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 Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:47:40 -0800 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 0796c2c61b3514f256a4861eb8c4680d The United Nations Once Again Proves Its Anti-Semitism for 02/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/20/the-united-nations-once-again-proves-its-anti-semitism Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The depraved totalitarians, nefarious barbarians, two-bit gangsters, odious scoundrels and bigoted scum who run the United Nations recently set up a new "database" to help anti-Semites around the world target Jewish businesses in the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria &#8212; businesses that not only offer economic opportunities for Palestinians but opportunities that pay higher than most other jobs in the West Bank.</p> <p>In no other international dispute &#8212; and there are hundreds of global conflicts &#8212; does the United Nations target peaceful civilians or institutions. Certainly in no place do they work to destroy the businesses of noncombatants based on their ethnicity or religion. The 112 companies on the U.N.'s list are run and staffed, no doubt, by people with diverse viewpoints, at least some of whom likely support the creation of a Palestinian state. All of them create jobs, products and services that foster cooperation.</p> <p>None of this matters to the U.N. The Boycott Divest Sanction campaign, now supported by the U.N., is a coordinated international effort committed to the elimination of the Jewish state, bringing together dictators, theocrats, terrorist organizations, communists, the "international community" and at least one of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' top surrogates. The movement targets Jews under the guise of anti-Zionism, which remains the predominant justification for violence, murder and hatred against Jews in Europe and the Middle East.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 14, 2020</p> 9224c3fad4037dc8bccdc8ea45749a8c Why Impeachment Failed for 02/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/20/why-impeachment-failed Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's comforting, no doubt, to believe that Donald Trump has survived the impeachment trial because he possesses a tighter hold on his party than did Barack Obama or George W. Bush or any other contemporary president. In truth, Trump, often because of his own actions, has engendered less loyalty than the average president.</p> <p>It's difficult to recall, after all, a single Democratic senator throwing anything but hosannas Obama's way, which allowed the former president to ride his high horse from one scandalous attack on the Constitution to the next. In 1998, no Democrat voted to convict Bill Clinton, who had engaged in wrongdoing for wholly self-serving reasons, despite the GOP's case being far more methodical and incriminating. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 07, 2020</p> 7c2fd4de70632f4ed0f352b4f99af94a The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Is a Much-Needed Dose of Reality for 01/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/20/the-israeli-palestinian-peace-plan-is-a-much-needed-dose-of-reality Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's unlikely that Donald Trump's new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan will succeed. Yet, it's the best of any recent offerings because it dispels poisonous fictions that have held back negotiations for decades.</p> <p>The reality is that there will never be a Palestinian "right of return" to Israel, since such a policy would destroy the Jewish character of the state. Palestinians are not getting their great-granddads' houses in Jaffa back any more than the hundreds of thousands of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Muslim lands after Israel's 1948 war of independence are reclaiming their property. The difference is that one of these groups accepted reality long ago.</p> <p>Nor will Palestinians ever take control of Jerusalem proper. Any Israeli politician who broaches the notion of handing over the fulcrum of Jewish cultural, religious and political identity to Fatah is engaging in an act of political suicide. Palestinians have never administered Jerusalem, and they have no legitimate claim over Jerusalem. The current state of affairs is the status quo, whether Palestinians decide they want a state or not.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 31, 2020</p> 4b610f1e13068b2d4368543a368558df Happy Anniversary to Citizens United for 01/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/20/happy-anniversary-to-citizens-united Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Ten years ago, the Supreme Court overturned portions of a federal law that empowered government to dictate how Americans who were not connected to any candidates and political parties could practice their inherent right of free expression. It was one of the greatest free speech decisions in American history.</p> <p>The case of Citizens United revolved around state efforts to ban a conservative nonprofit group from showing a critical documentary it produced of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton right before the 2008 Democratic primary elections. At the time, the McCain-Feingold Act made it illegal for corporations and labor unions to engage in "electioneering communication" one month before a primary or two months before the general election.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 24, 2020</p> 595d2420fd5d385a89cb3ea4e98be837 The Democrats' Economic Message Is Preposterous for 01/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/20/the-democrats-economic-message-is-preposterous Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Actually, contends every 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, the economy is in really bad shape. It is only working for the wealthiest among us while leaving behind the poor, the working class and the shrinking middle class.</p> <p>Now, I suppose one could forgive the socialist contingent of the party for offering knee-jerk class-based bromides &#8212; their entire worldview, after all, is centered on class struggle &#8212; but even alleged moderates such as Joe Biden are falling back on economic arguments that are wholly disconnected from anything resembling reality.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p> f6b629dc3f1c21516b6275de4c6ef834 Pelosi's Embarrassing Impeachment Blunder for 01/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/20/pelosis-embarrassing-impeachment-blunder Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>America is the midst of an imaginary impeachment standoff between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Both have drawn firm lines in the sand. Someone's got to give," one reporter recently declared.</p> <p>There is, of course, nothing to "give." Pelosi has no standing to dictate the terms of a Senate trial; no constitutional right or political leverage. Why she has put herself in a position that will ultimately end, one way or another, with her surrendering to McConnell is perplexing.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> 4874b245270d28c5a7ff150029705e94 Texas's Concealed-Carry Law Prevented Mass Murder for 01/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/20/texass-concealed-carry-law-prevented-mass-murder Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The same weekend that Orthodox Jews in Monsey, New York, were fighting off another knife-wielding anti-Semite thug with chairs and coffee tables &#8212; they were fortunate that the perpetrator hadn't brought a firearm, like the killer who targeted a yeshiva in Jersey City only a few weeks earlier &#8212; Jack Wilson, a 71-year-old congregant and security volunteer at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, took mere seconds to stop a potential mass murderer.</p> <p>Earlier in the year, to the dismay of the usual suspects, Texas governor Greg Abbott had signed a bill making it explicitly legal for Texans with concealed-carry licenses to bring their weapons into places of worship. These kinds of protections allowed Wilson to achieve something that no gun laws now being pursued nationally by Democrats has ever accomplished: He stopped a mass shooter. My guess is that Wilson, a former deputy sheriff, is the kind of guy who probably wouldn't have broken the law and carried a firearm into church had it been illegal to do so. The killer, on the other hand, I'm wholly certain, would have been undeterred by any laws.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 03, 2020</p> a5aceb8b540fb0b62c0cb4881fa4295d Liberals Rewrite the History of the Clinton Impeachment for 12/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/19/liberals-rewrite-the-history-of-the-clinton-impeachment Fri, 27 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The "striking" difference between the Bill Clinton and Donald Trump impeachments, argue MSNBC hosts and others in the media, was not only the willingness of Clinton to "show contrition," but the willingness of his supporters to acknowledge that the president had done something wrong.</p> <p>Let's not let liberals rewrite history. </p> <p>In the real world, Bill Clinton, with help from the entire Democratic Party, kept earnestly lying to anyone who would listen &#8212; the media, the American people, a grand jury &#8212; until physical evidence compelled him to admit what he had done. His subsequent "contrition," as impeachment picked up steam, was a matter of political survival. The notion that Trump engaged in "bribery" is debatable. The notion that Clinton perjured himself is not.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 27, 2019</p> 9053ffec0f61d7ade4e1cc6adad27684 The Voter Purge Myth for 12/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/19/the-voter-purge-myth Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Maggie Haberman, the esteemed New York Times reporter, recently tweeted out a Mother Jones article to 1.2 million followers titled: "GOP-Led Voter Purges in Wisconsin and Georgia Could Tip 2020 Elections." The chilling piece warns readers that "hundreds of thousands of voters are set to be purged in two key swing states," which "potentially" gives Republicans "a crucial advantage by shrinking the electorate" in those states.</p> <p>None of this, of course, is true. Cynical pieces of this genre, an election-time tradition at this point, only allow Democrats to warn of widespread disenfranchisement and preemptively give aggrieved Democrats such as Stacey Abrams a baked-in excuse for losing elections and smearing Republicans.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 20, 2019</p> 67127e8f770417fb9bb3ad557a6551c9 Greta Thunberg Is the Perfect Hero for an Unserious Time for 12/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/19/greta-thunberg-is-the-perfect-hero-for-an-unserious-time Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Who better than a finger-wagging teen bereft of accomplishment, or any comprehension of basic economics or history, to be Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019? Greta Thunberg's canonization is a perfect expression of media activism in a deeply unserious time.</p> <p>Has there ever been a less consequential person picked to be Person of the Year? I doubt it. I mean, Wallis Simpson, 1936's Person of the Year, got King Edward VIII to abdicate the throne. Thunberg can't even get you to abdicate your air-conditioning.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 13, 2019</p> 14a2d74063f6cc1f2bf1b8019916905d Let's Have Some Historical Perspective on Presidential Misconduct for 12/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/19/lets-have-some-historical-perspective-on-presidential-misconduct Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee trotted out a trio of dispassionate legal experts to explain why the impeachment of Donald Trump was justified. They were there to bring a veneer of gravitas and erudition to what's been, until now, a highly partisan affair.</p> <p>But however smart people such as Michael Gerhardt, distinguished professor of constitutional law at University of North Carolina, might be, they aren't immune from peddling partisan absurdities. Once Gerhardt argued that Trump's conduct was "worse than the misconduct of any prior president," we no longer had any intellectual obligation to take him seriously on the topic.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 06, 2019</p> ad4a4304e4ab24bd58c236ded2a687bd Is Impeachment Backfiring on the Democrats? for 11/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/19/is-impeachment-backfiring-on-the-democrats Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Impeachment is a political process. No sentient being, after all, believes that Adam Schiff or Nancy Pelosi are good-faith guardians of constitutional order. And judging the process strictly on political grounds, it hasn't been a success for Democrats.</p> <p>For one thing, impeachment, if it happens, will effectively end up being a partisan censure of the president. Democrats haven't gotten any closer to convincing a single Senate Republican to remove the president. Certainly not Mitch McConnell, who says there will be a quick trial. Not even Mitt Romney, who, at this point, is aptly troubled but uncommitted.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 29, 2019</p> d198a41f3c8a7040ed16a20aa984ccb7 Nancy Pelosi Is Already Attacking the Legitimacy of the 2020 Election for 11/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/19/nancy-pelosi-is-already-attacking-the-legitimacy-of-the-2020-election Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Nancy Pelosi just stated that 'it is dangerous to let the voters decide Trump's fate.' @FoxNews In other words, she thinks I'm going to win and doesn't want to take a chance on letting the voters decide. Like Al Green, she wants to change our voting system. Wow, she's CRAZY!" tweeted Donald Trump Tuesday.</p> <p>Well, not exactly. Trump's tweet quotes a Fox News reporter summarizing Pelosi's position, not the speaker's statement verbatim. Left-wing Twitterverse, of course, immediately jumped all over the president's clumsy wording and acted as if the substance of his contention was wholly untrue. It wasn't.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 22, 2019</p> 8988c8f6478046a3ad2ec0a24e738004 The Trump Manchurian Candidate Theory Will Never Die for 11/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/19/the-trump-manchurian-candidate-theory-will-never-die Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>One of the most durable conspiracy theories of our times finds Vladimir Putin recruiting a billionaire media personality named Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency. In some iterations of the tale, Trump is willingly serving his Kremlin comrades; in others, he is merely the victim of kompromat. In every version, he is an asset of a hostile government.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 15, 2019</p> 5e82ce34f999ec0dbd2859b8b04dfcbf ABC Keeps Covering for Jeffrey Epstein for 11/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/19/abc-keeps-covering-for-jeffrey-epstein Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>This week, James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, a group that has often infiltrated news organizations to uncover liberal bias, released an explosive "hot mic" video of "Good Morning America" co-host Amy Robach venting about ABC's decision to spike a story about late serial sex predator Jeffrey Epstein's nefarious activities three years ago.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 08, 2019</p> 19ef47a2aac813c0b8ef528f6029e30b The Fall of Skywalker for 10/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/19/the-fall-of-skywalker Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who knows? Maybe "The Rise of Skywalker" will bind all the tedious storylines of the first two "Star Wars" sequels into a cohesive and rewarding coda. Then again, if the new trailer offers any clues &#8212; and as I understand it, this is point of trailers &#8212; the movie looks like it will ratchet up the fan service in hopes of saving an incomprehensible mess.</p> <p>If someone asked you to cogently explain the narrative of the sequel trilogy, could you honestly do it? "The Last Jedi" has been on Netflix for months, and this lifelong fan &#8212; a fan who paid to see "The Revenge of the Sith" in theaters at least three times &#8212; hasn't even been able to rewatch it once for free. <span class="column--highlighted-text">To put that in perspective, I would rather binge entire seasons of an English baking show than sit through a $300 million sequel to my favorite childhood movie.</span><p>Updated: Fri Oct 25, 2019</p> 31c80c00859cb202438e4dd05d387c2d LeBron James Is a Coward for 10/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/19/lebron-james-is-a-coward Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>NBA superstar LeBron James says Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was "misinformed" and "wasn't educated on the situation at hand" when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's freedom demonstrations. Morey's sin was sharing an image of a slogan that read: "Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong." Even though the GM, regrettably, deleted his tweet, one strongly suspects his grasp of China &#8212; where the state is running "reeducation" camps filled with Uighurs &#8212; is considerably stronger than any of the NBA's leading apologists'.</p> <p>Only last year, James, a purported champion of social justice, came out in support of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the vacuous platitude, "I stand with anyone who believes in change." Anyone? Of course, LeBron's stand, as with most acts of pretend celebrity bravery, resulted in hosannas being thrown at him by the press and, more importantly, never cost him a penny.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 18, 2019</p> b3acbfe40b296cf306f545878890f0a0 Hey, Congress: Take Back Your War Powers for 10/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/19/hey-congress-take-back-your-war-powers Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you want to stop Donald Trump from making unilateral decisions regarding war and peace, then stop letting all presidents make unilateral decisions about war and peace. It's really quite simple. Trump can abruptly pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria because Congress, having abdicated its foreign policy responsibilities long ago, has no leverage to stop him.</p> <p>When Congress passed the War Powers Resolution as the Vietnam War was winding down, it gave the president the power to send troops abroad for 60 days in response to any "national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces." If the president failed to gain congressional support for the deployment, he would have another 30 days to pull back troops.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 11, 2019</p> b2d52acf40d6ef2a951c02eb5e6f5d71 The Anniversary of the People's Republic of China Is a Dark Day for Mankind for 10/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/19/the-anniversary-of-the-peoples-republic-of-china-is-a-dark-day-for-mankind Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's one thing to engage in diplomacy. It's another to praise evil.</p> <p>This week, Donald Trump tweeted, "Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China!" For diplomatic reasons, it's become customary for American presidents to praise and commend this depraved totalitarian regime. In a just world, the president would be sending his sympathies to the Chinese people, who have endured inconceivable sufferings under the communist regime since 1949.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 04, 2019</p> def4068e05feffe44eac8f5a940b58a0 The Tragedy of Greta Thunberg for 09/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/19/the-tragedy-of-greta-thunberg Fri, 27 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg lives in the healthiest, wealthiest, safest and most peaceful era humans have ever known. She is one of the luckiest people ever to have lived.</p> <p>In a just world, Thunberg would be at the United Nations thanking capitalist countries for bequeathing her this remarkable inheritance. Instead, she, like millions of other indoctrinated kids her age, act as if they live in a uniquely broken world on the precipice of disaster. This is a tragedy.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 27, 2019</p>