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, 06 Jul 2020 16:14:55 -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 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> de97072c001a568a73f53744715296fa Biden's Disgraceful Hypocrisy on Sexual Misconduct for 05/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/20/bidens-disgraceful-hypocrisy-on-sexual-misconduct Fri, 08 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden were forced to live by the standards he wants to set for college students accused of sexual misconduct, he would already have been presumed guilty, been denied a genuine opportunity to refute the charges leveled against him by Tara Reade, and had his life ruined.</p> <p>While Biden has hundreds of pundits and an entire constellation of Democratic Party-affiliated groups defending him, accused 18- and 19-year-olds have no such recourse under Biden's preferred set of guidelines. As conservatives keep hammering the partisan double standards in the media's coverage of sexual assault accusations &#8212; a wholly legitimate grievance &#8212; they should not forget that Biden has long championed stripping the due process rights of college students accused of sexual misconduct.</p> <p>In 2011, the Obama DOJ's "Dear Colleague" letter directed institutions of higher learning to adjudicate sexual assault and misconduct cases under Title IX not by a "clear and convincing evidence" standard, but by a "preponderance of evidence." The letter also "strongly" discouraged cross-examination of alleged victims &#8212; one of the fundamental methods of determining truth &#8212; because it "may be traumatic or intimidating" to the alleged victim. After Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed new rules to reinstate some semblance of impartiality in the process, Biden, and a number of other Democrats, engaged in a smear campaign against her.<p>Updated: Fri May 08, 2020</p> 4b29d1c7cc45cb9be357e25b601d281a Joe Biden's Dr. Death for 05/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/20/joe-bidens-dr-death Fri, 01 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Does Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel believe Joe Biden would be better off dead?</p> <p>That would be a peculiar position for Biden's chief adviser on medical issues and a member of the candidate's Public Health Advisory Committee to take. But if we accept the reasoning behind Emanuel's infamous 2014 essay, Biden is nothing more than a resource-sucking shell of himself who should stop trying to prolong his life.<p>Updated: Fri May 01, 2020</p> 9e2b7fcfe06828efff3491364d5615fa Facebook Fails the Coronavirus Test for 04/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/20/facebook-fails-the-coronavirus-test Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A scattering of protests aimed at state lockdowns erupted across the country last week, sparked not by social distancing guidelines but by politicians' unilaterally dictating what products citizens are permitted to purchase in box stores, attempting to shut down drive-in Masses at churches and closing parks and beaches, among other ill-conceived and gratuitous intrusions.</p> <p>Like any protest movement, this one is a mixed bag: Some of the protesters are acting in bad faith, some are idealists, and some are merely terrified of losing their livelihoods, their homes and their careers while waiting around for a government check that might never come.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 24, 2020</p> d3409ff71e69b77831905d3c2a0fa9f1 Coronavirus Authoritarianism Is Getting Out of Hand for 04/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/20/coronavirus-authoritarianism-is-getting-out-of-hand Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's reasonable to assume that the vast majority of Americans process news and data, and calculate that self-quarantining, wearing masks and social distancing make sense for themselves, their families and the country. Free people act out of self-preservation, but they shouldn't be coerced to act through the authoritarian whims of the state. Yet this is exactly what's happening.</p> <p>There has been lots of pounding of keyboards over the power grabs of authoritarians in Central and Eastern Europe. Rightly so. Yet right here, politicians act as if a health crisis gives them license to lord over the most private activities of American people in ways that are wholly inconsistent with the spirit and letter of the Constitution.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 17, 2020</p> 28c3c3e591be4d57567ec7830f7b3b46 Don't Let Democrats Federalize Elections for 04/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/20/dont-let-democrats-federalize-elections Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm sorry, but you have no constitutional "right" to vote by mail. You have no constitutional "right" to vote six days after an election is over. Nor do you have any "right" to censor information related to an election. Not even during a pandemic.</p> <p>This week, the Supreme Court ruled that a federal court was not empowered to overwrite Wisconsin's election laws and force the state to accept ballots without any postmark deadline nearly a week after the election. Likewise, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Governor Tony Evers did not have the authority to arbitrarily suspend in-person voting.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 10, 2020</p> 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>