Star Parker from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:24:47 -0800 Star Parker from Creators Syndicate 2ffbeab97c048befc085006c86ab3d0f Family Breakdown Explains Social Unrest for 12/12/2018 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As France is gripped by civil disorder, many commentators identify, quite correctly, as the culprit the outsized burden that France's bloated welfare state places on its citizens.</p> <p>According a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the highest tax burden in the industrialized world is in France &#8212; 46.1 percent of GDP. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 12, 2018</p> e59a087c680f6c562ad21f95ecab7b48 Thinking About What's Right in America for 12/05/2018 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Amid this holiday season of reflection, I'm thinking about America's future.</p> <p>A new poll from Gallup serves up some sobering data regarding how young Americans feel about their country.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 05, 2018</p> 9ca766b1b0b4ccda6ab442b1ce40b07c When Democrats Win, Freedom Loses for 11/28/2018 Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>The headlines about the incoming 116th Congress scream that our representation has never been so "young," so "blue," so "diverse."<p>Updated: Wed Nov 28, 2018</p> 2301fce4a9281c41a11f8b58773a988e A Lesson in Racial Politics from Florida for 11/21/2018 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Now that, finally, the elections in Florida have reached a conclusion, there are lessons worth learning. One is on the subject of race.</p> <p>There was a fateful anomaly in racial voting in the governor's race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Rick DeSantis, now Florida's governor-elect.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 21, 2018</p> 47b8938b41fb30e3a2e87e5903e67d4e Republican Opportunity With Young Blacks for 11/14/2018 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Buried in the mounds of data fleshing out what happened in the midterm elections is an interesting take on blacks.</p> <p>Nationwide data on black voting in this election cycle do not point to much change. Various polls over recent months seemed to indicate that blacks were starting to warm up to Republicans and President Donald Trump. But blacks went 90 percent for Democrats and 8 percent for Republicans. Pretty much business as usual.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 14, 2018</p> 347a77c9c3d74eb280b12039e6d11597 The Battle to MAGA Continues for 11/07/2018 Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>America's founders demonstrated that government is art, not science. The secret is in balance.</p> <p>Biennial congressional elections strike the right balance for the need for stability with the need for change.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 07, 2018</p> 523e29e0cf70760b2428e00b2acee56c Fake News Threatens Our National Health and Wealth for 10/31/2018 Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump was right to tweet out: "There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true enemy of the people, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news honestly and fairly. That will do much to put out the flame..."</p> <p>He's right.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 31, 2018</p> e134e9200511d66f9fbf35979093d458 It's Democrats Who Shred American Values for 10/24/2018 Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>While campaign stumping in Las Vegas, former Vice President Joe Biden said that American values are being "shredded" by President Donald Trump.</p> <p>According to Biden, the United States was founded "on an idea, an American idea, basic fundamental decency, and it's being shredded."</p> <p>Considering Biden's professed interest in American values and first principles, it's worth recalling the words of George Washington in his Farewell Address.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 24, 2018</p> 280646b90c5fb363e5555509c070e602 Midterms About Future of American Freedom for 10/17/2018 Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>According to the Pew Research Center, 66 percent of those supporting Democratic candidates and 18 percent of those supporting Republican candidates say, "If a person is rich, it is because he or she had more advantages in life than most other people."</p> <p>This from a new Pew survey of Democratic and Republican voters, going into the midterm elections.</p> <p>There couldn't be a bolder picture of the deep division between Democrats and Republicans regarding what America is about.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 17, 2018</p> 1a2565a6d68e2ffc0fee3a208a3a16b8 Will Kavanaugh Realign Racial Politics? for 10/10/2018 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With nerves still raw from the wrenching confirmation process of now Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, speculation whirls regarding what the political implications will be. </p> <p>Worth considering is where the racial lines will be drawn.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 10, 2018</p> c3601e644f59e8cc70dfe98aef2cfea3 Pro-Abortion Left vs. Kavanaugh for 10/03/2018 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I've been writing for years about the depth of the culture war taking place in America. I've done so with trepidation, with knowledge that without resolution, culture wars can turn into physical wars.</p> <p>It happened once in America. Can it happen again?<p>Updated: Wed Oct 03, 2018</p> b7b8294dc47a965048fc63c8a5bf0cbe Kavanaugh Show Will Help Republicans in November for 09/26/2018 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A new report from Gallup should sober up those expecting a "blue wave" in the November elections.</p> <p>According to this recently released report, the percent of Americans saying they have a "favorable" view of Republicans now stands at 45 percent, up from 36 percent. Favorability for Democrats stands at 44 percent, exactly where it was last September.</p> <p>This is the highest favorability for Republicans since January 2011, when it stood at 47 percent just after Republicans gained control of Congress in the 2010 midterm elections.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 26, 2018</p> 1b183d8983aea6804b2266dff6275628 Feinstein v. Kavanaugh for 09/19/2018 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about abortion during his Senate confirmation hearings, Senator Dianne Feinstein grossly misstated statistics about abortion deaths before Roe v. Wade.</p> <p>"In the 1950s and 1960s, two decades before Roe, deaths from illegal abortions in this country ran between 200,000 and 1.2 million. That's according to the Guttmacher Institute."<p>Updated: Wed Sep 19, 2018</p> 04f8dfd1688f8014b14114649e6c405d School Disciplinary Policies Must Be Local for 09/12/2018 Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Trump administration is considering rescinding a Dear Colleague Letter, sent to public school administrators nationwide in 2014, which provided guidelines regarding school discipline policies consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.</p> <p>According to Title VI, racial discrimination at institutions receiving federal funds is illegal.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 12, 2018</p> b7c24cb5f410a69df287a184d04c37ac The Flawed Retrospectives on John McCain for 09/05/2018 Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The passing of Senator John McCain was marked by a sea of eulogies mourning the end of an era of civility and compromise. </p> <p>What has happened, they ask, to those noble, bipartisan days of yesteryear, and how have we descended into today's crude and primitive tribalism?<p>Updated: Wed Sep 05, 2018</p> 43a5ee847b46992e26166991e5144fc1 Republicans Can, Must Keep Control in Midterms for 08/29/2018 Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Recent polls and surveys are delivering, at best, mixed news for Republicans regarding the upcoming midterm elections.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 29, 2018</p> 95c9034ab6704d4cbdb58fb237c797ed King's Dream Still Relevant Today for 08/22/2018 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We are approaching the 55th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>Reading through the speech, it's hard not to be in awe, like those who stood and heard King then, by the greatness and truth of his words.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 22, 2018</p> 17cd70f8a5cfb30242465ec5d2f387bd Urban Violence Begins in Broken Homes for 08/15/2018 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Chicago Tribune reported a big drop in violence in Chicago this past weekend. Forty people were shot.</p> <p>This down from the weekend before, when 74 were shot.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 15, 2018</p> b7e51dc958f48109668f0b9c5b91ed08 Lessons from Apple at a Trillion Dollars for 08/08/2018 Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Apple has become the first U.S. company in history to attain a trillion-dollar valuation. Here are a few thoughts about the relevance of this to our country today.</p> <p>The story of Apple is the story of Steve Jobs. He co-founded the company in 1976 at the age 21, was fired from this same company at age 30, and then returned 11 years later, as it teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, to restore it and set it on the path it has arrived to today.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 08, 2018</p> b4eaf483b635eb43cbdf663919a8803f The Trump, GOP Economic Recovery for 08/01/2018 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When I read that the economy is growing strongly, it makes me happy. </p> <p>But in politics, good news is not enough. You have to decide who gets credit for it.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 01, 2018</p>