Neil Patel from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:47:48 -0700 Neil Patel from Creators Syndicate 54c82e5402e561ea646ab253c9181aad Why Are American Leaders Not Protecting Our Interests When It Comes to China and COVID-19? for 06/11/2021 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What happens when a country loses interest in protecting itself? That's what we are living through in America today. COVID-19 has killed 600,000 Americans. Yet the U.S. government and top American leaders have generally been passive, or even uninterested, in learning how it all started. </p> <p>How can that be? It's almost unimaginable that every single American would not want to find out the truth. That so few do is just another example of the sad place we find ourselves. Six hundred thousand dead Americans? Ho-hum. That's the attitude nationally. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The debate about the origins of COVID-19 is not purely an intellectual one. Learning how this deadly disease started is crucial to preventing it from recurring.</span> The dominant theory early on, rapidly declining in likelihood, was that the disease passed from a bat to people through a Chinese outdoor food market. If this were true, then we may want to pressure China even more than we already are to clean those markets up and to reform some of their dangerous practices. If, on the other hand, the disease escaped from a Chinese bio laboratory with ties to Chinese military bioweapons programs, a theory at first dismissed by the so-called experts and by the corporate media, then there are a whole slew of policy choices we should reconsider.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 11, 2021</p> ed925efcc3e76dd68609855680ea8bd7 It's Time to Consider Mandatory National Service To Help Heal Our Broken Country for 06/04/2021 Fri, 04 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Our country is broken &#8212; it's coming apart at the seams &#8212; and it is not going to fix itself. Repairing it will take effort from all of us. It may require consideration of some big national changes. Too many of us are just sitting back and watching America's decline. It's time to consider any idea that holds some promise for national renewal, any idea that could universally bring us all together and teach us a shared cause.</p> <p>Perhaps even mandatory national service.</p> <p>Mandatory service would require every 18-year-old to serve for a year or more. It is not a radical or new idea. Seventy-five countries have some form of national service requirement, and we've already required service at times in American history. It can also be broader than just military service. Other options include the Peace Corps, community service, cleaning up public lands and rebuilding aging infrastructure.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 04, 2021</p> 98f08e04adc48e51cd4e8af4cabbe8b6 Conservatives Should Start Paying Attention to Language for 05/14/2021 Fri, 14 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In certain ways, it must be fun to be a left-winger. Pushing for any policy that seems socially just without the constraint of how it actually works out for people (i.e., ignoring the horrors left behind in socialism's wake throughout history) makes things a whole lot easier. Sounds fun, too. Just going with your heart and hoping for the best must be liberating. But the most fun leftists have must be when they sit around to talk about some of the dumb ways conservatives talk. </p> <p>Language is, of course, crucial in a political debate. The left understands this better than the right. The left is also aided by the media, which will always use the left's preferred phrasing. To use one prominent example, if the left likes to use the word "pro-choice" and the right prefers "pro-abortion," the press will go with "pro-choice." On the other side of the debate, if those on the right prefer to be called "pro-life" but the left defines them as "anti-abortion," the press will again defer to left-wing terminology and refer to those on the pro-life side as "anti-abortion," even though that's not the term they use to describe themselves. </p> <p>The choice of which loaded terms to use can change the outcome of the entire debate. The left gets this. They focus on it relentlessly, and they &#8212; along with help from the media &#8212; own the terms of virtually all political debates. One of the best examples is the right's fixation on using the phrase "mainstream media" to define the liberal press in America. There is, of course, nothing mainstream at all about the prevailing worldviews in many of America's liberal newsrooms. "Defund the police" isn't a mainstream sentiment, but it is in most of our country's newsrooms. Pretending riots are peaceful. Open borders. Pretending child care is infrastructure spending. Pretending that American history is one dominated more than anything by racism. None of these is an acceptable mainstream American view, but all are views that dominate in America's so-called mainstream newsrooms. <p>Updated: Fri May 14, 2021</p> 9d0bf98e88b2dc614deece55e3a61670 Masks in Cars: What's Behind America's COVID-19 Insanity for 05/07/2021 Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you wanted to teach a class on how to cause confusion and distrust, you would follow the U.S. government's coronavirus playbook. A lot has been written about the historically low levels of trust Americans have in their leaders and institutions. There's been less analysis on what happens when a government has no faith in its own citizens. We are seeing the results today. From the start of the pandemic, health authorities have chosen gamesmanship over honesty. This has resulted in muddled and inconsistent messaging from national leaders. The end result is a broken country of citizens at one another's throats. Mask fights, deboarding flights and, of course, the crazy people driving around alone in their cars with masks on all stem, at least in part, from a government that refused to treat Americans like adults who could handle the truth.</p> <p>It's important to note that the government has done a lot of good things in response to COVID-19. In the area of vaccine development, we have done more, faster than any other large country. The combination of heavy government subsidies and an innovative free market system produced strong, reliable vaccines at a record pace. We crushed efforts by China, Russia and others to fight COVID-19 with medical innovations. This is why America is ahead of Europe and most of the world. We should celebrate the much-maligned pharmaceutical industry and the administrations of both President Donald Trump, whose Operation Warp Speed was a historic achievement, and President Joe Biden, who helped quicken the vaccine distribution. Outside of medical innovation, however, the government's response has been marked by a failed communications plan that shows extreme distrust of the American people. </p> <p>The government famously began their COVID-19 communications with a lie about masks. Despite what some of the fever swampers may tell you, masks work. That's why doctors wear them around sick people. They aren't perfect, of course, but they do help. Numerous high-ranking officials took part in the lie that mask's aren't effective, including Dr. Anthony Fauci. They defend the lie now by noting, correctly, that we needed to conserve as many masks as we could for health care workers who truly needed them. Fair enough, but there was another option that our leaders didn't seem to consider: Tell the truth. They could have told the American people that it's going to require some sacrifice and that we need to come together as a society to fight this contagious disease. They could have told everyone that the first step of the fight is saving the professionally made masks and other protective equipment for the first responders. As part of this message, they could have reminded people that the young and healthy probably weren't in extreme danger (something we already knew, even then). There will always be people on the margins who won't cooperate, but I would bet most Americans would have rallied around such an honest message. <p>Updated: Fri May 07, 2021</p> b005d96c8d36c5546cf0712bf0d8ae43 Misinformation on Hamburgers is a Joke Compared With the Media's Misinformation on Climate for 04/30/2021 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The left had a lot of fun this week mocking a false claim in some conservative circles that President Joe Biden was planning on limiting hamburger consumption. There are a few lessons in all of this. The first is obvious and has been driven home in the corporate media: Conservatives need to be more careful on the facts. By taking liberties on the potential costs of Biden's climate goals, conservatives walked into a hailstorm of criticism that could easily have been avoided. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The second and more important lesson is that the hamburger misinformation pales in comparison to the corporate media's misinformation on Biden's climate targets.</span> Biden has proposed cutting U.S. emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. This is double the hugely ambitious target set by former President Barack Obama in 2015. </p> <p>Meeting Biden's emissions targets would require major lifestyle changes that Americans may not want to make. But the media has done a great job of obscuring this fact, so people aren't aware of the radical sacrifices that could be demanded of them. Talk about misinformation. Hiding the impact of Biden's climate goals on the American people is misinformation of the highest order.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 30, 2021</p> 55b7d1950564bcce709cbcaa607ec21c Regular Americans Are Not Going to Fall for the Left's Cynical Politics of Racial Division for 04/23/2021 Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The left and the right have been battling it out for months over who can freak out average Americans the most. Regular Americans were definitely not impressed by the photos of team QAnon in capes and horn helmets posing in the U.S. Capitol. Normal Americans may be mad at Washington, but they love our country and don't want to see national monuments turned into a freak party. People had the same reaction when angry left-wing rioters defaced war monuments to our nation's heroes in Washington last summer. </p> <p>The question for leading Republicans and Democrats is who has the strength to pull away from the whack-job parts of their respective bases and capture the American voter who, at this point, is just searching for the least-crazy solution. This week, the Democrats seem to have ceded that voter back to the Republicans.</p> <p>It shouldn't be a newsflash, but we need the police. The whole "defund" idea is crazy. It also shouldn't have to be said that the majority of police are honorable, hardworking people trying to do a really hard job, which includes putting their lives on the line for relatively low compensation. We owe them a debt of gratitude. And if our political leaders treat the police too unfairly, they may just drive some of these honorable police officers out of the business altogether. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 23, 2021</p> bcc56340be67a9bcd0bf6dbddb2ef3a5 What Happened to Biden's Unity Agenda? for 04/09/2021 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Less than three months ago, President Joe Biden stood in front of the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots and delivered his inaugural address. He called for unity, and Americans who see a politically fractured country welcomed it. He could have then put together an agenda that would have accomplished many of his goals while also helping heal the country. On COVID-19, infrastructure and other matters, there was a road to garnering massive bipartisan support. We focus a lot on disagreements, but in each of these areas, average citizens share a broad consensus that Biden could have reached. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Oddly, after dedicating his inauguration to national unity, Biden has abandoned the pursuit entirely.</span> </p> <p>Biden pushed through a thoroughly partisan COVID-19 bill. The lockdowns smashed the livelihoods of many Americans. There was broad bipartisan consensus to provide further relief to small businesses and individual Americans. There was also support for further funding to speed vaccine deployment. By focusing on these core COVID-19-related areas, Biden could have achieved the first major bipartisan success in many years. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 09, 2021</p> f2bf3436344dcff4bc6d8e4123b3ab7f Biden Seems to Have Thrown Out His Call for National Unity; Here's How He Could Get It Back for 04/02/2021 Fri, 02 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>President Joe Biden began his presidency with an inaugural call for national unity. Since that time, his greatest legislative achievement is a COVID-19 relief package that passed without a single Republican vote. Given the disagreement and disarray among Republicans today, it's amazing Biden could come up with something Republicans would agree unanimously to oppose. The bill was just that bad. It spent more on left-wing policies than it did on providing true COVID-19 relief. </p> <p>The next national debate concerns infrastructure spending. A bill targeted to real infrastructure needs could pick up massive Republican support. Biden would be the unifying figure he presented in his inaugural. Or he can listen to his left-wing base and use the cover of infrastructure spending to try to push through a hyperpartisan agenda. It seems, to date, that he has chosen the latter. The Biden administration is unveiling a huge $4 trillion plan that will throw in all sorts of left-wing social, welfare and environmental spending along with spending on traditional infrastructure like roads and bridges. Much of it is the Green New Deal with better branding. The corporate media will be all too happy to help confuse these matters and call the whole thing "infrastructure." It's important for the rest of us not to let that happen. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">As the Trump administration acknowledged, America needs infrastructure updates. Given our debt situation, though, any huge new spending we do better be targeted and better be used efficiently.</span> The Biden proposal is not targeted, and without reforms in a lot of policy areas, it will be largely wasted. Republicans should offer the president a deal: He gets a massive bipartisan win on infrastructure if he agrees to target it to what we really need, add a few reforms to prevent waste and pass a bipartisan bill.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 02, 2021</p> 841bb8f66366ad0ab58eda8393e9b7d0 Is Populism Going to Fritter Away Over Time as George W. Bush Predicts? for 03/26/2021 Fri, 26 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last week, former President George W. Bush said he's not worried about the current moment in American politics because "these populist movements begin to fritter over time." I don't know Bush well personally, but I served in his administration for eight years. As a senior staffer to Vice President Dick Cheney, I was in numerous meetings with Bush each week. While I did not agree with the president on every policy issue, I did leave my service with a feeling that, agree with him or not, Bush is a good person who cares a lot about our country. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">That's why his statement is so frustrating. </span></p> <p>The country is going through profound changes and political difficulties, to say the least. Populist sentiments started way back with the Tea Party movement on the right in 2009 and the Occupy Wall Street movement on the left in 2011. You could even argue that the first signs surfaced with the Ross Perot presidential candidacy in 1992. The populist movement has been building for many years, and it shows little sign of slowing down. The majority of voters on the Republican side are Trump populists, and all the energy in current Democratic politics is with the socialist wing led by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 26, 2021</p> b9d9e6531cf12894c742c77e7a7950cf The Truth Nobody Tells About Our Voting Rules for 03/19/2021 Fri, 19 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There aren't a lot of people who tell the truth about voting rules. As the Senate takes up the bill the House just passed to drastically amend the rules that govern our elections, it seems like a good time to step back and examine what's really going on. For some reason, the truth is missing from almost all the reporting, both in the liberal press and in conservative media.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Both Republicans and Democrats approach debates over the rules and systems for our elections with the same fundamental belief: Making voting easy helps Democrats, and making voting harder helps Republicans. </span></p> <p>This premise is grounded in historical fact. For many years, older and higher-educated voters have turned out to vote in higher numbers on average than younger and lower-educated voters. Republicans used to be dominant with older and more educated people. This led to a common and still enduring belief among both Republicans and Democrats that Republican voters are more committed to getting their vote in and will therefore turn out in higher numbers, even in a strict system. The belief is the same on the other side: Democrats are less likely to turn out to vote on average, so systems that make voting easier are more likely to motivate marginally interested Democrats than Republicans. Again, there isn't a ton of debate about this premise. Both parties believe it. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 19, 2021</p> c8d92f2b70a2adb73db78910bb0945ef Time to Start Talking About America's Coming Bankruptcy for 03/05/2021 Fri, 05 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Did you know America is going bankrupt? Most people don't. Maybe the saddest part about our country's state of affairs is that all our vitriol and dysfunction has come at a time when we aren't even addressing our biggest problems. It would be one thing if America collectively decided we have to be honest about where we are as a country and we were in the middle of a charged debate about how to fix it. Instead, we are fighting about trivial things while pretty much everyone in the country, on all sides of the political spectrum, has decided our real problems are so bad we may as well ignore them. Have you ever had a friend who's had some horrible, embarrassing event in their life? The last thing you want to do is mention it. That's America and our debt problem. It's so bad that we don't talk about it anymore.</p> <p>It was a full 10 years ago that we were so focused on our debt that then-President Barack Obama was forced to set up a national commission to deal with it. The bipartisan commission led by former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson came up with a series of recommendations, including tax hikes and reforms to our entitlement programs. They were attacked by both the right and left, and none of the solutions were enacted into law, but at least we were trying.</p> <p>When the Bowles-Simpson commission was formed, America was about $13 trillion in debt. Today, we owe more than double that, more than $26 trillion. Those numbers are so big nobody understands them. To put it in perspective, our entire economic output in 2020 was $21 trillion. If America could magically not spend a dime &#8212; nobody bought anything, including food or other staples &#8212; and we put it all toward paying off our federal debt for an entire year, we still wouldn't pay it off. In more personal terms, our federal debt now amounts to more than $81,000 for every single person in the country, or over $227,000 for the average household in America. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 05, 2021</p> c0bfadba18b8c6328267d394907975c8 The First Step in Fixing our Toxic Politics for 02/26/2021 Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If we're ever going to surmount this truly toxic period in our politics, each warring faction must realize that winning is not possible without help from the other. And by faction, I don't mean Republican or Democrat. The real dividing line in our country today is not Republican and Democrat, left and right. That still exists, of course, and in certain areas, our partisan differences are still clearly defined. The true dividing line is between the corporatists in each party and the average Americans in each party &#8212; and despite what they think, neither the corporatist side nor the populist side can succeed in the long term without support from the other. </p> <p>Both Republican and Democratic political power is in the hands of those with an agenda driven mostly by big business. This relatively small group holds the vast majority of American wealth. It also controls pretty much every other organ of national authority. This includes our media, our educational institutions and a controlling majority of the entertainment world. The problem is as much clout as they still hold, they're hemorrhaging support among voters.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 26, 2021</p> 123f0bb0c62c74e986bc9bfeb346faae How the COVID-19 Censors Killed the Truth for 02/19/2021 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Estimates are all over the place, but it's now beyond dispute that Soviet policies in the 1930s led to the deaths of somewhere between 7 and 12 million Ukrainians (about the equivalent to killing every person in Michigan today). It's one of the greatest horrors in world history. The world knew little about the Ukrainian famine at the time. When independent journalists tried to get news out about the atrocity, they were accused of promoting conspiracy theories. Sound familiar? The New York Times, whose Moscow bureau led efforts to protect the Soviet Union and crush dissenting viewpoints, has since apologized for its role in suppressing news about the famine. Based on the media's handling of COVID-19 reporting today, however, it's clear we have forgotten any lessons once learned about the dangers of suppressing ideas and dissent on unproven matters the way the Times did to such tragic effect all those decades ago. </p> <p>The oddest part about the effort to stifle debate over COVID-19's origin is even the experts agree we still don't know the answer. There is a prevailing theory, but nobody knows precisely where COVID-19 originated. The disease has killed nearly 2.5 million people around the world and almost 500,000 in the U.S. alone. It's in everybody's interest to understand exactly where it came from and how it started, but efforts at investigation have been stymied from the start. Among those eager to suppress dissent on this topic are: the Chinese government, U.S. media outlets, the Big Tech platforms and scientists with a financial or reputational stake in the outcome of any investigation.</p> <p>The best analysis to date on COVID-19 origins came from Nicholson Baker in New York Magazine. Baker did such a solid job that The Washington Post and others finally began to take a second look. Baker chronicles the history and intense debate within the scientific community over laboratory coronavirus testing. In essence, scientists have been creating dangerous coronaviruses in labs for many years. Their goal was to help us predict and protect against viruses that we could encounter in the real world. Opposing scientists have argued for many years that this research was of little benefit and was way too dangerous. They said, in clear terms, that the research itself could lead to a pandemic. There are millions of dollars on the line, and millions of lives could be affected. As Baker chronicled, the scientific battles over the creation of these increasingly dangerous viruses in laboratories have been intense. In 2014, under the Obama administration, U.S. funding was paused due to the potential dangers. Funding was then restarted in 2017 under the Trump administration. Some of the funding from the U.S. government went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, located at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 19, 2021</p> 6ceb252d9942a2ae28156b9fe44a7c43 Will We Answer the Wake-Up Call Before our Country Is Completely Destroyed? for 02/12/2021 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's sort of shocking that a series of left-wing riots around the nation followed by a right-wing riot at our Capitol building haven't caused much self-reflection among the policymakers in Washington. It's convenient to think this is just some tiny group of crazies or this is all going to blow over. We have been thinking that way for years now. It's not true. Our once-great country is in a huge slide. Too many fellow citizens are hurting. Too many communities around the country are shells of their former vibrant selves. All this is a screaming wake-up call for change, yet we don't have any serious efforts underway to reform our system.</p> <p>The most telling data point on the Jan. 6 Capitol riots was published this week by The Washington Post. Nearly 60% of the people charged with crimes in the riots had a history of serious financial troubles, including bad debts, bankruptcies, unpaid taxes, evictions and foreclosures. Many of these people were once responsible professionals, and few had violent criminal backgrounds. What happened? That seems like the question we should all be asking, but nobody is.</p> <p>In the aftermath of the horrible events that day, the media has focused intently on the QAnon conspiracy theory and the role of groups such as the Proud Boys. Those are worthy pursuits, but they are not actually the central challenge we face as a country. We have always had extremists of various persuasions, and we always will. The real question is why so many normal Americans are buying in. That question likely comes down to economics. When people feel like they have lost out economically &#8212; and especially when they feel like their future opportunities are limited &#8212; they lose faith in our system. That's clearly what we are facing now. But it's a lot easier for the media and those in power to pin the whole thing on QAnon craziness, and that's what they are doing. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 12, 2021</p> 852bbe2fd2414567b1371fb794fd5109 Time for a Main Street Policy Agenda for 01/29/2021 Fri, 29 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Small businesses, which still account for nearly half of our country's economic output, are the backbone of our economy. They are hurting now like never before. This problem started well before COVID-19. Anyone who has driven down the main street of any small town in America has seen the boarded-up storefronts and the for-sale signs. This doesn't just hurt the business owners; it devastates communities. COVID-19 took this ongoing problem and drove it to a crisis level. Between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020, about 30% of U.S. small businesses closed, while total small-business revenue decreased by 31%, according to Economic Tracker. During the same period, the stock market boomed, and multinational corporations continued to thrive.</p> <p>The demise of the small-business sector and the gutting of so many of our communities have played a huge role in the political unrest we have in America. To fix the problem, those in power &#8212; who have thrived the past few years &#8212; must think deeply about the fundamental unsustainability of the growing chasm between huge, multinational businesses and the rest of America.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">You would think this problem would be at the top of the Washington agenda, but it's barely discussed. That's because big business bought a monopoly on the Washington conversation a long time ago.</span> We don't have a lot of corruption in the "grease the congressman with a bag of cash" sense &#8212; although we have had some of that. What we have is actually harder to fix. We have a culture so thoroughly dominated by a big-business perspective that even today, after all the turmoil the country has been through, there is little self-reflection on how we could change Washington to benefit more of our fellow citizens. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 29, 2021</p> accbbb900c82b17d7b1da891669f34a4 Conservatives Should Embrace the President's Solid Inaugural Message for 01/22/2021 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>President Joe Biden could have focused on any issue he wanted in his inaugural address. His base would have loved the whole thing to be about climate change or racial justice. Biden touched on some of these policy issues, but he focused most of his address on something totally different: national unity. </p> <p>If anyone reading this doesn't believe that Biden correctly identified the issue of our time, I'm not even sure what to say. It's issue one, two and three.</p> <p>We just went through a summer of left-wing street violence, and now we have the right-wing variety as well. Our corporate and media barons are setting up blacklists and speech codes. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Censorship is in. Debate is out. People don't disagree anymore. We don't have to. We can segregate ourselves from anyone who may possibly disagree with us, so it's easier to hate them.</span> We each watch and read things that reinforce our biases. All of these things make it easier to demonize our opponents. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 22, 2021</p> 133d1f2f27b523c4979c114d54600ab9 How We Can Fix This Great Country, Starting With 3 Easy Steps for 01/15/2021 Fri, 15 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's been obvious for quite a while that our country is coming apart at the seams. People on all sides are upset, and they want to punish their political opponents. We aren't able to disagree in a productive way. We demonize one another; we are too partisan; and we are definitely too angry. This isn't unique to the right or the left. It's all of us.</p> <p>If the riots in Washington, and those before them in cities across America, didn't prove we have grown out of control, then nothing will. There were, of course, well-meaning people in Washington who were there because they love their country and who did not condone the worst behavior. The same was true of the Black Lives Matter marches around the country, which were populated by a lot of people with good intentions coupled with a radical element intent on destruction. Nonetheless, the images from the Capitol are hard to watch. </p> <p>The big question is, what do we do now? How do we come together and heal a broken country? There are certainly policy changes we need to debate, but our problems are deeper than policy. Before we begin those debates, we need to change our culture. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 15, 2021</p> 47bf0a28c08b169cd0d4681b73416849 Patriots Do Not Storm Their Nation's Capitol for 01/08/2021 Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Attention readers: The following column was co-authored with the Daily Caller editorial board. </p> <p>Patriots enlist and defend their country. They work hard, do their best, raise good families. They help their neighbors. They perform civic duties. They grit their teeth and pay their taxes. Then they show up and vote. They compete, they win or lose, but they do both with grace. These are some of the things patriots do.</p> <p>Patriots do not storm their own Capitol over a lost election. They do not bum-rush members of Congress. They do not assault strangers. They do not push and shove police officers and trash federal buildings. These are things criminals do, and criminals of any political stripe deserve one thing: the rule of law.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 08, 2021</p> 5f825a5b551f0824f02fce4aa57cbb6f Republicans Are Blowing It in Georgia, and We May All Pay the Price for 12/11/2020 Fri, 11 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's not alarmist to state that the future of our country could be defined by the two Georgia Senate races. We are in an existential moment, and it sure feels like we are floating through it in a daze, without the sense of urgency you would expect if the entire future of your country were on the line. We just had a tough election, but for those who care about our future, it's past time to wake up from the daze.</p> <p>Democrats are livid about the Trump era. They feel wronged by President Donald Trump's Supreme Court picks &#8212; even though the process that led to them was started by their own former leader Harry Reid. They feel wronged by Trump's muscular use of executive authority &#8212; even though the president's actions followed a trend that has been growing for a few successive presidential administrations on a bipartisan basis. </p> <p>Regardless of the merits leading to this perceived case of injustice, it's a fact that many Democrats are out for revenge. If they have the White House, the House and the Senate, the pressure on President-elect Joe Biden to enact a pretty extreme agenda is going to be immense. Will Biden have the strength to push back against this? Will he even want to push back? The games he played during the campaign on the question of packing the Supreme Court and the fact that his own vice president is all for a more radical agenda do not bode well for those hoping Biden will stand in the way of the radical elements who have all the energy in his party today. <p>Updated: Fri Dec 11, 2020</p> babb90e5035d1ee34b1af95efe8fa353 Why Americans Don't Believe Anything: Example 10,423 for 12/04/2020 Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There is a lot of talk these days about conspiracies. A huge number of Americans are prone to believing some pretty wild stuff. This is true on the left, where a large number of people never stopped believing that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the White House from Hillary Clinton. This is also true on the right, where a large number of people believe that Trump is not just a president but also the leader of a war against a secret group of pedophiles who run the world. None of this is very healthy. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The big question is, how did we get here? You rarely hear that question debated. How did people lose faith in our institutions to such an extent that trust is at an all-time low? How did we get to the point where nobody believes anybody else and where outright fraudsters can sell so many of our fellow citizens on crazier and crazier conspiracies?</span> <p>Updated: Fri Dec 04, 2020</p>