David Harsanyi from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 20 Oct 2018 22:38:45 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss David Harsanyi from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/david-harsanyi-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi b3513dc55c346c7856319031e4bf263c The Only Remarkable Thing About Beto O'Rourke Is How Much the Media Love Him for 10/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/18/the-only-remarkable-thing-about-beto-orourke-is-how-much-the-media-love-him Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Despite my best efforts, I know exactly what Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke's post-punk indie band from the mid-'90s sounds like (not so bad as you'd think!). At the same time, I don't know much about Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is 38 years old (meaning about eight years younger than "rising star" Beto) and the attorney general of Missouri.</p> <p>In fact, Hawley's name recognition outside his state is practically nonexistent. When his name does come up in national political coverage, it's mostly as a tack-on in pieces assessing opponent Claire McCaskill's latest face-saving move or a panicky story about voter registration in Missouri. As with most other Americans, I don't have any idea whether Hawley likes to air-drum to The Who when he pretends to win a debate. What I do know is that Hawley is slightly leading McCaskill, a two-term Democratic senator, in the RealClearPolitics poll average in a race that could decide which party controls the Senate.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 19, 2018</p> 4da35ee0bb699856295376375eee682c Yes, Democrats, It's a Mob for 10/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/18/yes-democrats-its-a-mob Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former Attorney General Eric Holder believes that Michelle Obama was wrong when she famously advised, "When they go low, we go high." Rather, he told Democrats at a gathering in Georgia, "when they go low, we kick them."</p> <p>If Holder had been honest, he would have said, "When they win a presidency via the constitutionally mandated route and the duly elected president nominates a Supreme Court justice with a 12-year exceptional record on the bench and then the duly elected Senate follows all the rules and precedents set by Democrats &#8212; offering numerous hearings and investigations along the way &#8212; and confirms that nominee, we kick them, because we're frustrated."<p>Updated: Fri Oct 12, 2018</p> 992b6f661e53aed8e004decadb8ff3c4 Democrats' New Anti-Gun Laws Are Also an Attack on Due Process for 10/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/18/democrats-new-anti-gun-laws-are-also-an-attack-on-due-process Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The notion that certain Americans are pre-emptively guilty of wrongdoing, whether there's any corroborating evidence to back up an accusation or not, isn't reserved for conservatives who happen to be in contention for a Supreme Court seat. In the hierarchy of progressive values, due process is a bottom dweller.</p> <p>Over the past decade, you could see the illiberalism evolving on college campuses, where Democrats subverted basic standards of justice. It was the Obama administration that demanded schools judge cases of alleged sexual assaults under a "clear and convincing evidence" standard rather than on a "preponderance of evidence" standard, allowed accusers to appeal "not guilty" findings and permitted the meting out of punishment before any investigation was even conducted, among other big problems. Democrats are simply shepherding those corrosive standards into the real world.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 05, 2018</p> 84d118f813042ff91807b776985cc9fb Defending Brett Kavanaugh Isn't An Attack on Women for 09/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/18/defending-brett-kavanaugh-isnt-an-attack-on-women Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As you may know, Brett Kavanaugh has already been found guilty of crimes against leftism, so now we're just working our way backward from the ideological indictment to the personal one.</p> <p>Nothing but a confession of wrongdoing and a surrender will stop Democrats from accusing Kavanaugh of being a sexual predator, despite, to this point, a dearth of evidence, a lack of corroborating witnesses and increasingly flimsy charges. Any efforts by Republicans, whether politically motivated or genuine (or both), to treat Ford's accusation seriously have only inspired Democrats and their allies to ratchet up the McCarthyism.</p> <p>Kavanaugh, after all, is the perfect straw man to pay for the sins of all men, past and present. In this paranoid environment, erected on the bad faith of identity politics, any questions regarding credibility, motivation, substantiation or due process can conveniently be dismissed as an attack on women.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 28, 2018</p> 8171cb5826a3ce45af2ef78d62135f10 There's No Reason to Delay the Kavanaugh Vote Any Further for 09/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/18/theres-no-reason-to-delay-the-kavanaugh-vote-any-further Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Guess who's perpetuating all of these kinds of actions?" Sen. Mazie Hirono explained, boiling down the Senate Democrats' position on Brett Kavanaugh. "It's the men in this country. I just want to say to the men in this country, just shut up. And step up. Do the right thing for a change."</p> <p>Demanding an entire gender "just shut up" because it shares in a collective guilt borne of the actions perpetrated by a few people who share their biological features is a pretty ugly notion for anyone to be voicing, much less someone charged with defending the Constitution. Then again, arguing that the "right thing" for all men to do is surrender their right to due process or any kind of genuine defense isn't much better. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 21, 2018</p> 8a9dde30752c68f51eb5682a68b9a876 Obama Reminds Us Why Trump Is President for 09/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/18/obama-reminds-us-why-trump-is-president Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad," former President Barack Obama asked a crowd in Illinois last week. Well, probably no harder than saying the words "radical Islam," I imagine. Or maybe it's slightly less difficult than not sending billions of dollars to Holocaust-denying terror regimes that have both the means and intent to murder Jews &#8212; in 2018, not 1942. And it's definitely a lot easier than not meeting, posing, and then smiling for a picture with Louis Farrakhan. But thanks for the lecture.</p> <p>Obama may well find the presence of a few hundred pathetic white supremacists more perilous than a deadly worldwide ideological movement with millions of adherents. But just as Obama's sins do not excuse President Trump's inexplicable answer to the Charlottesville riot, Trump's words don't excuse the most divisive modern president, a man whose unilateralism and contempt for the process and the Constitution helped create the environment in which Americans now find themselves.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 14, 2018</p> d7eea40e63a34a377dbaafdf1b5dff5a Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Showcase the Paranoia of the Resistance for 09/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/18/kavanaugh-confirmation-hearings-showcase-the-paranoia-of-the-resistance Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When cameras at Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing caught sight of a woman named Zina Bash, a Republican lawyer, with her arm resting in a position that allowed her index finger and thumb to almost touch &#8212; a purportedly racist gesture &#8212; a conspiracy theory broke out on social media, accusing Bash of signaling her support of white nationalism.</p> <p>As it turned out, Bash's background is both Mexican and Jewish, and more importantly, as far as we know, she's never uttered a prejudiced word in her entire life, much less participated in an alt-right signaling scheme. Of course, even if Bash were a blue-eyed blond Protestant, the accusation would have been completely bananas.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 07, 2018</p> 257cf1814ca75e9efe108589a0b2f97e J.D. Martinez's 2nd Amendment Stance Isn't Controversial; It's Patriotic for 08/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/18/jd-martinezs-2nd-amendment-stance-isnt-controversial-its-patriotic Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Someone recently dug up an old pro-Second Amendment Instagram post by Boston Red Sox star J.D. Martinez, in which the potential Triple Crown winner posted a picture of Adolf Hitler featuring the quote, "To conquer a nation, First disarm it's (sic) citizens." Martinez captioned the post, "This is why I will always stay strapped! #thetruth."</p> <p>Needless to say, the discovery triggered a torrent of stories about the "controversial" nature of Martinez's 5-year-old post &#8212; because, apparently, disagreeing with a Hitlerian sentiment is now a provocative position. As it turns out, Hitler never said the words in Martinez's pro-gun meme, although the dictator indisputably embraced a policy of disarming, in both rhetoric and action.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 31, 2018</p> 3aa0f9419632de0ba072e0798d48e1cb There Is Nothing 'Illegitimate' About the Brett Kavanaugh Nomination for 08/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/18/there-is-nothing-illegitimate-about-the-brett-kavanaugh-nomination Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Perhaps one day a court will find that Donald Trump conspired with his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to pay nondisclosure agreements meant to silence his mistresses. Perhaps one day the House will impeach Trump for breaking those campaign finance laws, and then maybe the Senate will also remove him from office.</p> <p>Those are the mechanisms that have been provided by the Constitution to thwart a president from appointing justices to the Supreme Court. I'm afraid there's no clause in the document that empowers angsty liberal pundits and politicians to question the legitimacy of duly confirmed justices.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 24, 2018</p> 64677c44cbf3fb19e55bf6da6e9412a0 Social Media Giants Shouldn't Be Arbiters of Appropriate Speech for 08/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/18/social-media-giants-shouldnt-be-arbiters-of-appropriate-speech Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Of course, Facebook, YouTube and other media are free to ban conspiracy-mongers such as Alex Jones from their platforms. They have a right to dictate the contours of permissible speech on their sites and to enforce those standards dutifully or hypocritically or ideologically, using any method they see fit. No one seriously disputes this.</p> <p>Twitter also has a right, as a private entity, to take a stand and, as the company's CEO, Jack Dorsey. explains it, dispassionately allow free exchanges of ideas &#8212; even the ugly ones Jones' Infowars offers &#8212; as long as users don't break the company's rules. Yet here we are, watching a number of journalists &#8212; supposed sentinels of free expression &#8212; demanding that billionaire CEOs start policing speech that makes them uncomfortable.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 10, 2018</p> bb79a3de716ddef89bdd007a9fa3956a The Scaremongering Over 3D Guns Has Little to Do With Reality for 08/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/18/the-scaremongering-over-3d-guns-has-little-to-do-with-reality Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The newest bugaboo of the gun control crowd is the bloodcurdling "3D printer gun" &#8212; or, as anti-gun activist Alyssa Milano called it, "downloadable death." Reporters at CNN now ask, "3D guns: Untraceable, undetectable and unstoppable?" Even President Donald Trump tweeted that he's "looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!"</p> <p>It makes plenty of sense.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 03, 2018</p> b3cb7cef4ae4d2f361ea39964c2baf82 Sorry If You're Offended, but Socialism Leads to Misery and Destitution for 07/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/18/sorry-if-youre-offended-but-socialism-leads-to-misery-and-destitution Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the same day that Venezuela's "democratically" elected socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, whose once-wealthy nation now has citizens foraging for food, announced he was lopping five zeros off the country's currency to create a "stable financial and monetary system," Meghan McCain of "The View" was the target of internet-wide condemnation for having stated some obvious truths about collectivism.</p> <p>During the same week we learned that the democratic socialist president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is accused of massacring hundreds of protesters whose economic futures have been decimated by his economic policies, Soledad O'Brien and writers at outlets ranging from GQ, to BuzzFeed, to the Daily Beast were telling McCain to cool her jets.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 27, 2018</p> c8c8e6bafd8451fc1f88b7b3121e9dfa Get a Grip, Democrats for 07/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/18/get-a-grip-democrats Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, The Washington Post published an op-ed headlined "It's not wrong to compare Trump's America to the Holocaust." As with similar examples of this genre, it's a sickening display of moral relativism that belittles the suffering and murder of millions in the service of some shortsighted and crass partisan fearmongering.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Politico published an opinion piece headlined "Putin's Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor," which demeaned the sacrifice of American service members by likening a military attack on American soil that brought us into the bloodiest war mankind has ever experienced to phishing.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 20, 2018</p> 3f62ce5c450626d18337373e5bf5aed1 Democrats Don't Fear Brett Kavanaugh; They Fear the Constitution for 07/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/18/democrats-dont-fear-brett-kavanaugh-they-fear-the-constitution Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sure, some of the anger aimed at Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is partisan bluster meant to placate the activist base. Still, most Democrats were going to get hysterical about any pick, because any conservative pick was going to take the Constitution far too literally for their liking. For those who rely on the administrative state and coercion as a policy tool &#8212; forcing people to join political organizations, forcing them to support abortion, forcing them to subsidize socially progressive sacraments, forcing them to create products that undermine their faith, and so on &#8212; that's a big problem.</p> <p>Some, such as former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, indulged in the histrionic rhetoric we've come to expect in the Trump era, claiming that Kavanaugh would "threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come." But almost none of the objections coming from leading Democrats have been even ostensibly about Kavanaugh's qualifications as a jurist or, for that matter, his interpretation of the Constitution.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 13, 2018</p> b63976503fa201cf32eca6467e58f3b2 The System Doesn't Need to Be 'Fixed' Every Time Dems Lose for 07/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/18/the-system-doesnt-need-to-be-fixed-every-time-dems-lose Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're under the impression that the system exists merely to facilitate your partisan agenda, it's not surprising that you also believe it's broken every time things don't go your way. This is why so many Democrats argue that we should "fix" the Electoral College when they lose a presidential election and "fix" the filibuster when they run the Senate and now "fix" the Supreme Court when they don't run the Senate.</p> <p>During the Obama presidency, liberal pundits groused about the supposed crisis posed by a "dysfunctional" Congress. In political media parlance, "dysfunction" can be roughly translated into "Democrats aren't able to do as they'd like." Congress, as you know, was only broken when President Obama wasn't getting his agenda passed, not when his party was imposing a wholly partisan, unprecedented health care regime on all Americans.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 06, 2018</p> ec7be8dcbd88636855ec30123c15948b Do You Really Want America to Look Like Twitter? for 06/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/18/do-you-really-want-america-to-look-like-twitter Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It looks as if the next phase of our ginned-up national moral panic will feature the public shunning and harassment of people we disagree with. And in a free country, even the pretend oppressed can kick imaginary Nazis out of their establishments, as we saw when the co-owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, booted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from her restaurant.</p> <p>Certainly, politicos don't deserve safe spaces from peaceful protest or confrontation. You want to make their lives miserable, humiliate them and show everyone how principled and right-thinking you are? By all means, stop them from having those chimichangas. That'll teach 'em.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 29, 2018</p> 90ef6aa649769e8b69a4c9c902c5560f Democrats Have Zero Tolerance for Solutions to Illegal Immigration for 06/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/18/democrats-have-zero-tolerance-for-solutions-to-illegal-immigration Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As soon as the Trump administration adopted a "zero-tolerance" policy requiring law enforcement to prosecute all immigrants who crossed the border illegally, it became clear that officials weren't prepared to deal with the crush of kids who would find themselves under their supervision. Nor were they able to implement the policy in a humane way.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Family separation is callous and ineffective, but its existence doesn't excuse the ginned-up moral panic, the pious grandstanding or the historically illiterate associations to Nazi death camps unleashed by its critics.</span> Nor does it excuse the fact that Democrats have shown zero interest in dealing with the undermining problems that propel these situations.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 22, 2018</p> 153e3355daf18ec5be4e66fb716becae Free Trade Already Puts America First for 06/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/18/free-trade-already-puts-america-first Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>These days, I'm often accused of being a globalist. The word is a pejorative meant to insinuate that I am more concerned about international corporations than I am about my fellow American citizens.</p> <p>Now, admittedly, I support nearly unlimited trade, no matter what other nations do. It's mostly because I love America. "Hey, those Chinese communists are killing us with high tariffs, so maybe we should do the same thing to our own citizens" sounds like a counterproductive idea wrapped in a false choice to me. Harming hundreds of millions of consumers to try to save a handful of unproductive jobs, no matter how good it feels, doesn't put America first.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 15, 2018</p> a15164c3154ef12f4cc88be5145750b2 You Don't Get To Rewrite the Constitution Because You Dislike Donald Trump for 06/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/18/you-dont-get-to-rewrite-the-constitution-because-you-dislike-donald-trump Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If your contention is that President Donald Trump has the propensity to sound like a bully and an authoritarian, I'm with you. If you're arguing that Trump's rhetoric is sometimes coarse and unpresidential, I can't disagree. I'm often turned off by the aesthetic and tonal quality of his presidency. And, yes, Trump has an unhealthy tendency to push theories that exaggerate and embellish small truths to galvanize his fans for political gain. Those are all legitimate political concerns.</p> <p>Yet the ubiquitous claim that Trump acts in a way that uniquely undermines the rule of law is, to this point, simply untrue.</p> <p>At National Review, Victor Davis Hanson has it right when he argues that "elites" often seem more concerned about the "mellifluous" tone of leaders rather than their abuse of power. "Obama defies the Constitution but sounds 'presidential,'" he writes. "Trump follows it but sounds like a loudmouth from Queens."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 08, 2018</p> ae12c6120d79bf0b9da804b3782bb467 Why Aren't Liberals Celebrating Higher Gas Prices? It's What They Want for 06/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/18/why-arent-liberals-celebrating-higher-gas-prices-its-what-they-want Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With consumer confidence at a 17-year high and economic prospects looking relatively strong, congressional Democrats have taken to grousing about the gas pump as a midterm strategy. "These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices," declared Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, "something we know disproportionately hurts middle- and lower-income people."</p> <p>If this is true, then why have Democrats spent the past two decades advocating for policies that artificially spike fossil fuel prices? If higher energy costs hurt Americans &#8212; and thank you, senator, for conceding this point &#8212; why have liberals favored increasing gas taxes, inhibiting exploration for fossil fuels (including a ban on fracking for less environmentally damaging gas in a number of places) and capping imports? <span class="column--highlighted-text">If higher gas prices disproportionately impact the working class and poor, then why do Democrats push for national schemes designed to create false demand through a fabricated marketplace?</span><p>Updated: Fri Jun 01, 2018</p>