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Silence from left on Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism

The hard left is always so angry, and uses emotion to great effect in our modern politics. And shame — through social and mainstream media voices — is the left’s whip, keeping Americans in line. Most Americans understand the penalty for thought crimes on issues ranging from ...

Stop gun violence first, parse later

WASHINGTON — At least they’re doing something, which is about the most one can say about Florida’s proposed gun bill. But doing something and doing something effective are very different animals. State legislators under pressure to “do something” following the murders of 14 ...

Trumpism is psychology, not political ideology

For the last couple of years I’ve been banging my spoon on my high chair about how Trumpism isn’t a political or ideological movement so much as a psychological phenomenon. This was once a controversial position on the right and the left. Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon ...

Trade barriers fail to protect us

No, President Trump, it’s not true that if you tax imported steel, we “will have protection for the first time in a long while.” The opposite is true. If you raise tariffs on steel and aluminum, you punish consumers. Yes, such tariffs also punish Chinese producers and protect some ...

How are regular Joneses doing?

Language matters. For example, the way our society’s leaders choose to comment on the health of America’s economy can either make clear to us commoners what’s going on — or obfuscate, hide and even lie about the reality we face. Consider the most common measurement that the media, ...

Where are defenders for Trump?

Shouldn’t there be somebody to defend Donald Trump? Opinion page editors have been wrestling that question for over a year. A good opinion editor, you see, prides herself on ideological balance, mixing and matching pundits who reliably leave the conservative right gnashing its teeth with ...

Don Quixote in Oval Office: Standing by to assault windmill

WASHINGTON — The other day, when President Donald contended absurdly that if he had been present at the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, he would have “run in there” even unarmed to save the students, it naturally brought to mind Don Quixote tilting at a windmill. The president’s ...

Inventory change after another massacre

Interesting how some conservative pundits, gun zealots and other cynics have tried to dismiss the activism of the teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shootings. It’s just a pit stop for these kids, they argue, on the way to the rest of their lives. Even more interesting is ...

Fantastic romantic conjured love never forgotten

You wonder how these things begin. For Harvey Schmidt, co-writer of the longest-running musical in history — who died last week at 88 — and his collaborator, Tom Jones, it began when the two were students at the University of Texas. In a sense it really began in their romantic hearts. No ...

Trends can often lead us astray

Tuesday marked the 10-year anniversary of the passing of my old boss, William F. Buckley Jr., the founder of National Review (where I am a senior editor). This is not a column about Bill but about life and time -- and how they don't move in tandem. In 2001, Linton "Lin" Wells, a former Navy ...

Trump team has proven itself inept to drain swamp

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the phrase “drain the swamp,” I associate it with clean government, transparency, ethics and such like. In 2016, it became, along with “Lock her up,” a favorite Donald Trump campaign slogan. Trump was not the first to use the metaphor. John ...

Jacob’s Journey — Breaking millennial stereotype

I met Jacob during his freshmen year at Michigan Tech. In high school he played in many sports. Jacob was also heavily involved in his community, helping his mom teach Sunday school, volunteering to shovel the driveways of elderly neighbors (at no change) and helping out with camps for church ...

Truth refutes crane hunt

Facts are stubborn things. Facts still matter. The truth matters. And the truth will prevail as more is learned about the distortions and half-truths foisted on the public by those proposing a recreational hunting season on Michigan’s sandhill cranes. Curtseying to the hunting lobby, Rep. ...

Anti-violence movement gains steam

For years, big corporations had welcomed the opportunity to accumulate more customers by giving discounts to NRA members. Yet in the aftermath of the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and the activism of high school students, corporations are bailing out of their deals with the NRA. As we've ...

America is still saddled with politics of 1970s

Not since James Monroe left the presidency in 1825, 48 years after he fought in the Battle of Princeton, has America had political leadership with careers running so far back in the past. Our current government leaders have political pedigrees going back to the 1970s. Consider the Senate. ...

Bring me your fire and brimstone

WASHINGTON — Oh, for God’s sake. What else can one say about the week after Florida’s high school massacre? Funerals for the 17 students and faculty were barely begun before rhetoric on the right descended into indecency. Much of it came from the annual Conservative Political Action ...

Polticians pay when they underestimate voters’ intelligence

Politics can be both cruel and unsentimental. Consider the case of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., known on Capitol Hill — since his first election to Congress in 1972 — for his civil and amiable treatment of others, irrespective of party, and, as chairman of the Senate Appropriations ...

Stosscars for top political actors

Sunday, Hollywood sycophants give out Oscars. But they will miss some of the better performances of the year, because Academy Awards just go to movie actors. They leave out political actors. That’s not right. Politicians deceive and manipulate people just as much as actors do. Some of ...

The Zeitgeist, It Is A-Changing

Last year’s grassroots progressive runs for office laid to rest much of the Democratic Party’s orthodoxy about who is “electable,” and how it’s essential that candidates — in hopes of attracting moderate “swing” voters — run big-money campaigns on small-bore, ...

Question Trump failed to answer

This is about a question Donald Trump failed to answer. Granted, there are a lot of those, but this was a particularly tough one. Indeed, it was likely more difficult in its way than anything April Ryan or Lester Holt has ever asked him. But then, they’re only adults. Ava Rose Olsen is 7 ...