Erick Erickson from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 06 Dec 2019 04:53:46 -0800 Erick Erickson from Creators Syndicate 75bb5e2479e2024736fe2cee49bfe72e The Best Christmas Gift for 12/06/2019 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>God organized society around a seven-day cycle that ends in a day of rest. The world has taken that seven-day cycle and added it to a solar cycle of roughly 365 days fixed on a point in space to which we arrive each year, marking a complete orbit around the sun.</p> <p>In the liturgical calendar, we have arrived at a fixed point in time to celebrate the arrival of a son. As secular society drifts away from religious celebrations of Christmas and into shopping extravaganzas, even Protestant Christians might want to think about prioritizing the cycles of Christ's birth and resurrection rather than the orbit around the sun.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 06, 2019</p> e487bdc232cf851375fd70270b96c442 An Abundance of Grace for 11/29/2019 Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Two weeks ago, two prominent evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump, Eric Metaxas and Franklin Graham, had a discussion about the election, the current political situation and opposition to the President.</p> <p>"It's a very bizarre situation to be living in a country where some people seem to exist to undermine the president of the United States. It's just a bizarre time for most Americans," said author and radio show host Eric Metaxas.</p> <p>"Well, I believe it's almost a demonic power that is trying," Graham began before being interrupted by Metaxas who replied, "I would disagree. It's not almost demonic. You know and I know, at the heart, it's a spiritual battle." They then pivoted immediately into the economy as evidence of how good people have it.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 29, 2019</p> a84da1d5cd509dd6dfc1761d9bb9601e Are We Still Thankful? for 11/22/2019 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Impeachment continues in Washington. The national press is fixated on it. Democrats, too, are fixated on it. Republicans and independent voters have no interest in it or appetite for it. Much of the nation seems in need of a distraction. We will have some distraction with Thanksgiving.</p> <p>Recent polling from Georgetown University shows that the average American thinks we are past the halfway point to a second civil war. Our nation is exceptionally divided. Our communities are breaking down. Eating chicken sandwiches has become not just controversial but polemical. No one seems willing to live and let live. Both sides scream about who started it. Are we &#8212; are you &#8212; still thankful?<p>Updated: Fri Nov 22, 2019</p> f285b5e0d7610ff19ae2e4d507a10428 Let the Voters Decide for 11/15/2019 Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Impeachment is not a coup. Republicans have seized on the stupidest talking point to come out of the stupidest age in American politics. Impeachment is a constitutional process the Democrats have every right to start. But the Senate Republicans have every right to reject this as partisan gamesmanship, too. Impeachment is not a coup. It is political. Republicans are right to treat it as such.</p> <p>You will have to excuse me if I am not in favor of throwing the President out of office over a phone call that amounted to nothing. A year ago, I would have taken this more seriously. But the nation is less than a year from the election. Democrats are not making an effort to persuade. They are making a political show, coordinated with a whistleblower and egged on by an American media that has been demanding impeachment since the President's inauguration.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 15, 2019</p> 7840224d4a2b4bf0c99af3efd4da2f35 Use the Other Political Process for 11/08/2019 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We should be able to objectively acknowledge the Democrats are rushing impeachment. They are. The impeachment of Richard Nixon took months just to investigate. The impeachment of Bill Clinton was based on a multiyear independent counsel investigation. This is a few weeks of Rep. Adam Schiff coordinating with a whistleblower behind closed doors, and now the spotlight is on a year-end rush to get the articles of impeachment drafted.</p> <p>A trial will come at the beginning of next year. The election is less than a year away. Democrats in the Senate will be forced to miss campaign time for Iowa and New Hampshire.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 08, 2019</p> 4b2cac3965331ed5cc0dde9cef865f4c The Coming Algorithm Civil War for 11/01/2019 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, Katherine Miller at BuzzFeed published an essay on how the 2010s "broke our sense of time." On the same day, Georgetown University released a survey showing the average voter thinks we are "two-thirds of the way to the edge of a civil war."</p> <p>I have no idea what the "edge" of a civil war is, but I do think we are at a moment of serious discontent in the country, and I think it is directly related to the point of Miller's essay about algorithms reordering our lives. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest of the internet now show us content in a timeline designed to increase our interaction and our clicks. Their algorithms have taken us out of chronology.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 01, 2019</p> 3fc0360e4fb92f07eb416d8905521691 Two Extraordinary Moments in Congress for 10/25/2019 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This past week, the House of Representatives descended into parody, which is hard for it to do. Most members of Congress long ago decided to become parodies of politicians. Now the entire institution is a parody of itself.</p> <p>The first extraordinary moment was the least noticed. On Oct. 23, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee. This is where I should make a customary disclosure that this past year, Facebook served as a sponsor for my annual Resurgent Gathering.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 25, 2019</p> 6502b40317bc1c8023d3135ef72e0ccd Christmastime Impeachment for 10/18/2019 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A rumor circulating around Washington is that Democrats intend to impeach President Donald Trump by Thanksgiving, with a trial in the Senate before Christmas. Based on conversations I have had with Democrats and Republicans, I suspect the timeline is slightly off.</p> <p>To understand the timeline, we should understand the process. When Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998, Republicans had a special counsel report with which they could base their impeachment. According to a senior Democrat staffer I talked to, the better model for Democrats against Trump is Richard Nixon.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 18, 2019</p> 85ebc895f52ab7e210253b08154c60ca Corporate Commies for 10/11/2019 Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The general manager of the NBA's Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, tweeted support for Hong Kong's protestors. The protestors are marching against increasing governmental incursions by mainland China into Hong Kong's affairs. When Great Britain handed Hong Kong over to China, China agreed to maintain autonomy for Hong Kong but now appears uninterested in keeping its promise.</p> <p>Morey used the social media platform Twitter to voice his support for Hong Kong's protestors. Twitter is blocked in China. There is not a man, woman or child in China &#8212; except for the communist agents censoring the internet there &#8212; who could have seen Morey's tweet. But China demanded the NBA apologize.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 11, 2019</p> 3b6e51ccb5b61f01bc1b8fe164630049 The Perpetual Crisis Machine for 10/04/2019 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There are days I wish someone else were president. It is not easy to support the President. Many of my friends detest him. Many of his supporters are more uncivil toward a person like me than his opponents are. <span class="column--highlighted-text">I support the President, but I have a hard time cheering. </span>There is much not to like. But there is even more not to like on the left. To support the President and not cheer on everything he does is to be a hostage tied on top of the bull in the china shop.</p> <p>Still, I do not see an impeachable offense. If I saw one, I would not support the President. What I see are a bunch of people who have long despised the President, have never come to terms with him and are still angry. I am unaware of any person on the national stage right now tweeting "I cannot believe you could support him" who was not thinking the same thing in 2016. What I see is a group of people who have interpreted every single thing the President has done in the worst possible light and are continuing to do so. What I see are the people who were wrong about Hillary Clinton winning, wrong about Russia working with Trump to steal the election and wrong about so many other things now doubling down in self-righteousness with very little humility and absolutely no charity. A lot of people outraged at evangelicals sticking with Trump are modeling a graceless hypocrisy and a sinful impatience.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 04, 2019</p> ab2dcf3f222be2ecf3b671720a569549 Let the Games Begin for 09/27/2019 Fri, 27 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For most of 2018, Republicans claimed Democrats would impeach the President if the Democrats took back the House. Democrats denied it. But it was always true. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Democrats have relentlessly tried to discredit President Donald Trump. They have never viewed him as a legitimate president.</span></p> <p>Democrats claimed James Comey stole the election for Trump. They believed by faith that Comey's announcement of an FBI investigation hurt Hillary Clinton. They then believed by faith that his letter to Congress shortly before the election cost Clinton the election. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 27, 2019</p> 5819f892a39644fcee90947743d49afd The Passion of Zealots for 09/20/2019 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A young person concerned about climate change joined 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg at a congressional hearing this past week. Jamie Margolin is 17 and part of a lawsuit filed by children against the federal government over climate change. Not content to work their way through democratic processes, they hope federal courts will force resolution on their behalf.</p> <p>Margolin spoke out about her fears. She told Congress that she was not sure she would have a future. She said in her testimony: "I want the entirety of Congress &#8212; in fact, the whole U.S. government &#8212; to remember the fear and despair that my generation lives with every day, and I want you to hold on to it. How do I even begin to convey to you what it feels like to know that within my lifetime the destruction that we have already seen from the climate crisis will only get worse. What adds insult to injury is the fact that we keep getting promised what isn't there. On college applications, I keep getting asked what I want to be when I grow up ... Everyone who will walk up to me after this testimony saying I have such a bright future ahead of me will be lying to my face." She went on to say the planet is collapsing. She believes there are only 18 months left to get it right &#8212; a far shorter period than most activists claim.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 20, 2019</p> 6c1488366a9f0ae7ecfd6541bacb791f Free Market Wokeness for 09/13/2019 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Writing recently in The Wall Street Journal, Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute declared that free-marketeers have taken social conservatives for granted. "The free-market coalition is in urgent need of repair. If enough conservatives join progressives in seeing free trade as a threat to their values, America could end up with protectionist policies for the foreseeable future," he noted.</p> <p>I share his embrace of the free market. But I am sympathetic to right-leaning concerns about corporate America. While I think free market supporters should not cheer on "creative destruction" when local businesses collapse due to free trade, I think they do have a case to sell social conservatives on the <i>benefits</i> of free market creative destruction.</p> <p>The chief problem, from my vantage point as someone active in evangelical circles and the social conservative movement, centers less on worries about job loss and more on progressives using corporations to censor and punish conservatives. Banks, technology companies and other major corporations seem complicit in censoring conservatives, Christians, gun manufacturers and other groups progressives hate. Conservatives routinely see, for example, Twitter use its power to punish conservatives in ways it never uses its power against progressives.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 13, 2019</p> f87efb7a648914ad24fb313bb58789bd Christians, Politics and Trump for 09/06/2019 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, Jack Dorsey had his Twitter account hacked. Dorsey is the CEO of Twitter, and Donald Trump is Twitter's most famous patron. If Dorsey can get his account hacked, presumably the President can, too. A friend rightly noted this is cause for concern. What if someone hacking the President's account declared war?</p> <p>I suggested <span class="column--highlighted-text">it would be hilarious if someone hacked the President's account and tweeted, "I prefer Satan to Jesus." Undoubtedly, some of the President's most faithful apologists would immediately rush to agree.</span> Remember, in 2016, after the President defended Planned Parenthood, some of his evangelical supporters began defending the organization, too.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 06, 2019</p> 1957b051bbd39878d4d13bfe3040cf6d Polls, Fake News and Trends for 08/30/2019 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We are more than a year from the 2020 presidential election. It is too soon to see much of anything. But there are some trends we should pay attention to at this point.</p> <p>Last Monday, the national press corps had a moment of intense excitement because they thought they had finally succeeded in getting Elizabeth Warren the Democratic nomination. For months, the media has run reports about Joe Biden. He was either a racist or collaborated with racists. He was old and out of touch. He tried to keep Kamala Harris off a school bus as a child. The sensationalism of the stories intensified. Biden's debate performance became a big issue. And?<p>Updated: Fri Aug 30, 2019</p> df7c470853e60977af8d179052fdb942 Reframing American History for 08/23/2019 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The New York Times has commissioned their 1619 Project, which apparently "aims to reframe the country's history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are."</p> <p>The key word is "reframe." The Times does not seek to tell the story of the United States. Nor does it seek to add to the story. Instead, the Times has a conclusion and is working backward to contort facts to fit the conclusion. This is activism. The Times is not reporting but rather building narratives in which they must ignore or fabricate facts.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 23, 2019</p> acca4bf65969312eb59edd17d0e8a154 Warning Signs for Republicans for 08/16/2019 Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump has backed off tariffs on toys made in China. His commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said the administration did not want to hurt Christmas. This is an admission against interest that the trade war with China is hurting the American people.</p> <p>Last week, the yield curve inverted. Normally, the yields, or interest rate, on long-term bonds are better than the short-term bond yields. The government is now having to pay higher rates on two-year bonds than on 10-year bonds because investors are losing confidence in the short-term economy. <span class="column--highlighted-text">This "inverted yield curve" has happened before every recession in the past 50 years.</span><p>Updated: Fri Aug 16, 2019</p> 56520f501787f935a5f08cdf732f12ce We Can't Go Back, Can We? for 08/09/2019 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The nation seems to be in the midst of a hostage crisis. We, the people, are having to decide which political party will be the hostage takers. Do we stay with the Republicans and the erratic leader who has, at least, given us a good economy? Do we go with the Democrats, who offer us a few dozen potential leaders who are more stable but also more focused on upending the American economic and socio-political system?</p> <p>For all the talk about Donald Trump upending American norms, his presidency has not been very abnormal. His personal behavior surely is and grates on voters. His policies are pretty mainstream. Among the President's core supporters are evangelical voters because he has used his office and judicial appointments to protect them.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 09, 2019</p> 013325441cd1755b18c58b8007646bb1 Biden Wins the Round for 08/02/2019 Fri, 02 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Over two nights, the Democratic presidential candidates battled it out on stage. Consider how many candidates there were and that some candidates did not even make it to the stage.</p> <p>The first night of the CNN debate was all white. The second night was all fight. The fighting involved every candidate hitting Joe Biden. Biden is the front-runner and the man polls show is most capable of beating Donald Trump. Democratic voters say they are more interested in beating Trump than getting someone who agrees with them on every issue.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 02, 2019</p> f85537ffab5ed6070c16e0d3c5475a29 Ready. Fire. Aim. for 07/26/2019 Fri, 26 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Democrats headed into 2020 are where Republicans were headed into 2012 &#8212; firing as many silver bullets as they can but aiming badly. Just as Barack Obama got reelected in 2012, it looks increasingly likely Donald Trump could get reelected in 2020. And like Obama in 2012, he can thank the incompetence of his opponents.</p> <p>Democrats, along with many of their friends in the media, have decided to target three silver bullets at the werewolf that is President Trump. Their first bullet was the Mueller investigation. The second was the investigation of the Southern District of New York. The third was the race card.</p> <p>The Mueller investigation did not go as planned. On Wednesday, the well-respected and highly regarded Bob Mueller testified before Congress. No one seemed to have noticed that Mueller is old. He came across as out of his element and unsure of his own report.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 26, 2019</p>