Erick Erickson from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 21 Aug 2018 23:49:54 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Erick Erickson from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/erick-erickson-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson d7040b600736622da3d7eb9d56c3bf22 The Press as Enemy for 08/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/08/18/the-press-as-enemy Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Over 200 newspapers across the country are together running editorials on the same day decrying President Trump's attacks on the press. In so doing, these news outlets are confirming in the minds of many that they do coordinate efforts to attack the president. They play into the president's hands and he will use these editorials as further proof they are out to get him.</p> <p>The truth is the American press is not the enemy of the people, but is its own worst enemy. The press corps in the United States exudes a sense of entitlement. Only a few years ago, a reporter at a prominent outlet declared the freedom of the press belonged only to reporters. Just last week, CNN ran an opinion piece comparing reporters asking the President questions with soldiers laying down their lives in defense of the country.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 17, 2018</p> e0514f98fd065c2bdcc0f4a7abdccd01 The 'Democracy or Republic' Fight for 08/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/08/18/the-democracy-or-republic-fight Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the fourth century, the theologian Athanasius wanted Christians in the western Roman Empire to use the Greek word homoousios, meaning "of the same substance," to describe the Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Some wanted to use the word homoiousios, meaning "of a similar substance," which Athanasius believed would suggest the Trinity consisted of separate beings.</p> <p>The fight played out at the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325. The western Christians sided with Athanasius and St. Nicholas (whom you know better as Santa Claus) against the heretic Arius, who had argued that Jesus was a separate entity from God and not eternal.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 10, 2018</p> dec2deabe6603cd0945178ec4f8e1d2e What does it mean to be Conservative? for 08/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/08/18/what-does-it-mean-to-be-conservative Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I am in Austin, TX, to have a conversation with conservatives about conservatism and public policy. I am calling this conversation the "Resurgent Gathering" as conservatives spend two days exploring how to spark a conservative resurgence in the country. What does it mean, in the 21st century, to be a conservative? In the age of political cults of personality, some would argue that it means standing with President Trump at all costs. But just 17 years ago, many of those same people said the same about George W. Bush.</p> <p>One of President Bush's former advisers claimed the president had said conservatism was whatever he wanted it to be. Media defenders of his profligate domestic spending coined the phrase "big government conservatism." They claimed President Bush would use the government for conservative ends. Instead, government dependency grew, the national debt grew, and the government bailed out both banks and General Motors.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 03, 2018</p> f8037e5d83332c43ca1852073e189ef4 The Road to Hell is Paved With...Straws? for 07/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/07/18/the-road-to-hell-is-paved-withstraws Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In parts of California now, a person can go into a public park, shoot up heroin, throw the used syringe on the sidewalk, walk into the street and then poop in the highway &#8212; all without consequence. But the moment that person pulls out a plastic straw and places it into a cup of God knows what, he could go to jail. </p> <p>The city council in Santa Barbara, Calif. voted this past week to throw restaurant employees in jail for up to six months if they give plastic straws to customers. San Francisco is following suit, as are other progressive meccas like Seattle. A national chain of progressive homeless shelters and communal bathrooms operating under the name Starbucks is banning straws, too. You can get plastic cups with plastic lids, but straws are forbidden.</p> <p>This is all part of the latest religious craze sweeping the United States, and it, like religions of old, has state sponsorship. As Christianity declines in America, religion and religious worship have not gone away. They have morphed into something new. Religion is the belief in a higher power that leads to the development of a system of worship, ethics and ultimately a defined theology related to understanding man's relationship to that higher power. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 27, 2018</p> b4b12014567d126fdf8099736b5a771d Mark Zuckerberg Is Right for 07/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/07/18/mark-zuckerberg-is-right Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Political activists on the left are calling on Mark Zuckerberg to assume the role of censor on Facebook. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Facebook has the right to allow or prohibit any content Facebook wants.</span> The left can call on Facebook to do this, but it is a bad idea. Both Facebook and Zuckerberg are right to refuse. By way of disclosure, I am holding my annual Resurgent Gathering in a few weeks and Facebook is a sponsor. </p> <p>The left is starting out with the most notorious cause &#8212; Nazis. These groups have no legitimacy and should be shunned in society. But the left's calls for censorship go beyond that. I am no fan of the website Infowars and its conspiracy theory nonsense, but it is a place many people go to for "news" and information. Forcing Facebook to take a side against Infowars may seem easy, but then Facebook is getting directly into the role of determining whose content is good and whose content is bad when InfoWars unquestionably has an audience.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 20, 2018</p> 2e8c34b9e825543dfe2a9d3ea8be8362 When Does the Shooting Begin? for 07/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/07/18/when-does-the-shooting-begin Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Each time Republicans do something Democrats do not like, Democrats escalate their rhetoric. The right is not immune from this, but the right is in power right now, so conservatives have less with which to drive fear.</p> <p>After the Southern Poverty Law Center declared the Christian based Family Research Council a hate group intent on harming gay rights, Floyd Lee Corkins walked into the Council's offices with Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a gun intent on murdering the employees and stuffing their mouths with the sandwiches. Also a fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center and its anti-Christian and anti-Republican rhetoric, James Hodgkinson took seriously the Democrat and progressive left rhetoric that Republicans would kill people by repealing the Affordable Care Act. He drove to a baseball field and attempted a mass assassination of Republican members of Congress.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 13, 2018</p> cc1392bf2458ed4790d6196f4b71a9c4 This Stuff Actually Matters for 06/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/06/18/this-stuff-actually-matters Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Three years ago this past week, the Supreme Court threw out the laws of most states and declared gay marriage to be the law of the land in the name of happiness. Since then, people of faith have been under a sustained assault by leftwing activists. Progressives have attacked florists, bakers, private schools, professors, and professionals for trying to live their faith in public, freely exercising their religion as the constitution allows.</p> <p>Just a few weeks ago, the Supreme Court protected one such Christian because Colorado showed burning hostility to him. This hostility is a trend, and most Christians in America are not prepared for what is coming. Their faith is weak, and their pastors avoid the subject of marriage altogether and often ignore sound Christian doctrine. But this stuff matters. Eternity matters for Christians and abandoning two thousand years of Christian doctrine because somebody is nice or you want to be liked, or surely God has changed his mind is bad theology.</p> <p>In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. That is not just a quote, but fact for Christians. God himself ordained marriage in the beginning and made it between one man and one woman. His people did not always get it right, but God was clear. In the desert of Sinai, God expanded his moral laws and made it clear that sex outside of marriage is a sin and sex between two people of the same sex is, too.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 29, 2018</p> 59aa2aeab651b5092398a8eaba02f150 The Left's Most Dangerous Game for 06/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/06/18/the-lefts-most-dangerous-game Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Debra Strop owns Uncle Loui's Cafe in Duluth, MN. Last week, a television news crew reached out to see if they could do their news program from the cafe. The program would be covering President Trump's speech in Duluth. Ms. Strop agreed. That is when the progressive thugs attacked. The news program was Fox & Friends, and the progressive mob had to punish Strop. </p> <p>Her family came under attack on social media. Organized mobs posted fake reviews of her cafe to rate it negatively. The store itself saw protests. All Strop did was allow a television news program to broadcast from her cafe.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 22, 2018</p> 2614e26f4ee5acb582f06dc3944cf3f9 Progressives Save the GOP for 06/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/06/18/progressives-save-the-gop Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I have been pretty critical of the Republican Party even though I was, for a time, an elected Republican. I criticized George W. Bush vocally for being what some branded a "big government conservative." Under Bush, the size and scope of the federal government grew at a reckless rate, not for war, but for domestic public policy. When Bush nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, many more conservatives became vocal about Bush. Miers really was the beginning of the end of the Republican love affair with Bush. Then immigration reform broke up what was left of the relationship.</p> <p>When running in 2008, John McCain refought many of the fights started when he ran in 2000. Old wounds were opened. I was critical then, too. The party could handle the criticism. When Mitt Romney ran in 2012, they could handle my criticism of him as well. Consistently, whether with Bush, McCain or even Romney, I praised when I thought it was warranted and criticized when I thought it was warranted.</p> <p>But now the Republican Party has become much like the Democrats during the Obama years. No criticism of their precious is allowed. He must be protected at all cost. It is why people like Bob Corker, a man I do not care for, is right to say the party is becoming cult like. Mark Sanford, a South Carolina Congressman, abandoned his wife, his children and even the Governor's office in South Carolina to take up with his Argentinian mistress. Voters eventually forgave him and put him in Congress. He served there, despite all the scandal, until he spoke up against Donald Trump. That was too much for the voters of South Carolina.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 15, 2018</p> 178e5512bb07c33f609028f3170afde2 The New Bigotry for 06/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/06/18/the-new-bigotry Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In 155 AD, Roman authorities ordered a man named Polycarp to burn incense for the Roman Emperor. Witnesses say the local authorities begged Polycarp to comply, some even acknowledging it was a meaningless act. But Polycarp refused. "Eighty-six years I have served Christ, and He never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?" Polycarp announced. The Roman proconsul had a pyre built to burn Polycarp.</p> <p>Eyewitnesses say Polycarp told the proconsul there would be no need to tie him to the stake as he would not flee. Others claim the flames would not touch Polycarp so the proconsul ordered him stabbed through the heart. Polycarp's refusal to do what others told him was meaningless because he viewed it as an affront to his faith is a good lesson for Christians when confronted with the open and increasing bigotry against people of faith in the United States.</p> <p>You will probably not have heard of Russell Berger. He is a orthodox believing Christian, pastor, and, until last week, was the Chief Knowledge Officer of CrossFit. A local CrossFit gym (they call them boxes) did not want to have a gay pride event and gay rights activists subsequently began harassing the owner of the gym. Berger, on his personal Twitter feed, tweeted, "As someone who personally believes celebrating 'pride' is a sin, I'd like to personally encourage #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by their convictions and refusing to host an @indypride workout." <p>Updated: Fri Jun 08, 2018</p> 205966b2bf455a6cb4206db6238790b3 The Media's Double Standards for 06/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/05/18/the-medias-double-standards Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Roseanne Barr, on Twitter, compared Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Given the long history of racists in this country comparing black people to apes, claiming Roseanne's remark was not racist is something the fringe might debate, but decent people agree on. The remark was racist and she was fired.</p> <p>No television network has ever cancelled the number one network television show in America over a star's behavior until this happened. Roseanne Barr has a history of making awful comments. She said people who eat at Chick-Fil-A should get cancer. She believed 9/11 conspiracy theories. She ran for President as a far left candidate for office. By the end of last week, the very same people who had been defending the honor of the MS-13 gang were attacking the honor of all Trump voters everywhere as if they were just as bad as Roseanne.</p> <p>Only a few days later on TBS, a woman named Samantha Bee, who some people seem to think is funny, called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c***" for having the audacity of putting a picture of herself with her toddler on social media. Many of the people who rushed to demand ABC fire Roseanne Barr suddenly rushed in the opposite direction to defend Samantha Bee.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 01, 2018</p> 3c9b3841422e416490425987738f1db0 A Conspiracy of Idiocy for 05/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/05/18/a-conspiracy-of-idiocy Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many people love to concoct grand, elaborate conspiracies to explain the world around them. Instead of realizing they made bad decisions, it must have been some malevolent force out to get them. Instead of recognizing they are surrounded by incompetence, there must be some mysterious force pulling the strings working several steps ahead.</p> <p>Many people sleep better at night convinced of a malevolent conspiracy of sinister forces running government than realizing government is composed of incompetent bureaucrats protecting their turf. Wouldn't it reassure you to know your government functions at the hands of an evil genius pulling strings rather than that it is really an idiocracy just trying to keep afloat? <p>Updated: Fri May 25, 2018</p> f1b2e536a42fac4efc7dcbc277008a1f The Media's Bias is Showing for 05/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/05/18/the-medias-bias-is-showing Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Wednesday, President Trump answered a sheriff's question about the MS-13 gang. The president referred to the gang members as animals. The American political press swung into action to declare President Trump had called all immigrants animals. It did not take a rocket scientist to read the transcript to see the president was, in context, talking about MS-13. <span class="column--highlighted-text">But the default for the media has always been to give Democrats the benefit of the doubt and presume Republicans are guilty until proven innocent.</span></p> <p>Before that, a leaker in the White House noted a White House staffer named Kelly Sadler had dismissed concerns about John McCain by noting he would be dead soon and was not going back to the Senate to vote against CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel. The media dragged this story out. A charitable reading of Sadler's comments would be that she was stating an obvious, blunt truth. John McCain is dying and will not be in the Senate to oppose Haspel.<p>Updated: Fri May 18, 2018</p> 0ea4bef64b3388424cbf9e351912b223 Death by Conformity for 05/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/05/18/death-by-conformity Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Boy Scouts of America have always been a pretty explicitly faith-based organization. Though nondenominational, references to God and Creator were woven within the Boy Scouts' documents and behaviors.</p> <p>The organization grounded itself in a worldview that is archaic in modern times, despite more than 2 billion people worldwide professing a Christian worldview. It just is not popular in elite circles anymore. The Scouts had always balanced its middle-class religious members and the coastal elites who got to claim a faux connection with Middle America through supporting Boy Scouts. <p>Updated: Fri May 11, 2018</p> b60d0c0f9a2e7685d7ec8dd91e1103f9 Upstream From Culture for 05/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/05/18/upstream-from-culture Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the book "After the Ball," psychologist Marshall Kirk and ad man Hunter Madsen painted a picture of what the gay rights movement should do to normalize and advance their agenda in America. The book came out in 1990. Kirk and Madsen treated their book as a manifesto and we have witnessed their vision.</p> <p>The propaganda effort the authors set out included inserting gay men and women into Hollywood to start writing shows with gay positive characters, then make gay characters normal characters on shows. They would get friends in the media to positively cover the gay rights movement. Advertisers would feature gay men and women in advertisements as an ideal. Gay celebrities would be championed. Churches, too, would be involved, with liberal churches rejecting Christian orthodoxy championed and those that kept the faith vilified. <p>Updated: Fri May 04, 2018</p> 3ca3e115f0a00fa6375287f3a438b67c Madness in the Western Mind for 04/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/04/18/madness-in-the-western-mind Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By the time you read this, Alfie Evans may be dead. Evans is a toddler with a rare disorder that has required him to have a prolonged hospital stay. His disorder is little understood, and instead of trying to understand it, doctors decided it would be best to remove Alfie from ventilation and let him die.</p> <p>Alfie's parents protested, as they had not explored all treatment options. But the British state has largely decided that parents are only permitted to raise children so long as the parents raise them as the government sees fit. A court determined that it was in Alfie's best interests to die. Left unsaid, the judge is a secular activist of left-wing causes and the parents are lower middle class devout Catholics. One must wonder just how much the judge's own bigotry played in the decision.</p> <p>Because the United Kingdom has decided Alfie really belongs to the state, the state can kill him. A doctor assured the courts that within five minutes of removing Alfie's ventilation, the child would die. Seventy-two hours later, Alfie still fought for his life. Naturally, the courts stepped in and ordered him starved to death. To let Alfie survive would be to admit the British social health care system had failed. Alfie must die for the good of the bureaucratic conscience. Alfie and his parents must know their place.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 27, 2018</p> e1613f53244848be5cba870fec1f6937 A Moral People No More for 04/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/04/18/a-moral-people-no-more Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The American experiment is at an end. The nation will continue. But barring some crisis that rouses the American people to our better angels, the experiment is over. Our founders determined that our republic had to be premised on a good and moral people. The law is only as good as the people. There are just too many examples of the people not being so good.</p> <p>Evangelical support for the president is at an all-time high. This news comes as more Playboy playmates and porn stars come forward to confess to adultery with the president while his wife was pregnant. Even many of the president's ardent supporters now acknowledge it. But they do not care, because the president gives them what they want.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018</p> 871e81fd5752839a1e6cf89f0812fe3e Paul Ryan Departs for 04/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/04/18/paul-ryan-departs Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I spent the better part of this week in Washington, DC, including Wednesday, the day Paul Ryan announced he would not seek re-election. It has been expected. He has not been happy for a while. Let me make one point that too few reporters have made about Paul Ryan.</p> <p>The Speaker of the House is 48 years old. He is older than his dad was when his dad died. In fact, the Speaker's father and grandfather both died at ages younger than the Speaker. He has the opportunity to have relationships with his children in ways he never got to have with his father. His family is in Wisconsin and he is missing out on a life he was not sure he would ever get to have.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 13, 2018</p> 9e16c824d9f06109b8123f7da1296c31 The American Cultural Revolution for 04/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/04/18/the-american-cultural-revolution Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Kevin Williamson has been fired by The Atlantic. Williamson is one of the great conservative intellectuals of our times. He has a keen wit and frequently engages in heterodox opinions that make his writing and thinking intriguing. For a decade he wrote at William F. Buckley's National Review until hired away last week by Jeffrey Goldberg, the Editor of The Atlantic.</p> <p>The Atlantic fancies itself a place of intellectual diversity where the best writers across ideologies can share their views. But Williamson's hire drew burning rage from the left. Williamson's birth came from an unplanned pregnancy. Instead of aborting him, his birth mother gave him up for adoption. As you might imagine, Williamson has strongly held views on the matter of abortion. A week after hiring him, Jeffrey Goldberg bowed to the leftwing mob and fired Williamson for, in part, how he might make the pro-abortion women in the office feel.</p> <p>Never mind Williamson's feelings on abortion and that he could have been aborted himself, the editor took the brave stand of worrying about the hypothetical feelings of pro-abortion women in the office. The left told us that the purges happening on college campuses were contained to the campus. Yet here we are today with one of the best voices of conservatism fired from a job for his conservative views.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 06, 2018</p> f1df4bfeb93c4b6bd9eff0ab5de5d3e1 The Most Important Weekend in History for 03/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/erick-erickson/03/18/the-most-important-weekend-in-history Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Survey academic historians on the most important events in history and, regardless of their personal beliefs, they inevitably tend to list the execution of a Jewish carpenter some time around 33 AD as one of the most important events. Whether atheist or religious or Muslim or Buddhist, historians recognize that civilization shifted on this weekend nearly 2000 years ago.</p> <p>The death of Jesus of Nazareth reshaped the map, gave us a common set of idiomatic expressions, brought down empires, inspired the rapid evolution of art and gave the world a truly global religion. While Judaism is still anchored in Jerusalem and Islam in Mecca, Christianity is a global phenomenon where, even as it purportedly declines in the West, it continues to spread in China, Africa and South America.</p> <p>Those of us who do believe that Jesus was more than a mere carpenter point to this and find reason to believe had Jesus merely died, he'd just be one of hundreds of men who claimed to be the Jewish messiah during that time period. There were certainly others. Most of them are lost to history. Jesus, however, remains. The gospel writers recorded that Jesus did not just die, but conquered death and rose again. The Apostle Paul documents that Jesus appeared to more than 500 people in the 40-day period between his resurrection and ascension into Heaven.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 30, 2018</p>