• First on Nancy Pelosi's Agenda: Attacking Free Expression

    First on Nancy Pelosi’s Agenda: Attacking Free Expression

    I have zero interest in financially supporting any politician, much less ones I find morally unpalatable. Yet Democrats want to force me—and every other American taxpayer—to contribute, as a matter of public policy, to the campaigns of candidates we disagree with.

    Believe it or not, this might be an even more dangerous assault on free expression than unpleasant tweets directed at CNN anchors.

    One of Nancy Pelosi’s first projects as the new speaker of the House will be passing a government overhaul of campaign finance and ethics rules that would, among other things, “expand voting rights.” One of the new bills—specifics are still cloudy—reportedly would allocate a pool of taxpayer money to match small-dollar donations 6-to-1, as a way of encouraging “grassroots campaigning,” according to The Wall Street Journal. READ MORE...

  • There Is No 'Surge' in Right-Wing Violence

    There Is No ‘Surge’ in Right-Wing Violence

    A Washington Post “analysis” of domestic terrorism argues that attacks from white supremacists and other “far-right attackers” have been on the rise since Barack Obama’s presidency and “surged since President Trump took office.”

    It’s a familiar storyline meant to assure liberals that yes, Trump-motivated right-wing terrorists are running wild. There are, however, a few problems with this proposition.

    For one thing, even if we accept the numbers the Post offers, the use of the word “surge”—meaning a sudden, powerful forward or upward movement—strains credibility. There’s no evidence of a “surge,” either in historical context or as a matter of ideological preference. READ MORE...

  • She Opposes Israel at Every Turn. Now, She's Going to Congress.

    She Opposes Israel at Every Turn. Now, She’s Going to Congress.

    Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, is a new kind of politician. She’s telegenic, ideologically progressive, widely celebrated by a media that’s obsessed with identity politics.

    She’s the kind of politician who can openly side with Hamas against Israel or spread “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”-style conspiracies on Twitter, claiming that Jews possess the supernatural ability to hypnotize the world as they unfurl their “evil.”

    It’s not surprising, then, that Omar also supports the “boycott, divestment, and sanctions” movement. In a statement to the website Muslim Girl, someone on Omar’s staff explained that yes, “Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized. She does, however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.” READ MORE...

  • Liberals Aren't Losing Faith in Our Constitutional System. They Just Don't Like Its Results.

    Liberals Aren’t Losing Faith in Our Constitutional System. They Just Don’t Like Its Results.

    In liberals’ imaginations, there are only four ways to lose elections — and none has to do with their leftist turn, their hysterics or their one-dimensional identity politics.

    Democrats say they lose because of gerrymandering, voter suppression (sometimes known as asking for ID), Russian mind-control rays deployed by social media, and our antiquated and unfair Constitution.

    That last excuse is becoming increasingly popular among pundits who continue to invent new crises to freak out about.

    Take Vox’s Ezra Klein, a longtime champion of direct democracy: “I don’t think people are ready for the crisis that will follow if Democrats win the House popular vote but not the majority,” he tweeted before the midterms. “After Kavanaugh, Trump, Garland, Citizens United, Bush v. Gore, etc, the party is on the edge of losing faith in the system (and reasonably so).” READ MORE...

  • Obama Reminds Us Why Trump Is President

    Obama Reminds Us Why Trump Is President

    “How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad,” former President Barack Obama asked a crowd in Illinois last week.

    Well, probably no harder than saying the words “radical Islam,” I imagine. Or maybe it’s slightly less difficult than not sending billions of dollars to Holocaust-denying terror regimes that have both the means and intent to murder Jews—in 2018, not 1942. And it’s definitely a lot easier than not meeting, posing, and then smiling for a picture with Louis Farrakhan. But thanks for the lecture. READ MORE...

  • Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Showcase the Paranoia of the Resistance

    Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Showcase the Paranoia of the Resistance

    When cameras at Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing caught sight of a woman named Zina Bash, a Republican lawyer, with her arm resting in a position that allowed her index finger and thumb to almost touch—a purportedly racist gesture—a conspiracy theory broke out on social media, accusing Bash of signaling her support of white nationalism.

    As it turned out, Bash’s background is both Mexican and Jewish, and more importantly, as far as we know, she’s never uttered a prejudiced word in her entire life, much less participated in an alt-right signaling scheme. Of course, even if Bash were a blue-eyed, blond Protestant, the accusation would have been completely bananas. READ MORE...

  • Kavanaugh Hearing Showcases The Paranoia Of The Resistance

    Kavanaugh Hearing Showcases The Paranoia Of The Resistance

    The Supreme Court confirmation hearings show conspiracy theorists aren’t confined to any political party, they’re just treated differently.

    When cameras at Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing caught sight of a woman named Zina Bash, a Republican lawyer, with her arm resting in a position that allowed her index finger and thumb to almost touch—a purportedly racist gesture—a conspiracy theory broke out on social media, accusing Bash of signaling her white nationalist support.

    As it turned out, Bash’s background is both Mexican and Jewish, and more importantly, as far as we know, she’s never uttered a prejudiced word in her entire life, much less participated in an alt-right signaling scheme. Of course, even if Bash had been a blue-eyed, blonde protestant, the accusation would have been completely bananas. READ MORE...

  • J.D. Martinez's Second Amendment Stance Isn't Controversial. It's Patriotic.

    J.D. Martinez’s Second Amendment Stance Isn’t Controversial. It’s Patriotic.

    Someone recently dug up an old pro-Second Amendment Instagram post by Boston Red Sox star J.D. Martinez, in which the potential Triple Crown winner posted a picture of Adolf Hitler featuring the quote, “To conquer a nation, First disarm it’s (sic) citizens.” Martinez captioned the post, “This is why I will always stay strapped! #thetruth.”

    Needless to say, the discovery triggered a torrent of stories about the “controversial” nature of Martinez’s 5-year-old post—because, apparently, disagreeing with a Hitlerian sentiment is now a provocative position. As it turns out, Hitler never said the words in Martinez’s pro-gun meme, although the dictator indisputably embraced a policy of disarming, in both rhetoric and action. READ MORE...

  • The 'Echo Chamber' Isn't A Conspiracy Theory, It's A Fact

    The ‘Echo Chamber’ Isn’t A Conspiracy Theory, It’s A Fact

    When I finally got to the end of a supposed blockbuster piece by the New Yorker’s Adam Entous and Ronan Farrow regarding a dark conspiracy theory that had been spreading within the Trump White House, I was struck by two things: 1) the innocuousness of the memo in question, and 2) how the basis of the memo was plainly true. The piece, in fact, goes a long way in substantiating the memo’s contention about the media, allowing former Obama administration officials and their allies to offer ludicrous claims without even a scintilla of journalistic skepticism. READ MORE...

  • The Latest Ploy Liberals Are Using to Try to Block Kavanaugh

    The Latest Ploy Liberals Are Using to Try to Block Kavanaugh

    Perhaps one day a court will find that Donald Trump conspired with his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to pay nondisclosure agreements meant to silence his mistresses. Perhaps one day the House will impeach Trump for breaking those campaign finance laws, and then maybe the Senate will also remove him from office.

    Those are the mechanisms that have been provided by the Constitution to thwart a president from appointing justices to the Supreme Court. I’m afraid there’s no clause in the document that empowers angsty liberal pundits and politicians to question the legitimacy of duly confirmed justices. READ MORE...