R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 22 Jul 2018 04:52:06 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/r-emmett-tyrrell-jr-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell 5717414486fbc644898b516dcd73954d Mr. President, Declassify Documents Relating to Russian Collusion Now for 07/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/07/18/mr-president-declassify-documents-relating-to-russian-collusion-now Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Now that FBI agent Peter Strzok has appeared before Congress and told us nothing that we did not know, it is time for President Donald Trump to act. Strzok looked like a cocky crook testifying to Congress about a failed con job. His appearance was utterly astounding. He actually smirked at the assembled elected officials of government. He smirked from morning until late in the afternoon when Congress finally adjourned, though admittedly, by late in the afternoon, the wind was pretty much out of his sails and his smiling face most assuredly ached. He looked deflated, and if he was eager for anything, it was for the exit and the arms of his paramour, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. </p> <p>His demeanor was not that of a stalwart FBI agent appearing before the Congress of the United States to inform the citizenry but like that of John Gotti or one of the other hoods whom a better generation of FBI agents than Strzok's once put behind bars. </p> <p>At some point in the near future, a reflective Congress might &#8212; in a bipartisan moment &#8212; investigate how the FBI became a tool of elitist interests in our nation's capital. Then, too, Congress could offer suggestions as to what could be done to repair the damage. Federal law enforcement becoming so flagrantly political is genuinely alarming. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 19, 2018</p> ca8fd0159547ebc01a2fff74454aed20 How Perkins Coie Plans to Get Congressman Jim Jordan for 07/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/07/18/how-perkins-coie-plans-to-get-congressman-jim-jordan Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Have you been keeping up with the charges against Congressman Jim Jordan? They first wafted from the swamp around July 3 when NBC News quoted three former wrestlers as saying the congressman had to know about alleged "inappropriate" behavior by an Ohio State University team physician toward some Ohio State wrestlers. </p> <p>The "inappropriate" behavior supposedly occurred 30 years ago. Yes, I said 30 years ago. That was when Jordan, a former two-time NCAA champion, was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State, and, oh, yes, he was in his early 20s. Do you know how much standing an assistant coach had attained when he was in his early 20s some three decades ago? It would have been about as much standing as a graduate assistant.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> 84ac9a06e38db3ac8dc549c09a116c2e What a Difference a Week Makes for 07/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/07/18/what-a-difference-a-week-makes Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Happy birthday, America! Sing "Yankee Doodle"! Light firecrackers! March in a parade! We have something to celebrate this year. What a difference a week makes. </p> <p>At the beginning of last week, the left was gathering steam. Its sudden discovery of family life, of the inhumanity of breaking up Latino families at the southern border, of denying Latino children their sacred right to sit in a cell with their law-breaking parents, all seemed a sure winner for Democrats in this year's forthcoming elections. Then, too, the Democrats discovered what they thought were vote-getting possibilities when they celebrated Red Hen restaurant denying service to Sarah Sanders, the president's mouthpiece &#8212; forget about how Democrats have for years been very approving of the penalizing of bakers for refusing to serve wedding cakes to homosexual clients. The early part of last week was a promising time for the party of the jackass.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 05, 2018</p> d0c58ba9036f983742d6b98715caf853 George Will Is Down and Out for 06/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/18/george-will-is-down-and-out Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I have in my office a framed note from President Donald Trump. It says, "Bob, Now We Really Did It. Thanks For All Of Your Help!" The note is dated Jan. 13, 2017. He was responding to my congratulatory email to him earlier acknowledging that indeed he "did it." He won the election and was then gearing up for his inauguration and what would follow. Today he has been president for almost a year and a half. What has he done? He has realized more of his conservative campaign promises than anyone since President Ronald Reagan. Perhaps he has even outdone the Old Cowboy. Trump is more conservative than he let on! Usually it is the other way around; a presidential candidate is more liberal than he lets on. Trump's iconoclasm is refreshing.</p> <p>I thought of that this weekend when George Will, the columnist who long ago won a Pulitzer Prize, finally went to pieces and ordered his readers to vote Democrat this fall. Will was not ordering his readers to vote for the Democratic Party of Adlai Stevenson, or former Sen. Bob Kennedy and former President John Kennedy, or even former Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He was ordering them to vote for the party that looks to the sore loser, Hillary Clinton, and the socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Reportedly, Sanders is the socialist who, for the second year in a row, hauled in 1 million big ones and owns three spacious houses. Clinton ... well, you know how much swag she and her husband have amassed from a life spent in what they call "public service."</p> <p>I say Will finally went to pieces. There have been signs of his impending crackup before: the time he gave himself over to a diatribe against former President George H. W. Bush. Will called this courtly gent a "lap dog." Bush went on to become president after an illustrious public life. For that matter, between Will's famous lunches with former first lady Nancy Reagan (and former Washington Post publisher Kay Graham and former Washington Post editor Meg Greenfield &#8212; he has been renowned for downing comestibles with powerful women), he denounced her husband for his tax cuts and all the while accepted the president's hospitality. He even denounced former Rep. Jack Kemp, again for tax cuts, the same kind of tax cuts that are energizing our economy today. Tax cuts and smaller government bring out the worst in Will.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p> 7936cf5d73d5f47cfb173e9cf1d10e14 Scott Pruitt and the Return of the Black Cat News Story for 06/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/18/scott-pruitt-and-the-return-of-the-black-cat-news-story Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Do you remember when we called those utterly frivolous though dreadfully ominous news stories of yesteryear Black Cat News Stories? They filled the media in the 1980s during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Not a week passed when a Reaganite was not being hounded by reporters for committing some minor misdeed, or often no misdeed at all, for instance forgetting to wash one's hands after lunch or neglecting to hold the door for a lady. That was back in the days when it was permissible to call a lady a lady and her gender was a matter of fact, not of litigation. </p> <p>As I recall, Michael Kinsley, the comic genius of that faraway time, once accused Attorney General Ed Meese of jaywalking despite Meese's vaunted support for law and order, and even the death penalty. I do not recall if Kinsley was calling for the attorney general to step down from the Justice Department, but I do remember him being very disturbed and maybe even calling for a congressional inquiry. Then there was his indignation over the Reaganites' misuse of government frequent-flyer mileage. He persuaded a lot of Reagan's critics that this was a symptom of far-reaching corruption.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> 35360d47bfd1611db627d6119c619c2d The Passing of a Giant for 06/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/18/the-passing-of-a-giant-57dfb Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; On Friday, Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative journalist and writer, released a noble statement to the public. Its final words were: "I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life &#8212; full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended."</p> <p>Thus passes one of the few great men of my generation. Some of us have time left to make amends or wring out a few more achievements before we die, but I do not think it is too early to say Charles was one of the great men of my generation. He was singularly remarkable and would be in almost any generation. </p> <p>The 1960s generation has been, for the most part, a dud. It was heralded as the brightest generation since ... since when? I always thought it was the most pampered generation, the most affluent generation (usually through inheritance) and the most self-regarding generation. But there was nothing great about it. At least there was nothing great about its leading lights. It can boast of some great scientists, some great (if flawed) athletes, some captains of industry and finance, but at least in the cultural realm, we have very little to show for all our rave reviews. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> 3bb35f431acf6222441e685ed58121ae Bill Emerges From Under His Bed for 06/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/18/bill-emerges-from-under-his-bed Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; During the current hysteria about sexual harassment within elite circles, one of the most revered of our elites, former President Bill Clinton, has been hiding under his bed. He has not been seen in public for eight months.</p> <p>Now he has emerged with a sidekick from the realm of belles-lettres, James Patterson, the novelist with whom he has written a novel. Incidentally, how does one co-write a novel with a novelist? Did Bill and James episodically write every other page? Which of these two clowns wrote the first page? Which wrote the last page? One thing I know for a certitude: If the book contains any lies, Clinton is responsible for them. The phrasing of the lies, the plotting of the lies and the entire metaphysical oomph of the lies would most certainly be his doing. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p> aa286c2e888d6f6cd2b68f0e934cec01 Who Killed Robert Kennedy? for 05/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/18/who-killed-robert-kennedy Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I have never believed in conspiracy theories. Though some critics have lumped me in with conspiracy theorists excogitating on Clinton aide Vince Foster's death in Fort Marcy Park and other such phantasmagorias, I plead innocence. It is just too difficult to keep a conspiracy under wraps, particularly in Washington and New York, where garrulity is the rule. A conspirator sitting on a big story is likely to tell someone for money or for prestige or for the sheer fun of it. If I recall correctly, even Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein eventually told their secret about Deep Throat, and that was a rather simple secret. Imagine the pressure on survivors in the know to spill the beans on the plot to kill President John F. Kennedy or the real identity of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassin or, come to think of it, Donald Trump's collusion with the Russians or Stormy Daniels or Martians. Breaking silence on these matters could assure the leaker fame unto eternity, or at least a fat book contract.</p> <p>No, I do not believe secrets about sensational events can be kept for very long. However, in light of the discovery of new evidence or new insights, I think a new investigation can be warranted. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has now stepped forward with an abundance of evidence that Sirhan B. Sirhan, who was convicted in 1969 of assassinating Kennedy's father, presidential candidate and Sen. Bobby Kennedy, is innocent. At least he thinks Sirhan is innocent. On that terrible June night in 1968, Sirhan did fire his .22-caliber pistol repeatedly in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel, and he injured several people. However, the younger Kennedy believes someone else shot his dad. I think he makes a compelling case, at least for reopening the investigation.</p> <p>I should add that I have more than a passing interest in Sen. Kennedy's death. Some weeks before, on April 24, I was the only person onstage at the Indiana University Auditorium when Kennedy addressed a packed house in the lead up to the Indiana primary. I guess you could say I "crashed" his speech. I had secreted myself behind the vast black curtain, which served as his backdrop. I was standing perhaps three feet behind him. As it turned out, I was the only person aside from Kennedy onstage, and when he finished his speech and withdrew from the wildly applauding crowd, he confronted me and said, "How do we get out of here?" Did he think I was his advance man? For the next five or so minutes, I led him to the left, to the right and then straight ahead &#8212; I was hopelessly lost. Finally, I got him to his waiting car, and he extended his hand in thanks. He smiled. How could I not like him?<p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p> 337ed66107c43bb40c4b1fe2fc287aa0 Tom Wolfe Is Dead, and I Am in Italy for 05/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/18/tom-wolfe-is-dead-and-i-am-in-italy Thu, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Castelvetro di Modena, Italy &#8212; On May 14, a star failed to come out. Tom Wolfe passed away that day. With his passing, the conservative movement lost its greatest social critic and America lost one of its greatest novelists. As a writer, Tom was his own man. He died as he lived: on his terms, or at least as much on his terms as a man can.</p> <p>I wish I were writing from my library in Virginia and could repair to the Tom Wolfe section to consult his oeuvre, but I cannot. I am in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains of northern Italy, and the food and the drink are constant distractions, to say nothing of my sweet wife. I wish Tom's books were all around me, but then I might sit down with them and never finish this memorial to him. His books are always engrossing, for me more so than any other writer. The memories would rush in while reading them. It was my good fortune to know him well. Once again, I would be lost in the artistry and the wit and the memories. I would never get this thing done.</p> <p>The memories &#8212; they go back decades. Once I walked up an English hillside single file with Tom, his incomparable wife, Sheila Wolfe, and others. We were with Malcolm Muggeridge and a coterie of eccentrics including a nun in flamboyant garb who had been a showgirl in her grimmer days. I bet she could say #MeToo. Tom, of course, was walking along in his white suit and, I believe, white buck shoes; Malcolm was in dreary tweeds; the background music was laughter. We all laughed about everything. On the return train from the countryside, Tom called Malcolm's retreat "a little bit of heaven" and answered questions about his recent book, "The Right Stuff."<p>Updated: Thu May 24, 2018</p> 7c789517487dc274755d148911c650e4 Why We Don't Read Newspapers for 05/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/18/why-we-dont-read-newspapers Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I once did a weekly column for the Washington Post. It appeared on Mondays and was picked up in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, possibly Chicago and I believe Bull Snort, Georgia. It ran in a lot of newspapers, but that was many years ago. Things were different in America. Liberals were different then. For one thing, liberals were liberal. Now, of course, they are progressives, and feminists, and, forget not, some are socialists. Who knows &#8212; maybe some are Marxist-Leninist socialists. Conservatives are pretty much the same as they were in yesteryear, but that is of little help. Conservatives only own the most civilized newspapers, and there are not many civilized newspapers in the country.</p> <p>As I say, my column appeared in the Post years ago, possibly before the Vietnam War, possibly before World War II. I am almost positive I never wrote a column earlier than World War I. At any rate, my Monday column in the Post always made my weekends hellish. I would file it on Saturday and wait and wait. If no editorial protest came in by Sunday, I could have wine with dinner on Sunday night. But just wine, no martini, because the editorial protests might come in like a thunderclap as late as Sunday evening. I might've riled up an editor, possibly by using an unusual word or a foreign idea. If the word was more than two syllables, I was on thin ice. If the idea had something to do with free markets, it was hopeless. </p> <p>Another problem was the personages I might offend. Both Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt were long dead, so I could not possibly offend one of them. But I do remember Ralph Nader calling the Post to complain about me. He had gotten a heads-up from some acolyte hidden in the editorial department, or perhaps the obituary department, and was on the telephone with the top editor, who never took a martini on Sunday. Nader's complaint was that I had libeled him flagrantly. Well, of course I had libeled him flagrantly. How could I write about him with my usual precision and suavity without libeling him? Some things had to be changed to please this advocate of free speech.<p>Updated: Thu May 17, 2018</p> 36822983a17916da097394878489d77c The Delusions and Collusions of the Hon. John Kerry for 05/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/18/the-delusions-and-collusions-of-the-hon-john-kerry Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; There is a whiff of the absurd about former Secretary of State Jean-Francois Kerry's recent "aggressive yet stealthy mission" to New York City. "Aggressive yet stealthy" is how The Boston Globe described his mission, though to serious observers of this elongated buffoon, the diplomatic mission was also comic. His return to diplomacy was as comic as his episodes of hang gliding while running for president, mad bicycling jaunts across Europe in what looked like his underpants and recreational surfing &#8212; all while ostensibly on duty. As for his recent "aggressive and stealthy" diplomacy in New York, is he delusional? Has he never heard of the Logan Act outlawing private diplomacy? President Donald Trump has heard of it, and in a Monday morning tweet, he raised the specter of illegality. Again, is Jean-Francois delusional?</p> <p>Well, I have long thought that he is, but so are many of the upper-echelon members of the Democratic Party, starting with Hillary Clinton, who apparently believes that she is the rightful claimant to the presidency. She has moved her seat of power to Chappaqua, New York, to wait patiently until her loyal factotum, special counsel Robert Mueller III, makes the necessary arrangements for her return to Washington, D.C., where she, in her delusion, will take over the White House from the disgraced Trumpians. Surely, 78-year-old House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will return to House Speakership, along with dozens of other fla-fla Democrats. For them the recent election has been a mere distraction from the business of governing America and raising taxes.<p>Updated: Thu May 10, 2018</p> fcd92f89eb9adc19d15d8a4d8c78c372 The Health Care Mountain for 05/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/18/the-health-care-mountain Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Milton Friedman was not only a brilliant economist &#8212; a Nobel laureate, in fact &#8212; he was also a gifted writer. In his 1962 book "Capitalism and Freedom," he presciently explained how health care costs were going to leap out of control over the next decades. Sure enough, they did. They multiplied from roughly $1 of every $20 being spent on health care in the 1950s to roughly $1 of every $5 being spent on health care today. </p> <p>Now we spend more than $3.5 trillion on health care annually, that is to say about $10,000 a person. The figure is projected to be $5.7 trillion by 2026, though as Friedman predicted, when the money is available, we always spend more &#8212; much more. Predictions of how many people will show up for free health care always miss the mark by a lot.</p> <p>If you leave out China, Japan and Germany, today America spends more money on health care than all the other nations on Earth spend on everything, as Hunt Lawrence and Dan Flynn have been saying in their thoughtful analysis of American health care. It is getting worse. Something must be done.<p>Updated: Thu May 03, 2018</p> febd629c31c64b6cc79a95d599b0c65f The Angry Left and Its Adversaries for 04/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/18/the-angry-left-and-its-adversaries Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Has it been noted that the country's political disagreements are becoming increasingly violent? About 15 years ago, the "angry left" appeared on the scene, and its indignant members got a lot of attention from the media. The enormous volume of press attention signaled the media's manifest approval, if sotto voce. Next came the Occupiers' movement, and again, these ruffians came with the media's approval, at least sotto voce. Then, gun-toting cowards began shooting people for humanitarian reasons, and the media did not know what to think. The assassination attempt on Rep. Steve Scalise and his colleagues comes to mind. </p> <p>The right, too, has its violent practitioners. It has the "alt-right," neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. The violence at Charlottesville, Virginia, was a high-water mark for these creeps. The alt-right and its competitors seem to have faded a bit as of late, but it is still out there. It is kept in the news, oddly enough, by its criminality, though the media never approves of it, even sotto voce. Yet the media never misses an opportunity to report on its malevolent behavior, often with inflated figures. As I have noted for years, without the media's attention, these creeps would be mere curiosities. Even the left-wing practitioners of violence are pretty much marginal, though they have snappier slogans. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 26, 2018</p> 59df748c14db50871b0b8c9ebf78aad5 Official Washington's Crimes for 04/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/18/official-washingtons-crimes Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; William Casey was my lawyer. One day, I came into my office and found a large man sitting on my desk. I greeted him amiably, and he greeted me amiably. Yet he was still siting on my desk. At some point in our meeting, we settled into a more conventional seating arrangement, and Bill began to tell me about the world as he analyzed it at the time, the late 1970s. I then made two decisions. If Bill agreed to be my lawyer, I could take on anyone. What is more, he knew prodigious amounts about the world. He had brought charts and maps. He would be my foreign policy adviser.</p> <p>I have been thinking about Bill quite a lot recently. He went on to become President Ronald Reagan's head of the CIA. He proved to be an even finer spook than he was a lawyer. After all, he got his start in the World War II Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the CIA's predecessor. By the mid-1980s he was traveling all over the globe, and the Democrats were abominating him. Yet he did help his pal Ron win the Cold War, and peacefully. Democrats such as then-House Speaker Tip O'Neill called him the most "political" CIA director America had ever endured. Yes, but still he helped win the Cold War without firing a shot.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018</p> 749ac3ae6fd9c18874888e142504be5c Larry Kudlow to the Rescue for 04/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/18/larry-kudlow-to-the-rescue Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The markets are on edge. Then again, inflation is low; employment is high &#8212; historically high in the case of blacks and Latinos &#8212; and growth is healthy and looking to become very healthy. Dare we say robust? The reason for the edginess in the markets is that President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on communist China and threatens to impose more tariffs. There is talk of a trade war. That should worry any champion of free markets.</p> <p>So we welcome the appearance of Larry Kudlow in Washington, D.C. He is a free market champion to the utmost, and he has been brought to Washington by the imposer of tariffs. Now President Trump seems to incline toward the chaos theory of government. He often employs people who do not completely agree with one another. Kudlow is for free trade. Another White House aide, Peter Navarro, is not. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 12, 2018</p> 4f3f20a00f62e5c9053b4202891ef69c Picasso Was a Neanderthal, N'est-ce Pas? for 04/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/18/picasso-was-a-neanderthal-nest-ce-pas Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; There have been some very auspicious developments in human evolutionary studies that ought to allow us a welcome respite from my usual political ramblings in this space. </p> <p>After all, politics of late has taken a turn toward the grisly. Just last week, I reported that our intelligence community was, in fact, spying on Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign, just as Trump said it was. Has the intelligence community of the United States ever snooped on a leading presidential candidate for the presidency? The former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, along with other intelligence sleuths and Obama White House personnel, have gone the way of the media, the universities and, of course, the Democratic Party. They were attempting to thwart the will of the electorate in 2016. What is to be done?<p>Updated: Thu Apr 05, 2018</p> a8e51f8f06fa29e0ec8fdb8ab80ec780 Partisanship and John Brennan's Plot for 03/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/18/partisanship-and-john-brennans-plot Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; What passes for the current wisdom today contains a great deal of solemn slop. Yet there are some solemnities in the current wisdom that one assumes are legitimate. For instance, it is said that partisanship today is more intense than it has been since &#8212; I suppose &#8212; the Civil War, or at least since the days of Sen. Joe McCarthy. Americans on the left, on the right and treading water in the middle cannot agree on anything. Well, until last week, I would have said this was a bit far-fetched. That was when I experienced partisanship myself.</p> <p>We have been hearing for years that the existence of the CIA, the FBI and other agencies of the intelligence community constitute a threat to our civil liberties. The alarums about tapping our telephones and otherwise snooping on us have been traditionally sounded by the left but also &#8212; perhaps more pianissimo &#8212; by the right. Sen. Rand Paul has been a peerless voice on the right in sounding off for civil liberties. When he speaks out, I listen. One of the rallying points of concern in America has been the concern for civil liberties. When the American Civil Liberties Union was founded, it had its champions left, right and center. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2018</p> 19fbaad18ad2a2d37552b4debc354aa1 Goodbye, Andrew McCabe. And No More Tears for 03/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/18/goodbye-andrew-mccabe-and-no-more-tears Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; If you followed the soap opera drama that the mainstream media orchestrated against the Trump administration last week, you got your money's worth. As the week progressed, Andrew McCabe, the departing deputy FBI director, was almost frantic. He was running from office to office at the Justice Department in a frenzy to save his pension before retiring. President Donald Trump was tweeting out against him. Others were speaking out in his favor, for instance the glabrous former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the reformed Marxist and former CIA Director James Brennan, along with other official and unofficial spokespersons of official Washington. The stress and melodrama were growing intense. Then, just at the last moment, with only some 24 hours to go before McCabe was granted retirement with his pension assured, Attorney General Jeff Sessions dropped the big one.</p> <p>He fired McCabe. His decision was announced just before 10 o'clock Friday evening, and McCabe faced the dark and bleak night alone without his pension after 21 years of valiant service to the country, to say nothing of the Democratic Party. "The big picture," McCabe hymned, "is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people." He is talking about people like himself. Such is the arrogance of official Washington. My guess is that he is going to be spending a considerable amount of time in court in the years ahead. After that, there might be a stint in the calaboose.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 22, 2018</p> 27db9facd25cb4430231e244bc1e783b #MeToo: Hillary and Monica Edition for 03/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/18/metoo-hillary-and-monica-edition Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; There is a growing debate on the left over whose side to take in the simmering controversy between Monica Lewinsky and former President Bill Clinton or the Clintons, depending on how long Hillary Clinton remains loyal to Bill, or, come to think of it, how long Bill remains loyal to Hillary. Truth be known, she might be in even hotter water than Bill at this moment.</p> <p>Evidence of the looming Lewinsky-Clinton controversy appeared once again in the pages of The Wall Street Journal last week, where Abbey Ellin filed a column titled "The Clintons Owe Monica an Apology." The controversy heated up four days later when Brian Kent of Tulsa, Oklahoma, published a letter in the Journal's correspondence section under the headline "If Bill Apologizes to Monica, It Should Be a Private Act." I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018</p> fc550a526f5b0ca6ee2d507a4cfb857c Donald Trump and Free Trade for 03/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/18/donald-trump-and-free-trade Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump has had a splendid first year in office. He has the economy moving again, and at a healthy pace, 2.6 percent in the most recent quarter. Unemployment is down; the stock market is up; and the economic signs are mostly healthy. Well, that is until last week for the stock market. That was the week during which the president announced his intention to slap a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. The market tanked, and more problems are said to be coming internationally. It appears the world does not favor President Trump's threat of high tariffs. </p> <p>Now, it's possible he is just trying to shake things up. He has done marvels by shaking things up in other sectors during his brief presidency. Maybe in international trade he is simply positioning himself to cut a deal, say, with China or Canada. Canada is the No. 1 exporter of steel to the United States. </p> <p>But it is said that he wants to help the steelworkers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He cares for them as he cares for coal miners in West Virginia. I think he is sincere. But by raising tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, he might help workers in those industries in the short term and will certainly hurt other Americans, specifically, as many as 5 million in manufacturing and related industries. In fact, his gesture will hurt workers and consumers in all walks of American life. His tariff policies will endanger our economic growth. His gesture against free trade will hurt the majority of Americans, a majority he will need in 2018 and 2020.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018</p>