Scott Rasmussen from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:15:14 -0800 Scott Rasmussen from Creators Syndicate d64bddc9f45e0caa7bcec629fd8e3042 Is Socialism a Threat to America, to Democrats or Both? for 02/21/2019 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In his State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump previewed a theme we are likely to hear a lot about between now and Election 2020. "Here, in the United States," he declared, "we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence &#8212; not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country."</p> <p>Polling conducted shortly after that speech proved that to be a shrewd political framing of the choice facing the nation. Sixty percent of all voters believe that socialism represents a threat to America's founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance. That's the reason leading Democratic candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris have been quick to point out that they are not socialists.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 21, 2019</p> 450f9b9a56944bb83a29403bf6c232f1 Trump Can't Win in 2020, But Democrats Could Lose for 02/14/2019 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If the 2020 election were simply a question of whether voters want President Donald Trump to serve another term, he would lose. His job approval ratings have consistently been in the low- to mid-40s nationwide, and it's no better in potential battleground states. polling shows the president getting positive reviews from just 44 percent of Ohio voters and 43 percent of Florida voters.</p> <p>But it's important to remember that if the question in 2016 had been whether voters wanted Trump to be president in the first place, the answer for most would have been no. In fact, 10 percent of all voters cast their ballot for him despite believing he was unqualified for the job. The current president was elected simply because the Democrats nominated someone many voters considered even less appealing. It's stunningly sad that both major parties nominated candidates disliked by most Americans on Election Day.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> d80f37e8da19f4049fbb3b2b882fbe90 Time to End the Shameful Strand of US History for 02/07/2019 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Four hundred years ago this summer, colonial America's first representative assembly was convened in Jamestown, Virginia. The event launched a noble tradition that grew to become America's founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance.</p> <p>However, that noble beginning was challenged right from the start. Just a few weeks after the legislators gathered, the first enslaved people were brought to Jamestown and then sold. That was the start of a shameful tradition that grew to embrace centuries of slavery and legalized racism against black Americans.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 07, 2019</p> db043131faa9d9639f62ec58c8bfd8e7 What the Covington High School Incident Tells Us About America for 01/31/2019 Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Jan. 19, a moment arrived that nobody anticipated and quickly became a national Rorschach test. The moment came when a group of students had an encounter of some sort with a Native American elder on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>Their encounter became a social media sensation. Despite nearly two hours of video footage and extensive media coverage, there is still no clear agreement as to what happened that day.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 31, 2019</p> c9888a49f879c52252f1779aea6182ce Americans Continue to Reject the Regulatory State for 01/24/2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democratic dreams of a Green New Deal tap into some very real concerns shared by most Americans. Fifty-five percent of voters nationwide agree with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) that we have just over a decade to act before catastrophic impacts of climate change become unavoidable.</p> <p>But that common ground doesn't mean voters are committed to joining Ocasio-Cortez's crusade. A key sticking point is that the young congresswoman wants the federal government to transform the entire economy. However, only 30 percent of voters are even somewhat comfortable with that idea. Only 11 percent are very comfortable with it.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 24, 2019</p> 64585433643bdedab469e2eec472a8bb To Understand Election 2020, Watch America, Not the Politicians for 01/17/2019 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Election 2020 is still 22 months away, but the political world can't wait.</p> <p>A decent number of Democrats have already announced their decision to enter the race, a couple of dozen others are coming and pundits are busily assessing the chances of each new candidate to win the nomination.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 17, 2019</p> d9bee414d162d06e5edb5b50255dba3a There Is More to Governing Than Government for 01/10/2019 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Republicans and Democrats are carrying on in Washington as if the fate of the world depends upon how they resolve the partial shutdown of the federal government. But let's be honest, this is not the Cuban Missile Crisis.</p> <p>A more realistic assessment of the situation suggests that the elected politicians are merely confirming the low opinion voters already have of them.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 10, 2019</p> 8b0350ed6019323032f29f7b5d4e619a Keeping the Shutdown in Perspective for 01/03/2019 Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>In official Washington and the nation's political media world, the partial shutdown of the federal government is a crisis dominating the arrival of a new Congress this week.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 03, 2019</p> 9119a486a126fde3f03c65eecdbf7bf7 An Optimist in a Pessimistic World for 12/20/2018 Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I am optimistic about America's future. That simple statement typically elicits varying expressions of shock and disbelief.</p> <p>Despite that, I believe that our nation's best days are still to come. I am confident that our children and grandchildren will have much better lives than we have enjoyed. They will get to see and do many wondrous things beyond our current ability to imagine. Most importantly, they will help our nation draw ever closer to becoming a land filled with opportunity, liberty and justice for all.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 20, 2018</p> 5f79ba0d61c8fb72167d655a68c9ce30 America's War of Independence, Civil Rights Movement Were Part of the Same Revolution for 12/13/2018 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Many of our political differences today stem from different perceptions of American history.</p> <p>On the surface, it appears as if there's a lot of common ground in understanding that history. Ninety-five percent of voters believe that the founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance played an important role (including 74 percent who consider those ideals "very important").<p>Updated: Thu Dec 13, 2018</p> 7c985b3d68fdc25ae55f6f5cee373069 What Voters Would Include in Comprehensive Immigration Reform for 12/06/2018 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For many years, political leaders from both major parties have dreamed of "comprehensive immigration reform." The core idea has always been some sort of grand bargain that legalized the status of many illegal immigrants in the U.S. along with improving border security.</p> <p>However, the idea always faltered in the court of public opinion because voters reasonably doubted that the politicians were serious about the border security part of the deal. Yet, in concept, the idea remains popular today. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Seventy-five percent want Congress to pass comprehensive federal immigration reform to secure our borders and resolve the status of illegal immigrants already living in the country. Only 6 percent disagree.</span><p>Updated: Thu Dec 06, 2018</p> 2629b38aa1735d6c979516c2edda86de Elite Opinion Standing in the Way of Comprehensive Immigration Reform for 11/29/2018 Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Sunday, a group of migrants near Tijuana, Mexico, rushed through border fencing and attempted to enter the United States near San Diego. Tear gas was fired by Border Patrol agents, and most of the migrants turned back. A few dozen were arrested. Pictures and online videos showed children clinging to adults fleeing the scene. Massive media coverage of the incident brought the difficult images into tens of millions of American households.</p> <p>When President Donald Trump was asked to defend the use of tear gas, he said: "Here's the bottom line: Nobody's coming into our country unless they're coming legally." In other words, the president treated it like an issue of law and order. And, on that point, the president has solid backing in the court of public opinion. Eight out of 10 voters nationwide believe that illegal immigration is bad for America.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 29, 2018</p> 1a656139e244effc9a6aaa5663dc3717 Enjoy Thanksgiving, Avoid Politics for 11/22/2018 Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For those who live and breathe politics, it's hard to let go after the intensity of an election. Months and months of addictively following every hint of breaking news or analysis gave way to often raw emotions as the votes were finally counted.</p> <p>I speak from personal experience. After every election, my wife says it takes about a month for me to detox enough to engage in normal society. With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks after Election Day, that naturally creates some tension. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 22, 2018</p> 7a07ff0a25cfc843c77f905c23f7d114 Election 2018 in Context: A Political System Out of Sync with the Nation It's Supposed to Serve for 11/15/2018 Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the wake of Election 2018, analysts have delved deeply into a seemingly limitless supply of data points to explain the details of what happened. What role did suburban women play? Or health care? Was there a Kavanaugh effect?</p> <p>This obsession with details may be causing us to miss the bigger picture of what's going on.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 15, 2018</p> c83c0654cf47f0f18310ff461cac7f25 The Election's Over -- Now What? for 11/08/2018 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It was almost unsettling to wake up the morning after the election and realize it turned out pretty much as we expected. There were, of course, some individual surprises, but nothing on the seismic shock scale of 2016.</p> <p>For months, it had been expected that Democrats would win a modest House majority, and they did. The popular vote margin for the Democrats was just about right where the Generic Congressional Ballot projected it to be (and also about the same as the RealClearPolitics average of all election polls).<p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p> 73df5fb843ebf2fd45a392fe73a647d6 The Midterms Are All About Turnout for 11/01/2018 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As Election Day approaches, expectations are pretty much where they've been for the past six months. In the Senate, Republicans are more likely to gain seats than lose the majority. In the House, Democrats are favored to win control, but it may not be much of a "blue wave."</p> <p>These general expectations have remained fairly stable because the broad contours of every election are shaped by geography and history. Republicans are expected to do well in the Senate because Democrats must defend many seats in states that are generally GOP turf. Democrats are expected to do well in the House because the party out of power almost always gains ground in midterm elections. Even an average midterm result would put the Democrats in charge.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 01, 2018</p> 5fba087a09e56b089dd9a96abc5bfa48 Which Team Will Be the Lesser of Two Evils on Election Day? for 10/25/2018 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For the past two years, many Democrats thought that victory in 2018 would simply be a matter of running against Donald Trump. The only question in the minds of some activists was how big the "blue wave" would be.</p> <p>For those in the party, opposing the president seemed to be enough. Two-thirds of Democrats (64 percent) believe that Hillary Clinton would have won the election without any Russian interference. Seventy-four percent of Democrats believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 25, 2018</p> 02794b18ee60df307e96faaa008ad7e8 The Culture Is Powerful Enough to Fix Our Broken Political System for 10/18/2018 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I've spent a lot of time over the past few years reminding everyone who would listen that the culture leads and politics lag behind. For me, that's an encouraging perspective. It would be beyond depressing if our nation's fate were determined by the agendas of our political leaders.</p> <p>I'm with the 91 percent of people who believe that volunteering for community activities has a more positive impact than engagement in political campaigns. It's exciting when Americans use their freedom to work together in their communities and help create a better world.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 18, 2018</p> 839fb32ffba9eee17e6f87f632cbe84f Fortunately, Our Society Is Not As Polarized As Our Politics for 10/11/2018 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the wake of the politically toxic dialogue of recent weeks, it's refreshing to note that 63 percent of voters recognize that American society is not as polarized as American politics. Most understand that who we are as individuals and communities is much more than our political affiliations or ideologies.</p> <p>Still, the impact of our broken political system spills over into society-at-large and creates a variety of social challenges. Four out of 5 voters have a close friend or family member from the other side of the political aisle. How do they navigate Thanksgiving dinners, football games and happy hours? The overwhelming majority (81 percent) simply tries to avoid talking politics.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 11, 2018</p> 4f09e21d51699308b5f28fa07134df8e On Health Care, Voters Want More Choice and Less Politics for 10/04/2018 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Polls consistently show that health care is one of the top issues on voters' minds heading into the midterm elections. It's a powerful issue because it impacts everyone so personally and can have enormous consequences.</p> <p>At first glance, the opportunity for political action seems clear. Just 34 percent of voters rate our health care system as good or excellent. Despite being a perennial campaign issue, public satisfaction with our health care system has remained low for more than a decade. It was broken before Obamacare was implemented, and it remains broken today.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 04, 2018</p>