Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:32:50 -0800 Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate 5763faaec1aeab4733b46b3b9ad2eef3 Persuasion, Power and Fraud for 11/15/2018 Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In a free democratic republic, public policy should be a matter of persuasion. That is, those running for elected office are supposed to propose the policies that they espouse and convince the voting public to support those policies. On Election Day, voters presumably would elect the candidates who have made the most persuasive case. </p> <p>Barack Obama's two terms as president and the 2018 midterm "victories" notwithstanding, the Democratic Party has been having diminishing success with the persuasion part of governance for some time. In fact, this failure &#8212; and Democrats' refusal to admit the implications of it &#8212; is behind many of the machinations we've witnessed them engaging in for decades. </p> <p>For example, when Democrats cannot muster majority support for proposed legislation, they resort to the Supreme Court to impose law by judicial fiat. (Legalized abortion is perhaps the most-cited example but by no means the only one.) Federal judges are appointed for life, not elected, and thus not accountable to the public. The only way to change the law is to wait until justices die or retire, and replace them.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 15, 2018</p> 147bfd9fd343cdd6d5eb477a830fecf3 Nine Takeaways from the Midterms for 11/08/2018 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The much-anticipated "most-important-midterm-election-in-our-lifetime" is over. Democrats have a narrow majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Republicans have slightly increased their majority in the U.S. Senate. </p> <p>What did we learn?<p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p> 27bd8c55601e2b2c1be0bf6e876c86e9 Smaller Government Equals Calmer Tempers for 11/01/2018 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">The midterm elections are less than a week away, and predictions are changing daily. Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight predicts that Democrats will take the House but not the Senate. MyBookie says the odds are better that Republicans will keep control of both. Some Democratic optimists are still hoping for a bicameral #BlueWave.</span><br></p> <p>Voter turnout is extraordinarily high, setting records and even exceeding what's more typically seen in presidential election years. What seems to be driving it is passion &#8212; and ire.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 05, 2018</p> fcd1382dfe330728ac344d2926d2c68a The Making of a Red Wave? for 10/25/2018 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Are Republicans finally getting the message? Polls (notoriously inaccurate, as Hillary Clinton, MSNBC and The Young Turks can attest) that earlier showed Democrats taking the House &#8212; and possibly even the Senate &#8212; are now wobbling with less certainty. Some leftward-leaning pundits are even tacitly admitting that momentum seems to be moving in the Republicans' direction.</p> <p>Why could this be?<p>Updated: Thu Oct 25, 2018</p> 6ed867fea9999bed84f3a7b0a4156c59 What Do Democrat Voters Want? for 10/11/2018 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I am trying to put myself in the shoes of Democrat voters, not those in hysterics, screaming obscenities and pounding on the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court, or those mindlessly chanting like Stepford automatons in the Senate hallways.</p> <p>No, I mean the garden-variety Democrats I've known as neighbors, friends and co-workers my entire life; the second- and third-generation Democrat voters who say, "I voted for Bill Clinton, and my parents voted for John F. Kennedy, and my grandparents voted for 'Give 'em hell' Harry Truman and FDR."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 11, 2018</p> 06a8a25dc2765d2e1d7b92a915d51ba0 Women Can Be Destroyed, Too for 10/04/2018 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One evening, my senior year in college, there was a knock at my door. When I answered, a student I didn't know was standing there. He asked my name, and when I told him, he very politely asked if I would perform a sex act on him.</p> <p>After I picked my jaw up off the floor and told him he was out of his mind (or words to that effect), he said, "I'm sorry. I heard that you did that sort of thing."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 04, 2018</p> 8efb0399dc6d5fde98d747d610b1a1c3 We're Next for 09/27/2018 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We're next. Yes, I mean us &#8212; the American people. At least the Christians, Jews, Muslims, conservatives, Republicans, libertarians, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, LGBTQ folks, immigrants, rich, poor and middle class and everyone else among the 63 million people who voted for President Trump. (And we may as well toss in the never-Trumpers and those who have since #WalkedAway from the howling maw of anarchy that is the Democratic Party).</p> <p>We're next.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 27, 2018</p> 7a5a2d24ae3de52e95b4fbde00a41702 Power Corrupts; Sex and Power Corrupt Absolutely for 09/20/2018 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We are watching in real time as two of the most powerful and influential institutions in the history of Western civilization &#8212; the Roman Catholic Church and the United States government &#8212; descend into depravity and absurdity. That these eruptions of corruption are occurring at the same time seems unlikely to be mere coincidence. </p> <p>No one over the age of 20 can be shocked to discover that there's corruption in government. But the past two years have been shocking, to even the most cynical among us: the Clinton campaign's manipulation of the Democratic primary process, the subsequent revelations that the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign paid for the dossier of sordid (and utterly unproven) allegations against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, use of that dossier to deceive federal judges, and the bias and unethical behavior within the FBI and the Department of Justice. And the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired certain members of the United States Senate &#8212; Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, most notably &#8212; to stoop to new lows of appalling behavior. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> c1b4e18a23144bc05f3166f7773898da Clash of the Titans for 09/13/2018 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Former President Barack Obama made his grand re-entrance onto the public political stage again last week. His speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was designed to inspire Democratic voters to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.</p> <p>It was classic Obama: long on soaring rhetoric, short on truth. </p> <p>If Democrats think Obama is their ace in the hole to play against the Republicans' Trump card, <i> bring it </i>. Obama's less-than-stellar record had begun to fade into the recesses of the public's memories. But now it's all fresh again &#8212; and fair game.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> de090ee8c7aff95a7c2602cbe9178d48 What Would Jesus Say? for 09/06/2018 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is not going away any time soon. Both Catholics and non-Catholics alike are shocked and repulsed at what was revealed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report: Decades of sexual abuse of over a thousand victims by hundreds of priests, routinely covered up by church authorities. </p> <p>Then there was the letter from Archbishop (and former papal nuncio) Carlo Maria Vigano. Vigano states that Pope Francis knew about the sexual misconduct of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C., and that Francis nevertheless lifted the sanctions his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVII, had imposed upon McCarrick. Vigano argues that the pope should resign &#8212; and there is growing agreement in some segments of the church. (According to a recent poll, 25 percent of Americans think Francis should step down.)</p> <p>When confronted about Vigano's letter by press on the papal plane returning from a trip to Dublin, Pope Francis refused to comment, saying, "I won't say a word about it."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> db39c9883fda5bc7cb56fde6bca9c542 Why the Public Doesn't Trust a Progressive Press for 08/30/2018 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Just when I think I can switch to a topic <i> other than </i> the rank hypocrisy and fraud of our national press, they serve up another fresh helping. This past week saw at least three. </p> <p>The first was the parade of paeans given to recently deceased Sen. John McCain. McCain was a veteran and longtime public servant known for his love of this country, so it's logical that millions of Americans would appreciate his service and mourn his passing.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2018</p> e7700118f41be216a2a9cfbe876e6ec7 When the President's Behavior Is Reprehensible for 08/23/2018 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The news about the president is shocking. Behavior that would get most people fired has taken place, and something must be done. Are we, as a nation, not up in arms when a president:</p> <p>&#8212;Is repeatedly and humiliatingly unfaithful to his wife?<p>Updated: Thu Aug 23, 2018</p> 804e3de874e38bfd2d3bcc8e5b64d3de A Business Lesson for Socialists for 08/16/2018 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As a career academic who teaches entrepreneurship, I am very familiar with the anti-business sentiment that pervades so much of higher education and the public discourse about policy in this country. It is a spreading plague grounded in infuriating ignorance. </p> <p>So when I run across articles like "A Time to be Bold," in Jacobin magazine, I want to pull my hair out. </p> <p>The article, proclaiming the advantages of socialism over capitalism, features sweeping generalizations like these:<p>Updated: Thu Aug 16, 2018</p> 0ec1be014a68c4626b8255ae476e2118 Democrats Have Become What They Say They Despise for 08/09/2018 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Earlier this week, Candace Owens, a young black conservative, was shouted out of a restaurant by a white crowd screaming obscenities and racial epithets at her and her dining companion, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk (who is white). The police had to be called, and the mob shouted obnoxious slurs at the officers as well. Owens tweeted: "To be clear: ANTIFA, an all-white fascist organization, just grew violent and attacked an all-black and Hispanic police force. </p> <p>"Because I, a BLACK woman, was eating breakfast. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> b5a8ca87b788cbf0cea55254268f2e0c In Place of Public Institutions, Try Entrepreneurship for 08/02/2018 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's a compelling opinion piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education Review this week titled "The University Run Amok!" Adam Daniel and Chad Wellmon, both employed at the University of Virginia, warn convincingly that modern-day American universities have stretched themselves too thin trying to provide services that the authors argue were once provided elsewhere. "The university is what it is today, in part," they state, "because of the atrophy of other public institutions, which has left universities to fill a widening void."</p> <p>The authors' purpose is not to explain the disintegration of public institutions. But it's worth asking why so many have collapsed. Among those reasons are profligate spending, diminishment of quality and lack of accountability. Add a political class with an insatiable desire for higher taxes, and a disgruntled public unwilling to pony up any more for increasingly weaker services, and the phenomenon is easier to understand.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 02, 2018</p> 9ea17b2e02c80410ddab158503e0a682 We Were Never Supposed to Know for 07/26/2018 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our media's valiant efforts to distract us notwithstanding, information continues to seep out that underscores how badly a housecleaning is needed in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>This past week saw the release of the applications used to obtain warrants from the FISA court to spy on Carter Page, an advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Obtained by Judicial Watch, the 400-plus pages of (heavily redacted) documents support the conclusions earlier drawn by the House Intelligence Committee (and denounced by Democrats as hysteria): the FISA warrants were obtained through obfuscation and deceit.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 26, 2018</p> ce656f6fc3fd7274a224aff3e65f3b33 What Are Democrats Running On? for 07/19/2018 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The 2018 midterms are fast approaching, and Democrats are still crowing about the coming "blue wave." If past is precedent, I suspect that this is just media-fueled propaganda. (Remember Hillary Clinton's 98 percent certainty of winning the presidency?) There has been recent news about how Democrats lead Republicans in voter registrations by a significant margin. But the larger question is not whether Democratic voters will turn out, but what it is they are being asked to vote for. What does the Democratic Party stand for these days?</p> <p>We can look at the headlines for clues.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 19, 2018</p> 012f0a3f37b528dc6ca6c1d584e95ac2 SCOTUS Panic Proves It Again: Government Has Too Much Power for 07/12/2018 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has predictably produced apoplexy on the left. Their certainty &#8212; and outrage &#8212; that one man will have the power to dispense rights they view to be nonexistent, and dispense with others they consider inalienable, only shores up a fact that the left will almost never admit: the federal government has far too much power.</p> <p>While politicians on the right certainly can wield excessive power just as oppressively as leftists can, traditionally it has been conservative Republicans and Libertarians calling for smaller government as a matter of constitutional principle, while liberal and progressive Democrats argue that more government is the appropriate solution to every problem. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> 60d7b0e6e64ecedef143929b59f0309a Free Speech for the Goose for 07/04/2018 Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The New York Times, borrowing Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's language from her dissent in last week's Janus v. AFSCME case, purported in a June 30 article to explain "how conservatives (have) weaponized the First Amendment." </p> <p>The plaintiff in Janus successfully argued that he should not be forced to pay public sector union dues that support political causes he opposes. And the Janus decision was released the day after National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. In Becerra, plaintiffs were pro-life pregnancy centers opposing California's Reproductive FACT Act, a statute which forced them to promote and advertise for abortion services. Both plaintiffs won their cases on First Amendment free speech grounds. (And three weeks prior, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips won his suit challenging a Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision sanctioning him for refusing to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. Phillips, too, won on First Amendment grounds.)<p>Updated: Wed Jul 04, 2018</p> 9d8ed1337aee4215a555a832fb69b5f2 A Victory for Speech, Faith and Life for 06/28/2018 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision in the case of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. At issue in the Becerra case was California's odious Reproductive FACT Act, a 2015 statute that required pro-life (and predominantly Christian) crisis pregnancy centers to prominently display information (in multiple languages) announcing that they do not provide abortions, as well as information about where abortions are available. The law imposed fines of up to $1,000 per violation; <span class="column--highlighted-text">given pro-life centers' refusal to advertise abortion, such fines threatened the centers' very existence.</span></p> <p>Advocates of the law claimed it was necessary to "protect" women from "unlicensed" centers. This seemed to be a sleight-of-hand; only centers that provide certain medical services are required to be "licensed" under California law. Thus, pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, which do not provide medical services, are not even required to be licensed. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p>