Erick Erickson from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 25 May 2019 17:36:32 -0700 Erick Erickson from Creators Syndicate 16389aedb6bc72e0bee9a8148bcf95ec Ending Abortion Is Worth Any Economic Consequence for 05/24/2019 Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Abortion activists scream loudly that conservatives are either turning the United States into a theocracy or imposing their morality on the nation by banning abortion. It is one of the desperate primal cries of a group that knows it is losing the fight. They would not suddenly be referring to abortion as "self-termination" if they were winning. National Public Radio would not be reminding its reporters to refer to babies as "fetuses," despite almost every OB-GYN using the term "baby," if the left were winning this fight.</p> <p>The very fact that the left must redefine words and change the terminology of the existing debate shows just how badly they are losing. One of the more striking things missing from the debate over pro-life legislation across the nation is a bevy of credible polling showing Republicans will get hurt by the legislation. Our poll-hungry media is, on this issue, dieting. The only thing the left has left is economic sabotage.<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> aafa5f0321843dc66f15d8566b5977dd No Room for Honesty for 05/17/2019 Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Listen to various abortion activists and Hollywood-faded stars and you might be under the impression that Georgia, Alabama and other states have just passed laws that could give women the death penalty for having abortions. In fact, some news outlets have run stories that these states would arrest women for having abortions.<p>Updated: Fri May 17, 2019</p> d4d2882d0f70e20b44630a8c5c9de6c5 This Must Be Dealt With for 05/10/2019 Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>American Christianity has a number of problems, many of which stem from shallow theology and churches focused on business operations instead of the Great Commission. But the last few weeks have highlighted something more disturbing and sinister.<p>Updated: Fri May 10, 2019</p> 9e5b6b2418bc90caa4ea4ac59824f2b0 Fighting Over the Body for 05/03/2019 Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Read about a lot of high-profile deaths and you find families fighting over the corpses. They've long since stopped arguing about issues; they just want control over the body, and maybe an inheritance. Both sides have a sense of grievance for some emotional wound. But the fight has escalated so much that no one really remembers why it started or what the endgame should be other than control of a dead body.</p> <p>Washington seems to be that way these days, and the William Barr hearing is another reminder of that.<p>Updated: Fri May 03, 2019</p> ee9391444b2f2772c3bf80ebedd35d92 Flat-Earth Christianity for 04/26/2019 Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As I do every year, I wrote my Holy Week column about Easter. Major historians, even atheists, recognize that the execution of a man named Jesus around A.D. 33 is one of the most &#8212; if not the most &#8212; significant events in human history. Christians go a step further. They believe Jesus rose again from the dead. And therein lies the problem.</p> <p>Last week, I noted that "there are many who call themselves Christians, but only those who actually believe in the physical resurrection of Christ are truly Christian." It is not a controversial statement, or at least, I did not think it was. But a lot of people took it as one man's opinion and thought the statement was open for debate.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 26, 2019</p> 483ccff2e7248ba6d295129f7576567f The Truth for 04/19/2019 Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Around 1,986 years ago, Jesus was crucified on a cross. No major historian disputes this. Much about Jesus is disputed, but there really is no dispute that Jesus was a real person and that he was crucified. We actually know more about Jesus than many Roman emperors and have more contemporaneous accounts of Jesus than of many other historic figures of the era.</p> <p>Christians believe Jesus died on a Friday and physically came back to life on Sunday. There are many who call themselves Christians, but only those who actually believe in the physical resurrection of Christ are truly Christian. This is not opinion but a clear statement in New Testament scripture. Denominationally, Christians have quibbled with each other for two millennia, but on the physical resurrection, there is no dispute.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 19, 2019</p> 9e592db4fa72bb716c86eebbc47869fe Progressive 'Christian' Hypocrites for 04/12/2019 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one of the many Democrats running for President, keeps trying to play a Christian on television, and it's been going badly for him. Buttigieg recently said of Donald Trump, "It is hard to look at his actions and believe they are the actions of somebody who believes in God." On "Meet the Press," Chuck Todd asked Buttigieg about that.</p> <p>Buttigieg said he thought evangelicals backing President Trump were hypocritical because when Buttigieg goes to church, he hears about taking care of the poor and refugees. Trump, Buttigieg says, does not do that. Buttigieg went on to draw a distinction: In his professional conduct, Trump does not take care of the poor and refugees as scripture commands. Buttigieg continued that in Trump's personal life, as well, he falls short of Christian behavior. (He is right on that part, too, by the way. But then, we are all sinners.) <p>Updated: Fri Apr 12, 2019</p> dd9ca7a591970e7bc44e3b0441bf9c31 Please Reconsider, Mr. President for 04/05/2019 Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 2017, speaking to a group of leaders from Central America, Vice President Mike Pence declared, "To further stem the flow of illegal immigration and illegal drugs into the United States, President Trump knows, as do all of you, that we must confront these problems at their source. We must meet them &#8212; and we must solve them &#8212; in Central and South America." What Pence said then was correct. What President Donald Trump is doing now &#8212; cutting aid &#8212; needs to be reconsidered.</p> <p>Fifteen years ago, Colombia was on the verge of collapse. The nation was overrun with drug traffickers, cartels and local gangs. Crime and violence were rampant, and people were fleeing the nation. The United States deployed its foreign aid budget and military resources to help the Colombian government stabilize, fight its domestic drug war and beat the cartels. The nation went from the brink to being a stable leader in South America and a strategic ally of the United States. In the past decade, trade with Colombia has tripled to $14 billion, benefiting American businesses.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 05, 2019</p> 779de0ccdc2f4d315f0f871f05fac55a Where Is God? for 03/29/2019 Fri, 29 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I have nothing left to say on the Mueller matter. While that news was breaking, something else was happening. In the spirit of the Lenten season, let me just keep this real. For the last three weeks, my wife battled pneumonia. She finally got over that only to wind up in an urgent care facility this past Saturday. A weakened immune system had left her vulnerable. The urgent care doctor called up an ambulance and sent her to an emergency room to be admitted to the hospital. </p> <p>The emergency room doctor not only did not admit her but sent her home with medicine for a migraine and without antibiotics for the infection she had. On Sunday, I had to call the urgent care facility. They were shocked she was not in the hospital and angry she had no antibiotics. The Mueller report might have been happening, but other things in life were more important. On Monday, we spent all day in a different emergency room and, ultimately, got discharged because there was no doctor available to do a procedure. On Tuesday morning, we got up and went to a different hospital, where there was a doctor who could do the procedure.</p> <p>I find myself at times like this wondering if God has forgotten about me. Most of me knows he has not. But it is after midnight, and I have been in a hospital all day watching misery all around me. <span class="column--highlighted-text">I have had nothing but coffee all day, so I am hangry, and I understand that a lot of people see the misery and conclude there must not be a God.</span> <p>Updated: Fri Mar 29, 2019</p> c1af7b77c188b648b817b61eeed4e652 President 0. Dead Man 1 for 03/22/2019 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This past Wednesday, President Donald Trump should have had a successful day touting the military, the economy, job creation, American weapons superiority and his commitment to a robust military. Instead, when he visited the General Dynamics plant for an official Presidential visit, he went on a five-minute tirade against John McCain, a dead man. That became the story the media focused on. Who could blame them? The President said he wanted to talk about McCain in large part because of the media.</p> <p>President Trump's $2 billion spending bill saved that plant and added hundreds of jobs in Lima, Ohio. He had a story to tell, but he stepped all over himself, and in the process, both he and his core supporters decided to fight yesterday's battle against a dead man.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 22, 2019</p> 5960c597d49030203ad909f39bebfc5c Into the Quadragesima for 03/15/2019 Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In A.D. 324, Constantine became the undisputed ruler of the whole Roman Empire. Once secured in that position, Constantine demanded that persecution of Christians stop. Between the death of Christ around A.D. 33 and the rise of Constantine's father, Constantius Chlorus, to caesar of the Western Roman Empire in A.D. 293, Christians were persecuted throughout the empire. Constantine's father, needing a base of support, stopped Christian persecution in the West. But in the East, Christians were still routinely persecuted.</p> <p>Persecution was not a great recruitment strategy: "Accept Christ, be food for the lions!" <span class="column--highlighted-text">The early church had to do something to persuade people that Christ was real, Christianity was the true religion and persecution in this existence was nothing compared to eternal life with Christ.</span><p>Updated: Fri Mar 15, 2019</p> dbddf6be02045f850f602acbd9d81505 Doubts for 03/08/2019 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I always hesitate to write about personal matters because I get emails and texts from friends and family worrying. But then I encounter people who say how much it helped them to know there is someone else out there who's gone through what they're now going through. So, we should dive in for those who are going through the whirlwind.</p> <p>In 2015, The Atlantic ran a multipage profile of me declaring me the most influential conservative in America. The assessment was not true, but I also think it is safe to say it has been all downhill from there in some respects.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 08, 2019</p> 17f9ce44d76018eb2439c579d1d97d8c Conservative Institutions Are Failing Jeremiah 29 Conservatives for 03/01/2019 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>After the Jewish people went into exile, the prophet Jeremiah sent them a letter, which appears in Jeremiah 29 in the Old Testament. There is no dispute about the letter's authenticity in modern biblical scholarship.</p> <p>Jeremiah writes: "Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."<p>Updated: Fri Mar 01, 2019</p> 16d0eea366e4bfb0c238f9da1e7bec98 Race, Trump and Local News for 02/22/2019 Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A family invited a traveling evangelist to stay in their home. (He was preaching at the family's church.) As the parents slept, the evangelist allegedly raped their 14-year-old daughter. Five years later, the man has still not faced a jury of his peers. The 14-year-old is now 19. She is in weekly therapy and can get no closure. She must hang on to the memories. She must make sure she remembers because she hopes one day the man she says raped her will finally meet justice.</p> <p>A woman struggles to remember. She is one in a line of women who dated the wrong man. He allegedly beat her badly as he beat others before her. She must remember the details, and she knows her memory is going foggy as time passes by. The man is facing 20 years in prison, but like the evangelist, he has ensured his case will not go before a jury.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 22, 2019</p> 2e856c282cc42bc90a07037cb82ed5d5 Pagan Politics in Post-Christian America for 02/15/2019 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In 2016, I dissented. I said that, even though I had been an elected Republican, I could not support Donald Trump for president. I found him to be an amoral man and an unprincipled politician. I was and remain horrified by Christian voters who rally to the man as some sort of savior and twist their faith to suit their politics.</p> <p>Protestors showed up at my home to threaten my family. Armed guards protected us for months. My children were repeatedly bullied at school. They were threatened at the grocery store by a man who yelled at them about me. For many, I was now just giving comfort to the enemy.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 15, 2019</p> 267411fd95a08fb13d47e6d840c0b954 The Green Raw Deal for 02/08/2019 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats in the House of Representatives have rolled out what they are calling a "Green New Deal." It is the most serious public policy offering from Generation Tide Pod Eater to ever be unveiled. It is exactly what you would expect.</p> <p>In the rollout of their deal, the Democrats released an outline that summarized their legislation. It included such gems as, "When JFK said we'd go to the by the end of the decade, people said impossible." You might think I left out the word "moon" and a few other choice words. You would be wrong. The Democrats left those out. There is also this one: "We aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 08, 2019</p> 2e2a72decab5432c253c39113cc49ae8 Fear Sets Terrible Policy for 02/01/2019 Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Across the United States, Republicans are scrambling to play catch-up. Many of them did not believe the warnings in 2018, thought the polls were wrong and got smashed under a blue wave that crested over them. Their response is to operate out of fear, and they are doing strange and crazy things. Georgia is a perfect example.</p> <p>In that state, Democrats picked up seats in the state legislature but failed to capture any statewide office. The Republicans saw their suburban districts turn against them. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Every bit of polling data suggests these voters did not wake up on Election Day and decide they are Democrat. Instead, they woke up Election Day and decided they did not like the president or anyone tied to the president. </span>They voted Democrat to hold the Republicans accountable.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 01, 2019</p> 4f19eb7fddfa9682e9e507ec5d12731a Confession and Apology for 01/25/2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For the past two years, I have defended the press from President Donald Trump's criticism. Having worked at both CNN and Fox News, I know the good hard work so many reporters do to provide us with the news. We have a president who found a way out of going to Vietnam, and we have reporters who rush into war zones, risking their lives to provide accurate coverage of dangerous events.</p> <p>But I must confess I have a harder and harder time resisting the temptation to believe the American political press corps has become the enemy of the people. Increasingly, it seems that the political press is becoming the enemy of half the country. I try to pull myself back from thinking they are the enemy. But I fully understand why so many Americans believe they are.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 25, 2019</p> de97de18b6b6ec5d55c7d4cc07fb8fbb The Shutdown Necessarily Continues for 01/18/2019 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Democrats have long supported securing the border. But it is a signature initiative from President Donald Trump. So now they oppose it. The President cannot cave in, or Nancy Pelosi gets a win. There should be a way out, but both sides are now committed to their positions. Short of TSA workers just not showing up, thereby grinding air travel to a halt, the shutdown will continue.</p> <p>Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all built fencing and walls on the border with Mexico. There actually is a reasonable argument in support of such security. Prior Presidents, along with members of Congress of both parties, agreed.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 18, 2019</p> 7345ed06be3a7f65a9541e2360d9c6d9 Social Media Is People for 01/11/2019 Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the 1973 dystopian film "Soylent Green," Detective Frank Thorn, played by Charlton Heston, investigates the Soylent Corporation. The corporation produced Soylent Green, a wafer that was supposedly made of "high-energy plankton." Turns out, as Thorn discovers in his investigation, Soylent Green was actually made of people.</p> <p>In the present progressive dystopia where people are shamefully allowed to say whatever they want and anyone who supports President Donald Trump is a racist, the new high-energy staple of existence is social media. It emboldens minority voices into thinking they are the majority. Through a little organization, they take on the likeness of a mob to scare businesses, governments and individuals.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 11, 2019</p>