Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 19 Feb 2020 03:48:50 -0800 Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate a350b58a5d4dbd779b6e640168f15ede James Carville Is Right: Democrats Should Be Panicking for 02/13/2020 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Legendary Democratic strategist James Carville was interviewed by Vox's Sean Illing last week after Carville's doom-and-gloom jeremiad on MSNBC got a lot of people's attention. In his inimitable fashion, Carville warned that Democrats' love affair with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is sending the party hurtling toward resounding defeat in November.</p> <p>"Bernie Sanders isn't a Democrat," Carville insisted. "He's never been a Democrat. He's an ideologue." <p>Updated: Thu Feb 13, 2020</p> 1378e96908d4d00916ae08cafbe749ef State of Disunion for 02/06/2020 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Anyone who has watched the English Parliament debate knows that &#8212; ceremonial forms of address notwithstanding &#8212; they can be a fairly raucous bunch, routinely shouting down opposing speakers, yelling out, "Hear, hear!" and even booing with some regularity. This includes events at which the prime minister speaks before Parliament.</p> <p>By contrast, debate in the United States Congress tends to be a comparatively staid and polite affair. (There have been notable exceptions. For example, in 1856, then-Rep. Preston Brooks, a pro-slavery Democrat from South Carolina, assaulted then-Sen. Charles Sumner, an abolitionist Republican from Massachusetts, hitting him repeatedly in the head with a heavy metal-topped cane, nearly killing him.)<p>Updated: Thu Feb 06, 2020</p> e489db791e4572077f2aeedbb02b2fd9 Moving in Opposite Directions on Abortion for 01/30/2020 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Even in our era of politics without precedent, few things are as inexplicable as the Democratic Party's decision to take increasingly extreme positions on abortion while so much of the country moves in a different direction.</p> <p>The March for Life, held annually in Washington, D.C., around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is one visible example of the country's mood on the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The number of participants in the march continues to grow each year. Last week's March for Life was notable not only for its size (no official numbers are available, but video footage suggests well over 100,000 people) but because Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to address the march, drawing additional national (and international) attention to the event.</p> <p>Commentators have observed that fully half of the marchers are college-aged or younger. ("We are the pro-life generation" is a popular sign seen at the march.) This may well suggest a generational shift in perspective, which poses interesting electoral consequences for the future.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 30, 2020</p> 7099930f9bd9b6bd27f295edb5ffc382 We Have Miseducated Boys and Girls Alike for 01/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last month, The Atlantic magazine ran a powerful article by Peggy Orenstein about young men in America. Titled "The Miseducation of the American Boy," the article is poignant and deeply troubling. And yet I was struck by the fact that Orenstein misses some obvious causes and connections.</p> <p>She mentions, for example, that the interviews she conducted over two years revealed young men who are broadly supportive of the dreams, aspirations and general equality of young women. They are tolerant of and form friendships with gay classmates. According to the contemporary narrative, these trends should portend progress and better emotional and mental health, right?<p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p> 5bfe54e06963cd0bf2c341e3c31bbecc Why Is Democratic Political Leadership So Poor? for 01/16/2020 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There was another Democratic debate last night. Does anyone watch these anymore? What a snoozefest. The best part was a Daily Caller tweet that had a promotional photo of the six Democratic debate participants and asked: "What's the name of this album? Wrong answers only." (Find it. The boundless creativity of commenters will keep you laughing for hours.)</p> <p>CNN commentator Van Jones admitted after the debate, "There was nothing I saw tonight that would be able to take Donald Trump out."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> c2e7055bac8625efcd5f49b00908eeef Falsehood Is the Infection for 01/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Here's a riddle: What do Victor Davis Hanson, Dennis Prager and Ricky Gervais have in common?</p> <p>Hanson published an excellent piece at National Review online on Jan. 7. Titled "The Steele Dossier Bacillus," Hanson summarizes the evident defects in the substance of the dossier compiled by British former spy Christopher Steele as well as defects in its use to obtain surveillance warrants from the FISA court. Steele was known to be "a pathological liar," Hanson notes. But the "fanciful" (translation: <i> false </i>) information contained in the dossier spread like wildfire because so many on the left &#8212; including Hillary Clinton and her campaign, members of the Obama administration and the national media &#8212; <i> wanted </i> to believe the absurd and hysterical allegations contained in it.</p> <p>Taking his metaphor further, Hanson argues that those who cast their lots with the dossier, among them MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and Clinton, have been discredited &#8212; "infected," if you will, their careers destroyed.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> 2e8465f699dc20e516d9c53de04a1198 Take a Stand in 2020 for 01/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Happy new year. Our rights are under siege. </p> <p>I wish that statement were hyperbole. But the events of 2019 make clear that Americans cannot sit back, go about their business and assume that things will be fine. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 02, 2020</p> 30fefcd36f70fc69b11cae1974d65334 The Capitalist Entrepreneur Is a Revolutionary for 12/19/2019 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Noah Rothman wrote an opinion piece this week in which he warned about the new generation of young Americans who are opposed to the free market. He quoted the inimitable (and reliably ignorant) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who announced at the annual (and glitzy and high-tech) South by Southwest conference this past spring, "To me, capitalism is irredeemable." </p> <p>AOC, with her designer clothing, her chi-chi apartment (complete with garbage disposal), her stylish red lipstick and fab spectacles should try living someplace where the government agrees with her that "capitalism is irredeemable." Like North Korea, or perhaps Cuba. Venezuela would no doubt be an eye-opener.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 19, 2019</p> 59c867e9b3fd61c03d8c50fa43bd3ce0 Why Would Anyone Vote for a Democrat for President? for 12/12/2019 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's a serious question. Other than hating Donald Trump, why would anyone vote for any of the Democratic candidates for president of the United States? They've given us precious few reasons to support them and plenty of reasons to conclude that they shouldn't be given <i> any </i> political power &#8212; much less the presidency.</p> <p>Here are just a few:<p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> e2a907c11387d921bd29c4ff56961923 Our Principles, Not Our Technology, Keep Us Prosperous and Free for 12/05/2019 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We live in an age when technology is worshipped. Entrepreneurs who create technologies that transform our lives become billionaires, seemingly overnight. Companies that do not adopt new technologies or adapt to their use quickly enough are put out of business. The term "disruptive innovation" has been added to the lexicon of business CEOs everywhere, an ominous warning for some, a thrilling opportunity for others.</p> <p>As individuals, we've rapidly grown accustomed to the benefits and ease that the most modern technologies have brought to our lives: Smartphones incorporate features as disparate as cameras; video; fitness and sleep monitors; instant texting; maps with GPS; flashlights; and the ability to transfer money to anyone virtually anywhere. Digital copies of music are perfect. Online, print and audiobooks make this year's Booker Prize-winning novel as well as great classics written centuries ago available to larger audiences than ever before. Social media enables the immediate transfer of news and information. Crowdfunding is a vehicle for startups and worthy charitable causes to collect small sums of money from large numbers of people for an enormous aggregate advantage. Drones and automated distribution chains deliver our goods within a day or two &#8212; and often, within mere hours &#8212; of our ordering what we want. Pundits, popular influencers and political candidates can use the internet and the media carried thereon to reach millions of people with their messages.</p> <p>Even in Western Europe, the United States and other free nations, all of this technology is not without its downsides. But in oppressive regimes like China's, the same technology that has immeasurably enhanced our lives is making life hell on Earth for those trapped there.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> ec8c55d1dff8cf9e436b4fdbb5cc25e4 Giving Thanks for a System That Creates Prosperity -- and Leftovers for 11/28/2019 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Pope Francis has made a number of public statements decrying the waste of food around the globe. Most recently, he voiced his support for the objectives of the World Food Programme. He echoed the words of his predecessor, St. John Paul II, who called food waste "a paradox of abundance." Francis criticized a "culture of waste" that is caused, he says, by "mechanisms of superficiality, negligence and selfishness." </p> <p>Pope Francis is correct, at least in part. The amount of food that goes to waste in the United States alone is staggering and &#8212; dare I say it &#8212; sinful. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it's somewhere between 30 and 40% of our total food supply every year.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> 59cdfc67e826be4735643971c7099aa4 Setting Themselves Up As God for 11/21/2019 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A new documentary titled "One Child Nation" is one of the most recent takes on China's one-child policy imposed between 1980 and 2016 that was supposed to lift the nation out of poverty but ended up turning a cultural preference for boys into the widespread "gendercide" of millions of baby girls.</p> <p>Others have explored the horrific implications of this policy. Nine years ago, The Economist provided the shocking statistic that 100 million baby girls had been aborted, killed after birth, abandoned or sold to child trafficking gangs who then sell the babies to foreigners for large sums of money.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> cb390b40182f7ea9e1c36100aefb62e4 There IS a War on Men. Fight Back for 11/14/2019 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Andrea Long Chu is a writer who has thrown the world of homosexual <i> and </i> transgender activism into disarray with her 2018 essays in n+1 and The New York Times, and now in her new book, "Females," in which she argues that gender is not who one is but what one wants. Chu is a biological male who identifies as female and has undergone sex reassignment surgery. Chu has outraged feminists (this goes double for lesbian feminists) by embracing so many of the "traditional" (which is to say "stereotypical") notions of femininity that feminists of all stripes have decried for decades as artificial constructs imposed by the desires of men. In particular, Chu has invited the ire of TERFs ("trans-exclusionary radical feminists") for suggesting (as a New Republic interview with her is titled), "We are all female now."</p> <p>To read Chu's essays &#8212; as well as those of her critics &#8212; is to find oneself immersed in a maelstrom of philosophical and political debates about women, women, women. But what's left unspoken is what all of this obsession with sexual identity and transition says about our society's view of <i> men </i>. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> 39f6ba3194223cdb25bf07ab299c5451 It's Time to Fight the Real Corruption for 11/07/2019 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Democratic Party, the press and the high-powered lawyers who protect both have been working for years to try to convince the American public that President Donald Trump is a traitor, and that his election was a scam procured by corruption and international intrigue.</p> <p>That is <i> the biggest lie </i> told in the history of the United States. It is also a conspiracy of monumental proportions. And it's time that those who have perpetrated it pay a price.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> 41eb3c7efc779a7e0aff4421fafb2a59 Remembering -- and Talking About -- Lynching in America for 10/31/2019 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist and founder of The Race Card Project. Last week, Norris wrote a poignant opinion piece for The Washington Post in which she calls for Americans to know the history of lynching before they cavalierly throw the word around.</p> <p>She's right.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p> d2bfb225ce4e683bb187d5a69aa76f62 We Don't Want Globalist Government for 10/24/2019 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>And when I say "we," I don't just mean conservatives, or even Americans. </p> <p>I mean most people around the world.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> a2bd6007dc1173ec4705d3db8b1b5fdb A Moral Citizenry Is Not a Theocracy for 10/17/2019 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Theocracy" is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot, and most of the people using it these days don't appear to have the foggiest idea what it means.</p> <p>Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines theocracy as "government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided." A Google search provides a similar definition: "A system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god." (Bill Murray, call your office.)<p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> eec25dc950a2c128619406d86b802873 What's Next After Trump? for 10/10/2019 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last weekend, Republican political advisor Sarah Isgur Flores tweeted, "A lot of quiet conversations among conservative thought leaders today about how to prepare for a 'post Trump' Republican Party &#8212; whether its impeachment or a loss in 2020. People thinking about how that shakes out and where they fit. This is not good for Trump."</p> <p>Actually, no &#8212; it's not good for the Republican Party. Love him or hate him (and it's clear that a lot of establishment Republicans don't love him), Trump's candidacy and presidency have exposed the deceit of the American press, the corruption in our government and the true political intentions of the American left.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2019</p> cc1571a161205b20084848e443ef5aec 'Compassion' and Its Unintended Consequences for 10/03/2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 2010, Panera Bread launched a nonprofit called Panera Cares, a set of stores around the U.S. operated on a "pay-what-you-can basis." The underlying assumption was that customers of means would pay more to support customers with less &#8212; or even no &#8212; money. The company opened five Panera Cares stores in St. Louis; Portland; Chicago; Dearborn, Michigan; and Boston. All had closed by February of this year.</p> <p>Several articles and at least one business case have been published on the Panera Cares initiative, and different authors draw different conclusions. In Fast Company, for example, author Adele Peters characterizes the failure of Panera Cares as "a blow to the idea of conscious capitalism." Vox's assessment was more concrete: Patrons complained about the smell of unbathed homeless people in the stores, and employees were not qualified to handle behavioral problems and drug use in the bathrooms.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 7efd8f7506d49b511906c8e9ac11b3ef Scaremongering Isn't Science for 09/26/2019 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A little more than two years ago, I wrote a column titled "What Margarine Can Teach Us About Climate Change." Inspired by a book excerpt in National Geographic, that column summarized just one example (the U.S. government's promotion of margarine and synthetic oils over actual dairy products to reduce heart disease) of how politicizing science can have devastating results.</p> <p>As the "climate crisis" <i> wunderkind </i> have been "striking" all over the world, led by grumpy guru Greta Thunberg, I couldn't help but think of that column and the many other "crises" we've been warned about over the years that never panned out. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p>