Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:16:27 -0700 Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate 42794840348c05d52177f17d2890e109 A Road Map for Dealing With Campus Radicals for 04/28/2017 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Jonathan Haidt is a member of one of America's smallest fraternities &#8212; those who attempt to see beyond their own prejudices. In the left-leaning Chronicle of Higher Education, he notes that "intimidation is the new normal" on college campuses. The examples are well-known: The shout-down/shutdown of Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna College; the riots sparked by Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley; the experience of Charles Murray at Middlebury College, where he and professor Allison Stanger were physically assaulted by a mob. Stanger was sent to the hospital with injuries. She said she feared for her life. Haidt writes:</p> <p>"We are witnessing the emergence of a dangerous new norm for responding to speakers who challenge campus orthodoxy. Anyone offended by the speaker can put out a call on Facebook to bring together students and locals, including 'antifa' (antifascist) and black-bloc activists who explicitly endorse the use of violence against racists and fascists. Because of flagrant 'concept creep,' however, almost anyone who is politically right of center can be labeled a racist or a fascist, and the promiscuous use of such labels is now part of the standard operating procedure." <p>Updated: Fri Apr 28, 2017</p> 2d829f32f427a85423734a4f4611bc1c March for Science for 04/21/2017 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Do you have march fatigue yet? The left, apparently, does not, so we're in for some street theater on Earth Day, April 22, with the so-called March for Science.</p> <p>It's hard to think of a better way to undermine the public's faith in science than to stage demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and around the country modeled on the Women's March on Washington that took place in January.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 21, 2017</p> 41394ce51b882067eeb5654f1f67f8f4 Why Doesn't College Work for Blacks? for 04/14/2017 Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The headline was numbingly familiar: "For Blacks, College Is Not An Equalizer." The op-ed in The Washington Post by Ray Boshara explored what he called a "troubling paradox," namely that so many well-educated black Americans "feel so economically insecure." </p> <p>It's a startling fact, Boshara continued, "that blacks with college degrees have lost wealth over the past generation." White college graduates "saw their wealth soar by 86 percent" between 1992 and 2013, while black college graduates experienced a loss of 55 percent over the same period.</p> <p>I made a little bet with myself as I read the piece: "2-to-1 he doesn't talk about family structure." Boshara is the director of St. Louis Federal Reserve's Center for Household Financial Stability and a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute. His piece is carefully argued and well-researched. He makes some valid points, such as that black and white college graduates "share and receive wealth very differently." Whereas white college graduates are likely to receive financial assistance from their parents, black college grads are more often the donors of funds &#8212; to struggling family members, including their parents &#8212; than the recipients of help themselves.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 14, 2017</p> 80853902ceda988338e537da31de047c Thinking About Pence and O'Reilly for 04/05/2017 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, we spent six or seven days gawping at Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, for their supposedly bizarre or retro marriage rules. Pence, as even villagers in Bora Bora doubtless know by now, does not attend one-on-one dinners with women other than Karen, and he does not drink alcohol in social settings when Karen is not with him. </p> <p>Progressives were by turns confused and disgusted. They assumed that this conveyed a primitive view of relations between men and women. Does he imagine that all women are sirens, some wondered, prone to turn an innocent dinner into an opportunity for sexual adventure? What a caveman view! Or was he so vain as to think himself an Adonis whom women would be unable to resist? Besides, this private rule between spouses represents a setback for women in the workplace. Don't most deals take place over dinner? Wouldn't women be the losers if all men had such rules?<p>Updated: Wed Apr 05, 2017</p> 74571424f3b9e84389ecb488f01a4b28 Democratic Vendetta for 03/30/2017 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We are witnesses to an abuse of power by government that represents a test of our democracy. Anyone who fails to rally to the cause of the Americans victimized in this case should be discredited. </p> <p>Though I have not been shy about criticizing President Donald Trump when I think he deserves it, he is not involved.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 30, 2017</p> 5caab801dd401491f2ededba9f32e315 We're Against Emotionalism, Except When We're Not for 03/22/2017 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Conservatives have rightly taken pride in Neil Gorsuch's calm and cerebral performance at his Senate confirmation hearings. Many commentators, along with Republican senators, have mocked Democrats for presuming to evaluate Gorsuch based on the outcomes of his cases. Did he "side with the little guy" or with big corporations? The right answer, conservatives have correctly chided, is that justice is supposed to be blind. A good judge makes determinations based upon the facts and the law without regard to whether he personally prefers one party to another and without some social-justice agenda to equalize the fortunes of little guys and big guys. It's not little versus big or sympathetic versus unsympathetic in a courtroom, but facts and law.</p> <p>It's a shame, then, that so many conservatives are disregarding the virtues they laud in Gorsuch &#8212; prudence, careful weighing of facts, refusal to be swayed by emotional appeals &#8212; when it comes to a disturbing story of a rape in Maryland.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 22, 2017</p> 65fbd2da07329830e0938c91c7c118f5 More Conservative Than Thou for 03/17/2017 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In our ideologically scrambled age, it's getting very hard to tell who's who.</p> <p>Political conservatives have been opposed to "socialized" medicine pretty much forever. Republicans who agreed with this philosophically paid a heavy political price as Democrats rolled out the "Mediscare" tactic every election season.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 17, 2017</p> e2b6a05d4eb4e6e12b414d01c5ba9821 O.J. and Us for 03/07/2017 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The cover image on iTunes for the Academy Award-winning documentary series "O.J. Simpson: Made in America" is a dripping glove in the design of the stars and stripes. It perfectly captures the message of the series &#8212; the "trial of the century" was really a reflection of America's sins. </p> <p>So, yes, the history of the Rodney King beating, the Watts riots of 1965, Mark Fuhrman's disgusting racist language, and every curse, slap and traffic stop ever suffered by a black American at the hands of the police is part of the gloomy backdrop of the Simpson case.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 07, 2017</p> b51d9cc79c413cdb512823b25749e5af National Sigh of Relief for 03/03/2017 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The morning after President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress, the Dow Jones industrial average shot up 300 points, lifting the stock market above 21,000. But the excitement of the money managers couldn't touch the ecstasy of conservative observers. John Hinderaker of the Power Line blog gushed that the speech was "tremendous" and "inspired," and that Trump himself was "magnificent." Chris Wallace of Fox News dubbed the speech "one of the best speeches in that setting I've ever heard any president give ever by a president." The Wall Street Journal's James Freeman offered that Trump delivered "perhaps the most compelling moment in the history of presidential addresses."</p> <p>Whoa. <span class="column--highlighted-text">When you frighten people into thinking you may not have the mental stability or emotional maturity to sit behind the Resolute desk, the first sign of normality can send them into raptures. Let's see how long this lasts.</span><p>Updated: Fri Mar 03, 2017</p> 50b4483c0ec12987d832765a3cb8049c What's Up With Rape in Sweden? for 02/22/2017 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump was more right than wrong about Sweden. Fox News was slightly misleading.</p> <p>As you've heard, Trump referred to "(what happened) last night in Sweden." On Twitter, smug critics circulated lists of anodyne events like concerts and road accidents and accused the president of inventing a terror attack. He didn't cite a terror attack, though his words were characteristically imprecise. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Two days later, as if to underscore that Trump had a point, riots erupted in a suburb of Stockholm. </span><p>Updated: Wed Feb 22, 2017</p> c28f8619651f60c0bc5ef48cc5d511e9 Patriotism, Not Nationalism for 02/17/2017 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>National Review has sparked an important debate about nationalism. As someone who has been accused throughout her life of excessive love of country (can't count the number of times I've been reproached for arguing that despite slavery, Jim Crow and the internment of Japanese-Americans, our country is eminently lovable), I feel a bit awkward rebutting anything that travels under the name "Love of Country." Nevertheless, I must join Jonah Goldberg, Yuval Levin, Ben Shapiro and others in demurring from Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru's defense of nationalism.</p> <p>Lowry and Ponnuru are two of the writers I most admire (at a time when that group is shrinking fast). If they make an argument with which I disagree, I'm inclined to question my own judgment. So I remain open to the possibility that they are right. But it seems to me that their willingness to believe that nationalism, as opposed to patriotism, can be benign is not convincing.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 17, 2017</p> f4db3c8e865a26fe9871594613caa8e5 Another Kind of Resistance for 02/10/2017 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There is no way to prove this, but see if you agree with me: The average American parent would be glad to see his public high school celebrate Martin Luther King Day with tributes to the Civil Rights movement, lectures on the history of slavery and Jim Crow and discussions of the challenges faced by blacks and other minorities in America today. Actually, it's not really a guess, because curricula like that are found throughout the nation.</p> <p>The program that is being imposed on Winnetka, Illinois, by contrast, is a hard-left indoctrination that could have come straight from the pages of Howard Zinn. Held on MLK Day itself in 2016, this year's seminar day on race, "Understanding Today's Struggle for Racial Civil Rights," is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 10, 2017</p> 4a24f53340c6dcbac31e6f12b222b37b It's Not What You Say; It's How You Say It for 02/01/2017 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Feb. 9, 1950, at a speech before the Ohio County Women's Republican Club in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sen. Joe McCarthy brandished a piece of paper. "I have here in my hand a list of 205 ... known to the secretary of state as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department." But McCarthy never released the names he supposedly had, and changed his story in the days and weeks that followed about exactly how many known communists there were in the State Department. McCarthy's irresponsible grandstanding eventually got him censured by the Senate and contributed tremendously to discrediting the whole cause of anti-communism.</p> <p>Though most textbooks gloss over this part in a rush to condemn the "witch hunt" era of McCarthyism, the truth is that there were communists in the U.S. government, and they were a serious threat. McCarthy didn't have the names, but thanks in part to the Venona papers (the intercepted Soviet cables declassified after the collapse of the USSR), we do. There was Harry Dexter White, a top Treasury Department official; Laurence Duggan, head of the South American desk at the State Department; Theodore Alvin Hall, who worked on the Manhattan Project; Julius Rosenberg, an Army Signal Corps civilian employee; and Alger Hiss, a high-ranking State Department official, among many others.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 01, 2017</p> ba420e8cad9892f2881bbeb2b9c15d22 Fences and Neighbors for 01/27/2017 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There is much to cheer about President Trump's first decisions as president. Conservatives are almost certainly going to love his Supreme Court pick, his stepped-up efforts to deport criminal aliens, the approval of two oil pipelines stubbornly blocked by the previous administration and more. </p> <p>Trump remains a potential time bomb, however, both because of his genuine, anti-trade beliefs and because of his unwholesome character. Leave aside the distractions about crowd sizes and voter fraud. There is an aspect to Trump's egotism that is more than unseemly or clownish; it's aggressive. He enjoys disparaging and demeaning others personally, often about things (like their appearance or their "time of the month") that few over the age of 11 would stoop to. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 27, 2017</p> 6b7b0bfb87675658e32cc4e02d107ecd The Anti-Business Businessman for 01/19/2017 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We've been instructed not to take our new president literally but instead seriously (in the felicitous phrasing of Salena Zito). As I write, there are hints that the inaugural address will focus on the theme of "America First." President-elect Trump may or may not be familiar with the historical taint of that phrase, but in any case the meaning he attaches to it has been clear enough. </p> <p>Throughout his career, Donald Trump has been consistent on two issues: trade and admiration for strong men. He departs from the consensus about American leadership in the post-World War II era. Rather than seeing the United States' security guarantees and promotion of trade as providing the means through which the world (and the U.S.) has seen unprecedented growth, peace and prosperity, he thinks we've been chumps.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 19, 2017</p> e9677d89a05e478286cf7adf4fb674bb Goodbye to One Selfie President, Hello to Another? for 01/13/2017 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Feb. 12, 2015, President Obama made a selfie-stick video for BuzzFeed. You may remember it &#8212; or perhaps not &#8212; because if there's one thing Barack Obama delivered during his eight years in office, it was plenty of celebration of himself. The country was treated to Obama slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon, sharing his Final Four brackets, fantasizing about what superhero powers he'd most like to have, and on and on. His fascination with himself was inexhaustible. Except the selfie day was different &#8212; because it was just hours after the president learned that another one of ISIS' American hostages had been killed.</p> <p>President Obama had been criticized (even by The New York Times) for enjoying himself on the golf course after ISIS beheaded American James Foley in 2014 (he was photographed with that broad grin). <span class="column--highlighted-text">And yet, his coldness persisted.</span><p>Updated: Fri Jan 13, 2017</p> c837a440337a7d7b0ed122737da04d3a Standing 'Idly By' for 12/28/2016 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Secretary of State John Kerry used the word "conscience" over and over again as he attempted to explain and justify the Obama administration's decision not to veto a one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel. He added that the U.S. could not "stand idly by" while Israel torpedoed any hope for a two-state solution.</p> <p>The Obama administration knows all about standing "idly by" &#8212; that was its all-but-explicit policy toward other troubles in the Middle East. Obama came into office with one foreign policy lodestar &#8212; "Not George Bush" &#8212; and has stuck with it mulishly no matter how much the facts on the ground demanded flexibility. An Obama official dubbed it "leading from behind" and, according to a well-placed journalist, Obama himself used the phrase "don't do stupid s&#8212;-." <p>Updated: Wed Dec 28, 2016</p> 1f1823ec933a33f6d02b06860d24beba One Man's Impact for 12/23/2016 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On Dec. 19, radio host Charlie Sykes completed his last broadcast for WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His last hours on the air were adorned with encomia from some of the leading figures his show had helped to incubate: Reince Preibus, Scott Walker, Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan, among many others. For three and a half hours every day for 23 years, Wisconsinites got the Charlie Sykes catechism: free markets, rule of law, school reform, free speech (and anti-political-correctness) and strong families. The policy meal was substantial and nourishing, but that didn't mean the taste was bland. Sykes delivered information with just the right soupcon of humor and entertainment, and, of course, a hearty serving of Green Bay Packers hits.</p> <p>Along with five other conservative talk radio hosts, and with the help of the Bradley Foundation (whose headquarters are in Milwaukee), Sykes helped to create a climate of opinion in Wisconsin that led to actual policy results. With the steady, smart, daily spadework of persuasion, Sykes opened his microphones to conservative reformers in politics, education and the courts. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Long before the "blue wall" crumbled in the 2016 electoral map, Charlie Sykes had been scaling the ramparts of Wisconsin's entrenched liberal fortresses.</span> </p> <p>It wasn't all smooth sailing. Sykes regrets the boost he gave to Sheriff David Clarke, calling him his "Frankenstein monster." And there were election setbacks. "After 2008," he recalled, "I told people that conservatives were going to be invisible for a while. But, with time, our ideas would be back." It didn't take long. In 2010, Republican Scott Walker won the governorship, and improbably enough, egghead Ron Johnson (heavily promoted by the Charlie Sykes radio show) defeated Russ Feingold for the U.S. Senate. Paul Ryan was a frequent guest on Sykes' air as well as on a Sunday TV show Sykes hosted. Ryan honed his message on the Charlie Sykes show.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 23, 2016</p> 114d7c5b964255ba1e2763837240e087 Questions for Rex Tillerson for 12/14/2016 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The American appetite for businessmen in government is a hardy perennial. Ross Perot won 19 percent of the popular vote in 1992 on the strength of his "get under the hood" appeal. The Republican Party nominated Wendell Willkie in 1940 (though he'd been a Democrat until 1939) because he was perceived as a businessman "with a heart." Now, the president-elect has chosen Exxon Mobil chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state. Is a businessman &#8212; a great dealmaker, according to the Donald Trump camp &#8212; what we need as secretary of state?</p> <p>Progressives tend to respond in Pavlovian fashion to corporate CEOs, especially oil company executives. "Corporate America" is their bete noire &#8212; which just demonstrates their tunnel vision. In fact, the leaders of big corporations in the U.S. tend to bend with fashion in political matters. Recall that a number of large companies denounced Indiana when it passed its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and some even withdrew from the state. Among those bringing pressure to amend or repeal the law were Apple Inc., Angie's List, Subaru, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Gen Con. Some of the nation's largest companies are very generous to progressive causes, and when they start foundations, it's Katie-bar-the-door (yes, that means you, Ford Foundation). <p>Updated: Wed Dec 14, 2016</p> abed45100ff2d767981b2c7becc58bbd Obesity, Fatty Foods, Death and Science for 12/09/2016 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Something is killing us &#8212; beyond the fact that life itself is a terminal condition. This week brought news that the U.S. mortality rate overall has risen slightly since 2014. "It's a definite milestone in the wrong direction, and the concern a lot of us have is that it reflects largely the approximately three-decade-long epidemic of obesity," Stephen Sidney, a California research scientist, told The Wall Street Journal. Death rates rose for eight of the 10 leading causes, including heart disease, stroke, chronic respiratory disease, injuries (including drug overdoses), diabetes, kidney disease, Alzheimer's disease and suicide. Cancer death rates continue to decline, and influenza deaths were unchanged. The uptick in deaths means that life expectancy rates for babies born today have dropped a bit.</p> <p>For something as multifactorial as overall death rates, a certain modesty is necessary in interpreting the data and/or offering hypotheses. I have my favorite suspicion, and I freely acknowledge that it's a hunch. A large number of Americans are living alone (27 percent in 2014, compared with 13 percent in 1960) and becoming alienated from community, church, and neighborhood groups (the so-called mediating institutions of society). A 2010 AARP survey found that one third of adults over 45 years old reported that they were chronically lonely, whereas only 20 percent said the same a decade earlier. Not everyone who lives alone is lonely, and some people who live with others are, but the rise of loneliness is real and has measurable health effects.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 09, 2016</p>