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 Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:32:52 -0800 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 d016725bbf25ffc256a152efc944385e Biden Claims He Marched To Protest Segregation; Where's the Proof? for 12/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/19/biden-claims-he-marched-to-protest-segregation-wheres-the-proof Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination largely because of massive support from black voters. A CNN poll two weeks ago showed Biden ahead of his rivals at 28%, with Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at 17% and 14%, respectively.</p> <p>Biden's support among black voters has been critical. About its poll, CNN writes: "Biden's averaged 49% among all potential black Democratic primary voters in our last two CNN national polls. That's good enough not only for a 35-point lead over his Democratic competitors, but good enough to beat all of them combined by about 10 points." Biden, who prides himself on his relationship with black voters, clearly benefits from his eight years of service to the popular Barack Obama.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> bd059da6c03f5402897208d24f78e921 Michael Bloomberg: Tax the Poor for Their Own Good for 12/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/19/michael-bloomberg-tax-the-poor-for-their-own-good Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Let's examine some of the many reasons why billionaire Michael Bloomberg is wasting his money on his bid to win the Democratic nomination for president.</p> <p>First, none of the Democratic candidates can win the nomination without the black vote. That means the former New York City mayor needs to pry black voters from former vice president Joe Biden, who owes his front-runner status to the black voters who embrace him, given his eight years as a loyal second-in-command to the extremely popular former President Barack Obama. Bloomberg has his work cut out for him. Consider the recent New York Times op-ed by a Times black columnist, Charles M. Blow, who said, "No black person &#8212; or Hispanic person or ally of people of color &#8212; should ever even <i>consider</i> voting for Michael Bloomberg in the primary." Blow urged blacks, Hispanics and their "allies" to reject Bloomberg because of his allegedly "racist" stop-and-frisk policy. Bloomberg recently apologized for the policy, after defending it only months ago. </p> <p>Second, Bloomberg, despite an estimated net worth of over $50 billion, is <i>still</i> an old, white male in a gender/race/ethnicity identity-obsessed party where being an old, white, male presidential candidate &#8212; Biden excepted &#8212; is an increasingly tough sell. Bloomberg's a determined gun controller, although unlike former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, Bloomberg does not &#8212; at least not yet &#8212; push a "mandatory buy-back" plan. But, like O'Rouke, Bloomberg never bothers to ask how many Americans defend themselves every year with a firearm.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> 3d6fa8236dff12a12fc9c18fa5b19b72 If Trump Is 'Racist' for Questioning Waters' IQ, What Is Waters for Questioning the Intelligence of Dr. Carson? for 11/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/19/if-trump-is-racist-for-questioning-waters-iq-what-is-waters-for-questioning-the-intelligence-of-dr-carson Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Among the reasons Democrats and their media sympathizers offer to show President Donald Trump's alleged "racism" is that he called Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a "low IQ individual."</p> <p>At a July 2018 rally in Montana, Trump said: "She is a low I.Q. individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. I mean, honestly, she's somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that." And in June 2018, Trump tweeted: "Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!" </p> <p>Trump's tweet was in response to a fiery Water's speech in which she urged a campaign of harassment against members of Trump's cabinet: "Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere." <p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> 861264765f5686af9b46bf0e9ccdad8b Where Was the Love for Whistleblowers During the Obama Administration? for 11/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/19/where-was-the-love-for-whistleblowers-during-the-obama-administration Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently put President Donald Trump on notice about any possible retaliation against the whistleblower who filed a complaint against Trump. Pelosi warned: "I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower. I was there. I told the President, you're in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower."</p> <p>But where was this love for whistleblowers during President Barack Obama's administration? Obama remains enormously popular among Democrats. But many in the how-<i>dare</i>-President-Trump-attack-a-whistleblower camp paid little attention to Obama's unprecedented attack on whistleblowers, as well as on the reporters who reported on their whistleblowing. Liberal filmmaker Robert Greenwald released a documentary in 2013 called "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State" that examined the fate of four whistleblowers during the Obama administration. Greenwald said: "One of the things that was a common denominator with all the whistleblowers we interviewed is the terrible personal price they paid ... And what is happening over and over again is the Obama administration and previous administrations are literally shooting the messengers &#8212; punishing the whistleblowers, trying to pass laws that make it harder for whistleblowers."<p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> c9ede4dc7123623ad26fd13f912a4863 How Crazy Is Warren's Health Care Plan? for 11/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/19/how-crazy-is-warrens-health-care-plan Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wants "Medicare for All," as does Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., her self-described "Democratic socialist" rival. Unlike Sanders, however, Warren claims she can finance her plan by raising taxes only on the superrich. The middle class, Warren insists, will see their health care costs go down and their taxes will not go up. </p> <p>Some of her nearly equally left-wing rivals demanded specifics. Who pays? And how much? <span class="column--highlighted-text">After a Democratic debate, one rival, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, said Warren was "more specific and forthcoming about the number of selfies she's taken" than about her plan.</span> </p> <p>Buttigieg said: "Not only is it important to have 'yes-or-no' answers to 'yes-or-no' questions at a time when people are so frustrated with Washington-speak, but also there's still been no explanation for a multitrillion-dollar hole in this plan."<p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> efa12493b8490d07e435a2a4ff88fe0e What Michelle Obama Leaves Out About 'White Flight' for 11/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/19/what-michelle-obama-leaves-out-about-white-flight Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Michelle Obama recently complained about "white flight" in her old Chicago neighborhood. By "white flight " she means that whites left her neighborhood as it became increasingly black. "Upstanding families like ours, who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better &#8212; as we moved in, white folks moved out, because they were afraid of what our families represented," she said. "I always stop there when I talk about this out in the world because I want to remind white folks that y'all were running from us. This family, with all the values you read about: You ran from us. And you're still running."</p> <p>My family was the second black family to move into my South Central neighborhood in Los Angeles. <span class="column--highlighted-text">We moved there in 1959, when I was entering the second grade. By seventh grade, virtually all the whites in my neighborhood had moved out.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> ba66ecdb43a16702828b549d6022e9bd The 'Lynching' Hypocrisy for 10/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/19/the-lynching-hypocrisy Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump ignited yet another controversy when, on Twitter, he compared the Democrats' pursuit of his impeachment to a "lynching." </p> <p>His tweet that launched a thousand denunciations read: "So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here &#8212; a lynching. But we will WIN!"<p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p> 23fc548ac90c888c83b03d6cbacf8f1f Democratic Debate: 10 Questions Left on the Cutting Room Floor for 10/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/19/democratic-debate-10-questions-left-on-the-cutting-room-floor Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The New York Times and CNN co-sponsored the recent Democratic presidential debate. The New York Times has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Prior to the Mueller report, the influential paper published story after story about alleged Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign. </p> <p>Project Veritas, the investigative reporting outfit that uses undercover video, recorded CNN employees complaining about the cable news organization's anti-Trump agenda. On one video, a voice, identified as CNN president and CEO Jeff Zucker, can be heard all but instructing his staffers to focus on impeachment, to the exclusion of what taped staffers say they considered other important news. "There's a lot of people out here just trying to do what they think is the best of journalistic integrity," said one CNN staffer. "Then you get on the 9 a.m. call and big boss Jeff Zucker f&#8212;-ing tells you what to do."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> 51040a8febf96e7c98e0fcba92a94e20 The NBA and the Elephant on the Court -- Unwed Fathers for 10/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/19/the-nba-and-the-elephant-on-the-court-unwed-fathers Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The general manager of the NBA's Houston Rockets posted a "controversial" tweet that simply read: "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong." Two days later, the NBA issued the following statement: "We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. ... We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together." The Rockets' manager not only deleted the tweet but apologized to China: "I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. ... My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA."</p> <p>So much for the woke NBA and its outspoken faces, including President Donald Trump critics such as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and superstar player LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, who once called Trump a "bum." Kerr once explained why his championship team refused to visit the White House by noting that, under President Trump, "these are not ordinary times." <p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> 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>