David Harsanyi from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 18 Nov 2019 02:36:26 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss David Harsanyi from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/david-harsanyi-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi 8988c8f6478046a3ad2ec0a24e738004 The Trump Manchurian Candidate Theory Will Never Die for 11/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/19/the-trump-manchurian-candidate-theory-will-never-die Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>One of the most durable conspiracy theories of our times finds Vladimir Putin recruiting a billionaire media personality named Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency. In some iterations of the tale, Trump is willingly serving his Kremlin comrades; in others, he is merely the victim of kompromat. In every version, he is an asset of a hostile government.</p> <p>Putin, who is apparently blessed with seer-like abilities, knew in the late 1970s that Trump, whose political positions would wildly fluctuate over 40 years, was presidential material, and that now, after decades of patiently waiting, the duo's nefarious plan to cut taxes and place originalists onto the federal bench has finally come to fruition.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 15, 2019</p> 5e82ce34f999ec0dbd2859b8b04dfcbf ABC Keeps Covering for Jeffrey Epstein for 11/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/19/abc-keeps-covering-for-jeffrey-epstein Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, a group that has often infiltrated news organizations to uncover liberal bias, released an explosive "hot mic" video of "Good Morning America" co-host Amy Robach venting about ABC's decision to spike a story about late serial sex predator Jeffrey Epstein's nefarious activities three years ago.</p> <p>"I had this interview with (Epstein victim) Virginia Roberts," Robach is seen saying in the video, "we would not put it on the air. The (British royal) Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. We were afraid we wouldn't be able to interview Kate and Will that we, that also quashed the story."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 08, 2019</p> 19ef47a2aac813c0b8ef528f6029e30b The Fall of Skywalker for 10/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/19/the-fall-of-skywalker Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who knows? Maybe "The Rise of Skywalker" will bind all the tedious storylines of the first two "Star Wars" sequels into a cohesive and rewarding coda. Then again, if the new trailer offers any clues &#8212; and as I understand it, this is point of trailers &#8212; the movie looks like it will ratchet up the fan service in hopes of saving an incomprehensible mess.</p> <p>If someone asked you to cogently explain the narrative of the sequel trilogy, could you honestly do it? "The Last Jedi" has been on Netflix for months, and this lifelong fan &#8212; a fan who paid to see "The Revenge of the Sith" in theaters at least three times &#8212; hasn't even been able to rewatch it once for free. <span class="column--highlighted-text">To put that in perspective, I would rather binge entire seasons of an English baking show than sit through a $300 million sequel to my favorite childhood movie.</span><p>Updated: Fri Oct 25, 2019</p> 31c80c00859cb202438e4dd05d387c2d LeBron James Is a Coward for 10/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/19/lebron-james-is-a-coward Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>NBA superstar LeBron James says Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was "misinformed" and "wasn't educated on the situation at hand" when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's freedom demonstrations. Morey's sin was sharing an image of a slogan that read: "Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong." Even though the GM, regrettably, deleted his tweet, one strongly suspects his grasp of China &#8212; where the state is running "reeducation" camps filled with Uighurs &#8212; is considerably stronger than any of the NBA's leading apologists'.</p> <p>Only last year, James, a purported champion of social justice, came out in support of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the vacuous platitude, "I stand with anyone who believes in change." Anyone? Of course, LeBron's stand, as with most acts of pretend celebrity bravery, resulted in hosannas being thrown at him by the press and, more importantly, never cost him a penny.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 18, 2019</p> b3acbfe40b296cf306f545878890f0a0 Hey, Congress: Take Back Your War Powers for 10/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/19/hey-congress-take-back-your-war-powers Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you want to stop Donald Trump from making unilateral decisions regarding war and peace, then stop letting all presidents make unilateral decisions about war and peace. It's really quite simple. Trump can abruptly pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria because Congress, having abdicated its foreign policy responsibilities long ago, has no leverage to stop him.</p> <p>When Congress passed the War Powers Resolution as the Vietnam War was winding down, it gave the president the power to send troops abroad for 60 days in response to any "national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces." If the president failed to gain congressional support for the deployment, he would have another 30 days to pull back troops.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 11, 2019</p> b2d52acf40d6ef2a951c02eb5e6f5d71 The Anniversary of the People's Republic of China Is a Dark Day for Mankind for 10/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/10/19/the-anniversary-of-the-peoples-republic-of-china-is-a-dark-day-for-mankind Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's one thing to engage in diplomacy. It's another to praise evil.</p> <p>This week, Donald Trump tweeted, "Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China!" For diplomatic reasons, it's become customary for American presidents to praise and commend this depraved totalitarian regime. In a just world, the president would be sending his sympathies to the Chinese people, who have endured inconceivable sufferings under the communist regime since 1949.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 04, 2019</p> def4068e05feffe44eac8f5a940b58a0 The Tragedy of Greta Thunberg for 09/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/19/the-tragedy-of-greta-thunberg Fri, 27 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg lives in the healthiest, wealthiest, safest and most peaceful era humans have ever known. She is one of the luckiest people ever to have lived.</p> <p>In a just world, Thunberg would be at the United Nations thanking capitalist countries for bequeathing her this remarkable inheritance. Instead, she, like millions of other indoctrinated kids her age, act as if they live in a uniquely broken world on the precipice of disaster. This is a tragedy.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 27, 2019</p> b4ebd1a19fceac74180e266db96d3b28 The Smearing of Brett Kavanaugh Is an Attack on the Supreme Court for 09/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/19/the-smearing-of-brett-kavanaugh-is-an-attack-on-the-supreme-court Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the end, the Democrats' smearing of Brett Kavanaugh is about delegitimizing the Supreme Court &#8212; the only institution that will inhibit the progressive agenda no matter who wins elections.</p> <p>In the mind of Democrats, conservative justices aren't merely wrong; they're nefarious, racist and extremist. So <span class="column--highlighted-text">it's not surprising that virtually any smear against Kavanaugh is rationalized</span>. In this world, the accused, rather than the accuser, bears the "burden of proof." In this world, hucksters like Michael Avenatti are turned into experts, and major news outlets will eagerly repeat and spread slander as news.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 20, 2019</p> 1a56601d45a9a2c95c2c9552ab166d06 Dems Propose First Gun Grab Since Lexington and Concord for 09/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/19/dems-propose-first-gun-grab-since-lexington-and-concord Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>One wishes the media would stop using absurdly lazy phrases like "mandatory gun buybacks." Unless the politician they're talking about is in the business of selling firearms, it's impossible for him to "buy back" anything. No government official &#8212; not Joe Biden, not Beto O'Rourke, not any of the candidates who now support "buyback" programs &#8212; has ever sold firearms.</p> <p>What Democrats propose can be more accurately described as "the first American gun confiscation effort since Lexington and Concord," or some variation on that theme. Although tax dollars will be meted out in an effort to incentivize volunteers, the policy is to confiscate AR-15s, the vast majority of which have been legally purchased by Americans who have undergone background checks and never used a gun for a criminal purpose.</p> <p>The "mandatory gun buyback" exemplifies the impracticality and absurdity of do-somethingism. Democrats want to turn millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals overnight for refusing to adhere to a law that retroactively transforms the exercise of a constitutional right into a crime.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 06, 2019</p> 09e1d931cfd55d647e8408de9b25c056 The Left Can't Stop Lying About the Tea Party for 08/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/19/the-left-cant-stop-lying-about-the-tea-party Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"In the late summer of 2009, as the recession-ravaged economy bled half a million jobs a month, the country seemed to lose its mind," The New York Times says, kicking off its 10th anniversary retrospective of the tea party movement. As you can imagine, the rest of the article continues in this vein, portraying conservatives who organized against Obamacare as a bunch of vulgar radicals.</p> <p>Yet even this kind revisionism wasn't enough for most contemporary leftists, who see everything through the prism of race.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 30, 2019</p> 235bf9fb0c791ef77a89ccd39f3ab239 If It Wants to Survive, the NRA Needs to Change for 08/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/19/if-it-wants-to-survive-the-nra-needs-to-change Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the mid-1970s the NRA had to make a choice. As crime continued to spike across the nation, and politicians increasingly embraced gun control measures, an internal debate broke out about the future of the organization.</p> <p>Initially, the NRA's more passionate Second Amendment advocates were purged. NRA leadership would fire more than 70 activists during the early part of the decade. By 1976, the organization's board decided to relocate its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Colorado to extract itself from political debate. It wasn't until a 1977 NRA convention in Cincinnati that politically minded members pulled off something of a coup, wresting the organization from the nonpolitical wing.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 16, 2019</p> 9360949153f7bde2d77b583dbb8295ac Joaquin Castro's 'Doxing' of Voters Is Un-American for 08/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/19/joaquin-castros-doxing-of-voters-is-un-american Fri, 09 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, who chairs the presidential campaign of his twin brother, Julian, tweeted the names and employers of more than 40 San Antonians who maxed out their donations to President Donald Trump's reelection campaign.</p> <p>Mind you, the federal maximum is $2,800 per individual, so we're not talking about nefarious millionaires and billionaires or political activists or public figures. The congressman curated a list of retirees and business owners whose only sin was displeasing Castro.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 09, 2019</p> ed4c71b04835943a5fdcbc076fa53536 Compared With the Democrats, Donald Trump Is a Moderate for 08/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/19/compared-with-the-democrats-donald-trump-is-a-moderate Fri, 02 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Once you strip away all the hysteria and madness surrounding Donald Trump's presidency, you're left with a policy agenda of a populist, big-government Republican. Whether or not you have a moral or personal case against Trump himself, the president's stated policy positions fall well within the contours of traditional right-left politics.</p> <p>Can the same be said of Democrats? I'm sorry, but across-the-board tax cuts, notwithstanding the panic-stricken reaction we saw, aren't particularly radical. Every Republican president going back to Warren Harding has passed some kind of rate reduction. Nor is Trump's stated position on constrained foreign entanglement, which is popular with large factions of both parties. Trump's pro-Israel posture is a long-standing GOP position. And before President Barack Obama, it enjoyed bipartisan consensus.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 02, 2019</p> b43de858e55f54707725701ceeba5211 Mueller's Testimony: A Complete Disaster for Democrats for 07/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/19/muellers-testimony-a-complete-disaster-for-democrats Fri, 26 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If Democrats believed that Robert Mueller would provide them with additional ammunition for an impeachment inquiry, they made an extraordinary miscalculation. Not only was Mueller often flustered and unprepared to talk about his own report &#8212; we now have to wonder to what extent he was even involved in the day-to-day work of the investigation &#8212; but he was needlessly evasive. In the end, he seriously undermined the central case for impeachment of President Donald Trump.</p> <p>The very first Republican to question him, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins, forced Mueller to correct his own opening statement. In it, the former FBI director had asserted that the independent counsel "did not address collusion, which is not a legal term."<p>Updated: Fri Jul 26, 2019</p> 6479a3286656be176e3689f9fd59ab05 Why Media's Normalizing of White Nationalists Matters for 07/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/19/why-medias-normalizing-of-white-nationalists-matters Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 2016, a bunch of real-life white supremacists &#8212; not just Republicans who happen to disagree with the Democrats' preferred immigration policy &#8212; put together a conference in Washington, D.C., to attract attention. All kinds of major news networks dutifully showed up, because legacy media has something of a symbiotic relationship with the alt-right. White supremacists get to feed off of the preposterously outsized coverage they are given by histrionic journalists while journalists get to use white nationalists to smear Republicans.</p> <p>In its report on the conference, NPR &#8212; which made sure to note what was implicit in most coverage: the Republican victory had given this once-fringe movement a "jolt" &#8212; noted that maybe 300 people, "split nearly evenly between conference attendees and protesters of the conference outside" had been on hand for the event. So maybe 150 people. To put this in perspective, there was &#8212; by far &#8212; more coverage of this idiotic get-together than there has ever been given to the March for Life, which pulls hundreds of thousands of people every year, or even this week's progressive Netroots Nation, which, inconveniently, featured both elected Democrats and anti-Semites &#8212; sometimes simultaneously.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 19, 2019</p> 54fe14d5417493b77f4ebee77660baca Barr Is Right: The Trump-Russia Conspiracy Is 'Bogus' for 07/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/19/barr-is-right-the-trump-russia-conspiracy-is-bogus Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In a recent interview with The New York Times, Attorney General William Barr reiterated his intention to find out why the Obama administration launched an investigation into the Republican Party presidential candidate's campaign during the 2016 campaign.</p> <p>If the political parties in the sentence above were reversed, we would be in the midst of the biggest scandal in our lifetimes. As things stand, however, we are once again reduced to arguing over semantics. And one Barr quote, in particular, has gotten Democrats and their media allies agitated.</p> <p>"What we're looking at is: What was the predicate for conducting a counterintelligence investigation on the Trump campaign?" Barr asked. "How did the bogus narrative begin that Trump was essentially in cahoots with Russia to interfere with the U.S. election?"<p>Updated: Fri Jul 12, 2019</p> d3f27b01488963aba75f0054956f777b Bernie's #CancelStudentDebt Is a Dangerous Scam for 06/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/19/bernies-cancelstudentdebt-is-a-dangerous-scam Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that it was "literally easier" for her to win the congressional election than pay off her student loan debt &#8212; which says something unfortunate about both the cost of college and the electorate's choices.</p> <p>Ocasio-Cortez was commenting on Sen. Bernie Sanders' new plan to eliminate $1.6 trillion in student debt and transform higher education into a "free" and "fundamental right." "This proposal will make it possible for every person in America to get a college education no matter what their financial situation," Sanders explained.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 28, 2019</p> dd893166ef7ce69e2baffbef9b85815c The Problem With Ocasio-Cortez's Shameful Ignorance of History for 06/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/19/the-problem-with-ocasio-cortezs-shameful-ignorance-of-history Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is what they are." &#8212; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.</p> <p>In April 1944, two Slovakian Jews named Alfred Wetzler and Rudolf Vrba escaped from Auschwitz and provided two of the first eyewitness accounts of the horrors of the European concentration camps. Both men had been rounded up with a group of their countrymen and sent to the Birkenau section of the camp in the spring of 1941, where they were immediately put to work as slave labor.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 21, 2019</p> 5dbf4f9bebc613d8dd6c3470cb96f9c0 Hey, Joe Biden! Here Are Some Scandals You Forgot for 06/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/19/hey-joe-biden-here-are-some-scandals-you-forgot Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Know what I was most proud of?" presidential candidate Joe Biden told a crowd on Wednesday. "For eight years, there wasn't one single hint of a scandal or a lie."</p> <p>In an era where every presidential tweet is an existential threat to democracy, there are probably plenty of people who believe this myth. Off the bat, though, it should be mentioned that even liberal fact-checking outfit PolitiFact once awarded Barack Obama the "Lie of Year" for misleading the American people about his technocratic health care plan.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 14, 2019</p> 599da4bd661837f9fb5931da852ab6f4 In Defense of Lobbying for 06/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/19/in-defense-of-lobbying Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The media adores stories that bolster prevailing narratives about the virtuousness of "bipartisanship" and the nefariousness of money in politics. Last week, they got both when socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and conservative Ted Cruz displayed some populist synergy by promising to work on legislation that would ban former lawmakers from taking paid lobbyist positions.</p> <p>With the "ambitious bipartisan effort," these two "seemingly opposite legislators" found "common ground" in their disapproval of former members of Congress "wielding their influence in new careers as government lobbyists," read one particularly insufferable piece.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 07, 2019</p>