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 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:54:08 -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 299d0f63eef1291fb949287694babe8e The Virginia Blackface Follies for 02/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/19/the-virginia-blackface-follies Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The "blackface scandal" proved beneficial for two things. It displaced the frenzy over Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's support for a law lifting many restrictions on late-term abortion. It also took away headlines and news print space from the commonwealth's Democratic lieutenant governor, who faces two sexual assault allegations.</p> <p>But the blackface controversy has legs.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> 98ea20a773f7aa9d5aac3d1f1cb9cb70 NFL's Kaepernick Still Calls Criminal Justice System 'Racist' -- Despite Reform Action and Lack of Evidence for 02/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/19/nfls-kaepernick-still-calls-criminal-justice-system-racist-despite-reform-action-and-lack-of-evidence Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's attorney accused the musical group Maroon 5 of crossing the "picket line" to perform at the Super Bowl and called the explanation by Adam Levine, the lead singer of the musical group, a "cop-out."</p> <p>Kaepernick, when he played in 2016, kneeled during the national anthem to protest what he considers an unjust criminal justice system that he believes allows cops to systematically "oppress" blacks. Kaepernick said: "There's a lot of things that need to change. One specifically is police brutality. There's people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. The cops are getting paid leave for killing people. That's not right."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 07, 2019</p> adc5ad34d6476c3397de6606311c143a Media Call Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Tiger Woods 'Black' -- But Not Naomi Osaka? for 01/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/19/media-call-kamala-harris-barack-obama-tiger-woods-black-but-not-naomi-osaka Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced her candidacy for the 2020 presidential race, MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked a black guest whether Harris is "seen as African-American." The guest promptly assured a relieved Matthew: "Yes, I think she's seen as African-American. The fact that she was at Howard University today ... when she did her announcement press conference, she's going to South Carolina in the first week &#8212; she's really planting her feet in the African-American community." Mother Jones magazine called Harris "a woman of color" who attended Howard University, where she "was inspired by a strong legacy of black achievement."</p> <p>Being "African-American" or "black" is an important factor to Democrats, for whom white men need not apply &#8212; unless you're Joe Biden. But Matthews poses an interesting question. Harris was born in Oakland, California. "Kamala" is a Sanskrit name meaning "lotus." Her mother is from India, her father from Jamaica. The Wall Street Journal describes Harris as "an African-American." An Oprah Magazine piece, however, updated after Harris' recent announcement, checked off several race/ethnicity boxes: "(Harris is) currently (California's) first African-American senator and the country's first South Asian-American senator. And now, with a 2020 run, she could be our first black female president." So, she's African-American, black <i> and </i> South Asian-American.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 31, 2019</p> ce7636eb7d34cd597a5adf17566f9abe Meet the Heretics: Not Every Liberal has Trump Derangement Syndrome for 01/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/19/meet-the-heretics-not-every-liberal-has-trump-derangement-syndrome Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Regular viewers of ABC, NBC and CBS evening newscasts could be forgiven it they believe <i> every </i> liberal despises President Donald Trump. According to the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog, the broadcast networks' 2018 coverage of President Trump remained as hostile as that of the year before. MRC reports, "The tone of coverage remains incessantly hostile: 90 percent negative, vs. just 10 percent positive (excluding neutral statements), matching the historically bad press we documented in 2017."</p> <p>Trump-haters feast on three big supposed outrages. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 24, 2019</p> ae31b6cedfd8a7b57029bb86ca194de0 Hey, Media, Why No Trump-Like Scrutiny on Obamacare, 'Stimulus' or the Iraq Bug-Out? for 01/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/19/hey-media-why-no-trump-like-scrutiny-on-obamacare-stimulus-or-the-iraq-bug-out Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The media's "President Donald Trump is a congenital liar" narrative reeks of rampant hypocrisy to those who repeatedly complained while the same media gave President Barack Obama pass after pass for eight years. Obama wanted to become a "transformational" president. He succeeded, thanks in large part to a fawning, compliant media that mostly supported Obama's policies and ignored the falsehoods he used to pursue them.</p> <p>Obamacare, to quote former Vice President Joe Biden, was a "big f&#8212;-ing deal." Similarly, pulling all troops from Iraq and spending nearly $1 trillion for so-called economic stimulus programs were also big deals. Each decision required deception that the Trump-hating media were only too happy to ignore.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 17, 2019</p> 5d885fafd2d625b7e0d012b50dab2e99 The Trump 'Resistance': Right-Wing Racists Bad, Left-Wing Racists Not So Much for 01/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/19/the-trump-resistance-right-wing-racists-bad-left-wing-racists-not-so-much Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in a recent "60 Minutes" interview, said there is "no question" that President Donald Trump is "racist." If Democrats &#8212; the party of slavery and segregation and whose congressional members voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act at a <i> lesser </i> percentage than Republicans &#8212; stand for anything today, it's anti-racism and anti-bigotry. </p> <p>Except when it comes to liberal racism and liberal bigotry.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 10, 2019</p> b3ca6e4709039004155c61cfe17746ef Government Shutdown: Money, Money Everywhere, But Not a Drop for a Wall for 01/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/19/government-shutdown-money-money-everywhere-but-not-a-drop-for-a-wall Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This is not our first partial government shutdown. Somehow, someway, from 1976 through 2017, the nation has survived 18 shutdowns, the longest lasting 21 days. In this case, President Donald Trump insists that the next budget deal contain $5 billion to construct a wall on part of our southern border with Mexico. </p> <p>Trump, say the Democrats, is "unwilling to compromise." But when he asks for only $5 billion for a project with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimated price tag of $18 billion spent over 10 years, that is <i> already </i> a compromise. That $18 billion amounts to 0.0338 percent of the $53 trillion the Congressional Budget Office estimated the federal government will spend from 2018 through 2027.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 03, 2019</p> ea98c5685b99cdba0bf213a524eb74b0 Gov. Jerry 'Moonbeam' Brown's Warning to Fellow Democrats for 12/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/18/gov-jerry-moonbeam-browns-warning-to-fellow-democrats Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown recently said, "The weakness of the Republican Party has let the Democratic Party, I think, go get further out than I think the majority of people want." When a tax-spend-and-regulate Democrat who signed legislation making California the first "sanctuary state" says the Democrats have gotten too "further out" for the majority, that party would be wise to take notice. In the November elections, California Democrats won veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of state government. No Republican currently holds an elected state-wide office.</p> <p>Brown seems to recognize that there are only so many "rich" people and that one does become rich by being too stupid to know that the rich have options. California has the highest state income tax in the country, with a top marginal rate of 13.3 percent. Even left-wing, Trump-hating California resident Bill Maher complained about the state's high income taxes in 2013: "ln California, I just want to say: Liberals, you could actually lose me. ... Rich people ... actually do pay the freight in this country ... like 70 percent" of the taxes. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 20, 2018</p> e51c0b409d60847c6967994c5052f1e0 Mueller Probe: If Convictions Equals Success, Whitewater Was a Triumph for 12/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/18/mueller-probe-if-convictions-equals-success-whitewater-was-a-triumph Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump-haters salivated over special counsel Robert Mueller's recent filings on ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump former lawyer/"fixer" Michael Cohen. In both cases, Mueller recommends lengthy sentences, having accused them of committing crimes, including, in the case of Cohen, that Trump directed him to violate campaign finance laws in paying off porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal.</p> <p>If true, is an <i> impeachable </i> offense? <p>Updated: Thu Dec 13, 2018</p> 335902d797b4b10d226a096b7468a65c Fake Praise for GHWB: Where Were Media When He Needed Them? for 12/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/18/fake-praise-for-ghwb-where-were-media-when-he-needed-them Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As with the passing of former President Ronald Reagan, the media are in full praise mode following the death of former President George Herbert Walker Bush. Where were they when the one-term President needed them? In Reagan's case, even his haters grudgingly acknowledged the overall success of his presidency. As for Bush 41, the media's praise of Bush's "grace" and "class" serves to indirectly to attack President Donald Trump by showing the contrast between the two Republicans' styles and characters.</p> <p>But what did much of the liberal media think and say about Bush at the time?<p>Updated: Thu Dec 06, 2018</p> 4930716ad5e199e013fafc3f381ae8df On Immigration, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry Discover Their Inner Trump for 11/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/18/on-immigration-hillary-clinton-and-john-kerry-discover-their-inner-trump Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If President Donald Trump were paid a dime every time critics call his anti-illegal immigration policy "racist," he'd double his net worth. Never mind that at one time, President Bill Clinton, former Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, former Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., all warned about the problems associated with illegal immigration. </p> <p>Reid, for example, railed against birthright citizenship in 1993: "If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn't enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that, right? Guess again. If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with U.S. citizenship." Apart from America, the only other rich, industrial countries that allow birthright citizenship &#8212; automatically bestowed at birth &#8212; are Canada and Chile. Not a single European country permits this.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 29, 2018</p> eee6b3608e964fde1ad7e7221104b0e7 Don't Let Trump Hatred Thwart the School Choice Movement for 11/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/18/dont-let-trump-hatred-thwart-the-school-choice-movement Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Detroit school board recently voted 6-to-1 to consider removing Dr. Ben Carson's name from one of its high schools. Carson, a former Detroit student and former head of pediatric neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, pioneered several groundbreaking neurosurgical procedures. He now serves as President Donald Trump's secretary of housing and urban development. But one school board member said Carson's name on the school is comparable to "having Trump's name on our school in blackface."</p> <p>About Detroit public schools, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty's C.J. Szafir and Cori Petersen recently wrote, "In 2017 Detroit ranked last in proficiency out of 27 large urban school districts with a measly 5 percent of fourth-graders proficient in math and 7 percent in reading." <span class="column--highlighted-text">Maybe the Detroit school board should invest the time they spent inquiring about Carson's reputation in improving its pupils' education.</span><p>Updated: Thu Nov 22, 2018</p> 7f6d86f8678f8c06437cbe85a41754e0 If Trump Is 'Racist,' He Needs to Go Back to Racism School for 11/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/18/if-trump-is-racist-he-needs-to-go-back-to-racism-school Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Abraham Lincoln, when informed that General Ulysses S. Grant was a drunk, famously asked Grant's accusers what whiskey he was drinking so Lincoln could send a barrel to every general in the army. Keep this in mind when President Donald Trump's critics accuse him of "racism" against blacks. </p> <p>Under this "racist" President, black unemployment, since the government began keeping numbers, hit an all-time low in May. Polls show that inner-city parents want choice in education: specifically, they want the means to opt out of sending their children to an under-performing government school the child has been mandated to attend. Think tanks on the left (like the Brookings Institution) and think tanks on the right (like the Heritage Foundation) pretty much agree on the formula to escape poverty: finish high school; get married before having a child; and do not have that child before you are financially capable of assuming that responsibility. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 15, 2018</p> 59c3ef458fa0b044ce89285ec21b2fa5 Midterms: Republicans Had a Great Story to Tell -- and It Staved Off Disaster for 11/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/18/midterms-republicans-had-a-great-story-to-tell-and-it-staved-off-disaster Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As expected, Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives. But the much-anticipated "blue wave" failed to appear. History shows that the first midterm election for the party in the White House usually results in a loss, often a big loss, in that party's House members. President Barack Obama, for example, lost 63 seats in the House and 6 seats in the Senate in the 2010 midterms. In the 21 midterm elections held from 1934 through 2014, the President's party has gained seats in both the Senate and the House only twice: during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's and George W. Bush's first midterm elections. The 2018 GOP House lost seats, more than the 23 seats Democrats needed to flip, but not nearly the thumping the Democrats hoped for. </p> <p>Forty Republicans &#8212; three senators and 37 representatives &#8212; chose not to run for re-election in 2018, while another 14 left their offices early or announced their resignations. This hurt. Only 18 Democrats declined to seek re-election, with another four leaving office early or resigning. From 1964 through 2016, 85 to 98 percent of House incumbents seeking re-election won. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p> 6e6f50b0fe0d3a48acac9f2ad7bcb2cb Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre: Obama Slams 'Hateful Rhetoric' -- Did He Mean Trump's, or His Own? for 11/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/18/pittsburgh-synagogue-massacre-obama-slams-hateful-rhetoric-did-he-mean-trumps-or-his-own Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former President Barack Obama received praise for his response to the recent murder of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Obama tweeted: "We grieve for the Americans murdered in Pittsburgh. All of us have to fight the rise of anti-Semitism and hateful rhetoric against those who look, love, or pray differently." Many described Obama's words as a powerful call for "unity."</p> <p>Meanwhile, leaders of Bend the Arc, a Pittsburgh Jewish advocacy group, said President Donald Trump is <i> not </i> welcome in their city until Trump "denounces white nationalism" &#8212; the white supremacist movement that many believe Trump is guilty of either supporting or at least providing aid and comfort.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 01, 2018</p> dc4dc801ddbc7ef9ad84b806e1a6630a The 'Voter ID Is Racist' Con for 10/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/18/the-voter-id-is-racist-con Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Add late-night comic Trevor Noah to the list of ill-informed lefties who consider voter identification a "racist" demand intended to "suppress" the black vote. </p> <p>"Isn't it interesting," Noah said, "how every time Republicans create a voting restriction, it just so happens to disproportionately affect people of the brown-brown? ... <span class="column--highlighted-text">Let's be honest, you don't have to say who you're targeting to target someone. You just have to know which rules are likely to hit them the most.</span>" <p>Updated: Thu Oct 25, 2018</p> c0773c5eb250d46e89184d20bb2356f7 Chris Matthews' Reaction to Kanye West Exposes the Left's Race-Card Hustle for 10/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/18/chris-matthews-reaction-to-kanye-west-exposes-the-lefts-race-card-hustle Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As is often the case in this era of President Donald Trump, the reaction is far more interesting than the action.</p> <p>The action was rapper/entrepreneur, ex-George W. Bush denouncer and Trump supporter Kanye West, whom Trump invited to the White House. The reaction from left-wing black critics was predictable. But the reaction from a notable Trump-hating white pundit was unintentionally eye-opening. In the Oval Office, West spoke nonstop, and apparently unscripted, for nearly 10 minutes. During his monologue and subsequent questions by reporters, West talked about the pressure blacks face to vote Democratic; how conservative blacks are often bullied by other blacks into supporting the Democratic Party; and how the Second Amendment is unrelated to gun violence, because "illegal guns is the problem, not legal guns." But most importantly, he spoke about the pain he experienced growing up without a father.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 18, 2018</p> 40a5e55927dcc920f7f655e84ebe81af If Kavanaugh Is 'Partisan,' Should We Impeach Justice RBG? for 10/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/18/if-kavanaugh-is-partisan-should-we-impeach-justice-rbg Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Forcefully responding to allegations of sex assault, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said in his confirmation hearing rebuttal, "This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit &#8212; fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups."</p> <p>This set off a brand-new argument against Kavanaugh, as his foes began proclaiming that he lacked the appropriate "judicial temperament" to join the Supreme Court.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 11, 2018</p> 3b682bfd3792b81a3d7d5b8a3916b03d 'White Male Privilege,' RIP for 10/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/18/white-male-privilege-rip Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What's the last remaining group in America that can be slandered, smeared, maligned and accused of racism, sexism and homophobia with no proof required? White men.</p> <p>On election night 2016, CNN's Van Jones attributed Donald Trump's victory to "whitelash." That is, racist whites rose up in fear and anger over a country governed for eight years by a black President and in which whites will soon become a demographic minority.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 04, 2018</p> 71508212157bf1874a0e657df49f1098 Ford, Ramirez and a Woman Named Broaddrick for 09/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/18/ford-ramirez-and-a-woman-named-broaddrick Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As with the first allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, levels a claim of sexual abuse supposedly witnessed by others.</p> <p>As to why this accuser came forward, Ronan Farrow, co-author of the New Yorker piece that broke the story, said: "She came forward because Senate Democrats came looking for this claim. She did not flag this for those Democrats. This came to the attention of people on the Hill independently, and it's really cornered her into an awkward position. That's why she took the time to think about this carefully. <span class="column--highlighted-text">She said, point-blank, 'I don't want to ruin anyone's life,' but she feels this is a serious claim. She considers her own memories credible, and she felt it was important that she tell her story before others did without her consent</span>, because so many people on the Hill were looking at this story."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 27, 2018</p>