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 Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:09:13 -0800 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 b2a175b638cfe43bdd755ada6b1165dc Nationalism and Patriotism Don't Have to Be Opposites for 11/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/18/nationalism-and-patriotism-dont-have-to-be-opposites Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. There, he took the opportunity to slam President Trump's "America First" nationalism. "Patriotism," Macron said, "is the exact opposite of nationalism: Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By putting our interests first, with no regard for others, we erase the very thing that a nation holds dearest, and the thing that keeps it alive: its moral values."</p> <p>This statement has a sort of European charm. It's also false. And dangerous.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 14, 2018</p> 800e636c0a24ac3767701a789a96ba89 The Myth of Obama, the Myth of Trump and the Reality of Elections for 11/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/18/the-myth-of-obama-the-myth-of-trump-and-the-reality-of-elections Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In the aftermath of this week's midterm elections, in which Democrats gained 34 House seats and lost an additional three Senate seats, an odd emotional disconnect took place. Democrats, who had just won control of the House, seemed disappointed in their victory; they had expected a sweeping tsunami to carry them from Arizona across Texas and through Florida. They seemed borderline despondent that their extraordinarily dislike for President Trump hadn't translated into historic gains. Meanwhile, Republicans, who had just surrendered the speakership to Nancy Pelosi, were somewhat giddy; they immediately paid homage to President Trump for his stunning work in preventing Democrats from marking up big wins in Florida and Ohio.</p> <p>All of this seems somewhat misguided. </p> <p>The disparate reactions of the two political parties are predicated on a foundational myth about modern American politics: the myth of Barack Obama. According to the Obama Myth, once upon a time, America was divided between red and blue on the basis of right-left politics. Then, along came President Obama, who won two sweeping electoral victories, forging a coalition of intersectional identity groups in emergent demographic groups and utterly reshaping the electoral map in a permanent way.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 07, 2018</p> 7a7b62654795bf75742b46c4a57b9f7b When We Broaden the Definition of Incitement, Freedom Suffers for 10/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/18/when-we-broaden-the-definition-of-incitement-freedom-suffers Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Over the past week, we've heard the media pitching one particular narrative nonstop: the story that President Donald Trump's rhetoric has resulted in increased violence. We heard it in the aftermath of a spate of attempted bombing attacks against Democratic targets by a Floridian nut job, and we heard it in the aftermath of a shooting attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue by an outspokenly anti-Trump white supremacist.</p> <p>Is there truth to the charge?<p>Updated: Wed Oct 31, 2018</p> ffd27c12f79ef84ba7ad8da169f59230 How Democrats Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Federalism for 10/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/18/how-democrats-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-federalism Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In today's polarized political environment, I'm often asked how I think America can come back together. My answer is pretty simple: we learn to leave each other alone. I didn't like President Obama much; folks on the left don't like President Trump. I wanted President Obama and Democrats interfering as little as possible in my life; Democrats presumably feel the same about President Trump and the Republicans. So, here's a solution: the founders' solution. It's called checks and balances, federalism and localism. </p> <p>For too long, the Democratic Party has operated under a certain assumption: The tides of history are in its favor. Aggregation of power to the federal government, usurpation of power by the judiciary, centralization of power in the executive branch &#8212; all of that would redound to their political benefit. And for decades, they were largely correct: Not only did the federal government continue to grow but federal policymaking also shifted consistently leftward, with brief points of stagnation during eras of Republican rule.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 24, 2018</p> f65c5411a11276a3805df6839a8d93a0 Democrats Know They Can Always Count on the Media for 10/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/18/democrats-know-they-can-always-count-on-the-media Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in preparation for a 2020 presidential run, decided to fight back against President Trump's brutal nickname for her: Pocahontas. Trump, you'll recall, labeled her Pocahontas because for years, she has claimed Native American ancestry. Not only that, she claimed repeatedly that her mother's Native American ancestry drove her parents to elope after her father's family refused to welcome her mother with open arms thanks to their bigotry. As it turns out, Warren could never provide any evidence of Native American ancestry &#8212; even though she spent years labeling herself Native American while at the University of Pennsylvania Law School as well as Harvard Law School.</p> <p>On Monday, Warren decided she'd had enough. She released a video of her family members discussing her claims of Native American background. "Native communities have faced discrimination, neglect and violence for generations," Warren intoned. "And Trump can say whatever he wants about me, but mocking Native Americans or any group in order to try to get at me? That's not what America stands for."</p> <p>She accompanied that video with her supposed proof of Native American background: an analysis by professor Carlos Bustamante of Stanford University in which he explains that it is <i> possible </i> that Warren had a Native American ancestor anywhere from six to 10 generations ago. That would have made her anywhere from 1/64 to 1/1,024 Native American. The study was based not on Native American DNA but on Mexican, Peruvian and Colombian DNA.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 17, 2018</p> 7ffd66580ac07b1ff7636f9b15609fa6 What Do We Have In Common? for 10/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/18/what-do-we-have-in-common Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America stands at a precipice.</p> <p>It's a moral precipice of our own making: We're not facing any external existential threat, or any serious economic crisis. Nonetheless, we're at each other's throats in a shocking and unique way. At least in the 1960s, serious issues divided us: the national attempt to grapple with legally enshrined racism, the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War. We have no such excuse now. Yet to view the sheer chaos surrounding the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh is to realize that we may simply have nothing in common anymore, other than our sheer blind luck at having been born into the most prosperous, free, productive country in world history. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 10, 2018</p> 03404746bbefce71070ba1708ec82d96 Should You Believe All Accusers? for 09/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/18/should-you-believe-all-accusers Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was eating at a restaurant with his wife, Heidi Cruz, when he was suddenly accosted by a group of "anti-racism activists." These activists grilled Sen. Cruz on whether he believed the three-decade-old sexual abuse allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to replace former Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. "Do you believe survivors, sir?" one of the protesters asked. The group then began chanting, "We believe survivors!" in increasingly vociferous tones. Eventually, Cruz and his wife were forced to leave the restaurant.</p> <p>The question was, of course, improperly formed. It assumed facts not in evidence, namely that every allegation against Kavanaugh is true. By labeling all of those making claims "survivors," the protesters simply asserted the conclusion of a case they had yet to make. The question isn't whether one ought to believe "survivors" &#8212; of course one should. The question is whether everyone who alleges sexual abuse is, in fact, a survivor of sexual abuse.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 26, 2018</p> 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>