track championships. The two biologically male students, Terry Miller ...

This Lent, don’t give bishops a dime

WASHINGTON — On Ash Wednesday, the holy season of Lent began — and so did the annual fundraising drives by many of the nation’s Catholic bishops known as the bishops’ Lenten appeals. My advice to my fellow Catholics? Don’t give them a dime. Last fall, the U.S. Conference of ...