R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:22:43 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/r-emmett-tyrrell-jr-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell 47c0304f2d3e437716812d5b9abc63de What's Happening on Campus? for 10/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/19/whats-happening-on-campus Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; What a weekend it was! The soft gentle air of early autumn was upon us. Sweater weather. Straw hat weather. Perfect weather to be on campus with a convivial crowd of like-minded friends taking in a Saturday afternoon football game &#8212; and for me, something more. It was another episode in my long-standing reconnoitering of college life, always done incognito with a smile on my face and a pen and pad nearby to record the continued decline of a once-great American institution, the American university.</p> <p>I always stay at the main university hotel, right in the heart of campus life. I always wear the home team's colors so as not to rouse suspicion. Most importantly, I never tell anyone what I'm doing. That is to say, <span class="column--highlighted-text">I'm doing counterespionage work against an enemy even more dangerous than the mainstream media. In fact, this enemy is the mainstream media's main source of nonsense: the professoriate.</span> What is going on in the women's studies programs, the black studies programs, the vegetarian studies programs and all the other non-studies programs that have taken over from the humanities and rendered university life so trivial? <p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2019</p> ca8714dcae59efdb48a1d1aaaec6ae76 Talk of Impeachment Inspires Talk of Hillary for 10/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/19/talk-of-impeachment-inspires-talk-of-hillary Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; How is the Democrats' impeachment inquiry going to turn out? Well, we've already been through the impeachment inquiry, though it was called by another name. It was called the collusion inquiry, and it turned out as most conservatives said it was going to turn out. They said there was no evidence, and Robert Mueller, who conducted the official inquiry, found no evidence. By the way, I insist that Mueller is an honorable man. His service to the country was notable. In my opinion, he is a hero in this epic battle between President Donald Trump and the Democrats. Will there be another hero?</p> <p>The impeachment inquiry will proceed along the lines the collusion inquiry followed. After each leak, each new accusation, even after each new twist and turn of the collusion proceedings, the left celebrated and then quieted down. Why did they quiet down? Because the conservatives were right with their rejoinder: "There is no evidence." There will be no evidence found for impeachment either. Why?<p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 1bf306e7f1d47b08ae106117bde5809a The Homeless You Will Always Have With You, but Not Too Close for 09/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/19/the-homeless-you-will-always-have-with-you-but-not-too-close Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Every morning, I take the four morning newspapers I subscribe to into the kitchen and glance at their front pages as I eat. Occasionally, I have a little trouble downing my matutinal feast, as the front pages, especially those of The New York Times and The Washington Post, are usually repulsive.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times generally cover the same stories as the Times and the Post, but their editors are more considerate of us readers. They realize that their newspapers are probably going to be read, at least at first, by readers who're breakfasting.</span> Thus, no corpses, no people bleeding to death, no catastrophic accidents and, please, no victims of starvation or other grisly events involving food. Those are invariably the subjects covered by our Newspapers of Conscience, or whatever they're pleased to call themselves.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p> c36d4a8a3d37f70b5ae12d0c2138f4a3 The Pope Lies for 09/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/19/the-pope-lies Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Recently, Pope Francis gave a press conference while returning to the Vatican from a trip to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. During his press conference he, of course, lied. What else does one do at a press conference? The lies were understandable; he was making a political statement against capitalism and against America, two of his favorite bugaboos. Yet, is it ever all right for the pope to lie? I shall leave that matter to the theologians. I do wonder, though, who is hearing the pope's confession these days?</p> <p>His most obvious lie came when he said that his conservative critics, mainly in the United States, have criticized him for saying what he claims were "the same things" that previous conservative popes have said about capitalism. He mentioned Pope John Paul II, who is dead and cannot rebut him. Pope Francis said: "They are the same things John Paul II said. The same! I copy him." Then he threw in something about his critics screaming that "the pope's too communist" &#8212; "the pope" meaning him.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> 12ccfbc2994b2b1c5be73372afac0fd4 Climate Change and the Democrats for 09/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/19/climate-change-and-the-democrats Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Climate change is one of those issues that the bien-pensants around the world all agree upon. We must act! If we do not act, people will lose their beach houses. Plants will wither and die. Birds will fall from the sky. Just last week, whole communities in the Caribbean were swept away.</p> <p>There are, however, problems with eliminating or ameliorating climate change. For one thing, modern technology cannot seem to keep up with people's ability to dream. Daydreams outpace technology every time. Dream up a problem such as climate change and I guarantee you it will be years before climate change is solved by technology. Though when I ponder some of the solutions now being offered for climate change, it might be worth the wait.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> 0865c1e98f4fcd27a835c7d8bd45b58e The Gaffable Joe Biden for 09/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/19/the-gaffable-joe-biden Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Recently, in Hanover, New Hampshire, former Vice President Joe Biden &#8212; the gaffable Joe Biden &#8212; stitched together a stupendous concatenation of gaffes that ought to put him out of the race for the Democratic nomination. But apparently, it will not. </p> <p>This is good news for those of us who like a good laugh or a whole string of good laughs. If Joe makes it to the Democratic nomination after surpassing Beto, Pocahontas, Crazy Bernie and all the others, the 2020 election will be the most entertaining in American history, and then President Donald Trump can get back to ministering to the economy, the courts and affairs of state. Yet, first savor Joe's Hanover masterpiece. It apparently will be the first of many. The mainstream media is urging him on.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> 5751391e04d3a346f4fff0c78d709601 Remembering David Koch for 08/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/19/remembering-david-koch Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; David Koch, one of the two celebrated Koch brothers known to millions of Americans who follow the news, passed away last Friday. He was 79.</p> <p>Now there is only one Koch brother to appear in the news. Yet the name Koch will be around for years. One sees the name frequently when business is being discussed, in discussions of the arts, in discussions of politics, particularly libertarian politics.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> 752efd673f3c1605e97a9068d4573e34 Woodstock, the Last Word for 08/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/19/woodstock-the-last-word Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Well, all the palaver about the 50th anniversary of Woodstock has finally shut down. The reminiscences, the brave statements, the claptrap about how beautiful we all were &#8212; it is over. Now the Woodstockians can get back to their retirement communities, their gerontologists, their rehab centers yet again. </p> <p>Apparently, I am not going to be invited back to reflect on that idiotic jamboree. I actually made a memorable appearance, but not at Woodstock. I avoided the mud and the cheap wine, beer and illicit drugs. Yet when NBC wanted to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Woodstock, I made a clever effort to be there.</p> <p>It was not because I was interested in rock 'n' roll or because I was a radical student who opposed deodorant and the war in Vietnam. It was because I have long had a sociological interest in the 1960s generation. I favored the conservative element of the generation. I was critical of the radical element of the generation. I knew by 1984 that the radical and doped-up members of the 1960s generation had generally composed the audience at Woodstock, and I wanted &#8212; 15 years later &#8212; to render my judgment. A nationally televised stage would be the perfect place to do it.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> ebfce293976ea39d1aa8057e0332f67b Democrats -- the Party of Dirty Language for 08/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/19/democrats-the-party-of-dirty-language Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I was traveling with candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign, and we spent a night at the Trump National Doral Miami. I had to leave early to get back to Washington, so I took a taxi the next morning from the hotel to the airport. In the course of that ride, I answered a call from my colleague Wlady Pleszczynski, who reported that Trump was apparently braving charges from the Democrats that he was a racist. What did I think? I told Wlady that there was no evidence that Donald was a racist, and we hung up. But my confrontation over Donald's alleged racism was not over. My driver wanted to comment. He was a gentleman of color. He was not a gentleman of shades, as is the case with Cory Booker or Kamala Harris, two candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination and people who are voluble on the matter of color. Recall how Harris put poor old Joe Biden on the defensive when she alleged that it was "racist" for him to brag of how he had worked with two Southern segregationists way back in his 40 years of public life. Why did Joe not boast to her, as Ronald Reagan boasted to Walter Mondale, "I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience"? Joe, if you could steal a line from Neil Kinnock about his penurious youth, you could steal a joke from President Reagan. Boy, Joe, you are still a long way from the White House.</p> <p>At any rate, as I was saying, my taxi driver at the Trump Doral was a gentleman of color. He had heard me talking about racism as it related to Donald Trump, and he fervently objected to talk of Trump being a racist. He argued that the workforce at the Doral was heavily staffed with African Americans, and his piece de resistance was that the head of security there was an African American. "All right, all right, already," I responded, and I tipped him 30% as we shook hands at the airport. Not everyone in America is neurotic about skin color. Many of us yearn to get along peacefully. Unfortunately, after this election it is going to take a while for average Americans to get back to normalcy about race relations. There are too many in the Democratic Party and in the media who want to talk about race, and their talk is always one way: They talk, and we listen. It has been going on this way for 60 years.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> c5166242b56b0127f6b6d1037f949d07 How Left Will They Go? for 08/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/19/how-left-will-they-go Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; After a week of watching the Democrats in debate, I ask myself, "How far to the left are the Democratic presidential candidates going to take their party?" I have been told on solid authority that they are going to insist at the next debate that participants address one another as Mr. Comrade and Ms. Comrade. That was the way it was done in the glory days of the old Soviet Union, and that is the direction these Democrats are headed. Some of us old Cold Warriors have our doubts that the candidates would object if we were to call them communists. The Democrats used to become very indignant when we called them communists. Now they must think it is a compliment. </p> <p>Furthermore, it has been suggested by some party strategists, I am told, that they want to arrest President Donald Trump. The arrest could be called a citizen's arrest, or perhaps a people's arrest. Some have suggested that Melania Trump be arrested for breach of our immigration laws and sent back to Slovenia. Moreover, I am told that Donald Trump's son young Baron Trump should be put up for adoption to protect him from his father's "toxic masculinity." I am not sure this is accurate, but I thought I would pass it on to you. The whole Trump family, not just the president, unhinges these Democrats. </p> <p>I am not sure that the Democratic candidates will become this extreme, but last week was extreme enough. I heard talk from the candidates of free college education, free health care for all, drastic reordering of our energy policies, elimination of immigration laws and slavery reparations &#8212; yes, slavery reparations! <p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 9fd89265aff310a7952809fc237bfb5d Obituarizing Wes Pruden for 07/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/07/19/obituarizing-wes-pruden Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; We live in an era that must be very confusing for people who do not immerse themselves fully in politics. For that matter, we live in an era that is very confusing to people who <i> do </i> immerse themselves in politics.</p> <p>Supposedly, the contending forces are two, the liberals and the conservatives.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 9f190e15d570f4b3d25e0ca89bdada40 House Speaker Pelosi, Laugh the Girls off for 07/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/07/19/house-speaker-pelosi-laugh-the-girls-off Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I preside from time to time over a supper club called the Saturday Evening Club. It meets in Washington and occasionally in New York. We try to invite special guests from either of the major political parties to discuss important issues they deem worth discussing. I say from either of the major political parties, but only one party ever responds to our invitation. I shall not name the party that abstains from my invitation, and for that matter, I shall not name the party that often responds to my invitation. We must be fair-minded. </p> <p>Apropos of the Saturday Evening Club, I recently heard from the office of the most famous freshman member of Congress. I invited Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be our special guest at a dinner some months ago. Her office finally replied with a telephone call. Though the call was very businesslike, the message was somewhat confusing. I believe the import of the message was that she would not be able to attend the dinner because her mother did not want her staying out that late, and besides, her mother has her on a gluten-free diet. Well, at least the Saturday Evening Club tried, and Congressgirl Ocasio-Cortez took the time to reply during a very busy time.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> 3670220308eed579585a00d46c51ab89 Here Comes Boris -- and Donald, Too for 07/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/07/19/here-comes-boris-and-donald-too Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>LONDON &#8212; There is the musty smell of a police state here in old London, or should I say an inchoate police state? The present mayor, Sadiq Khan, is of the left, and he shares the left's lust for power. Everything he does indicates his hankering for power. To me, a foreigner in these parts, I sense this lust in his treatment of the automobile. The mayor envisages London as a city abundant with bicycle riders and pedestrians. In his London of the future, the only automobiles will be the patrol cars of the police.</p> <p>I got a presentiment of the London government's contempt for the automobile from my friend John Springs, an English-born sketch artist who happens to be the finest sketch artist practicing today. Call him our Daumier. Years ago, he bought a Ferrari, which by now is quite old. John is prevented from driving it into central London because of onerous taxes placed on older cars because they lack the anti-pollution equipment of newer cars. Soon the newer cars will be banned, too. But do not worry. The mayor will find a way. Possibly he will claim that new cars have too much anti-pollution equipment on them.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> 6d4864e34c49b72c06ca53a29f99a183 Odd Stories for 07/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/07/19/odd-stories Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; There are a lot of odd stories making the rounds these days. How about the odd stories that E. Jean Carroll has accumulated around her? Unlike any of the other commentators esteeming her of late, I have known her since the early 1960s; I went to Indiana University with Jean, as she was then called. </p> <p>She was a cheerleader and hung around the swim team. At some point, apparently in the 1990s, she became a writer and acquired the "E" before her name. Writers from Indiana have been doing that since at least 1967. Now she has come out with a book, and part of the rollout is to claim that Donald Trump raped her. He denied it and in fact said he never knew her. Well, I have known her, both in the early 1960s and in the 1990s.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 04, 2019</p> 444d0e422630d23ce72baea6e2d75262 Now the Debates! for 06/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/19/now-the-debates Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; What will happen Thursday night if former Vice President Joe Biden pulls his pants down onstage when it is finally his time to speak? I am told that he will have one minute to answer the first question &#8212; one minute! Moreover, so will all the other candidates. Apparently there will be a plenitude of one-minute answers whizzing through the Miami auditorium. </p> <p>What a week this is going to be. For my part, I think it will be better for the former vice president to pull down his pants onstage than to answer whatever his questions might be. His goal will be, I believe, to effect a "breakout moment" for his campaign. That is what the political commentators call it, a "breakout moment." Such moments are very important when the field is as congested as this one, with the candidates limited to one-minute answers. Former Gov. Jeb Bush should have tried the pants drop back in 2016.</p> <p>If Biden pulls his pants down onstage, Democrats in the audience will remember him above all the other candidates. He will, indeed, have broken out, as the experts say. I am sure of it.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> 00b6fad5d56ade5d77c4706f7b5e04d2 The Democratic 20 Plus 3 for 06/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/19/the-democratic-20-plus-3 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Last week, I suggested that convicted felons would be running for the Democratic presidential nomination this year. Well, now it looks like that will not be the case. Crazy Bernie suggested a few weeks back that sex offenders and the Boston Marathon bombers should be free to vote. And what is the difference between a felon's voting for president and a felon's actually running for the Democratic nomination? They all look the same to Crazy Bernie, and doubtless to dozens of other Democratic candidates. But now this reform seems a bit premature. On Friday, the Democratic National Committee settled on 20 of the candidates who are running to appear in debates on two separate nights this month, June 26 and June 27. Mark your calendars.</p> <p>Three candidates did not meet the polling and fundraising criteria. They are Gov. Steve Bullock from Montana (who later qualified for the second debate); the Hon. Seth Moulton, allegedly from a congressional district in Massachusetts; and Mayor Wayne Messam from somewhere in Florida (I hope I spelled his name right). They will perhaps be carrying placards outside the debate venues at the end of the month. So do not count any of them out this early in the race, especially Gov. Bullock.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> 3609f52cd3743cdad73839601fbe6535 Joe Biden Flubs It for 06/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/19/joe-biden-flubs-it Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It is increasingly difficult to be a Democratic presidential candidate.</p> <p>There are some 20 candidates who are running for the presidency today. Tomorrow there could be 30. A week from now the number could be up to 50, possibly 100. If they allow convicted felons to run for president in the Democratic primaries, the number could multiply fast. After all, there are a lot of felons who are Democrats, and they do not have a lot to do. Some are confined to small places. Whatever the case, all the Democrats in the primary today pretty much agree on everything. Already it has been remarked upon in the news.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> b8064366041af83fac3a35480ea23753 Who You Callin' Fascist? for 06/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/19/who-you-callin-fascist Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; For over two years now, a peculiar combination of the media and the Democrats has been goading Donald Trump, always to painful effect &#8212; painful for both sides in this vituperative battle but particularly painful to the media and the Democrats. Not much good has come of it.</p> <p>The media and the Democrats vilify Trump as a Hitler, a fascist, a racist, a misogynist, a homophobe and so forth. What is more, they do not approve of his hair. Interestingly, they do not disparage him as a Stalin, a Castro or a communist. Why do they not dip into their arsenal of dread phraseology to call him a Stalinist, a Castro or a communist? Is it because they still see these comrades as the good guys? Do they perceive communists as liberals without the red tape? What Henry Wallace once called liberals in a hurry.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> 143e03bd77158fd378ff771acc01ce1f It Is Boris' Moment for 05/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/19/it-is-boris-moment Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Well, the UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, has run out of gas. She just retired. Now the question is who will replace her? All the talk is of Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary and twice mayor of London. I could give you numerous reasons why he should be Great Britain's prime minister, not the least of which is I met him years ago when he was editor of London's Spectator magazine. We spectatorians have got to stick together. Moreover, if the Spectator of London can serve as a springboard to high public office, why should not the phenomenon take place on this side of the Atlantic? Already, I sense my young staff is getting restless. </p> <p>On the most important issue of the day in the UK, Boris was an early proponent. He favored Brexit years ago. He has remained steadfast. He stands with the British majority avid to leave the EU. May let the public down on this vital matter. She became prime minister while remaining lukewarm on the issue. She dithered for two years and finally, last week, threw up her hands and promised to resign. Now I should think it is Johnson's turn to give the people what they want. They want to be relieved of the Brussels bureaucrats preying upon their economy. Boris will do it.</p> <p>Yet influential voices in London are murmuring against him. They sound very much like what President Donald Trump calls voices from the swamp. For a certitude, they do, and we have heard it all before. From the British swamp comes dark talk of Johnson's hair. Yes, his hair. It is forever disheveled, and there are hints that the flaxen mop comes from a bottle. Critics have been obsessed with Donald Trump's hair, too, and with Ronald Reagan's, if memory serves. The critics should fasten upon something more important. Why not try his political record? He has served in Parliament for 11 years with distinction, and he was twice elected mayor of London. That was when London was one of the best-run cities in the world.<p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p> a8a3c4eb5f8ec5336c260455be96d262 At the Bullfights Ole for 05/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/19/at-the-bullfights-ole Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>LAS VENTAS, MADRID &#8212; I am supposedly on holiday in Madrid. I take a break from politics, from public policy, from culture, and take in life in the country. In Spain that means the bullfight. Las Ventas is the major league in Spanish bullfighting, and I am not disappointed in what I see. These are fine bullfighters and ferocious bulls, though I wish Spaniards would give more consideration to the safety of the bulls. This evening, I saw six bulls slain and two bulls pull up lame. At least those lame bulls did not taste the sword. </p> <p>One of the reasons I visit Spain regularly is that it is one of the last traditional countries in Europe. <span class="column--highlighted-text">American conservatives have not paid sufficient attention to tradition. </span>Tradition is one of the major elements in the conservative point of view. We conservatives spend plenty of time attending to national defense, and it has paid off. As I like to say, we won the Cold War without firing a shot. Today, Donald Trump is attending to national security quite well. He is adjusting strategy for changing times. He is keeping America strong without taking reckless chances. Thus far, we conservatives should have no problem.<p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p>