Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 29 Jul 2021 12:35:53 -0700 Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate 61ff7a9139b82ea7daf13af2cbb5cd42 Coming Soon: America's 'Social Credit' System? for 07/29/2021 Thu, 29 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>China is in the process of expanding the "social credit" system they have been rolling out in phases since 2014.</p> <p>Much like what we have for our financial credit ratings, China's "social credit" system attaches a positive point value to behavior that the government views as praiseworthy (showing integrity, responsibility and/or trustworthiness) and a negative point value for behavior it wants to discourage. "Bad" behavior includes spending too much time playing video games, not caring for aging parents, poor driving, jaywalking, not paying one's debts and, of course, criticizing the government.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 29, 2021</p> c0eef7e99bbbd2c05ad84e52b7bf1c86 Chicago is Wrong on Condoms for 10-Year-Olds for 07/22/2021 Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Chicago keeps making headlines for all the wrong reasons.</p> <p>Earlier this month, Chicago Public Schools announced that it would be making free condoms available in schools, beginning with children in the fifth grade. In case you're wondering (or too old to remember), fifth grade is still elementary school, and fifth graders are typically 10 or 11 years old.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 22, 2021</p> 3e9957ea79bfd689c544a1de5148f65f Progressivism is Destroying Liberalism for 07/15/2021 Thu, 15 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There was a time when most Democrats would have defined themselves as "liberals." "Liberalism" used to denote an emphasis on individual liberties and civil rights. Liberals certainly believed in a strong welfare state and higher taxation to support it, but they would never have supported endless wars and the military-industrial complex that profits from them, the weaponization of federal agencies &#8212; including law enforcement &#8212; and surveillance of private citizens. Or denial of First Amendment rights by major multinational corporations serving as de facto censors, state propagandists and spies for the federal government.</p> <p>Ah, but that was liberalism. What we're dealing with now on the left is progressivism. <span class="column--highlighted-text">So, we're in lefty la-la land now.</span> Today's leftists defend corporate control of information and government surveillance of private individuals &#8212; and even call those who object "anti-American," as MSNBC analyst Henry Weissmann said about Tucker Carlson last week. Today's leftists excuse, admire and even aspire to emulate Communist China, arguably human history's most brutally repressive regime.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 15, 2021</p> 06aa791477b60273c1a327dc8bc5b019 January 6 is a Stalking Horse for Government Power Grabs for 07/08/2021 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As the nation limps out of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans assume that we are also leaving behind the serious &#8212; and in some cases, shocking &#8212; power grabs that government leaders insisted were necessary to "defeat the virus."</p> <p>The headlines suggest otherwise. A number of trends have emerged, the confluence of which should concern all Americans who love this country and value their freedom.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 08, 2021</p> ebb85c3fd0b197ac082a67ab4e1574c0 Gun Violence Is a Result of our Broken Culture for 06/24/2021 Thu, 24 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's shameful that it took so long to declare a national holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. But the nation's first official Juneteenth holiday weekend got off to an inauspicious start, to say the very least. </p> <p>CNN reported gun violence in multiple locations, including my own small town of Granger, Indiana. My teenage son works at the family-owned grocery store in the same little shopping center where five people were shot (one fatally) at a "Juneteenth Summer Bash" party held at a tavern. When I dropped him off at work the next morning, the parking lot was cordoned off with crime scene tape and homicide investigation vehicles. Nearby restaurants, still struggling after the COVID-19 lockdowns, had to close on Father's Day, their windows and doors pockmarked with bullet holes.</p> <p>CNN describes these as "mass shootings," a term which has typically been used to describe a deranged lone shooter firing randomly into a crowd. In fact, available information suggests that most of these incidents &#8212; including the one in Granger &#8212; had <i>multiple</i> shooters and involved parties, drinking and arguments. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 24, 2021</p> 513bdf34b3be324718e380c7bc55f8cc Cut Off the Checks -- America's Businesses Need Workers for 06/17/2021 Thu, 17 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Like a lot of other Americans, I have been shocked in recent weeks at the number of businesses that cannot find workers. My daughter and I stopped at a fast-food restaurant here in South Bend, Indiana, two weeks ago on our way home from Chicago. After waiting 40 minutes in the drive-thru line, the beleaguered employee at the window handed us our food and apologized profusely. "I'm so sorry. We are way understaffed," he explained. "I have to close the store." This was 5:30 on a Saturday evening. How much money did that particular store lose, having to close for lack of staff in the middle of the dinner hour on a weekend night?</p> <p>In South Bend and the surrounding areas, it seems like every store, every restaurant, every retail establishment of any kind is advertising for workers. And it's the same story across the country. Last week, my family and I drove to Mississippi for a family wedding. We saw "Help Wanted" signs everywhere on the trip and at our destination. When I joined a good friend at her country club for lunch, she described a similar situation there: The club desperately needs wait staff and cannot find help.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 17, 2021</p> b4083e65c59b6ee9e4cc2d7e0278bb8f A Society Infected with Lies for 06/10/2021 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our society was not founded upon lies. It was founded upon truths so fundamental that they have withstood even our own failure to live up to them.</p> <p>Let's start with this one:<p>Updated: Thu Jun 10, 2021</p> f2a3e22103883e64598c57c907c7159e No God, No Science for 05/27/2021 Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Researchers have noted a substantial decline in religious belief in the United States in recent years. By way of example, according to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who identified as Christian declined by 12% just between 2009 to 2019, and the number who identified as Protestant declined by 8%. Pew notes some similar trends playing out among American Jews. While large numbers identify with and/or participate in various aspects of Jewish <i> culture </i>, smaller numbers identify with Jewish <i> religious belief </i>. More than a quarter of adult Jews in the United States define their religious belief as "atheist, agnostic or 'nothing in particular' rather than as Jewish." In the 18-30 age group of American Jews, fully 40% describe themselves that way.</p> <p>Across religious denominations, there is a strong correlation between higher levels of education and lower levels of religious belief. It is perhaps not mere coincidence, therefore, that there has been a growing cultural perception that faith in God is inconsistent with a society dedicated to intellectual rigor and scientific pursuit.<p>Updated: Thu May 27, 2021</p> 6064c95d2bb94b4d861d3a4f8674bb1e Press Deceit Is a Pathology for 05/20/2021 Thu, 20 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A free country depends upon an honest and vigilant press to demand accountability from the country's political, economic and cultural leaders.</p> <p>We are in serious trouble; our press is neither honest nor vigilant. <p>Updated: Thu May 20, 2021</p> eadfc63ddcc245d03746ed96db6da6a9 The Inscrutable Catholic Support for Biden for 05/13/2021 Thu, 13 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Biden regime has not been in place for long, and already it is a constant barrage of bad news. First, it was the onslaught of immigrants crossing the border illegally: nearly 100,000 apprehended in February, 172,000 in March and almost 180,000 in April. Thousands are being held in confinement units intended to hold a fraction of that number. Huge numbers are children, many of whom are unaccompanied, abandoned and/or could be exploited in sex trafficking rings. Disease is rampant in the detention facilities.</p> <p>So much of this is a direct consequence of President Joe Biden's irresponsible encouragement of illegal migration, his cancelation of the border wall construction and his refusal to enforce our country's immigration laws. His appointed immigration czarina, Vice President Kamala Harris, has neither visited the border nor announced when &#8212; or if &#8212; she will.<p>Updated: Thu May 13, 2021</p> 4795fda82ce2ffe0740e00d18574f9c9 Go, Jenner, Go for 05/06/2021 Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Caitlyn Jenner has announced that she is running for governor of California, to replace the unpopular Gavin Newsom, whose recall will be on the state ballot this fall. Her first campaign commercial dropped earlier this week, and it's really something. </p> <p>Jenner appeals to Californians' best sense of themselves. In a tongue-in-cheek reference to the state's pro sports teams, she characterizes California citizens as "warriors," "kings" and "angels," as well as "trailblazers" and "innovators." She taps into the state's history. "California was once the envy of the world," she says. "We had what everyone else wanted. The American dream grew up here." Images from California's heyday stand in stark contrast to more recent footage of homeless people, tent cities and enormous bags of used needles collected from filthy city streets.<p>Updated: Thu May 06, 2021</p> 192a2b47121e5978cbd8c0d1957414af Eliminating Educational Standards Only Ensures Failure for 04/29/2021 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>An article published this week in Quillette (which, along with Substack, is one of the best sources of thoughtful, intelligent journalism in America today) argues persuasively that grade inflation is destroying education in the United States.</p> <p>Author Shane Trotter describes a system where grades are no longer tied to actual achievement, where high school standards have been lowered so much that a college degree &#8212; and absurd levels of debt &#8212; now takes the place of a high school diploma, where self-esteem is more important than achievement and where the performance of American students relative to the rest of the world keeps dropping.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 29, 2021</p> c242fc7a13b8f4686261feb1775632d4 Marxism: 100 Years of Deception -- and Counting for 04/22/2021 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When helping my daughter with her AP World History class recently, I was struck by the similarities between the present day and the troubled years between the first and second world wars. This similarity was driven home even more strongly by the recent death of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's spouse of almost 74 years. Philip's passing reminds us that we will eventually lose Elizabeth herself, who, at 94, is the longest-reigning monarch in British (and world) history. </p> <p>We are witnessing the end of an era.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 22, 2021</p> 7f00ac303caa92bd9b447d14e3840c90 Democrats' Quest for Complete Control for 04/15/2021 Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of the most disconcerting things to observe in present-day politics is Democrats' glee at the control they currently have over the branches of American government, and their giddy determination to use any means available by virtue of that control to obtain absolute power at <i> both </i> the federal and state levels.</p> <p>President (King) Joe Biden is in the White House signing executive orders, proclamations, memoranda and notices at a breakneck pace (101 and counting), with the stated intention to sign more. Democrats control (by a narrow margin) the U.S. House of Representatives. They control the United States Senate with 50 seats and Vice President Kamala Harris' ability to break any tie.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 15, 2021</p> 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>