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 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:30:34 -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 34a1590631f4a7a1abbec1280102a9b2 Melania, There Is Hope for 09/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/18/melania-there-is-hope Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Have you noticed the sudden popularity of books about fascism? It is amazing. I would say such books are even more popular than books about rock 'n' roll, though they are not as well-written. I have in mind "How Fascism Works," "Fascism: A Warning," "The Road to Unfreedom" and "Can It Happen Here?" Doubtless many more are coming. All are inspired by our president, Donald J. Trump, and they probably scare the hell out of his wife, Melania Trump. She actually grew up on the continent where fascism was a dominant force for years, and communism for many more. </p> <p>I have never been to Slovenia, where Melania was raised, but I visited Croatia and Bosnia, two little countries that share the same neighborhood as Slovenia. There I saw a few of the remaining fascists slouching around on the fenders of cars and slinking into alleyways. They looked like the criminal element to me. In real-life America, we have few of these louts lying about, and when they do, they are usually found hanging around country gas stations, at least until the gas station proprietor tells them to scram. They are about as far removed from the president as staphylococcus aureus. So Melania should give these books on fascism no notice.</p> <p>Instead she might visit the countryside of America, where people are civil and law-abiding. I would suggest that she visit the New Jersey countryside. I was there last weekend and had an experience that might delight her. While awaiting my dog's treatment for some minor matter, I met a middle-aged woman with her 7-week-old kitty. The attendant called out the kitty's name, "Melania." Yes, this 100 percent American had named her young cat Melania. For all I know, she had a young boy at home named Baron. Yes, America has its Trump supporters, and my guess is there are millions of them. Moreover, they are not the kind of people who stay home on Election Day, not any longer. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> 71660e31b96782e3dae5628cc9fae772 The Democratic Party, the Party of Resistance for 09/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/18/the-democratic-party-the-party-of-resistance Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; One explanation for the ferocity of modern politics is that The Political Party That Is Never Wrong is getting a frightful drubbing today. Moreover, it is coming from a man who has only sought political office once in his life, our president, Donald J. Trump. Congratulations, Donald!</p> <p>He is beating the Democrats with policies that have revived the economy and rendered laughable ex-President Barack Obama's pathetic claim that the "new normal" is some place around 2 percent growth. President Trump responds that his economy is now growing at a rate of some 4.2 percent, most likely even higher. President Trump is also beating The Political Party That Is Never Wrong with his judicial appointees. He has had confirmed 67 to the courts, more than any of his predecessors at this stage in their presidencies, and if all goes well, he will have landed two appointees on the Supreme Court shortly. Finally, he is beating The Political Party That Is Never Wrong by rolling back its stifling regulations and antiquated procedures. The party is desperate.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> 2e952031a0bc73075bf2ea9258bf8144 Rev. Ellis, You Have Done Nothing Wrong for 09/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/18/rev-ellis-you-have-done-nothing-wrong Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I was watching Fox's coverage of the Aretha Franklin funeral last week and enjoying the celebration. I thought Stevie Wonder was particularly good and very moving. He is a marvelous singer, but for my money he is an even greater pianist. He really trips his fingers across the keys with gorgeous effect. At any rate, the ceremony was a fitting tribute to a woman who for decades entertained us all.</p> <p>Alas, the ceremony was also marred. On Sunday, I read in the Washington Post that the officiating pastor, Charles H. Ellis III, has been accused of "groping" one of the ceremony entertainers onstage. Yes, he is alleged to have done it right in front of not only Franklin's adoring thousands but also scores of dignitaries, including Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton. That is right, Bill Clinton was there, and he was later accused of fixing his eyes on the entertainer's bottom. That story was carried on the Drudge Report, which I guess is where you would expect it. But back to Ellis. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> e5d931bc8d6adf9891474026fffbc72f Should the Pope Resign? for 08/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/18/should-the-pope-resign Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Many years ago, in the early 1980s, I was drawn ever so transiently into the bureaucratic intricacies of the Roman Catholic Church in America. There was a saintly priest at Indiana University, Rev. James Higgins, who was driven from the university's Newman Center to a parish some 20 miles away from campus. The archbishop of Indianapolis replaced him with two utter lightweights. Their homilies had nothing to do with Catholic doctrine and much to do with their yoga classes, interpersonal relationships of an odd sort and, in one instance, the thrill of approaching a cliff and questioning whether to jump. I looked over at my young children and decided I would drive 40 miles every Sunday rather than wait for the idiot to jump.</p> <p>The more I looked into the plight of Rev. Higgins, the more I discovered the early glimmerings of the full-blown crisis that confronts the church today. The sex scandal and its decades-long cover-up now confronting the church is the most serious crisis that the church has faced since the Protestant eruption of centuries ago. The boys who took over from Rev. Higgins were planted on campus by a corpulent, luxury-loving archbishop, whose interests were worldly rather than spiritual and, incidentally, not very sophisticated. I am not sure where on campus the boys fit in, but they surely did not fit in at the Newman Center, and a few years later both had wandered off to find themselves, hopefully not on a cliff. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2018</p> ee4fd171fcdd306dac2aa900a155d4cd Death of a Historian, Robert H. Ferrell for 08/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/18/death-of-a-historian-robert-h-ferrell Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; On Aug. 8, one of the great historians of his generation and &#8212; for a certitude &#8212; one of the great teachers of any generation, passed away: Robert H. Ferrell. He was 97. Some thought he was too old to die, but nonetheless he worked to the end. When he retired from Indiana University, we thought he would quietly subside. He did not. He continued to write. Even after pulling up stakes and heading off to Michigan to live with his daughter, he continued to write. The result was that he wrote or edited more than 60 books. But books were not his only area of fecundity. As I said, he was a great teacher.</p> <p>No great teacher can ever fully appreciate how far his teaching might spread. Mr. Ferrell taught American history, most notably diplomatic history. <span class="column--highlighted-text">He realized that in his classroom lectures and seminars he was reaching a large number of would-be historians, foreign service personnel and students eager to spend their lives in public affairs, but he had no way of knowing how many of his students were going to become leaders in their communities, where they would apply his insights to their work. </span>I know there are a lot of them. I have kept running into them for years. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 23, 2018</p> cfee4aefa763bf39136cb5d44702914a Lay off Boris Johnson -- and Us, for That Matter for 08/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/18/lay-off-boris-johnson-and-us-for-that-matter Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; A fellow Spectatorian is under enemy fire, and we all must rally around him, particularly because he has done nothing wrong and because if those attacking him triumph, we shall all suffer. The cause is free speech. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The free speech that is endangered is in Great Britain, but if the forces of censorship win in London, it is only a matter of time before the forces of censorship will be bringing their muzzles to our shores.</span></p> <p>I say a fellow Spectatorian is under fire because he is a former editor of the London Spectator and he is naturally a very clever writer: Boris Johnson. He was, until recently, the foreign secretary of Great Britain, and he is still a member of Parliament. What is more, he is a free spirit. I have known him since his Spectator days, and I consider him a friend, a particularly jovial friend. Now he is being accused of bigotry and all the so-called vices that go with bigotry: racism, white supremacy, intolerance, bad manners, bad breath and so forth. You have heard it all before and recognize that when these vices are invoked, the target is guilty as charged and there is no debate.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 16, 2018</p> e81a9707eb33d5b2a831c57918733924 How We Got Here for 08/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/18/how-we-got-here Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Did you see a particular Wall Street Journal front-page headline on Monday? It read "Profits Soar as Economy Advances." That headline will probably be the most important headline of the week. It certainly is of colossal importance. Our economy is robust. The rest of the world is not doing so well. Take, for instance, China. Yet our economy is unusually healthy. If we have to engage in a trade war, it is an auspicious time for us to do so. President Donald Trump has deployed an array of policies and appointments that are serving the country very well. Apparently, the prophet Obama was in error when, as president, he said: "Businesses make big profits. But they've learned to do more with less. And so they don't hire. And as a consequence, we keep on seeing growth that is just too slow to bring back the 8 million jobs that were lost." </p> <p>You, however, were probably distracted by such headlines as these: from the Washington Post front page, "Trump Defends Son's '16 Meeting," and from The New York Times front page, "Trump Admits Meeting's Aim: Tarnish Clinton." Then there were stories about the shopping mania of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, about his sidekick who is a sidekick no more, and, throughout the newspapers, stories about Trump and his family, none of them favorable but none of them as damning as the newspaper editors would have you think.</p> <p>Of course, in 2016 Donald Trump Jr. and his associates sat down with a Russian source to hear what the source had to say about Hillary Clinton's recent misdeeds. How could he not? No woman in public life has ever accumulated so many scandals and instances of wrongdoing as Clinton. For that matter, not many men have accumulated a record comparable to Clinton's without going to jail. There is her relationship with The Clinton Foundation, her fundraising operation and her assorted problems like Benghazi. In the months ahead, there would be her association with old friends and choice funders, such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. When one sits down to talk about Clinton, one is not anticipating a conversation about acts of faith, hope and charity. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> 4831022f3f79fa90e8f99a5d7af82732 His Critics Have Not Blamed Him for the California Fires Yet for 08/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/18/his-critics-have-not-blamed-him-for-the-california-fires-yet Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It has been a pretty good week for Donald Trump. The economy is growing faster than anyone on the left or in the middle or among the Never-Trumpers believed possible. Inflation is low, and employment is at a record high. Moreover, the president and the European Union reached an understanding on trade last week that signals the likely end of a trade war, at least with Europe. Ferocious fires continue to burn out of control on the California countryside, yet no one has had the temerity to blame the fires on the president, or even on Melania Trump.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">President Trump's critics have compared him to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Benito Mussolini and, of course, former President Richard Nixon. </span>The president has not really been compared to Stalin by them, but one would not expect it. Many of them still have a warm spot in their hearts for Stalin, or "Uncle Joe," as former President Franklin D. Roosevelt was given to calling the vaunted Man of Steel. Over the weekend, I am told, the president was also compared to a mafia don by Maureen Dowd, though I have not verified the comparison, as I no longer find la Dowd amusing to read. Yet as I go to press, the president has not been blamed for the California fires, or even for CBS CEO Leslie Moonves' problems with women, many of whom have now apparently changed their minds about his good intentions, in some cases after decades of reflection. Good show, Mr. President! Stay out of California and the Moonves business.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 02, 2018</p> d61b8fcb26210d1276e795a051ae679b The Future Site of the Never-Trumper Museum for 07/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/07/18/the-future-site-of-the-never-trumper-museum Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Here is my world exclusive for the week: The Secret Service adores its boss, President Donald Trump. Some government employees may be a bit wobbly in their loyalty to the president, but not the Secret Service. Never-Trumpers, remember the Secret Service's steadfast loyalty when next you contemplate a coup! For that matter, George Will, remember the Secret Service's ardor for the president when next you compose an indignant column!</p> <p>My sources in the Secret Service tell me that the agents find Trump amusing, dutiful, never difficult to deal with and patriotic. They also admire his professionalism, as well they should. After all, he put together a billion-dollar fortune before &#8212; late in life &#8212; becoming a pol. He has only run for one office: the presidency.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 26, 2018</p> 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>