Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:15:59 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/ben-shapiro-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro db0ebbcf0468bb0d7487944192ef32a5 Anger for Anger's Sake for 07/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/19/anger-for-angers-sake 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 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/19/freedom-from-consequences-isnt-freedom 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> a7b478f3a35da3d0a8a66a9671f533d7 The Dis-Grace of Harvard for 06/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/19/the-dis-grace-of-harvard Wed, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv announced that Harvard University has withdrawn his acceptance to the college. In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the then-high school junior became a prominent voice for school safety, meeting with politicians across the political spectrum. He was also a prominent defender of Second Amendment rights. After scoring 1550 on his SATs and graduating second in his class, Kashuv was admitted to Harvard, turning down scholarship money at other schools to do so.</p> <p>Then came the tsunami.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 19, 2019</p> d8adff83feba4ad07b401ccb5101fda2 The Media/Democrat Complex Strikes Big Tech for 06/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/19/the-mediademocrat-complex-strikes-big-tech Wed, 12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, The New York Times ran a massive piece detailing the supposed radicalization of one Caleb Cain. Cain moved from political liberalism toward self-ascribed "tradcon" status from watching YouTube videos. The New York Times charted this nefarious move by following those videos. The suggestion by The Times was simple: If you watch typical conservative content hosted by people like me, you will eventually end up watching material hosted by alt-right figures. The only solution, presumably, would be for YouTube to downgrade material The Times dislikes.</p> <p>This attitude isn't only springing from The Times. Axios chief technology correspondent Ina Fried grilled Google CEO Sundar Pichai over the weekend, essentially demanding that YouTube do something to marginalize videos Fried dislikes. Vox ran a full-scale propaganda campaign last week to get conservative comedian Steven Crowder kicked off YouTube for the great sin of making offensive jokes about one of Vox's columnists. Taking their cues from Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, various media outlets have spent years suggesting that Facebook's unwillingness to censor political materials led to Hillary Clinton's unjustifiable 2016 presidential defeat.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 12, 2019</p> 6af9980c18710bab7676506082a48850 Why Celebrity Politics Matters for 06/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/19/why-celebrity-politics-matters Wed, 05 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, celebrities emerged from their Hollywood cocoon to sound off on abortion law ... in Georgia. If this sounds bizarre, that's because it is: The people of Georgia don't spend an awful lot of time trying to control the policies of New York or California. Yet the greatest and most moral among us &#8212; people who read lines for a living and look attractive for magazine covers &#8212; now lecture people thousands of miles away on the necessity of late-term abortion.</p> <p>Netflix led the charge, announcing that it might cease filming in the state of Georgia should the state impose its "heartbeat bill," protecting the lives of the unborn from the sixth week of pregnancy. Netflix is simultaneously filming in Egypt and Jordan, where abortion is heavily restricted. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 05, 2019</p> 132373046fc1ab050bd0da59bde7a38c What We Can Learn From the European Union for 05/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/19/what-we-can-learn-from-the-european-union Wed, 29 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The European Union Parliament elections this week provided a shock to the system for the center-right and center-left coalition in European politics: The big winners were nationalist movements. In France, Marine Le Pen's immigration-restrictionist National Front defeated the party of the current president, Emmanuel Macron. In Italy, Matteo Salvini's similarly anti-immigration League Party won big. Nationalist parties made gains in Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Great Britain. Euroscepticism is on the rise. And it is being met with a similarly fervent movement of the left: Greens and liberals did shockingly well in Germany.</p> <p>The main driver behind the new polarization: increased power aggregated in Brussels. While the European Union parliament majority remains pro-EU and pro-immigration, polarization has broken out specifically as a result of the EU overstepping its original boundaries. As Daniel Hannan, Conservative MP and Brexit advocate, writes, "The EU, in short, is responding to the euro and migration crises in the way it responds to everything: with deeper integration." <p>Updated: Wed May 29, 2019</p> 2599adc33c101fc744e10de5585f7cf5 No, Abortion Isn't a Constitutional Right for 05/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/19/no-abortion-isnt-a-constitutional-right Wed, 22 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the past several weeks, a bevy of states have passed extensive new restrictions on abortion. Alabama has effectively banned abortion from point of conception. Georgia has banned abortion from the time a heartbeat is detected, as have Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi. Missouri has banned abortion after eight weeks. Other states are on the move as well.</p> <p>This has prompted paroxysms of rage from the media and the political left &#8212; the same folks who celebrated when New York passed a law effectively allowing abortion up until point of birth and who defended Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's perverse statements about late-term abortion. According to these thinkers, conservatives have encroached on a supposed "right to abortion" inherent in the Constitution. <p>Updated: Wed May 22, 2019</p> d513c6a2fd44082dca76601516ec46a0 The Manufactured Constitutional Crisis for 05/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/19/the-manufactured-constitutional-crisis Wed, 15 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Over the past several weeks, Democrats have spent their time defending the absurd notion that America is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. What, pray tell, has initiated this crisis? The supposed unwillingness of Attorney General William Barr to turn over to Congress unredacted sections of the Mueller report, plus underlying grand jury materials. Barr, for his part, correctly points out that the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure bar him from revealing grand jury testimony. That rule was put in place by Congress itself. Nonetheless, Democrats, seeking to manufacture a feeling of Nixonian chaos, have claimed that the Trump administration is now seeking to block the release of a report that Barr <i> himself </i> released. The Mueller report is, indeed, public.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Playing politics with our institutional health is a dangerous game. </span>Here's the truth: Our system of checks and balances is working just fine. Our politicians proclaim that the messy friction between the legislative, executive and judicial branches demonstrates that our politics is unworkable. But that friction is a feature of the system, not a bug. As James Madison explained in Federalist No. 51: "the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. ... Ambition must be made to counteract ambition."<p>Updated: Wed May 15, 2019</p> 9ae74c50283a0f5f1991738c918319e7 Why Scorn Matters for 05/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/19/why-scorn-matters Wed, 08 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Met Gala took place in New York City. The event has always been a showpiece for celebrities seeking to make a splash, from Rihanna in her Pope costume to Katy Perry dressed as a chandelier. This year's event was designed in homage to Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, "Notes on Camp." According to Sontag, "camp" is the "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration."</p> <p>In reality, camp according to Sontag is something else: a deliberate attempt to tear down boundaries. "Camp taste," Sontag wrote, "turns its back on the good-bad axis of ordinary aesthetic judgment." "(H)igh culture," Sontag acknowledged, "is basically moral." Camp, by contrast, "is wholly aesthetic." In fact, it "incarnates a victory of 'style' over 'content,' 'aesthetics' over 'morality,' of irony over tragedy." It represents the "solvent of morality" and "neutralizes moral indignation, sponsors playfulness." As Kareem Khubchandani, performance studies and queer studies professor at Tufts University, told NBC News, camp "makes profane the things that are sacred." Sontag said something similar in her essay: Camp is a "sensibility that, among other things, converts the serious into the frivolous."<p>Updated: Wed May 08, 2019</p> ae3441c3fccb013f5c48a5ef9231401f Can Joe Biden Apologize His Way to the Presidency? for 05/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/19/can-joe-biden-apologize-his-way-to-the-presidency Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former vice president and new 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden has a problem. His problem is simple: He has a record. That record is long and checkered. And that means that Biden has spent the first months of his undeclared campaign apologizing.</p> <p>In January, Biden apologized for having supported criminal sentencing laws that helped drive down crime in the United States. He did so because those laws are now considered both pass&#233; and un-woke &#8212; they've been maligned as inherently racist. Thus, Biden stated: "I haven't always been right. I know we haven't always gotten things right, but I've always tried," adding that the bill in the early 1990s "trapped an entire generation" and "was a big mistake when it was made." That's a change from 2016, when Biden told CNBC he wasn't ashamed "at all" for supporting the bill and bragged, "I drafted the bill."<p>Updated: Wed May 01, 2019</p> faf78f884a7e0acef3164301aa0751d2 Criticism of Ilhan Omar Isn't Incitement for 04/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/19/criticism-of-ilhan-omar-isnt-incitement Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A couple of years ago, I spoke at the University of California, Berkeley. My presence was apparently so offensive to a particular group of people that hundreds of police officers were necessary to ensure the safety of the event. As I spoke inside, the protesters milled about, chanting and shouting. One of their favorite ditties: "SPEECH IS VIOLENCE!"</p> <p>This, of course, is patent nonsense. Speech is not violence &#8212; and violence is not speech. Equating the two is the hallmark of a tyrannical worldview: If I can treat your speech as violence, then I am justified in using violence to suppress your speech. And yet that obvious fallacy has become the rallying cry in defense of execrable Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 17, 2019</p> 1381a62262e53467eeb458432ab7d7fa The Open Borders Agenda Rears Its Ugly Head for 04/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/19/the-open-borders-agenda-rears-its-ugly-head Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, President Trump fired his homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen. Nielsen was, according to media and the Democrats, a monster of the highest order. She was allegedly the force behind the caging of children (that practice began under President Barack Obama and actually ended under President Trump); she was supposedly a barbarian focused on keeping innocent brown children out of America.</p> <p>And Trump dumped her because even she was not cruel enough to please Genghis Trump, the left claimed. Stephen Colbert joked, "Sure, she put kids in cages, but Trump was upset. ... So he just needs someone who can be crueler to children than Kirstjen Nielsen." Jimmy Kimmel made nearly the same joke: "Goodbye, Kirstjen, and whoever replaces you permanently is going to have some very big cages to fill." Trevor Noah quipped, "Basically, the only job she can get now is working with R. Kelly."</p> <p>In reality, Trump fired Nielsen because he believed she hadn't properly taken measures to rein in the humanitarian crisis at the border. That was half true &#8212; she didn't react with alacrity to change the necessary Homeland Security regulations, for example. But it was also a result of Trump's changing whims with regard to border strategy. Trump was in favor of a no-tolerance border policy that necessarily resulted in family separations; then he was against it; then he was for it; then he was against it. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 10, 2019</p> dcb6c94d29ae0fd93cfd4245cde79292 When You Don't Appreciate Your Civilization for 04/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/19/when-you-dont-appreciate-your-civilization Wed, 03 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Biden Courage Awards ceremony in preparation for his presidential campaign launch. There, in an attempt to forestall claims that as a white man, he simply isn't intersectional enough to compete in the Democratic primaries, he critiqued a central pillar of Western civilization as inherently racist. "Back in the late 1300s, so many women were dying at the hands of their husbands because they were chattel, just like the cattle, or the sheep, that the court of common law decided they had to do something about the extent of the deaths," Biden fibbed. "So you know what they said? No man has a right to chastise his woman with a rod thicker than the circumference of his thumb. This is English jurisprudential culture, a white man's culture. It's got to change. It's got to change."</p> <p>Biden's take was, as always, historically illiterate. The "rule of thumb" story has been circulating for years &#8212; and it has been repeatedly debunked. There was no "rule of thumb," as feminist scholar Christina Hoff Sommers points out. "On the contrary," she writes, "British law since the 1700s and our American laws predating the Revolution prohibit wife beating." In actuality, the phrase originated in craftsmen so expert that they could perform tasks without precise measuring tools.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 03, 2019</p> b1259ad0000c79401c95e75ec5133dd3 Why We Don't Trust Our Institutions? for 03/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/19/why-we-dont-trust-our-institutions Wed, 27 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, special counsel Robert Mueller released his long-awaited report on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to impact the 2016 election. His conclusion: no collusion. It's been apparent for quite some time that Mueller would end up here &#8212; every indictment has been based on an ancillary crime, not the chief question of election conspiracy. Nonetheless, the final result came as a bombshell.</p> <p>That's because for two years, the mainstream media have treated Trump-Russian collusion as a reality. Facts would eventually arrive to fill in the gaps in the narrative. Surely, Trump's presidency would crumble when the deus ex machina, the Mueller report, arrived.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 27, 2019</p> cf054dd4292e072c2d21eb5a5fd3a077 How to Silence Debate, New Zealand Edition for 03/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/19/how-to-silence-debate-new-zealand-edition Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has unleashed a barrage of openly anti-Semitic commentary. She suggested that Israel had "hypnotized the world." She recently suggested that Jewish money lay behind American support for Israel. Finally, she suggested that American Israel supporters are representatives of dual loyalty. Her fellow Democrats shielded her from blowback by subsuming a resolution that condemns her anti-Semitism within a broader resolution that condemns intolerance of all types. Many of them suggested that labeling Omar's anti-Semitism actually represents a type of censorship &#8212; an attempt to quash debate about Israel, though none of Omar's comments even critiqued the Israeli government, and though many on the left have made anti-Israel arguments without invoking anti-Semitism.</p> <p>Now Omar's defenders have come out of the woodwork to suggest that criticism of her anti-Semitism was somehow responsible for the white supremacist shooting of 50 innocent people in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Two protesters, New York University students and best friends Leen Dweik and Rose Asaf, confronted Chelsea Clinton, who had gently chided Omar for her Jew hatred. "After all that you have done, all the Islamophobia that you have stoked," Dweik screamed, "this, right here, is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words you put out in the world. ... Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric you put out there." Dweik, it should be noted, has called for the complete elimination of Israel.</p> <p>Her message was parroted by terror supporter Linda Sarsour, who tweeted: "I am triggered by those who piled on Representative Ilhan Omar and incited a hate mob against her until she got assassination threats now giving condolences to our community. What we need you to do is reflect on how you contribute to islamophobia and stop doing that." <p>Updated: Wed Mar 20, 2019</p> 4545cc85ae64040249cffc0edf02c8ad Government Isn't the Social Fabric for 03/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/19/government-isnt-the-social-fabric Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Over the weekend, Democratic Fresh Face and socialist darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., spoke at the South by Southwest conference. While sitting amidst the enormous bounty provided by capitalism &#8212; top-notch electronic equipment, a massive crowd of paid ticket holders &#8212; AOC tore into capitalism. She called the system that has raised 80 percent of the globe from extreme poverty since 1980 "irredeemable." She railed against the injustice of people having to work jobs rather than write poetry &#8212; as though socialist countries are famous for ensuring that people work only the jobs they find spiritually rewarding. </p> <p>Finally, she settled on her most damning line of attack: America as it currently stands is "garbage," because in the United States, "if you don't have a job, you are left to die."</p> <p>That's an odd critique given the long history of death associated with socialism &#8212; some 45 million deaths under Mao, some 30 to 40 million under Stalin and some 2 million under Pol Pot, for starters. But it's an even odder critique given the fact that life expectancy has radically increased under capitalism: In 1850, the average European life expectancy was 36.3 years, while today, the average life expectancy across Europe stands at approximately 80. Furthermore, the United States currently boasts effective full employment. Our poor are in danger of dying of <i> obesity </i>, not starvation. And we spend, on a state and federal level, at least $1.1 trillion per year on means-tested welfare programs. By census data, that amounts to nearly $9,000 per household in the United States annually, or nearly $28,000 for every person living in poverty in the United States. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 13, 2019</p> 5d55add943b7172b7a132f83e0612041 The Righteous Mission of Bernie Sanders for 03/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/19/the-righteous-mission-of-bernie-sanders Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Sen. Bernie Sanders' perspective on the world is deeply wrong. He has spent his career defending oppressive socialist regimes across the planet while criticizing the supposed predation of the United States; he has generated no legislation of significance in decades of public service. His platform currently advocates for tax rates that mirror those of the Nordic countries, spending tens of trillions of dollars on various government-provided entitlements, and the destruction of well over 150 million people's private health insurance plans.</p> <p>But there is one area in which Bernie Sanders represents the better angels of the Democratic nature: race.</p> <p>Sanders is currently being excoriated by a radical segment of the Democratic Party for his racial views. Despite the fact that Sanders marched with Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, he is now viewed as retrograde in his racial viewpoints. That's because he believes that socialism is a cure-all for racial discrimination. For example, Sanders refuses to endorse racial reparations, stating instead that broad-based governmental programs ought to benefit those who are lowest on the income ladder. He has likewise stated that candidates ought to be judged based on their ideas rather than their intersectional characteristics. In 2016, Sanders stated, "One of the struggles that you're going to be seeing in the Democratic Party is whether we go beyond identity politics."<p>Updated: Wed Mar 06, 2019</p> 4569d82ebf5456e4b8978e2d463211d6 Venezuela and the Myth of Kinder, Gentler Socialism for 02/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/19/venezuela-and-the-myth-of-kinder-gentler-socialism Wed, 27 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Venezuela is a socialist country. Venezuela is also a dictatorship. Currently, Venezuela has fallen into open violence and complete chaos, with the strongman Nicolas Maduro ordering troops to open fire on those attempting to bring humanitarian aid into the country.</p> <p>Yet, strangely, Maduro still has his defenders. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the leading declared Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and avowed socialist, refuses to label Maduro a "dictator." Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said in full 9/11 truther mode, "Democrats need to be careful about a potential trap being set by Trump et al in Venezuela. Cheering humanitarian convoys sounds like the right thing to do, but what if it's not about the aid?" Fresh Face of the Democratic Party Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has remained shockingly silent about Venezuela, except to tell The Daily Caller News Foundation, "I think that, you know, the humanitarian crisis is extremely concerning but, you know, when we use non-Democratic means to determine leadership, that's also concerning, as well." Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., another Fresh Face of the Democratic Party, grilled U.S. envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams in an obvious attempt to stall on behalf of a gentler approach to Maduro.</p> <p>Why the shocking unwillingness by the socialist hard-liners in the Democratic Party to condemn Maduro and join the rest of the world in calling for his ouster? After all, we've been assured by Sanders, AOC, Omar and others that <i> true </i> socialism isn't at stake in Venezuela &#8212; <i> true </i> socialism can be found in nations like Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Yet even so, these socialist Democrats can't find it in their hearts to cut ties with Venezuela.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 27, 2019</p> 366a67db1535c677b7ced32f3099baf6 3 Lessons From the Jussie Smollett Hoax for 02/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/19/3-lessons-from-the-jussie-smollett-hoax Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>So, Jussie Smollett was lying.</p> <p>The "Empire" actor claimed that when he was walking home at 2 a.m. in Chicago, in the midst of the polar vortex, he was accosted by two assailants, both of whom shouted anti-gay and anti-black slurs at him. They then attempted to throw a noose around his neck and pour what he thought was bleach on him while shouting, "This is MAGA country!" he says.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 20, 2019</p> b35806970f8eabd2d4f82e9ef5a7944b The Republican Pouncing Problem for 02/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/19/the-republican-pouncing-problem Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the past few weeks, prominent Democrats have endorsed infanticide; admitted to dressing in blackface; called for an end to fossil fuels, airplanes and farting cows; and trafficked in open anti-Semitism. None of this is a serious problem for many in the media. For members of the media, the <i> real </i> story is that Republicans keep pouncing.</p> <p>Two weeks ago, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam stated in an interview that he favors legislation that would allow a woman to abort a baby at the point of dilation and then added that in certain cases in which a baby would be born alive, the baby would be kept "comfortable" while parents and doctors decide what to do with it. This seems rather radical. Here was the Washington Post's take, as said in a headline: "Republicans seize on liberal positions to paint Democrats as radical." The positions, you see, are ackshually mainstream. It's just that Republicans <i> seized </i> on them and <i> painted </i> them as radical.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 13, 2019</p>