Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 22 Feb 2019 03:53:26 -0800 Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate 5f51f989de4116eeafb16bf06133469e Entrepreneurship Makes Clear Why Socialism Fails for 02/21/2019 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for president again. Fresh on the heels of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's triumph as an avowedly socialist candidate for Congress, Sanders boasts that ideas he first proposed &#8212; including a higher minimum wage, universal health care and free college for all &#8212; are now "part of the political mainstream."</p> <p>That's arguably true &#8212; at least in the sense that those concepts are front and center when listening to Democrats running for president. U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are all dutifully towing the socialist party line. Sanders <i> did </i> mount a serious threat to Hillary Clinton's ascendancy to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016; many still believe he had a better chance of beating Donald Trump than Clinton did. And according to The New York Times, he raised a record-breaking $5.9 million within 24 hours of announcing his candidacy this week. (To put things in perspective, when he launched his 2016 campaign, he raised a comparatively paltry $1.5 million in the first 24 hours.)</p> <p>One thing that can be said about Bernie Sanders is that he isn't a Johnny-come-lately to socialism, jumping on the political bandwagon because it's "cool." Sanders has decades of experience raising the Red Standard. His support for Marxist regimes in Nicaragua, Cuba and elsewhere is well-documented. Perhaps because he is being taken seriously as a 2020 presidential contender, videos of him from the 1970s and 1980s are now percolating throughout the internet. One features what appears to be a shirtless Sanders on his honeymoon in the former Soviet Union, singing "This Land Is Your Land" with a bunch of drunk Russians. In another, he attacks a local television journalist who calls the Nicaraguan regime "communist." Perhaps the most "popular" Sanders video this week is one in which he defends people waiting in lines for bread as "a good thing." <p>Updated: Thu Feb 21, 2019</p> 9d0f3259c7af54b3810f3f130d1ef321 Ignorance First, Destruction Next for 02/14/2019 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>If the latest policies advanced by prominent Democrats are any indication, the national party is going over a cliff: outrageous and extreme abortion legislation (enacted or proposed) in New York, Virginia and Rhode Island; the "Green New Deal"; Sen. Cory Booker's meatless society; Sens. Kamala Harris' and Kirsten Gillibrand's determination to do away with private insurance.</p> <p>The current slate of Democratic policy proposals are shocking in a number of ways, but one thing that stands out is the staggering ignorance of the proponents. There was a time when the national press would call out political candidates and office holders if they displayed abject stupidity. Now the press <i> facilitates </i> idiocy, covers up for it and even promotes it as if it were genius &#8212; as long as it's on the left, of course.</p> <p>Millions of Americans were astonished and appalled when Democrats displayed complete disregard for the fundamental constitutional principles of due process, the presumption of innocence and the rule of law in the confirmation hearings for Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh last summer. It didn't seem possible to sink below that. But sink the left did when a handful of Catholic schoolboys was caught on video in Washington, D.C., at the March for Life and their behavior was mischaracterized. It wasn't enough to destroy a grown man's career with false accusations; now the mob was attacking high schoolers and their families.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> 22bc4644f2b683daad9c01c20f21236a Collectivism Never Dies for 01/31/2019 Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Early in Peter Jackson's film "The Fellowship of the Ring," Frodo Baggins discovers that he possesses the One Ring &#8212; forged thousands of years earlier by the Dark Lord Sauron, and lost when he was defeated in a great battle with elves and men. When told by the wizard Gandalf of the evil threat that the Ring now poses, Frodo is incredulous. "But he was destroyed. Sauron was destroyed!" Frodo insists. "No, Frodo," Gandalf says. "The spirit of Sauron endured."</p> <p>I've felt much the same sentiment watching American politics over the past few years.</p> <p>I was born in 1961 &#8212; the year the Berlin Wall went up &#8212; and grew up in the midst of the Cold War. The vast Soviet Union and other communist countries were on one side, and the United States and Western Europe were on the other. The balance of power was always precarious, the threat of nuclear conflict ever present.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 31, 2019</p> 9a8c7d779bf30e5eed1759414ee906fe Journalism Isn't Dead; It's Undead for 01/24/2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>A popular theme in the Twitterverse this week is "Journalism is dead." Two events apparently driving the disgust <i> du jour </i> with media incompetence and dishonesty are BuzzFeed's story about President Trump allegedly asking Michael Cohen to commit perjury, and the group of boys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky accused of racist behavior at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>The BuzzFeed "bombshell" was defused when special counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a statement flatly contradicting the story. Authors Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold admitted that they had not personally seen the documents they referenced. Additional doubt has been cast on the story's credibility by Leopold's record of inaccuracies and outright falsehoods.</p> <p>But the BuzzFeed bust is nothing compared with the Covington Catholic conflagration. A group of boys from the high school were caught on video smiling and chanting as Native American Nathan Phillips &#8212; said to be a Vietnam veteran &#8212; drummed in front of them. A since-changed New York Times headline read, "Boys in 'Make America Great Again' Hats Mob Native Elder at March for Life." Predictably, the social media mobs piled on, accusing the boys of Trump-inspired racism and white supremacy, calling for them to be doxxed, punched in the face, fed into a woodchipper and burned alive in their school. Covington Catholic High School was forced to close in the face of threats. In a particularly absurd twist, the family of a young man who resembles Covington student Nick Sandmann (front and center in the video) was targeted and threatened with violence.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 24, 2019</p> af1538f01561bcfa7a893034526688b5 7 Things Americans See That the Left Still Pretends We Don't for 01/17/2019 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It is astonishing that in this day and age &#8212; after nearly 70 years of cable TV, 30 years of conservative talk radio, almost 30 years of the internet, two full decades of broadcast dominance by Fox News, a decade-plus of social media and multiple elections (2010, 2014 and 2016) in which the electorate sent a scathing rebuke to this country's self-appointed elites &#8212; the professional left <i> still </i> thinks that it controls the message; that the truth is whatever they tell us it is, facts be damned.</p> <p>Every day's news is filled with lefty "narratives" &#8212; progressive propaganda unmoored from the truth &#8212; that our media (and other reliably left-wing talking heads) continue to reprint and repeat, as if repetition will make the great unwashed masses in flyover country believe it. The fact that millions of Americans <i> don't </i> fall for the bill of good they're being sold has made the left perpetually irate; its efforts to spin and obscure the truth just don't work like they used to back in the days of three major networks.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 17, 2019</p> 1a126a1fbad42ab631866c537bb3c7c1 Democrats' Tenuous Grasp of 'Morality' for 01/10/2019 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Articles about the left's hypocrisy and appalling double standards are barely newsworthy these days. Even so, the Democrats have displayed new lows on that score this week, throwing around the word "morality" as if they are the nation's arbiters of it.</p> <p>On immigration, for example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced President Trump's call for heightened border security, including a border wall, as "an immorality." Pelosi never defined the term. Nor &#8212; unsurprisingly &#8212; did she address the "morality" of the consequences of open borders, including Americans killed by illegal immigrants. There are too many names to list, but according to the Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC, here are a few, to get a sense of the magnitude of these avoidable tragedies: Pierce Corcoran, Cpl. Ronil Singh, Rocky P. Jones, Sabrina Starr, Steven Marler, Aron Hampton, Justin Lee, Blake Zieto, Mollie Tibbitts, Chrishia Odette, Sarah Root, Peter Hacking, Grayson Hacking, Ellie Bryant, Shayley Estes, Officer Dominic Durden, Edwin Jackson, Grant Ronneback, Kristopher Eggle, Terry Wendover, Kenneth Mahr, Jamica Williams, Michael Furlow, Kaybrin Ingoldsby, Halle Ingoldsby, Officer. Kevin Will, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, LaDonna Brady, Robin Shelhammer, Barbara Shelhammer, Whitney Meinke, Brandy Lee Thorne and her unborn child, Sgt. Corey Wride, Dennielle Schermock, Joshua Wilkerson, Eric Zepeda, Jamiel Shaw, Jesse Benevides, Emily Cortez, Sviatlana Dranko, Spencer Golvach, Margaret Kostelnik, Kathryn Steinle, Bob Barry Jr., Michael Grubbs, Jamie Oxendine, Mary Ann Oxendine, Shane Oxendine, Parker Moore, Amos Jones, Naomi Mercury, Brittany Williams, Dep. Michael Davis, Dep. Daniel Oliver, Delilah McDaniel, Officer Daryl Raetz, Diann Jones, Arnett Chandler. </p> <p>Where is the "morality" in the deaths of these Americans &#8212; and countless others &#8212; at the hands of people who should never even have been in this country (and in many cases had been previously deported)?<p>Updated: Thu Jan 10, 2019</p> 64f6c76397af62279e532c95a479b01d The Triumph of Tyler Trent for 01/03/2019 Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Indianapolis Star (and many other national publications) ran a touching obituary for Tyler Trent, a 20-year-old Purdue University student and devoted Boilermaker football fan who lost his battle with bone cancer on Tuesday.</p> <p>Tyler grew up in Carmel, Indiana, and had dreams of attending Purdue University and becoming a sports writer. But a diagnosis of osteosarcoma the summer after his sophomore year in high school changed everything.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 03, 2019</p> c70db8d4b89408ac011c844dfb606128 The Generosity of Americans for 12/27/2018 Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Nine days ago (at this writing), Iraq War veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe page to help build the wall on the United States southern border with Mexico. In a week and a half, Kolfage has raised over $17 million (toward his stated goal of $1 billion) with gifts from over 285,000 people.</p> <p>The explosion of support for Kolfage's grassroots fundraising has gotten a great deal of attention, not all of it positive, needless to say. On my own Facebook and Twitter feeds, I read many snarky posts to the effect of, "Oh, sure &#8212; these people can give money for a wall but can't donate funds to help (veterans/the poor/the disabled/fill in your cause of choice here)."</p> <p>This &#8212; like so many pronouncements on the shortcomings of Americans these days &#8212; is not just false but a staggering distortion of reality. Perhaps because I teach entrepreneurship, I am well aware of America's long history of philanthropy. America's entrepreneurs have always been generous with their wealth &#8212; and we have countless universities, civic institutions and medical facilities as proof. Americans as a rule are among the most generous people on Earth, giving to support hundreds and thousands of causes each year &#8212; a fact that the esteemed Smithsonian noted when it launched its Philanthropy Initiative in 2015, by which its curators sought "to document, preserve, interpret, and exhibit ... the role of philanthropy in American history, as well as the role of Americans in encouraging and using philanthropy throughout the world."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 27, 2018</p> 0a8ff5f19f6bf05afb59d10422b56795 The People's Revolutions Against the Global Elites for 12/13/2018 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">Events taking place around the Western world have their roots in common trends and similar sentiments, but many people either don't see it or don't want to admit what it means.</span><br></p> <p>When voters in Great Britain voted to leave the European Union ("Brexit") in 2016, it wasn't because they don't see themselves as "European," don't want free trade with the rest of Europe or harbor hostile animus against other continental European nations. And it certainly isn't &#8212; globalists' hysterical rants to the contrary notwithstanding &#8212; a desire to return to the conflicts that sparked two world wars in the last century.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 13, 2018</p> 7b12127481afe24e53c7f6e176a03e91 Bringing Satan to Springfield for 12/06/2018 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>According to an NPR story this week, The Satanic Temple of Chicago paid to have a statue installed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol. To accompany the traditional Christmas Nativity scene and Jewish menorah for Hanukkah, there is now a statue of an arm with a snake coiled around it; in the hand is an apple. An inscription on the front reads, "Knowledge Is the Greatest Gift."</p> <p>Lest anyone worry about the use of taxpayer dollars to fund this travesty, the NPR piece assures us that the money was donated via a GoFundMe page set up by the temple, in which the temple exhorted the public to help it "bring Satan to Springfield!"</p> <p>(Given the fiscal profligacy of the Illinois state government and the level of violence in Chicago, one wonders whether such help is necessary.)<p>Updated: Thu Dec 06, 2018</p> 691d8ae2f65f77207f2e89e528f918cb Remember When Technology Was Supposed to Mean Freedom? for 11/29/2018 Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The New York Times recently ran an article titled "How China Walled off the Internet." In it, author Raymond Zhong starts by quoting former President Bill Clinton, who once described China's aspirations to police the internet as akin to "trying to nail Jell-O to a wall." The thought at the time, as exemplified by President Clinton's statement, was that the internet would be "the great democratizer." To the extent that any would-be censor tried, it would be at the expense of innovation and creativity, right?</p> <p>"Wrong!" Zhong breathlessly announces. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 29, 2018</p> e82d84c69eae034f733059fc00b4cf6e Abortion: An American Institution Built on Lies for 11/22/2018 Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The new head of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, stated in a recent interview that she intends to expand the organization's services and reach. If by "expand" she means services other than abortion, then more power to her. But that is hard to square with Planned Parenthood's status as the single largest provider of abortion in the United States. It performed nearly 330,000 abortions in 2016. Abortion is also its biggest moneymaker.</p> <p>It is ironic but telling that the new head of Planned Parenthood is a physician. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Abortion is one of the rare exceptions in the medical field where advancements in scientific knowledge have done little to change the debate.</span> When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, there was no ultrasound technology to reveal the essential humanity of the child in utero. There was no fetal surgery to correct physical defects like spina bifida while a baby is still in the womb. And yet despite what we have learned in the past four and a half decades, abortion remains, in large part, an American institution built on a foundation of lies and promoted with a web of euphemisms.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 22, 2018</p> 5763faaec1aeab4733b46b3b9ad2eef3 Persuasion, Power and Fraud for 11/15/2018 Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In a free democratic republic, public policy should be a matter of persuasion. That is, those running for elected office are supposed to propose the policies that they espouse and convince the voting public to support those policies. On Election Day, voters presumably would elect the candidates who have made the most persuasive case. </p> <p>Barack Obama's two terms as president and the 2018 midterm "victories" notwithstanding, the Democratic Party has been having diminishing success with the persuasion part of governance for some time. In fact, this failure &#8212; and Democrats' refusal to admit the implications of it &#8212; is behind many of the machinations we've witnessed them engaging in for decades. </p> <p>For example, when Democrats cannot muster majority support for proposed legislation, they resort to the Supreme Court to impose law by judicial fiat. (Legalized abortion is perhaps the most-cited example but by no means the only one.) Federal judges are appointed for life, not elected, and thus not accountable to the public. The only way to change the law is to wait until justices die or retire, and replace them.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 15, 2018</p> 147bfd9fd343cdd6d5eb477a830fecf3 Nine Takeaways from the Midterms for 11/08/2018 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The much-anticipated "most-important-midterm-election-in-our-lifetime" is over. Democrats have a narrow majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Republicans have slightly increased their majority in the U.S. Senate. </p> <p>What did we learn?<p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p> 27bd8c55601e2b2c1be0bf6e876c86e9 Smaller Government Equals Calmer Tempers for 11/01/2018 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">The midterm elections are less than a week away, and predictions are changing daily. Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight predicts that Democrats will take the House but not the Senate. MyBookie says the odds are better that Republicans will keep control of both. Some Democratic optimists are still hoping for a bicameral #BlueWave.</span><br></p> <p>Voter turnout is extraordinarily high, setting records and even exceeding what's more typically seen in presidential election years. What seems to be driving it is passion &#8212; and ire.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 05, 2018</p> fcd1382dfe330728ac344d2926d2c68a The Making of a Red Wave? for 10/25/2018 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Are Republicans finally getting the message? Polls (notoriously inaccurate, as Hillary Clinton, MSNBC and The Young Turks can attest) that earlier showed Democrats taking the House &#8212; and possibly even the Senate &#8212; are now wobbling with less certainty. Some leftward-leaning pundits are even tacitly admitting that momentum seems to be moving in the Republicans' direction.</p> <p>Why could this be?<p>Updated: Thu Oct 25, 2018</p> 6ed867fea9999bed84f3a7b0a4156c59 What Do Democrat Voters Want? for 10/11/2018 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I am trying to put myself in the shoes of Democrat voters, not those in hysterics, screaming obscenities and pounding on the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court, or those mindlessly chanting like Stepford automatons in the Senate hallways.</p> <p>No, I mean the garden-variety Democrats I've known as neighbors, friends and co-workers my entire life; the second- and third-generation Democrat voters who say, "I voted for Bill Clinton, and my parents voted for John F. Kennedy, and my grandparents voted for 'Give 'em hell' Harry Truman and FDR."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 11, 2018</p> 06a8a25dc2765d2e1d7b92a915d51ba0 Women Can Be Destroyed, Too for 10/04/2018 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One evening, my senior year in college, there was a knock at my door. When I answered, a student I didn't know was standing there. He asked my name, and when I told him, he very politely asked if I would perform a sex act on him.</p> <p>After I picked my jaw up off the floor and told him he was out of his mind (or words to that effect), he said, "I'm sorry. I heard that you did that sort of thing."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 04, 2018</p> 8efb0399dc6d5fde98d747d610b1a1c3 We're Next for 09/27/2018 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We're next. Yes, I mean us &#8212; the American people. At least the Christians, Jews, Muslims, conservatives, Republicans, libertarians, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, LGBTQ folks, immigrants, rich, poor and middle class and everyone else among the 63 million people who voted for President Trump. (And we may as well toss in the never-Trumpers and those who have since #WalkedAway from the howling maw of anarchy that is the Democratic Party).</p> <p>We're next.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 27, 2018</p> 7a5a2d24ae3de52e95b4fbde00a41702 Power Corrupts; Sex and Power Corrupt Absolutely for 09/20/2018 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We are watching in real time as two of the most powerful and influential institutions in the history of Western civilization &#8212; the Roman Catholic Church and the United States government &#8212; descend into depravity and absurdity. That these eruptions of corruption are occurring at the same time seems unlikely to be mere coincidence. </p> <p>No one over the age of 20 can be shocked to discover that there's corruption in government. But the past two years have been shocking, to even the most cynical among us: the Clinton campaign's manipulation of the Democratic primary process, the subsequent revelations that the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign paid for the dossier of sordid (and utterly unproven) allegations against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, use of that dossier to deceive federal judges, and the bias and unethical behavior within the FBI and the Department of Justice. And the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired certain members of the United States Senate &#8212; Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, most notably &#8212; to stoop to new lows of appalling behavior. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p>