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, 22 Mar 2019 17:36:15 -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 3ef12fb060794af92f4c7475172b3676 Why Democrats Fear the Electoral College for 03/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/why-democrats-fear-the-electoral-college Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The United States isn't a "democracy." Though every American should have learned this fact in high school civics class, the smart set still like to ridicule people who point it out &#8212; such a cliche and all.</p> <p>Today we see why the left has worked to convince Americans that majoritarianism is a profound moral good. And it's not just that the political class is going through another silly debate about the suddenly inconvenient Electoral College; it's that Democrats are increasingly comfortable attacking foundational ideas of American governance.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 22, 2019</p> fc780f56dc396afd250d6c71f1c4f083 Elizabeth Warren's Plan to Break Up Big Tech Would Be Bad for America for 03/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/elizabeth-warrens-plan-to-break-up-big-tech-would-be-bad-for-america Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has a new plan to break up Big Tech companies. The proposal entails appointing a bunch of regulators to undo mergers that her administration would deem anti-competitive. Warren's plan would classify any company that runs a marketplace and makes more than $25 billion a year as a "platform utility" and prohibit them from selling their own products. </p> <p>Considering the prevalent knee-jerk loathing of Big Tech and capitalism in general, it's likely to be a popular idea. Many conservatives, angered at social media platforms, will also find the notion of breaking up these companies agreeable. But there are number of good economic and idealistic reasons to oppose Warren's plan.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 15, 2019</p> d88cf43b2aa314026033244f3bd49a23 Democrats Keep Trying to Cover Up Their Anti-Semitism for 03/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/democrats-keep-trying-to-cover-up-their-anti-semitism Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rep. Ilhan Omar argues that American "democracy is built on debate," tweeting, "I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee." I'm sure no decent person disagrees with her comment. Also, every sane person understands this is merely a deflection from Omar's many anti-Semitic comments.</p> <p>No one asked her &#8212; or anyone else &#8212; to pledge allegiance to a foreign nation. It's her belief that supporting the Jewish state, a longtime ideological and geopolitical ally of the United States, is an act of dual loyalty &#8212; either by Jews or by others who, as Omar might say, have been "hypnotized" to do "evil." She is the one who accuses Jewish Americans, a group that has played a robust role in the nation's civic life for a long time, of doing the bidding of a foreign power to the detriment of their own.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 08, 2019</p> 49f9c991d007c74c25c161b5e29a8907 Trump Calls the Democratic Party Socialist. He's Right for 03/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/19/trump-calls-the-democratic-party-socialist-hes-right Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A recent New York Times headline warned readers that "Republicans Already Are Demonizing Democrats as Socialists and Baby Killers." The article pivots on President Donald Trump's strategy of portraying Democratic Party leaders as a gaggle of radicalized socialists.</p> <p>Judging from the media's reaction, there is much apprehension about Democrats' being portrayed as "socialists," which one expects isn't as popular, even theoretically speaking, in suburban areas or Middle America as it is among the blue-check Twitterati and journalists in urban newsrooms.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 01, 2019</p> 8473b06e6443e0db80fb691a95d8899a GOP Pounces by Allowing Democrats to Vote on Their Own Idea for 02/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/19/gop-pounces-by-allowing-democrats-to-vote-on-their-own-idea Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i> "The Green New Deal is the only way to save the earth from utter extinction. If you keep standing in the way, troglodytes, we are doomed."</i></p><i> <p>"OK, Democrats, let's vote on your nonbinding resolution."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 22, 2019</p> 2d56d6b998de8f8b5d56eec7329c77b5 The Democrats' Anti-Semitism Problem Isn't Going Away for 02/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/19/the-democrats-anti-semitism-problem-isnt-going-away Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist and Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar &#8212; someone who had previously argued that Jews hypnotized the world regarding their "evil" deeds &#8212; recently claimed that Americans only support Israel because of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's "Benjamins" &#8212; and then retweeted a person pointing out that she might as well call all Jews "hook-nosed."</p> <p>Though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who put Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, offered a condemnation of Omar's comments, many progressives jumped immediately to her defense. Some of them implored Omar to stop deploying these ugly "tropes" because they undermine what is a completely reasonable position toward the Jewish state. (Omar has since apologized, promising to avoid using insulting stereotypes when peddling her anti-Semitism.)<p>Updated: Fri Feb 15, 2019</p> f435a3d3ebe324c5290e346f08374a0c Why Democrats Can't Talk Honestly About Abortion for 02/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/19/why-democrats-cant-talk-honestly-about-abortion Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats will protect American children from the evils of trans fats and gay conversion therapy, but not from doctors who will kill them through negligent homicide in the first few hours of their lives. This is the ugly reality of the contemporary abortion debate. It's why most advocates will do about anything to avoid describing the unpleasant realities and consequences of their increasingly radical position.</p> <p>This week, Senate Democrats blocked Republican Ben Sasse's effort for unanimous consent on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It must be stressed that this bill isn't technically about abortion; rather, it's about protecting babies who survive the procedure. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It seems the already risible argument of "my body, my choice" has morphed into "not my body anymore, still my choice."</span><p>Updated: Fri Feb 08, 2019</p> 7ece8332be83bec1ee8a24849e3c00b6 Kamala Harris Sounds a Lot Like an Authoritarian for 02/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/19/kamala-harris-sounds-a-lot-like-an-authoritarian Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It wouldn't be fair to accuse presidential hopeful Kamala Harris of supporting state control over the means of all production. To this point, the junior senator from California is focused only on the energy, health care, auto manufacturing and education sectors. Good candidates prioritize.</p> <p>In this age of hyperbole, I sometimes worry about overusing words such as "socialist" and "authoritarian." Yet if we accept that an authoritarian is a person who favors or enforces strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom, I'm not sure how anyone watching Harris' campaign kickoff this week could maintain that her policy positions do not fit that description.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 01, 2019</p> 73e28260548a1a4026463f8510f064c7 The Democratic Party's Holy War on Christian Orthodoxy for 01/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/19/the-democratic-partys-holy-war-on-christian-orthodoxy Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Amy Coney Barrett, who is now confirmed as a judge for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and is a potential Supreme Court nominee, that "dogma lives loudly within" her and "that's of concern," she wasn't voicing concern over the nominee's religious orthodoxy as much as she was revealing her own.</p> <p>After all, Catholicism, unlike progressivism, has never inhibited anyone from faithfully executing her constitutional duties &#8212; which the judge has done with far more conviction than Feinstein. Maybe Barrett should have been asking the questions.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 25, 2019</p> 291f4e7da769d3e1e5c1394b7ef9e271 Disagreeing With Conventional DC Wisdom Isn't a Crime for 01/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/19/disagreeing-with-conventional-dc-wisdom-isnt-a-crime Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The New York Times recently reported that President Donald Trump has, on a number of occasions, contemplated withdrawing from NATO. This is an important issue for public debate and, ultimately, for elections. There is, however, no constitutional amendment codifying a forever-alliance with select European nations. So if Trump decided to try to pull out of the alliance &#8212; and to this point, he's done nothing to move in that direction &#8212; it would be well within his purview. Even if Trump did so solely to placate Russia in hopes of building better relations with that nation, he'd be engaged in neither a high crime nor a misdemeanor.</p> <p>Some of us believe that Trump is misguided to consider exiting, but it's become a matter of faith among many Democrats and never-Trumpers that the very act of disagreeing with their (often newly acquired) foreign policy positions is a crime against "democracy." As onetime U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, a hero to the resistance for the valiant act of being fired, tweeted, "If true: Trump should immediately and publicly state his apparent wish to withdraw from NATO so he can be promptly impeached, convicted, and removed from office."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 18, 2019</p> e1e5915b2fd7a0fa55eeaf7fb45d4051 It's About Time the United States Embraced My Immigration Plan for 01/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/19/its-about-time-the-united-states-embraced-my-immigration-plan Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Judging from my Twitter feed, I'm some sort of nativist hatemonger for believing that borders should be enforced and that national sovereignty matters. <span class="column--highlighted-text">This is a wholly unfair characterization of my views, because on immigration I'm also somewhat of an elitist RINO cuck.</span> Unsurprisingly, I believe that my three broad notions about immigration are quite reasonable.</p> <p>1) Let's better protect our borders. Do most Americans really believe that borders are immoral? Believe it or not, not very long ago, the consensus among most political factions was that partitions between nations were legitimate and useful. I tend to believe in national self-determination, so I'm a "yes" on that question. And if you think it's a straw man, you haven't been paying attention to the arguments of high-profile Democrats.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 11, 2019</p> e1cef12f79f7f8cd4e8b50841786474f First on Nancy Pelosi's Agenda: Attacking Free Expression for 01/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/19/first-on-nancy-pelosis-agenda-attacking-free-expression Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I have zero interest in financially supporting any politician, much less ones I find morally unpalatable. Yet Democrats want to force me &#8212; and every other American taxpayer &#8212; to contribute, as a matter of public policy, to the campaigns of candidates we disagree with. Believe it or not, this might be an even more dangerous assault on free expression than unpleasant tweets directed at CNN anchors.</p> <p>One of Nancy Pelosi's first projects as the new speaker of the House will be passing a government overhaul of campaign finance and ethics rules that would, among other things, "expand voting rights." One of the new bills &#8212; specifics are still cloudy &#8212; reportedly would allocate a pool of taxpayer money to match small-dollar donations 6-to-1, as a way of encouraging "grass-roots campaigning," according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 04, 2019</p> ef3302fc8c09fc4bd6d33eca776ac1b2 Colorado Is Still Trying to Destroy Jack Phillips for 12/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/18/colorado-is-still-trying-to-destroy-jack-phillips Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Over the past few years, Colorado has been on a crusade to destroy Jack Phillips' business over a thought crime. The state's Civil Rights Commission had bored into Phillips' soul and established that his refusal to create a specialty cake for a same-sex couple was driven by his personal animosity toward gay customers rather than by his Christian faith.</p> <p>Unelected officials began fining Phillips in an effort to put him out of business for being a Christian. I wrote about the case numerous times, and every time, I was assured that his actions had nothing to do with "religious liberty" &#8212; a term almost always placed within quotation marks to intimate that it's a bogus concern. I was assured that it's constitutionally acceptable for a gay couple to force a man to create art that undermines his faith. I was assured the case against him would be a slam-dunk for Colorado.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 21, 2018</p> 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>