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 Thu, 23 May 2019 21:32:11 -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 79bd67e715516841a33d05d3d7e5c3b4 Impeach Trump or Go Home, Democrats for 05/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/19/impeach-trump-or-go-home-democrats Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that the United States had been plunged into a "constitutional crisis," a large swath of the media took to plying this fantasy for them.</p> <p>"Ever wonder what a constitutional crisis looks like? Well, open your eyes," CNN's Don Lemon explained to his viewers. "The president of the United States is just blowing right through our system of checks and balances, the very thing that is supposed to keep our Congress, the judiciary, and the executive branch working, which means our country working."</p> <p>None of this is remotely true. Our checks and balances are working exactly as they should. Congress is free to make perpetual demands for information and testimony, and threaten the White House with contempt charges and impeachment when it doesn't get its way. The White House, in turn, is free to assert executive privilege and decline to hand over that information or give testimony.<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> b1c607661f9fee9a479feb9b73f1a1d1 Seth Meyers, Useful Idiot for 05/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/19/seth-meyers-useful-idiot Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After listening to Seth Meyers run interference for Rep. Ilhan Omar last week, an exasperated Meghan McCain asked him: "Are you her publicist? Are you her press person?" Perhaps the more pertinent question is, "Who else do you represent?"</p> <p>Because on the same day Rep. Rashida Tlaib was complaining (via her 500,000-follower Twitter account) that powerful forces were "trying to silence" her, the freshman representative also appeared on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers."<p>Updated: Fri May 17, 2019</p> 1b0358c4ac2614ce14d744ba3cb7e4c3 Liberals Were Very Wrong About Tax Cuts. Again. for 05/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/19/liberals-were-very-wrong-about-tax-cuts-again Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For those of you who survived the Great GOP Tax Cut Massacre, things are finally looking up. The unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent last month, the lowest level since 1969. We've now experienced over a full year of unemployment at 4 percent or lower. The economy beat projections, adding another 263,000 jobs in April. Wages are rising.</p> <p>It was Larry Summers, Bill Clinton's former treasury secretary and Barack Obama's White House economic adviser, who warned that tax reform would lead to over 10,000 dead Americans every year in December of 2017. Summers, considered a reasonable moderate by today's political standards, was just one of the many fearmongers.<p>Updated: Fri May 10, 2019</p> d6624d57572d40a49e864c6185cf560c The Real Reason Democrats Hate Bill Barr for 05/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/19/the-real-reason-democrats-hate-bill-barr Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the day of Attorney General Bill Barr's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, there was, as always, a selective leak dropped into the fray. With bated breath, we learned Special Counsel Robert Mueller had sent the attorney general a sternly worded letter grousing that Barr's four-page March 24 explanation of the core conclusions of the Mueller report "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of the Mueller's "work and conclusions."</p> <p>The customary histrionics followed. Posturing Democrats on the judicial committee gave long soliloquies on Barr's treacherous behavior. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, accused the attorney general of abusing his office and lying to Congress, and many others demanded his resignation. The usual suspects called for impeachment.<p>Updated: Fri May 03, 2019</p> 12a0993b4447f270651c25e99a95a493 Islamic Terrorism Remains the World's Greatest Threat to Peace for 04/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/19/islamic-terrorism-remains-the-worlds-greatest-threat-to-peace Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After the horrific mass murder of 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, there was widespread coverage and a torrent of mainstream news networks contemplating the threat of white supremacy. These conversations, completely reasonable and necessary in the face of violent attacks from a racist gunman, soon began deteriorating into politically motivated and specious claims contending that "white supremacy" had become the predominate terror threat in the world.</p> <p>Well, the coordinated bomb blasts aimed at Christian worshippers on Easter Sunday, which killed at least 290 people and injured hundreds more, demonstrates the kind of meticulous planning, funding, resources and support that is still exclusively the domain of radical Islamic terrorism. It's not merely that the act was planned to maximize the death toll, but that it is a continuation of long-standing efforts by Islamists to destroy the Christian communities left in Asia.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 26, 2019</p> 81edefbe714530635566454f7e0292ff Democrats Are Using Ilhan Omar as an Excuse to Chill Speech for 04/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/19/democrats-are-using-ilhan-omar-as-an-excuse-to-chill-speech Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats have spent the past two-plus years accusing the president of the United States and his allies of seditiously conspiring with our enemies to destroy "democracy." For the most part, this fairytale has been cynically deployed by politicians to undermine the legitimacy of a Republican presidency, yet millions of Americans now believe their votes were upended by a foreign power. There is no more serious charge against an elected official than treason.</p> <p>Then again, for decades before the 2016 election, Democrats argued that Republicans were literally killing their fellow Americans when cutting taxes, murdering the sick when rejecting nationalized health care, and sentencing the poor to death when dismissing socialist schemes. Not to mention suppressing the minority vote when asking for ID, engaging in Nazi-like actions when enforcing existing border laws, and destroying the world when failing to embrace a takeover of the economy. And so on.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 19, 2019</p> 183284e13fcde1514f11785fcd915006 Why Are Democrats Pandering to Al Sharpton? for 04/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/19/why-are-democrats-pandering-to-al-sharpton Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rev. Al Sharpton's fortunes have been on the upswing. A few years ago, then-President Barack Obama claimed that Sharpton was "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden." In the real world, of course, the only downtrodden Americans helped by Sharpton's activities are the ones who find themselves on the payroll benefitting from his numerous corporate shakedowns.</p> <p>Yet apparently Obama's resuscitation of Sharpton has worked. In fact, many of the very same Democratic Party hopefuls who boycotted the tepid bipartisanship of an AIPAC conference last month could be found speaking at Sharpton's National Action Network Convention in New York this past week, pandering to a charlatan with a history of inciting violence and racism.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 12, 2019</p> 45618e8079e0846c74400b089d22a8f4 Zuckerberg's Plan for the Internet Would Be a Disaster for Free Expression for 04/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/19/zuckerbergs-plan-for-the-internet-would-be-a-disaster-for-free-expression Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a recent op-ed, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg implored the state to get more involved in governing the internet. "Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks," he said. "These are important for keeping our community safe. But if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn't ask companies to make these judgments alone."</p> <p>For starters, there's no such a thing as "harmful speech." There might be speech that offends us. There might be speech we disagree with. There's also speech that's inarguably ugly, dishonest, pornographic or despicable. Yet, "we" allow these unpleasant words to go largely unregulated because we value the broader liberty of being able to offer opinions without government censors dictating which thoughts are acceptable.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 05, 2019</p> 31d037a38d4b0f3aab03a8c98e15f956 The Media Have Done Tremendous Damage to the Country and Themselves for 03/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/the-media-have-done-tremendous-damage-to-the-country-and-themselves Fri, 29 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For the past two years, a large swath of the media engaged in a mass act of self-deception and partisan groupthink. Perhaps it was Watergate envy, or bitterness over Donald Trump's victory, or antagonism towards Republicans in general &#8212; or, most likely, a little bit of all the above. But now that special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on Russian collusion, it's clear that political journalists did the bidding of those who wanted to delegitimize and overturn Trump's election.</p> <p>While bad behavior from partisan sources should be expected, the lack of skepticism from self-appointed unbiased journalists has been unprecedented. Any critical observer could see early on that Trump-era partisan newsroom culture had made journalists susceptible to the deception of those peddling expedient stories. Our weekly bouts of Russia hysteria all sprung from one predetermined outcome: the president was in bed with Vladimir Putin.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 29, 2019</p> 3ef12fb060794af92f4c7475172b3676 Why Democrats Fear the Electoral College for 03/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/why-democrats-fear-the-electoral-college Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The United States isn't a "democracy." Though every American should have learned this fact in high school civics class, the smart set still like to ridicule people who point it out &#8212; such a cliche and all.</p> <p>Today we see why the left has worked to convince Americans that majoritarianism is a profound moral good. And it's not just that the political class is going through another silly debate about the suddenly inconvenient Electoral College; it's that Democrats are increasingly comfortable attacking foundational ideas of American governance.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 22, 2019</p> fc780f56dc396afd250d6c71f1c4f083 Elizabeth Warren's Plan to Break Up Big Tech Would Be Bad for America for 03/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/elizabeth-warrens-plan-to-break-up-big-tech-would-be-bad-for-america Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has a new plan to break up Big Tech companies. The proposal entails appointing a bunch of regulators to undo mergers that her administration would deem anti-competitive. Warren's plan would classify any company that runs a marketplace and makes more than $25 billion a year as a "platform utility" and prohibit them from selling their own products. </p> <p>Considering the prevalent knee-jerk loathing of Big Tech and capitalism in general, it's likely to be a popular idea. Many conservatives, angered at social media platforms, will also find the notion of breaking up these companies agreeable. But there are number of good economic and idealistic reasons to oppose Warren's plan.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 15, 2019</p> d88cf43b2aa314026033244f3bd49a23 Democrats Keep Trying to Cover Up Their Anti-Semitism for 03/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/democrats-keep-trying-to-cover-up-their-anti-semitism Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rep. Ilhan Omar argues that American "democracy is built on debate," tweeting, "I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee." I'm sure no decent person disagrees with her comment. Also, every sane person understands this is merely a deflection from Omar's many anti-Semitic comments.</p> <p>No one asked her &#8212; or anyone else &#8212; to pledge allegiance to a foreign nation. It's her belief that supporting the Jewish state, a longtime ideological and geopolitical ally of the United States, is an act of dual loyalty &#8212; either by Jews or by others who, as Omar might say, have been "hypnotized" to do "evil." She is the one who accuses Jewish Americans, a group that has played a robust role in the nation's civic life for a long time, of doing the bidding of a foreign power to the detriment of their own.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 08, 2019</p> 49f9c991d007c74c25c161b5e29a8907 Trump Calls the Democratic Party Socialist. He's Right for 03/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/19/trump-calls-the-democratic-party-socialist-hes-right Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A recent New York Times headline warned readers that "Republicans Already Are Demonizing Democrats as Socialists and Baby Killers." The article pivots on President Donald Trump's strategy of portraying Democratic Party leaders as a gaggle of radicalized socialists.</p> <p>Judging from the media's reaction, there is much apprehension about Democrats' being portrayed as "socialists," which one expects isn't as popular, even theoretically speaking, in suburban areas or Middle America as it is among the blue-check Twitterati and journalists in urban newsrooms.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 01, 2019</p> 8473b06e6443e0db80fb691a95d8899a GOP Pounces by Allowing Democrats to Vote on Their Own Idea for 02/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/19/gop-pounces-by-allowing-democrats-to-vote-on-their-own-idea Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i> "The Green New Deal is the only way to save the earth from utter extinction. If you keep standing in the way, troglodytes, we are doomed."</i></p><i> <p>"OK, Democrats, let's vote on your nonbinding resolution."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 22, 2019</p> 2d56d6b998de8f8b5d56eec7329c77b5 The Democrats' Anti-Semitism Problem Isn't Going Away for 02/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/19/the-democrats-anti-semitism-problem-isnt-going-away Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist and Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar &#8212; someone who had previously argued that Jews hypnotized the world regarding their "evil" deeds &#8212; recently claimed that Americans only support Israel because of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's "Benjamins" &#8212; and then retweeted a person pointing out that she might as well call all Jews "hook-nosed."</p> <p>Though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who put Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, offered a condemnation of Omar's comments, many progressives jumped immediately to her defense. Some of them implored Omar to stop deploying these ugly "tropes" because they undermine what is a completely reasonable position toward the Jewish state. (Omar has since apologized, promising to avoid using insulting stereotypes when peddling her anti-Semitism.)<p>Updated: Fri Feb 15, 2019</p> f435a3d3ebe324c5290e346f08374a0c Why Democrats Can't Talk Honestly About Abortion for 02/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/19/why-democrats-cant-talk-honestly-about-abortion Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats will protect American children from the evils of trans fats and gay conversion therapy, but not from doctors who will kill them through negligent homicide in the first few hours of their lives. This is the ugly reality of the contemporary abortion debate. It's why most advocates will do about anything to avoid describing the unpleasant realities and consequences of their increasingly radical position.</p> <p>This week, Senate Democrats blocked Republican Ben Sasse's effort for unanimous consent on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It must be stressed that this bill isn't technically about abortion; rather, it's about protecting babies who survive the procedure. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It seems the already risible argument of "my body, my choice" has morphed into "not my body anymore, still my choice."</span><p>Updated: Fri Feb 08, 2019</p> 7ece8332be83bec1ee8a24849e3c00b6 Kamala Harris Sounds a Lot Like an Authoritarian for 02/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/19/kamala-harris-sounds-a-lot-like-an-authoritarian Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It wouldn't be fair to accuse presidential hopeful Kamala Harris of supporting state control over the means of all production. To this point, the junior senator from California is focused only on the energy, health care, auto manufacturing and education sectors. Good candidates prioritize.</p> <p>In this age of hyperbole, I sometimes worry about overusing words such as "socialist" and "authoritarian." Yet if we accept that an authoritarian is a person who favors or enforces strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom, I'm not sure how anyone watching Harris' campaign kickoff this week could maintain that her policy positions do not fit that description.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 01, 2019</p> 73e28260548a1a4026463f8510f064c7 The Democratic Party's Holy War on Christian Orthodoxy for 01/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/19/the-democratic-partys-holy-war-on-christian-orthodoxy Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Amy Coney Barrett, who is now confirmed as a judge for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and is a potential Supreme Court nominee, that "dogma lives loudly within" her and "that's of concern," she wasn't voicing concern over the nominee's religious orthodoxy as much as she was revealing her own.</p> <p>After all, Catholicism, unlike progressivism, has never inhibited anyone from faithfully executing her constitutional duties &#8212; which the judge has done with far more conviction than Feinstein. Maybe Barrett should have been asking the questions.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 25, 2019</p> 291f4e7da769d3e1e5c1394b7ef9e271 Disagreeing With Conventional DC Wisdom Isn't a Crime for 01/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/19/disagreeing-with-conventional-dc-wisdom-isnt-a-crime Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The New York Times recently reported that President Donald Trump has, on a number of occasions, contemplated withdrawing from NATO. This is an important issue for public debate and, ultimately, for elections. There is, however, no constitutional amendment codifying a forever-alliance with select European nations. So if Trump decided to try to pull out of the alliance &#8212; and to this point, he's done nothing to move in that direction &#8212; it would be well within his purview. Even if Trump did so solely to placate Russia in hopes of building better relations with that nation, he'd be engaged in neither a high crime nor a misdemeanor.</p> <p>Some of us believe that Trump is misguided to consider exiting, but it's become a matter of faith among many Democrats and never-Trumpers that the very act of disagreeing with their (often newly acquired) foreign policy positions is a crime against "democracy." As onetime U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, a hero to the resistance for the valiant act of being fired, tweeted, "If true: Trump should immediately and publicly state his apparent wish to withdraw from NATO so he can be promptly impeached, convicted, and removed from office."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 18, 2019</p> e1e5915b2fd7a0fa55eeaf7fb45d4051 It's About Time the United States Embraced My Immigration Plan for 01/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/19/its-about-time-the-united-states-embraced-my-immigration-plan Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Judging from my Twitter feed, I'm some sort of nativist hatemonger for believing that borders should be enforced and that national sovereignty matters. <span class="column--highlighted-text">This is a wholly unfair characterization of my views, because on immigration I'm also somewhat of an elitist RINO cuck.</span> Unsurprisingly, I believe that my three broad notions about immigration are quite reasonable.</p> <p>1) Let's better protect our borders. Do most Americans really believe that borders are immoral? Believe it or not, not very long ago, the consensus among most political factions was that partitions between nations were legitimate and useful. I tend to believe in national self-determination, so I'm a "yes" on that question. And if you think it's a straw man, you haven't been paying attention to the arguments of high-profile Democrats.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 11, 2019</p>