Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:31:02 -0700 Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate a17e2b34005e86184920f197167d4318 The Truth Behind Chicago's Violence for 08/12/2018 Sun, 12 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The bloodletting in Chicago last weekend, with 74 people shot, 12 fatally, was enough to horrify even locals, who are relatively inured to chronic slaughter at the hands of gun-wielding felons. "Unbelievable," said state Rep. La Shawn Ford, a black Chicago Democrat who went so far as to call on President Donald Trump for help.</p> <p>The shock was also evident beyond Chicago. Rudy Giuliani blamed Democrats in general and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in particular. The mayor's legacy, he tweeted, is "more murders in his city than ever before." Everywhere, there was agreement that the city's mayhem is out of control and in urgent need of measures to contain it.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 12, 2018</p> 28fe17b8b9be9460da7a3cced6484027 The Trump Administration Is a Sinkhole of Sleaze for 08/09/2018 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The State Dining Room in the White House is adorned with a quotation from John Adams: "May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof." His wish has often gone unfulfilled.</p> <p>"Under Grant's two administrations, there flapped through the national capital a whole phantasmagoria of insolent fraud," wrote Edmund Wilson in his book "Patriotic Gore." Americans who remember nothing else about Warren G. Harding can name the scandal that engulfed his administration: Teapot Dome. Richard Nixon resigned for crimes that would have gotten him prison time had he not been pardoned.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> 68ebf04675682b888f5c0753bd13cfb7 Has Trump Become a Free Trader? for 08/05/2018 Sun, 05 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Trump administration has a new agenda: bringing about a new world of free, robust and unfettered trade. After his July meeting with the head of the European Union, the president was pleased to announce, "We agreed today, first of all, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods."</p> <p>White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that Trump "wants to have no tariffs" because "he's a free trader." Yes, he is. And I'm Reese Witherspoon.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 05, 2018</p> 3dd85cbe502bc3f8ee1f29471d945033 Rename Austin Over Slavery? How About Washington? for 08/02/2018 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I grew up in Austin, Texas. At least that's what we called it then. I've often said that after all the growth it has experienced, I barely recognize the city I once called home. If a new proposal goes anywhere, though, I won't be able to call it home or Austin.</p> <p>The Austin Equity Office, you see, recently published a report on Confederate monuments. It compiled a list of parks, streets and facilities named for slaveholders, Confederate veterans and other symbols of the antebellum South, and it provided cost estimates for changing names and removing statues.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 02, 2018</p> 13f7522e4eb38469d722ddd7a020e2a0 On North Korea and Iran, Trump is Deluding Himself for 07/29/2018 Sun, 29 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Take a tough Republican president, a Chinese government committed to help us and a North Korean government faced with demands for denuclearization, and what do you get? It sounds like breaking news. But the scene comes from 2007, when the Bush administration thought it had achieved a historic breakthrough with North Korea. It was mistaken.</p> <p>So, it appears, is Donald Trump. In June, he emerged from a summit with Kim Jong Un and tweeted that "everybody can now feel much safer" because there is "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea." He could have been accused of putting the cart before the horse, if there were a cart, or a horse.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 29, 2018</p> 01f0d40e9602491e1a44d4a0f1acd8f7 Why Trump Supporters will Regret his Trade War for 07/26/2018 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump, who assembled a winning coalition that included manufacturing workers, farmers, ranchers, people who ride Harleys and capitalists resentful of Barack Obama, is now doing his best to turn them all against him. His insistence on levying tariffs on a wide range of products is perfectly designed to inflict pain on those who voted for him, along with everyone else.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the administration unveiled a plan to provide $12 billion in aid to farmers who are or will be hurt by the tariffs imposed by our trading partners in retaliation for Trump's. It was an admission that his trade war will be harder and more expensive than he had made it sound.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 26, 2018</p> 616e6f6a2aef0d01b4a772e3c281359d Even if You Live Inland, Hurricanes Put You in Jeopardy for 07/22/2018 Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1967, Pete Seeger composed a protest song that said: "We're waist deep in the Big Muddy, and the big fool says to push on." It was a poke at President Lyndon Johnson, in an allegory about Vietnam. That war is long past. But Johnson led us into another, more literal Big Muddy that we have yet to escape.</p> <p>Hurricane season is underway in North America, with the worst storms likely between August and October. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Americans who live inland may think they have nothing to worry about, because their homes will not be drowned in salt water.</span> But they are at high risk anyway.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 22, 2018</p> e9cf72601e085c81e2d606c3a2677ec7 Trump and Putin vs. America for 07/18/2018 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,</i></p><i> </i><p><i>In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side. </i><p>Updated: Wed Jul 18, 2018</p> b25cbb078c17c8e22759580b3fd466a2 Kavanaugh's Soft Spot for Police Abuses for 07/15/2018 Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The history of liberty in America features an endless battle over the rights of individuals versus the powers of police. The Constitution was written with the intent of protecting citizens and controlling cops. But that's not quite in keeping with the preferences of Brett Kavanaugh.</p> <p>Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee made his views clear in a lecture paying tribute to the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, delivered last year. What Rehnquist saw as one of his biggest achievements, Kavanaugh noted, was freeing law enforcement from the annoying restrictions placed on it in the 1960s and '70s. And Kavanaugh was there to second the motion.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 15, 2018</p> 8e138b0f2924bb3b161efac82d6327fe Kavanaugh and the Myth of Strict Construction for 07/12/2018 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When Donald Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court on Monday, he said he wanted someone who could set aside his political views "to do what the law and the Constitution require." Brett Kavanaugh followed by saying a judge "must interpret the law, not make the law."</p> <p>It's a classic conservative approach. <span class="column--highlighted-text">You read the law and the Constitution, and then you follow them to the letter. Call it strict construction, judicial restraint or originalism. It's as easy as following the directions on a Duncan Hines cake mix.</span><p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> 7a1fa8d1134c8a46e6f1a9e60619cc7f The Debt Clock Keeps Spinning for 07/05/2018 Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1989, a New York businessman who was worried about chronic federal budget deficits erected the National Debt Clock in midtown Manhattan to keep a running tally of how much the U.S. government owes. The total had reached $2.7 trillion, and Seymour Durst wanted "to call attention to the soaring debt and each family's share of it."</p> <p>For a long time, it kept rising. In 1998, though, the clock abruptly stopped working. "The computer couldn't take it anymore," said Douglas Durst, who had succeeded his late father as head of the Durst Organization. "The numbers were too high."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 05, 2018</p> b57d95945dfc2075355c41f8fe3151f8 Democrats Should Nominate a Woman in 2020 for 07/01/2018 Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1970, a third-party candidate named James Buckley defeated an incumbent in a race for the U.S. Senate in New York on the slogan: "Isn't it time <i> we </i> had a senator?" In 2020, masses of female voters who have joined in a national mobilization against Donald Trump will be asking: "Isn't it time <i> we </i> had a president?"</p> <p>He won in 2016 despite getting only 42 percent of women's votes. The first manifestation of the breadth and fervor of the postelection anti-Trump feeling was the Women's March, held the day after his inauguration.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 01, 2018</p> 72daac08de3db546119c16f31df54d21 Liberals Can't Expect the Courts to Save Them for 06/28/2018 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Republican appointees dominate the Supreme Court. Donald Trump had more appeals court judges confirmed in his first year in office than any previous president. And he will go on filling judicial vacancies with the help of the GOP-controlled Senate. If it was not obvious before this week, it should be now: Liberals should not expect the courts to save them.</p> <p>Any lingering hope evaporated when the justices upheld the administration's travel ban &#8212; which critics regarded as a naked effort to keep Muslims out of the country. Where did they get that idea? From Trump, who promised a total shutdown on Muslim visitors during the campaign and has often expressed aversion to them.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p> e8e3b47032a031638e75d9e9011a9586 In Afghanistan, We Persist in Futility for 06/24/2018 Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The ceasefire in Afghanistan came to an unmistakable end Wednesday when 30 Afghan government soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack in a western province. You may not have noticed the end of the ceasefire because you may not have noticed the start of the ceasefire, just a few days earlier.</p> <p>You should not feel guilty. Seventeen years after the U.S. invaded, there is still not much reason to pay attention to Afghanistan, because nothing ever changes much. Yet we remain there in the obstinate hope that something will. We stay because we don't know what else to do.<p>Updated: Sun Jun 24, 2018</p> 27be8f67b5945c46197538ff9588bb6e The Needless Cruelty of Trump's Border Policy for 06/21/2018 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1729, an Irish political writer named Jonathan Swift noted with sorrow the large number of hungry children in Ireland and offered "a modest proposal" to solve the problem. His suggestion was for people to buy and eat them.</p> <p>This option, he pointed out, would spare the children lives of poverty, prevent abortion and infanticide, relieve the burden on their parents, and "contribute to the feeding, and partly to the clothing, of many thousands."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> 914dc11499d8f9107e7b98069f6aa2cf How Republicans Went Soft on Communism for 06/17/2018 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you had told Ronald Reagan in 1988 that in 30 years, the president of the United States would be chummy with communist dictators in China and North Korea, eager to please a brutal Kremlin autocrat, and indifferent to the needs of our military allies, he might have said: That's what you get for electing a Democrat.</p> <p>Today's Republicans make up a party he wouldn't recognize. For decades, the Russians and Chinese dispatched spies and enlisted American sympathizers to try to harm the United States and tilt its policies in their favor. Under Donald Trump, they don't have to. They have a friend in the Oval Office.<p>Updated: Sun Jun 17, 2018</p> 3b22cb43c75581673df1f93539320d9a Giuliani and Trump Blunder Toward the North Korea Summit for 06/10/2018 Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rudy Giuliani, who knows as much about North Korea as he does about growing kumquats, has granted an inside glimpse of U.S. relations with the regime. With a historic summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un scheduled for Tuesday in Singapore, Giuliani wants the American people to know exactly how it came about.</p> <p>Last month, Trump responded to unwelcome statements from North Korea by abruptly canceling the summit. This decision came because the North Koreans "said they were going to go to nuclear war against us and they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war," Giuliani said at a conference in Israel. "Well, Kim Jong Un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you want to put him in."<p>Updated: Sun Jun 10, 2018</p> 52d62f56b0c69764d4cd9d3163f0f96a Trump's Lies Betray His Desperation for 06/07/2018 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here's what I hope Robert Mueller will conclude when he is done investigating Donald Trump's 2016 campaign: The president is innocent of criminal wrongdoing. He did not know of or approve contacts with Russians to influence the election. His interactions with FBI Director James Comey and other Justice Department officials never rose to the level of obstructing justice.</p> <p>But it would require an extraordinary faith in Trump's character and a stubborn disregard for his behavior to expect that outcome. If there is one inference to be drawn from everything he has done with respect to the investigation and the Russian government, it's that he suffers from a powerful consciousness of guilt.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p> 47f023d62128fe4dd7993c8145ea0e2f Tariffs Don't Enhance National Security. They Harm It for 06/03/2018 Sun, 03 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>American motorists have never had it so good. Cars and trucks are better than ever, and their prices have barely risen in this century. A host of automakers here and abroad compete fiercely to satisfy every whim a driver could have.</p> <p>And I do mean every whim. The Subaru Ascent SUV offers eight seats but 19 cup holders. Last year, The Wall Street Journal reports, Ford filed a patent application for "a gyroscopic cup holder to keep a drink upright while accelerating, braking or 'while the vehicle travels upward at an incline.'"<p>Updated: Sun Jun 03, 2018</p> 50f72d21737636f5c1cd08e8c4b1d950 Roseanne Barr and the Persistence of Prejudice for 05/31/2018 Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The tweet that caused an uproar that led to the cancellation of Roseanne Barr's ABC sitcom was a reminder of the most illuminating and depressing reality of our time: the stubborn centrality of race and racism in our national life.</p> <p>It has been more than half a century since Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act, which Americans of that era assumed would set the nation on the road to confronting and eliminating the blight of discrimination and prejudice. But this year, a major network provided a weekly platform to an entertainer who once referred to Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, as "a man with big swinging ape balls."<p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p>