Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 22 Jul 2019 11:13:04 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/mona-charen-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen eab9e86a866e7b8787fa127cd1e9603b False Racism Accusations Don't Excuse the Real Thing for 07/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/07/19/false-racism-accusations-dont-excuse-the-real-thing Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On a high wall overlooking the central court of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the words of novelist James Baldwin are etched in stone: "The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it ... History is literally present in all that we do."</p> <p>Baldwin's words are particularly apt this week, as our leaders, for the millionth time, use and abuse race for their own purposes, committing sins against the past and the present.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 19, 2019</p> 651b7dc0a8414a1bf30257fc489e5352 Claremont Would Make Founders Weep for 07/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/07/19/claremont-would-make-founders-weep Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Claremont Institute was part of the flowering of intellectual conservatism that graced America in the 1970s and '80s. Founded by students of Lincoln scholar Harry Jaffa, the California think tank was devoted to teaching "the principles of the American Founding to the future thinkers and statesmen of America." Through their various programs, they aimed to "educate the best and most promising young writers, lawyers, activists, academics, entrepreneurs, and public servants." Among the outstanding past fellows were former George W. Bush administration official Tevi Troy, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, and social conservative writer Ryan Anderson. </p> <p>After the announcement of the 2019 Claremont Lincoln fellowships, it is safe to say that the flowering has gone to seed.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 12, 2019</p> e581e0312a29db5aec4ffad5029b58e8 Joe Biden's Vulnerability or the Democrats'? for 07/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/07/19/joe-bidens-vulnerability-or-the-democrats Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sen. Kamala Harris demonstrated rare skill during the debate &#8212; managing to shiv Joe Biden and look nice doing it. By adopting the language of "hurt" instead of anger, she finessed the problem that usually attends launching an unprovoked attack: that it may harm the perpetrator as much as the target &#8212; think Chris Christie and Marco Rubio in 2016. Harris' pose of wounded disappointment shielded her &#8212; at least until her rollout of $35 T-shirts the following morning, featuring the image of herself as a child. That revealed, shall we say, a certain calculation.</p> <p>Still, Harris' maneuver achieved its purpose, vaulting her into the top tier of Democratic candidates. The price will come later. Many on the left are now combing over Biden's record on busing and crime, mining it for nuggets that can make him seem if not quite racist, then insufficiently sensitive for the 21st century. Harris demanded that Biden acknowledge it was a mistake to oppose busing in the 1970s and '80s. And <span class="column--highlighted-text">Cory Booker, no doubt cursing fate that he was slotted in the first debate and thus missed his chance to be the black candidate who could skewer the front-runner, has issued post-hoc fighting words: "I think Joe Biden is going to have to talk a lot about his record during this election, and I think it's only right that he talk about everything from his support of the 1994 crime bill ... all the way to his stance on busing."</span><p>Updated: Fri Jul 05, 2019</p> b6e0c75295a401478b3c1204ece3d79d Please, Raise My Taxes? for 06/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/06/19/please-raise-my-taxes Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With metronomic regularity, some well-motivated billionaire announces that he wishes the government would increase his taxes. The latest entrant is Eli Broad. Writing in The New York Times, Broad praises private philanthropy and the capitalist system "that's yielded some of the greatest gains in prosperity and innovation in human history." Still, he concludes, "I simply believe it's time for those of us with great wealth to commit to reducing income inequality, starting with the demand to be taxed at a higher rate than everyone else."</p> <p>Some pundits might mock Broad, pointing out that nothing is preventing him from sending bigger checks to Uncle Sam than current law requires. Or they might protest that the super-rich can well afford to say "raise my taxes" &#8212; they'd never feel it &#8212; whereas the comfortable but not quite rich might get caught in the net.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 28, 2019</p> c77c2e7137ec7c32414c8d13a7b7d90c Elizabeth Warren's Terrible Plans for 06/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/06/19/elizabeth-warrens-terrible-plans Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren is being lauded as the serious candidate in the race. Her motto, "I have a plan for that," is accepted as proof that she is thoughtful and conscientious. That's too generous. </p> <p>One should expect a grown-up to evaluate costs and benefits, to understand tradeoffs, and to pay for what they propose. By that standard, Warren's big plans fail spectacularly. What Warren has done is engage in magic wand politics. Wouldn't it be great if college were free and everyone got subsidized child care? ) (No.) Wouldn't life be grand if everyone's rent were reduced by 10%? If wishes were horses... <p>Updated: Fri Jun 21, 2019</p> c8ea49b46d40db7b61543a6df0231765 Extirpating Whiteness for 06/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/06/19/extirpating-whiteness Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, like nearly everyone, is running for president, presides over the largest and most media-centric city in America. His national name recognition is respectable, but his support is undetectable. Literally. He's at 0%, lagging behind such Democratic titans as Tim Ryan, Andrew Yang and John Delaney &#8212; all of whom garnered 1% support in a June Morning Consult poll.</p> <p>It isn't so much that people have never heard of de Blasio; it's that those who are aware of him don't like what they've heard. He has the highest unfavorables of any candidate. Even in New York State, only 29% of respondents think well of him compared with 53% who don't. He's underwater with Democrats as well as Republicans. That makes him nearly as unpopular with New Yorkers as Donald Trump. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 14, 2019</p> 69df5c05a1027c447c93eec5c844161e Lessons of Chernobyl for 06/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/06/19/lessons-of-chernobyl Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the morning of April 28, 1986, an employee of the Forsmark nuclear power plant an hour north of Stockholm was returning from a restroom break when his shoes set off the radiation alarm. Soon klaxons were sounding everywhere. Technicians scoured the plant. No leak. After performing chemical and other analysis, they determined that the radiation wasn't coming from Forsmark. It wasn't even coming from Sweden. It was fallout from Chernobyl, 700 miles away. </p> <p>The excellent HBO series "Chernobyl" offers an overdue glimpse into the leviathan of lies that was the Soviet system. Some have nitpicked that a composite character was created or that the trial scene at the end wasn't historically accurate, but these exercises in poetic license don't detract from the overall impact, and are, in any case, openly acknowledged, not concealed.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 07, 2019</p> 689af4351cbb8cdc196ca7ffe0e6e633 Remove Children from Sex Offender Registries for 05/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/05/19/remove-children-from-sex-offender-registries Fri, 31 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With several septuagenarians competing for the presidency, the ghost of the 1990s looms over the 2020 race. Joe Biden has faced criticism for his sponsorship of the 1994 crime bill. President Donald Trump tweeted, "Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being elected." </p> <p>Here's some context. Violent crime rates in the United States began a steep climb in the mid-1960s and reached their peak in the early 1990s. Americans were extremely worried. Donald Trump, for example, recommended bringing back New York's death penalty in response to a much-publicized Central Park attack. Politicians listened. Many states passed tough anti-crime measures and in 1994, the federal government got into the act. Though Republicans criticized the federal crime bill for gun restrictions and what they called "pork," the measure passed the House on a voice vote and the Senate by 61-38 with many Republican votes. <p>Updated: Fri May 31, 2019</p> 677991ed71ae64111b8a0cf03a6cbb8b What's Missing from Trump's China Policy for 05/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/05/19/whats-missing-from-trumps-china-policy Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Dow plunged 450 points on the opening bell May 6 in response to this presidential tweet: "The Trade Deal with China continues, but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate. No! The 10% will go up to 25% on Friday." Economists eye this brinkmanship fearfully. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch's global research team, among many others, has warned that a trade war could cause a global recession. Desmond Lachman of AEI notes that there are splash back effects of imposing harsh tariffs. They may succeed in weakening China, but any "marked slowing in the Chinese economy is bound to have spillover effects on those economies with strong trade links to that country." </p> <p>Among those countries with "strong trade links" to China would be ours. Lachman is warning that Trump's policies may be undermining the strong economy, and that this should worry him looking at 2020. But before we get there, spare a moment to savor the irony of what Trump's policies have so far achieved on one of his favorite 2016 hobbyhorses &#8212; the trade deficit. In 2016, the goods and services trade deficit with China stood at $309 billion (which Trump frequently exaggerated to $500 billion). As of March 2019, the trade deficit with China was $379 billion &#8212; a 23 percent increase.<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> be2a2f14f631147a3028b4027df3a43c White Males and Abortion for 05/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/05/19/white-males-and-abortion Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., tweeted in response to anti-abortion legislation passed by the Alabama legislature: "I refuse to believe that these Republican men represent the views of most Alabamians. Their action is both unconstitutional and shameful. The people of Alabama deserve to be on the #rightsideofhistory &#8212; not the side of extremists. Women deserve better."</p> <p>It seems much more likely that Jones is the one who is out of step. A 2014 Pew poll found that Alabama is among the most "pro-life" states in the country, with 58 percent saying the procedure should be illegal in "all or most cases." It's possible that among the 58 percent who oppose abortion in Alabama, some will find the legislation passed this week to be too extreme, but don't count on it. Just last year, voters approved a state constitutional amendment declaring that it is "the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children." Fifty-nine percent of voters voted in favor. <p>Updated: Fri May 17, 2019</p> a8168eb466681c9347d763a0dc61d7b7 Should Democrats Avoid Female Candidates? for 05/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/05/19/should-democrats-avoid-female-candidates Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many Democratic voters are worried that a female candidate cannot win the presidency in 2020. "I don't think they're strong enough to carry it for themselves," an Iowa voter told The Washington Post. Amber Phillips reports that "female politicians are held by voters to a much higher standard than men," and points to polls showing that today's support for Elizabeth Warren (12 percent) and Kamala Harris (8 percent) drops to low single digits when voters are asked who is likely to defeat President Donald Trump.</p> <p>Without denying that some people may harbor misogynistic feelings, and that many Democrats may indeed fear, as Phillips reported, that while they personally would happily vote for a woman for president, their neighbors might not, this doesn't prove that women are held to a higher standard. The evidence is mixed. It's never possible to know with certainty what motivates voters. Could Mitt Romney's religion have decided the 2012 race? It's possible. <p>Updated: Fri May 10, 2019</p> 95ed6a7215712dcc4a889c61fdc0b314 A Tale of Two Obstructions for 05/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/05/19/a-tale-of-two-obstructions Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Every Republican remembers with disgust the video of Bill Clinton glowering into the camera and declaring: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false." </p> <p>It's worth revisiting why that statement was so infuriating. It wasn't because we &#8212; well, let me speak for myself, I &#8212; was outraged at the idea of a president having an affair with a young intern (though that was part of it). No, it was the lying. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Clinton lied and lied and lied. He even lied under oath. </span>Lying is cheating. Lying displays contempt for other people.</p> <p>Today, the attorney general of the United States asserts, in terms that should make Clinton smile, that because the president of the United States was "frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks," he could not be considered guilty of obstruction of justice.<p>Updated: Fri May 03, 2019</p> 4305bec5a2a389ac117a5bd8f43b5c20 Will Conservatives Give Russia a Pass? for 04/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/04/19/will-conservatives-give-russia-a-pass Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The conservative media world, along with all but a few Republican members of Congress, are in the process of handing Vladimir Putin his greatest victory yet. They are ignoring the copious evidence in the Mueller report that Russia interfered in our election &#8212; and continues to do so. Pace Jared Kushner, it was a whole lot more sinister than a "couple of Facebook ads."</p> <p>The narrative has now taken hold that the Mueller investigation originated with the Steele dossier. On Fox News, Ed Henry said that the FBI relied on the dossier to "get this whole thing going." Breitbart referred to the debunked "Russia hoax," and a Wall Street Journal editorial demanded to know how "the partisan propaganda known as the Steele dossier become the basis for an unprecedented FBI probe of a presidential campaign..."</p> <p>As the Mueller report makes clear, and as even the infamous "Nunes memo" of 2018 conceded, the investigation did not begin with the dossier. It began when a foreign government (believed to be Australia) "informed the FBI about its May 2016 interaction with (George) Papadopoulos and his statement that the Russian government could assist the Trump Campaign." <p>Updated: Fri Apr 26, 2019</p> 80b87a48d413d65927562c3521a1b6a1 Did Bernie Sanders Steal His Wealth? for 04/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/04/19/did-bernie-sanders-steal-his-wealth Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 2016 and 2017, Bernie Sanders raked in over a million bucks. Last year, his gross income was down to $561, 293 &#8212; still not too shabby. The point is not to rib the senator about his membership in the top 1 percent, though that's tempting. Nor is it to chide him for his relatively paltry charitable donations. His contributions to charity represented only 3.4 percent of his income, it's true. But compared with some of his competitors in the Democratic field, that was generous. Beto O'Rourke reportedly contributed only one-third of 1 percent of his 2017 income ($370,412), and he may have underpaid his taxes by $4,000 by taking medical deductions in excess of the permitted amount. Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillebrand all gave less than 2 percent of their incomes away. Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg have yet to release their tax returns, and of course, President Donald Trump is hiding behind a spectral audit (still not complete, three years on?) that in any case would present no legal obstacle to disclosure. Why he is hiding his "beautiful" tax returns is up to the imagination.</p> <p>The question for Bernie Sanders is: How can you sleep at night knowing that you became rich at the expense of the middle class and the poor? <p>Updated: Wed Apr 17, 2019</p> 7c51972a2e8384bdc5dd62669cb8ee79 Twitter Ain't America for 04/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/04/19/twitter-aint-america Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>An appropriately Twitteresque meme circulated recently on that platform: Write a sad story in just three words. This was an homage to Ernest Hemingway, who, challenged to write a sad story in only six words, grabbed the nearest blank paper and scrawled: "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn." Or so the story goes. It's too good to check. Responses to the three-word challenge ran the gamut from "People trust CNN," to "Trump elected again." I suggested, "Twitter represents America."</p> <p>It would be a sad story if it were true, but there are many reasons to doubt that Twitter represents anything other than a cacophony of curmudgeons. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 12, 2019</p> 12889a94eab18cd6eda862e717727cd2 Biden and the Problem of Touch for 04/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/04/19/biden-and-the-problem-of-touch Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"If I profane with my unworthiest hand</p> <p>"This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:<p>Updated: Fri Apr 05, 2019</p> 55401dedd8e2cbf9a841bc7b341810e7 Mueller Did the Right Thing for 03/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/03/19/mueller-did-the-right-thing Fri, 29 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It seems that "13 hardened Democrats" or "angry Democrats" did not deliver a politically motivated, illegitimate hit job after all. Based on what we know so far, the special counsel's office reported that it did not find evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. This is a fabulous vindication of the integrity of the system.</p> <p>No one is noticing that. Instead, the Trump team is gorging on schadenfreude, and the anti-Trump team is choking on bile. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 29, 2019</p> 22a3cb7e00978501a0c818e76be1f75a More Misconceptions About College for 03/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/03/19/more-misconceptions-about-college Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Now that we've all had a good airing of grievances about elite colleges and their attendant injustices, let's get some perspective.</p> <p>While the numbers of high school graduates heading off to college has increased in recent years, the percentages graduating with a four-year degree have not increased much. Many students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college, drop out before receiving a degree. (They cannot drop out of student loan payments though.) <p>Updated: Fri Mar 22, 2019</p> 8e939f423f37e78314deede360a878ab Liars and Cheats for 03/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/03/19/liars-and-cheats Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Operation Varsity Blues has unleashed a veritable orgy of stereotypes. "Entitled white kids" have been trending, along with told-you-so's about how the system is "rigged." Several commentators have suggested that this scandal should quiet concerns about affirmative action because the criminality of Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, and Co. proves that whites are willing to do anything to get ahead. A writer at The Week declared meritocracy a fraud, while The New York Times perceived a "lesson in harsh racial disparities." </p> <p>"This scandal exposed the fact that there is a misplaced emphasis on so-called affirmative action inequities, rather than privilege," one education consultant told The New York Times. The paper quoted a black parent: "You often hear talk about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and that college admission is based on merit. What this story tells me is that the playing field is not level based on race and wealth."<p>Updated: Fri Mar 15, 2019</p> ce4899fce06684a5cf03f5e1df4b8f43 If You're Serious About Climate... for 03/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/03/19/if-youre-serious-about-climate Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Do you ever wonder why people run for office? I mean, unless you're a total cynic, you must assume that at least part of the motivation is wanting to do good. Sure, those who run for office want fame and prestige, but they also have strongly held views and want to affect public policy, right? So why in the world would they engage in sabotage of the ideas they hope to advance?</p> <p>That's undeniably what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey have done with their juvenile Green New Deal. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 08, 2019</p>