Daily Editorials from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 02 Dec 2020 17:04:19 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Daily Editorials from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/daily-editorials-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials 10cbf3382d78687fff1c19fc90b48d19 Don't Reverse Trump's Pro-Working-Class Policies for 12/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/12/20/dont-reverse-trumps-pro-working-class-policies Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Once upon a time, the Democratic Party tried to favor the working class. Not anymore, and never has it been more apparent.</p> <p>Consider Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's immediate goals.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 02, 2020</p> 893f41661e88798e652568b9bbdf802e Merry Christmas, Hawaii: U.S. Missile Defenses Just Improved for 12/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/12/20/merry-christmas-hawaii-us-missile-defenses-just-improved-b5722 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Hawaii can rest a bit easier this Christmas, thanks to another successful Missile Defense Agency anti-ballistic missile test. On Nov. 16, an SM-3 Block IIA (SM3) missile fired by a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS John Finn, destroyed an "ICBM-representative target" as it plunged toward Hawaii. The SM3 is a kinetic interceptor, hit to kill. Its November kill was exo-atmospheric &#8212; in near space.</p> <p>The target missile had physical characteristics similar to North Korea's advanced ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles). Launched from a site in the western Pacific, its flight trajectory mimicked a Nork shot at the Hawaiian Islands.</p> <p>Anyone who dismisses Hawaiians' fear of attack should revisit the January 2018 false missile-attack alert issued by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. When the agency announced an attack was underway, many Hawaiians panicked. The public fright demonstrated rational people fear nuclear-armed missiles, especially when malign regimes threaten ICBM attacks.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 02, 2020</p> 1d9b2eb9da040d1df2377dac4edb12b5 Trump's New Citizenship Test Deserves a Failing Grade for 12/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/trumps-new-citizenship-test-deserves-a-failing-grade Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free &#8212; but first we're going to see if we can trip them up with this difficult new immigration test. The Trump administration is hitting applicants for citizenship with a longer, tougher test that contains hints of culture-war politics. President-elect Joe Biden's team should add it to the list of Trumpian mischief to be quickly undone in the coming new administration.</p> <p>President Donald Trump's draconian approach to confronting unauthorized immigration has included a family-separation policy at the southern border that will stand among the most shameful moments in modern American history. But sometimes lost in the immigration debate is this administration's aggressive hostility toward legal immigration as well.</p> <p>During his term, Trump has banned immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, imposed new restrictions on asylum seekers and refugees and has even cracked down on temporary work visas for highly skilled foreign workers. He has targeted the most sympathetic population imaginable &#8212; young immigrants who were brought here through no fault of their own and have grown up Americanized &#8212; even though they followed the rules by self-reporting their presence under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Other actions by the administration that smack of malice include moving to charge a first-ever fee for immigrants applying for asylum, and issuing an executive order allowing cities to block immigrant resettlement within their borders.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 01, 2020</p> 5c0b9e9e83bcb28f7143b1689ba64918 Supreme Court Errs Recklessly in Limiting Government Health Authority for 12/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/supreme-court-errs-recklessly-in-limiting-government-health-authority Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The Supreme Court's new conservative super-majority has thoroughly muddled the question of whether local or state governments have a right to impose public-health restrictions, such as gathering limits during the pandemic, on places of worship. Since the pandemic rages out of control, and life-and-death questions persist about the limits of state intervention, this legal debate will be ongoing despite Wednesday's ruling rejecting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's authority to limit the size of gatherings when First Amendment religious rights come into play.</p> <p>Public health and safety are questions that lie entirely within the domain of the state for very good and practical reasons. The Supreme Court's 5-4 temporary ruling screams for clarification because it already is being interpreted by some religious leaders as meaning government has no authority whatsoever to tell churches, synagogues or mosques and what they are permitted to do in any context. That interpretation flies in the face of decades of clearly established law regarding public health and safety priorities.</p> <p>When religious institutions want to build on their own land, they must apply for building permits just like any other entity. All safety codes apply. When they propose to tie their bathrooms into the city's water and sewer system, or link their circuit-breaker boxes to the public electrical grid, they necessarily subject themselves to the same rigorous inspection regimes that everyone else must abide by.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 01, 2020</p> 0a195f9fa6c6b560408a51246d2d15e6 China Prepares for 'Informationized' War for 11/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/china-prepares-for-informationized-war-cbd1a Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In March 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, speaking to the National People's Congress, declared that the Chinese military's most important mission was "to win local wars under Information Age conditions."</p> <p>Wen's use of "local wars" drew immediate reaction. Given China's territorial claims in Asia, locals such as Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan heard a threat.</p> <p>As for the phrase "under Information Age conditions," media took that to mean the internet, interconnected global communications and pervasive information resources &#8212; information's soft power side, to include propaganda to cover a Chinese "gray zone" war.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 30, 2020</p> 40419e98ea6efee69fdde753d2e53a63 We Give Thanks, Even If Ravaged By Disease for 11/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/we-give-thanks-even-if-ravaged-by-disease Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Thanksgiving has seldom been more important. During this year's holiday, widows, orphans, friends, colleagues, siblings, and neighbors will mourn the deaths of 260,000 &#8212; so far &#8212; from the coronavirus pandemic. Families need this holiday as an occasion to remember, honor, and celebrate those who are absent from the table.</p> <p>Indeed, it seems an odd time to give thanks. Most humans around the globe will not miss 2020 and are clinging to hope for a better 2021 and beyond. No one feels thankful for the death of a loved one.</p> <p>Americans who are understandably bitter and scared about the miserable pandemic should understand this holiday was not established to give thanks for times being easy, healthy, survivable, and safe.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 30, 2020</p> 39bcba1179835b23af28f40eb7a40ea4 The Transition Is Urgent for Government. A Concession Is Urgent for Democracy. for 11/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/the-transition-is-urgent-for-government-a-concession-is-urgent-for-democracy Fri, 27 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The Trump administration has, at last, formally allowed the start of the transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden. This eases the dangers to national security and pandemic response that were looming because of President Donald Trump's intransigence. But there's another element that, while not required by law, is crucial to the health of democracy: Trump must acknowledge that Biden legitimately won this election. He must concede, as every major defeated presidential candidate in modern American history has done. Without that, the nation could face years of the same kind of turmoil seen these past three weeks.</p> <p>Since George Washington handed the presidency over to John Adams in 1797, the peaceful transfer of power has been an American hallmark, though the process hasn't always been seamless. For example, it was postponed for weeks in 2000 by the contentious Florida recount in that razor-thin election. But even that showdown was part of a good-faith process that ultimately, peacefully handed power to the winner.</p> <p>This isn't 2000. This year's election wasn't close &#8212; Biden won by 6 million votes and a solid Electoral College majority. Unlike the genuine ballot issues of 2000 (remember "hanging chads"?), Trump's claims of mass voter fraud were whole-cloth fabrications, dangerous slander against America's entire electoral system. After Trump's attempt in plain view to pressure local election officials to simply ignore the will of the voters and hand him states he didn't come close to winning, the words "good faith" now ring hollow.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 27, 2020</p> 4f566a3f2a5c7395e504cb33d7d5fb86 Adjusting to the New Thanksgiving Reality for 11/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/adjusting-to-the-new-thanksgiving-reality-45b0a Fri, 27 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Is it possible to be safe this Thanksgiving and holiday season? That's the question that millions of families will be asking themselves during the upcoming days and weeks. This holiday season will be unlike any in my life as we face the challenges presented by COVID-19. It's hard to believe that this invisible virus, which didn't exist a year ago, must now be accounted for in order to protect ourselves and the vulnerable members of their families. While the cases of COVID-19 are increasing rapidly, after spending months alone or mostly solitary, the question is whether many Americans are willing to continue to make that sacrifice. </p> <p>The Centers for Disease Control and Protection advise bringing "your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils" to holiday gatherings. Additionally, the CDC suggests that you should wear a mask at all times except while eating or drinking, and they advise that meals should occur outdoors. With these types of restrictions, is Thanksgiving the same or does it merely become just another event? It's difficult to see how the true meaning of Thanksgiving could remain the same under such harsh and drastic circumstances. <p>Updated: Fri Nov 27, 2020</p> 053ac8b9303a0c42cfe51573537ca67c The Gipper's Greatest Comeback for 11/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/the-gippers-greatest-comeback-1557d Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Some newspapers in the Midwest in 1920 referred to the Notre Dame football team not as the Fighting Irish but as "the Catholics."</p> <p>Notre Dame's star player, however, was not one.</p> <p>George Gipp grew up in a small northern Michigan town, where he did not play high school football and his father was a Baptist pastor.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 26, 2020</p> 7c7f5569a7c4432dd565ab218af8628a Giving Thanks for 11/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/giving-thanks-3ba47 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This has been the strangest year that I can remember. We are isolated, discouraged and exhausted. We are divided and politically polarized. We cannot gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving as usual due to COVID-19. As a nation, we are frustrated, yet there is still much to be thankful for during this time of trial. </p> <p>For example, we can go back 400 years to thank the Pilgrims, who fled religious persecution in England in 1620. After enduring delays in setting sail, the loss of a ship and the deaths of many during their journey across the ocean, they first sighted land on Nov. 9. William Brewster led the Pilgrims in the reading of Psalm 100: </p> <p>"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 26, 2020</p> 724ac390650927ab3b6e9ba2868b345a The Case Against Google May Be Valid, as Long as Ideology Is Kept Out Of It for 11/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/the-case-against-google-may-be-valid-as-long-as-ideology-is-kept-out-of-it Wed, 25 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Both parties in Congress broadly agree that something has to be done about the unprecedented power that Google wields over the search-engine market. The Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit filed last month puts new focus on the company's tactics to effectively control the entire search industry, making it impossible for competition to get a foothold.</p> <p>But any potentially valid case for a Google breakup or other action must not be tainted by conservative obsession over the fictional claim that this and other Big Tech giants are "censoring" conservative voices. That claim is not only factually dubious but misrepresents the meaning of censorship. In a constitutional sense, censorship is something done by a government or other authority, not a business. The Justice Department should argue its case about Google's alleged anti-competitive practices and leave ideology out of it.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The 68-page antitrust lawsuit appears on its face to do that. The argument it lays out is steeped in the distinctly modern language of high-tech social media but harkens to the same core claims historically invoked against Standard Oil, AT&T and Microsoft: that Google has used its market strength to improperly smother potential competition.</span><p>Updated: Wed Nov 25, 2020</p> bb63b5c44fa19e4b68b8c7407bd6f1b5 Ending the Emergency Loan Program Is More Trumpian Sabotage of America for 11/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/ending-the-emergency-loan-program-is-more-trumpian-sabotage-of-america Wed, 25 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>President Donald Trump's mission to undermine the next presidential administration on his way out of office took a dark new turn last week, one with dire implications for struggling business owners across America. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin moved to end emergency lending programs by the end of December and claw back hundreds of billions in unspent funding &#8212; actions that seem designed to hobble President-elect Joe Biden's attempts to stabilize the economy when he takes office on Jan. 20.</p> <p>In the context of everything else Trump is doing, this is clearly deliberate economic sabotage. If it doesn't prompt Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, along with most of their Republican colleagues in Congress, to finally end their shameful silence and stand up to Trump, they should never again claim to care about America's economy.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Mnuchin on Thursday informed the Federal Reserve he won't extend several major emergency lending programs for businesses beyond the end of the year.</span> The Fed, which works in tandem with Treasury on the programs, responded with a rare public rebuke, suggesting the move threatens "our still strained and vulnerable economy." Democrats accuse Mnuchin of purposefully trying to limit the economic stimulus options Biden will have when he takes office. Mnuchin denies politics had any role in his decision.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 25, 2020</p> 90aafb755de85646244cb0225b161744 Trump's Scheme To Overrule Michigan's Voters Affirms Need for Electoral Reform for 11/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/trumps-scheme-to-overrule-michigans-voters-affirms-need-for-electoral-reform Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer and strategists behind President Donald Trump's post-election challenges, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Thursday in Washington.</p> <p>President Donald Trump's cynical attempt to overturn Joe Biden's victory in the Nov. 3 election includes one especially disgraceful strategy: trying to get Republican state legislatures to throw their electoral votes to Trump even if Biden won their states. Legal scholars say this will fail under the current circumstances, but the fact that it's even a theoretical possibility is further cause to talk about finally rethinking the Electoral College.</p> <p>The Electoral College gives each state a set number of electors who cast the actual votes for the president. It has been controversial at times, but its outcomes mirrored the public's will in every election of the 20th century. The two modern elections in which the popular-vote loser won the electoral vote &#8212; George W. Bush in 2000 and Trump in 2016 &#8212; certainly felt unfair to supporters of the defeated, but there wasn't any question those outcomes were legitimate under the American system.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 24, 2020</p> d0a3dca7577ead2d922fd39f1bebc89e Trump Puts His Ego Ahead of National Security by Refusing Transition Cooperation for 11/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/trump-puts-his-ego-ahead-of-national-security-by-refusing-transition-cooperation-aa488 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In recent days, the following national security challenges have come into public view: President Donald Trump reportedly sought options for launching a military attack on Iran. Trump is planning to accelerate the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Islamist terrorists have escalated deadly attacks in Europe. And Asia-Pacific nations, several under increasing military pressure from China, have signed a massive new trade deal favoring Beijing to the exclusion of the United States.</p> <p>These are just a fraction of the worries bearing down on the presidency as Inauguration Day approaches. But Trump, still brooding over his loss on Nov. 3 to President-elect Joe Biden, refuses to approve the security clearances and briefings required to ensure a smooth transition. In other words, Trump is once again putting his fragile ego ahead of the nation's most vital security interests, even if it puts at risk U.S. troops, embassy and intelligence personnel, allies, and vital U.S. assets stationed abroad.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">A reasonable amount of post-election political gamesmanship was to be expected. But Trump clearly lost, and no amount of court challenges or vote recounts will change Biden's resounding victory.</span> Yet the most outspoken and influential Republican leaders on Capitol Hill continue to put politics ahead of vital national interests. True patriots don't behave like this.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 24, 2020</p> 73c514129dcb2329821a008ba9df8bad Could Trump Have Been Our First 100 Million-Vote President? for 11/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/could-trump-have-been-our-first-100-million-vote-president-b8ce9 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>My latest book is titled "TRUMP RULES." It's about the one-of-a-kind rules that have empowered Donald J. Trump to become perhaps the greatest warrior and winner in the history of American business and politics. I'm proud and honored to report that, at this writing, my book is a No. 1 Amazon bestseller in multiple categories. </p> <p>But I'm sure millions of liberals, assorted Democrats with Trump Derangement Syndrome and never-Trump RINOS would ask the question "How is Trump a winner, when he just lost the presidency?" That's a valid question. I hope you're sitting down. Please buckle your seat belts. Here's my bold answer.</p> <p>First, whether President Trump wins or loses this election, he's already established his legacy as one of the biggest winners, if not the biggest, in America's great history. He is the only human being in history to become a billionaire businessman and president of the United States, commander of the military and leader of the free world. That's a pretty good resume.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 23, 2020</p> fdec8e383d6853e09a6c2ebf198bfb85 Pols Catch COVID, Placing Pandemic in Perspective for 11/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/pols-catch-covid-placing-pandemic-in-perspective Mon, 23 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It wasn't so long ago that it was big news when prominent players in politics came down with a case of COVID-19. Now, of course, there's a long list of them. </p> <p>It also wasn't too long ago when the public looked on in amazement if some of the prominent pols who contracted the virus appeared to be taking it in stride. Maybe they even shook it off within days. It was met with disbelief by much of the national and international press, and with indignation by the political establishment.</p> <p>Take, for example, Texas U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, the vaccine skeptic and mask critic who tested positive during a screening last summer as he boarded Air Force One. He later would tell a local newspaper in his district he felt "better than before I had it." Then, there's that all-time study in COVID nonchalance, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. He was criticized for dismissing the upper-respiratory ailment throughout the spring, then caught it in July. Unbowed in August, he pronounced, "unfortunately nearly everyone here is going to catch it eventually ... What are you afraid of? Face up to it."<p>Updated: Mon Nov 23, 2020</p> 278b99ee6de35f19091b806eaa22bb90 2020 Isn't Over Yet for 11/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/2020-isnt-over-yet-47566 Fri, 20 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This week in New York City, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was raised. I've watched the video several times, and it's like watching a train wreck &#8212; I can't look away. As it was raised, many of the tree's lower limbs fell off, revealing incredibly large gaps. Unless a magician is in charge of decorating the tree, it will end up being the perfect symbol for 2020, a frightening reminder of the horribleness of this year. 2020 is the year of everything ugly.</p> <p>Many of us, understandably, just want to move on to 2021, to a time that might just be better. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">in our rush to move forward, we should not ignore real issues that need to see the light of day, regardless of the outcome.</span></p> <p>While many Americans and most news outlets are moving forward with a presumptive win for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, we should all remember that 2020 is not over yet. Many Americans believe that the election was held unfairly and that the current reported outcome is inaccurate. <p>Updated: Fri Nov 20, 2020</p> cf4e431fab2b54b97f6b172986eab76e It's Not Too Late for Trump To Lead on the Pandemic. History Would Notice. for 11/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/its-not-too-late-for-trump-to-lead-on-the-pandemic-history-would-notice Fri, 20 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Failed presidents can surprise us. Herbert Hoover, a Republican ousted by voters for his mishandling of the Great Depression, later became an indispensable ally to Democrat Harry Truman in addressing hunger in Europe after World War II. Jimmy Carter's humanitarian work built a far more impressive legacy for him as an ex-president than president. George H.W. Bush joined forces with the man who denied him a second term, Bill Clinton, to bring aid to victims of natural disasters around the world, forming a close if ironic friendship along the way.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">President Donald Trump has an opportunity for such a redemption, if he can look past his own worst demons to see it.</span> Imagine if Trump &#8212; currently destined to take a beating in the history books over his handling of the coronavirus &#8212; spent the final weeks of his presidency, and beyond, providing the kind of national pandemic leadership America desperately needs.</p> <p>Trump's leadership so far has been catastrophic except for the crash vaccine-development program he spearheaded. He has downplayed the pandemic, failed to coordinate national and state responses, and suggested the U.S. should test less so its caseload looks smaller. He has encouraged his base to spurn masks at his crowded rallies, with deadly results. He has scorned expertise and elevated ineffective or dangerous quackery. Short of canceling the vaccine program, it's hard to imagine how he could've been more counterproductive if he'd tried.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 20, 2020</p> 3c1021991cb7342438300e0a9d82622b The Aftermath for 11/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/the-aftermath-0141a Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Times are hard on broadcasters. Mounting competition from the tech giants, nonstop political turmoil, civil unrest, elections, market uncertainty and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic have all swallowed 2020 whole &#8212; and we still have two months left! The election is over; however, President Donald Trump has yet to fully concede and only the Good Lord knows when that may be. The peaceful transition of power and the sharing of critical information is paramount to our democracy. When the smoke finally clears, the television industry will be anxious to see what direction the FCC will take.</p> <p>The Trump administration and the FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai have generally followed a deregulatory trend. The repeal of net neutrality, loosening broadcast ownership restrictions under the Quadrennial Review and removing antiquated regulations &#8212; like the main studio and minimum staffing mandates &#8212; are just a few examples.</p> <p>Under a Biden administration, it seems that net neutrality will again be pursued. It's hard to imagine the benefits of having the FCC regulate internet services as a 1930s-style public utility under Title II regulations. That's an innovation killer.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p> 1a664791c657fe4109cefed667098c4b The Congressional Research Service Takes a Peek at the Next Big War for 11/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/11/20/the-congressional-research-service-takes-a-peek-at-the-next-big-war-3711f Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>To adapt former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's famous 2002 press statement, the world's next big shooting war will be a consequential event masked by known unknowns.</p> <p>The human historical record tells us a major armed (kinetic) conflict involving powerful nations will eventually erupt. Given contemporary economic interdependence and the lethality of modern weaponry, the conflict will have disruptive global consequences, many of them grim.</p> <p>However, what geopolitical issues shape and misshape The Next Big War; who wages the hostility and for what reasons; how the combatants prepare to wage it; where and how the combatants engage; and how the struggle ends are known to be determinative questions. Their now-unknown answers are what Rumsfeld would say we know we do not know.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p>