Erick Erickson from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:57:03 -0700 Erick Erickson from Creators Syndicate 686aadcad086c324fed0a8ab2935b343 The Khashoggi Response Should Be Limited for 10/19/2018 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist turned dissident. He fled Saudi Arabia in 2017 and took up residence in the United States. He began writing for The Washington Post. On Oct. 2, 2018, at the age of 59, Khashoggi went to the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul with his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz.</p> <p>Cengiz waited outside the consulate while Khashoggi went in to get paperwork showing he had properly divorced his previous wife. Khashoggi never returned. The Turkish government says the Saudi government murdered him. More precisely, the Turks claim that while he was still alive, Khashoggi was dragged on top of a table, held down and dismembered. Now there is speculation that the Saudis dissolved his body in acid afterward.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 19, 2018</p> 8dac0a25aa2539ab2ec3880f5d045fa2 Both Sides Are Doing It Wrong for 10/12/2018 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A certain segment of the evangelical pastoral community has decided Christians should embrace social justice. More prominent evangelicals are pushing back, saying "No." I think both sides get it wrong.</p> <p>John MacArthur, one of the great theologians of our age, has pushed back against the tendency of some evangelicals to embrace social justice. Though admittedly oversimplifying his point, he essentially argues that we should preach the gospel. MacArthur and a dozen or so other Christian leaders also released a "Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel."<p>Updated: Fri Oct 12, 2018</p> d4e04fb74ad588feb787e59aa6e042de Trump 2020? for 10/05/2018 Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I have wobbled back and forth on the idea of supporting President Donald Trump in 2020. I opposed him in 2016 and voted third-party. The candidate I supported, Evan McMullin, has, like so many others, abandoned all his values as his hatred of Trump poisons his conscience. I dare say the worst mistake in my life was not when I climbed a mountain only to remember I was scared of heights, or when I played with a scalpel that nearly cut off my finger as a kid. It was voting for McMullin.</p> <p>Jennifer Rubin, who the Washington Post fraudulently claims is a conservative, has become the most predictable mouthpiece for the insanity that has affected a certain brand of Republican. They view Trump as anathema to their values, so they have abandoned their pre-Trump values. Rubin once favored moving our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. She now opposes it because of Trump. She once supported withdrawal from the Paris Accord, but now opposes it because of Trump.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 05, 2018</p> 531d4687c934c7c24eaf6011b5b8c6e9 A Brave New World for 09/28/2018 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight has moved the United States into a brave new world of raw, primal politics. Many Americans who have resisted tribal callings will be forced to pick sides. For many in the center-right coalition who have resisted pressure to move toward President Donald Trump, the hearings have done it.</p> <p>What we have witnessed is a disgusting display of partisan gamesmanship by Democrats who are willing to use a traumatized woman against a good, innocent man. There is no question that, after watching her testimony, Christine Blasey Ford has been the victim of some long ago inflicted trauma. There is also no question that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is not the one who inflicted it.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 28, 2018</p> 3eb6b8a7f18290ebdb46d27045615c09 Serious Does Not Mean Credible for 09/21/2018 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Professor Christine Blasey Ford has made a serious allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's first nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Progressive activists seeking to scuttle Kavanaugh's nomination would have us believe that Ford's allegations are credible because they are serious. We should not confuse the two.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 21, 2018</p> 6d65c22eeb1a14131c200b0e2166c447 Brett Kavanaugh Will Be on the Supreme Court; Merrick Garland Will Not for 09/14/2018 Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of the most striking things about the age of Trump is that Democrats have convinced themselves all the misogynists, racists, anti-Semites and moral cretins are on the right and everyone on the left is either pure as the driven snow or their motives can be explained away. Meanwhile, Democrats such as Les Moonves and Harvey Weinstein keep getting exposed. The left attacks white nationalists and excuses their kissing cousins in antifa. They attack conservatives such as David Horowitz and give progressives such as Linda Sarsour a podium. They are convinced they have a monopoly on truth while Republicans believe lies.</p> <p>Progressive activist site ThinkProgress is screaming like a stuck pig because it got fact-checked on Facebook by The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine. Facebook has arranged for partners in the media across ideologies to serve as fact-checkers for news stories on the website. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The fact-checkers stand apart from the partisan fray at the ideologically oriented sites, and The Weekly Standards fact-checkers are highly regarded.</span><p>Updated: Fri Sep 14, 2018</p> a8c18143489bceffcdd8a1f7ce47139b This Is Not a Constitutional Crisis for 09/07/2018 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Wednesday, The New York Times released a piece by a "senior official" in the Trump White House. Do not let "senior" fool you. This could be a deputy-level staffer, an undersecretary or someone else at a lower level than chief of staff, vice president and Cabinet secretary. Many junior staffers have "senior" in their titles. This may be someone we have never heard of. It could be the chief of staff. None of us knows, though I suspect that this person will soon be revealed. In fact, the piece reads like the swan song of a burned-out politico ready to reveal and rehabilitate himself.</p> <p>What this piece does not suggest is a constitutional crisis. The phrase is being thrown about a great deal, but this is not a constitutional crisis. Every president has people who steer him &#8212; albeit this president has to be steered more than most. Every president has the occasional bad impulse. This president just seems to have more than every other one combined.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 07, 2018</p> c8cb3d157e12c6b99a610211a63064fb Clerical Cowards and Their Cover-up for 08/31/2018 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and perceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and last some crisis shows what we have become," said Brooke Foss Westcott, the British bishop of Durham in the late 1800s. What we are seeing with the Roman Catholic Church is that much of its hierarchy is filled with not just moral cowards but predators and their protectors.</p> <p>I am not Catholic but have many Catholic friends, for whom I grieve. The church is exposed now to the devil, and regardless of your politics or faith, this is a scandal about which you should care deeply. It is exposing not just the church hierarchy but also the American media that once prided themselves on uncovering abuse within the church. Now, instead, our social betters in the press have taken the position that molesting children is bad but homophobia is worse.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 31, 2018</p> e2f328efb6808cdafa53dd40c1ebb060 Collapse of the Career Politicians for 08/24/2018 Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The prevailing consensus among political analysts in the United States about Donald Trump's victory in 2016 centers on the idea that career politicians in America have, over time, become divorced from the realities of day to day existence in America. Washington politicians seem less able to relate to individuals while relating to policies those individuals do not think are helping them.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">This is playing out across the country with upstart candidates who have never been in politics convincing voters that they have a better understanding of what to do than career politicians who have dedicated their lives to public service.</span> One of these races is happening in Oklahoma where political newcomer Kevin Stitt is in a runoff against long time Mayor of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 24, 2018</p> d7040b600736622da3d7eb9d56c3bf22 The Press as Enemy for 08/17/2018 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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>