Armstrong Williams from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 01 Oct 2020 05:48:29 -0700 Armstrong Williams from Creators Syndicate 1ad06dc5ccdd8129ace2b65f7e0f3755 Rebuilding Our National Family Structure for 10/01/2020 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Have you ever wondered why people mourn the loss of individuals of stature, such as celebrities and political leaders, who are complete and total strangers, with profound sadness and frustration? Think about the celebrity deaths over the last few years like Michael Jackson and Avicii or, more recently, Kobe Bryant and the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. After each of their deaths, we saw people mourning for days or even weeks, crying out in the streets asking why or how such a terrible thing could have happened.</p> <p>Regardless of how tragic, unfortunate or untimely some of their deaths may have been, we are reminded that no one knows when their time will come, and that death waits for no man. An old Southern Christian saying suggests that we're only here for a season, and some seasons for some people are shorter than others. So, in thinking along those terms, we can accept that death is inevitable and can happen at any given moment. Yet, that doesn't take away the pain or emotion we feel when we suffer a loss. However, those feelings and emotions of loss are typically toward a family member or someone we were close to, not a stranger. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 01, 2020</p> e1521f4498f3a736faa0680dec1ddb84 Hypocrisy for 09/24/2020 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>One of the things that people across the board find pathetic, misleading and downright disgusting is hypocrisy. Especially when it comes from a person in a position of power, at a lectern with a mic, who is pretending to be holier than thou. Yet, when they are not at the lectern, their actions are something entirely different: "Do as I say, not as I do." Well, that's the case of former vice president Joe Biden, but we'll come back to this a little later.</p> <p>It goes without saying that President Donald Trump should never have sat down with Bob Woodward and, to be frank, I can't understand why the president continues to sit down with reporters who, as the adage goes, "Don't mean him any good." It's no secret that the mainstream media isn't a fan of Trump, and yet here we are again. Mr. President, why do you keep putting yourself in this predicament? Why do you continue to give reporters, who only seek to malign you, the time of day? It just doesn't make any sense. Furthermore, those around you do not have your best interests at heart. If they did, this interview would have never occurred. If Trump wins the reelection in November, he needs to truly clean house once and for all.</p> <p>You can't but the toothpaste back in the tube, and now Woodward has a new book, "Rage." To build momentum for the book, he has released tapes of his interviews with the president. The spin so far has been that Trump knew just how deadly the COVID-19 virus was and hid it from the American people. However, this couldn't be the furthest thing from the truth because, in the same interview, the president stated he "didn't want to incite panic," which, ultimately, was the right decision. At the time of the interview, there were still many uncertainties about the virus that required more research and debate among experts. It would have been grossly negligent for Trump to cause a national panic without being able to articulate why and without the evidence to back it up. Instead, he took decisive steps, like banning travel from China, to limit the spread while we gathered more information about the virus. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 24, 2020</p> 325bbe3c992bfd0f4a206ec2cb65af4d History Starts with People for 09/17/2020 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, I had the great honor and privilege of observing history. I was blessed to be a guest of the White House and witness the signing of the momentous peace agreement between Israel and two Arab nations: Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.</p> <p>Watching as President Donald Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Emirati and Bahraini foreign ministers, I felt a swelling of joy in my heart. This was the dawning of a new day.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 17, 2020</p> 20a317891bca9392def06752803bde13 Who Is the BLM Global Network Foundation? for 09/10/2020 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With protestors taking to the streets all over the United States to protest police brutality after the killings of unarmed Black men, the phrase "Black Lives Matter" has become synonymous with the movement. Regardless of where you find yourself on the ideological spectrum, a significant percentage of those protesting have done so peacefully, but it's the violent protestors and antifa thugs that continue to get most of the attention. The media would have it no other way; after all, who wants to watch continuous news about protestors marching peacefully. That's boring. For a news media that's become all about ratings and being first, they only care about what suits that agenda. </p> <p>What do I mean in the paragraph above, you might ask? Well, did you know that a recent Gallup poll "found that 65% of U.S. adults support the protests. Additionally, 53% said the protests 'will help' public support for equality and racial justice." This reveals that Americans are more on the same page than it would appear based on the 24/7 cable news cycle. Peaceful protests have been drowned by looters, rioters and antifa thugs, feeding into a media narrative of downright divisiveness. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p> 36c44b934c692ca73055302982179af3 The Aftermath for 09/03/2020 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With the conclusion of both the Democratic and Republican conventions, there was one aspect of the RNC convention that truly stood out, and that was the diversity of the speakers. With the media continually painting President Donald Trump as racist or racially insensitive, the first night of the RNC convention showcased something else, and so did the stories told by the speakers. </p> <p>It was titled "The Land of Promise," highlighting America's promise to all who seek to work for it &#8212; a future where one's dreams and aspirations can become a reality. It wasn't a promise that all people will equally succeed, which is what Democrats promise; instead, it was a promise that America will always be a place where you have an opportunity to succeed, a guarantee to partake in and enjoy the fruits of one's labor, though not a guarantee of outcomes. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 03, 2020</p> ea87042dbf2360abd437cba5aae044b8 What Trump & His Convention Must Accomplish for 08/27/2020 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week is the launch of the Republican National Convention, and it's a pivotal moment for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. It's Trump's opportunity to highlight his forward vision for the country and to tell the American people how he'll lead us through the coronavirus pandemic. </p> <p>Republicans need to put forth solutions for American workers and small-business owners who continue to be impacted by COVID-19. Democrats failed to work with Republicans on another much-needed stimulus bill, all while passing a $25 billion USPS stimulus bill for mail-in voting. For Democrats, this is all about politics and not about passing legislation to support Americans who are out of work and need unemployment money or small businesses that have run out of PPP funding and are being forced to close their doors for good.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 27, 2020</p> e23d08380c67e0d8f6c66529c1061637 The Overzealous Cancel Culture for 08/20/2020 Thu, 20 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>American society is experiencing unprecedented social upheaval and division along the lines of race, religion, class and political affiliation. We hear a cacophony of voices, advocating for or against different types of speech and action, allegedly speaking on behalf of white Americans who seem focused on vehemently proving that they are not racist by demonstrating blind solidarity with the slogan "Black Lives Matter" (BLM). </p> <p>However, for many white (and nonwhite) Americans who feel sympathetic to the Black community and who want to help prevent police brutality and corruption (a common aim among people of all races) &#8212; and support civil rights and social justice more broadly &#8212; doing so under the auspices of BLM poses some significant moral conflict. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 20, 2020</p> 38a790cbe120ed298f510ba04526231b Trump and the Military: Part 2 for 08/13/2020 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Under President Barack Obama, and President Bush before him, America's admirals and generals have utterly failed to prepare us to fight adversaries such as Russia and China. </p> <p>The worst kept secret in the Pentagon is that the U.S. military may well lose a war to China. In scenario after scenario, war game after war game, our military keeps losing. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 13, 2020</p> 241299f2b42a350a10a37ba3318e2f30 Trump and the Military: Part 1 for 08/06/2020 Thu, 06 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump's frayed relations with the U.S. military could imperil some of his most notable achievements. </p> <p>The relationship between Trump and America's admirals and generals has reached a low point. This is a shame because it may imperil the Trump presidency and is terrible for the republic. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 06, 2020</p> 5d49c0fa2def81296098be5594bd7771 What Is the Truth About the Soaring COVID-19 Numbers? for 07/30/2020 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For weeks, medical experts and the news media have told us that if we begin to reopen various aspects of the economy, there would be a resulting spike in COVID-19 cases. It appears that they were correct. They warned against the hasty reopening of restaurants and other industries, arguing that if we did so too quickly, then we would undo the work we've done to flatten the curve and there would be a surge in the coronavirus cases. They stated that all schools should continue to remain closed and that the states that had begun to open should go back to phase one. Now, there seems to be staunch data that supports their claims and backs their ominous warnings. After all, these are doctors and medical experts and media pundits. They are prophets and if we had listened to them, the numbers wouldn't be on the rise, right? </p> <p>Wrong. We should be skeptical of media host and pundits and we should absolutely question the veracity of the statements coming from alleged health experts. We should examine their data with a fine-tooth comb until they've extinguished all doubt because, believe it or not, and it saddens me to write this, they, too, can lie. This is evident from what's going on with COVID-19 numbers. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 30, 2020</p> bd4c7277c8a5dbbf46a25e71d3000311 Kanye's Run Makes Options for Many Young Americans (Especially African Americans) Stronger for 07/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Kanye West held his first campaign rally this week in South Carolina. The clickbait headlines splashed across the internet are characterizing the event as "bizarre," "chaotic" and "rambling." But Americans might want to take the campaign seriously, even if they shouldn't take the man himself seriously.</p> <p>Since West announced on July 4 that he was running for president of the United States, most people are still treating it as if it were a big joke. But that would be a huge mistake. After all, our democracy and the elections later this year are no laughing matter.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 23, 2020</p> ba715567f7816d9a3047ad439acd3271 Federal Government Stamp of Approval of BLM for 07/16/2020 Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I have always believed that bureaucrats working on behalf of the American people should be visibly neutral politically. We shouldn't know what their political ideologies are or what political parties they belong to or the causes they support. </p> <p>This is not a partisan issue but an issue of public trust and the importance of neutrality among our civil servants. The Hatch Act of 1939 &#8212; which, among several other statutes, grants power to the United States Office of Special Counsel &#8212; was supposed to accomplish this task but has failed to do just that. This isn't the first instance of the agency coming up short; a recent ruling from the agency is another step in the wrong direction.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 16, 2020</p> 824dc08b6062c6cdbe6c6b605558fa89 Who Can the American People Trust? for 07/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It certainly doesn't seem like we can put faith in the media or political parties, and, unfortunately, a growing number of Americans say that they no longer trust each other either. In a world that is as divided and self-righteous as ours is currently, this should come as no surprise.</p> <p>This level of division offers opportunities for our adversaries to cause strife around the globe that, under normal circumstances, would warrant a U.S. response that now might be impossible as a result of our national division. Furthermore, it seems to be allowing domestic militant and extremist groups to incite racial tensions and violence that further divides us. In essence, we are experiencing a significant decline in national unity, which is perhaps the greatest threat to our nation both domestically and globally. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 09, 2020</p> 917ed47277721f408f92b8737f422764 Daily Litany for 07/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The sun rose yesterday in Washington, D.C., at 6:02 a.m. I made <span class="column--highlighted-text">my routine morning run in the silence of dawn, passing the Lincoln Memorial and running along the still water of the Reflecting Pool.</span> Like the giant sculpture of President Lincoln, I faced due east and watched as the sun rose over the horizon, melting the pockets of nighttime shadows, stirring the still-sleeping birds in to their morning chatter and waking the world with its advancing light. </p> <p>Henry Bacon and Daniel Chester French, the architects of the Lincoln Memorial, must have imagined the 16th president seated there, perfectly positioned to silently witness this spectacle of dawn morning after morning. The Great Emancipator should face the new day, seeing the sun just as it breaks the eastern horizon, in congruity with this majesty of the morning. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p> ee604ee48e82ef4c102f3e08466147a6 Reflecting on The 1619 Project for 06/25/2020 Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests &#8212; in response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer and the important dialog that has resulted &#8212; I am inclined to revisit The New York Times' controversial 1619 Project. This project propagates a popular narrative, which has taken hold among many in the media, politics and education, to link the foundational origins of the American experiment not to the context of the American Revolution of 1776 but to 1619, the year that enslaved Angolans arrived on the shores of colonial Jamestown, Virginia.</p> <p>In this view, all of America's current institutions, public attitudes, economics and social structures &#8212; or, perhaps more pointedly, the alleged horrors and woes therein &#8212; are a result of slavery. Among other claims, it credits slavery for the dismal state of America's prison system, for suburban traffic congestion, for the prevalence of obesity and diabetes, even for capitalism itself. All this, even though many of this narrative's adherents belong to the most respected, most lucrative institutions in the country &#8212; which, is a testament to the unique constitutional freedoms that Americans enjoy.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 25, 2020</p> d965dc5b9dffaf1328d5b1852a1dd677 It's Time to Talk About Recession for 06/18/2020 Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Is America in a recession? It's an unpopular question to ask, but its been over three months since COVID-19 restrictions were initiated. It is time for us to get realistic about where we are economically so that we can take the proper steps to minimize further damage. The unfortunate reality is that it is likely that it will take several years to see a partial recovery of the economic loss, and the time that it will take for a complete recovery remains unknown at this point.</p> <p>According to calculations by Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. now has over 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. As the numbers continue to rise, which they will, more Americans will become hesitant about going out and returning to some level of normalcy. This grim reality means further damages to an already struggling U.S. economy that has, by all accounts, come to a complete standstill. Roughly 44 million people have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March and despite claims that showing numbers going down, it has since been revealed that those recent Department of Labor numbers were in error, putting into question the real unemployment rate.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 18, 2020</p> eb1499efce5c683a497eefe291fa33c0 While Much of White America Reckons with Black Lives Matter, Others Feel Marginalized for 06/11/2020 Thu, 11 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Scenes of largely white crowds across the world demonstrating in support of Black Lives Matter in the wake of George Floyd's murder are reminiscent of another watershed moment in America &#8212; the 1960s civil rights revolution. Through the historic '60s, white America finally awakened to the plight of blacks in this country. What followed was an upheaval in American society that forever changed the social and political landscape within our country.</p> <p>While many in America see this new crisis as grounds for a much-needed racial reckoning, many in the white community see anti-racism protests as a condemnation and repudiation of white identity. In fact, the liberal media has, in some instances, attempted to question whether whites deserve to be involved in the conversation at all. In an opinion piece published in The Washington Post last week, whites were urged to "shut up and listen," and the author even suggested that the overwhelming social media support on behalf of whites for civil justice was co-opting the Black Lives Matter movement in harmful ways. Others questioned whether the backlash against police brutality marginalized whites while promoting an anti-racism agenda that ignores the progress and promise America has experienced over the course of the post-civil rights era. After all, if whites are so bad, how could white voters have elected a black president not once but twice?<p>Updated: Thu Jun 11, 2020</p> 864c5088771be39177b6bc821f6d920f America Is Better Than This for 06/04/2020 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The orchestrated violence roiling an increasing number of American cities is cause for considerable concern. There are myriad explanations being offered by the media and pundits. But the voices that are largely silent during this time of chaos are the very people who are a central factor in the lawlessness and violence that is spreading. </p> <p>Our societal problems are being exponentially magnified by the decline in the quality of personnel who advance to commanding, decision-making roles in police departments and mayoral offices. This impotence and incompetence is also on full display among the elected officials serving in the House of Representatives and the Senate.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 04, 2020</p> 662be267af45b6237558ddaf16dd2691 The Disinformation Pandemic for 05/28/2020 Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the world, there is another quieter pandemic creeping across the country: the disinformation pandemic.</p> <p>And a pandemic it is, because this is a global problem. Insidious actors outside of the United States who want to increase their nefarious influence on our country are using bots and other technology to spread lies and attack America's democracy. Given that America is the leader of the free world, these attacks should be seen as no less than a brazen attempt to seize global control and weaken our standing as a superpower.<p>Updated: Thu May 28, 2020</p> 558518a8855f87c5dd418c7111d8b953 The Game of Truth for 05/21/2020 Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When newly minted White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took the stage last week for the first time &#8212; the first time a Trump press secretary has issued a formal conference in over six months &#8212; she encountered a ravenously bloodthirsty media gaggle. It was ready to pounce. Would they be able to totally eviscerate her as they had a slew of her predecessors? Well, no. She turned the tables on them all. Predators, it seems, had become prey.</p> <p>While the task of how to feed and water the Washington press corps is no secret to those in the press secretary business, what's more impressive is when a White House press secretary can feed them the food of their own making. And so it happened. They served it up warm. <p>Updated: Thu May 21, 2020</p>