Tom Rosshirt from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:42:29 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Tom Rosshirt from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/tom-rosshirt-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt bb611376ae075f07dfcdf6dfbee0dac8 Changes for 04/27/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/04/13/changes Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Earlier this month, I traveled down to Texas to visit my dad. Twenty years after buying the house that he and my mom lived in after retiring, he's moving.</p> <p>The house is much the way it was when my mom died four years ago, except for a few things &mdash; for example, Christmas cards still on display in April, including the Obama Christmas card that pictures Bo strutting in the snow in front of the White House.</p> <p>&quot;I'm glad to see you're on the president's Christmas card list,&quot; I told my dad.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 04, 2015</p> fee4a43d54163f6d40a1540c712a66fb Will the Boston Attack Kill Immigration Reform? for 04/20/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/04/13/will-the-boston-attack-kill-immigration-reform Sat, 20 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As news came out Friday on the background of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, TV commentators were speculating that the two young men had been &quot;radicalized.&quot;</p> <p>The more salient question is whether they will radicalize us.</p> <p>Twelve years ago, in the traumatic aftermath of 9/11, one cartoonist wrote that there were &quot;3,000 dead, 300 million wounded.&quot; And wounded people can do self-destructive things.<p>Updated: Mon Feb 02, 2015</p> a44e4979ae7c8d5509342bb6e905d8b3 We're Not in This Together for 04/13/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/04/13/were-not-in-this-together Sat, 13 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died April 8 in London at the age of 87, was often quoted as saying, &quot;No one would have heard of the good Samaritan if he hadn't been rich.&quot;</p> <p>The actual quote, given in a January 1980 television interview at No. 10 Downing St., was slightly more nuanced.</p> <p>After Thatcher agreed with the journalist that her program would create more economic inequality, she argued that it also would create more wealth overall and that everyone would benefit. &quot;No one would remember the good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money, as well,&quot; she said.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 30, 2015</p> 04577b5d415b3e8917b3940bd7f1abc4 My Dream Candidate for 04/06/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/04/13/my-dream-candidate Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In a recent column, I wrote about the fantasy presidential candidate of some conservatives &mdash; Dr. Ben Carson. In fairness, I must confess that I have a fantasy candidate of my own &mdash; one who has even less of a chance of becoming president than Carson. My guy died in 2002.</p> <p>My fantasy candidate is Harvard political philosopher Robert Nozick, who was most famous for his work &quot;Anarchy, State, and Utopia,&quot; published in 1974 and declared, by the Times Literary Supplement, to be one of the 100 most influential books since World War II.</p> <p>Nozick, in that book, was responding to his philosopher colleague John Rawls, whose &quot;A Theory of Justice&quot; was seen to provide a philosophical justification for the welfare state. Nozick argued, &quot;The state may not use its coercive apparatus for the purpose of getting some citizens to aid others, or in order to prohibit activities to people for their own good or protection.&quot;<p>Updated: Wed Jan 28, 2015</p> 0621d1c0e3efa268130ce81c750a6b23 The Dream Candidate for 03/30/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/03/13/the-dream-candidate- Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Did you ever know someone who kept falling in love with people bound to hurt them? </p> <p>The latest right-wing love interest is the pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson. </p> <p>Carson was greeted as a hero at the Conservative Political Action Conference in mid-March, and his talk at the Prayer Breakfast in February led The Wall Street Journal to write an editorial titled: &quot;Ben Carson for President.&quot; <p>Updated: Tue Jan 27, 2015</p> f5c1717756558cd195f90dd2121d7b8d Traditional Marriage for 03/23/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/03/13/traditional-marriage Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Twelve years ago, two gay friends of mine had just taken their seats on a plane in Texas to bring home their newly adopted baby girl, when a man wearing a cowboy hat, boots and a shiny belt buckle came walking down the aisle. He stopped beside the two dads and their daughter and signaled that he was in the window seat beside them.</p> <p>Once the passenger took his seat, he gazed at the baby girl, who was asleep on her daddy's chest, and said in a deep drawl: &quot;That's the best feeling in the world, isn't it?&quot;</p> <p>The Texan surprised my friends that day. But they likely have been even more surprised by the softening attitudes toward gays in America over the past few years. The majority of Americans now believe that gays should be allowed to marry. In two legal cases to be argued in the coming days at the Supreme Court, we may find out whether the majority of justices believe the same thing.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 27, 2015</p> d4aea10eb4f9e120f84cf9606fa1e30e What's in a Name? for 03/14/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/03/13/whats-in-a-name-c1585 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:00:00 -0700 <p>In December 1970, when I was a 10-year-old boy traveling with my family in the Holy Land, we took a short drive from Israel into Jordan, and my grandmother incautiously fell into a conversation with the Arab driver about religion.</p> <p>&quot;Pope Paul is good,&quot; the driver said, referring to the pope at the time. &quot;But when Pope John talked, the whole world listened!&quot; I recall that my grandmother was somewhat offended because she perceived a slight against the sitting pope. But my mother told me: &quot;The driver was right. Everyone loved Pope John.&quot;</p> <p>If the whole world listened to Pope John XXIII, it was in part because he spoke to the whole world &mdash; as a gentle, humble, holy man who radiated love.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 14, 2013</p> 541b89ba67f1ba4b7dde2b832cac90f2 Cheney's Main Fault for 03/09/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/03/13/cheneys-main-fault Sat, 09 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In the trailer for the documentary &quot;The World According to Dick Cheney,&quot; which premieres on Showtime on Friday, March 15, the former vice president is asked four questions. After the first three, he answers instantly with his head held high. But when he hears the fourth question, he looks down. He repeats the question pensively: &quot;My main fault?&quot; Then he pauses. Finally, he says: &quot;I don't spend a lot of time thinking about my faults.&quot;</p> <p>Deftly answered. That <i> is </i> his main fault.</p> <p>It is the signature feature of his personality. The aggression, the determination and the unquestioned conviction all flow from his incapacity for self-criticism.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 27, 2015</p> 6ffb881994107b513a35c3c9afbd660f Junk Food Science for 03/02/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/02/13/junk-food-science Sat, 02 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Democrats and Republicans are split, and the sequestration is about to hit &mdash; but I'm going to write about something less depressing: strokes, heart attacks and death.</p> <p>There were two important publishing events in the field of nutrition this past week. One was bad science about what is good for you; the other was good science about what is bad for you.</p> <p>The New England Journal of Medicine published a study on diet and heart disease that found significant benefits to cardiovascular health from eating a &quot;Mediterranean diet.&quot; The New York Times wrote, &quot;About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet.&quot; According to the Times article, &quot;the magnitude of the diet's benefits startled experts.&quot;<p>Updated: Tue Jan 27, 2015</p> 5d3b498b21a018a3c179efb87230bc1e Wrestling on Its Back for 02/23/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/02/13/wrestling-on-its-back Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When the International Olympic Committee announced its decision recently to eliminate wrestling beginning in the 2020 Summer Games, it triggered global reactions of disbelief and disgust and put the IOC on the defensive. IOC Vice President Thomas Bach clearly was trying to deny that the committee had miscalculated when he said: &quot;These reactions, they are quite normal. This would have happened with any decision.&quot;</p> <p>Doubtful. As the decision was announced, the world's top wrestling nations were on their way to Iran to compete in the 2013 World Cup. At the tournament, completed Friday in Tehran, wrestling officials from countries where the sport is a national passion conferred on how to score a reversal.</p> <p>They have to move quickly. The IOC meets in May in Russia and then in full session in September in Argentina to add one more sport to the 2020 Summer Olympics. Wrestling is eligible to be voted back in, but it will be a politically difficult vote.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 27, 2015</p> 0ff9940ddf3024e83f6af0b88ad7798e False Doctrine for 02/16/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/02/13/false-doctrine Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800 <p>One year, perhaps soon, a president of the United States will enter the House chamber to address a joint session of Congress and crack the old mold of the State of the Union address.</p> <p>Instead of saluting guests in the gallery and reading a legislative wish list, the president will take a full hour to offer an in-depth analysis of one subject.</p> <p>He could start by saying: &quot;The state of our union is in decline.&quot;<p>Updated: Mon Jan 26, 2015</p> 8eb7fc51e6ae9cf8aa265b14cf467c43 Go Easy on the Extremists for 02/09/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/02/13/go-easy-on-the-extremists Sat, 09 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's a sad day for extremism when the head of the National Rifle Association gets yelled at on Fox News Channel.</p> <p>Last weekend, Fox News' Chris Wallace challenged Wayne LaPierre on that infamous NRA ad in which a dark voice asks: &quot;Are the president's kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their schools?&quot;</p> <p>When LaPierre defended the ad, Wallace said: &quot;Do you really think that the president's children are the same kind of target as every schoolchild in America? That's ridiculous, and you know it, sir.&quot;<p>Updated: Mon Jan 26, 2015</p> 9a0e7ab8b495e291b562bc452e5d3687 The Old (Electoral) College Try for 02/02/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/01/13/the-old-electoral-college-try Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Ever since their disappointing results in the November elections, Republicans have been doing what any competitor does after a loss: figuring out how to win the next one.</p> <p>Many of the Republican Party's voices have been calling for a new party that can appeal more widely to women, gays, Hispanics, African-Americans and young people &mdash; demographics that now favor Democrats. A less strident tone on gay rights, a higher tax rate on the richest, a comprehensive immigration proposal backed by Republicans &mdash; all these are signs of efforts that may broaden the political appeal of the Republican Party.</p> <p>Yet as the new Republican Party appeared eager to regain power by appealing to the majority, the old Republican Party continued its efforts to wield power with a minority.<p>Updated: Mon Jan 26, 2015</p> 13d09790a7a7daee57741ad3cb6c3ec1 Stonewall for 01/26/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/01/13/stonewall Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On the night Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter, a student from Georgetown University crouched in the dark next to the White House fence, jumped to grab an upper bar and hoisted himself onto the White House grounds.</p> <p>He didn't get far before the Secret Service nabbed him, recognized the event as a dumb stunt and released him to the custody of a Georgetown priest.</p> <p>That kid was my brother Matt. He chose Georgetown, he said, for two reasons: He wanted to be close to politics, and he wanted to be more openly gay &mdash; something he thought Washington, D.C., could allow him. His dream, he told me, was to be at the White House someday as the president signed a gay rights bill into law.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 23, 2015</p> 0140c4bf89a6bc6497decf7aabc06da3 Did We Re-elect Hope? for 01/19/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/01/13/did-we-re-elect-hope Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0800 <p>An inaugural address has to be the most difficult task in the world of speechwriting.</p> <p>The address takes place on the most formal occasion in American life. People have high expectations. They want something uplifting. The language and ideals have to be lofty and formal and highly rhetorical, and most of the features of standard political speeches are out of bounds. You can't tell personal stories. You can't tell jokes. You can't (overtly) try to get a political edge for your issues.</p> <p>Within those limits, the president has to say something fresh and inspiring about the meaning of America, the test of these times and his aspirations for the country.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 23, 2015</p> 8b6f02c390dc48c34116eba68662f92b China's Communist Party Censors for 01/12/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/01/13/chinas-communist-party-censors Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i> There was a knock at the door. When they answered it, a police officer was standing outside. ...</p> <p>&quot;You are Lin Zhao's mother? Your daughter has been suppressed. Pay the five-fen bullet fee.&quot;</p> <p>The older woman was confused. The police officer spoke again, his voice rising: &quot;Hurry and pay the five-fen bullet fee. Your daughter has been executed by gunshot.&quot;<p>Updated: Fri Jan 23, 2015</p> f4ee179b48ed382caa0322e8fb94a1e7 A Test of Skill for 01/05/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/01/13/a-test-of-skill Sat, 05 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I was sitting at a table with a friend a few summers ago when he leaned forward and said to me in a whisper: &quot;See that guy over there? He cut off his wife's head with a sword.&quot;</p> <p>Then, prompted by me, he went down the rows of tables around us, one by one, and told me about each murder these guys had committed.</p> <p>It was visiting day on death row. There were about 20 guys out of their cells, visiting friends or family, all wearing orange jumpsuits, including my friend &mdash; who had been convicted of a drug-induced murder years ago.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 23, 2015</p> 7983ab09e8bd433374adf5ddfe658161 Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor for 12/06/2012 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/12/12/lives-fortunes-and-sacred-honor Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:00:00 -0800 <p>U2's lead singer Bono once described the difference between an Irishman and an American: When they see a big house on a hill, the American says, &quot;Someday I'm going to live in that house!&quot; And the Irishman says: &quot;Someday I'm going to <i> get </i> the guy who lives in that house!&quot; </p> <p>America is a great place to be rich, (I have inferred). Taxes are low. Public reverence is high, and people identify with success. Once you count up all the Americans who are rich, admire the rich or think they're going to be rich, you've got a majority. </p> <p>But in this climate, you've got to wonder how long America's love affair with the rich will last. Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said last month: &quot;We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.&quot; Jindal is not only thinking it won't hurt him to take a shot at the rich; he must think it's going to help him. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 06, 2012</p> 5de89937c146d16084648eea9295aa35 Zeus Speaks -- With an Arkansas Accent for 09/06/2012 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/09/12/zeus-speaks-with-an-arkansas-accent Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:00:00 -0700 <p>Of the 100-plus speeches heard at the two political conventions over the past two weeks, at least one will be remembered 20 years from now. Bill Clinton's talk was an Olympian act even by Clinton standards. It was also the best illustration I know of what makes Clinton the unrivaled political orator of his age.</p> <p>Back in the summer of 2001, I wrote a speech for former President Clinton. He was talking to a group that was desperate to hear tips on how to communicate. He disliked that kind of thing; he wanted to talk about substance. So I tried to weave the two together, and I included a passage on working with his speechwriters. He ignored what I wrote and said:</p> <p>&quot;My speechwriters worked for days to carve out these noble phrases, and sometimes I would say, 'This is just rhetoric; we're trying to talk to people here.'&quot;<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2012</p> 331456f017370d9aa0750cc86bb8ceb3 Romney's Missing Argument for 08/30/2012 https://www.creators.com/read/tom-rosshirt/09/12/romneys-missing-argument Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:00:00 -0700 <p>On Thursday night, as Mitt Romney accepted his party's nomination at the Republican National Convention, he gave the best speech I have ever heard him deliver.</p> <p>His stories about his parents and his family life were authentic and endearing. They cut through the social and economic layers that separate Romney from the voters he wants to win over. When he talked of his mom's views on the role of women and then read the roll call of top female officials at the convention, he clearly was having fun.</p> <p>He was funny and self-deprecating as he reflected on the early days at Bain and described his reluctance to seek the investment of his church's pension fund. &quot;I figured it was bad enough that I might lose my investors' money, but I didn't want to go to hell, too,&quot; he said.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2012</p>