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 Sun, 05 Apr 2020 06:06:27 -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 149c476839f472beac6079129033863a Mike Lindell, Not Yamiche Alcindor, Is the Hero for 04/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/20/mike-lindell-not-yamiche-alcindor-is-the-hero Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell, a self-made former crack addict, is going to transform 75% of his manufacturing capacity to make 10,000 cotton face masks per day by the end of the week, ramping up production to 50,000 a day in a month. That sounds like a patriotic act to me, especially given that Lindell is undertaking the effort without being forced to do so by a federal agency. I hope the guy becomes a billionaire after this is all over.</p> <p>NBC? Not so much. The headline on its "analysis" of Lindell's remarks was "Trump fluffs MyPillow in Rose Garden." This matched the basic tone taken by a large faction within the political press. Why? Presumably because, at the end of his remarks, Lindell claimed that the Lord Almighty had helped elect Donald Trump president to save our once-beleaguered nation from its alleged depravations. Listen, if there is a God, I hope He refrains from tipping the scales of presidential contests. But it's not surprising to hear an evangelical Christian talking about the world this way &#8212; unless, that is, you've never met one.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 03, 2020</p> 977be7668a8723bd567f471591d2315d It's Fine to Talk About How This Crisis Ends for 03/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/20/its-fine-to-talk-about-how-this-crisis-ends Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If I followed all my doctor's instructions to the letter, life would be excruciating. It would be tantamount to having Michael Bloomberg make my life choices, which is to say my life wouldn't be worth living. Human beings have never been as risk-averse as experts want them to be. We instinctively calculate the costs and benefits of engaging in activities that put our health at risk every day.</p> <p>The coronavirus crisis, in fact, has been one of the few times in my life I've allowed medical experts to completely dictate my actions. <span class="column--highlighted-text">I'm writing this piece bunkered down in my home office, staying inside as much as possible, employing a rigorous hand-washing regime and keeping far away from my now-menacing neighbors when I walk the dog.</span> Like many Americans, I do this not only for my own well-being but for the well-being of those who are at greater risk.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> 73b66c71daa8322a5d0ddb3af493eb5f Coronavirus Is the Chinese Government's Curse Upon the World for 03/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/20/coronavirus-is-the-chinese-governments-curse-upon-the-world Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The World Health Organization and other sensitive souls have instructed us to stop referring to the new strain of coronavirus as the "Wuhan" or "Chinese" flu because of the racist connotations. I'm disinclined to curb my speech to placate Chinese propagandists, and it seems to me the aversion to those terms is less about racism than about averting blame. But in the spirit of comity, and avoiding disparaging an entire nation, I'm happy to call it the ChiCom Flu moving forward.</p> <p>There are many traditional naming conventions that don't really make that much sense. Somewhat weirdly, for example, we often name diseases after the people who "discover" them &#8212; Hodgkin's disease after Thomas Hodgkin, Parkinson's disease after James Parkinson, and so on.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 20, 2020</p> 927b92be7a36363efc5a5d57340330e7 Joe Biden Owes Clarence Thomas an Apology for 03/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/20/joe-biden-owes-clarence-thomas-an-apology Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the day Chuck Schumer was threatening Supreme Court justices in front of pack of a cheering partisans, Representative Ayanna Pressley told the same crowd: "We have two alleged sexual predators on the bench of the highest court of the land, with the power to determine our reproductive freedoms. I still believe Anita Hill. And I still believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford!"</p> <p>Now, it is far more accurate to call Hill a "disgraced accuser" than Clarence Thomas an "alleged sexual predator." Not a single credible accuser &#8212; and Thomas had scores of subordinates working for him during his years in government &#8212; ever corroborated Hill's description of Thomas's actions. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 13, 2020</p> cd68e98c168381dff5f07dfb58286b2f Chuck Schumer's Despicable Attack on the Supreme Court for 03/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/20/chuck-schumers-despicable-attack-on-the-supreme-court Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"If, then, the courts of justice are to be considered as the bulwarks of a limited Constitution against legislative encroachments, this consideration will afford a strong argument for the permanent tenure of judicial offices," argued Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 78.</p> <p>If we ever needed a pristine example of why justices are bestowed lifetime appointments and shielded from the vagaries of the electorate and the intimidation tactics of unethical politicians, Chuck Schumer has now provided us with one.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 06, 2020</p> 60e79ab737452e5d06476b2a7d2e896b How Can Bernie Sanders Happen in America for 02/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/20/how-can-bernie-sanders-happen-in-america Fri, 28 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Pundits have recently argued that younger voters, especially those under 30, are less inclined to be bothered when they hear the word "socialism," since they have no firsthand memory of the Cold War.</p> <p>To some extent, this must be true. Those who weren't alive during socialism's cruelest catastrophes &#8212; or even its many banal failures &#8212; will be less put off by the idea. Then again, if a presidential candidate were praising the excellent public transportation system of the Third Reich or going on about some alleged benefit to American slavery, they would rightly be chased from the public square forever even though the vast majority of voters have no firsthand knowledge of the Holocaust or slavery. Anti-Semitism and racism haven't disappeared, and neither has Marx, sadly.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 28, 2020</p> a884d6c9db40c8086613473d6c79dd80 Bernie's Wrong: We Are Better Off Today Than We Were 45 Years Ago for 02/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/20/bernies-wrong-we-are-better-off-today-than-we-were-45-years-ago Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A record-high number of Americans &#8212; 90% &#8212; say they are satisfied with their personal lives, according to Gallup. And 74% are optimistic that they will continue being financially satisfied moving forward. Needless to say, the United States will never be a utopia, but for the vast majority of its citizens, most things are going in the right direction.</p> <p>During the Democratic presidential debate last night, Bernie Sanders, lamenting how a once-prosperous society had been hollowed out by capitalism, claimed that we are no better off today than we were many years ago. It's a shame that not a single debate moderator ever challenges this farcical assertion. In Sanders' telling, "people ... after 45 years of work are not making a nickel more than they did 45 years ago."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 21, 2020</p> 0796c2c61b3514f256a4861eb8c4680d The United Nations Once Again Proves Its Anti-Semitism for 02/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/20/the-united-nations-once-again-proves-its-anti-semitism Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The depraved totalitarians, nefarious barbarians, two-bit gangsters, odious scoundrels and bigoted scum who run the United Nations recently set up a new "database" to help anti-Semites around the world target Jewish businesses in the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria &#8212; businesses that not only offer economic opportunities for Palestinians but opportunities that pay higher than most other jobs in the West Bank.</p> <p>In no other international dispute &#8212; and there are hundreds of global conflicts &#8212; does the United Nations target peaceful civilians or institutions. Certainly in no place do they work to destroy the businesses of noncombatants based on their ethnicity or religion. The 112 companies on the U.N.'s list are run and staffed, no doubt, by people with diverse viewpoints, at least some of whom likely support the creation of a Palestinian state. All of them create jobs, products and services that foster cooperation.</p> <p>None of this matters to the U.N. The Boycott Divest Sanction campaign, now supported by the U.N., is a coordinated international effort committed to the elimination of the Jewish state, bringing together dictators, theocrats, terrorist organizations, communists, the "international community" and at least one of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' top surrogates. The movement targets Jews under the guise of anti-Zionism, which remains the predominant justification for violence, murder and hatred against Jews in Europe and the Middle East.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 14, 2020</p> 9224c3fad4037dc8bccdc8ea45749a8c Why Impeachment Failed for 02/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/20/why-impeachment-failed Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's comforting, no doubt, to believe that Donald Trump has survived the impeachment trial because he possesses a tighter hold on his party than did Barack Obama or George W. Bush or any other contemporary president. In truth, Trump, often because of his own actions, has engendered less loyalty than the average president.</p> <p>It's difficult to recall, after all, a single Democratic senator throwing anything but hosannas Obama's way, which allowed the former president to ride his high horse from one scandalous attack on the Constitution to the next. In 1998, no Democrat voted to convict Bill Clinton, who had engaged in wrongdoing for wholly self-serving reasons, despite the GOP's case being far more methodical and incriminating. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 07, 2020</p> 7c2fd4de70632f4ed0f352b4f99af94a The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Is a Much-Needed Dose of Reality for 01/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/20/the-israeli-palestinian-peace-plan-is-a-much-needed-dose-of-reality Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's unlikely that Donald Trump's new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan will succeed. Yet, it's the best of any recent offerings because it dispels poisonous fictions that have held back negotiations for decades.</p> <p>The reality is that there will never be a Palestinian "right of return" to Israel, since such a policy would destroy the Jewish character of the state. Palestinians are not getting their great-granddads' houses in Jaffa back any more than the hundreds of thousands of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Muslim lands after Israel's 1948 war of independence are reclaiming their property. The difference is that one of these groups accepted reality long ago.</p> <p>Nor will Palestinians ever take control of Jerusalem proper. Any Israeli politician who broaches the notion of handing over the fulcrum of Jewish cultural, religious and political identity to Fatah is engaging in an act of political suicide. Palestinians have never administered Jerusalem, and they have no legitimate claim over Jerusalem. The current state of affairs is the status quo, whether Palestinians decide they want a state or not.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 31, 2020</p> 4b610f1e13068b2d4368543a368558df Happy Anniversary to Citizens United for 01/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/20/happy-anniversary-to-citizens-united Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Ten years ago, the Supreme Court overturned portions of a federal law that empowered government to dictate how Americans who were not connected to any candidates and political parties could practice their inherent right of free expression. It was one of the greatest free speech decisions in American history.</p> <p>The case of Citizens United revolved around state efforts to ban a conservative nonprofit group from showing a critical documentary it produced of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton right before the 2008 Democratic primary elections. At the time, the McCain-Feingold Act made it illegal for corporations and labor unions to engage in "electioneering communication" one month before a primary or two months before the general election.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 24, 2020</p> 595d2420fd5d385a89cb3ea4e98be837 The Democrats' Economic Message Is Preposterous for 01/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/20/the-democrats-economic-message-is-preposterous Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Actually, contends every 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, the economy is in really bad shape. It is only working for the wealthiest among us while leaving behind the poor, the working class and the shrinking middle class.</p> <p>Now, I suppose one could forgive the socialist contingent of the party for offering knee-jerk class-based bromides &#8212; their entire worldview, after all, is centered on class struggle &#8212; but even alleged moderates such as Joe Biden are falling back on economic arguments that are wholly disconnected from anything resembling reality.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p> f6b629dc3f1c21516b6275de4c6ef834 Pelosi's Embarrassing Impeachment Blunder for 01/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/20/pelosis-embarrassing-impeachment-blunder Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>America is the midst of an imaginary impeachment standoff between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Both have drawn firm lines in the sand. Someone's got to give," one reporter recently declared.</p> <p>There is, of course, nothing to "give." Pelosi has no standing to dictate the terms of a Senate trial; no constitutional right or political leverage. Why she has put herself in a position that will ultimately end, one way or another, with her surrendering to McConnell is perplexing.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> 4874b245270d28c5a7ff150029705e94 Texas's Concealed-Carry Law Prevented Mass Murder for 01/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/20/texass-concealed-carry-law-prevented-mass-murder Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The same weekend that Orthodox Jews in Monsey, New York, were fighting off another knife-wielding anti-Semite thug with chairs and coffee tables &#8212; they were fortunate that the perpetrator hadn't brought a firearm, like the killer who targeted a yeshiva in Jersey City only a few weeks earlier &#8212; Jack Wilson, a 71-year-old congregant and security volunteer at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, took mere seconds to stop a potential mass murderer.</p> <p>Earlier in the year, to the dismay of the usual suspects, Texas governor Greg Abbott had signed a bill making it explicitly legal for Texans with concealed-carry licenses to bring their weapons into places of worship. These kinds of protections allowed Wilson to achieve something that no gun laws now being pursued nationally by Democrats has ever accomplished: He stopped a mass shooter. My guess is that Wilson, a former deputy sheriff, is the kind of guy who probably wouldn't have broken the law and carried a firearm into church had it been illegal to do so. The killer, on the other hand, I'm wholly certain, would have been undeterred by any laws.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 03, 2020</p> a5aceb8b540fb0b62c0cb4881fa4295d Liberals Rewrite the History of the Clinton Impeachment for 12/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/19/liberals-rewrite-the-history-of-the-clinton-impeachment Fri, 27 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The "striking" difference between the Bill Clinton and Donald Trump impeachments, argue MSNBC hosts and others in the media, was not only the willingness of Clinton to "show contrition," but the willingness of his supporters to acknowledge that the president had done something wrong.</p> <p>Let's not let liberals rewrite history. </p> <p>In the real world, Bill Clinton, with help from the entire Democratic Party, kept earnestly lying to anyone who would listen &#8212; the media, the American people, a grand jury &#8212; until physical evidence compelled him to admit what he had done. His subsequent "contrition," as impeachment picked up steam, was a matter of political survival. The notion that Trump engaged in "bribery" is debatable. The notion that Clinton perjured himself is not.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 27, 2019</p> 9053ffec0f61d7ade4e1cc6adad27684 The Voter Purge Myth for 12/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/19/the-voter-purge-myth Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Maggie Haberman, the esteemed New York Times reporter, recently tweeted out a Mother Jones article to 1.2 million followers titled: "GOP-Led Voter Purges in Wisconsin and Georgia Could Tip 2020 Elections." The chilling piece warns readers that "hundreds of thousands of voters are set to be purged in two key swing states," which "potentially" gives Republicans "a crucial advantage by shrinking the electorate" in those states.</p> <p>None of this, of course, is true. Cynical pieces of this genre, an election-time tradition at this point, only allow Democrats to warn of widespread disenfranchisement and preemptively give aggrieved Democrats such as Stacey Abrams a baked-in excuse for losing elections and smearing Republicans.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 20, 2019</p> 67127e8f770417fb9bb3ad557a6551c9 Greta Thunberg Is the Perfect Hero for an Unserious Time for 12/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/19/greta-thunberg-is-the-perfect-hero-for-an-unserious-time Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Who better than a finger-wagging teen bereft of accomplishment, or any comprehension of basic economics or history, to be Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019? Greta Thunberg's canonization is a perfect expression of media activism in a deeply unserious time.</p> <p>Has there ever been a less consequential person picked to be Person of the Year? I doubt it. I mean, Wallis Simpson, 1936's Person of the Year, got King Edward VIII to abdicate the throne. Thunberg can't even get you to abdicate your air-conditioning.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 13, 2019</p> 14a2d74063f6cc1f2bf1b8019916905d Let's Have Some Historical Perspective on Presidential Misconduct for 12/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/19/lets-have-some-historical-perspective-on-presidential-misconduct Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee trotted out a trio of dispassionate legal experts to explain why the impeachment of Donald Trump was justified. They were there to bring a veneer of gravitas and erudition to what's been, until now, a highly partisan affair.</p> <p>But however smart people such as Michael Gerhardt, distinguished professor of constitutional law at University of North Carolina, might be, they aren't immune from peddling partisan absurdities. Once Gerhardt argued that Trump's conduct was "worse than the misconduct of any prior president," we no longer had any intellectual obligation to take him seriously on the topic.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 06, 2019</p> ad4a4304e4ab24bd58c236ded2a687bd Is Impeachment Backfiring on the Democrats? for 11/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/19/is-impeachment-backfiring-on-the-democrats Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Impeachment is a political process. No sentient being, after all, believes that Adam Schiff or Nancy Pelosi are good-faith guardians of constitutional order. And judging the process strictly on political grounds, it hasn't been a success for Democrats.</p> <p>For one thing, impeachment, if it happens, will effectively end up being a partisan censure of the president. Democrats haven't gotten any closer to convincing a single Senate Republican to remove the president. Certainly not Mitch McConnell, who says there will be a quick trial. Not even Mitt Romney, who, at this point, is aptly troubled but uncommitted.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 29, 2019</p> d198a41f3c8a7040ed16a20aa984ccb7 Nancy Pelosi Is Already Attacking the Legitimacy of the 2020 Election for 11/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/11/19/nancy-pelosi-is-already-attacking-the-legitimacy-of-the-2020-election Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Nancy Pelosi just stated that 'it is dangerous to let the voters decide Trump's fate.' @FoxNews In other words, she thinks I'm going to win and doesn't want to take a chance on letting the voters decide. Like Al Green, she wants to change our voting system. Wow, she's CRAZY!" tweeted Donald Trump Tuesday.</p> <p>Well, not exactly. Trump's tweet quotes a Fox News reporter summarizing Pelosi's position, not the speaker's statement verbatim. Left-wing Twitterverse, of course, immediately jumped all over the president's clumsy wording and acted as if the substance of his contention was wholly untrue. It wasn't.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 22, 2019</p>