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 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 02:27:32 -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 557ff14cb0d7849d67c7dd6a063cfd26 Here's the Problem With PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year' for 12/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/18/heres-the-problem-with-politifacts-lie-of-the-year Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, the allegedly unbiased fact-checkers at PolitiFact awarded their "Lie of the Year" award to the "online smear machine" that attempted "to take down" the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. "The attacks against Parkland's students stand out because of their sheer vitriol," the piece explains. "Together, the lies against the Parkland students in the wake of unspeakable tragedy were the most significant falsehoods of 2018."</p> <p>It should go without saying that those who spread the conspiracy theory that the activists in the wake of the horrific school shooting were "crisis actors" &#8212; kids only pretending to be victims &#8212; are exceptionally terrible people. It's debatable, though, whether this conspiracy theory, which had no effect on policy or the students' ability to march or speak out, should be considered the most significant political lie in 2018. I'm relatively positive that the vast majority of Americans have never heard it.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 14, 2018</p> e54c544077e9c1f92434bbeb382f0c04 Climate Change Alarmism Is the World's Leading Cause of Hot Gas for 12/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/18/climate-change-alarmism-is-the-worlds-leading-cause-of-hot-gas Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Even as anti-gas tax riots raged in France this week, naturalist David Attenborough warned a crowd at a United Nations climate change summit in Poland that "the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon." U.N. General Assembly President Maria Espinosa told the media that "mankind" is "in danger of disappearing" if climate change is allowed to progress at its current rate.</p> <p>Speakers, who flew in to swap doomsday stories, advocated radical changes to avoid this imminent environmental apocalypse. These days, "the point of no return" is almost always in view yet always just out of reach.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 07, 2018</p> 693fb4539d6308917fcf2709608da0b6 There Is No 'Surge' in Right-Wing Violence for 11/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/18/there-is-no-surge-in-right-wing-violence Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A Washington Post "analysis" of domestic terrorism argues that attacks from white supremacists and other "far-right attackers" have been on the rise since Barack Obama's presidency and "surged since President Trump took office." It's a familiar storyline meant to assure liberals that yes, Trump-motivated right-wing terrorists are running wild. There are, however, a few problems with this proposition.</p> <p>For one thing, even if we accept the numbers the Post offers, the use of the word "surge" &#8212; meaning a sudden, powerful forward or upward movement &#8212; strains credibility. There's no evidence of a "surge," either in historical context or as a matter of ideological preference.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 30, 2018</p> a69e578d30fc4d5a0cc9973c716bc0f1 Dear TSA, Please Stop Molesting Kids at the Airport for 11/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/18/dear-tsa-please-stop-molesting-kids-at-the-airport Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The other day &#8212; after slogging through a check-in line at one of the nation's busiest airports, dutifully removing my shoes and belt, and checking my bag and pockets for other potentially dangerous items (water and loose change) &#8212; I was pulled aside by a crack Transportation Security Administration agent so he could further investigate the contents of my carry-on. While waiting, I witnessed what looked to be a 10-year-old boy being molested by a 250-pound man.</p> <p>Now, normally I would have reported this incident to the proper authorities. Inappropriate contact with a child, inside or outside his clothing, is a criminal act. But in this case, the proper authorities were the ones feeling up the kid, and the father had already protested the frisking &#8212; although, like all of us, he probably understood that no matter how vociferously he objected to this bit of state-sanctioned criminality, it wasn't going to change anything.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 23, 2018</p> 227c6895365216e93eb41685c7be1f8a Ilhan Omar's Election Shows That Democrats Aren't Interested in Confronting Anti-Semitism for 11/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/18/ilhan-omars-election-shows-that-democrats-arent-interested-in-confronting-anti-semitism Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, is a new kind of politician. She's telegenic, ideologically progressive, widely celebrated by a media that's obsessed with identity politics. She's the kind of politician who can openly side with Hamas against Israel or spread "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"-style conspiracies on Twitter, claiming that Jews possess the supernatural ability to hypnotize the world as they unfurl their "evil."</p> <p>It's not surprising, then, that Omar also supports the "boycott, divestment and sanctions" movement. In a statement to the website Muslim Girl, someone on Omar's staff explained that yes, "Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people's right to support it isn't criminalized. She does however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 16, 2018</p> 9b40b52078147ead4dab6466ae511e12 Democrats Aren't Losing Faith in Our Constitutional System. They Just Don't Like It for 11/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/18/democrats-arent-losing-faith-in-our-constitutional-system-they-just-dont-like-it Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In liberals' imaginations, there are only four ways to lose elections &#8212; and none has to do with their leftist turn, their hysterics or their one-dimensional identity politics. Democrats say they lose because of gerrymandering, voter suppression (sometimes known as asking for ID), Russian mind-control rays deployed by social media, and our antiquated and unfair Constitution.</p> <p>That last excuse is becoming increasingly popular among pundits who continue to invent new crises to freak out about.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 09, 2018</p> ce0e9de0f2b7c98ddcf729bb3603642e The Left's Response to the Mass Shooting of Jews Was an Act of Bad Faith for 11/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/18/the-lefts-response-to-the-mass-shooting-of-jews-was-an-act-of-bad-faith Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>After the horrific massacre of 11 Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue, many of the same liberals who had recently fought to prop up Iran, the world's most powerful Jew-hating terror state, lectured us on the importance of combating anti-Semitism.</p> <p>The same Voxers who had long rationalized, romanticized and excused the Jew-killing terror organization of the Middle East were now blaming the existence of the evil anti-Semitic Pittsburgh shooter on Republicans. The same Obama bros whose echo chamber deployed anti-Semitic dual-loyalty tropes to smear critics of the Iranian nuclear deal were warning Americans to watch their rhetoric.</p> <p>There were many others, and that was bad enough. But some, such as GQ's Julia Ioffe, decided to dip into a little victim blaming, as well. Hadn't American Jews been a little too Jew-centric and pro-Israel for their own good?<p>Updated: Mon Nov 05, 2018</p> ff79b9a6f0738d97e65ed33089615e7b This Isn't the Most Important Election of Your Lifetime. Not Even Close for 10/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/18/this-isnt-the-most-important-election-of-your-lifetime-not-even-close Fri, 26 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you believe that a midterm election in a time of relative peace and economic prosperity is the most important in history or even the most important in your fortunate lifetime, you either are oblivious to history or don't have a single nonpartisan synapse firing in your skull.</p> <p>Yet it's now become standard for partisans to claim that every presidential election is the most important ever. Seeing as many people view the president as an emperor, perhaps they believe it. That's one thing. But now we have people foisting this insufferable cliche on us for House elections, which happen every two years in every single district.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 26, 2018</p> 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>