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, 16 Sep 2019 01:16:48 -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 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> cadf08917ad1ce6a6eb71aa93db3ccac Sorry, Democrats, There Is No Climate Chaos for 05/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/19/sorry-democrats-there-is-no-climate-chaos Fri, 31 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Climate isn't the same as weather &#8212; unless, of course, weather happens to be politically useful. In that case, weather portends climate apocalypse.</p> <p>So warns Elizabeth Warren as she surveyed Iowan rainstorms, which she claims, like tornadoes and floods, are more frequent and severe. "Different parts of the country deal with different climate issues," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-Malthusia, cautioned as she too warned of extreme tornadoes. "But ALL of these threats will be increasing in intensity as climate crisis grows and we fail to act appropriately."<p>Updated: Fri May 31, 2019</p> 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>