Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:57:38 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/ben-shapiro-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro 89177fb4911d241df8d4a14a7d0b7318 The Politicization of the Kavanaugh Sexual Abuse Allegations Damages #MeToo for 09/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/18/the-politicization-of-the-kavanaugh-sexual-abuse-allegations-damages-metoo Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was hit with accusations of sexual abuse from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University. According to Ford, some 36 years ago, when Kavanaugh was 17 and she was 15, Kavanaugh took her into a room at a pool party &#8212; along with another high school classmate, Mark Judge &#8212; and then proceeded to lie on top of her and try to disrobe her, even putting his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming.</p> <p>These are serious allegations. Kavanaugh has denied them completely. He denies he was at such a pool party; he denies he has ever engaged in such behavior. Ford, for her part, only came forward months after sending letters to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and contacting the Washington Post. She originally didn't want to reveal her name or her story. Feinstein didn't ask Kavanaugh about it in writing, or in closed or open hearings; she didn't inform her fellow Democratic senators about the allegations; now she's reportedly attempting to prevent Republican senators from asking questions of Ford. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 19, 2018</p> 04c206ca411979cbcf72d376d4c172c9 When Government Becomes Everything, Everything Becomes Crazy for 09/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/18/when-government-becomes-everything-everything-becomes-crazy Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters of California was nearly stabbed by a 35-year-old Castro Valley resident, Farzad Fazeli. According to media reports, Fazeli started shouting about President Trump and then pulled out a switchblade. Thankfully, the switchblade malfunctioned, and Peters was able to fend of Fazeli, who was eventually arrested.</p> <p>This is far from the only case of political violence we've seen in recent years. The most famous was, of course, the congressional baseball shooting by a crazed Bernie Sanders supporter. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was nearly murdered during the carnage. Now Scalise says: "You've got some people on the left that just want this idea of resist ... you've gotten to where there are death threats and literal attacks on lives ... and frankly, what I want to see is the left stand up against this."<p>Updated: Wed Sep 12, 2018</p> 1110aacdb0b7f4edd1b0ab9e36d3a02d Screaming and Whining Aren't Strategies for 09/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/18/screaming-and-whining-arent-strategies Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Democrats pulled out all the stops in their attempts to stop President Trump's pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, from gaining a seat on the Supreme Court. Now, Democrats have no power to stop Kavanaugh's ascension; thanks to former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Democrats invoked the so-called nuclear option in order to reduce the burden for approving judicial nominees down to a simple majority. This has left Democrats and their allies with two options and two options only: screaming and whining.</p> <p>First, the screaming.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 05, 2018</p> 4b3742f638fa6b83827112125b9d1201 What Nonreligious People Get Wrong About Religious People for 08/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/08/18/what-nonreligious-people-get-wrong-about-religious-people Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With the media furiously obsessed over the supposed imminent end of the Trump presidency (spoiler alert: nope), the new conversation among the elite concerns the supposed evils of Vice President Mike Pence. Pence, our leftist thought leaders proclaim, is perhaps even more frightening than President Trump. Frank Bruni of The New York Times terms Pence a "holy terror waiting in the wings ... a bigot ... a liar ... cruel." </p> <p>This is nothing new. Conan O'Brien says that "many members of Congress are preparing for a Mike Pence presidency. Yeah, they're preparing by binge-watching 'The Handmaid's Tale.'" Joy Behar called Pence's faith a "mental illness." John Oliver trolled Pence last year by mocking his daughter's children's book about a bunny rabbit &#8212; in Oliver's parody book, the bunny rabbit is gay. Because, of course, Pence would <i> hate </i> a gay bunny.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 29, 2018</p> 8aade47d3a0cb07f945980614ef4001a Do Politics Matter? for 08/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/08/18/do-politics-matter Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, I bought my wife a present for her birthday: a glass-blowing class. The teacher was, predictably, an eclectically artistic type in Los Angeles, and a down-the-line liberal. As with most conversations these days, the talk turned to President Trump. She quickly let me know her opinion of him (it wasn't high); she then turned to bashing Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. </p> <p>Not once did she raise a policy consideration. Virtually every statement revolved around her personal characterization of political actors &#8212; as good people, bad people or indifferent.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 22, 2018</p> 8984331aea382b489d9360ad02ecbf2c What If Everybody Sucks at Everything? for 08/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/08/18/what-if-everybody-sucks-at-everything Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, President Trump went on a Twitter rampage &#8212; rightly so &#8212; over the firing of FBI agent Peter Strzok. Strzok, you'll recall, is the agent who was tasked with overseeing both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian election-interference investigation. The married agent was texting with his married paramour, Lisa Page, at the time &#8212; and among their sexy texts was a bevy concerning their hatred for then-candidate Donald Trump. The Department of Justice inspector general report condemned Strzok's behavior, stating that it was "not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospect."</p> <p>The only mystery is why Strzok's firing took so long.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 15, 2018</p> 287e7856f4300b24dd85a87bda948092 Is Collusion Criminal? for 08/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/08/18/is-collusion-criminal Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In the last two weeks, the Trump administration has begun to make a rather interesting legal argument: Collusion isn't criminal. President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani made this argument on television; Trump repeated it on Twitter. But is it true?</p> <p>Technically, collusion isn't a crime. There is no statutory definition of "collusion"; the closest we could come is "conspiracy." So let's be more specific: Would it be criminal activity if the Trump campaign solicited opposition research from the Russian government? The short answer: Not clearly, unless the campaign was also involved in underlying criminal activity, such as hacking the Democratic National Committee or the Hillary Clinton campaign. UCLA professor of law Eugene Volokh explained in the Washington Post last year that barring such activity, it seems violative of the First Amendment to prevent campaigns from talking with foreign citizens about opposition research on other candidates. After all, Clinton's team paid Fusion GPS to create an opposition-research dossier, much of the material provided by a foreign citizen, Christopher Steele. Even exchanging information with the Russian government wouldn't clearly violate the law, if Volokh is correct.</p> <p>Now, this doesn't mean that the Trump campaign is in the clear. It just means that Trump's opponents will have to prove far more than they've proved so far. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 08, 2018</p> 5103750b5ef0ce6f80c2892669f44f34 Being a Socialist Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry for 08/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/18/being-a-socialist-means-never-having-to-say-youre-sorry Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"So, how are you planning to pay for that?"</p> <p>This should be the first question asked about any political program. Unfortunately, it's not. And that's why Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., are thought leaders for their parties.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 01, 2018</p> 87ad38484ce3a2c92473ca104b86ecfa The Policy of Unintended Consequences for 07/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/18/the-policy-of-unintended-consequences Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of the great lies of modern politics is that when a policy fails, it's because someone just didn't <i> care </i> enough. It's a nostrum repeated frequently: If President Trump were to only care more about immigrant children, he'd find a way to unite them with their parents; if Democrats were to only care more about the homeless, they'd find a way to clean up Los Angeles and Seattle; if Republicans were to only care more about the sick, they'd find a way to bring down insurance premiums.</p> <p>In reality, most failures are simply the result of unintended consequences.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 25, 2018</p> 8e726eacd7c45fbada5deed9aeeac507 What Is Democratic Socialism? for 07/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/18/what-is-democratic-socialism Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The new rising star of the Democratic Party is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The 28-year-old former bartender doesn't know much about politics &#8212; this week, she bungled her way through an interview answer by referring to Israeli "occupation" of Palestine and citing her lack of expertise on the issue despite her international relations degree. But she's young; she's energetic; and she speaks in glowing terms about rights to housing, food, college and health care. She's a charter member of the Democratic Socialists of America, a group, we're informed by The New York Times' Michelle Goldberg, that is on the rise. "Its growth has exploded since the 2016 election," Goldberg reports, "from 7,000 members to more than 37,000."</p> <p>What exactly is democratic socialism, and what distinguishes it from socialism plain and simple? Ocasio-Cortez doesn't know. When asked about it by Meghan McCain on "The View," she stated that there is a "huge difference" between the two notions but then concluded, "I believe that in a moral and wealthy America, in a moral and modern America, no person should be too poor to live in this country." Which doesn't explain the difference at all.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 18, 2018</p> 4df1ce8898911f534f6884ecf87f898f When Abortion Becomes a Sacrament for 07/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/18/when-abortion-becomes-a-sacrament Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, amid widespread Democratic tumult regarding the selection of a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, alleged comedian Michelle Wolf paid tribute to the most important facet of American life: abortion. On her Netflix show on Sunday, Wolf dressed up in red, white and blue, and shrieked into the camera, "God bless abortions, and God bless America!" She explained: "Women, if you need an abortion, get one! If you want an abortion, get one! ... And women, don't forget: You have the power to give life and men will try to control that. Don't let them!"</p> <p>Along with that inane outburst, she justified abortion itself. "Look," she stated, "access to abortion is good and important. Some people say abortion is killing a baby. It's not. It's stopping a baby from happening."<p>Updated: Wed Jul 11, 2018</p> acf6db5c175b4fede2c5cddbc8e48a0c What the Courts Are for for 07/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/18/what-the-courts-are-for Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats are in a state of sheer panic.</p> <p>They're panicking because last week, Justice Anthony Kennedy &#8212; a reliable vote in favor of certain leftist priorities including abortion and same-sex marriage &#8212; announced that he will step down from the Supreme Court, leaving President Trump a second selection. This apparently will lead to the end of a free America. According to Jeffrey Toobin of CNN, the remade Supreme Court will spell doom: "Abortion illegal; doctors prosecuted; gay people barred from restaurants, hotels, stores; African-Americans out of elite schools; gun control banned in 50 states; the end of regulatory state."<p>Updated: Wed Jul 04, 2018</p> 795791d8cb2589c8a6c7d8dc35f67ccb The Rise of the Mob for 06/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/18/the-rise-of-the-mob Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., issued a clarion call to Democrats outraged at the policies of the Trump administration: It's time for mob action. In the wake of mobs targeting Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Waters explained: "God is on our side! On the side of the children ... Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."</p> <p>Waters has always been a fan of mob action. She infamously touted the violent and brutal 1992 Los Angeles riots, which did approximately $1 billion in property damage and ended with 63 people dead. Waters called the events a "rebellion," labeling them a "spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice and a lot of alienation and frustration." And yet Waters has been affectionately nicknamed "Auntie Maxine" thanks to her rabid attacks against the Trump administration.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 27, 2018</p> b0b2558241a5d47d833ffff7f81fb378 The Banality of Bias for 06/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/18/the-banality-of-bias Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Peter Strzok is an FBI agent with a career spanning more than two decades. He was section chief of the counterespionage section in 2016 and thus in a position to oversee both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian election interference investigation. And he was supposedly perfect for the job: a Georgetown University graduate with a master's degree, married to a Securities and Exchange Commission official. Strzok was qualified and patriotic. He was a lifelong civil servant.</p> <p>He was also a heavily biased, blatantly political bureaucrat.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 20, 2018</p> 0f0497433d2fa3a53804ac2898d88452 Trump's Triumph or Kim's Coup? for 06/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/18/trumps-triumph-or-kims-coup Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, President Trump went to Singapore to meet with the most repressive dictator on the planet, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un. Kim presides over a slave state of 25 million people, with gulags stacked with hundreds of thousands of political dissidents. He has diligently pursued nuclear weapons and long-range missile tests. He was greeted as a celebrity in Singapore, with President Trump shaking his hand, calling him "very smart" and "a funny guy" and generally praising him to the skies.</p> <p>Fans of President Trump were ecstatic. To them, this was a breakthrough movement: an American leader sitting down with a North Korean leader, finally breaking through the clutter of the past to get down to brass tacks. To Trump critics, this was a debacle: The president handed Kim an unprecedented propaganda coup, complete with grinning photos and thumbs up before a backdrop of interpolated North Korean and American flags. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 13, 2018</p> 132d4be99534b806b20a9ed2d00135d6 Supreme Court: Be Polite When You Violate Others' Rights for 06/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/18/supreme-court-be-polite-when-you-violate-others-rights Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Supreme Court ruled on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. That case involved a religious Christian man, Jack Phillips, who decorates cakes for a living. Two men came into his shop one day and demanded that Phillips decorate a cake for their same-sex wedding. Phillips refused. For this grave breach of civic duty, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission referred his case for prosecution, ruling that he had breached the customers' rights to receive service.</p> <p>The Supreme Court ignored the key issues of the case. It refused to countenance whether First Amendment speech rights could be violated in favor of nondiscrimination laws &#8212; whether, for example, a gay songwriter could be forced to perform work for an evangelical Christian choir looking for a tune to liven up Leviticus 18. It refused to consider whether First Amendment free association rights could be completely overthrown by reference to nondiscrimination laws &#8212; whether any business could be told to serve anyone for any reason at any time. Finally, it refused to consider whether First Amendment freedom of religion could be overturned in favor of nondiscrimination law &#8212; whether religious practice stops at the front door of the home and the church.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 06, 2018</p> b88e46cb7241308091977b06c99d1554 The Suicide of Europe for 05/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/18/the-suicide-of-europe Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BEN SHAPIRO</p> <p>RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018, AND THEREAFTER</p> <p><p>Updated: Wed May 30, 2018</p> 0dddfea2c87c4b6f880d0e126db1bf6c How the Russia Investigation Helps Trump for 05/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/18/how-the-russia-investigation-helps-trump Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, for the first time in months, a generic ballot poll showed Republicans beating Democrats in the midterm elections. According to Reuters, Republicans are now leading by six points. And while that poll is obviously an outlier, the movement of the generic ballot in the direction of Republicans isn't: The average lead for Democrats has been dropping steadily since late February, from a nine-point lead to a four-point lead.</p> <p>Why?<p>Updated: Wed May 23, 2018</p> 4d274bd785aa84d207cbbd2ada79eb04 Why Jerusalem Matters for 05/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/18/why-jerusalem-matters Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Trump administration inaugurated the new American embassy in Jerusalem. The celebration in Israel was palpable; the embassy move came amidst the national celebration of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state. The streets filled with Jews of all sorts, cheering and dancing.</p> <p>Meanwhile, on the Gaza border, Hamas broadened its monthlong campaign to break down the Israel border, staging border "protests" attended by thousands &#8212; including terrorists who have used the supposed protests as a staging point for violent attacks on Israeli troops and territory. Palestinian terrorists have caused mass chaos, throwing Molotov cocktails at troops, attempting to rush the border, flinging explosives and tying incendiaries to kites in an attempt to set Israeli territory alight. The Israeli Defense Forces have responded with restraint. Despite this, a few dozen Palestinians have been killed, not the hundreds or thousands Hamas would presumably prefer. <p>Updated: Wed May 16, 2018</p> 01e1498fccbad149c6fbae0c93edd9a8 The Day the Iran Deal Died for 05/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/18/the-day-the-iran-deal-died Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Team Obama lives in a world of fiction.</p> <p>As President Trump announced to the world that he would finally put a stake through the heart of the Iran deal &#8212; the signal foreign policy "achievement" of the Obama administration &#8212; Obama's former staffers lamented, rending their sackcloth and smearing their ashes. "I will never forget the dark cloud that hung over the White House in the years Iran was advancing nuclear program & Obama was briefed on all the risks of using military force," former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power tweeted. "Trump has demolished America's credibility & paved the way for Iran to re-start its nuclear program. Trump has done the unthinkable: isolated the US & rallied the world around Iran."<p>Updated: Wed May 09, 2018</p>