Category: Viewpoints

How Taiwan Became More Free Than Australia, for Now

Commentary I’m no fan of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. But credit where credit’s due, she went to Taiwan even when both Chinese Leader Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden told her not to. Even more praiseworthy is that once there, she celebrated that the people of Taiwan “have…


Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Member of the Deep State?

Commentary The original phrase was of course a little different, and made famous during Sen. Joe McCarthy’s 1954 hearings into communist subversion in America. But it may soon find new usage with the U.S. Constitution and democracy once again under attack from within. Just four days before the Aug. 8 Mar-a-Lago raid, I made this…


The CDC Failed, So Spin It Off and Make It More Powerful?

Commentary The failure of the CDC to manage COVID-19 was baked in from the first moments of its response. A government agency was never going to mitigate much less get rid of this sort of pathogen. This is because the virus never cared a whit about prestige degrees, job descriptions, big budgets, high-end connections, media…


Canada Partners With the WEF to Unleash Digital IDs—Is the US Next?

Commentary The World Economic Forum (WEF) is actively promoting digital IDs. The Known Traveler Digital Identity (KTDI) is a WEF initiative that, according to its website, “brings together a global consortium of individuals, governments, authorities and the travel industry to enhance security in world travel.” As you can probably tell by the name of the initiative,…


Liz Cheney, Merrick Garland, and President Abraham Lincoln

Commentary As Congresswoman Liz Cheney was being decisively repudiated by the voters of Wyoming (66 percent to 29 percent is a repudiation), her smug Eastern establishment certainty of moral virtue remained intact. However, in describing her situation with the words of Abraham Lincoln, she skewed the historic record. If Lincoln had only garnered 29 percent…


Of Migrants and Mayors, Busloads and Budgets

Commentary Monday morning saw another busload of illegal border crossers arrive at New York City’s Port Authority terminal. The city’s commissioner of immigrant affairs, Manuel Castro, was there to personally welcome 52 people off the bus, of whom 80 percent were single men, witnesses said. “Many other people who are here have told us that the families…


‘Civil War’ Porn

Commentary As President Joe Biden’s polls stagnate and the midterms approach, we are now serially treated to yet another progressive melodrama about the dangers of a supposed impending radical right-wing violent takeover. This time the alleged threat is a Neanderthal desire for a “civil war.” The FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home,…


Inflation Reduction Act Won’t

Commentary In January 1925, President Calvin Coolidge addressed the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington. In his remarks, Coolidge said, “the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing, and prospering in the world.” On Tuesday, President Biden returned from vacation to sign the misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act.” He…


A Bogus Evenhandedness

Commentary A recent column by National Review editor Rich Lowry reminded me of a recurrent theme in Jean-Francois Revel’s “How Democracies Perish,” a brilliant, scathing attack on journalists and academics who were squishy soft on the communists at the height of the Cold War. What I found particularly delicious about Revel’s attacks on progressive intellectuals…


Don’t Fear the People

Commentary For better or for worse, Donald J. Trump has come to represent the populist movement in the United States. And as the Biden administration escalates its cold civil war against Trump, and the corporate media against his followers and supporters, a very important question goes unanswered in the noise. Do populists, as represented by…