• Black Americans Are Doing Great Under Trump

    The August jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed more great news for all Americans. And particularly for black Americans.

    The nation’s unemployment rate of 3.7% puts it near the lowest ever in the last half-century.

    Black unemployment is at an all-time low at 5.5%.

    Also at an all-time low is the gap between black and white unemployment. With white unemployment at 3.4%, the gap is 2.1 percentage points. Put in other terms, black unemployment stood 62% higher than white unemployment.

    A few years ago, the Pew Research Center looked at BLS unemployment data back to 1954, the first year the data was broken down by race.… Read More...

  • After Inviting Pro-Life Speaker, This Student Is Fighting Her Christian University

    “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form
    of every virtue at the testing point,” observed writer and theologian C.S.

    Hayley Tschetter, a student at a small Christian university, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, knows what this means. She stands alone today with her convictions against a university establishment trying to shut her down.

    Tschetter felt there should be a voice on campus taking on the great issues in today’s culture war, so she started a campus chapter of Young Americas Foundation (YAF), which the university approved.

    Her first invitee to inaugurate the new program was conservative Star Parker—me.… Read More...

  • Equality Act Is About Civil Tyranny, Not Civil Rights

    The House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019. It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its passage is virtually certain.

    The legislation amends all major civil rights law, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” along with race, sex, and religion as classes that are protected from discrimination.

    There is so much wrong here it is hard to know where to start.

    My dictionary defines psychosis as “a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.”

    We now have a majority of members of Congress who are prepared to pass into law that the sex individuals are born with—their chromosomal and physical reality—will take a back seat to how those individuals choose to define their own sexual identity.… Read More...

  • How ‘Late Bloomers’ Exemplify the Strength of America

    How ‘Late Bloomers’ Exemplify the Strength of America

    With all the attention that the national debate between socialism and capitalism is getting, a new book has arrived on the scene that provides valuable perspective.

    The book is “Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed With Early Achievement,” written by Forbes magazine publisher Rich Karlgaard.

    Karlgaard takes on the cult of youth that is capturing so much of our popular culture, particularly on the left.

    He reminds us in this important book that life is about learning, accumulation of wisdom, self-renewal, and in the best cases, prevailing against adversity. These are all the fruits of age and experience.… Read More...

  • Liberals' Reaction to Mueller Report Shows They Prioritize Politics Over Truth

    Liberals’ Reaction to Mueller Report Shows They Prioritize Politics Over Truth

    So now special counsel Robert Mueller has issued his report, and it turns out after two years of investigation, at an estimated cost of $40 million, that “Russiagate” was fake news.

    Much to the dismay of Democrats, Mueller found no collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russians to influence the 2016 election.

    Who are the winners here? Of course, the American people—and, of course, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

    And, we might say, also House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    At the age of 79, with 32 years in the House of Representatives, Pelosi has a well-honed nose for sniffing out which political road to take.… Read More...

  • Competition, Not Government Control, Can Make Health Care Cheaper

    Competition, Not Government Control, Can Make Health Care Cheaper

    In a new Gallup poll, 35 percent say government is the worst problem facing the U.S. In the 55 years that Gallup has asked the question—”What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?”—this is the highest percentage of people who have identified the government as the nation’s worst problem.

    Given how many Americans see the government as a large problem, you have to wonder about so many Democratic politicians’ ambitions to give government increasing power over our lives—particularly in an area as important as health care.

    “Medicare for All” is the new rage among Democrats, and each of the announced Democrat presidential contenders favors some version of this.… Read More...

  • Socialism Has Already Hurt America

    Socialism Has Already Hurt America

    President Donald Trump was principled and politically astute to address, in his State of the Union, the horrors taking place now in Venezuela, and then to declare:

    “Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

    Venezuela is indeed a poster child for what happens when a nation’s economic machinery falls under political control.

    Over the last five years, per The Wall Street Journal, Venezuela’s economy shrank by 35 percent and poverty tripled from 48 to 87 percent.

    According to Gallup, 71 percent of Venezuelans say they can’t afford food, 47 percent say they can’t afford shelter, just 15 percent say they are satisfied with the availability of quality health care, and 35 percent say they are satisfied with their standard of living.… Read More...

  • Trump's Agenda Is a Winning Formula for Black America

    Trump’s Agenda Is a Winning Formula for Black America

    My fellow Americans.

    Given that the Democratic Party chose to select a recently defeated political candidate to give a response to the president’s State of the Union address because she is black and a woman, I feel I should also step up and give my response.

    Although I have not recently lost a governor’s contest, I am black and I am a woman.

    Democrats want Americans,
    particularly minority Americans, to believe that a left-wing agenda is what
    they need and what will define America’s future.

    I am here to say today that the
    agenda of the left is the problem, not the solution.… Read More...

  • The Breakdown of Family and Religion Explains France's Social Unrest

    The Breakdown of Family and Religion Explains France’s Social Unrest

    As France is gripped by civil disorder, many commentators identify, quite correctly, as the culprit the outsized burden that France’s bloated welfare state places on its citizens.

    According a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the highest tax burden in the industrialized world is in France—46.1 percent of gross domestic product.

    In the United States, it is 27 percent, which includes taxes paid at all levels of government—federal, state, and local.

    Welfare state spending in France is 32 percent of GDP, almost double that of the U.S., meaning that $1 out of $3 generated by the French economy is captured by the government and redistributed into social/welfare spending.

  • Thinking About What's Right in America

    Thinking About What’s Right in America

    Amid this holiday season of reflection, I’m thinking about America’s future.

    A new poll from Gallup serves up some sobering data regarding how young Americans feel about their country.

    Gallup asked the question, “Do you think the U.S. has a unique character that makes it the greatest country in the world, or don’t you think so?”

    Eighty percent said “yes,” America is the greatest country in 2010, and 78 percent said “yes” in 2018.

    However, among 18- to 34-year-olds, 80 percent said “yes” in 2010, but this dropped by 18 percentage points in 2018 to 62 percent.

    It’s troubling to think that now 4 out of 10 young Americans do not see their nation as exceptional and the greatest in the world.

  • A Lesson in Racial Politics From Florida

    A Lesson in Racial Politics From Florida

    Now that, finally, the elections in Florida have reached a conclusion, there are lessons worth learning. One is on the subject of race.

    There was a fateful anomaly in racial voting in the governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Rick DeSantis, now Florida’s governor-elect.

    Given that Gillum, formerly mayor of Tallahassee, was running to become the first black governor of Florida, we might have expected black enthusiasm for his candidacy on the order of the waves of black enthusiasm for the presidential candidacy of Barak Obama.

    But it didn’t happen.

    Gillum received a lower percentage of the black vote than did Democratic Sen.

  • 2018 Midtern Election Reveals Opening for Republicans With Young Blacks

    2018 Midtern Election Reveals Opening for Republicans With Young Blacks

    Buried in the mounds of data fleshing out what happened in the midterm elections is an interesting take on blacks.

    Nationwide data on black voting in this election cycle do not point to much change. Various polls over recent months seemed to indicate that blacks were starting to warm up to Republicans and President Donald Trump.

    But blacks went 90 percent for Democrats and 8 percent for Republicans. Pretty much business as usual.

    However, digging down, we find something interesting.

    Blacks ages 18 to 29 voted 82 percent for Democrats and 14 percent for Republicans. That seems to point to change taking place among young blacks.

  • Fake News Threatens Our Nation

    Fake News Threatens Our Nation

    President Donald Trump was right to tweet out: “There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true enemy of the people, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news honestly and fairly. That will do much to put out the flame…”

    He’s right.

    I open to the opinion section of The Washington Post and find the following headlines:

    “Trump has stoked the fears of the Bowerses (the Pittsburgh synagogue murderer) among us.”

    “Fox News and the rest of the right-wing media can’t escape responsibility.”

    “Trump’s America is not a safe place for Jews.”

    All on one opinion page in one day.

  • Urban Violence Begins in Broken Homes

    Urban Violence Begins in Broken Homes

    The Chicago Tribune reported a big drop in violence in Chicago this past weekend. Forty people were shot.

    This down from the weekend before, when 74 were shot.

    The Tribune’s Steve Chapman rejects what he calls the “popular myth, cynically promoted by Trump and other outside critics” that Chicago is an “exceptionally dangerous city.”

    Yes, 674 people were murdered last year in Chicago, more than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. But that is much better than 1991 when, says Chapman, 920 were murdered, and the 674 killed in 2017 was down 15 percent from 2016.

    Whether or not we call this violence “exceptional,” it is certainly unacceptable.

  • The Media Finds Conservative Leaders Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Media Finds Conservative Leaders Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    First it was Republican Congressman Jim Jordan. Now it’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    These men are considered guilty by association for being in proximity of wrongdoing that took place almost 30 years ago.

    Allegedly, Jordan took no action as a young assistant wrestling coach regarding sexual misconduct of the team’s doctor. And Kavanaugh was a law clerk for a judge later accused of sexual harassment.

    There will be questions to Kavanaugh during his confirmations hearings, which will relegate these absurd insinuations to the trash where they belong. But Jordan is an influential conservative congressman, and he is being hurt.

    Why is it so easy for the media to inflict damage at what appears to be so little cost to them?