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, 30 Sep 2020 08:40:08 -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 fbfbb9ad97d72657f0d91b5aae7bea87 The Democrats' Bogus Concern for SCOTUS 'Norms' for 09/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/20/the-democrats-bogus-concern-for-scotus-norms Fri, 25 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For those keeping track, here's a list of Democratic Party "norms" for placing new justices on the Supreme Court of the United States, as they stand today:</p> <p>Norm No. 1: When Democrats are in charge of both the Senate and the White House, they are free to nominate and confirm any justice they please, as quickly as they please, as they did in the cases of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 25, 2020</p> 8b2bd207dfc90bba3ac8ca30a267cf23 Why Trump's Mideast Peace Deals Matter for 09/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/20/why-trumps-mideast-peace-deals-matter Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After Israel's resounding victory over the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian armies in 1967, the Jewish state again offered the Arab world peace in exchange for recognition. And it was again rebuffed. Instead, the Arab League convened in Khartoum to formulate a consensus response that became known as "The 3 Noes" &#8212; no recognition, no negotiations and no peace with Israel.</p> <p>Needless to say, this posture left little room for positive dialogue.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 18, 2020</p> 8ff252968538b08ee8e98488a9f90607 Questions the Media Should Ask Joe Biden for 09/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/20/questions-the-media-should-ask-joe-biden Fri, 11 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden finally held what was billed as a press conference with journalists recently &#8212; something of a rarity in a campaign that's relied on staged question-and-answer sessions. It was a truly embarrassing display of hackery from the media.</p> <p>Here's a quick sampling of some of the queries Biden faced from supposedly dispassionate journalists:</p> <p>A reporter asked Biden about anonymously sourced claims (published last week in The Atlantic) that Trump had made belittled remarks about veterans: "When you hear these remarks ... what does it tell you about Trump's soul and the life he leads?" <p>Updated: Fri Sep 11, 2020</p> 1463ee642a52fecf0a50be6dbaa2b532 The Democrats' Dangerous Delegitimization of the Election for 09/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/20/the-democrats-dangerous-delegitimization-of-the-election Fri, 04 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a recent deep dive in The Washington Post's Outlook section, "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" exploring various potential outcomes of the 2020 presidential election, found that in "every scenario except a Biden landslide, our simulation ended catastrophically." According to the Post, any other outcome is destined to spark "violence" and a "constitutional crisis."</p> <p>Or, in other words, nice country you got there...<p>Updated: Fri Sep 04, 2020</p> 3bccbfc805ed21ac7468c2aad622dfa5 Biden Is Underperforming Hillary in Battleground States for 08/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/20/biden-is-underperforming-hillary-in-battleground-states Fri, 28 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It remains something of a mystery why there's so little apprehension among liberal pundits and Democrats about the similarities between battleground state polling for the 2020 presidential election and 2016 contest &#8212; which as you might recall did not turn out as expected.</p> <p>Consider the case of Wisconsin:<p>Updated: Fri Aug 28, 2020</p> 9bb67d3764650b69a1da2f82639faa3b History Keeps Proving John Kerry Wrong for 08/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/20/history-keeps-proving-john-kerry-wrong Fri, 21 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It took approximately 20 seconds for former Secretary of State John Kerry to drop the first flagrant lie in his Democratic National Convention speech on Tuesday, when he claimed that the Obama administration's so-called Iran deal had "eliminated the threat of an Iran with a nuclear weapon." It didn't get any better from there.</p> <p>Kerry knows well that sunset provisions in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action provided Iran's government with a pathway to building nuclear weapons in a few years. He knows well that Israel uncovered a giant cache of documents with instructions on how to jumpstart a program to build a nuclear arsenal, which undermined both the spirit and the rationale of the nonproliferation agreement Iran signed. He knows that Iran was developing ballistic-missile programs meant to deliver nuclear weapons.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 21, 2020</p> a4cfa4449b2077f3c2e77146ed40272d Kamala Harris, Imaginary Centrist for 08/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/20/kamala-harris-imaginary-centrist Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By the time the 2020 campaign ends, president-in-waiting Kamala Harris will have been transformed into the greatest exemplar of judicious centrism and political level-headedness in American history.</p> <p>"Kamala Harris comes from the middle-of-the-road, moderate wing of the Democratic Party," claims George Stephanopoulos. Though The New York Times was the first to call Joe Biden's running mate a "pragmatic moderate," CNN concurred, as did a reporter on CNBC, who noted that Harris is "widely considered a moderate Democrat." The Associated Press claims that she was picked for her "centrist record." A writer for New York magazine wonders if progressives will ever be able to find it in their hearts to forgive Harris's "moderation." David Byler at The Washington Post ratchets it up by declaring Harris is a "small-c conservative." (Drew Holden has a running inventory of this trend.)</p> <p>Professional political analysts marveled at the alleged incongruity of the dueling GOP accusations that Harris was both a hardcore left-winger and "a cop," as if the use of state force is somehow alien to progressive ideological aims. I have news for you: Nearly every policy Harris supports will entail compelling Americans to participate.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 14, 2020</p> 80648dcc9a6f54a67b1882721518f988 Barack Obama's Filibuster Hypocrisy for 08/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/20/barack-obamas-filibuster-hypocrisy Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In April of 2005, Senator Barack Obama took to the floor of the United States Senate and passionately spoke out against Republican efforts to end the filibuster. Then a rising star in the Democratic Party, Obama noted that despite the pressure partisans might feel, it was imperative to "rise above an 'ends justify the means' mentality because we're here to answer to the people &#8212; all of the people &#8212; not just the ones wearing our party label."</p> <p>This week, Obama made precisely the opposite argument during John Lewis's funeral, contending that eliminating a vital check on partisan power was justified as long as Democrats got the policies they desired.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 07, 2020</p> cd51bea49ba5876ba2d5af1f4ee99913 The Chicago Gun Myth for 07/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/20/the-chicago-gun-myth Fri, 31 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The tragically incompetent mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" this weekend to deflect attention from the horror show unfolding in her city by blaming interlopers for its spiking murder rate: "We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons &#8212; that is hurting cities like Chicago."</p> <p>Although these accusations have leveled by Chicago politicians for decades now, they are a myth.</p> <p>For one thing, there is no state in the nation with "virtually no gun control" or "no background checks." Every time anyone in the United States purchases a gun from a federal firearms licensee &#8212; a gun store, a gun show, it doesn't matter &#8212; the seller runs a background check on the buyer through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System database. In some cases, the FFL checks to see if the buyer has passed a background check via a state-issued concealed-carry permit. In states that allow individual private sales, it is illegal to knowingly sell to anyone who you believe is obtaining a firearm for criminal purposes.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 31, 2020</p> 298ae75e0e4be21caa0c666fb05fcf67 The Problem in Portland Isn't the Law -- It's the Lawlessness for 07/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/20/trump-must-directly-appeal-to-african-americans-7c7fc Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Despite the occasional looting, chaos, property damage, trespassing, rioting, graffiti, assaults, arson and general mayhem, the media consistently assure us that antifa "protesters" are "largely peaceful." And since the majority of buildings in Portland, Seattle and Denver haven't been looted yet, who am I to argue?</p> <p>Of course, it takes only a sliver of the population to transform downtowns into a mess and create quality-of-life issues for thousands of law-abiding citizens. And the mayors who surrender parts of their cities to left-wing "protesters" are tacitly endorsing lawlessness themselves.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 24, 2020</p> 229702ae1cb086e5a6900288d6c3d92d Don't Fall for Cuomo's Gaslighting on Coronavirus for 07/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/20/dont-fall-for-cuomos-gaslighting-on-coronavirus Fri, 17 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On March 25, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made one of deadliest mistakes of the coronavirus crisis, signing an executive order forcing nursing homes in his state to accept patients who tested positive for coronavirus. Around 4,800 New Yorkers died from COVID-19 in those nursing homes from March to May &#8212; approximately 25% of all fatalities in the state.</p> <p>Many medical professionals opposed the policy. A report by ProPublica, certainly no right-wing outlet, found that deaths had spiked after Cuomo's order. States issuing similar policies &#8212; Michigan and New Jersey &#8212; saw similar disasters unfold.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 17, 2020</p> 1fa527354ded3c8231f3555607aa4300 Here Come the Speech Police for 07/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/20/here-come-the-speech-police Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Recently, I ran across a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer that lays out four racist words and phrases that should be banished from the English language. It begins like this:</p> <p>"Editor's note: Please be aware offensive terms are repeated here solely for the purpose of identifying and analyzing them honestly. These terms may upset some readers."</p> <p>Steel yourself, brave reader, here they are:<p>Updated: Fri Jul 10, 2020</p> 5c790ad064fff5e8cb819ec4d14c9723 'But Gorsuch' Is Still Trump's Best Argument for 07/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/20/but-gorsuch-is-still-trumps-best-argument Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Supreme Court struck down a Montana constitutional provision barring religious schools from benefiting from the state's tax dollars. There are similar now-unconstitutional laws on the books across the nation &#8212; many of them borne of anti-Catholic bigotry &#8212; that subvert religious liberty and further empower government, rather than parents, to make educational choices for their kids. In most cases, those laws are now dead.</p> <p>Some of us happen to believe that this development is more consequential than another tax cut or better trade policy. For us, school choice and the meaningful protection of religious liberty are non-negotiable. Would you know this from listening to the press?<p>Updated: Fri Jul 03, 2020</p> e6112ec066c88efd0599a60ec5357aa0 Long Live the Designated Hitter for 06/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/20/long-live-the-designated-hitter Fri, 26 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Major League Baseball is moving toward a 60-game 2020 season. For the first time in history, the designated hitter rule will be implemented in both the American and the National Leagues.</p> <p>This is fantastic news for anyone who loves baseball and America, and not simply because the nation will be treated to more home runs but because we will no longer witness professional athletes clumsily swiping at balls or sticking out their bats and praying to make contact.</p> <p>It's not just about offense. Yes, historically the American League scores more runs per game than the National League. In fact, it has every season since 1973, when the DH was first implemented. The differential, however, has been shrinking. The top four offensive teams in the game resided in AL in 2019, but overall there was less than a 0.20 run advantage per-game on average.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 26, 2020</p> a42474e197b6bb1f5bb7697faba99c2c Welcome to America's Cultural Revolution for 06/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/20/welcome-to-americas-cultural-revolution Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We're in the dawn of a high-tech, bloodless Cultural Revolution, one that relies on intimidation, public shaming and economic ruin to dictate what words and ideas are permissible in the public square.</p> <p>"Words are violence" has always been an illiberal notion meant to stifle speech and open discourse. Popularized by a generation of coddled and brittle college students, it now guides policy on editorial pages at newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times and most major news outlets.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 19, 2020</p> 67aa901811c23364ee3e1797c7313b67 The Problem with 'Pick a Knee' for 06/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/20/the-problem-with-pick-a-knee Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>'Pick a knee," says CNN's S. E. Cupp, "The one that knelt on a neck or the one that knelt to try to prevent it." This kind of ugly false choice &#8212; either you adopt my favored form of political protest or you support murder! &#8212; is meant to bully you into participating in groupthink. Worse, it's meant to shame the target of Cupp's exhortation into taking ownership of racism, an evil that may have nothing to do with him.</p> <p>I find the abuse of black civilians &#8212; or, though this is apparently a provocation, any civilians &#8212; by the police abhorrent. More than any other group in American life, cops, empowered by the state to use force, have special responsibility to protect life and adhere to the law. But I am no more liable for the actions of Derek Chauvin than is S. E. Cupp or Al Sharpton. I have nothing to confess. The color of my skin is not an indictment of my morality, nor does it strip me of my agency.</p> <p>If senators want to kneel for nine minutes as an act of contrition, that's their choice. It is my choice to be embarrassed for them. There is a yawning difference between having a desire to fix the wrongs of the past and taking responsibility for them. Kneeling in front of your fellow citizens in cult-like displays of self-flagellation, the kind we saw in Bethesda and North Carolina, where white people begged for absolution while washing the feet of their black neighbors, is antithetical to the egalitarian ideals we should be striving to achieve.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 12, 2020</p> 96aad5e6ed1a2dce18845d9d8e2bc486 Riots Are Violence for 06/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/20/riots-are-violence Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's weird that this needs to be said, but here we are.</p> <p>Then again, the pundit who reprehensibly claims that destroying property "is not violence" risks nothing. She agitates for revolution from the safety of her apartment. Much the same, I suspect, most of those excusing the destruction of our cities &#8212; either contending that businesses "have insurance" or peddling false choices about life being "more valuable than property" &#8212; have never built a business themselves.</p> <p>Nor have I. Yet, I do know that having a business destroyed can be devastating, and "having insurance" won't make victims whole. My parents were immigrants from Hungary. My father, who'd worked as an industrial chemist in the old country, ended up in New York's jewelry district in the 1970s learning how to set diamonds. Learning a new craft takes patience and hard work. My mother, pregnant with me and unable to speak much English, would take the F-train from Rego Park to Manhattan to bring home necklace-beading work.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 05, 2020</p> fbd85d646eea367aa76a0688879f51b0 The Folly of Twitter's Fact-Check for 05/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/20/the-folly-of-twitters-fact-check Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>No American, not even the president, has an inherent right to a social media account. Tech companies are free to ban any user they see fit. They're free to fact-check anyone they want, to create a framework of acceptable speech and to enforce their policies either consistently or capriciously. They're free to accuse Donald Trump &#8212; and only Trump, if they see fit &#8212; of being a liar. They're free to do all of these things.</p> <p>Even if they shouldn't.<p>Updated: Fri May 29, 2020</p> e305c96656327076dc69dfde0746e45b Democrats Warning Trump Will Reject Election Results Should Look in the Mirror for 05/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/20/democrats-warning-trump-will-reject-election-results-should-look-in-the-mirror Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a recent Washington Post column warning Americans to "prepare for the possibility of Trump rejecting election results" &#8212; one of media's favorite projections &#8212; Brian Klaas asks a question: "If he loses, would it be more surprising if Trump graciously accepts defeat and congratulates his opponent or if he claimed to be the victim of a rigged election and a 'deep state' plot?"</p> <p>Considering Trump's temperament, it wouldn't be surprising if he blamed the "deep state" for an election failure. Really, though, we have no need to speculate about what an attack on the sanctity of the electoral process would look like, since Democrats have been delegitimizing a valid election for the past four years.<p>Updated: Fri May 22, 2020</p> a2c5c2b962ca452be29c101ae5b50aa5 Obamagate Is Not a Conspiracy Theory for 05/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/20/obamagate-is-not-a-conspiracy-theory Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Those sharing #Obamagate on Twitter would do best to avoid the hysterics we saw from Russian-collusion believers, but they have no reason to ignore the mounting evidence that suggests the Obama administration engaged in serious corruption.</p> <p>Democrats and their allies, who like to pretend that President Barack Obama's only scandalous act was wearing a tan suit, are going spend the next few months gaslighting the public by focusing on the most feverish accusations against Obama. But the fact is that we already have more compelling evidence that the Obama administration engaged in misconduct than we ever did for opening the Russian-collusion investigation.<p>Updated: Fri May 15, 2020</p>