Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:13:52 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/larry-elder-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder 55655634981363cf027948310dc76676 The Rise of Young Black Conservatives for 10/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/19/the-rise-of-young-black-conservatives Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This past weekend, I spoke for the second time at the second annual Black Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by Turning Point USA. Turning Point was founded in 2012 by then-18-year-old Charlie Kirk. Its website describes its goal as seeking "to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government."</p> <p>In addition to the Black Leadership Summit, Turning Point holds other annual gatherings, including the Young Women's Leadership Summit, the Young Latino Leadership Summit and the Student Action Summit. Turning Point, according to Kirk, has established chapters at over 1,000 college campuses across the country. In a short time, the organization has become quite a force. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2019</p> 0014e92035d413d8d4a43628760f9dac The Party of 'Impeach!' for 10/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/19/the-party-of-impeach Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Democrats' purported outrage about President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky might be taken seriously by the Republicans were it not for the Democrats' drive to oust Trump from the moment he won the presidency.</p> <p>CNN's Van Jones, with zero proof, attributed Trump's victory to "whitelash." Trump received 57% of the white vote, actually a <i>lower</i> percentage of the white vote than the 59% received by Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012. In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama received a greater percentage of the white vote than John Kerry did four years earlier. Obama also received 95% of the black vote. None dared call it "blacklash."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 145f5f81610b168eaaacfded6ef926e3 Trump vs. Iran: How Did Trump Become the Villain? for 09/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/19/trump-vs-iran-how-did-trump-become-the-villain Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Of the numerous reasons Trump haters offer for their hatred of the President, the criticism over his withdrawal of the Iran deal is among the most difficult to follow. That these critics blame Donald Trump for Iran's recent aggressive behavior is even more bizarre. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Iran attacks oil tankers and bombs Saudi Arabian oil facilities and Trump becomes the villain?</span><p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p> 0563932710d3cf09c46b5c41d69099df Kirk, the Best Brother Ever, R.I.P. for 09/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/19/kirk-the-best-brother-ever-rip Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My brother, Kirk Randolph Elder, died suddenly and unexpectedly, 16 days before his 70th birthday. He and Tresta, his wife of 41 years, had planned a trip to Hawaii, where they were going to celebrate Kirk's birthday.</p> <p>Kirk was a retired supervisor at an oil refinery, and we were extremely close. He started coming on my radio show about four years ago, reluctantly at first. We'd discuss politics, culture and sports. A registered Democrat, he and I often disagreed. Yet, week after week, I received letters from listeners who called him their "favorite Democrat." Kirk always showed respect for Republicans &#8212; and, yes, even Trump supporters &#8212; with whom he differed on policy but whose motives he never maligned.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> 7c27c0e161846cb63ca168c5230cbba8 Media Bad-Mouths the Economy Like It Did in 1992 for 09/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/19/media-bad-mouths-the-economy-like-it-did-in-1992 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As it did in 1992, the anti-Republican media is covering Trump's economy as negatively as possible while keeping a straight face. After all, unemployment is at historical lows, most Americans feel optimistic about their own economic future, and most credit Trump with the growing economy. Trump's predecessor was the first president since 1949 to preside over an economic recovery without a single year averaging at least 3% gross domestic product growth. </p> <p>But Democrats, the media and Trump-hating pundits seem almost giddy at the prospect of a recession. </p> <p>Last year, multimillionaire comedian and HBO talk show host Bill Maher openly rooted for it: "Can I ask about the economy? Because this economy is going pretty well. ... I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point. And by the way, I'm hoping for it. Because I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So, please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it's either root for a recession or you lose your democracy." In August, Maher doubled down: "I'm just saying we can survive a recession. We've had 47 of them. We've had one every time there's a Republican president!" said Maher. "They don't last forever. You know what lasts forever? Wiping out species! ... Yes, a recession would be very worth getting rid of Donald Trump and these kinds of policies."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> df530ace263fafa6f11b61b68e98380c If Trump's 'Bigotry' Is an Impeachable Offense, Why Did Obama Get a Pass? for 09/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/19/if-trumps-bigotry-is-an-impeachable-offense-why-did-obama-get-a-pass Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Of the reasons critics offered for President Donald Trump's impeachment, the one suggested by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, is among the most ridiculous. Green argues that Trump's alleged racism serves as a legitimate basis for impeachment.</p> <p>In July, Green announced plans to introduce articles of impeachment: "The Mueller hearing has nothing to do with what we're doing now. The Mueller hearing is all about obstruction. This is about bigotry and racism." Never mind the recent research paper by University of Pennsylvania political science professor Daniel Hopkins and research assistant Samantha Washington. Hopkins recently wrote: "On average, anti-black prejudice dropped sharply among whites, from a score of 8.1 just before the 2016 election to 5.4 two years later. ... That marked the lowest level of anti-black prejudice since we first conducted this study in late 2008. Prejudice against Hispanics also dropped. ... In both instances, declines were larger among Democrats, but they appeared among Republicans, too." </p> <p>The FBI, in a news release on its 2017 hate crimes report, cautioned that the year-to-year increase in hate crimes might be an aberration: "Although the numbers increased last year, so did the number of law enforcement agencies reporting hate crime data &#8212; with approximately 1,000 additional agencies contributing information."<p>Updated: Wed Sep 11, 2019</p> 39f78ce93a1be417c3835e633c15536c Elder vs. Instagram: Innocent Mistake or Viewpoint Discrimination? Part II for 08/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/19/elder-vs-instagram-innocent-mistake-or-viewpoint-discrimination-part-ii Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, I wrote about my recent problems with Instagram. </p> <p>After averaging 450 new followers a day since March, when I became active on Instagram, my number of new followers suddenly stopped growing. Dead stop. The count read 68.9K. It remained 68.9K for over two weeks. Then, the number <i>dropped</i> by 100. Meanwhile, over the same two-week period, on Twitter and Facebook, which owns Instagram, I continued gaining hundreds of new followers per day.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> 431b4dbd4245d921cbabf81ff58cf7a5 My Instagram Growth Suddenly Stopped; Am I a Victim of Viewpoint Discrimination? for 08/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/19/my-instagram-growth-suddenly-stopped-am-i-a-victim-of-viewpoint-discrimination Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My radio colleague Dennis Prager heads a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization called Prager University. It shares five-minute educational videos from a conservative perspective. There have been over <i>2 billion</i> views. No sex. No profanity. No chase scenes. But YouTube has placed restrictions on over 100 videos, including videos on the Ten Commandments, according to Allen Estrin of PragerU. YouTube also restricted one I wrote and narrated, "Is America Racist?" in which I refute the narrative that police engage in "institutional racism" against blacks. </p> <p>In a 2016 press release, PragerU said: "YouTube is censoring these videos by placing them under 'restricted mode.' Many families and schools enable restricted mode in order to keep inappropriate language, and explicit adult and sexual content away from children &#8212; not to prevent them from watching animated, age-appropriate, educational videos on topics ranging from economics and history to happiness and philosophy." In response, Google, which owns YouTube, said, "We don't censor anyone," adding that they "take into consideration" the video's "intent" and its "focus."<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 70fb05884ca321fcb20ce5d2ed9c8548 Biden's Gaffes, Verbal Blunders Make Trump Look Like Churchill for 08/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/19/bidens-gaffes-verbal-blunders-make-trump-look-like-churchill Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former Vice President Joe Biden, in December 2018, said, "I am a gaffe machine." File that under the category of truer words have seldom been spoken.</p> <p>President Donald Trump benefited in the 2016 presidential contest because the unfavorable numbers of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, matched or exceeded Trump's own unfavorable numbers. This time, in his bid for reelection, Trump's opponent could be Biden &#8212; at this early date, still the front-runner for his party's nomination. Trump, of course, has been harshly attacked by Democrats, the media and even some Republicans for misstatements, exaggerations and, according to The Washington Post, uttering or writing some "10,000" falsehoods during his first 827 days in office.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 5fa6cba183c5827aee8c060735af9a87 After Mass Shootings, Trump Blamed for 'Increasing Racism' -- But Is White Racism Really Increasing? for 08/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/19/after-mass-shootings-trump-blamed-for-increasing-racism-but-is-white-racism-really-increasing Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Immediately following two horrific mass shootings &#8212; one in El Paso, Texas, and another within a matter of hours in Dayton, Ohio &#8212; the blame game started.</p> <p>For many, culprit No. 1, of course, is President Donald Trump. Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said: "There is a complicity in the President's hatred that undermines the goodness and the decency of Americans, regardless of what party. To say nothing in a time of rising hatred, it's not enough to say that, 'I'm not a hatemonger myself.' If you are not actively working against hate, calling it out, you are complicit in what is going on." Booker used to be mayor of Newark, New Jersey, where in 2013 &#8212; his last year as mayor &#8212; the city's murder rate was the third highest of all large U.S. cities. Kind of difficult to pin that on Trump, who did not take office until January 2017. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 8c836fa81150bcfbb6ba849817781496 NAACP Shows Its Irrelevance by Recommending Trump's Impeachment for 08/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/19/naacp-shows-its-irrelevance-by-recommending-trumps-impeachment Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual convention in Detroit, delegates unanimously recommended that the House of Representatives impeach President Donald Trump. For what?</p> <p>Derrick Johnson, the NAACP's president, said: "The pattern of Trump's misconduct is unmistakable and has proven time and time again that he is unfit to serve as the president of this country. ... This president has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era." <span class="column--highlighted-text">Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who introduced an unsuccessful motion for impeachment, argues that the President's "racist comments" constitute sufficient grounds for impeachment.</span><p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> 8ddcabb4831ef0a3c93ae961fb3a474f After Trump's 'Racist' Tweets, Dems Demand 'Civility,' But When Have They Practiced It? for 07/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/19/after-trumps-racist-tweets-dems-demand-civility-but-when-have-they-practiced-it Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, offered four freshman Democratic congresswomen a suggestion. Given their complaints about America and about Israel, tweeted Trump, the four, aka "the Squad" should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." <p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 437f08c0bfd7477eb77c98153f6125f3 If Trump Jr. Is 'Racist' for Questioning Kamala Harris' Ethnicity, So Is Don Lemon for 07/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/19/if-trump-jr-is-racist-for-questioning-kamala-harris-ethnicity-so-is-don-lemon Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Poor Donald Trump Jr. He retweeted a post by a black man named Ali Alexander questioning whether Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., whose father is from Jamaica and mother is from India, is an "American black." </p> <p>Alexander's tweet reads: "Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I'm so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It's disgusting. ... These are my people not her people."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> 35255e61109334dfa3553ccedf0185b5 PolitiFact Rates Elder 'False' on Democrats and Slavery, But Elder Was Right for 07/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/19/politifact-rates-elder-false-on-democrats-and-slavery-but-elder-was-right Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Getting fact-checked cuts two ways. It means the fact-checkers pay attention to what I say. It also means I should expect liberal bias from the checkers. </p> <p>In a recent appearance on Fox News, I made the following assertions:<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> 9247e8acf0e53aa572c8efedce91a789 Democratic Debates: Did Russia Pay These Candidates to Throw the Election to Trump? for 07/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/19/democratic-debates-did-russia-pay-these-candidates-to-throw-the-election-to-trump Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Did the Russians pay the 2020 Democratic candidates to throw the 2020 election to President Donald Trump? Watching all four hours of the first Democratic debates, it became increasingly difficult to reach any other conclusion.</p> <p>The candidates unanimously agreed on "Medicare for All" and that it should cover illegal aliens &#8212; or as the moderator and candidates generally called them, the "undocumented." Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., even said that Medicare for All requires the elimination of private health insurance. Sanders correctly asserted that a majority of Americans support Medicare for All. What he did not say, however, is that support steeply drops once people are informed that their taxes will go up to pay for it or when they learn that they may experience longer waiting periods before receiving health care. But give Sanders credit. Asked whether he intends to increase taxes on the middle class to pay for his health care plan, Sanders, after talking about the elimination of premiums, co-pays and deductibles, said that, yes, the middle class would pay more taxes.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 04, 2019</p> 497d8c86ede12239e14bed3276428055 Reparations: How Not to Foster Racial Harmony for 06/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/19/reparations-how-not-to-foster-racial-harmony Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>About reparations, a skeptical President Barack Obama in 2016 told reparations proponent Ta-Nehisi Coates that it would divide the country. Obama said: "It is hard to think of any society in human history in which a majority population has said that as a consequence of historic wrongs, we are now going to take a big chunk of the nation's resources over a long period of time to make that right. ... So the bottom line is that it's hard to find a model in which you can practically administer and sustain political support for those kinds of efforts."</p> <p>The polls bear Obama out. </p> <p>Just 26% of Americans support reparations. In fact, according to conservative Michael Medved, <span class="column--highlighted-text">since so many of today's non-black Americans are descendants of post-Civil War immigrants, as few as 5% of today's whites have a "generational" connection to slavery</span>. University of North Carolina historian Joseph T. Glatthaar, author of "Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee," estimates that 4.9% of the population, or 24.9% of households in slave states, owned slaves. Of the free blacks living in the South, some were slave owners. Famed historian Carter G. Woodson found that in 1830, 3,776 free Negroes owned 12,907 slaves. Historian Roger McGrath notes: "Every one of the 13 states and most of the major cities that would become part of the Confederacy had substantial numbers of black slaveowners. New Orleans by both numbers and by proportion had the most. A staggering 28 percent of free blacks in the Crescent City owned slaves." <p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> f5b50b0a5f4ea7710a4e7a607724241a AOC Got a Pass on the Cost of 'Free' for 06/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/19/aoc-got-a-pass-on-the-cost-of-free Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>ABC's Jonathan Karl recently interviewed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Karl asked no question and did not call for a clarification when Ocasio-Cortez, presumably referring to the Mueller report, spoke about "the abundance of evidence, 10 counts of obstruction of justice, four with rock-solid evidence" against President Donald Trump. A "count" means a specific accusation of a crime. The Mueller report made no such accusation. </p> <p>Even worse, Karl, with not one follow-up question, allowed Ocasio-Cortez to rattle off her progressive agenda &#8212; which includes free college tuition, government health care for all and a $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation. After Karl's AOC interview, studio panelist and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pointed out that <span class="column--highlighted-text">AOC's programs "cost trillions of dollars" and Karl "did not ask" about the programs' price tag nor whom she expects to pay for it.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> b8df8e4b013100f7fc3a26a75bc90273 America Will Always Be 'Racist' -- If Nirvana Is the Goal for 06/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/19/america-will-always-be-racist-if-nirvana-is-the-goal Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. predicted that America could elect a black president in 40 years or less. Implicit in King's prediction is that such an achievement would show that racism was no longer a serious problem in our country. Three years later, King said: "Because of prejudices and narrow-mindedness, Negroes have been held out of the political arena and certainly held out of the presidency. But I do think that the day will come in the not-too-distant future when the Negro vote itself will be powerful enough to be in a coalition with liberals and the white community and thereby elect a Negro president of the United States."</p> <p>Today, after the election and reelection of the first black president, white liberals consider racism and discrimination a bigger problem than blacks do. Zach Goldberg, a doctoral candidate at Georgia State University, tracked the opinions of whites by their ideology &#8212; liberal, moderate or conservative. Goldberg found that in 1994, according to polling data by the General Social Survey, approximately 20% of "white liberals" disagreed with the following proposition: "Irish, Italian, Jewish and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without special favors." By 2016, the share of white liberals who disagreed increased to more than 45%. In fact, in 2016, white liberals were more likely to disagree than blacks were, at less than 35%. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Apparently, white liberals consider racism and discrimination against blacks to be a bigger problem than even blacks do.</span><p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> 94f34ad0ab4d1250eba76ac071d324fb AOC Returns to the Scene of the Minimum Wage Crime for 06/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/19/aoc-returns-to-the-scene-of-the-minimum-wage-crime Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an advocate for a $15 minimum wage, returned to work as a bartender for one day. Ocasio-Cortez said: "All labor has dignity, and the way that we give labor dignity is by paying people the respect and the value that they are worth at minimum. We have to make one fair wage, and we have to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, nothing less."</p> <p>The issue is simple: Does a government-mandated minimum wage help or hurt the very workers and job seekers that Ocasio-Cortez wants to help? <p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> 40aa3c5743cb01c47c176e6bf6a55074 Democrats 2020: The Grievance Party for 05/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/19/democrats-2020-the-grievance-party Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Describing the Democratic Party as one built on "identity politics" used to be a pejorative. But Georgia's failed 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, recently defended this description of her party. "I would argue that identity politics is exactly who we are," said Abrams, "and it's exactly how we won. ... When we refuse to engage in the conversation of identity politics, when we refuse to acknowledge that we see you and we understand you and we understand the barriers that you face, then what we are met with is a lack of trust."</p> <p>Fellow Democrat and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg apparently failed to get the memo. A week before Abrams embraced and even expressed pride in Democrats' identity politics, Buttigieg was blasting President Donald Trump for his "racist" use of it. Trump, said Buttigieg, engages in "peak white identity politics" that creates a "crisis of belonging" in America "designed to drive apart people with common interests." Buttigieg added, "When you do not belong, it doesn't just put you in a bad mood; it puts you in a different country."<p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p>