Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:07:35 -0700 Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate 6a3cc3b31251b9e04d59c3b1852b75d4 Is This What You Voted For? for 04/08/2021 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I've noticed that the Joe Biden voters I know personally &#8212; as well as those I have followed on social media for some time &#8212; have grown remarkably quiet since Biden entered the White House. I'm not talking about professionally clueless Hollywood celebrities, Democratic Party operatives or the media (same thing), who lie daily as they provide demonstrably specious rah-rahs for the senile old man who dodders around the White House, signs executive orders whose content he doesn't know, looks around bemusedly on speaking daises and stumbles up the Air Force One stairs.</p> <p>I'm talking about regular Americans who voted for the man.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 08, 2021</p> 3d326e7392abeceaf80f0c3d7407d529 Judeo-Christian Morality and Societal Health for 04/01/2021 Thu, 01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Growing up, I rarely &#8212; if ever &#8212; heard anyone in authority discuss the relationship between Judeo-Christian concepts of morality and health. Instead, morals were cast as somewhat arbitrary rules that had to be followed to avoid being cast into Hell.</p> <p>I can't speak to what may happen in the afterlife. But in my almost six decades on the planet, I have observed that there is a powerful correlation between the foundational principles of morality in Judeo-Christianity and health in <i> this </i> life: physical and spiritual health, emotional and psychological health, and societal health.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 01, 2021</p> b102734fcf2555ea2a157e32529cd89d Innovation Saves Lives for 03/25/2021 Thu, 25 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There was a testy Twitter exchange last week between Bernie Sanders, the socialist Democratic U.S. senator from Vermont, and eccentric billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.</p> <p>Sanders started by tweeting that Musk and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos have more wealth than "the bottom 40% of people in this country," a fact Sanders chalked up to "greed" and characterized as "immoral."<p>Updated: Thu Mar 25, 2021</p> 2003aeba7b66a239ce6f7962d0fe70b3 Sex, Lies and the Destruction of America for 03/18/2021 Thu, 18 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The political class, the big players in the entertainment industry and the media are all engaged in a massive, collaborative effort to destroy America. And they're doing it with sex and lies.</p> <p>First, the sex.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 18, 2021</p> 2564e5d132941398cb01fc6b30042712 Royal Posturing for 03/11/2021 Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Oprah Winfrey's interview with Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his American wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was a real insight into the couple, and what was revealed was unflattering to both. These two healthy, handsome and incredibly wealthy people, who enjoy a lavish lifestyle unknown to all but a tiny fraction of a percentage of the population of the entire world, came across as ungrateful, shallow and shockingly self-absorbed.</p> <p>Using an internationally broadcast interview to air personal grievances, hurts and slights &#8212; real or perceived &#8212; is indescribably shabby. Instead of resolving their differences privately with those they claim to love and respect, Harry and Meghan took to the airwaves to clobber them from thousands of miles away, thus putting them on trial &#8212; and on the defense &#8212; in front of hundreds of millions of people.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 11, 2021</p> ceae7f479557b3650a8a249b80995625 Form Over Substance for 03/04/2021 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Listening to former President Donald <span class="column--highlighted-text">Trump's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend was a stark reminder of the differences between him and President Joe Biden. It was also a reminder of the differences between their respective supporters' priorities.</span></p> <p>During the 2020 presidential campaign, the word most commonly used to describe Biden by those pushing for his election was "decency." One saw that word used frequently in press coverage and repeated endlessly by political pundits and Hollywood celebrities: "Joe Biden will bring decency back to the White House."<p>Updated: Thu Mar 04, 2021</p> ea761b2c809e6a22df72ee135a03c396 Who Is Looking Out for America? for 02/25/2021 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There was &#8212; presumably &#8212; a time in the history of this country when both major political parties could honestly state that the policies they advocated for and taxpayer dollars they spent were legitimately for the benefit of America and Americans.</p> <p>No longer.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 25, 2021</p> 1b331457015e33dba5c4895978f68c05 Time for GOP to Court Immigrant Voters for 02/18/2021 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This is not going to be a popular opinion, but it is time for Republicans to stop demonizing illegal immigrants and begin recruiting them as voters.</p> <p>President Joe Biden is determined to give amnesty to the immigrants here illegally now, and whether by executive order (at last count, Biden has signed 55 executive orders, proclamations and memoranda, eight of which loosen immigration restrictions) or because Democrats control the House and Senate, there is every reason to think he will get what he wants.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 18, 2021</p> 7afd039f38321f10899703c15a96fd5b The 'Big Tent'? Republicans Didn't Build That for 02/11/2021 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, complained in a recent interview with The Hill that she feels like a minority in her own party. Kaptur shared data showing that 19 of the 20 wealthiest congressional districts in the country are now represented by Democrats, and she quoted unnamed Democratic colleagues whose callous comments reflected a complete lack of sympathy for or understanding of blue-collar Americans. And it isn't just working-class whites who feel they are being left behind by Democrats. Blacks and Hispanics voted Republican in much larger numbers in 2020.</p> <p>Republicans see this as something of an opportunity. </p> <p>Immediately after the November election, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said, "This election cycle has made one thing clear: The Republican Party is now the party of the American worker." Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted, "#Florida & the Rio Grande Valley showed the future of the GOP ... A party built on a multi-ethnic multi-racial coalition of working AMERICANS."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 11, 2021</p> 16cd9ee22800cfe01607fd932ee754f7 The American Public Has a Right to Information for 02/04/2021 Thu, 04 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The American public deserves the truth &#8212; from its politicians and from any and all media. This should be a noncontroversial statement. But it <i> is </i> controversial, apparently. Not only are we not being told the truth; we are being prevented from <i> hearing </i> the truth told to us by anyone who has it &#8212; or is actively seeking it. We are increasingly unable to even access information we could use to form our own <i> independent </i> assessments of what is true and what is not. This is appalling, and we must demand that it stop.</p> <p>Our national press has a long history of keeping the truth from us &#8212; and even telling outright lies when doing so fits its preferred narrative (or helps its preferred political candidate). The press's manipulation of the flow of information has been exposed time and time again. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 04, 2021</p> 22e9b282b624d228ba97475615b3ddf3 America Grows Sick on a Diet of Propaganda and Political Theater for 01/28/2021 Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There is a scene in Peter Jackson's film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" when Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf companions stand at the entrance to Mirkwood Forest, through which they must travel to reach their destination. Once lush, green and verdant, Mirkwood has become infested with evil. Bilbo hesitates to enter, saying, "This forest feels ... sick."</p> <p>This country feels ... sick.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 28, 2021</p> abd82c28cb4b3a8b8f7e41853f345384 Untruth and Consequences for 01/14/2021 Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In a terribly unsettled time in American history, there are a few voices on both sides of the political aisle calling for "healing" and "unity." To say that these are desperately needed is an understatement. But merely wishing for it will not make it so. </p> <p>To use an analogy of bodily illness, just as physical healing is not possible without an accurate diagnosis of the ailment, there can be no <i> political </i> healing without <i> truth </i>. And, just as an accurate diagnosis is a prerequisite to the successful combination of all available treatment methodologies, there can be no national "unity" when large swaths of the country are being deceived &#8212; or rationally believe they are. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2021</p> bae243f6be5b1f371f03cb750e4d7d11 Entrepreneurial Americans Will Not Be Sheep for 01/07/2021 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Freedom-loving Americans have good reason to treat the national press as the enemy; the press has been relentlessly peddling communist propaganda for the past 100 years and globalist propaganda for at least the past 30.</p> <p>In the 1930s, The New York Times protected and defended Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, covering up for his crimes and genocide. In the 1960s, it was Fidel Castro in Cuba. In the 1990s, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. In 2017, to commemorate 100 years since Vladimir Lenin's October Revolution in Russia, The Times published a series of glowing essays about communism called "Red Century." (Don't take my word for it. You can read them all here:<p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2021</p> a88b5d869a4a9c157c8a1336ebc78d34 Vote-Integrity Legislation a Must for 2021 for 12/31/2020 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The execution and aftermath of the 2020 election are nothing short of shameful. At this writing &#8212; nearly two months after the election on Nov. 3 &#8212; the public still does not have satisfactory answers about what took place during the counting of ballots on election night and the days immediately following. We clearly do not <i> really </i> know why counting suddenly stopped or paused in multiple battleground states on election night (unprecedented in the history of the country), or why the excuses that were offered at the time (for example, that a pipe had burst at the State Farm Center in Atlanta) were subsequently proven false.</p> <p>Hundreds of witnesses have given sworn statements and testimony under oath, and the public has seen videos of behavior that is suspicious, to say the least. There are statistical anomalies &#8212; some say impossibilities &#8212; for example, that 100% of the votes that magically appeared in the middle of the night in Michigan and Wisconsin, after official vote counting had allegedly stopped, went for Joe Biden. Or how Biden managed to get more than 81 million votes despite losing Florida, Texas and Ohio, and taking only 527 of 3,113 counties, while former President Barack Obama won Florida and Ohio and took 875 counties. Or how the voter participation rate was in excess of all registered voters.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 31, 2020</p> 2b4aa7e3e0004b095d80bee22478cb6b Will Joe Biden Have a 'Catholic Problem'? for 12/17/2020 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Four years ago, just prior to the November election, I wrote an article titled "Hillary Should Have a 'Catholic Problem.'" I started by citing numerous articles in the national press that proclaimed Donald Trump was having difficulty winning over Catholics &#8212; a key voting bloc in any candidate's run for the presidency. In fact, according to Pew Research Center polls, Trump ended up taking 52% of the Catholic vote in 2016 to Hillary Clinton's 45%. </p> <p>At this writing, we are still awaiting the final steps in the process of confirming the winner of the 2020 presidential election, but some voter data is already available. According to a poll of more than 110,000 voters conducted for the Associated Press, American Catholics were more evenly split this year between support for President Donald Trump (50%) and Democratic challenger Joe Biden (49%) &#8212; who, unlike Clinton, is Catholic. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2020</p> 4799b0711300471025512ad1c6c24666 The Propaganda of Silence for 12/10/2020 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As any student of history knows, in matters of politics and the press, that which is <i> not </i> said is as important as that which is.</p> <p>Often, it is more important.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 10, 2020</p> d283a7f85e1806d61088b3641d451656 The Propaganda of Fear for 12/03/2020 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We have become a nation governed not by truth, vision, science or even majority vote &#8212; but by fear.</p> <p>Fear in social interaction.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 03, 2020</p> e5308662c2c918c2d019928fd01e9550 The Propaganda of Despair for 11/26/2020 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What the Democratic Party pitches as compassion for minorities and the poor is nothing but forced dependence, and now Democrats are seeking to expand their targets.</p> <p>Theirs is not a message of hope and opportunity but the propaganda of envy and helplessness. "You can't succeed because the deck is stacked against you," they say. "You don't have X because someone else has it." "The only reason someone else has X and you don't is because they have exploited you." And the big finale: "The only way <i> you </i> can get X is by electing <i> us </i> to take it away from others and give it to you."<p>Updated: Thu Nov 26, 2020</p> ae45d7ec701a8d3d939b24dfa9775a6a The Propaganda War Continues .. for 11/19/2020 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The past week brought further evidence of how deep and wide the propaganda war is on ordinary Americans. Trump supporters converged on Washington, D.C., last Saturday for the "Million MAGA March." The crowd was enormous, but &#8212; like so much else these days &#8212; it is nearly impossible to get accurate information about how many people were there. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted out that it was "more than one MILLION" people, which seems highly unlikely. Yet, the major media &#8212; predictably &#8212; went in the opposite direction, downplaying the event to one that only thousands attended. How many thousands? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Just eyeballing the crowds from the vantage points of the many overhead shots provided on social media and elsewhere, it looked like enough people to fill the largest college or NFL stadium and then some. You wouldn't know that from reading the articles.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It isn't just the numbers that the media manipulates; it's the motives.</span> </p> <p>The crowd was diverse in age, race, ethnicity and every other conceivable characteristic. However many there were in our nation's capital, they were clearly there to express their love of their country, their support for the president and their support of his efforts to determine whether the vote count on Nov. 3 was accurate or the product of manipulation, deceit and fraud. They were peaceful, unmasked, walking with flags and many with children and pets. At various points throughout the event, they prayed and sang the national anthem. There was no looting, no vandalism, no attacking people, destroying monuments or burning buildings.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p> 04ba871c8a6bda89a5ba741bef6cd6b1 The Propaganda War for 11/12/2020 Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What is going on in this country right now is a propaganda war. It has been going on for some time but has now escalated to the point that it threatens the stability of the country. This is not mere media bias; what we are seeing is media manipulation of public opinion and <i> events </i>, tied directly to the political objectives of the Democratic Party. </p> <p>For months, polls showed Joe Biden ahead in the presidential race by double digits. The public was not concerned, we were inscrutably assured, about Biden's rambling, inarticulate and often completely nonsensical statements. The last-minute revelations of his son Hunter Biden's role in potential political corruption was just a "Russian disinformation campaign." The anemic attendance at Biden's (and Kamala Harris') sparce public appearances, we were told, was better proof of their overwhelming voter support than the tens of thousands of people who waited in line to attend President Donald Trump's rallies. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 12, 2020</p>