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 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:10:43 -0800 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 84a6ce1f99e689f7952363ea24fdff78 The Social Media Conundrum for 01/21/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/21/the-social-media-conundrum Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; It is a reflection of the vulgarity and even the criminality now stalking our society that social media, as it is called, cannot extricate itself from this awful question of censorship. Facebook, Twitter and all the other social media platforms that are passing judgment on what Americans say today are in the pickle that they are in because the First Amendment freedoms are extended to pornographers, common criminals, political psychopaths and run-of-the-mill conservatives. Soon, if the social media tycoons have their way, their censorship will extend to ordinary liberals, butterfly collectors and, who knows, maybe even stamp collectors. </p> <p>You do not doubt, do you, that some virtue-flaunters will someday devise a humanitarian case for proscribing butterfly collecting? Those peaceful people who prowl our hills and dales armed with butterfly nets could become very controversial. Pressure will mount against them, and the sages at social media will be presented with the pons asinorum: "What to do with the butterfly collectors?" <span class="column--highlighted-text">Once again, social media is torn between John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx. My guess is the collectors will be banned.</span></p> <p>Frankly, I believe that social media would find itself off the hook from aroused legislators and curious members of the judiciary if they would only pare back the kind of intercourse they have opened their platforms to. Yes, you can talk about your latest recipe for peach cobbler or discuss policing the streets or research COVID-19. You can tweet about sports, vacationing, selling your portfolio or the racket your neighbor's lawnmower makes, so long as there is no hint of murder or mayhem. In other words, I suggest Facebook and Twitter open their platforms to a slightly narrower audience and for fewer eccentrics or sociopaths.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 21, 2021</p> 4b18a55404ffc1e211a67b6011e8d42e The Long Goodbye, Donald for 01/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/21/the-long-goodbye-donald Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; Regarding the current riotous behavior here in Washington, I have given it what I would call bold thought. That often happens with me. For instance, many years ago, I received a lewd proposal in the mail from Madonna. She obviously was a woman with rampant literary ambitions. Well, I entertained her proposal for about a split second before demurring. I explained that I was a hypochondriac. </p> <p>Similarly, the other day, I entertained another bold thought, this time regarding President-elect Joe Biden. He had spoken of bringing us all together, of our common heritage as Americans, of healing our wounds. I thought perhaps Biden, who had so recently spoken of conservatives as racists, as xenophobes, as white supremacists, had had a change of heart. Possibly, the seriousness of the crimes committed last Wednesday had sobered him up. Possibly, the defiling of the Capitol had caused him to rethink his earlier scurrilities. Now he was going to abjure demagoguery and act presidential. So, I was prepared to listen to him. </p> <p>My change of heart lasted as long as it took for him to enunciate what came next, and what came next from his mouth was this: "No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, ... they wouldn't have been treated very, very differently." One day after the atrocities at the Capitol, the Master of Healing, in his speech to all Americans, simply played the race card. At this parlous moment for our country, he introduced the street thugs who rampaged in 48 of the country's 50 largest cities last summer as victims of racial hostility. If that is what he learned from last Wednesday's rampage, it is going to be a long bloody presidency for Joe Biden. Our country is in shaky hands.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2021</p> 93dbb5e9c5e5e567ab06c17307e5efb9 Joe Biden's Blunders for 01/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/21/joe-bidens-blunders Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; Linda Greenhouse was once The New York Times' reporter for the Supreme Court. Now, I take it, she is in retirement, though she apparently comes out of retirement from time to time to heave bouquets to President-elect Joe Biden. Last weekend, she heaved several of her floral encomiums his way when she told "My Joe Biden Story" to the Times' gullible readers. The result was warm, effusive and mostly claptrap.</p> <p>She wrote that, in 1987, when Joe was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, "Mr. Biden presided with confidence and grace (over the hearings for Judge Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination), all the more notable because during those weeks, his presidential candidacy imploded over what now seems like one of the sillier scandals of modern politics: his unattributed appropriation, at the end of a candidates' debate at the Iowa State Fair, of a few catchy lines from a speech by a British politician." The British politician that originated the lines that Biden plagiarized was no ordinary politician. He was Neil Kinnock, the British Labour leader, and he was running to become prime minister. Biden stole not only Kinnock's words but also a part of his life, claiming to be a poor boy when young who was the first of his family "in 1,000 generations to be able to get to the university."</p> <p>Greenhouse added a few paragraphs later that Biden's "campaign had foundered on a ridiculous accusation of plagiarism." Well, it might sound ridiculous today, at least to Greenhouse, but back on Sept. 16, 1987, Maureen Dowd, Greenhouse's colleague, landed the story of his plagiarism on the front page of The New York Times after talking with my American Spectator colleague Jeff Lord who remembered a recent speech by candidate Biden that came word for word out of a speech by Robert Kennedy. The Times' frontpage article was entitled "Biden Is Facing Growing Debate on His Speeches." If you are going to steal another candidate's oratory, Joe, you might steal from the best, right?<p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2021</p> 8c7cb9a974cb9d735285dfb377ccb0ed The Clash of History for 12/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/12/20/the-clash-of-history Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; Over the weekend, I came across an article in The Washington Post that, by and large, I actually agreed with. I know you are not going to believe it, but hear me out. It had the unwelcoming title "History Isn't Just for Patriots." Yes, I know what you are thinking. Who ever thought history was solely for patriots? Yet the piece was written by a historian by the name of Daniel Immerwahr, so I proceeded. The teaching of history in high school and college is endangered, so let us hear what the prof has to say.</p> <p>He says that progressives see American values as "aspirational," and conservatives see them as "achieved," which is a helpful dichotomy. However, I am a conservative, and I do not see American values as "achieved." Certainly, some values have been achieved, but other values await a wiser person residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. than Joe Biden. For instance, I see full employment as an American value, though it is certainly not achieved yet. President Donald Trump was on the road to full employment last summer, with Blacks and Latinos registering record levels of employment. Alas, the COVID-19 virus intervened. Now we may have to wait a while until we have another person who understands the economy as Trump did at the helm in the White House.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 31, 2020</p> 2797d05ba917b11f1e7b5d09aba2eae0 Away in a Manger for 12/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/12/20/away-in-a-manger Thu, 24 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; It is Christmastime. The citizenry goes out to churches and, if they are lucky, public places to be inspired by Nativity scenes. I spent Saturday in the countryside of northern Virginia and saw Nativity scenes not only in front of churches and public places but also in front of private homes &#8212; many, many private homes. There were almost as many Nativity scenes visible in front of private homes in towns such as Strasburg and Winchester as there were Trump signs, Trump flags and Trump testimonials. These northern Virginia families not only have the Christmas spirit down pat but also abound with civic spirit. Their civic spirit is for Donald Trump in a landslide.</p> <p>The Nativity scenes that I saw this weekend were raised to inspire people in a year that was not very inspiring. Statues have been torn down. Demonstrations are rendering our cities dangerous places to visit, and the headlines speak of horrible crimes being committed. The idiotic politicians of San Francisco are even renaming public buildings and schools. One of the suspect schools is named for Abraham Lincoln, the president who freed the slaves and fought a bloody war to preserve the Union. Yes, that Abraham Lincoln! What does San Francisco have against the Union and freeing people living in slavery?</p> <p>There is nothing troubling about the Nativity scenes in northern Virginia. For that, you would have to go to the Vatican, the home of Pope Francis. We Americans take our children to see depictions of the baby Jesus recumbent in a barn, sleeping in a manger because his mother, Mary, and his father, Joseph, found that there was no room for them in the local inn. Shepherds come to the barn to see the child. Three wise men follow a star to bring gifts to Him in the barn. The Nativity scene is famous around the world, but at the Vatican, it is troubling. Pope Francis is a modern pope &#8212; possibly, the first modern pope; hopefully, the last modern pope.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 24, 2020</p> 96a9e382618f5fdf301580923d7ebe3f Who's Attacking the Democratic Process? for 12/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/12/20/whos-attacking-the-democratic-process Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; The Washington Post has steadily evolved from being a newspaper edited and written by journalists to being something else. Sean Hannity has said that journalism is dead in America, and so I would think he would say that it is written by dead journalists. I would agree with that, except that dead journalists cannot write. So, what has the newspaper's staff evolved into? Propagandists? Possibly. Advertising hacks? That takes talent.</p> <p>I think, this weekend, I hit upon precisely what The Washington Post has evolved into. It is the newspaper of the American Federation of Teachers. It is a newspaper edited and written by schoolmarms. It is intent on teaching its childlike readership something elevated every time its writers are let loose on a topic. Is Tom Sietsema writing on restaurants today? He will turn his piece into a lecture on obesity. Is Kevin B. Blackistone writing on sports? He will turn it into a lecture on how to be a good loser. And if the subject is politics, there is a swarm of writers at the Post who will, all of a sudden, be haranguing for Good Government, and they do not mind lying a bit. "That's politics," as we say.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">On Saturday, Toluse Olorunnipa and Cleve R. Wootson Jr. reported on politics, and they did so in typical schoolmarm style. Of course, they lied, but they also simpered, pouted and dissembled.</span> In the second paragraph of their front-page report, they accused "Republicans across the country" of backing "Trump's assault on democratic principles." In their third paragraph, they accused the president of forcing Republican officials "to opt between siding with him and the nation's democratic process." Apparently, the majority of Republicans sided with President Donald Trump against the country's "democratic process." So, now we have a Republican Party that is anti-democratic.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2020</p> 09f6161ee298db4567d4901c718de0fd How Joe Biden Can Revive Liberalism for 12/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/12/20/how-joe-biden-can-revive-liberalism Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; Can Sleepy Joe Biden save liberalism? As I have said repeatedly since 2011, when I released my prize-winning book, "The Death of Liberalism," liberalism is no more. Others seem to agree. So, perhaps the question should be, can Sleepy Joe Biden <i>revive</i> liberalism?</p> <p>At first glance, it seems like an enormous undertaking for a 78-year-old man to contemplate. For months, while his youthful opponent barnstormed around the country, Joe stayed snug in his basement, and when he did leave his basement, his display of athleticism &#8212; taking little, birdlike steps to a waiting microphone &#8212; fooled no one. Joe has never been a fitness buff, let alone a jock. He is an <i>old</i> 78-year-old, and the presidency is an onerous job. But I hope he will undertake it. Liberalism needs to be revived.</p> <p>Reviving liberalism will give him something defensible to advocate. It could even be stirring. What he is saying now is jejune. It is dry, uninteresting and even confusing. Joe will say he is not a radical and he is not a progressive. So, what is he? It would be too daring to say that he is a moderate or a centrist. That would rouse the wrath of Crazy Bernie and Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He should say that he is a liberal, as Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy were all liberals. Well, possibly not JFK, but at least Bobby Kennedy was a liberal, and Teddy Kennedy, too, that last Kennedy being as tough on Judge Robert Bork as Joe was when he questioned Bork. Beating the daylights out of a Republican Supreme Court nominee is always good for a Democrat's credentials, especially a liberal Democrat. And that is what Joe is going to revive!<p>Updated: Thu Dec 10, 2020</p> 7b7f18d90f66eb623d8dea9f28d4d1a5 This Election Stinks for 12/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/12/20/this-election-stinks Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; I have been on the fence. Ever since the election on Nov. 3, I have been on the fence. I am prepared to accept the will of the people, and only in the election of 1960 was there evidence of a presidential election being stolen by either party. Then Richard Nixon refused to demand a recall. He explained that demanding a recall was divisive for the country. He has been reviled ever since by the Democrats. They are not only poor losers but also poor winners.</p> <p>So, I have been sitting on the fence ever since the votes came in on the evening of Nov. 3 or Nov. 4 or even Nov. 5. Who knows precisely when the election was over? Those votes arriving late can take days to be counted, possibly years. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 03, 2020</p> 8e2d39d7fc1a4c8c5e537f60b30ff49d The Way to Save the Democratic Party for 11/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/20/the-way-to-save-the-democratic-party Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; You might recall that, nine years ago, I wrote a book entitled "The Death of Liberalism." It was an answer to Sam Tanenhaus' suicidal 2009 book "The Death of Conservatism." Sam's book came out mere months before the conservative wave election of 2010. The liberals still have not gotten over the 2010 election. It pretty much eliminated an entire tier of promising liberal candidates. It also explains why the Democrats' promising young candidates this time around were the likes of Beto O'Rourke. Remember him? Or Eric Swalwell? And, of course, there was Sen. Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the race before the primaries even began. Could any of these Young Turks have beaten President Donald Trump in 2020? I doubt it. That is why the Democrats nominated 78-year-old Joe Biden, the guy who spent most of the campaign in his basement. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">No, the Democrats still have failed to overcome their 2010 loss to the Republicans. 2010 will be looked back on as a historic year in politics.</span> </p> <p>This year, the Democrats' victory had to rely on an old geezer consigned to his basement along with a sizable vote from the Never Trump crowd to win the presidency. I think the Never Trump crowd's vote was a mistake, but we shall have to wait and see if I am right or not. Put another way, the liberals of 2010 have yet to overcome the conservatives of 2010. In fact, I, as the author of "The Death of Liberalism," will go so far as to say the 2022 election will see the conservatives flipping the House of Representatives with very few liberals in sight. The Democrats will field progressives and now socialists and perhaps even vegetarians in 2022, but hardly a liberal will be seen. As the man said, liberalism is dead.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 26, 2020</p> e0984b5583c51702fe1e2866dd48012e The Nov. 7 Declaration for 11/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/20/the-nov-7-declaration Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; On Nov. 7, Joe Biden stepped up to the mic somewhere beyond the confines of his basement and solemnly declared, "Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end here and now." He was not talking about President Donald Trump's referring to him as "Sleepy Joe." Nor was he rebuking the president for joking about his repeated confusion over where he was when he delivered his latest address. Was it from Tulsa, Oklahoma, or from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, or was he still in his basement? Joe was calling for an end to everyone's foul language and blood-curdling threats uttered along the campaign trail. And in the privacy of one's own home. Well, for once, I am with Joe. Let the demonization end now.</p> <p>I, for my part, will apologize to Joe for mentioning his past lapses into plagiarism. I shall even apologize for calling him a cheat. It looks to me like he was guilty as charged, but let bygones be bygones. I shall even let indiscretions recorded on Hunter's laptop be handled by the authorities. Once again, let bygones be bygones.</p> <p>However, there is one matter I hope Joe will apologize for. He called Donald and those who have supported Donald racists repeatedly while campaigning. He also called them xenophobic and white supremacists. And there was, among his Democratic friends, talk of the Republicans' homophobia and misogyny. In keeping with Joe's Nov. 7 declaration, how about apologizing for those moments of demonization, too.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p> 51c11653f982482ccbc0cfa8e7e74006 I Won Again! for 11/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/20/i-won-again Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; Well, I won again! For the second presidential election in a row, I beat out the mainstream media and the pollsters. They all said President Donald Trump would be beaten by staggering margins in battleground state after battleground state. They predicted a blue wave, which would sweep into office a filibuster-proof Senate. Sen. Chuck Schumer would replace Sen. Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader, and we would have Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico as states plus as many justices packed into the Supreme Court as the Democrats think is fair. Why not expand the court to 50 justices?</p> <p>Alas, all the media's predictions were wrong. I won! Once again, the media and the pollsters lost. I was a little worried toward the end of the day last Tuesday, but by 9:30 p.m., I was relieved of all concerns. We were on our way to victory, and so I shoved off to bed and slept like a babe.</p> <p>Two weeks ago, I wrote in this space that "I (had) concluded early on that Donald would win in 2016. I (now) conclude that in 2020 he will win again." I was spot on. Donald was on his way to winning a great victory. Yet in the dark of night, bags of ballots mysteriously began appearing in various swing states' election headquarters. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 12, 2020</p> 7d9161bf9d7392d76b0e762f9289d424 Let's Hear It for the Police for 11/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/20/lets-hear-it-for-the-police Thu, 05 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; My deadline for this column is Tuesday afternoon, so obviously I could not report on Tuesday's elections. I know, I know. The mainstream media already had their stories about Tuesday's presidential elections written weeks ago. It was a Biden landslide. Donald Trump is already packing his bags and leaving town, but where will he retreat to? The entire world is left-wing now. Even Monaco has gone left. Maybe the former president can retreat to Moscow with his old friend Vladimir Putin. Possibly, we shall see them playing golf together. One thing is certain: Donald will be smiling. I have never seen a man who had so much fun running for office, and his voice never cracked. Remember I said it. Donald just ran the most vigorous campaign since Bob Kennedy's tragically truncated 1968 campaign.</p> <p>So, without Tuesday's big story to write about, what am I to do? Well, given the mobs in the streets that have been forming for weeks, I am sure the police will be active. I hope no one is hurt, especially among the police. They come from homes just like you and me. They have children and spouses. Some are coming home today with aches and pains, all acquired from their work in the line of duty. I hope they have no more serious wounds than aches and pains, and, of course, I hope their adversaries have no more serious wounds. Yet their adversaries can avoid injury by staying at home. The police cannot stay at home. They have to take to the streets to protect property and pedestrians. Thank God for the police.</p> <p>The Democrats want to defund the police. They feel that sending psychologists out on patrol and social workers is the enlightened alternative to armed police. Well, America already has too many of these psychologists and social workers, so I have no quarrel with sending them out on a fool's errand. Yet, what about the poor people whose neighborhoods they are sent to protect? No, on second thought, I would stick with the police &#8212; the brave, resourceful, dutiful police. They protect the poor, the middle class the businesspeople and even the rich. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 05, 2020</p> 416b28f07cdbdf3630e3e8f4d828d814 Donald Trump Is Again Going to Win for 10/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/20/donald-trump-is-again-going-to-win Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; I do not like being wrong. Looking back on the journalism of the last few years, I have concluded this makes me one weird journalist. Most journalists &#8212; in fact, most commentators &#8212; seem to prefer to be wrong. Spectacularly, melodramatically wrong.</p> <p>In 2013, when I met Donald Trump for the first time, I concluded that he could be a successful politician. More than that, I concluded that if he ran for president, he would win. He was not like any other politician I have known. He was smart, aggressive and he knew enough about the issues to get by. That is true of a lot of other politicians, but there was something more to Donald. He was a showman and a strategist. I have now, after seven years of watching him, concluded he has still more gifts. He has the energy of a great athlete and a voice that can only be a gift from God.</p> <p>I concluded early on that Donald would win in 2016. I conclude that in 2020 he will win again. I say this based on observing the facts. As I have said, I do not like to be wrong. The vast majority of journalists and commentators do not care. They hide in the herd in which they travel. If they are wrong on Nov. 3, they and many of their colleagues will just not talk about it, and few will have the bad taste to mention their error in public.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 29, 2020</p> 914105d01308d79f61767daec683d3d8 Two Weeks to Go for 10/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/20/two-weeks-to-go Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; Two weeks from today, we shall know who is to be our next president. Or perhaps we will not know who is to be our next president two weeks from today. It might take three or four weeks. It might take the laborious workings of the courts all the way up to the Supreme Court. Actually, we may never know who won the 2020 election. We might have a runoff in 2021. You think not? Well, look how screwed up the 2016 election became. The Democrats were holding out for Hillary for months. Some were holding out for years. Come to think of it, look how screwed up the 2000 election was. Our elections are increasingly decided by lawyers and judges, not by voters. Possibly, the progressives' next innovation will be to leave the election count to be decided upon by the readers of chickens' entrails. Or perhaps by a flip of the coin. Frankly, based on the evidence at hand, our nation's leaders are increasingly inept. Bring back President Warren G. Harding.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">How could the land of the free and the home of the brave have fallen on such hard times? At least up until 2000, it seemed like a simple, straightforward matter to hold an election, especially when you only had two major parties competing.</span> Actually, in places such as Nebraska, South Dakota and my own dear Indiana, an election <i>is</i> a straightforward matter. How much would you like to bet that two weeks from today, in the aforementioned states and others like them, we will know who won the election? We should be able to celebrate, and by late in the week, we will all be back to normal &#8212; at least in the civilized states.</p> <p>In the states where politics are a matter of life or death, chaos will prevail until some wise authority figure devises a way to end the election. Possibly, the presence of Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court will now make a difference. Her demeanor and grasp of the law over the past two weeks were very reassuring. Yet she will probably have to deal with Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Moreover, there remains in the House of Representatives Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and "the Squad," as she calls them. Incidentally, does the word "squad" bring to mind images of the Fascisti lurking in the shadows? Possibly, it is all for best that the Congressgirl's mother still will not allow her out after 9 p.m. without the benefit of a chaperone.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 22, 2020</p> bb5fa93086e2f0fa9c34136f28322ef2 My Prediction Delayed for 10/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/20/my-prediction-delayed Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; We are at that stage in the race for the presidency when the Democrats and their allies in the media are fervently courting the most earnest constituency available to them, the Moron vote. Forget about the Black vote, the Latinos, and the Bird Watchers. Now the Democrats, I am told, have become very nervous about the Morons. The Blacks are wavering. The Latinos are wavering. I do not know where the Bird Watchers stand, but I am told the Morons could be a real problem for the Democrats. Many are college-educated, and about them one can never be certain. Do you know what is being taught in the universities nowadays? What if Donald promises to give the Morons early retirement? If the Democrats lose the Moron vote, they are in deep trouble.</p> <p>Recently, the president tweeted from Walter Reed hospital, where he was recovering from a brush with COVID-19, his perfectly sensible suggestion. "Don't be afraid," he tweeted, "of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life." He said that, and all hell broke loose. The Democrats went ballistic. Their constituents went ballistic. The media went ballistic. I am told some were in tears. I like to think that the Bird Watchers remained placid, but what about the Morons? Donald's suggestion is just the kind of advice that could create hysteria in the ranks of the college-educated Morons. They are excitable. </p> <p>Of course, many Americans blessed with common sense and a knowledge of history took Donald's advice in stride. They remembered, perhaps, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's wise counsel in his first inaugural address to the American people in March of 1933. They stood in the vestibule of the Depression and listened with equanimity to FDR's exhortation, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Whereupon he elaborated, "Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." <span class="column--highlighted-text">Yes, he said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," and not even the Republicans of the time complained. Roosevelt was right.</span><p>Updated: Thu Oct 15, 2020</p> be817b80da0e1672fcd5e6445070e3fb Time for Some Fireside Chats for 10/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/20/time-for-some-fireside-chats Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; As I write on a brilliant autumn day, the reports on the president are all pretty promising. He is going to make it. There was a kerfuffle over the weekend over whether he took oxygen or not. It appears he did but not very much and his doctors ended it promptly. If memory serves, there was a similar kerfuffle over President Ronald Reagan 39 years ago when a deranged movie fanatic opened fire on him. Some of the president's aides in the White House reported no loss of blood or almost no loss of blood. Others reported that the president lost so much blood that he almost died. He survived and went on to serve two terms, winning the Cold War without firing a shot and reviving the economy. I like to think President Donald Trump will perform equally well and equally as long. </p> <p>We are told he is an easy patient and charming the medical corps with his good humor and an ample supply of jokes, all reminiscent of the "old cowboy." But be careful with those jokes, Donald. Recall, if you will, the time early in your presidency when you joked about asking Vladimir Putin to send his spooks to run down Hillary's missing emails. I thought it was funny. Millions of Americans knew it was a joke. Yet Hillary and her tight-lipped flunkies in the intelligence community did not. They investigated the collusion claptrap for two or more years, until they wore down poor special counsel Robert Mueller, and he has not been the same since. Watch what you joke about, Donald. <span class="column--highlighted-text">As has been said of German humor, to Hillary and her minions, a sense of humor is no laughing matter.</span></p> <p>How long are you going to stay off the campaign trail? I know that you relish it, and what we call your base loves it when you take to the trail, but I would take it easy for a few more days. For one thing, if you break the rules of quarantine, people such as Rachel Maddow and Jim Acosta are going to be in extremis. And back at her fortified compound, where I am told she now wears camouflage attire exclusively, Hillary may adopt drastic means. She could get a New York prosecutor to draw up a warrant. She could call out the National Guard. She might hit Bill over the head with another lamp. Frankly, Mr. President, I think with Hillary out there with her dwindling supply of supporters, you ought to let her make a few more Solomonic judgments. Remember when she called on her people to "resist." That was good for a laugh. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 08, 2020</p> 687ab42499714cce75094faf9514664e Joe Biden's Pastoral Charms for 10/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/20/joe-bidens-pastoral-charms Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; If I were a Democratic wheeler-dealer sitting atop the most left-wing major party in American history, I would be a little bit nervous. First, there is my party's left-wingery. It is almost socialist, and that is only taking into account the dry academic stuff of economics. We have not even considered the question of where the progressives want your sons or daughters to go to the bathroom and what is to be taught in our schools. Secondly, there is the Democratic Party's candidate for the presidency. His judgment is not very good. In fact, it is awful.</p> <p>Joe Biden insists on making President Donald Trump's truthfulness a leading issue in Joe's race for the White House &#8212; a race, I might add, that he is running from his basement. Has anyone ever run a race for the presidency from such an obscure spot? There was, in the 1920s, Warren Gamaliel Harding running from his front porch, but that race had a precedent. Other Republicans had done it, for instance, Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley. What is more, they won from their front porches. Of course, those were more sedate times. Today, Joe is running for president against the most energetic campaigner since Robert Kennedy in 1968. And Warren's front porch was much more open than Joe's basement. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 01, 2020</p> 5e6af6600912acfdd5e798b1f00f777c The Wonder Boy at 96 for 09/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/20/the-wonder-boy-at-96 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; I have been vindicated! Years ago, I made a discovery while researching the life and legend of President of the United States Jimmy Carter. He was the 39th president of the United States, in the event that you have forgotten. He immediately preceded President Ronald Reagan, who smothered him in a landslide victory that Jimmy still has not gotten over, and he is about to turn 96.</p> <p>At any rate, I was researching his life with my usual meticulousness, and I discovered a little-known history of Jimmy written by Betty Glad back in 1980. In it, she revealed that Jimmy, in the first half of his life, had been a moderate on civil rights, which is to say he did little to advance the cause of civil rights, even when local Blacks asked his help. In fact, even when the civil rights activist and eventual Rep. John Lewis, who died recently, was jailed on bogus charges near Jimmy's home, he never intervened. <span class="column--highlighted-text">To some of Carter's die-hard champions, his moderation today sounds reasonable, but that was not the way the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. saw it when he was writing his "Letter From Birmingham Jail" in 1963. King wrote that "the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom" was not the white supremacist, "but the white moderate who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice."</span></p> <p>Glad noted, years ago, the racists who Jimmy courted in his early days on the county school board in southwest Georgia and then later while running for the state legislature. According to Glad, he actually went so far as to curry favor with the Klan. Jimmy chose his words carefully when, in 1966, he ran for governor against the bigot and out-and-out segregationist Lester Maddox, but he still lost. When he ran again in four years, his rhetoric was even more slippery, employing dog whistles and code words such as "Georgia's heritage" to remind segregationist voters that he was on their side. He cozied up to the co-founder of the Georgia White Citizens' Council and eventually proposed inviting the segregationist George Wallace to speak in the Georgia state capitol.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 24, 2020</p> be84692ada955761911cda00f8db0949 Donald Trump's Unusual Political Libido for 09/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/20/donald-trumps-unusual-political-libido Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; The election of 2020 is well underway. President Donald Trump is probably overhead, if you scan the skies long enough. Former Vice President Joe Biden has left his basement and returns to its comforts only occasionally. This campaign is heating up.</p> <p>What can we expect? Well, I can tell you it will be a very acrimonious race. Recently, Biden called the president a liar and said something to the effect that a liar should not be president. Of course, Joe is a proven plagiarist who cheated as a student and, for that matter, cheated for over 40 years as a senator. One cannot be a plagiarist and a cheat without being a liar. So, I guess Joe considers himself exempt from his charge against the president. As I say, this is going to be a very bitter race. </p> <p>Yet no one I have listened to understands quite why it is going to be so bitter. The Democratic leadership obviously hates Trump, but why? After watching him for the last four years, I have come to the conclusion that it is not because of his endless tweets or his penchant for name-calling or any of the standard Democratic complaints. It is because he stole the Democrats political libido and put it to Republican purposes. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 17, 2020</p> 1a4c2e212d17c3c0ae8ecbc2b1a4b521 Journalism Is Dead for 09/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/20/journalism-is-dead Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; As the editor of a magazine that, back in 1993, struck the first major blow in destroying the reputation of a president, I think I should have something to say about blackening the reputation of President Donald Trump. After all, back in the early 1990s, Bill Clinton was apparently widely esteemed as the Virgin Presidential Candidate. Today, he is hiding under his bed in Chappaqua, New York, fearing what might be revealed when the next batch of documents are uncovered in the Jeffrey Epstein-Ghislaine Maxwell scandal.</p> <p>In The American Spectator's Troopergate pieces of the early 1990s, we established that Clinton preyed upon women flagrantly in two pieces that were the most devastating exposes on a sitting president ever to be published in American history. Of course, the mainstream media rejected them, despite the fact that they relied on the testimony of Clinton's bodyguards. How does the old saying go? No man is a hero to his valet? Well, apparently it does not apply to the governor of Arkansas. </p> <p>At the Spectator, we were called liars, fabricators and worse by seasoned journalists who apparently believed that Clinton would not break the Sixth Commandment or the Ninth Commandment or, much less, tamper with George Washington's cherry tree.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p>