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 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 03:09:22 -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 1be1ff2186724bae2337a9b1d68cae31 Liberals' Sudden Concern About Bill Clinton's Behavior Is Cynical for 11/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/17/liberals-sudden-concern-about-bill-clintons-behavior-is-cynical Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A number of notable liberals have recently decided to start taking allegations of sexual assault against former President Bill Clinton seriously. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Let's just say that discarding the Clintons when they're no longer politically useful in order to retroactively grab the higher moral ground isn't exactly an act of heroism. </span>But if we're going to relitigate history, let's get it right.</p> <p>In The New York Times, for example, Michelle Goldberg spends around 75 percent of her column titled "I Believe Juanita" rationalizing why it was OK not to believe Juanita Broaddrick, who credibly accused Bill Clinton of rape decades ago. You won't be surprised to learn that Goldberg claims the politics and conspiracymongering of conservatives provoked skepticism among liberals &#8212; excuses that will be awfully familiar to anyone following the justification of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's supporters.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 17, 2017</p> de067fdb47d7f310e9f698e6ae6c6775 GOP's Virginia Loss Tells Us Little About the State of American Politics for 11/10/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/17/gops-virginia-loss-tells-us-little-about-the-state-of-american-politics Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Before it's all over, President Donald Trump may well obliterate the Republican Party's prospects for the coming decade or longer. But despite much wishful thinking among liberals, the big GOP losses in Virginia do not prove this contention. There's really nothing unprecedented about cyclical pushbacks in politics. And if every election were really imbued with the kind of game-changing importance that political pundits claim, it would mean Americans were going through massive ideological fluctuations every year, which seems unlikely.</p> <p>A theory: Even if Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie had mimicked Trump's populism to complete perfection, he still would have lost. As it is, he outran Trump by about 1 percent. The idea that Trumpism &#8212; however people define it &#8212; is especially popular in general, or popular in a state with many Democrats, is merely theoretical considering no one other than Hillary Clinton has been beaten by it in an open election.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 10, 2017</p> 8d23c535b774b5976a69157513fafef4 We're About to Find out If Democrats Really Care About Russian Interference for 10/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/17/were-about-to-find-out-if-democrats-really-care-about-russian-interference Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If we found out that Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee had paid a firm working for the Russians to create a file of fabricated attacks on Hillary Clinton during the election cycle, would the media treat it as an impeachable offense? Would such efforts be considered an attack on the foundations of our democracy? Would liberal columnists make sensationalist claims that the Russians had "carried out a successful plan to pick the government of the United States"? Would they argue that the election had been rigged? Would they demand that Republicans pick their country over their party?</p> <p>Of course they would.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 27, 2017</p> 5324a43c98be7276ab118dac930e64ff Trump's Executive Moves Have Strengthened Checks And Balances for 10/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/17/trumps-executive-moves-have-strengthened-checks-and-balances Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Say what you will about Donald Trump &#8212; and there's plenty to say &#8212; but he may be the first president in memory to actively limit his own branch's power. Whatever his intentions on immigration, funding issues, international agreements and the regulatory state, Trump has relinquished executive power.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">When President Barack Obama was governing through executive fiat for more than six years, there was precious little anxiety from our elite news publications regarding precedents of abuse or constitutional overreach. </span>Whenever people criticized Obama's overreach, the reaction was to demand that we tally up the number of executive orders signed by the president's Republican predecessors (in those heady days, "whataboutism" was not only tolerated but favored). <p>Updated: Fri Oct 20, 2017</p> 1a955beed048c19f42b332c51bf15374 Even If Trump's Threat Against NBC Isn't Serious, It's Still Destructive for 10/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/17/even-if-trumps-threat-against-nbc-isnt-serious-its-still-destructive Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After NBC News ran an article that maintained that President Donald Trump had asked for the U.S. nuclear arsenal to be increased nearly tenfold, Trump, as is his wont, tweeted: "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!"</p> <p>The answer, of course, is that it's never appropriate for a person sworn to defend the Constitution to threaten to shut down speech, not even if that speech irritates him or undermines his political priorities or happens to be genuinely false news. Trump might have framed his contention in the form of a question, but he's clearly comfortable with regulatory restrictions on speech. This puts in him league with those who support "fairness doctrines," those who want to overturn the Citizens United decision and so on.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 13, 2017</p> e15a2b587c79bf5e5167bab857b305e3 Come and Take Them for 10/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/17/come-and-take-them Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The idea that gun-control advocates don't want to confiscate your weapons is, of course, laughable. They <i>can't</i> confiscate your weapons, so they support whatever feasible incremental steps inch further toward that goal. Some folks are more considerate and get right to the point.</p> <p>"I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment," writes The New York Times' new-ish conservative columnist Bret Stephens today. Referring as a fetish to an inalienable right that has a longer and deeper history among English-speaking people than the right to free speech or the right to freedom of religion is an excellent indicator that someone probably hasn't given the issue serious thought. </p> <p>I mean, Stephens isn't contending Americans shouldn't own five AR-15s. <span class="column--highlighted-text">He's arguing that the state should be able to come to your house and take away your revolver or your shotgun or even your matchlock musket.</span> <p>Updated: Fri Oct 06, 2017</p> 1c9479b4990e5a880045ddda078cc600 Republicans Should Reject 'Bipartisan' Solution for Obamacare for 09/29/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/17/republicans-should-reject-bipartisan-solution-for-obamacare Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The latest iteration of Obamacare repeal has likely failed. Senate Republicans were unable to pass a watered-down repeal effort that offered states some meager level of federalism in the form of block grants. Now, we're again going to hear a lot of noise about the need to embrace a "bipartisan" approach to fix health care.</p> <p>"Since nearly every promise we made with Obamacare has failed, you now have a responsibility to save it": To many, this might seem like a shamelessly counterintuitive thing to say, but it's very popular among Democrats. The problem is that any effort that further entrenches a wholly partisan law is not, in any genuine way, "bipartisan." And Republicans have zero reason to play along.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 29, 2017</p> 078e098fef958d1d7d94fddd0d10af91 Don't Fall for Jimmy Kimmel's Cheap Zero-Sum Emotionalism for 09/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/17/dont-fall-for-jimmy-kimmels-cheap-zero-sum-emotionalism Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In recent months, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has taken to scaremongering his audience with well-worn Democratic Party talking points regarding health care insurance policy. Between yuks, he occasionally accuses Republicans of being would-be baby killers, which is treated as an important political development because, well, Jimmy Kimmel is famous.</p> <p>This week, the comedian was back to explain why the new Graham-Cassidy Republican "repeal" bill is bad news. There were only two things wrong with his monologue: Almost everything he said was either completely untrue or highly misleading, and his simplistic emotional appeal was completely disconnected from the real world.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 22, 2017</p> 86e46db8e7361e78044bbca5063675d3 Yes, Hillary, the Media Did Help Trump Win. So Did You for 09/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/17/yes-hillary-the-media-did-help-trump-win-so-did-you Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is back doing what she does best: selling books. "What Happened," her newest, doesn't feature a question. It has answers. Clinton blames the FBI. She blames sexism and fake news. She blames the "godforsaken" Electoral College and the "deep currents of anger and resentment" running through society.</p> <p>She also blames Sen. Bernie Sanders for out-promising her at every turn. She probably blames clandestine Russian mind-control laser beams for persuading tens of millions of Americans that she was nothing more than a calculating, deceptive and insipid career politician.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 15, 2017</p> 7f52d40d72f624bc3d959210ecae0bbd Democrats Are Increasingly Comfortable With Religious Tests for 09/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/17/democrats-are-increasingly-comfortable-with-religious-tests Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?" Sen. Dick Durbin asked Notre Dame Law School professor Amy Coney Barrett, a nominee for a federal appeals court, yesterday.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Since Durbin inquired in the form of a question, we can only assume that Barrett's answer was pertinent to the confirmation. </span>That is problematic considering the Constitution explicitly states that no religion &#8212; not even a belief in orthodox liberalism &#8212; should be a prerequisite for holding a federal office.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 08, 2017</p> 3f3a26a2c209d26a5105032f05872a64 Pro-Choicers Should Explain Why They Think Eugenics Is Acceptable for 08/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/17/pro-choicers-should-explain-why-they-think-eugenics-is-acceptable Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Due to the rise of prenatal screening tests in Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has begun to diminish significantly. And no one, as CBS News puts it, is "eradicating Down syndrome births" quite like Iceland.</p> <p>Now, the word "eradication" typically implies that an ailment is being cured or beaten by some technological advancement. That's not so in this case. Nearly 100 percent of women who receive positive test results for Down syndrome in that small nation end up eradicating their pregnancy. Iceland averages only one or two Down syndrome children per year, and this seems mostly a result of parents receiving inaccurate test results.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 18, 2017</p> 721f32942ab8a460f70e84310dd8e8a8 By Firing the Google Memo Author, the Company Confirms His Thesis for 08/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/17/by-firing-the-google-memo-author-the-company-confirms-his-thesis Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Most of the mainstream media refers to the former Google engineer's leaked internal memo as the "anti-diversity memo." Recode calls it "sexist." And Google fired James Damore for "perpetuating gender stereotypes." But in reality, the problem isn't diversity; it's that a senior software engineer admitted, perhaps unwittingly, to pondering three of the most scandalous thought crimes of contemporary American society.</p> <p>The first crime is proposing that a meritocracy might be heathier for a company than bean-counting race, ethnicity and sex. The second is pointing out that ideological diversity matters. The third and most grievous of all is suggesting that men and women are, in general, physiologically and psychologically different, and thus they tend to excel at different things.</p> <p>"On average," asserts Damore, "men and women biologically differ in many ways." He then has the temerity to accuse women of generally displaying a "stronger interest in people rather than things," of having empathy and "openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics," and of being less pushy and having less interest in status than male colleagues. Women, this guy says, are "more cooperative" than men and search out better "work-life balance."<p>Updated: Fri Aug 11, 2017</p> 9a046eaefa4b602c39ba96ee9fa9fb89 Get Government out of the College Discrimination Business for 08/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/17/get-government-out-of-the-college-discrimination-business Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>According to The New York Times, the civil rights division of the Trump administration's Justice Department is going to ramp up investigating and sue universities over affirmative-action admissions policies deemed discriminatory against "white applicants."</p> <p>Incidentally, nothing in the story backs up the Times' assertion that "white applicants" will be afforded a special place in these suits. Now, I get the perfunctory need to render everything a clear-cut racial crisis. But not only are Asian students disproportionately hurt by these policies &#8212; white women also happen to benefit from affirmative action programs.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 04, 2017</p> 20c70be02b6119f47d1335e7d44c2220 Media Keep Butchering the Facts About Obamacare for 07/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/17/media-keep-butchering-the-facts-about-obamacare Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Since its passage, and in a way that is unlike any policy issue in modern American history, the press have rallied to the defense of Obamacare. <span class="column--highlighted-text">From day one, there has been almost no light between the average liberal activist and average health care reporter.</span></p> <p>Or the average "fact-checker," for that matter. "Fact-checking" has evolved from an occasionally useful medium to an exercise in revisionism and diversion. Take the Washington Post writer Glenn Kessler's recent article titled "President Trump's Mangled 'Facts' About Obamacare." Those who read the headline might assume it's just Trump doing what Trump does most of the time. Yet it turns out that all these supposedly "mangled" contentions about Obamacare are, at the very least, debatable assertions.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 28, 2017</p> 70157265cbaae84a6532e9cd1899a556 Be Very Worried About the Future of Free Expression for 07/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/17/be-very-worried-about-the-future-of-free-expression Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Ads That Perpetuate Gender Stereotypes Will Be Banned in U.K., but Not in the Good Ol' USA!" reads a recent headline on the website Jezebel. Yay to the good ol' USA for continuing to value the fundamental right of free expression, you might say. Or maybe not.</p> <p>Why would a feminist &#8212; or anyone, for that matter &#8212; celebrate the idea of empowering bureaucrats to decide how we talk about gender stereotypes? Because these days, foundational values mean increasingly little to those who believe hearing something disagreeable is the worst thing that could happen to them.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 21, 2017</p> 6214d94fa18a93b1c4083b8059325cba Trump Jr.'s Meeting May Not Rise to Treason, but It's Still Shady as Hell for 07/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/17/trump-jrs-meeting-may-not-rise-to-treason-but-its-still-shady-as-hell Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The New York Times recently reported that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin who claimed to have information that could harm Hillary Clinton's campaign. The intermediary told Trump Jr. that the information came from high up in the Russian government &#8212; the prosecutor general of Russia, in fact, who is an appointee of Russian President Vladimir Putin (but, then again, aren't they all).</p> <p>At first, Trump Jr. claimed it was all a bunch of fake news. Once The New York Times contacted him regarding the emails corroborating its story, he took the initiative of releasing the four-page chain and feigned transparency. Despite Don Jr.'s posing, nothing in the email is exculpatory. In many ways, the full context is worse than the Times' story. While I'm sure many campaigns &#8212; including the Clintons' &#8212; have dabbled in this kind of sordid effort, it's still unethical.</p> <p>No, it doesn't matter whether Rob Goldstone, the, um, colorful go-between, was lying about the source of the information, because the fact is three trusted members of Donald Trump's campaign &#8212; his son; son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort &#8212; were willing to take a meeting with a foreign agent to see oppo research they assumed was passed on from another government. Aside from all other things, that is inconceivably stupid.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 14, 2017</p> 2437b9bbfdcb7bf2781aed63eb01932f What CNN's Threat to Dox a Redditor Tells Us About the State of Journalism for 07/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/17/what-cnns-threat-to-dox-a-redditor-tells-us-about-the-state-of-journalism Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're going to create nasty memes to get attention, demand people give you credit for those memes and celebrate when the president of the United States shares one with his roughly 33 million followers, I have no sympathy for you. You're not a martyr for the cause of free expression. There was a time when anonymity allowed Americans with unpopular or unconventional beliefs to make their arguments without fear of retribution. Today, the internet has created an environment that incentivizes people to create detestable messages meant to troll and harass.</p> <p>Then again, this story isn't really about online harassment or the Reddit user "HanA**holeSolo," who has taken credit for the creation a GIF of President Trump body-slamming a wrestler &#8212; which I feel the need to reiterate is fake violence &#8212; with a CNN logo imposed on his face. The story itself means little. This is about how places like CNN function these days: how it overreacts to everything the president does, how many of today's newsrooms give some people a pass and destroy others.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 07, 2017</p> 48d9f5fa4c2e635732ab5bfbd71e261a Masterpiece Cakeshop Is Fighting for the First Amendment, Not Against Gay Marriage for 06/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/17/masterpiece-cakeshop-is-fighting-for-the-first-amendment-not-against-gay-marriage Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, the man who refused to create a specialty wedding cake for a same-sex couple in Colorado in 2012. Yet the stories that dominate coverage distort the public's understanding of the case and its serious implications.</p> <p>For one thing, no matter how many times people repeat it, the case isn't about discrimination or challenging gay marriage. But when the news first broke, USA Today, for example, tweeted, "The Supreme Court has agreed to reopen the national debate over same-sex marriage." The headline (and story) on the website was worse; it read, "Supreme Court will hear religious liberty challenge to gay weddings." Others similarly framed the case. (And, don't worry, "religious liberty" is almost always solidly ensconced inside quotation marks to indicate that social conservatives are just using it as a facade.)<p>Updated: Fri Jun 30, 2017</p> ec19eb8d9248b716e50d204f436990e9 What If Donald Trump Doesn't Sink the Republican Party? for 06/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/17/what-if-donald-trump-doesnt-sink-the-republican-party Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What if Republican voters who don't particularly like President Donald Trump are also able to compartmentalize their votes? What if they dislike Democrats more than they do the president? What if, rather than being punished for Trump's unpopularity, local candidates are rewarded for their moderation? This would be a disaster for Democrats. And Tuesday's runoff election in Georgia's 6th District shows that it might be possible.</p> <p>Now, had Jon Ossoff come out ahead of Karen Handel, the coverage would have painted this as a game-changing moment: a referendum on conservatism itself, a harbinger of a coming liberal wave and a rejection of Trump's disastrous presidency. It would have illustrated that Democrats had figured out how to flip those suburban and affluent Republicans who aren't crazy about the president.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 23, 2017</p> 87b6dd2e1e2010865ceb8017880e99b8 If the Alexandria Shooter Alone Is Responsible for His Actions, That Standard Should Always Apply for 06/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/17/if-the-alexandria-shooter-alone-is-responsible-for-his-actions-that-standard-should-always-apply Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BY DAVID HARSANYI</p> <p>RELEASE: FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017</p> <p><p>Updated: Fri Jun 16, 2017</p>