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 Wed, 04 Aug 2021 21:48:16 -0700 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 6dd1faeb6984e63d243a7d3830ca8e4b Jan. 6 Was Deplorable. It Was Not a Coup for 07/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/21/jan-6-was-deplorable-it-was-not-a-coup Fri, 30 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When several hundred extremists mobbed Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, they engaged in a deplorably un-American act of criminality. It was an embarrassing day for the nation, and a dangerous one for the many innocent people and officials engulfed in the mayhem.</p> <p>Here's what Jan. 6 wasn't:</p> <p>It wasn't the "worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War." Nor did it veer anywhere near the vicinity of being as dangerous as 9/11. Nor was it a "coup" or an "insurrection" &#8212; not in any way we commonly understand those words. It wasn't a "putsch." Nor did it, as the chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, claimed, come "dangerously close to succeeding" in upending "American democracy." That's all a myth. It was a riot. Or, as Christopher Caldwell more forgivingly called it in The New York Times, perhaps "a political protest that got out of control."<p>Updated: Fri Jul 30, 2021</p> 899b80e18a0da29430299eacc18ef418 Joe Biden's Shameful Voting-Rights Speech for 07/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/21/joe-bidens-shameful-voting-rights-speech Fri, 16 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Republican "anti-voting" laws, President Joe Biden claimed during his demagogic speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia this week, are the most "significant test of our democracy since the Civil War." These laws are "odious," "pernicious," "vicious," "unconscionable," a "subversion" and "suppression," the "21st-century Jim Crow" and the sure sign of an emerging "autocracy." Biden's fabricated panic offers lots of space for hyperbole but precious little room for specifics. I was prepared to fact-check Biden's contentions about new election laws, but the president offered few details. Perhaps he comprehends that most Americans would probably find voter-integrity laws rather innocuous.</p> <p>Biden must also have sensed how preposterous his hyperbole sounded, littering his speech with a bunch of "literallys" and "for reals." None of the voting laws passed in 17 states &#8212; some drafted better than others &#8212; comes anywhere in the vicinity of "authoritarian." To compare photo-ID laws to Jim Crow is to cheapen history. Then again, Biden doesn't have a problem using Joseph Goebbels' "Big Lie" formulation, either &#8212; the kind of Nazi reference that Democrats pretend to be upset by when used by Republicans.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Not only didn't we hear much from Biden about how these "autocratic" laws work, but we also didn't hear much about how House Resolution 1 proposes to save democracy. </span>The closest the president came to offering any specifics was to claim that new voter laws somehow legalize the intimidation of voters and the tossing of legal ballots. Both of those things, of course, are already illegal. The For the People Act, on the other hand, would force states to count mail-in votes that arrive up to 10 days after Election Day; compel them to legalize ballot harvesting; ban them from having voter-ID laws; empower bureaucrats to redraw congressional districts; require states to allow felons to vote; undermine free-speech rights by imposing a new array of burdens on civic groups, unions and nonprofit organizations; force states to count ballots cast by voters who are in the wrong precincts; prohibit election officials from reviewing eligibility of voters; and bar officials from removing ineligible voters from the rolls.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 16, 2021</p> 502bb75b8d0bee51037e2632da179465 Meghan McCain Often Did What Political Media Wouldn't for 07/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/21/meghan-mccain-often-did-what-political-media-wouldnt Fri, 09 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Meghan McCain is leaving "The View."</p> <p>One assumes that regular readers of editorial pages and political magazines aren't exactly the prime audience for a daytime-television show. And one also assumes that a not insignificant number of Republicans aren't fans of McCain because of her sharp criticism of former President Donald Trump.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Yet I think it's fair to say that McCain was probably one of the most consequential conservatives in media over the past four years.</span> For one thing, "The View" captures a larger audience than any cable-news show in the country. It is watched by millions of Americans who are otherwise subjected to a nearly uninterrupted barrage of leftist political perspectives. During her four years on the show, McCain confronted numerous high-profile Democrats with questions that they would otherwise never have been asked. Quite often, I suspect, she brought up issues that a majority of the audience weren't even aware existed.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 09, 2021</p> e9ecf3cdaa503efb51d679ec8fba2f77 Tucker Carlson Says the NSA Is Spying on Him. Sadly, It's Plausible for 07/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/21/tucker-carlson-says-the-nsa-is-spying-on-him-sadly-its-plausible Fri, 02 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Tucker Carlson says a "whistleblower" in the National Security Agency tipped him off that the agency was planning to leak emails and texts to get him off the air over a story he's working on. Sounds rather fantastical. We've seen no evidence or corroboration of the accusation. My initial instinct should be to dismiss conspiratorial claims about domestic espionage. As it happens, though, I've been alive for the past two decades. And history tells us it is wholly conceivable that intelligence and law-enforcement agencies would spy on a television personality. They spy all the time. They do it illegally. They do it for partisan reasons. They do it to lawmakers. They do it to journalists.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It wasn't that long ago when former President Barack Obama's director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, famously lied to Congress about the agency's snooping on American citizens. </span>"Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?" asked Sen. Ron Wyden in 2013. "No, sir," Clapper said under oath, " ... Not wittingly." Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed this as a lie.</p> <p>It was John Brennan's CIA that ran an illicit spying operation against the United States Senate, with five agents breaking into Senate Intelligence Committee files. He then lied about it to lawmakers and the public. When asked about the hacking, Brennan claimed that "nothing could be further from the truth. I mean we wouldn't do that. I mean, that's just beyond the &#8212; you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we would do." Do you think people who hack into Senate files &#8212; and get away with it &#8212; will have any ethical compunction about spying on a TV personality?<p>Updated: Fri Jul 02, 2021</p> 3f57a655b7c7de988703e07209a2653f The Crusade to Destroy Jack Phillips Continues for 06/25/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/21/the-crusade-to-destroy-jack-phillips-continues Fri, 25 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I've been writing about Colorado cakemaker Jack Phillips' fight against cultural authoritarians for a long time. This past March, I noted that Phillips would probably be badgered into the grave. And this week, Denver district judge A. Bruce Jones again found that the state could compel speech, claiming that Phillips had acted unlawfully when refusing to create a cake that celebrated the alleged gender transition of a Colorado activist.</p> <p>When Phillips declined to participate in the wedding of David Mullins and Charlie Craig back in the summer of 2012 &#8212; this was before Obergefell v. Hodges and before gay marriage was even legalized in Colorado &#8212; he made himself the target of harassment by activists and "civil-rights" commissions that set out to destroy his business over a thought crime; by courts that set out to corrode religious liberty and free-speech protections; and by media that either don't understand or don't value free expression anymore. </p> <p>Journalists have been misleading their audiences about this case for nearly a decade. So, it needs to be repeated that Phillips never turned a gay couple away from his shop. He never "refused" to sell a gay couple his products. Mullins and Craig were free to buy anything they desired from Masterpiece Cakeshop. They weren't free, however, to force Phillips to create something that conflicted with his long-held religious beliefs. One of the most basic ideals of liberty is that we don't coerce individuals to say things &#8212; or refrain from saying things &#8212; in ways that violate their conscience.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 25, 2021</p> bda18594800c4425cab9984c56baaaba The Myth of Republican Obstructionism for 06/18/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/21/the-myth-of-republican-obstructionism Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The political media have spent the entire Joe Biden presidency up to this point pressuring holdout moderate Democrats to join the left's efforts to destroy the legislative filibuster. One way they do this is by cobbling together revisionist histories that cast Republicans as uniquely obstructionist and undemocratic.</p> <p>CNN's White House correspondent John Harwood lays out that history in broad strokes: "for Clinton's 1993 deficit-reduction plan: 0 Republican votes for Obama's 2010 national health care plan: 0 Republican votes for Biden's 2021 covid-relief plan: 0 Republican votes the modern GOP response to Democratic governance is total resistance."</p> <p>What he fails to mention is that after President Bill Clinton's "deficit-reduction" bill, the GOP, often in significant numbers, voted for a slew of big policy reforms: 16 Senate Republicans voted for the Family and Medical Leave Act; a telecommunications reform passed 81-18, with only one Republican voting nay; the welfare-reform compromise bill passed 78-21; the Brady Act gun-control bill only passed because of Republican support; the North American Free Trade Agreement passed 73-26; Biden's crime bill passed 95-4; just to mention a few.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 18, 2021</p> 51b680b605d4f881e1bf835a778068ba The Democrats' Filibuster Con for 06/11/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/21/the-democrats-filibuster-con Fri, 11 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When West Virginia's Joe Manchin closed the door on eliminating the legislative filibuster this week, promising not to "weaken or eliminate" the 60-vote threshold, he "dashed" the "dreams" of Democrats, according to The New York Times.</p> <p>Hypocrisy is nothing new in Washington, but it takes a preternatural shamelessness to have participated in over 300 filibusters, as Democrats did in the past few years, and then one day turn around and treat the procedure as an odious racist relic that threatens "democracy."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 11, 2021</p> 5a03814229e55e380831b1b89d09f1f7 Jews Can't Let the US Turn into Europe for 06/04/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/21/jews-cant-let-the-us-turn-into-europe Fri, 04 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent extra state patrols to Jewish neighborhoods after a rash of attacks, including the beating of a man by a mob in midtown, a brick flying through the windows of a kosher pizza store and "protesters" spitting at and threatening restaurant patrons. Since anti-Jewish attacks in Brooklyn aren't primarily the work of white supremacists, the incidents don't garner widespread attention.</p> <p>We shouldn't exaggerate the circumstances: Hate crimes are still rare, and the United States is perhaps the safest place for Jews. That said, it would be a tragedy if we were on a European trajectory. There, the kinds of lies and smears now being normalized and spread by the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and other progressives on the floor of Congress have manifested in harassment and violence against Jews. Nearly a quarter of the French, for instance, believe in some Jewish conspiracy theories. Nearly half of the French say that Zionism is a plot for world domination. Much like American progressives, the European Union helps fuel this animosity by singling out the Jewish state for endless and nearly exclusive reprimand, while at the same time ignoring the atrocities around the world.</p> <p>In Europe, few Jewish organizations are left to push back against these currents. Indeed, in the United States, Jewish organizations &#8212; the cowardly ADL and others &#8212; also largely exist to mollify leftist partisans and crusade for progressive causes. These places are populated by people who exhibit bravery by putting triple parentheses around their Twitter handles; the kind of people who work harder to cancel Tucker Carlson than expose the spread of blood libels by elected officials. These are the kind of people who propose American Jews take off your yarmulkes, as they must in Paris suburbs. "It pains me to say this," Aaron Keyak, Joe Biden's former head of Jewish engagement during the campaign and transition, recently tweeted, "but if you fear for your life or physical safety take off your kippah and hide your magen david. (Obviously, if you can, ask your rabbi first.)" In 2020, Keyak blamed Trump for anti-Semitic attacks, saying, "We see how Trump has been remarkably weak on anti-Semitism and has endangered Jews by making us all less safe." Today, he has no idea why it's happening.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 04, 2021</p> 48227efc32d7ba068b6dc6c34a416add Suddenly, Democrats Are Offended by Nazi Analogies for 05/28/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/21/suddenly-democrats-are-offended-by-nazi-analogies Fri, 28 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Republican Jewish-space-laser kook Marjorie Taylor Greene offered up a nonsensical Holocaust analogy the other day, comparing vaccine passports to yellow stars worn by Jews during the Holocaust. Though Greene has problems grasping historical context, she apparently possesses the ability to induce the entire left wing to pretend they are offended by dumb Nazi analogies.</p> <p>It's a quick turnaround. The media spent four years acting like the 2017 inauguration was akin to von Hindenburg handing power to Hitler. What am I saying? They're still doing it. This very week you can read, for example, a Chris Cillizza piece headlined, "A majority of Republicans are living in a fantasy world built around the Big Lie." The "Big Lie" &#8212; highly popular among Democrats (and Donald Trump) &#8212; is, of course, referring to a tactic the Nazis deployed against their political enemies. No one seemed upset when President-elect Joe Biden claimed Ted Cruz was a latter-day Goebbels spreading the "Big Lie." If challenging the legitimacy of an election is tantamount to fascistic disinformation, Democrats have been running the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda for the past five years.</p> <p>Let's face it: Taylor Greene is a rank amateur at playing the Nazi card. We have been drowning in reductio ad Hitlerum. "Donald Trump increasingly compared to Adolf Hitler," explained a CBS News piece that treated Trump's asking attendees at a rally to raise their hands and pledge to vote as if it were Nuremberg. "Is it wrong to compare Trump to Hitler?" asked a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist this past January. The answer? "No." "Don't compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. It belittles Hitler," noted a Washington Post op-ed. "Trump's last days and the echo of one specific Hitler analogy," wrote pundit Ishaan Tharoor. "I'm beginning to see what happened in Germany," said four-time Godwin's Law champion Jim Clyburn. Jerry Nadler is no slouch on the matter, either.<p>Updated: Fri May 28, 2021</p> 9d3ad6e423791327e783a9fff77a299b What Does Putin Have on Biden? for 05/21/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/21/what-does-putin-have-on-biden Fri, 21 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Only a few months ago, the Biden administration argued that Nord Stream 2, a proposed natural-gas pipeline running from Russia to Germany, was "a bad deal" that "exposes Ukraine and Central Europe." White House press secretary Jen Psaki had noted at the time that any new pipeline carrying the fossil fuel on the continent "goes against Europe's own stated energy and security goals."</p> <p>This week, Axios reports that President Joe Biden is set to waive sanctions against a major company building the pipeline &#8212; as well as its CEO, Matthias Warnig, a former Stasi agent and a Putin, er, associate. Setting aside a debate over the usefulness of waivers, the muted reaction to the lifting of sanctions once again exposes that the Russian collusion hysteria that enveloped the media and political conversation for nearly five years was a contrived effort to spin a lie.</p> <p>The Democrats have shamelessly fluctuated on Russian policy. And it is not only that many of the same officials crafting Biden's foreign policy mocked Mitt Romney for warning about Russian geopolitical threats. Even before President Barack Obama asked Vladimir Putin's flunky Dmitry Medvedev to "transmit" his promise "to Vladimir" about "flexibility" on missile defense, the United States had already canceled the sale of American missile defense systems to our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic. It was Obama who spent two years trying to kill the Magnitsky Act. It was Obama who allowed Russia to operate with impunity in Syria to protect the prospects of the Iran deal. It was Joe Biden, not Comrade Trump, who championed the "reset" and capitulated to Russia on accession to the World Trade Organization. "President Obama has made Russia's W.T.O. membership a top priority for U.S.-Russia relations in 2011," the White House explained.<p>Updated: Fri May 21, 2021</p> 21f90b6b674365513b58791d500c162e Biden Is Off to a Disastrous Start for 05/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/21/biden-is-off-to-a-disastrous-start Fri, 14 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Presidents aren't supreme beings imbued with the power to dictate economic conditions, pandemics or international events. We give them far too much credit and blame for the vagaries of the world.</p> <p>That said, there are some things that presidents do have the power to influence. The location of MLB's All-Star Game, for instance, is not Joe Biden's bailiwick. The economic recovery is. The COVID-19 downturn wasn't an organic event precipitated by unforeseeable underlying economic factors. It was an event created by state lockdowns, coupled with widespread consumer fear. So, with lockdowns easing and vaccines entering arms, a vibrant bounce-back should be a slam dunk for the president.</p> <p>Instead, Biden couldn't resist the opportunity to stuff expensive, technocratic, completely unrelated agenda items into his "rescue" packages. And disincentivizing work and investments, threatening to raise taxes and energy prices and pumping trillions into the economy tend to dampen growth.<p>Updated: Fri May 14, 2021</p> 22cbaba656db580119b2e39df437292a Punishing Big Pharma for Its Success Will Cost Lives for 05/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/21/punishing-big-pharma-for-its-success-will-cost-lives Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The New York Times reports that "Pfizer Reaps Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine." The pharma giant Pfizer earned revenues of $3.5 billion in the first three months of 2021, estimated to generate around $900 million in profits. All the company had to do was create a safe drug that effectively alleviated the threat of the most deadly virus we've faced in over a century &#8212; one responsible for hundreds of thousands of American deaths and a cost of trillions in economic damage &#8212; and then manufacture and dispense hundreds of millions of doses in the shortest span of any vaccine ever created.</p> <p>"Unlike several vaccine manufacturers that vowed to forego profits during the Covid-19 pandemic, Pfizer planned to profit," explained former secretary of labor Robert Reich to his 1.3 million followers. "Today it announced that the vaccine brought in $3.5 billion in the first three months of 2021, nearly a quarter of its total revenue."</p> <p>Good for Pfizer.<p>Updated: Fri May 07, 2021</p> 4988e650e9c693e2e7ff7c007b950edc The Ugly Reaction to Tim Scott's Speech Is Telling for 04/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/21/the-ugly-reaction-to-tim-scotts-speech-is-telling Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>South Carolina Senator Tim Scott gave a competent Republican response to Joe Biden's mendacious speech to congress this week. Considering the failed history of the opposition responses, being competent is no easy accomplishment. And boy, the contrived, hyperbolic outrage and derision we saw from liberal talking heads was something to behold.</p> <p>Some of it was just farcical. Take MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, who argued that Scott's speech, in which the senator dared praise the Trump administration for its work on vaccines, was "delivered from a planet where facts don't matter." It's almost perfunctory at this point to make such claims, whether there is evidence or not. Operation Warp Speed, Wallace argued, "didn't do anything to get a needle in the arms, so a lot of disinformation." </p> <p>Well, the effort did help boost the lifesaving innovation that flows through those needles &#8212; not to mention, it also led to a million doses being dispensed daily by the time Joe Biden got his own shot.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 30, 2021</p> ce9f2db5f8dfe253b7638ea479a7f1d5 Joe Biden's Climate Denialism for 04/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/21/joe-bidens-climate-denialism Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In anticipation of the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, a two-day global gathering of more than 40 world leaders, President Joe Biden declared that the United States had a "moral imperative" to adopt an "ambitious" goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 and 100% by 2050.</p> <p>Such an effort, if we were serious about it, would entail massive destruction of wealth, a surrender of our international trade advantages, the creation of a hugely intrusive state-run bureaucracy at home, the inhibition of free markets that have helped make the world a cleaner place and a precipitous drop in the living standards of most citizens &#8212; especially the poor.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 23, 2021</p> 10e58b223fc12ae3a37a7d394732a9e7 Kristen Clarke Is Unfit to Be in Government for 04/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/21/kristen-clarke-is-unfit-to-be-in-government Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Kristen Clarke, Joe Biden's nominee for assistant attorney general of the United States, once promoted racist pseudoscientific quackery, arguing that the human brain was structured in a way that makes Black people superior to white people, and that "human mental processes" in the brain have chemicals that imbue one race with "superior physical and mental abilities" and "spiritual abilities."</p> <p>Rather than owning up to a youthful relationship with radicalism, Clarke, who made these comments in the Harvard Crimson as a 19 year old, claims that her racist diatribe was a merely a parody mocking the controversial book, "The Bell Curve." "What I was seeking to do was to hold up a mirror," she says, "Put one racist theory alongside another."</p> <p>Purely by chance, Clarke also happened to invite a Holocaust-denying fraud named Anthony Martin &#8212; then a professor at Wellesley College whose assigned primary textbook was called "The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews," which blamed Jews for the slave trade, and who wrote "The Jewish Onslaught," published by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan &#8212; to speak at Harvard. Around the same time Clarke was writing unrecognizable satire about Black supremacy, she was calling Martin an "intelligent, well-versed Black intellectual who bases his information on indisputable fact." Weird that.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 16, 2021</p> 7aa3210917c237a8dd1b8d5b8f59f276 Moving the MLB All-Star Game to Denver Makes Zero Sense for 04/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/21/moving-the-mlb-all-star-game-to-denver-makes-zero-sense Fri, 09 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Major League Baseball is moving its 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, to Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. This, says ESPN, is "in response to a new Georgia law that has civil rights groups concerned about its potential to restrict voting access for people of color."</p> <p>Or, more likely, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moved the game because he is concerned about Rob Manfred.</p> <p>Cobb County estimates that losing the game will cost the region more than $100 million. Atlanta, a city with a 51 percent black population &#8212; the largest Black-majority metro area in the nation &#8212; will lose most of all. They'll live, but it's certainly a peculiar way for professional baseball to show solidarity with the African American community.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 09, 2021</p> 8d8dac8b26694d8a127c7c56bf3b21a4 The Media's All-In Campaign to Destroy the Filibuster for 04/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/21/the-medias-all-in-campaign-to-destroy-the-filibuster Fri, 02 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As we speak, there is no bill on the congressional docket that would provide Democrats an excuse to blow up the filibuster &#8212; or, as the media might euphemistically refer to it, "reforming" or "overhauling" the filibuster.</p> <p>Yet, a casual follower of politics would surely be under the impression that there is a pressing battle unfolding because the media are incessantly covering the filibuster issue as a way to pressure holdout moderate Democrats to join the left in the efforts to destroy the Senate.</p> <p>Take Manu Raju at CNN, whose main job it seems is to badger Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema with hypothetical questions about stripping Senate guardrails to allow Democrats to jam through their agenda with a narrow majority. Would you blow them up for a gun bill? Would you blow them up for a voting bill? Would you like it in a house? Would you like it with a mouse? Would you? Could you? <p>Updated: Fri Apr 02, 2021</p> 6caff987e2ad26bccd3b33be1affc3b4 No to DC Statehood for 03/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/21/no-to-dc-statehood Fri, 26 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There are numerous principled reasons to oppose D.C. statehood. But, really, no arguments are more applicable than the ones offered by the founders, who created a federal district for the distinct purpose of denying it statehood. </p> <p>First, because they were concerned about the seat of federal power being controlled by a hostile or intrusive state government. Second, because they knew that if the capital were in a state &#8212; much less its own state &#8212; the people would vote to grow and accumulate federal power. Both situations were incompatible with the proper separation of powers and state rights.</p> <p>Today, though, Democrats want to localize one of the only things in the Constitution that is actually federalized &#8212; while federalizing everything else.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 26, 2021</p> 18d2c969cb32e04220f4842b36c9924d The Hypocrisy of the Filibuster Busters for 03/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/21/the-hypocrisy-of-the-filibuster-busters Fri, 19 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The effort to undo the Senate's legislative filibuster is an un-American, Constitution-eroding, radical play to nationalize politics by empowering slim and fleeting majorities to institute wide-ranging, generational policies.</p> <p>Judging from the media coverage, you might be under the impression that Mitch McConnell has some kind of duty to "diffuse" the Democrats' threats of "filibuster reform" &#8212; "reform" is the euphemism for liberals destroying long-held Senate norms &#8212; by preemptively acquiescing to their demands before he even knows what they are.</p> <p>Few reporters seem to have even the slightest bit of curiosity as to why a filibuster emergency didn't come up during the Trump administration when Democrats were constantly &#8212; in unprecedented fashion, even &#8212; using the parliamentary tool against the president? Democrats filibustered the GOP when it was running the House, Senate and presidency; they filibustered a COVID-relief bill and Tim Scott's criminal justice bill, just to name two. The Senate GOP had to end debate on judicial nominees and break filibusters 314 times in President Donald Trump's single term. To put that in perspective, every other president in the history of the United States has faced, combined, 244 of those roll-call votes over a filibuster.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 19, 2021</p> ce5cc476f550afaf0f7706ad4d033e63 Biden Prepares to Strip College Students of Due Process Rights for 03/12/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/21/biden-prepares-to-strip-college-students-of-due-process-rights Fri, 12 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's worth reminding people that if President Joe Biden were compelled to live by the standards he intends to institute for college students accused of sexual misconduct, he would be presumed guilty of rape, denied any legitimate opportunity to refute Tara Reade's charges and tossed from office in disgrace.</p> <p>The New York Times reports today that Biden's Kafkaesque "White House Gender Policy Council" is "beginning his promised effort to dismantle Trump-era rules on sexual misconduct that afforded greater protections to students accused of assault." The subhead informs us that, "The Biden administration will examine regulations by Betsy DeVos that gave the force of law to rules that granted more due process rights to students accused of sexual assault."</p> <p>The most disingenuous word here &#8212; though the piece is brimming with them &#8212; is "more." History did not begin in 2015, and former education secretary Betsy DeVos did not invent more due process rights in Title IX; she simply reinstated time-honored fundamental due process rights that have guided justice systems in the liberal world for hundreds of years. The Constitution says &#8212; twice &#8212; that no citizen shall be arbitrarily "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law." No means no.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 12, 2021</p>