• No, We Can’t Make A Compromise On Transgenderism

    No, We Can’t Make A Compromise On Transgenderism

    A thoughtful and important, although wildly wrongheaded, article appeared in National Review Online this week, urging conservatives to compromise on the transgender issue. Author J.J. McCullough and National Review are to be commended for running the article. Not only is it a testament to ideological diversity, it’s an important conversation that we need to have.

    That said, the conservative shift on the definition of gender the author suggests is not a compromise, it’s surrender. Moreover, it’s a surrender that is not justified. READ MORE...

  • Hillary Would Have Opened Investigation Into Aliens

    Hillary Would Have Opened Investigation Into Aliens

    Recently in these pages I suggested that the mainstream media’s coverage of the Russia investigation has come to resemble the History channel program “Ancient Aliens.” I could have not have known then that John Podesta, former deputy White House chief of staff to Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton campaign chair, would appear on “Ancient Aliens” in an episode that suggests Clinton was prepared to release secret documents about aliens that Donald Trump was not.

    He also intimates this might have helped Trump win. If not Russia, then why not aliens? READ MORE...

  • Stop Putting Traumatized Teenagers On Television

    Stop Putting Traumatized Teenagers On Television

    There is little new about the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead. We have seen it all before: the cocktail of a disturbed young man, access to guns, and a society that devalues life mixed to create another national tragedy. The round-the-clock news coverage and profound proclamations from politicians are all eerily familiar, a haunting echo that finds us over and over.

    But this time there’s a new wrinkle that many proponents of gun control hope will tip the scales in their favor. This time, the kids who survived are speaking out. On television and at rallies, the children are taking the lead to denounce America’s laws about guns and push for political change. But what if putting traumatized teenagers, mere days removed from a shocking and life-changing event, in front of cameras and crowds is not healthy? Have we thought that through? READ MORE...

  • New York Times Struggles Over If Any Conservatives Are Fit To Print

    New York Times Struggles Over If Any Conservatives Are Fit To Print

    This week, New York Times op-ed editor Bari Weiss tweeted out congratulations to U.S. Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu. The six-word tweet read, “Immigrants: They get the job done,” a reference to the line “Immigrants, we get the job done,” from the musical “Hamilton.” Within minutes, abuse started streaming in in response. The problem? Nagasu was born in California to immigrant parents, so is not herself an immigrant.

    Weiss was berated as a racist on Twitter for what was either an honest mistake, or as she says, the use of poetic license to celebrate the contributions of immigrants to the United Sates. Never mind that Weiss, who is viewed as one the Times’ more conservative writers, was arguing in favor of immigration. By mislabeling Nagasu she engaged in racism, or a micro-aggression, or something. READ MORE...

  • The Media's North Korea Coverage Destroys Concerns Over Normalizing Trump

    The Media’s North Korea Coverage Destroys Concerns Over Normalizing Trump

    Ever since he assumed residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, progressives have insisted there is a great danger in normalizing Donald Trump. The argument goes that he is so immoral and dangerous that coverage of him must always place him in this context. This, in large part, is why so many conservatives were flummoxed by some of our nation’s biggest news outlets’ fawning coverage of Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, during the winter Olympics.

    The New York Times told us that with a winning smile she had diplomatically outflanked U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. CNN gushed over her stealing the show with her North Korean charm offensive, and told us that North Korea was “winning the Olympics, not because of sports.” This coverage, which a cynic might imagine is meant to make President Trump and his approach to North Korea look bad, can also be credibly accused of normalizing one of the most brutal dictatorships on the planet. READ MORE...

  • Democrats Threw Children's Health Care Under The Bus

    Democrats Threw Children’s Health Care Under The Bus

    In the budget negotiations on Friday Democrats faced two options. The first was to fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for 6 years, keep the government open and keep negotiating on DACA. The second was to not fund CHIP, shut down the government and keep negotiating on DACA. The Democrats chose the greater of two evils. In the hope of gaining political traction, they shot down funding for a program they have said is crucial.

    Just days ago, Democratic spokes-celebrity Jimmy Kimmel was making impassioned pleas to fund CHIP. Think of the children, he said. Well, that’s going to have to wait until we see the polling on who gets blamed for the government shutdown. For the meager price of a one-month extension of the government, Democrats drove the bus over the sick kids they have been moralizing about for a year. READ MORE...

  • Do Americans Still Believe In Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream?

    Do Americans Still Believe In Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream?

    On August 28, 1963, my father and grandfather arrived at Union Station and walked to the National Mall to attend the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” They had travelled from New Jersey, where my grandfather was a teacher and member of his local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. He simply told my father that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be a giving a speech, and they had to go.

    Throughout my childhood, my father spoke of the event often. I have no doubt that in many ways it helped shape him and his beliefs. His stories about the integrated crowd of 200,000 singing, hugging, and sharing food have always stayed with me. Although active in the civil rights movement, my grandfather was far from a hippie. Before the march he had served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and after would serve in the Air Force Reserve in Vietnam. READ MORE...