Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 18 Nov 2019 00:11:56 -0800 Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate fba0dc9562dbbf4cd07526ad43d7a563 Are Conservative Immigration Restrictionists Racist? for 11/13/2019 Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, The Atlantic released its newest issue, provocatively titled "How to Stop a Civil War." Leading its collection of essays is a fascinating piece by Yoni Applebaum. In it, Applebaum posits that at the crux of America's vitriolic politics lies demographic change: "The United States is undergoing a transition perhaps no rich and stable democracy has ever experienced: Its historically dominant group is on its way to becoming a political minority &#8212; and its minority groups are asserting their co-equal rights and interests." This, he suggests, has led to an impasse for the center-right, which refuses to adapt to changing demographics, instead doubling down on President Donald Trump's white, working-class base. Applebaum explains, "When a group that has traditionally exercised power comes to believe that its eclipse is inevitable, and that the destruction of all it holds dear will follow, it will fight to preserve what it has &#8212; whatever the cost."</p> <p>But Applebaum's thesis doesn't explain why, in his view, conservatives have abandoned the attempt to persuade new populations. Applebaum himself acknowledges that a "conservatism defined by ideas can hold its own against progressivism, winning converts to its principles and evolving with each generation." Why, then, have conservatives supposedly given up?<p>Updated: Wed Nov 13, 2019</p> 3468b3144c5411cce9daab28d86e08ea Is Elizabeth Warren Set to Fall? for 11/06/2019 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This has been an awful week for the purported new 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. For months, Warren has received nearly unmitigated praise from the media for her bevy of "plans." She's been praised as "wonkish" and "brainy" and "focused." Her growth in the polls has been the dual result of a strong organizational effort by her campaign in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire, and endless gobs of drool from reporters.</p> <p>But now the bloom is coming off the rose.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 06, 2019</p> a0d8e2f46c47b96a70438a3bbd66884d The J Street Democrats for 10/30/2019 Wed, 30 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, four of the top candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination &#8212; Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro and Bernie Sanders &#8212; gathered at the J Street Conference to explain why the United States ought to pressure the state of Israel to make concessions to terrorists, why the Obama administration was correct to appease the Iranian regime and why American Jews ought to value the opinions of Bernie Sanders over those of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the future of Jewish safety. Two other top Democrats &#8212; Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden &#8212; sent video messages in support of the group.</p> <p>By contrast, when the American Israel Public Affairs Committee held its annual conference in March, not a single Democratic presidential candidate showed up. The Democrats are, by and large, simply too ashamed to stand with an actual pro-Israel group, although prominent congressional leaders still show up to mouth nostrums about bipartisan support for Israel.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 30, 2019</p> 5c42c395d88a8187d2df31f8d27c8e3f The 'Lynching' Controversy and the Death of Common Language for 10/23/2019 Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the Bible, the people of Babel unite in fighting God; they decide to build a massive tower to challenge God's supremacy. God, annoyed by their presumption, promptly causes them to speak a variety of tongues, dividing them and ending the foolhardy project. </p> <p>The story represents a simple truth: unity relies, at least in large part, on shared language.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 23, 2019</p> fad3387dfc351907a82e7e7190a0056a Beto Says the Quiet Part out Loud for 10/17/2019 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Failing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is raging against the dying of his political light. Desperate and alone, his campaign on the precipice of collapse, Beto has banked on one policy: radical honesty. And that means he is now saying the quiet part of the progressive agenda out loud. This is a candidate who openly claims he'll come take Americans' guns (though he then pretends this won't involve the police acting as an enforcement arm in removing those weapons). This is a candidate who suggests that abortion one day before full term is a constitutional right.</p> <p>And <span class="column--highlighted-text">now this is a candidate who admits that he will seek to bankrupt virtually every traditional religious institution in America.</span><p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> 3760eae096c3311af636d1c39d1a4058 The NBA Proves That Corporate Social Activism Is All About the Dollars for 10/09/2019 Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In recent years, the NBA has become famously political. During the heyday of the Black Lives Matter movement, the NBA permitted players to wear slogan-printed T-shirts in support, and stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul spoke out loudly on the issue. The Sacramento Kings actually announced a partnership with the local branch of the movement. And NBA players have had little problem denouncing President Trump, whom James called a "bum." In 2017, Commissioner Adam Silver actually tried to blackmail the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, by pulling the All-Star Game, all in an attempt to restore the so-called "bathroom bill" for transgender people.</p> <p>The NBA has reaped the benefit from its benevolent attitude toward left-leaning social activism, too. Silver, like former Commissioner David Stern before him, has been praised ad infinitum by the press, compared favorably to that alleged corporate hobgoblin Roger Goodell of the NFL. Silver told CNN just last year that "part of being an NBA player" is social activism and a "sense of an obligation, social responsibility, a desire to speak up directly about issues that are important." Silver stated the league wants players to "be multi-dimensional people and fully participate as citizens." He specifically explained that the league had a role in ensuring that the situation remains "safe" for players afraid of suffering career blowback.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 09, 2019</p> b6b4d0f7aea2c0ddb3b16008b26d5143 Impeachment Isn't Merited for 10/03/2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump is a bull in a china shop. He says inadvisable things to inadvisable people, mainly because he is inadvisable &#8212; literally no one can advise him. The vast majority of things Trump says are ignored or brushed off by those who understand the difference between bloviation and manipulation. Still, Trump's constant stream of noise can make it difficult to tell the difference between the two.</p> <p>So when an intelligence community whistleblower came forward with an allegation that, on a call with the Ukrainian president, Trump proposed a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government &#8212; release of military aid in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation into Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden &#8212; the allegation didn't appear absurd on its face. The timeline, after all, seemed to match up: Trump allegedly suspended military aid to Ukraine personally a week before talking with the Ukrainian president, only to release the aid after the holdup was met with public scrutiny. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 07d62b33ffa166426550ad9ab26a288f Catastrophic Thinking Without Solutions for 09/25/2019 Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In July, Adam Grant, organizational psychologist at Wharton Business School, tweeted: "Agendas aren't driven by problems. They're driven by solutions. Calling out what's wrong without proposing ways to make it right is complaining."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">This week, complaining was the order of the day.</span><p>Updated: Wed Sep 25, 2019</p> 3dc5e7d82477aa6edcf6ebbe1f751c24 The Alternative History of the United States for 09/18/2019 Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, Democrats held their first true presidential debate. With the field winnowed down to 10 candidates &#8212; three of them actual contenders for the nomination &#8212; only one moment truly stood out. That moment came not from Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders but from a candidate desperate for attention: Beto O'Rourke.</p> <p>O'Rourke ran in 2018 for a Senate seat in Texas and lost in shockingly narrow fashion to incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. But his persona at the time was more Biden than Bernie: He ran as a unifying quasi-moderate, an Obama-esque figure determined to bring Americans together. In the early going of the presidential race, Beto was figured to be a prime contender: An April poll showed him in a solid third place. But he's faded dramatically; now the once-media darling is polling below 3 percent.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 18, 2019</p> 8833fe8576a231e086ac50ed56c19066 Did We Learn the Lesson of 9/11? for 09/11/2019 Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's now been nearly a full generation since Sept. 11, 2001. There are people currently serving in the U.S. military who weren't born when that act of evil took place &#8212; and the military still has thousands of troops in Afghanistan, the home base of the Taliban-supported al Qaida attack on the United States that took nearly 3,000 American lives. </p> <p>With time comes forgetfulness. The same period of time has now elapsed since Sept. 11 that elapsed between the end of World War I (1918) and the German re-occupation of the Rhineland in contravention of the Treaty of Versailles (1936). Believing that World War I had ended all war, the Allied powers did nothing. That same year, Germany concluded its Axis alliance with Italy, as well as its Anti-Comintern Pact with Japan. Less than three years later, the world would be at war.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 11, 2019</p> 86f8a9bdfff62a70c17f53de52b65d8d How the Quest for Power Corrupted Elizabeth Warren for 09/04/2019 Wed, 04 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I first met Elizabeth Warren when she was a professor at Harvard Law School, in 2004. She was fresh off the publication of her bestselling book, "The Two-Income Trap." There's no doubt she was politically liberal &#8212; our only face-to-face meeting involved a recruitment visit at the W Hotel in Los Angeles, where she immediately made some sort of disparaging remark about Rush Limbaugh &#8212; but at the time, Warren was making waves for her iconoclastic views. She wasn't a doctrinaire leftist, spewing Big Government nostrums. She was a creative thinker.</p> <p>That creative thinking is obvious in "The Two-Income Trap," which discusses the rising number of bankruptcies among middle-class parents, particularly women with children. The book posits that women entered the workforce figuring that by doing so, they could have double household income. But so many women entered the workforce that they actually inflated prices for basic goods like housing, thus driving debt skyward and leading to bankruptcies for two-income families. The book argued that families with one income might actually be better off, since families with two incomes spent nearly the full combined income and then fell behind if one spouse lost a job. Families with one income, by contrast, spent to the limit for one income, and if a spouse was fired, the unemployed spouse would then look for work to replace that single income.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 04, 2019</p> 1f866d0d3eda091c5166cc5a321132fd Trump Is Right on the China Threat for 08/28/2019 Wed, 28 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump's latest foray into the world of international economics &#8212; his ongoing trade war with China &#8212; has been widely derided by his critics. It's been derided on the grounds that there is no long-term strategy; on the grounds that the trade war will not be, as Trump has bragged, "good and easy to win"; on the grounds that Trump continues to send mixed signals, simultaneously claiming that China is bearing the brunt of his tariffs while desperately urging Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to lower interest rates.</p> <p>Now, Trump's trade policy may not be well-considered. His understanding of trade is rudimentary at best &#8212; he still operates under the assumption that mutually beneficial trade is actually a zero-sum game. And Trump's rhetoric may be confusing &#8212; it's unclear whether Trump wants tariffs or wants to alleviate them. But Trump does have one thing absolutely right: China is an imperturbable geopolitical foe. And the United States ought to be taking a serious look at a long-term strategy to contain and then reverse the dominance of the totalitarian communist regime. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 28, 2019</p> 6b118673f8951c79214a79edca743b66 The Media's Intersectional Embrace of Anti-Semitism for 08/21/2019 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Imagine two sitting Republican Congresspeople planned a trip to a foreign country in conjunction with a nongovernmental organization. Imagine that particular NGO had a long history of Jew hatred: It had run a piece on its website quoting anti-Semitic myths about Jews imbibing Christian blood, republished a neo-Nazi article decrying the "Jew-controlled entertainment media" and suggested that "honor" was the proper response to a terrorist who murdered 38 Israelis, including 13 children. </p> <p>Imagine that these two Congresspeople tweeted a cartoon from a cartoonist so anti-Semitic he won second prize at Iran's Holocaust denial cartoon contest. Imagine that these Congresspeople had themselves engaged in anti-Semitic slurs, ranging from a suggestion that Israel supporters in America suffer from dual loyalty, to the accusation that Israel "hypnotized the world," to the suggestion that Jewish money lies behind America's support for Israel ("it's all about the Benjamins"). Imagine that these Congresspeople had expressed support for terrorist Rasmea Odeh. Imagine also that both Congresspeople had a long history of associations with open anti-Semites.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 21, 2019</p> fd261e6cde908907a87a6b8d5754e9fb Why We Embrace Conspiracy Theories for 08/14/2019 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell from an apparent hanging, the day after a court unsealed a cache of documents from a lawsuit against his alleged procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell. Those documents included affidavits from Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the plaintiff, that allege Epstein trafficked her to major figures including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Prince Andrew of Britain and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.</p> <p>Epstein had allegedly attempted suicide in late July, when he apparently tried to hang himself in his cell. He was removed from that cell and placed on suicide watch. Only 11 days before his successful suicide, he was removed from suicide watch. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 14, 2019</p> 2000cc41763a1221eca8b6e812ab3505 Why Can't We Unify in the Face of Evil? for 08/07/2019 Wed, 07 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This should be easy.</p> <p>We're all on the same side. When a white supremacist terrorist shoots up a Walmart filled with innocents in El Paso, we should all be on the same side. We should be mourning together; we should be fighting together.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 07, 2019</p> 1349251b5afbe737e337803d56a0baf3 Baltimore, Land of Political Footballs for 07/31/2019 Wed, 31 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Back in April 2015, a young black man named Freddie Gray was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department. He'd run from the police, had an illegal knife in his pocket and resisted arrest. The police loaded him into the back of the van but allegedly failed to secure him in place. During the ride to the police station, the van's movement apparently caused Gray to slam his head into one of the walls, resulting in his death.</p> <p>Given the furor surrounding the deaths of Eric Garner in New York City in July 2014 and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, among other high-profile deaths of young black men in confrontations with the police, Gray's death quickly spiraled into a national story. Many in Baltimore accused the police of racism and murder.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 31, 2019</p> 9355f1042209ef03b06cd9f46d38ecbf Why the Left Is Reconsidering Al Franken for 07/24/2019 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Monday, The New Yorker printed a lengthy piece by reporter Jane Mayer about the sad fate of former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. Franken resigned from the Senate in 2017 after a bevy of women accused him of sexual harassment; their accounts ranged from unwanted kisses to unsolicited a&#8212; grabbing. In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Franken stepped down, all the while decrying President Trump's own record of allegations concerning mistreatment of women.</p> <p>At the time, there were two possible interpretations of events. The first was more inspiring: After decades of defending sexual misconduct by powerful Democratic figures, Democrats and their media allies were finally willing to reset a social standard. In the wake of #MeToo, they had reconsidered their worship of Teddy Kennedy, their pathetic willingness to cover for Bill Clinton. A new day had dawned.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 24, 2019</p> a6cfa10b8311698d623d7784bb93b6fb The News Cycle Without Trump's Tweets for 07/17/2019 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Let's pretend President Trump didn't tweet.</p> <p>Let's live in a universe where the president of the United States didn't see fit to insert himself into every controversy, to comment on every passing event, to blast out his inner monologue before tens of millions of Americans each morning &#8212; often in the most foolish, controversial or outright xenophobic way &#8212; while watching cable news.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 17, 2019</p> db0ebbcf0468bb0d7487944192ef32a5 Anger for Anger's Sake for 07/10/2019 Wed, 10 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the last two weeks, America has learned that a bevy of heretofore relatively uncontroversial objects and ideas are, in fact, extraordinarily controversial. We have learned that the Betsy Ross American flag is irredeemably racist. We have learned that Disney casting a black woman as Ariel in the live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid" is supposedly supremely disquieting for a racist America. We have learned that opposing federally mandated forced busing means that you are a secret bigot, so long as you are named Joe Biden.</p> <p>Or perhaps we haven't learned any of those things. Perhaps all of this is nonsense, and we've merely learned that Americans are angry, that they're channeling that anger in increasingly bizarre directions, and that opportunists of every stripe are willing to take advantage of that anger for their own benefit. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 10, 2019</p> 55830577a8467f11adae7f5854cc43c6 Freedom From Consequences Isn't Freedom for 06/26/2019 Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., desperate to revive his flagging campaign, proposed a far-reaching plan to wipe out all student debt. That plan falls hard on plans by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., his chief far-left rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, to make college "free" moving forward. Sanders' justification for allocating over $1 trillion of taxpayer money to relieving relatively more well-off people from debt freely incurred: True freedom means living free of consequences. Sanders tweeted: "Are you truly free if you graduate hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt? Are you free if you cannot pursue your dream because you don't make enough to cover your student loan payments? We will #CancelStudentDebt because there is no freedom without economic freedom."</p> <p>This is an Orwellian redefinition of the term "freedom."<p>Updated: Wed Jun 26, 2019</p>