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What Would a Progressive America Look Like? - Laura Hollis (5/12/2018)
At the local, state, and federal level, there is ample evidence to demonstrate that progressive policies crush civil liberties rather than protecting them, leave the most vulnerable among us victimized.

The Negative Impact of the #MeToo Movement - Heather Mac Donald (5/2/2018)
The #MeToo movement is going to make the previous three decades look like a golden age of meritocracy. No mainstream institution will hire, promote, or compensate without an exquisite calculation of gender and race ratios.

Comey, Mueller and the Poisonous Tree - Mark Penn (5/1/2018)
It is a strange and curious America that fêtes a former FBI director who was fired from his job after exceeding his authority in ways that two presidential campaigns condemned, and who then leaked confidential memos about a president he clearly desp

Why the Center Cannot Hold - Laura Hollis (4/24/2018)
The predicted "blue wave" may take place. If it does, it's worth asking what America will look like if progressives get control of the government. Because they will not suffer from the timidity and self-abasement that Republicans have shown.

Republicans Still Don't Get It - Laura Hollis (4/7/2018)
Voters expected courageous lawmaking from the GOP. Instead, they got excuses. Then-Speaker of the House John Boehner complained that Republicans only controlled "half of one-third of the government." Nothing changed when they controlled it all.

Toxic Progressivism Champions Toxic Masculinity - Arnold Ahlert (3/29/2018)
The term "male identified" is a window into a poisonous mindset, one that first denies biological reality and then presumes that the default position for any man or boy who refuses to abide progressive assertions of gender "fluidity" is toxic.

Secret Debate Tip for GOP - Ann Coulter (3/18/2018)
Unless liberals are going to say that guns had nothing to do with the Parkland shooting, it was the racial bean-counting in school discipline that unleashed this psychotic on innocent students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Identity Politics Insanity - Arnold Ahlert (3/17/2018)
Perhaps nothing offers greater insight into the progressive mindset than what its adherents deem proper and improper expressions of identity politics.

Here Are 5 Reasons Transgender Policies Are Harmful - Ryan T. Anderson (2/28/2018)
It shouldn't be hard to see the privacy concerns when men who identify as women can enter female-only spaces. When changing for gym class, most high school girls don't want to see or be seen by boys who identify as girls.

A Difficult Year for Romance - Georgie Anne Geyer (2/13/2018)
We have to face it, bravely and forthrightly, like serious men and women who recognize a sobering sexual crisis when they see it. There is no use fighting it anymore. Valentine's Day should be abolished this year.

A Male Backlash Against #MeToo Is Brewing - Kyle Smith (2/8/2018)
Men are scared, and feminists are delighted. But the urge to call out and punish male sexual transgression is bound to clash with an inescapable truth: We're all in this together, men and women.

The Media's Role in the Ongoing Scandals - Laura Hollis (2/1/2018)
The American public should be as outraged with our press as they are about sexual predators in Hollywood -- and just as determined to weed out wrongdoers.

Entitled Traitor - Nicole Russell (1/18/2018)
Chelsea Manning is the worst kind of public servant: When he was one, he betrayed his country. When he was freed, he became indignant and self-focused. Now that he's transgender, he feels he's entitled to lead the rest of us.

Usurping the President's Constitutional Authority - James A. Lyons (1/9/2018)
Judges do not have the constitutional authority to make policy for the military, nor to countermand the president's constitutional authority. Doing so could very likely have more serious consequences in the future.

Are We Rushing to Judgment Too Quickly on Sexual Harassment? - Kathleen Parker (1/1/2018)
It is notable that "shame," so long out of vogue, is making a comeback, indeed, with a vengeance. Johnson's suicide reminds us that the best of causes conducted without the usual rules of law can lead to disastrous, even fatal, consequences.

Drawing a Line on Sexual Harassment - Brent Bozell (12/30/2017)
Most cases aren't as clear-cut as an Al Franken prank photo. Evidence of harassment is often hard to produce, especially years later. That's why cautious investigations and fine distinctions should be made before reputations and careers vanish.

Sex Vigilantes Trash Due Process - Betsy McCaughey (12/22/2017)
What counts as sexual harassment? Men accused of boorish gestures or vulgar remarks face the same disgrace as outright rapists. And never mind if the accusations lack proof and the accusers remain anonymous.

The Unsilent Coup - George Neumayr (12/21/2017)
The scolds of the chattering class have spent the last few days rebuking Fox News for wondering aloud if a "coup in America" is underway. Such talk is "irresponsible," they say. Yet most of what the media offers today calls for just such a coup.

Why Dems Ignored Sexual Harassment for So Many Years - John C. Goodman (12/15/2017)
The quick answer is that liberalism is no longer an ideology, focused on ideas. It is a sociology, bent on acquiring political power and social dominance.

Al Franken and Democratic strategy for 2018 - Wesley Pruden (12/12/2017)
The tragedy of the politics of payback, with women emerging from everywhere with recovered memories of furtive squeezes and stolen kisses, is that payback makes backlash inevitable.

Pelosi's Double Standard an Example of Shameless Partisanship - Jonah Goldberg (12/4/2017)
It is difficult to exaggerate the anger among many Republicans who believe that liberals use the rules selectively, shamelessly invoking standards of conduct to delegitimize and destroy their enemies while exempting their own.

Taxpayers Pay for Politicians' Sex - Betsy McCaughey (11/28/2017)
Republicans and Democrats in Washington are vying to appear more outraged by sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. Don't be fooled. Groping, suggestive remarks and quid pro quos are business-as-usual on the Hill.

The Powerful Waging War on the Weak - Mark Shields (11/26/2017)
The story is as timeless as it is ugly. The names of the actors change, but the plot remains the same. The powerful are in control, and the weak are, too often, at their mercy.

Sex, Lies & Excuses: Partisan Madness on Predators - John Podhoretz (11/24/2017)
As the sex scandals continue their relentless forward march, early efforts at a course correction are beginning to emerge. Some of these efforts are necessary and involve making distinctions.

Politics Commentary Bloated Federal Agencies Have Become the Norm - John York (11/22/2017)
Reorganizing the executive bureaucracy is a critical step to draining the swamp, as Trump pledged to do on the campaign trail.

Quid est Veritas? - Erick Erickson (11/20/2017)
"Quid est veritas?" Pontius Pilate asked Jesus of Nazareth. What is truth? It is in short supply in the 21st century. Western civilization is not really in decline, as many fret. It is reverting to its Greco-Roman pre-Christian norms.

Liberate Government Workers From Forced Union Fees - Jeff Jacoby (10/25/2017)
Coercing workers to pay for representation they don't want isn't a benefit. It's extortion. And it's particularly galling when those extorted payments are used to fund political speech and public-policy activism that employees detest.

Beware the Rape Allegation Bandwagon - Michelle Malkin (10/22/2017)
It's one thing to break down cultural stigmas constructively, but the #MeToo movement is collectivist virtue signaling of a very perilous sort. "The most important response to #metoo is 'I believe you.'" No, it is most decidedly not.

The Greatest Libel Since the Blood Libel - Dennis Prager (10/9/2017)
The Jews survived the Blood Libel. But America may not survive the American Libel. While the first libel led to the death of many Jews, the present libel may lead to the death of a civilization. Indeed, the least oppressive ever created.

Gender Identity: Why All the Confusion? - The Patriot Post (10/5/2017)
The idea that gender-identification is now a personal choice might sound enlightened to some, but it's actually a very anti-scientific view of one of the essential facts of life: men and women are inherently different.

GOP Identity Crisis in the Age of Trump - Robin Smith (10/3/2017)
You either believe in something and consistently work in a principled manner toward outcomes applying those principles, or you don't. The GOP's identity crisis relates to having those in office who are principled in word and deed.

What's in a Shoe? The Death of Feminism - Noemie Emery (9/9/2017)
What's in a shoe? The decline and fall of a once vibrant movement that long ago did some good things for women, but has drifted into uselessness and insanity long since.

The Deeper Currents of American Politics - Scott Rasmussen (9/8/2017)
The political elites are actively trying to divert the currents of American society away from our founding ideals. Our challenge is to make sure the river keeps flowing and wears away whatever obstacles they put in place.

Google Women - John Stossel (8/20/2017)
Social engineers may dream of a society where genders are exactly equal. But it's not going to happen. Companies and governments trying to force it will just make life worse.

Google Burns a Heretic - Mona Charen (8/15/2017)
James Damore is fortunate that we don't burn heretics at the stake, because he has blasphemed. The fired Google engineer has written a script proving that one of the world's largest companies embodies every left-wing stereotype imaginable.

The 'Anti-Diversity Screed' That Wasn't - Rich Lowry (8/12/2017)
The first thing to know about the instantly infamous "anti-diversity screed" written by an anonymous Google software engineer is that it isn't anti-diversity or a screed.

After the Coup, What Then? - Pat Buchanan (8/10/2017)
Our media preen and posture as the defenders of democracy, devoted to truth, who provide us round-the-clock protection from tyranny. But half the nation already sees the media as a propaganda arm of a thoroughly rejected liberal establishment.

Authentic Republican Wisdom - Mark Shields (8/9/2017)
American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy.

Twilight of the (Elitist) 'Gods' - Arnold Ahlert (8/7/2017)
What, exactly, have our self-aggrandizing "betters" given us? Nearly $20 trillion of debt, a failed health care system, porous borders, improperly vetted "refugees," nuclear North Korea, Iran on its way, ongoing attacks on the First and Second Amendments.

Oops, Republicans Did It Again - Veronique de Rugy (8/5/2017)
Despite a mountain of historical evidence that the Republican Party doesn't seriously stand for smaller government and individual liberty, we maintained some hope that this time would be different. Hah!

A Transgender Military - Katie Kieffer (8/3/2017)
Since when is the military a place where you go to express your "identity"—of any kind: short haircuts, uniforms, salutes, titles, and marching orders? An effective military is not a flamboyant one.

Helping the Transgendered - Judah Friedman (8/1/2017)
If you don't think that suicide and addiction are "disruptive" to the military, as the president intimated, and if you don't believe that this issue needed to be debated, before it was implemented, you aren't just confused but complicit.

Another Burden for Willie and Joe - Wesley Pruden (7/28/2017)
They can also serve who are assigned to places other than the battlefield, where there is no justice, social or otherwise. Just pain, filth and death. Why make it worse for those who fight there?

Slavery - Walter Williams (7/23/2017)
At the time of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, slaves were about 40 percent of the population of the southern colonies. Apportionment in the House of Representatives and the number of electoral votes each state would have was a critical decision.

Hiding from the Sun: Gender Ideology's Attack on Truth - Gerard T. Mundy  (7/18/2017)
Gender ideology demands that everyone say of what is that it is not, and of what is not that it is. Lovers of truth must courageously resist this call to falsehood.

Democracy Dies Due to Journalists' Lies - Erick Erickson (7/15/2017)
If President Trump cured cancer tomorrow, the American press corps would assail him for putting a bunch of scientists on the unemployment line. He cannot win with a seriously biased press.

Does Big Government Feed the Epidemic of Violence? - Jonah Goldberg (6/21/2017)
What's the worst part about horrific, murderous violence in America? Well, except for the death, the ruined lives, the pain and the fear and the rush to pass laws that wouldn't have prevented it, I think it has to be the media criticism.

DemoMSM Rhetoric and the Attempted Murder of Republicans - Mark Alexander (6/16/2017)
The indisputable fact is, that Democrats and their leftmedia loudspeakers have inspired the "rule or ruin" tactics we are now witnessing with greater frequency – and greater violence.

Are We Nearing Civil War? - Pat Buchanan (6/14/2017)
President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down.

Time to Govern, Republicans - Byron York (6/8/2017)
Members of the GOP majorities need to realize that they have a job to do right now. Contrary to what many politicians seem to believe, that job is not, first and foremost, to get re-elected.

Why There Are Only Two Sexes - John Skalko (6/4/2017)
Are there only two sexes? A generation ago, this might have seemed like a silly question. But given the rise of gender theory, transgenderism, intersexuality, and all of their related phenomena, the question now appears to be both complex and pressing.

Flying the Coup - Noemie Emery (5/24/2017)
Nixon's removal wasn't a 'coup' that begins at the pinnacle, but an unrest that starts at a much lower level, and by gradual methods works its way upwards. Trump appears to be on the same continuum.

What the Freedom Caucus Stands For - George Will (4/16/2017)
Although just a little over two years old, the HFC signals a revival of congressional resistance to the dangerous waxing of executive power under presidents of both parties. The HFC is a rarity, a heartening political development.

Karma, Precedent and the Nuclear Option - Charles Krauthammer (4/11/2017)
A major reason these fights over Supreme Court nominations have become so bitter and unseemly is the stakes. The Court has become more than ever a superlegislature. From abortion to gay marriage, it has appropriated to itself the final word.

Neil Gorsuch Must Be a Bad Man - Debra J. Saunders (4/4/2017)
A favorite truism in Washington these days is: "Be careful what you wish for; you may get it." It tells the cautionary tale of how Republicans who wanted to run Washington got what they wanted and now must govern.

Girding Republican Loins for the War - Wesley Pruden (4/1/2017)
Going nuclear rightly offends conservatives who respect tradition, rules and precedent, but tradition is not a suicide pact. This is an opportunity to stand up not just for Mr. Gorsuch, but for the law. The Constitution demands it.

Transgendered Child Abuse - Kelly Riddell (3/20/2017)
If you think you're being indoctrinated — or even manipulated — by the mainstream media and Hollywood telling you how you should feel about transgender kids, it's because you are.

Biology Isn't Bigotry - Emily Zinos (3/10/2017)
Public schools have a duty to serve all children, but a school cannot serve children and a totalitarian ideology all at once. Christian mothers are uniting with their radical feminist and lesbian sisters to reject the idea of "gender identity."

Is the American Elite Really Elite? - Victor Davis Hanson (3/6/2017)
Twenty-first century repute is accrued from the false gods of the right zip code, high income, proper social circles and media exposure rather from a demonstrable record of moral or intellectual excellence.

Hillary's 'Future Is Female' Femme-A-Goguery - Michelle Malkin (2/13/2017)
HillaryWorld is a bleak, identity politics cesspool hijacked by nutty man-haters running around with crocheted sexual organs on their heads and babbling about the human rights crime of their "flow."

The World Turned Upside Down - Victor Davis Hanson (1/30/2017)
Everything is in flux in a way not seen since the election of 1932, in which Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover. Mainstream Democrats are infuriated. Even Republicans are vexed over the outsider Trump.

It's No Revelation That Intelligence Agencies Are Politicized - Victor Davis Hanson (1/24/2017)
Furor has arisen over Donald Trump's charges that our intelligence agencies are politicized. Spare us the outrage. For decades, intelligence agencies have often quite inappropriately massaged their assessments to fit administration agendas.

Presidential Images, a Work in Progress - David Shribman (1/20/2017)
In the days leading to his inauguration, Donald J. Trump almost certainly has not paused to consider the presidency of James K. Polk, who occupied the White House from 1845 to 1849. But there is an element of the 11th president in the 45th president.

Politics and Other Basic Irrelevancies - William Murchison (1/18/2017)
The notion that government can twirl a few knobs, raise or lower the room temperature, pull a few levers, and voila, the kingdom comes into view — that is a fantasy we swallow against the historical evidence.

Striking a Blow for Good Sense - The Washington Times (1/8/2017)
When the urge to be edgy leads to fad, the unique, the uncommon and sometimes the weird and goofy is suddenly high fashion. In 2016, "transgenderism," the urge to be what you're not, became a fad.

Six Reasons The Left's Outrage Over 'Russian Hacking' Is The Ultimate Hypocrisy - Gerry Urbanek (1/2/2017)
When President Obama levied sanctions against Russia for their supposed interference in the 2016 presidential election, unsurprisingly Democrats cheered with approval. However, there are a several reasons such a reaction is the ultimate hypocrisy.

Trump Must Freeze Out Friends to Drain the Swamp - The Washington Examiner (12/29/2016)
If Mexican billionaires can get a dinner with Trump, and win him over by cutting a check to Corey Lewandowski or some other ally, then the swamp will remain as soupy as ever. Money will still ensure favors, and lobbyists will still set the agenda.

One-Party State, Meet Party of One - Debra J. Saunders (12/12/2016)
Donald J. Trump did America a huge favor by winning the White House in November. If Hillary Clinton had won, there would have been little stopping America from turning into a one-party country, a national political equivalent of California.

The Truthful Hyperbole of Donald Trump - Charlie Cook (11/25/2016)
The news media need to understand that his supporters do not take him literally, and Trump needs to understand that he must remain true to the spirit of his promises.

Democrats Must Drop Identity Politics - Froma Harrop (11/23/2016)
One could argue that Trump played white identity politics. The history of white nationalism is ugly, to be sure. But people get confused when "Black Lives Matter" is deemed as acceptable and "All Lives Matter" as racist.

A Blow to the Non-Elite Elite - Victor Davis Hanson (11/13/2016)
There were a lot of losers in this election, well beyond Hillary Clinton and the smug, incompetent pollsters and know-it-all, groupthink pundits who embarrassed themselves.

Tea Party Elegy - Rachel Lu (11/12/2016)
The Tea Party accomplished something that we rarely see in politics: it generated widespread enthusiasm for austerity. This achievement should not be underappreciated. Politicians seldom have to pay for their wastefulness and rash promises.

A Fitting Final Chapter To The Sleaze Sweepstakes - George Will (11/12/2016)
It is grimly hilarious to hear it said that the Justice Department, by not holding Comey to established protocols concerning discussions of ongoing investigations, and concerning pronouncements close to elections, has tainted itself.

Deplorable Americans Decided to Drain the Swamp - Todd Starnes (11/10/2016)
Everything changed on Election Day – when Donald Trump became a champion for the Silent Majority. He gave us a voice. And now the Silent Majority is silent no more. We the People have decided that it's time to drain the swamp.

Trump Wins Stunning Upset! - Associated Press (11/9/2016)
Donald Trump claimed his place Wednesday as America's 45th president, an astonishing victory for the celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters' economic anxieties.

Whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton Is Elected President, Liberty Loses - Andrew Napolitano (11/8/2016)
What if a secret government cabal has decided that it prefers Clinton to succeed President Obama and so its agents in law enforcement will overlook all evidence of Clinton's lawbreaking in order to bring that about?

This Is the Least Important Election of Our Lifetimes - David Harsanyi (11/7/2016)
Partisans always seem to believe that everything that happens to them right now, at this very moment, is the most important thing that has ever happened or will ever happen to humanity.

Supreme Bathroom Wars - Paul Albaugh (11/1/2016)
For reasons that are unfathomable to most humans there is an ongoing debate from a very small minority of Rainbow Mafia activists who are trying to force the rest of humanity to accommodate their demands regarding which bathroom to use.

Supreme Court to Weigh in on Transgender Bathroom Panic - Scott Shackford (10/29/2016)
The Supreme Court announced this afternoon it will hear the case of a transgender student in Virginia fighting with his school district over which bathrooms and facilities he should be allowed to use.

An Establishment in Panic - Pat Buchanan (10/26/2016)
The establishment is horrified at the Donald's potential defiance of the election results because, deep within its soul, it fears that the people for whom Trump speaks no longer accept its political legitimacy or moral authority.

Hillary's Advantage: The Media; Trump's Advantage: The Issues - Ann Coulter (10/26/2016)
The media's entire campaign against Trump is to prevent him from talking about policy. They would rather talk about fat-shaming than trade, immigration and jobs. Sometimes, it seems like Trump is cheating by taking the popular side of every issue.

Is the System Rigged? You Betcha - Pat Buchanan (10/22/2016)
When did we vote to consign America to the Third World? Was that really the court's role in the Constitution? How did we wind up with an all-powerful judicial tyranny in a nation the Founding Fathers created as a democratic republic?

Aborting the Trump Revolution - Pat Buchanan (10/13/2016)
Trump is new to national politics. Yet, with all the mistakes he has made, and all the savagery of the media attacks upon him, he is still, remarkably, very much in the race for president of the United States.

Will Illegal Foreign Voters Steal the Election? - Michelle Malkin (10/8/2016)
"It could all come down to Colorado." That's the latest conventional wisdom from presidential poll watchers. But it may not be legal American citizens in my adopted home state who choose the next commander in chief.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Have More in Common Than You Think - Andrew Napolitano (10/6/2016)
What if the most remarkable aspect of this presidential election is not how much the two principal candidates disagree with each other but how much they actually agree?

'Equal Pay': Another Area for Government Meddling - Michael Schwartz (10/2/2016)
It used to be that a small business was free to grow and prosper indefinitely, but now these startups have to worry about compliance with burdensome measures like ObamaCare, the Family and Medical Leave Act -- and now the vagaries of "equal pay."

James Comey's Clinton Immunity - The Wall Street Journal (10/1/2016)
We have long opposed the appointment of special prosecutors, but that depends on the ability of established legal officers to do their jobs without political favor. Mr. Comey's handling of the Clinton case understandably makes Americans wonder.

Goats in the White House - Wesley Pruden (9/30/2016)
However trashy the Clinton occupancy of the White House was, it was not unique. Presidents before them lived lives of unique scandal, unprincipled vulgarity and singular impropriety.

What's Left? - Ralph Benko (9/29/2016)
Hillary Clinton is not a communist. That said, she is certainly running to the left. But what's left? People throw around the terms "left" and "right" with an instinctive, imprecise, sense of their meanings. Back to first principles.

The Year of the Reticent Voter - Peggy Noonan (9/26/2016)
People seem to feel that if they express a preference, they're baring their souls. The signature sentence of this election begins with the words "In a country of 320 million … how'd it come down to these two?" or "why'd we get them?"

Hillary's Health is a Valid Issue - Jonah Goldberg (9/22/2016)
Journalism-school Jesuits have been saying that presidential candidates' health is relevant ever since FDR's "splendid deception." The greatest gift the mainstream media could give Trump would be to keep serving as Clinton's praetorian guard.

Which is the Party of Hate? - John C. Goodman (9/13/2016)
What is causing all this anger and hate? Here is part of the answer: it is intentionally being stoked and nurtured by Democratic politicians who are heavily invested in the idea that African Americans are being oppressed by white racists.

Me For President - Kurt Schlichter (9/13/2016)
America is in such deep trouble that it appears that the only solution to save this great nation is for me to jump into the election. My slogan: "You could do a lot worse, and frankly, you're almost certainly going to."

What Makes Us Any Different From Venezuela Now? - Jed Babbin (9/11/2016)
It's a matter or record. Americans now populate the largest, wealthiest and most powerful banana republic in the world. The differences between Obama's America and Maduro's Venezuela are defined only by degree.

On Hillary Clinton as a Model for Young Girls - Dennis Prager (9/3/2016)
This obsession with a woman in the White House is a liberal preoccupation. The vast majority of conservatives, in contrast, wouldn't care. Conservatives do not think like liberals.

Experience vs. Vision — The Presidential Paradox - David M. Shribman (9/3/2016)
The analysis you hear everywhere is that this is an extraordinary election, a departure from the ordinary, staking out new ground in American political history. In some ways it is. But it also firmly fits into a great American framework.

The Modern Feminist Rejection of Constitutional Government - Christina Villegas (8/30/2016)
Many people assume that it is modern feminism, not the Constitution, that has secured freedom and political equality for women. In reality, the Constitution has always been compatible with women's equal political rights.

The Bribery Standard - Charles Krauthammer (8/28/2016)
Bernie Sanders never understood the epic quality of the Clinton scandals. He failed to understand that Clinton scandals are sprawling, multilayered, complex things. They defy time and space. They grow and burrow.

For Sale, the Most Brazen President Money Can Buy - Wesley Pruden (8/25/2016)
It's coming clear now why Hillary Clinton wanted her own email server, free from oversight by anyone, and why she resisted so ferociously enabling anyone from getting even a hint to what she was hiding.

The Gender Pay Gap Today - James Shott (8/17/2016)
"Women all over America deserve a raise," Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly. "There's no discount for being a woman — groceries don't cost us less, rent doesn't cost us less, so why should we be paid less?" Context, anyone? Nah.

The Never Ending Politics of Truth - Erick Erickson (8/16/2016)
Truth is something that should not be disputed. Facts are facts and truth is truth. The sky appearing blue is a fact. Gravity is a fact. We are, unfortunately, reaching a moment when truth is in dispute because of the politicization of everything.

Hillary Clinton: Tax, Spend and Recession - Stephen Moore (8/16/2016)
Poor Hillary Clinton. She's trying so fervently to come up with at least one new and inspiring idea to jump-start a moribund economy and help the financially stressed middle class. But the left's idea cupboard is empty.

'You're Fired' Is How Trump Says 'Change' - Ira Stoll (8/12/2016)
It's not the voters that Trump wants to fire; it's the politicians and the bureaucrats and, on some level, the whole class of Ivy League educated coastal establishment elites. In that sense, at least, he really is running a Nixon-like campaign.

Why Race Relations Have Gotten Worse Under Barack Obama - John C. Goodman (8/11/2016)
Racial politics is identity politics and that has been a mainstay in the Democratic Party for almost 100 years. People are treated as members of groups and they are encouraged to believe that they are victims of bad behavior by those outside the group.

The Wrath of Khan - Ann Coulter (8/6/2016)
Khizr Khan, the Muslim "Gold Star Father" who harangued Americans at the Democratic National Convention, with a mute, hijab-wearing wife at his side, is just another in a long string of human shields liberals send out to defend their heinous policies.

I Have a PERSONAL Message for the Muslim Father Whose Son Was Killed in Iraq - Allen West (8/2/2016)
Yes, we have read the Constitution. And we comprehend the relationship between the three branches of government…you know separation of powers, checks and balances, coequal branches of government. Do Mr. Obama and Ms. Clinton, for whom you speak?

Real Debates Illuminate Issues. Presidential 'Debates' Debase Them. - Jeff Jacoby (7/23/2016)
The quality of presidential campaign debates in the modern era, low to begin with, has sunk to rock-bottom. Some of that has to do with the declining moral caliber of the candidates themselves.

A Steppingstone to Oblivion - Mark Shields (7/20/2016)
The first very first "presidential" test in public for every nominee for the White House is the selection of a vice presidential running mate. The job may be a "warm bucket of spit," but it certainly is no steppingstone.

Clinton v. Trump - Scott Rasmussen (7/17/2016)
Over the past generation, there has been growing evidence that our dysfunctional political system is badly broken. For the past 30 years, neither party has been able to hold a sustainable governing majority in both Congress and the White House.

A World in Crisis, and No Genius in Sight - Peggy Noonan (7/9/2016)
The leaders of the world aren't a very impressive group right now. There's a sense with some of them of playing out a historical or cultural string, that they're placeholders in some way. Many are young, yet so much around them feels tired.

Will Americans Elect A 'Congenital Liar' President? - Pat Buchanan (7/8/2016)
Does Hillary Clinton possess the integrity and honesty to be president of the United States? Or are those quaint and irrelevant considerations in electing a head of state in 21st-century America?

Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme - Dr. Paul McHugh, M.D. (7/2/2016)
The idea that one's sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery.

Britain's Vote for Freedom Proves Power is with the People - Michael Goodwin (6/28/2016)
Revolutions are a leap into the unknown and require the right mix of outrage, determination and leadership. They are testament to the ethos of an entire country and culture when they succeed without a shot being fired.

Paul Krugman's Democratic Party - John C. Goodman (6/26/2016)
So what is the fundamental problem with Democratic Party politics? Think of political jurisdictions where there basically are no Republicans. Think Detroit, Michigan. Think Puerto Rico.

The Bad Moon Rising Over Hillary - Wesley Pruden (6/24/2016)
Whatever she learned from Bubba didn't take. He was a master at covering his tracks and playing the rube when forced to, with a Huck Finn grin and country charm: "Aw, whatcha gonna do with a good ol' boy like me?" He got away with murder.

Political Distractions Abound in the Wake of Orlando Shooting - Jonah Goldberg (6/23/2016)
In a normal country during normal times, the jihadi terrorist shooting in Orlando in which 49 people were murdered in cold blood -- and more than 50 injured -- would be a cause for a serious debate about national security. Ha!

Endorsing Lawlessness - Ken Blackwell (6/20/2016)
Surprise, surprise: President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. He wants someone to follow him who will protect his disastrous legacy. He couldn't have made a better choice.

Job-Killing Red Tape for Thee, Not for Me - Veronique de Rugy (6/19/2016)
Over the years, Congress has passed thousands of bills and statutes that dictate how we must live our lives, but its members often fail to comply with these rules. In many instances, they actually exempt themselves from those burdensome constraints.

Hillary Clinton: The most qualified? - Cal Thomas (6/19/2016)
Perhaps no president, or presidential candidate, has been bought and paid for more than Hillary Clinton. She comes to this contest not with a long list of accomplishments, but with a trail of "receipts" and IOUs.

So What Difference Does It Make? - Kurt Schlichter (6/14/2016)
Someone else came up with the "Nothing matters. LOL" formulation to describe this election year, and he deserves a nice shiny quarter, unless he is a Hillary fan in which case someone should smack him for supporting that cancer on our Constitution.

Government Must Stay Neutral in Transgender Debate - Ryan T. Anderson (6/11/2016)
You know gender-identity issues are getting lots of attention when it prompts one gay-rights activist to start a campaign called "Drop the T." Its goal: to kick transgender out of the standard LGBT acronym for being "regressive and hostile."

Here Come the Libertarians - William Murchison (6/2/2016)
"Welcome to the party!" is about all one can say to the Libertarian Party slate — former GOP Govs. Gary Johnson and Bill Weld — vying for the presidency. Fix the boys a triple martini with a beer chaser. Everybody's a little nutty around h

Obama Illegally Puts 'Coach Bob' In Girls' Showers - Mychal Massie (5/31/2016)
What constitutional authority gives Obama the power to dictate that all schools in the United States make their bathrooms available to everyone according to their self-proclaimed so-called gender identity juxtaposed to the biological sex they were born?

Rape Culture Goes Potty - Erick Erickson (5/30/2016)
In a culture the left claims is filled with rapists, the left led by the Obama Administration, wants to let the rapists have free reign in bathrooms across America.

Clinton's Enablers on the Right - Stephen Moore (5/28/2016)
Is there anything more laughable than all the former members of the George W. Bush brain trust torching conservatives for getting behind Donald Trump?

You Are What You Say You Are - Walter Williams (5/27/2016)
In these modern times, reality is coming to be seen as optional. Say you are a man and want to be able to check out the ladies' bathroom. You simply say you have transgendered yourself and are a lady.

Due Process Is Being Kicked Off Campus - George Will (5/25/2016)
Academia's descent into perpetual hysteria and incipient tyranny is partly fueled by the fiction that one in five college students is sexually assaulted and that campuses require minute federal supervision to cure this.

North Carolina Fights Back - Cal Thomas (5/21/2016)
Standing on principle, not to mention common sense, is so rare these days that when someone does it they make headlines. That's because you can quickly be labeled a "bigot" if you oppose a lot of the sludge dumped on us by the secular left.

We Must Defy Obama's Transgender Decree — No Matter the Cost - Todd Starnes (5/18/2016)
The time has come for all Americans to stand up and defy this president's immoral agenda. If losing federal funding is the price we must pay to protect women and children, then so be it.

The Obama Administration Rewrites Title IX - National Review (5/17/2016)
Dealing with transgender children requires tact, good judgment, and a healthy dose of discretion. School officials should be empowered to reach individualized solutions for individual issues — while protecting all of the students in their car

New Obamacare Transgender Regulations Threaten Freedom of Physicians - Ryan T. Anderson (5/16/2016)
Medical professionals should remain free to operate according to their best medical judgments. No American should be forced to violate his or her moral and religious beliefs, especially in morally fraught issues in health care.

Next: Will Court Redefine Man and Woman? - Terence Jeffery (5/13/2016)
What about the rights of persons who are biologically female, who identify as female, and who do not want to use the same facilities as biological males? They do not factor into the Justice Department's argument.

The Thinking Man's Guide to Donald Trump - Don Surber (5/11/2016)
In December 2014, Peter Economy of Inc. magazine wrote, "The Top 10 Skills Every Great Leader Needs to Succeed." Trump has them all.

It's Not About Sexism - Camille Paglia (5/9/2016)
We don't know if Trump can morph into a statesman. We do know the media/political class fears his threat to Hillary. The obvious strategy by Democratic operatives to disrupt his rallies and link him to brewing fascism has backfired with a bang.

What Will Happen Under A Hillary Presidency - Nick Short (5/5/2016)
If those of us in the Republican party cannot let go of the personal animosity that exists against each other and unite against the Democratic party, then the 2016 election will be the last election in American history.

Let's Break From Identity Politics, Together - Froma Harrop (5/3/2016)
Both parties sort voters by color and gender. There's nothing new about promoting solidarity on the basis of genetics. And one sees some utility in this brand of politicking, especially for Democrats. But it can get old really fast.

Hands Off the Ladies' Rooms - Mona Charen (4/29/2016)
If it concerns sex in any way, you can be sure that our culture will fixate on it and manage to defy common sense with hyperventilating indignation. So, coming soon to a bathroom near you: transgenderism.

Federal Court: Schools May Not Provide Separate Bathrooms Based on Biology - Ryan T. Anderson (4/24/2016)
On April 19th, the Fourth Circuit Court ruled against a Virginia school district that sought to accommodate a transgender student while also protecting the privacy rights of other students. Accommodation, apparently, is just not enough.

How Democrats Win Debates By Corrupting The English Language - David Harsanyi (4/21/2016)
Humans have been using euphemisms ever since Adam first "knew" Eve. In politics, especially, obfuscating and twisting the meaning of words has been going on forever. Today's Dems have simply brought it to a new level.

A Better Choice - John Stossel (4/10/2016)
Trump! Clinton! Is that all there is? No. Fortunately, we have other choices. A recent poll shows that if the election were held today, 11 percent of Americans would vote for a Libertarian, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

Sanders Is Getting Away With Murder - William Murchison (4/2/2016)
How dispiriting it is to see so many modern Americans voters line up, drooling, at the Sanders handout stand. A presidential candidate who makes Clinton look at times like Milton Friedman — to think of it is to know and feel the Bern.

Please Lie to Us - Mona Charen (3/22/2016)
Politicians in a democracy have little incentive to tell voters the truth — not when voters reward them for telling lies. In due course, voters howl that they have been betrayed, but it's a betrayal they invited.

Voters Have Defeated the Establishment, Now Will Decide Nominee - Scott Rasmussen (3/20/2016)
Keep in mind what has already been decided by the voters. The Republican establishment has been defeated. Marco Rubio articulated the reasons in his concession speech. Voters gave Republicans control of Congress in 2010 and 2014, but nothing changed.

Who Politicized the Courts? - James Shott (3/19/2016)
Judges at all levels are expected and presumed to be impartial in applying the law and are sworn to follow the precepts of the U.S. Constitution. They must resist allowing their personal political leanings to affect the rulings or opinions they produce.

Trump Isn't the Problem, He's the Symptom - Caleb Verbois (3/16/2016)
The Republican Party is sick, and has been for a long time. For a generation Republican voters have consistently pulled the lever for whatever Republican has been trotted out; they are only now realizing they don't have a lot to show for it.

The Oligarchs' Super-Pac Anti-Trump Savagery - Pat Buchanan (3/8/2016)
Not in memory has the leadership of a party been so out of touch. The Republican rank and file are in revolt, not only against the failures of their fathers but the policies of their present rulers.

A New GOP Is Born - Pat Buchanan (3/6/2016)
While the prospect of routing Hillary Clinton brought out the true believers, it was Donald Trump's name on the ballot and his calls for economic patriotism, border security and an end to imperial wars that brought out the throngs.

Trump for President - Erick Erickson (3/6/2016)
Those voting for Trump have seen Washington betray them, which has set them up for the perfect con by a consummate con artist. In the ultimate con, Donald Trump will concede November to his friend, Hillary Clinton, the plan all along.

Why a Conservative Voted for Bernie - Jeff Jacoby (3/5/2016)
In a super-blue state like Massachusetts, Super Tuesday was the Election Day that mattered. The outcome in November is a foregone conclusion: The Democratic presidential nominee will win. So the primary is the sole opportunity to make point.

Paranoid Politics - Thomas Sowell (2/28/2016)
Amid all the media analyses of the prospects of each of the candidates in both political parties, there is remarkably little discussion of the validity — or lack of validity — of the arguments these candidates are using.

Nationalism and Populism Propel Trump - Pat Buchanan (2/23/2016)
While their immediate goal is to deny him the nomination, do they really think that if the party nominates Rubio, things can be again as they were before Trump?

Draft Registration Should Remain for Men Only - National Review (2/13/2016)
It is fantasy that requiring women to register for the draft would do anything constructive. Instead, it would mainly provide the military with a new bureaucratic burden, one that would grow particularly acute in a time of national crisis.

The World They Made - Mark Steyn (2/3/2016)
What is "the Republican Party" in 2015? To a businessman, it looks like an unsellable product and an incompetent management ...but with a useful mailing list and a functioning network of branch offices.

The Rejection Election - Pat Buchanan (2/2/2016)
Taken together, the candidacies of Trump, Sanders, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz represent a rejection of the establishment. And, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, other Republican campaigns are now channeling Trump's.

Hillary Clinton's Historical Problem With Honesty - Kathleen Parker (2/2/2016)
Questions about Hillary Clinton's honesty did not start with Benghazi or with emails and a private server, but began ages ago with any number of fabricated — or at least exaggerated — stories.

The Election When Nobody Showed Up - Wesley Pruden (1/30/2016)
Why are the front-runners in both parties so unelectable? The frenzied and the frightened count the ways, without getting into the depth and breadth and height a body's soul can reach.

Hillary's "Blame-Men-First" Feminism May Prove Costly In 2016 - Camille Paglia (1/27/2016)
Hillary Clinton has consistently drawn greater support from women than men. Is this gender lag due to retrograde misogyny, or does Hillary project an uneasiness or ambivalence about men that complicates her appeal to a broader electorate?

The Dynasty Drag - Noemie Emery (1/26/2016)
While the Democrats cling to the back of Hillary's tiger, afraid to get off but frightened to be there, Jeb continues to embarrass himself and to weaken his party. Isn't it time they went home?

The State of the Union Is Divided—as Usual - Steve Chapman (1/19/2016)
"[Democracy] doesn't work if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice," says Obama. If that were true, American democracy would have expired a long time ago.

State of the Union Spectacle Would Appall Thomas Jefferson - Jeff Jacoby (1/15/2016)
What the Constitution's framers intended as a matter-of-fact directive — that presidents supply lawmakers with useful information and policy proposals — has become an antidemocratic extravaganza that would have horrified Jefferson.

A Chance to Mend First Amendment Rights - George Will (1/12/2016)
When the Supreme Court contemplates changing its mind, it must weigh the institutional interest in the law's continuity against evidence that a prior decision has done an injury, even a constitutional injury.

The Myth of the Cop Killing 'Epidemic' - Michael Walsh (1/8/2016)
To hear the media tell it, America is in the grip of an unprecedented crime wave, an orgy of wanton murder in which heavily armed thugs randomly gun down innocent unarmed people, some of them teens, just for sport. Except the goons are cops.

Good Riddance To 2015, The Year Of The Big Lie - Thomas Sowell (12/31/2015)
It is always hard to know when a turning point has been reached, and usually it is recognized only late. However, if 2015 has been a turning point, it may well have marked a turn in a downward direction for America and for Western civilization.

Obama Deserves Blame for Trump's Rise - The Washington Examiner (12/29/2015)
Pundits and politicians have racked their brains to explain Donald Trump's persistence as a powerful political phenomenon. What if a large part of the answer has been staring them in the face all along?

Primary Preview: The Brawl vs. the Blob - Peggy Noonan (12/21/2015)
What a year of wonders. For a good portion of it there were three Republican presidential candidates who, if you added up their polling numbers, had the support of more than half the voters — and they had never won a political office in their lives.

Who Is The Fascist? Trump Or Obama? - Stephen Moore (12/19/2015)
Ironically, the left intelligentsia that is accusing Trump of fascism are many of the same people in Hollywood who just made a movie celebrating the communists/fascists of the 1950s within their ranks.

Bernie Sanders: 'To Hell With The Fossil Fuel Industry' - Christopher Helman  (11/23/2015)
Talk about feeling the Bern — the socialist candidate just told millions of workers that their companies and their jobs and their cars can go to hell.

Who's Burning Black Churches? Oh. - Michelle Malkin (11/12/2015)
Unrepentant race hustlers go bonkers when advised to approach alleged hate crimes with caution. Anyone showing an iota of skepticism or journalistic responsibility is branded a bigot or collaborator.

Warning Alarms For Liberals - Tammy Bruce (11/10/2015)
According to Real Clear Politics, 63.8 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. This could explain, in part, the amazing victories for conservatives during last Tuesday's local and state elections.

Radical Republicanism - Roger Kaplan (11/9/2015)
Several months ago we recommended Republicans find a way to draft James Webb as their candidate for the presidency next year, due to the fact that the contenders appeared to consist largely of bright, willing, eager midgets, technocratic midgets.

Take the Winnings and Run - Charles Krauthammer (11/6/2015)
Where do Republicans get that special talent for turning gold to dross? They score an electoral "massacre" (the Economist) in 2014 and, a year later, what do they have to show for it other than another threat to shut down the government?

Politicians' Words - Thomas Sowell (10/30/2015)
What a "fair share" of taxes means in practice is simply "more." No matter how high the tax rate is on people with a given income, you can always raise the tax rate further by saying that they are still not paying their "fair share."

Turning Alinsky on His Head With Rules for Republicans - Scott Powell (10/28/2015)
For the Republicans, it is not only vital to elevate and deliver a candidate with the character, courage and capability to lead in this time of crisis. It is also essential that the candidate has the ability to defeat the Democrat Party nominee.

Why Republican Voters Are Not Acting Like the GOP - Mark Shields (10/27/2015)
Republican voters heading into 2016 are ignoring the credential of public service and rejecting the experience of elected office.

Useless Idiots - Ann Coulter (10/7/2015)
You might think the disaster that is California would wake up even the utter mediocrities in the Republican Party. But their predictable little lives have been disrupted. That's why Trump has them in a panic.

Unnecessary Loss of Life - Walter Williams (10/6/2015)
War is nasty, brutal and costly. In our latest wars, many of the casualties suffered by American troops are a direct result of their having to obey rules of engagement created by politicians who have never set foot on a battlefield.

Bernie Sanders' America - Dr, Marvin Folkertsma (10/1/2015)
The raucous welcomes and thundering applause that have greeted America's newest (and oldest) political rock star, the septuagenarian Bernie Sanders, have launched a cottage industry of puzzled pundits trying to figure out the source of his appeal.

Another Cynical Democratic "Citizenship USA" Voter Drive - Michelle Malkin (9/30/2015)
There's only one time when you can depend on the chronically backlogged, recklessly inefficient Department of Homeland Security to perform smoothly: election season.

If Pope Francis Wants to Help the Poor... - Stephanie Slade (9/24/2015)
Even as he calls for greater concern for the marginalized, he broadly and cavalierly condemns the market-driven economic development that has lifted a billion people out of extreme poverty within the lifetime of the typical millennial.

The Conservative Case Against Carly Fiorina - John Hawkins (9/19/2015)
Carly Fiorina is surging right now in the GOP Presidential primary and it's easy to see why many conservatives like her. She's had a couple of strong debate performances where she's tossed out good lines. But what is she really?

Voters Turn To Trump Because They Have No Confidence In Government - John Daniel Davidson (9/18/2015)
As we pick apart the candidates' performances Wednesday night in the GOP primary debate, at least some Republicans must be wondering why, with so many experienced officeholders in the race, they cannot rid their party of Donald Trump.

The Modern Malleability of Gender and Race - Victor Davis Hanson (9/2/2015)
In the present postmodern world, we are told that there is no such thing as a biologically distinct gender. Instead, gender is now socially constructed. It can be defined by the individual in almost any way he or she sees fit.

Trump and the Fate of the GOP - Jared Peterson (9/2/2015)
When party leaders create intense anger and frustration among their voters by ignoring or opposing them on an issue they believe singularly important, don't blame those voters for going elsewhere. Blame their leaders.

The Quiet Revolution - Scott Powell (8/25/2015)
Frustration with division and gridlock in Washington lead many Americans to impugn both political parties. There is plenty of blame to go around, but below the surface there has been a quiet revolution going on in only one of the two parties.

Why Obama Is Torpedoing Hillary Clinton - Monica Crowley (8/20/2015)
The Democratic ticket will be Joe Biden-Elizabeth Warren. That's what Mr. Obama wants. And what Mr. Obama wants, Mr. Obama gets. This is "Game of Thrones." And Mr. Obama is winning.

The Three Presidential Primaries - Peggy Noonan (8/18/2015)
Congratulations to the leaders of both parties: The past 20 years you've taken us far. We're entering Weimar, baby. The swamp figure is up from the depths, and his name is "Trump."

What's Scarier: Trump-Sanders or Bush-Clinton? - Scott Rasmussen (8/16/2015)
It's been amusing in recent weeks to watch pundits grappling with Trumpmania and the surge of Bernie Sanders. To say that the rise of these unusual candidates has been unsettling for the political elites would be a gross understatement.

Taking Down The Donald - Pat Buchanan (8/12/2015)
If his Republican opponents will not take down Donald Trump, Fox News will not only show them how it is done. Fox News will do the job for them. That is the message that came out loud and clear from the August 6th debate.

Here are the contenders in the first Republican presidential debate - Philip Klein (8/5/2015)

What Voters See in Donald Trump - Peggy Noonan (8/3/2015)
The GOP is waiting for Mr. Trump to do himself in — he's a self-puncturing balloon. True, but he's a balloon held aloft by a lot of people; they won't let it fall so easy.

Revenge of the Radical Middle - Mathew Continetti (7/24/2015)
A brash showboat and celebrity, self-promoter and controversialist, silly and mocking, a caricature of a caricature, Donald Trump is no one's idea of a serious presidential candidate. Which is exactly why the radical middle finds him refreshing.

Is Capitalism Diabolic? - Pat Buchanan (7/21/2015)
Pope Francis is the infallible custodian of that truths Christ taught. Is that not sufficient, Your Holiness? Why not leave the socialist sermons to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren?

Growth and Fairness in a Clinton-Style Economy - Veronique de Rugy (7/17/2015)
At a time when policies she endorsed -- such as the war in Iraq and the Affordable Care Act -- have helped even more Americans realize just how incompetent lawmakers are at creating policies, Hill is now seeking respect for more laws she will enact.

Donald Trump's Appeal — and Its Limits - Peggy Noonan (7/15/2015)
Donald Trump is an unstable element inserted into an unsettled environment. Sooner or later there will be a boom. He has shot up like a rocket since his June announcement but likely has a low ceiling and short staying power.

Six Reasons Why Scott Walker Will Be Elected President - Aaron Goldstein (7/14/2015)
The combination of his status as a middle class non-college graduate, his ability to talk to people and not at them, the good judgment to choose his battles wisely, a calm and reasonable demeanor that will appeal to Republicans and non-Republicans alike.

A Coming Era of Civil Disobedience - Pat Buchanan (7/13/2015)
Certainly, Americans are no strangers to lawbreaking. What else was our revolution but a rebellion to overthrow the centuries-old rule and law of king and Parliament, and establish our own?

The Anti-Politician - Pat Buchanan (6/20/2015)
At the declaration by Donald Trump that he is a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, media elites of left and right reacted with amusement, anger and disgust. Yet this voice is sorely needed to challenge the status quo..

Five Reasons Why Republicans Won't Nominate Jeb Bush - Aaron Goldstein (6/15/2015)
Not to underestimate Jeb Bush. He could win Republican activists over with his performance in the debates and he could very well outlast everyone else with his money. Yet I believe that most Republicans want to move forward.

The Title IX Show Trials - National Review (6/14/2015)
Trigger warnings, sensitivity seminars, ruthless speech-policing and thought-policing; the neo-Victorian cult of feminine fragility. Should we blame Title IX, or the idiots who selectively re-interpret and enforce it?

Democrat Election Reform: Making America A One-Party Nation - Investor's Business Daily (6/12/2015)
It's clear the Democrats prefer mob rule, which they call democracy. That's why they talk about "democracy" and never mention that the country was founded as a republic. Low-information voters, voters living off the state, these are the base.

Hillary's Plans to Stuff the Ballot Box - Phyllis Schlafly (6/9/2015)
Hillary Clinton has laid out her game plan for winning back the White House for herself and her husband next year. Let's hope Republicans were paying attention.

If Hillary Becomes President, Who Will Make Her Obey The Law? - Byron York (6/7/2015)
Last year, before Hillary Clinton's secret email system became publicly known, Congress passed a law to keep presidents from trying the same trick. If Clinton wins the White House, the law could well be put to the test.

Election 2016, Natural Rights and American Exceptionalism - Scott Rasmussen (6/7/2015)
As we head into 2016, the American people still embrace the founding ideals of freedom. The political class prefers to look at such talk as outdated nonsense. And the Supreme Court rulings have put the issues front and center.

The Separation of Campaign and State - George Will (6/3/2015)
It is simply impermissible for the government to regulate the debate that determines if the party controlling this or that portion of the government will retain control.

Political Correctness Has Destroyed The Army's Readiness And Morale - Ray Starmann (5/18/2015)
Bring back the warrior culture by discharging the feather merchants and perfumed princes. In the 1970's, the Army repaired itself from the bottom up. This time the problem is at the top.

Who Does Hillary Clinton Think She Is? - Diane Dimond (5/15/2015)
So wait just a darned minute. A committee of the United States Congress wants to schedule testimony from Hillary Clinton, and she refuses the request, laying down certain conditions? That is not the way the system works -- at least for the rest of us.

Gender Is No Credential for the White House - Jeff Jacoby (5/12/2015)
Voters are free to cast ballots for any reason they like, including feel-good symbolism or sentimental tokenism. But no one should imagine that there is honor in voting for Clinton because she's a woman.

Women At War, And The Enemy Is Us - Wesley Pruden (4/20/2015)
There's so much to worry about that a conscientious citizen has to get up early to put in the 10 or 12 hours every day to cover it all. And now we worry about how many push-ups the Marines require.

Yes, Immigration Will Hurt Rubio In Primaries - W. James Antle III (4/15/2015)
Out with the old conventional wisdom, in with the new. Now that Marco Rubio is an announced presidential candidate, we're starting to hear how his immigration stance won't be a deal-breaker for conservatives.

Hillary Clinton's Credibility Problem - Roger Stone (4/14/2015)
Hillary is in the race. But Republicans should fear not - her candidacy is flawed. Now that she has destroyed the evidence of her potential crimes, Hillary Clinton's partisans tell us the e-mail issue is "nothing" and will have no impact on her.

Rand Paul Helps the Republican Party - Debra J. Saunders (4/9/2015)
Rand Paul's entry into the Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. He may or may not have the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office, but his take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at the party.

Sarah Palin 2.0 - Naomi Shavin (4/8/2015)
Because of their similar roles in the GOP, Carly Fiorina and Sarah Palin invite comparison. With Fiorina lagging in the polls, though, it doesn't seem likely that she'll do much better in 2016 than Palin did in 2008.

Cruz to the Front - Erick Erickson (4/1/2015)
Were the election for president held today, Ted Cruz would be president. It would not be by virtue of his polling, his positions or his charisma. Cruz just happens to be the only officially declared major party candidate. That will soon change.

The GOP Racing Form: First Edition - Charles Krauthammer (3/31/2015)
No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and He seems otherwise occupied. As does Elizabeth Warren, the only Democrat who could conceivably defeat her.

2016: House of Bush vs. the Westchester Hillbillies? - Terry Michael (3/27/2015)
Our aging empire can probably survive another Clinton or Bush presidency. But we who prize free minds and free markets might want to extend a big middle finger to the god-awful prospect of the 2016 election being won by a mini-monarch.

5 Things to Know About Ted Cruz's Run for President - Peter Suderman (3/24/2015)
Sen. Ted Cruz just announced that he's running for president at a speech at Liberty University. He's the first candidate to make the announcement official in the 2016 cycle. Here are five things to know about Cruz and his candidacy.

Ted Cruz Opens 2016 As the Election's Self-Declared Conservative Champion - Rebecca Nelson (3/23/2015)
Ted Cruz's official campaign announcement was slow-rolled over the weekend with leaks and, ultimately, at midnight Monday, a tweet. But on Monday morning, Cruz made his first official opening pitch at Liberty University's weekly convocation.

A New List of GOP Front-Runners - Andrew Malcolm (3/17/2015)
Speculating about election results 602 days before voting is sure folly -- especially when the Republican field is so large, young and largely unknown and the Democrat field is one, old and, well, well-known as susceptible to serious stumbles.

The Early Betting Lines For 2016 - Charlie Cook (3/7/2015)
If Clinton has a 90 percent chance of winning the Democratic nomination, and Democrats have a 50-50 chance of winning the White House, Clinton arguably has roughly a 45 percent chance of being the next president. The rest follow.

Hollywood Hypocrites Demand 'Wage Equality' - Larry Elder (3/6/2015)
Today women, supposedly, only make 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men. Here's the problem — it simply is not true. Except, of course, in the offices of the same politicians making the headlines.

Stop Caving on Immigration, 2016 Contenders - National Review (3/3/2015)
The Republican presidential field is united in its opposition to President Obama's executive amnesty, and also united in a lazy consensus on immigration policy.

Is America Ready for a Hard Man in the White House? - The Telegraph (UK) (2/21/2015)
After Barack Obama's celebrity presidency is America ready for a hard man in the White House? Scott Walker, the Midwestern state governor with a high school education and a reputation for bashing unions, is emerging as a Republican front-runner.

Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings - National Journal (2/17/2015)
Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and a surging Scott Walker top Hotline's new GOP Presidential Power Rankings – in part because they're that good, and in part because the competition has been so bad.

Three Generations of Imbeciles Are Enough - Ann Coulter (2/5/2015)
The only Republican who has ever opposed the media and big campaign donors on immigration was Mitt Romney. You know, the guy we just kicked to the curb. The rest want cheap labor for their big donors, or to curry favor with illegal masses.

Scott Walker and a Midwinter Breakout - Wesley Pruden (2/3/2015)
Scott Walker is the new flavor of the week, the new dish on the Republican menu. He brought crowds to their feet in Iowa over the weekend and placed first in an important regional poll to identify favorites for 2016.

Cancel the State of the Union - Steve Chapman (1/19/2015)
Mid-January is the time to ask the annual question: Are we ready for a big, noisy, overhyped prime-time production that has outgrown its simple origins and usually leaves us feeling both gorged and disappointed?

Why Hillary Clinton Won't Run For President - Wesley Pruden (1/17/2015)
Hillary can't win, and that's why she won't run. She may not know that yet herself, but a lot of Democrats want her because she's all they've got. The Republicans are counting on her to run because they think she's the candidate th

Justices Don't Belong at the State of the Union Pep Rally - Jeff Jacoby (1/14/2015)
The State of the Union address gains nothing from the presence of black-clad jurists except a whiff of gravitas it doesn't merit. The heavens wouldn't fall if all the Supremes simply stopped taking part. The spectacle would go on.

Jeb Bush's Toaster Problem - Daniel Oliver (1/13/2015)
There are many conservatives who say that neither of the two Bush presidents ever disappointed them -- they got just what they expected. That being the case, why would they risk a third?

Liberals: If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, Make Everyone Wear It - Ann Coulter (1/5/2015)
Griswold v. Connecticut was a scam orchestrated by Yale law professors to challenge the state's anti-contraception law. The case was a fraud: The law had never been enforced and never would have been enforced. But from it, we get to kill babies.

Why Republicans Are Ready for Hillary - Matt Latimer (1/5/2015)
For conservatives, the dawn of a presidential cycle is always the best time of the political season. It's that glorious springtime when every Republican candidate promises to be the next Ronald Reagan. They only get worse from there.

What To Look for In The Next President - The Washington Examiner (1/2/2015)
First and foremost, we will look for a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to protecting and expanding freedom by limiting and reducing the burdens that Washington places on the ability of individuals to live their lives as they choose.

GOP 2016 Poll Dilemma: To Include Mitt Or Not? - Byron York (12/31/2014)
Many argue that polls at this stage are just measures of name recognition. There's a lot of truth to that. On the other hand, one could also argue that more than a year before the first voting, political races are often name recognition contests.

Familiarity vs. Fatigue - Nancy Benac (12/25/2014)
Again? Really? There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president. The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible.

Republicans Should Take Cue From Elizabeth Warren - Peter Morici (12/23/2014)
Ordinary Americans would profit from a competitive market place, but Elizabeth Warren—and the likely Democratic standard bearer in 2016 Hillary Clinton—is right. These days, the American marketplace is hardly competitive. It is ruled by cronyi

At The End Of The Day, Feminism Is A War On Due Process - Stephen Baskerville (12/20/2014)
Once, accusers and accused faced each other in court, and laws were clearly defined. Today, feminist gender justice is based on ill-defined new offences, vaguely worded accusations, and irregular procedures administered in specially devised pseudo-courts.

Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Waterboy - Michelle Malkin (12/18/2014)
Former GOP Florida governor Jeb Bush made the obvious official this week when he announced on Facebook that he's "actively exploring" a 2016 White House run. Of course, he's running. That's what inveterate politicians do.

The Real Reason Progressive Groups Want Elizabeth Warren to Run for President - Emma Roller (12/18/2014)
No matter how much progressives may want to see Elizabeth Warren be a presidential contender, they cannot escape the gravitational pull that is Hillary 2016. What they can do, however, is alter the atmosphere the Clinton campaign inhabits.

Going for 45 - National Review (12/17/2014)
Bush will have to prove that he has not gotten rusty in the twelve years since his last election. And many Americans will not, as they should not, like the idea of entrenching a presidential dynasty.

The Latest Liberal Nonsense About Economic Inequality - Ira Stoll (11/22/2014)
The weakness of Steven Rattner's data is a clue to what he and many of the other anti-inequality campaigners are up to: using the issue as a cudgel to advance the same old tax-and-spend policies.

The Governing Trap - National Review (11/13/2014)
The GOP needs to build the case for Republican governance after 2016. That means being a responsible party. Part of that responsibility involves explaining what Republicans stand for -- what, that is, they would do if they had the White House.

A Clinton vs. Bush Race? Again? - Jeff Jacoby (11/5/2014)
The craving for political power isn't confined to elite families that can be trusted to use that power wisely. If Americans wanted to be ruled by hereditary nobles, they could have avoided a lot of trouble in 1776.

If It Damages America, It's Good for Democrats - Dennis Prager (11/3/2014)
The Democratic Party cultivates singlehood, black anger at America, Latino separatism, victimhood, group grievance and dependency on government. Nor is this the only way in which Democrats do terrible damage to America.

The Government's "Truthy" Squads - Andrew Napolitano (10/29/2014)
The government's "Truthy" squad monitors political speech on Twitter. What could possibly go wrong? While the reference to Stephen Colbert is cute, the feds' unbridled passion to monitor our communications is surely no joke.

Castrating Conservative Principles in Iowa - Froma Harrop (10/27/2014)
There exists a government boondoggle that offends conservatives, liberals, environmentalists, oil refiners, cattle ranchers and taxpayers alike. It's not easy to get that kind of Kumbaya going, but the corn-based ethanol program has done it.

A Constitutional Congress? - Christopher DeMuth Sr. (10/23/2014)
Congress is not an innocent victim: It has been and continues to be an active partner in the transfer of legislative power to the executive branch. Since the 1970s, it has established dozens of agencies, such as the EPA, with sweeping authority.

President Lameduck's Attorney General - The Washington Examiner (10/22/2014)
When politicians conceal facts and defer important decisions until after voters have had their chance to weigh in, it is usually because they have something to hide from those same voters.

Hand In Hand: Ignorance And Indoctination - Thomas Sowell (10/20/2014)
Goddard College's recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by "educators" in our schools and colleges.

Let's Repeal Reality - Mona Charen (10/16/2014)
The obsession with sex and now the mainstreaming of truly bizarre ideas about human identity suggest that progressives cannot be trusted with responsibility and certainly shouldn't be anywhere in the vicinity of children.

The New Bureaucratic Brazenness - Peggy Noonan (10/9/2014)
Everything sounds like propaganda. That will happen when government becomes too huge, too present and all-encompassing. Everything almost every level of government says now has the terrible, insincere, lying sound of The Official Line.

The "Do-It-For-Bob" Republicans - Jeffrey Lord (10/2/2014)
It is always amazing that the idea of deliberately antagonizing and insulting the base of the GOP is seen by the establishment as a sure-fire way to win elections with help from the base of the party. But that's just for starters.

Favors and Loot for Sale - Walter Williams (9/19/2014)
Why do people and organizations cough up billions of dollars to line political coffers? One might answer that they are simply extraordinarily civic-minded, or very interested in the political process. That would be pretty naive.

Crony Capitalism Has Deep Roots - Jay Cost (9/13/2014)
Ultimately, reformers cannot strike at corruption by going after even its most egregious manifestations, like the Ex-Im Bank. The entire regime is the product of corrupt processes, and the only way to take that regime apart is to reform those processes.

Eric Holder: A More Dangerous Race-Card Hustler Than Al Sharpton - Larry Elder (9/12/2014)
It's one thing to watch race hustlers like the Rev. Al Sharpton bellowing, "No justice, no peace." But when the Attorney General makes false but racially incendiary claims about today's "pernicious" racism, we are in uncharted territory.

We'll Take Free Speech, Thank You - National Review (9/10/2014)
The amendment that Democrats are pushing is an attack on basic human rights, the Constitution, and democracy itself. If those who would criticize the government must first secure the government's permission to do so, they are not free people.

Marxist Feminism's Ruined Lives - Mallory Millett (9/9/2014)
The planned destruction of the American family and way of life. Kate Millett's sister explains how it all started, and the real agenda of feminism, as if all who were paying attention had not already recognized it.

Top Priority: Gut the First Amendment - Hans von Spakovsky (9/9/2014)
When the Senate reconvenes today, the No.1 legislative priority of Democrats is to pass a resolution that would gut the First Amendment, one of the few times in American history an amendment has been proposed to cut back on part of the Bill of Rights.

Republicans, Make Your Case - National Review (9/8/2014)
The GOP continues to lack any strategy for winning the November elections beyond avoiding mistakes and hoping that President Obama's unpopularity, especially in key states, delivers control of the Senate to them.

The Democratic Shift to the Left - A. Barton Hinkle (9/5/2014)
The mainstream Democratic view asks how much personal freedom smart public policy should permit. It has little room for the notion that some personal freedom should lie beyond the reach of public policy in the first place.

Keep Austin Corrupt? - National Review (8/21/2014)
Texas governor Rick Perry has been indicted on two felony charges and could, in theory, spend the rest of his life in prison — for the so-called crime of vetoing a piece of legislation. Is this what they mean by "keeping Austin weird?"

'Do Nothing' Congress - Mona Charen (8/9/2014)
We badly need to rid ourselves of the notion that the nation is in need of more laws. We are straightjacketed with laws as it is. In fact, the best use of Congress's time would be to repeal, not add to, wasteful and counter-productive laws.

Sticking the Taxpayer - The Washington Examiner (7/31/2014)
President Obama has five West Coast Democratic fundraising events on his schedule this week. To save money for the Democratic National Committee he's throwing in a speech on job training at a community college. What a rip for taxpayers.

Gutting the First Amendment - Steve Simpson (7/24/2014)
At the core of campaign speech restrictions is the very dangerous view that freedom of speech isn't an inalienable individual right -- a right to say what you want -- but a privilege that we exercise at the sufferance of "the public."

Liberals Champion Free Speech — Except In Politics - Michael Barone (7/4/2014)
Liberals are not challenging the Supreme Court rulings extending First Amendment protection to nude dancers, flag burners and students wearing antiwar armbands. They're fine with that. But political speech is a whole other thing.

You Bet This Is Swiftboating - Ann Coulter (6/24/2014)
While the Obama administration tortures the Benghazi raid suspect into a false confession that a YouTube video made him attack our embassy, let's review what his "capture" is meant to distract us from. Start with Bergdahl and his irate comrades.

Leave Business-Bashing to the Liberals - William Murchison (6/22/2014)
The Wall Street/Main Street argument is too crucial to be exploited for fun by the media, least of all by the very politicians whose refusal to shed powers they shouldn't enjoy in the first place keeps the lights burning low in 21st-century America.

Big Business Vs. Libertarians in the GOP - David Boaz (6/20/2014)
Republicans who don't do the bidding of CEOs are getting bull's-eyes. Around the country, big business is devoting a surprising amount of effort to trying to defeat the small number of libertarian-minded members of Congress and state legislatures.

Harry Reid Threatens Private Property in America - Star Parker (6/6/2014)
We continue in the slowest economic recovery since the end of World War II, with unemployment at 6.3 percent, still well above its historic average. So how are Harry Reid and his Democrat colleagues spending their time? On sports team names.

Selling Political Candidates Is NOT Like Selling Beer - Mark Shields (6/4/2014)
You will never catch Budweiser buying costly TV time to warn us not to drink Heineken or Corona because they may make you fat, give you bad breath or even a hangover. Compare that to the typical political campaign.

Do Your Part to Impeach and Remove Obama - Stephen Stone (6/3/2014)
As Americans await the final, most devastating years of Barack Obama's presidency, many are resigned to what seems inevitable, bringing to mind the final lines of a T.S. Elliot poem: "This is the way the world ends; Not with a bang but a whimper."

The 2016 Candidate the Nation Really Needs - George Will (5/31/2014)
All modern presidents of both parties have been too much with us. Talking incessantly, they have put politics unhealthily at the center of America's consciousness. Promising promiscuously, they have exaggerated government's proper scope.

Hillary's dilemma: How to distance herself from Obama - Jonah Goldberg (5/27/2014)
Hillary Clinton is in a pickle. She's a shoe-in for her party's presidential nomination because of Obama's failures. But those failures might keep her from getting the job. Elections are about the future, but she's stuck in the past.

Truth and Honesty Still Matter in Politics - Dr. Ben S. Carson (5/24/2014)
Making mistakes is part of being human, but the ever-increasing deception that is necessary to cover those mistakes is evil. Those willing to ignore evil for political reasons should question their fitness for leadership of our nation.

The Left's Phantom Wars - Ben Shapiro (5/19/2014)
Today's leftism tilts at windmills rather than fighting real opponents. It ignores actual conflict in favor of amorphous battles with shapeless opponents and no clear measures of victory. After all, how will we know if we defeat climate change?

Rewriting the First Amendment - The Wall Street Journal (5/11/2014)
A standard liberal talking point about the Tea Party is that its constitutional designs are "extremist." But you will search in vain for any Tea Party proposal as radical as the current drive by mainstream Democrats to rewrite the Bill of Rights.

A Movie Worth Seeing - Mark Shields (5/10/2014)
Obama won re-election by almost 5 million votes. But that voters in 2012 were never able to see this very human side of the presidential challenger, which the movie "Mitt" so effectively captures, likely constitutes criminal negligence by the GOP.

The Media Is Turning On President Obama - Michael Goodwin (5/6/2014)
With multiple crises spiraling out of control, stories about the Obama presidency are taking on the air of postmortems. What went wrong, who's to blame -- even The New York Times is starting to recognize that Dear Leader is a global flop.

The New "Demon" On The Right - Kathleen Parker (4/15/2014)
Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular "demon of the right" has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David. Who? The vast majority of Americans probably have no idea who the Kochs are. They're about to find out.

Behind the Russian Rage - Pat Buchanan (4/9/2014)
As the old saying goes, you cannot truly understand a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes. Perhaps Americans, a fortunate tribe, should try to see the world from the vantage point of the Russian people and Vladimir Putin.

I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society - Charles G. Koch (4/7/2014)
Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society.

Supreme Court Lifts Ban On Aggregate Campaign Donations - USA Today (4/2/2014)
The justices ruled 5-4, in a decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, that limits on the total amount of money donors can give to all candidates, committees and political parties are unconstitutional. Quid-pro-quo payoffs can still be prohibited.

Massaging of Critical Data Undermines Our Society - Victor Davis Hanson (4/1/2014)
Transparency and truth are the fuels that run sophisticated civilizations. Without them, the state grinds to a halt. Lack of trust - not barbarians on the frontier - doomed civilizations of the past, from imperial Rome to the former Soviet Union.

Missing: A Foreign Policy - Cal Thomas (3/28/2014)
What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may eventually be discovered, but there is something else that has been missing for much longer and its "disappearance" has far greater implications for America. It is our foreign policy.

War on Women - John Stossel (3/22/2014)
Liberal social engineers may dream of a society where genders are exactly equal, but that's nonsense. Men and women are different. We should celebrate that difference and just get on with our lives without all the political propaganda.

Obama Deserves Share of Blame for Millennial Cynicism - Jonah Goldberg (3/20/2014)
Politicians pander to young people, and lots of young people fall for it. And that speaks well of neither. Politicians pander to "youth" because it's a time-saving way to trawl for votes and volunteer door-knockers wholesale.

Iron Rule of Religion and Politics - Mark Shields (3/15/2014)
But mostly missing from our national disputes has been any appreciation of the enormously positive influence American religion has had upon American politics and America.

The Really Big Money? Not the Kochs - Kimberley A. Strassel (3/14/2014)
It's an extraordinary thing, in a political age obsessed with campaign money, that nobody scrutinizes the biggest, baddest, darkest spenders of all: organized labor. By comparison, the Koch brothers' political contributions are a rounding error.

Politicians Can't Take Control of Press - The Altoona Mirror (3/8/2014)
We Americans disagree, sometimes fiercely, about government policy and priorities. Liberals argue with conservatives. Republicans do battle with Democrats. But here is where we must stand on common ground.

America and the Aggressive Left - Peggy Noonan (3/2/2014)
The constant mischief of the progressive left is hurting the nation's morale. There are few areas of national life left in which they are not busy, and few in which they're not making it worse, with more regulations, fees and cultural insistence.

Our Decadent Elites - Peggy Noonan (2/26/2014)
Not to be a scold or humorless, but do Washington politicians understand how they make themselves look when they embrace "House of Cards" and become part of its promotion by spouting its famous lines?

The Privileged People - John Stossel (2/20/2014)
Politicians say, "We're all equal," and pretend that they represent everyone. But, in fact, they constantly pick winners and losers. America is now like George Orwell's "Animal Farm": "All animals are equal," but some are "more equal than others."

Lessons in Tyranny - Christopher Manion (2/16/2014)
When he's trying to nail Al Capone, a federal prosecutor can review all of your tax returns, your college loan applications, and even your conversations with congressional staffers. Unless, of course, Al is a political crony.

Jesus' Government - Joseph Sobran (2/14/2014)
Why does corruption in government always surprise us? Why do we expect anything else from it? Government is organized force. It takes our wealth and makes war. And we think honest men would do that work? A classic from Sobran.

Welcome to the United States of paranoia - Michael Walsh (2/9/2014)
Feel like Big Brother is watching you these days? You're not alone. Privacy has become a thing of the past, destroyed by the rise of information technology, the force of government, and the willing surrender of the citizenry.

A Dictionary of Obamaspeak - Harry Binswanger (2/3/2014)
Statists do not dare announce: "The individual must be subordinated to the state, rights be damned." Instead, they change the meaning of old terms and introduce new ones to disguise the nature and meaning of what they advocate.

Great Caesar's Ghost - Kevin D. Williamson (1/29/2014)
The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement.

Why Congress Is Held in Contempt - Pat Buchanan (1/28/2014)
"I've got a pen," said President Obama, "when I can act on my own without Congress, I'm going to do so." This dismissal of Congress has gone almost unprotested. In an earlier age it might have evoked talk of impeachment. But not now.

Chris Christie Is an Amateur - Daniel Henninger (1/24/2014)
There haven't been so many reporters chasing a story in Trenton, N.J., since Washington crossed the Delaware. But compared with the methods the Democratic Party is using now to take down its opponents, Chris Christie looks like Little Bo Peep.

The Wolves of Wall Street Went Off to Prison; So Why Not the Coyotes of Congress? - Richard Rahn (1/22/2014)
Are business people more corrupt than those in government? The "wolf of Wall St.", Jordan Belfort, ripped off his investors with lies about stock issues. Have Congress and the President done any less with ObamaCare and other wasteful spending?

House Cleaning on the Right - Erick Erickson (1/20/2014)
Conservatives nationwide are angry with Washington, D.C. Their anger goes beyond the partisan bickering at President Obama and the Dems. Conservatives are angry with Washington in general and increasingly reserve most of their contempt for Republicans.

When Political Loyalty Mattered - Mark Shields (1/12/2014)
The late Strom Thurmond was very good at his business, which was winning statewide elections in his native South Carolina. Thurmond had a sixth sense for knowing the right political direction and, if he was in your court, he stuck.

Roman Fever - Rob Goodman (1/10/2014)
What does decline sound like? I imagine equal parts self-pity and self-flagellation, moral outrage and exhaustion. Once we could have heard it from the original Capitol Hill, the seat of the failing Roman Republic. Now it's closer to home.

The Principal Enemy - Roger L. Simon (1/4/2014)
Is all the Tea Party-vs-RINO infighting sensible? Obviously not. And monumentally self-defeating. It has the word "loser" written all over it -- and at a time when the opposition is reeling. 2014 is a time for victory not defeat.

2013's Gifts for Conservatives - George Will ()
ObamaCare and all its glitches and failures; the NSA; the IRS; Dem-led Detroit. With all these gifts, how is it that so many conservatives felt the need to shutter the government to make a point? The point was made without their interference.

In Defense of "Spoilers" - Paul Jacob (12/20/2013)
"The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives," wrote G.K. Chesterton. "The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected."

The Judge and the NSA - The Wall Street Journal (12/18/2013)
Federal Judge Richard Leon has become a sudden political celebrity after his remarkable opinion holding that antiterror surveillance is unconstitutional and enjoining the entire program. If only his legal reasoning were as compelling as his new repute.

IRS Targeting: Round Two - Kimberley A. Strassel (12/17/2013)
President Obama keeps claiming that he had no knowledge of the Internal Revenue Service's abusive muzzling of conservative groups. That line is hard to swallow given that his Treasury and IRS are back at it—this time in broad daylight.

Judge: NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional - (12/16/2013)
A federal judge ruled December 16th that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional.

The Latest IRS Political Crackdown - The Wall Street Journal (12/6/2013)
The Obama Administration doesn't lack for nerve or, more to the point, disdain for the law. Already under ongoing scrutiny, the IRS is introducing a new regulation to further restrict the ability of nonprofit groups to participate in elections.

Obama's Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years - Investor's Business Daily (12/5/2013)
What the president calls "my military" is being cleansed of any officer suspected of disloyalty to or disagreement with the administration on matters of policy or force structure, leaving the compliant and fearful.

White House Slams GOP's Food Stamp Reforms - (11/28/2013)
The day before Thanksgiving, President Obama's White House politicized Thanksgiving to promote the reauthorization of SNAP, the "food stamp" program, as part of the farm bill at a time when a record number of Americans are receiving assistance.

Nixon and Kennedy: The Myths and Reality - Pat Buchanan (11/26/2013)
The mythologizing of JFK and demonization of Nixon tell us less about respective accomplishments than the moral character of an establishment, which, though it had lost America by '72, still controlled the culture, media, bureaucracy and Congress.

The Obama Presidency Is Not Over, But It Is Failing - Edward Luce (11/23/2013)
Anyone wondering about the scale of the anti-Obama backlash should look at its impact on the 2016 US presidential race. Both major parties are looking for candidates with actual executive experience. In other words: unlike Obama.

Reid, Democrats Trigger 'Nuclear' Option - The Washington Post (11/21/2013)
The rule change means that federal judge nominees and executive-office appointments can be confirmed by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that has been required for more than two centuries.

Prosecute - Andrew Stiles (11/20/2013)
The FTC has rules about deceptive advertising. But the federal government isn't typically held to such standards; in fact, it's frightening that it is able get away with behavior that would be unlawful in almost any other circumstance.

Obama's Massive Fraud - Andrew C. McCarthy (11/18/2013)
Barack Obama is guilty of fraud -- serial fraud -- that is orders of magnitude more serious than frauds the Justice Department routinely prosecutes, and that courts punish harshly. The victims will be out billions of dollars, and deserve redress.

Congressionally Duped Americans - Walter Williams (11/16/2013)
Decades after Americans had been duped into thinking that the money taken from them was theirs, the Social Security Administration belatedly -- and very quietly -- tried to clean up its history of deception. We were lied to.

It's Not Obama's Fault; We Elected Him - John Kasun (11/7/2013)
I am getting a little tired of all the blame being placed on President Obama for the condition of the economy, the constant scandals within the administration and now for the train wreck called Obamacare. After all, what did you expect?

When Fraud Is Legal - James Taranto (11/6/2013)
The regulation of commerce is a necessary and vital governmental function. Consumers and honest businesses need protection from unscrupulous market participants. That is nearly impossible when an industry is owned, or controlled, by the government.

Obama Denies 'You Can Keep It' Videotaped Promises - The Daily Caller (11/5/2013)
Videos repeatedly show Obama promising that "if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period." But that's not what he really said, Obama announced November 4th in a speech to Organizing for Action supporters.

The Tea Party Battles to Come - Stephen Moore (11/2/2013)
Now that the Tea Party activists are facing friendly fire from mainstream Republicans, the temptation to start a third party might seem tempting. But remember the Bull Moose Party and Ross perot. Both split GOP votes and elected a liberal.

Top Generals: Obama Is "Purging The Military" - F. Michael Maloof (11/1/2013)
Military service members are being demoralized and the ranks' overall readiness is being reduced by the Obama purge of key leaders. Colonels - those lined up in rank to replace outgoing generals - are quietly taking their careers in other directions.

Citizen Activists Finally Being Empowered By Judges - George Will (11/1/2013)
Brick by brick, judges are dismantling the wall of separation that legislators have built between political activity and the First Amendment's protections of free speech and association, the campaign finance laws aimed at gagging the public.

The Unbearable Lightness of Obama - Bret Stephens (10/29/2013)
Is there a method to President Obama's style of leadership, his methods of decision-making, his habits of attention, oversight and follow-through? I've been keeping a file of stories that might suggest an answer. See what you think...

Obama's Credibility Is Melting - Daniel Henninger (10/27/2013)
They don't trust him. Whether it's the Saudis, the Syrian rebels, the French, the Iraqis, the unpivoted Asians or the congressional Republicans, they've all had their fill of coming up on the short end with so mercurial a U.S. president.

Barbarians at the Campus Gates - Thomas Sowell (10/26/2013)
Trustees could fire college presidents who cave in to storm-trooper tactics. Donors could stop donating to institutions that have sold out their principles to for appeasement. But when nobody is willing to defend civilized standards, the barbarians win.

The 'Bums' Aren't the Problem: We Are - Cal Thomas (10/25/2013)
It's the rabid careerism of politicians and the entitlement mentality of too many voters that has consumed Washington and led to its dysfunction. Putting healthy people in an environment where plague rages ensures they will contract the disease.

The Tea Party and the GOP Crackup - William A. Galston (10/21/2013)
For the tea party, ObamaCare is much more than a policy dispute; it is an existential struggle. Unless the law is defunded or defeated, in their opinion, the America of individualism, responsibility and limited government will be forever gone.

Frying Eggheads On A Hot Stove - Wesley Pruden (10/20/2013)
Why are intellectuals, sometimes the most intelligent among us, so dumb? The intellectual romance with the clever Barack Obama continues. Having invested so much in candy and flowers, they must ignore all the evidence of being dumped.

The Bigger Battle Behind the Shutdown - David Malpass (10/18/2013)
Under current law, the federal government and Federal Reserve are in a sharp upward trajectory in their power and the riskiness of their policies. Federal domination of the economy and financial markets is only increasing. It must be restrained.

YAF Celebrates "No More Che Day" - Humberto Fontova (10/16/2013)
Good thing the college "hipsters" who wear Che T-shirts didn't live in Stalinist Cuba under their idol. Actually they would not have lived under Che -- their mouthy whining would have gotten them shot pronto. Ignore them till they grow up.

Inarticulate Republicans - Thomas Sowell (10/15/2013)
If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.

Is The Conflict Between Us Irreconcilable? - Pat Buchanan (10/12/2013)
The Tea Party is feared and detested in Washington because these folks threaten the ideology, the vested interests, and most critical of all, the rice bowls in this city that voted 15-1 for Obama.

Humanitarian Wars and Their NGO Foot-Soldiers - Daniel McAdams (10/11/2013)
The evidence for the military intervention in Libya -- massive human rights violations -- was totally fabricated, and pushed by NGOs with an agenda. Syria was next on their list but, fortunately, cooler heads (or an inept U.S. president) intervened.

Blame James Madison for the Government Shutdown - Michael Barone (10/10/2013)
The problem arose from the signing of the Constitution in 1787. The problem, of course, is the government shutdown. It was caused because the Framers of the Constitution wisely provided for separation of powers among the three branches of government.

Who Locked Little Johnny Out Of Yellowstone Park? - Charles Krauthammer (10/9/2013)
The "settledness" of Obamacare makes for a strong argument -- except from a president whose administration has unilaterally changed ObamaCare five times after its passage, including, most brazenly, a year-long suspension of the employer mandate.

DC Shows It's Full Of...Puppets - The Altoona Mirror (10/3/2013)
It is the fact that the nation's two legislative chambers, along with the government's executive branch, have lost the ability to make substantial, lasting progress despite harboring reasonable differences of opinion.

A Ruinous Opportunity - George Will (10/2/2013)
Some congressional Republicans might resuscitate Barack Obama's presidency by restocking his pantry of excuses: The economy's continuing anemia will ever after be blamed on any government shutdown.

Carve-outs for Congress - The Wall Street Journal (9/24/2013)
Congress's ObamaCare confrontation is quickly deepening into a Cuban missile crisis, albeit a version that ends with a mushroom cloud. The GOP knows it might be nuked, but there's a useful strategy if Republicans will put their own privileges in p

The Fourth Amendment and New Technologies - Paul Larkin (9/21/2013)
No provision of the Bill of Rights -- particularly one outlawing "unreasonable" searches and seizures -- could or should be locked to the specific incidents that gave it birth. The concepts behind the Amendment reach beyond 18th century reality.

Congress's Exemption from Obamacare - John Fund (9/20/2013)
The Senate may still have a reputation as a genteel club, but lawmakers seemed to abandon rules of decorum completely last week in arguments about whether Congress should be treated like the rest of the country when it comes to Obamacare.

The Implications of Fundamental Change - Daivd Limbaugh (9/14/2013)
Do you ever get the idea that this nation is not only in decline but completely rudderless under the Obama administration? Well, it's not really rudderless; it only appears rudderless because Obama isn't pursuing the same goals as past presidents.

Lengthy Senate Report Details EPA FOIA Abuses - The Washington Examiner (9/9/2013)
Environmental Protection Agency officials have from the beginning of President Obama's tenure in the Oval Office "pursued a path of obfuscation, operating in the shadows, and out of the sunlight," according to a Senate report.

Meanwhile, While You Weren't Looking - The Washington Post (9/8/2013)
The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the NSA's use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans' communications.

The Supreme Court and Ed Corsi's Life of Political Crime - Bradley A. Smith (9/7/2013)
Most state statutes now simply ignore the Supreme Court and require that two or more citizens who spend even nominal amounts on politics register and report to the government. The Framers, who strived to make political discussion free, would be horrified.

Politics Lack Honesty - Howard Harshaw (8/29/2013)
A man is only as good as his word. I sure wish that our politicians -- all of them, both left and right -- believed that. They all took an oath of office. In that oath they promised to defend the Constitution from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

DoD Training Manual Suggests Conservative Views 'Extremist' - Adan Salazar (8/24/2013)
"In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples." What??

Time for Answers from the NSA - John Fund (8/22/2013)
We need to double-check all those "checks and balances" the NSA assures us will prevent abuse of its surveillance powers. Similarly, the media should inject some balance into how they treat Mr. Obama's assurances that nothing is wrong.

What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy - Peggy Noonan (8/20/2013)
What is privacy? Why should we want to hold onto it? Why is it important, necessary, precious? Is it just some prissy relic of the pretechnological past? It is not. It is who we are as Americans.

In (Partial) Defense of the Missouri Rodeo Clown - Byron York (8/15/2013)
What happened at the Missouri State Fair does not seem worse than the mockery of the president that occurred -- without consequences like lifetime bans -- during George W. Bush's years in the White House.

Washington's Latest Special Favor - Kimberley A. Strassel (8/14/2013)
Dozens of small refineries are being crushed by the EPA's expensive ethanol mandate, and a number have petitioned the EPA for exemptions. Yet of 143 refineries, only one, whose name has been hidden, was exempted from the mandate.

Neglect at The New York Times - Brent Bozell (8/9/2013)
After a long three-year gap since their last exclusive sit-down interview with President Obama, you might think The New York Times would be ready to ask tough questions on the most contentious issues of the day. You'd be wrong.

Another Agency Goes IRS - The Wall Street Journal (8/8/2013)
One big question raised by IRS political targeting is whether Obama officials or their bureaucratic allies unleashed the power of the administrative state for partisan ends. With new evidence sweeping in the FEC, there are hints of "Yes."

Vacationer Obama's Favorite Vineyard "Vulture" - Michelle Malkin (8/6/2013)
It's good to be the king ... of class warfare hypocrisy. While he lectures his political opponents about their neglect of middle-class America, President Obama is headed to Martha's Vineyard. Again. And guess who's springing for the pad?

Obama's Creeping Authoritarianism - Daniel Henninger (8/5/2013)
The political left, historically inclined by ideological belief to public policy that is imposed rather than legislated, will support Mr. Obama's expansion of authority. The rest of us should not.

The Downfall of Detroit - Mark Steyn (8/2/2013)
One has to conclude that Detroit's Democratic party makes a far more comprehensive wrecking crew than Africa's Emperor Bokassa ever did. No bombs, no invasions, no civil war, just "liberal" "progressive" politics day in, day out.

Uncle Ho and the Founding Fathers - J.D. Longstreet (8/1/2013)
'The famed Russian news site Pravda recently released a scathing opinion column entitled, "Obama's Soviet Mistake," labeling the U.S. president a "Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so."'

Weiner and Spitzer - Now More Than Ever - Pat Buchanan ()
As America needs to see where progressivism is leading what we used to call God's country, perhaps it might be well if New York came out of the closet by electing the ticket of Carlos Danger and Client No. 9.

A Failed Celebr-Ambassador Returns to Washington - Michelle Malkin (7/30/2013)
Welcome to another installment of No Obama Bundler Left Behind. This chapter stars an elite Hollywood fundraiser who scored a plum diplomatic appointment, slacked off on the job and left her public office in disgrace, then was yanked back from perdition.

Above the Law - Andrew Napolitano (7/24/2013)
We have a runaway government, dismissive of the Constitution it has sworn to uphold, contemptuous of the law it is required to enforce and driven by its own values of maximum control and minimum freedom. And Congress is supine enough to let this happen.

A Bombshell in the IRS Scandal - Peggy Noonan (7/23/2013)
The IRS scandal was connected this week to the office of the chief counsel. That is a bombshell - such a big one that it managed to emerge in spite of an inept, unfocused, frequently off-point congressional hearing.

Why I Think the GOP Will Have Control in 2017 - Megan McArdle (7/20/2013)
Democrats who think they're a shoo-in for 2016 seem to be unaccountably banking on the GOP nominating some tongue-tied wingnut who will spend the campaign discussing the scientific evidence that women can't get pregnant from rape. Won't happen

Obama's Secret $8 Billion Bribe To The Muslim Brotherhood - The Western Center for Journalism (7/19/2013)
According to sources, Obama secretly transferred eight billion dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood - not the Egyptian government - as payment to guarantee that a large portion of the Sinai Peninsula be turned over to the terrorist organization Hamas.

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban - The Cable (7/15/2013)
For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government's mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end.

The NSA's Surveillance Is Unconstitutional - Randy E. Barnett (7/12/2013)
Congress or the courts must put a stop to these unreasonable blanket seizures of data and end the jurisdiction of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to secretly adjudicate the constitutionality of surveillance programs.

The Pentagon's Surrender to Feminism - Pat Buchanan (7/3/2013)
Among the primary reasons the Equal Rights Amendment went down to defeat three decades ago was the realization it could mean, in a future war, women could be drafted equally with men and sent into combat. Now we seem to think that's social progress?

Barack Obama vs. the Cayman Islands - Mark Shields (7/1/2013)
Three presidential nominees, all with serious offshore holdings, demand some serious explaining from the White House. Are offshore investments only evil when Republicans make them and somehow insignificant when they enrich Democrats?

Don't Trust Government - George Will (6/24/2013)
The technological gathering of 300 billion bits of data is less menacing than the gathering of 300 by bureaucrats. Government requires trust. Government by progressives, however, requires a trust blind to clear abuse.

Keeping Us Safe From Obama - Mona Charen (6/21/2013)
Never has Obama conceded that Mr. Bush acted in good faith - not even after his team assured him that data collection was necessary for thwarting terror plots. No, when Bush engaged in data mining, he was "undermining our constitution and our freedoms."

Privacy Isn't All We're Losing - Peggy Noonan (6/20/2013)
The purpose of the surveillance is enhanced security, a necessary goal to say the least. The price is a now formal and agreed-upon acceptance of the end of the last vestiges of Americans' sense of individual distance and privacy from the government.

Obama vs. Individual Liberties - Ethan Wilt (6/19/2013)
If you support a government in which powerful federal departments are used to discriminate against opposition organizations and individuals, journalist and media outlets are spied on and drones are used to kill fellow Americans, then you're in luck.

When Government Can't Be Trusted - Cal Thomas (6/18/2013)
Here's some history for those who missed it in history class: "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution ... are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." -- James Madison

The Phony Baloney Jobs Report - Wayne Root (6/17/2013)
There is no economic recovery. There is only bad news - a deepening depression on Main Street - and a media that cheers misleading jobs numbers. Today's unemployment figures are Exhibit A.

If The GOP Is This Stupid, It Deserves To Die - Ann Coulter (6/17/2013)
Maybe the greedy businessmen now running the Republican Party should talk with their Hispanic maids sometime. Ask Juanita if she'd like to have seven new immigrants competing for her job, depressing her wages to zilch.

How Sweet It Isn't - George Will (6/16/2013)
What begins in Washington as simple garden-variety grasping becomes an entitlement, the argument being that the longer the benefit has lived, the more its beneficiaries have built their lives around it, so ending it would be disruptive.

Big Brother Really Is Watching Us - Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (6/15/2013)
What is objectionable is a system in which government has unlimited and privileged access to the details of our private affairs, and citizens are simply supposed to trust that there won't be any abuse of power. This is an absurd expectation.

Big Data, Big Brother: It's a Big Deal - James Jay Carafano (6/14/2013)
America is built on the principle of "ordered liberty," which seeks to maximize both security and freedom at the same time. The art of governance is to let the good guys get the bad guys without infringing on the freedom of the people.

Time to Dial Up Some Healthy Skepticism - Jonah Goldberg (6/13/2013)
Just because government could, in theory, poison people doesn't mean it shouldn't inoculate people. But we're in uncharted territory, and a healthy dose of old-fashioned American skepticism seems warranted, no matter who's in charge.

The IRS Can't Plead Incompetence - Peggy Noonan (6/12/2013)
No, it was not stupidity that caused the IRS to play politics. Some person or persons made the decision to target, harass, delay and abuse. Some person or persons communicated the decision. Some persons executed them. Maybe we're getting closer.

The Stunning Decline of Barack Obama: 2013 - Nile Gardiner (6/10/2013)
The last few weeks have been among the worst of Barack Obama's time in office, recalling earlier periods of turmoil for the president in 2010 and 2011, when his ratings also plummeted. In 2013, the situation is significantly worse.

What Enron and the IRS Have in Common - Steven Law (6/9/2013)
Reforming the IRS will require a lot more than disciplining a few rogue employees. The entire command structure that ordered, acquiesced to or overlooked the political-targeting campaign needs to be uprooted and replaced. Then there's Congress.

Costly But No Safer: A Mandate That Is Off The Rails - George Will (6/8/2013)
Congress supposedly is incapable of acting quickly, and we are supposed to regret this. In 2008, however, Congress acted with dispatch. We should regret that it did. Herewith another lesson about the costs of the regulatory state ignoring realities.

A World of Rotten Tax Laws - Froma Harrop (6/6/2013)
There was no little "theater of the absurd" in calling Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook on the senatorial carpet to explain himself. Just what is that these congresspeople do not understand about the tax laws - and the loopholes - they have written?

An Antidote to Cynicism Poisoning - Peggy Noonan (6/5/2013)
Nothing can damage us more as a nation than what is happening at the IRS. Elite opinion doesn't fully understand this. It's not their ox being gored, it's those messy people out in America with their little patriotic groups.

Now The Gibson Guitar Raids Make Sense - Investor's Business Daily (6/4/2013)
The inexplicable raid nearly two years ago on a guitar maker for using allegedly illegal wood that its competitors also used was another targeting by this administration of its political enemies.

Obama's Scandalous Legacy - Pete Du Pont (6/2/2013)
The secret searches of communications of the press could have a chilling effect, but more dangerous for the Obama team is that it is the press whose ox was gored in this scandal, perhaps rousing them from their five-year hibernation.

Senator Durbin Redefines the First Amendment - John Hayward (6/1/2013)
Leave aside his prattle about "21st Century questions" and a "living Constitution," and just imagine asking the Founders if they thought the First Amendment should only apply to media organizations certified by the government.

Feds Suggest Anti-Muslim Speech Can Be Punished - (6/1/2013)
A U.S. attorney in Tennessee is reportedly vowing to use federal civil rights statutes to clamp down on offensive and inflammatory speech about Islam. Question: "Sir, where did you go to law school?? Iran?"

The Bullying Pulpit - Thomas Sowell ()
No American government can take away all our freedoms at one time. But a slow and steady erosion of freedom can accomplish the same thing on the installment plan. . We have already gone too far down that road.

Government Gone Wild - Daniel Henninger (5/30/2013)
The idea that banks can grow too big to fail is seen by many as a danger to the system. The proposition forcing itself into public discussion in the second Obama term is that the government in Washington can become too big to be good.

Kathleen Sebelius, Meet Oliver North - Lamar Alexander (5/28/2013)
Our country's Founders included in the Constitution a Congress and a Bill of Rights to curb executive power. The Obama administration is not the first to chafe under these restraints, but it has been among the most flagrant in ignoring them.

Democrats and the 'Ethics' of Max Baucus - Froma Harrop (5/25/2013)
Max Baucus' reputation as one of the most ethically challenged members of the U.S. Senate is well earned. The Montana Democrat's decision to retire in 2014 can't help but improve the chamber's sorry record of corruption.

The Loss of Trust - George Will (5/24/2013)
Because Obama's entire agenda involves enlarging government's role in allocating wealth and opportunity, the agenda now depends on convincing Americans to trust him, not their lying eyes. It is already too late for that.

Why Is the IRS Regulating Speech In the First Place? - David Harsanyi (5/23/2013)
Reasonable people understand that government isn't systematically trying to find out what they had for breakfast or what they watch on TV. But rational people understand that abuse happens. And the IRS has too much power to just ignore.

This Is No Ordinary Scandal - Peggy Noonan (5/21/2013)
As always it comes down to trust. Do you trust the president's answers when he's pressed on an uncomfortable story? Do you trust his people to be fair-minded as they go about their work? Do you trust the IRS and the Justice Department? You do not.

Political Low-Lifes in the Spotlight - Michelle Malkin (5/20/2013)
t's always the "low-level" peon's fault, isn't it? When Democrats get caught red-handed abusing government powers and bullying their political enemies small and large, nobody at the top knows nuttin'. Right.

The Heretic At Heritage - Pat Buchanan (5/19/2013)
Our elites appear unanimous: Jason Richwine's view that intelligence is not equally distributed among ethnic and racial groups, and is partly inherited, is rankest heresy. Yet no one seems to want to prove him wrong.

A Brief History of IRS Political Targeting - James Bovard (5/17/2013)
The IRS has usually done an excellent job of stifling investigations of its practices. A 1991 survey of 800 IRS executives and managers revealed that 75% of respondents felt entitled to deceive or lie when testifying before a congressional committee.

The IRS Wants You - The Wall Street Journal (5/15/2013)
There is a pattern here. Oppose the Obama Administration or liberal priorities, and you too can become an IRS target. Fortunately Congress appears, for now, to be on top of it. The subpoenas need to fly as thick as those IRS questionnaires.

Words That Replace Thought - Thomas Sowell (5/9/2013)
If there is ever a contest for words that substitute for thought, "diversity" should be recognized as the undisputed world champion. Among the candidates for runner-up to "diversity" as the top word for making thought obsolete is "fair."

The Left's Sick Fetish for Cop-Killing Radicals - Michelle Malkin (5/7/2013)
The fetish for cop-killing fugitives and cop-hating radicals is a mainstay of Hollywood, academia, the liberal media and Democratic Party circles. It has persisted for decades. Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is their newest hero.

The Obama/Clinton Reparations - Rich Lowry (5/6/2013)
Abraham Carpenter Jr., a farmer in Grady, Ark., has more insight into human nature than the average sociologist. "Anytime you are going to throw money up in the air, you are going to have people acting crazy." And this program is truly nuts.

Not Such a Hot Idea: Liberal and Conservative Parties - Michael Barone (4/26/2013)
Our two parties compete vigorously and on close to even terms. A Republican president was re-elected with 51 percent of the vote in 2004; a Democratic president re-elected with 51 percent in 2012. Wonder we can't get along politically?

Imperial Washington - John Stossel (4/24/2013)
We all tend to overspend and act lazy when we can get away with it. In the private sector, though, that eventually means that you get fired or realize you're depleting your bank account. In Washington, the Fed just prints more money.

America's Just Not That Into Obama - Jonah Goldberg (4/22/2013)
We will now endure nearly another two years of Obama haranguing us about how it's him and "the people" against special interests and other evil forces who don't care about murdered children. The "people" are getting tired of it.

Obama's Plan - Wayne Root (4/18/2013)
Our struggles are no accident, or the work of an economically inept liberal. This is a purposeful plan to drown the nation in debt and hook a majority to government handouts. Obama's plan was hatched far back at Columbia, under radical mentors.

The Vigorous Virtues of Margaret Thatcher - George Will (4/9/2013)
She had the eyes of Caligula and the lips of Marilyn Monroe. So said Francois Mitterrand, the last serious socialist to lead a major European nation, speaking of Margaret Thatcher, who helped bury socialism as a doctrine of governance.

Is America Still a Good Country? - Pat Buchanan (4/8/2013)
Whatever their beliefs, the justices, one trusts, will leave gay marriage to the states and people. For Roe v. Wade, where seven justices found the right to an abortion lurking in the penumbras of the Ninth Amendment, poisons our politics to this day.

Thatcher Dead At 87 - Sky News (4/8/2013)
Steadfast, courageous, often divisive; Reagan's partner in bringing down the Evil Empire. Britain's first and only female prime minister Margaret Thatcher has died peacefully following a stroke.

Republicans, Get Over the 2012 Loss—and Start Fighting Back - Liz Cheney (4/2/2013)
It is time to defend our values with vigor and courage. We are conservatives. We believe in limited government, low taxes, individual freedoms, self-reliance, the importance of the family, and the authority of America's founding documents.

President Guilty of Failure to Govern - Zenas Brehm (4/1/2013)
All authoritative regimes have started with the disarming of the people. All have vilified segments of their society to blame for their problems. All have relied upon blind, worshipful allegiance and all have had youth brigades and civilian armies.

We've Been Lied To, Robbed, And Misled - Adam Taggart, Peak Prosperity (4/1/2013)
By manipulating the price of money through sustained and historically low interest rates, Greenspan and Bernanke created an era of asset mis-pricing that inevitably would need to correct. That need for correction is still hanging over our heads.

Can the Republican Party Recover From Iraq? - Peggy Noonan (3/26/2013)
id the Iraq war hurt the GOP? Yes. The war, and the crash of '08, half killed it. It's still digging out, and whether it can succeed is an open question. Here, offered in a spirit of open debate, is what the war did to the GOP.

A Real Term Limit - Thomas Sowell (3/23/2013)
What are advocates of term limits trying to accomplish? If they are trying to keep government from being run by career politicians, whose top priority is getting themselves reelected, then term limits on given jobs fail to do that.

Maybe Republicans Should Try Being Popular - Ann Coulter (3/11/2013)
Republicans don't control the U.S. Senate or the presidency. Instead of wasting time and energy in doomed efforts to defeat Obama's Cabinet nominees or sucking up to illegal aliens, why not focus on issues where they can actually be popular?

The Anti-Confidence Man - Peggy Noonan (3/10/2013)
Barack Obama really is a study in contrasts, such as aloof and omnipresent. He's never fully present and he won't leave. He speaks constantly, endlessly, but always seems to be withholding his true thoughts and plans.

Why a Duck? - James Taranto (3/3/2013)
Barack Obama's exorbitant new price tag is evidence of the futility of trying to keep money out of politics. Money will find a way in, and a complex system of regulations only gives an advantage to politicians who are the most devious.

Infantile Conservatism - Pat Buchanan (3/2/2013)
How is America, with thousands of strategic and tactical nuclear weapons, scores of warships in the vicinity, bombers and nuclear subs and land-based missiles able to strike and incinerate Iran within half an hour, threatened by Iran?

Ministry of Mis-Information - David Zurawik (2/27/2013)
MSNBC has long been as bad as Fox News when it comes to ideological bias. But with the hiring of longtime Team Obama loyalists David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, it's official: MSNBC is worse. And in their case, it parades as 'news.'

Who Killed the Middle Class? - Pat Buchanan (2/23/2013)
Every nation seems to understand what our baby boomers were never taught. A trade balance is a measure of national power that reliably identifies rising and falling nations. And America's trade balance is heading south at a rapid clip.

A Real State of the Union - John Stossel (2/19/2013)
But I have this dream - one where my president walks to the podium, and he instead says this: "I'm so happy I won again. Now that I don't have to suck up to my base, I will be the grown-up in the room." Well, he didn't say that.

White Liberals Tell Black Lies About Civil Rights - Ann Coulter (2/18/2013)
Imagine a modern German historian saying: "Remember - it wasn't just Germans who opposed the Holocaust. The English and Americans did too!" Such a historian would be beaten bloody. Sounds like the Democratic story of civil rights history.

State of the Union: Good Luck, America! - Nile Gardiner (2/16/2013)
Mr. Obama's 2013 State of the Union address offered a vision for American decline, not renewal, with a continuing addiction to spending taxpayers' money in the name of growth. This speech could easily have been delivered in Brussels or Paris

The Broke, Retreating State of Our Union - National Review (2/14/2013)
It is terribly appropriate that President Obama gave his halting and graceless State of the Union address on Mardi Gras: He spent the evening shouting "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" at every liberal constituency in sight.

Politician Moves to Make Vulgar Photoshopping Illegal. - Chris Matyszczyk (2/14/2013)
Georgia Rep. Earnest Smith is mad. It turns out that some devious, twisted human being placed His Earnestness's head on the body of a porn star. "No one has a right to make fun of anyone. It's not a First Amendment right!" Yeah, right.

So God Made a Fawner - Peggy Noonan (2/12/2013)
Like Paul Harvey's iconic Super Bowl ad, Steve Kroft's "60 Minutes" interview with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton made a big impression. It sadly reminded us of the mainstream media's fawn-a-thon toward the current president.

Endless War? - Pat Buchanan (2/11/2013)
In his 1951 address to Congress, Gen. Douglas MacArthur declared: "Once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision."

Imperial Presidency - Calvin Woodward and Richard Lardner (2/10/2013)
This is what "Forward" looks like. Fast forward, even. President Barack Obama's campaign slogan is springing to life in a surge of executive directives and agency rule-making that touch many of the affairs of government.

Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That! - John Stossel (2/8/2013)
After banning things, politicians' second favorite activity is granting special privileges to a few people who do those same things -- so big casinos flourish, and most states run their own lotteries. Hypocrisy!

Obama's Thunderdome Strategy - Daniel Henninger (2/5/2013)
The original argument for the Obama presidency was that this was a new, open-minded and liberal man intent on elevating the common good. No one believes that now. This will be a second term of imposition.

Obama Has Hijacked the American Revolution - Pat Buchanan ()
Equality? The only way to equalize rewards is to take from those who have earned and give to those who have not. And that requires the kind of redistributionst regime the Founding Fathers would have risen up against.

Clouds Over Obama's 2nd Term - Pat Buchanan (1/26/2013)
Obama may be dreaming of amnesty for illegal aliens and a Federal Gun Registry, but most of us would settle for no more wars and no double-dip recession. Remarkable how the expectations of Americans seem so modest compared to what they once were.

Obama's Abuse of Power - The Wall Street Journal (1/26/2013)
President Obama has shown increasing contempt for the constitutional limits on his power, and the courts are finally awakening to the news. A unanimous panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has overruled his non-recess appointments to the NLRB.

Obama's Giveaway to the Communists - Phyllis Schlafly (1/25/2013)
The China problem is not just that China is raking in trillions of dollars because of Obama's spending and borrowing binges, and it's not just that government policies encourage well-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs to move overseas.

Obama's Inaugural Intentions - Fred Barnes (1/24/2013)
President Obama wants more government. In his second inaugural address, he masked the message with phrases like "collective action" and doing "things together." But these were stand-ins for a bigger and more ambitious federal government.

The Emergent Tyrant - Ronald Brownstein (1/19/2013)
Rapidly accelerating a process that began during his campaign, Obama since November has confidently picked fights with Republicans -- and challenged the most conservative members of his own party --on a broad range of issues.

Feeling Like a Peasant - Eric M. Martin (1/16/2013)
If our royalty in Washington is the best that America has, we are doomed. How smart do you have to be to spend $17 trillion more than you have? If we are the richest nation in the world and have the best minds, wouldn't we have a few bucks to spare??

Legislative Ignorance - Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times (1/15/2013)
Each of them takes an oath to defend the Constitution, but many House lawmakers either don't understand the founding document or don't take its precepts seriously, according to an analysis by The Washington Times.

"Least Productive Congress Ever" - The Washington Times (1/9/2013)
Everyone thought it was true, and now there is official confirmation: The 112th Congress, which came to a close last week, was the least productive on record. Of course, non-production can be a good thing if it avoids the truly bad legislation.

Dear Mr. President, Zero-Sum Doesn't Add Up - P.J. O'Rourke (1/6/2013)
While redistribution is a bad idea, zero-sum is even worse. It means that a country that isn't taking things from other countries is letting its citizens down. That's pretty much the story of all recorded history, none of which needs to be repeate

Crony Capitalist Blowout - The Wall Street Journal (1/4/2013)
In praising Congress's huge new tax increase, President Obama said that "millionaires and billionaires" will finally "pay their fair share." That is, unless you are a Nascar track owner, a wind-energy company or the owners of StarKist Tuna, etc.

Yet Another Fiscal Battle Looming? - Neil Munro (1/2/2013)
President Barack Obama has scheduled another so-called "fiscal cliff" crisis for February by announcing late Jan. 1 he would refuse to negotiate any curbs on his use of the nation's maxed-out credit card.

The Biggest Cliff of All - Daniel Henninger (12/30/2012)
Government's problem for many people around the world today is that its advocates are enacting policies that do damage or don't work. The public record of national governments -- America's included -- as we approach the new year, is dismal.

A Party That Doesn't Think With Its Skin - Jeff Jacoby (12/27/2012)
So relentlessly have liberals played the race card over the years that virtually anything conservatives or Republicans do -- from opposing Obamacare to tweaking the president's fondness for golf -- somehow gets twisted into proof of racial malice.

Liberal Obsession With Race Is Growing Old - Jonah Goldberg (12/25/2012)
When will liberals stop living in the past? Specifically, when will they accept that they aren't all that stands between a wonderful, tolerant America and Jim Crow? Or has the real agenda more to do with keeping a dependent group captive?

Boehner's Boners - J.T. Hatter (12/19/2012)
What's up with John Boehner? Has he lost his mind or something? There are a lot of conservatives who think he's gone around the bend. He's done precious little to convince anyone otherwise.

Is Secession the Answer? - Pat Buchanan (12/8/2012)
"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another …" So begins the Declaration of Independence. And so thought the secessionists of 1861.

Fed Court Casts Doubt On Obama's Recess Appointments - The Washington Times (12/5/2012)
A federal appeals court has questioned not only Mr. Obama's controversial January recess appointments but the entire system of such appointments, casting doubt on whether such powers can ever be exercised unless Congress has adjourned for good.

Obama's Soviet Mistake - Xavier Lerma (12/3/2012)
Obama is promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia.

What Price 'Fairness'? - Mona Charen (12/2/2012)
Wow. A nation that is skating to the brink of bankruptcy because it spends so much on the middle class is whipped into a righteous frenzy about how rigged the system is toward the rich?

America Losing Dream - Jeff Loeffler (12/1/2012)
Another Barack Obama term is scary. But it's not why I'm depressed. It wasn't about losing an election; it was about losing the American dream. For the first time in our history, the asylum has been taken over by the inmates.

The Mistake That Is the Libertarian Party - Randy E. Barnett ()
Inevitably, a third-party candidate for office draws votes away from the major party most representative of his or her governing philosophy. So why not have a run-off election between the two favorites? Expensive? Yes. But what a deal!

The GOP and Racism, Yet Again - Jonah Goldberg (11/29/2012)
Any serious attempt by the GOP to win black votes won't involve copycatting liberal policies. It will require going over the heads of the liberal slanderers to offer a sincere alternative to failed liberal policies on schools, poverty, crime, etc.

The Privilege to Speak - James Taranto (11/28/2012)
A corporate division has once again exercised its First Amendment rights to argue that corporations don't have First Amendment rights. However, the New York Times claims to have discovered a loophole that protects its own First Amendment rights.

Counseling for Would-Be Secessionists - Steven Greenhut (11/27/2012)
There's nothing unserious about secession, despite the idea having been sullied by the unpleasantness of the mid-1800s. It's the ultimate check and balance on an out-of-control central government, but powerful nations rarely sit by idly.

Best Foot Forward? - Mona Charen (11/25/2012)
"Was Romney a throwback to another era?" one panelist asked. Too reticent and dignified for the emotionally exhibitionistic world we inhabit? It's possible, and no political party that fails to change with the times will survive.

Obama's Southeast Asia Trip All Style, No Substance - Investor's Business Daily (11/24/2012)
So amid all the colorful and flirty photos from President Obama's first tour of Southeast Asia, what did he actually accomplish? As usual, he served himself politically in what was largely a Potemkin mission abroad.

Demography Is Destiny - Ann Coulter (11/21/2012)
Liberals brag about having won the hearts and minds of America, as if, through logic and argument, they've persuaded people to accept their bankrupt European socialist ideas. Democrats haven't changed anyone's mind. They changed the people.

The I's Have It - Peggy Noonan (11/20/2012)
We are becoming a conceited nitwit society, pushy and self-aggrandizing. No one is ashamed to brag now. and show off. They think it heightens them. They think it's good for business. In fact it makes them kind of classless and small.

Petraeus and Benghazi: A Time For Truth - Pat Buchanan (11/18/2012)
The stunning resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, days before he was to testify on the CIA role in the Benghazi massacre, raises many more questions than his resignation letter answers. It's time to get those answers.

Tips For Conservatives On Starting All Over Again - George Will (11/17/2012)
It is frequently said and probably true that many people are more informed when picking a refrigerator than when picking a president. Given the low chance of a single vote affecting the outcome, perhaps this makes sense.

The Way Forward - Charles Krauthammer (11/16/2012)
Republicans: No whimpering. No whining. No reinvention when none is needed. Do conservatism but do it better. There's a whole generation of leaders ready to do just that.

Voters Choose Familiar - Lara Jester (11/15/2012)
We had a distinct choice, four more years of the same stagnant economy or a chance at growth and prosperity. For many, that possibility seemed too good to be true.

Seccesion Movement Gains Steam - The Daily Caller (11/14/2012)
Less than a week after a New Orleans suburbanite petitioned the White House to allow Louisiana to secede from the United States, petitions from seven states have collected enough signatures to trigger a promised review from the Obama administration.

Obama Re-election Brings No Change; Is There Any Hope? - Investor's Business Daily (11/11/2012)
H.L. Mencken once said, "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." The voters could well suffer a bleak fate from their decision last week.

Is the GOP Headed for the Boneyard? - Pat Buchanan (11/10/2012)
When the country looks like California demographically, it will look like California politically. Republicans are not whistling past the graveyard. They are right at the entrance.

Election Was No Mandate - George Will (11/9/2012)
Under the 11 presidents from Harry Truman through George W. Bush, unemployment was 8 percent or more for a total of 39 months but was over that for 43 Obama months. Yet voters preferred the president who presided over this. Why?

The Republic Will Survive - The Wall Street Journal (11/7/2012)
If you think the stakes in 2012 are great, remember that Thomas Jefferson's Democratic Republicans accused John Adams of being a closet monarchist, while Adams's Federalists treated their opponents as closet Jacobins. No, mudslinging is now new.

How Romney Lost - Kevin D. Williamson (11/7/2012)
The realities of the electoral map meant that the Romney campaign really had no choice but to bet big on Ohio, and that bet was a loser. In addition to some critical on-the-ground specifics, there were three main reasons for that.

Obama's Progressive Gamble - The Wall Street Journal (11/6/2012)
Many of our friends who saw genius in the crease of Barack Obama's trousers four years ago lament that he might be cruising to re-election had he only focused first on the economy and postponed his liberal social priorities. That's not who he is.

Romney Is What The Country Needs Now - Ann Coulter (11/4/2012)
The single most important issue in this election is ending the national nightmare of Obamacare. If Obamacare if not stopped, it will permanently change the political culture of this country. America will become a less productive, less wealthy nation.

Obama's Pathetic Picture Book - Rich Lowry (11/3/2012)
As an artifact of the diminishment of President Barack Obama, it is hard to top his newly released pamphlet, "The New Economic Patriotism [etc.]" Make no mistake: What the Obama agenda lacks in substance, it makes up in graphic design.

A Vote For Election Day - Jonah Goldberg (11/1/2012)
There are lots of reasons to have a single, solitary Election Day. Among the best reasons: Deadlines focus the minds of voters and campaigns alike, and in-person, single-day voting cuts down on the potential for voter fraud.

McGovern & Goldwater: Winners Or Losers? - Pat Buchanan (10/30/2012)
The counterculture for which Mr. McGovern's campaign was the earliest political expression became the dominant culture of America's social, cultural and intellectual elite. Only through it could men such as Clinton and Obama risen to the presidenc

A Chronic Case of Obamnesia - Kimberley A. Strassel (10/29/2012)
Barack Obama's latest strategy is to claim that his opponent has developed "stage 3 Romnesia", flipping his positions to better appeal to the electorate. We find that Mr. Obama appears to be the genuine sufferer of this malady.

A Second First Term - The Wall Street Journal (10/27/2012)
Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008 as the anti-Bush and in 2012 he's been trying to win again as the anti-Romney, without elaborating much of a second-term agenda. His new ambitions look a lot like his old ambitions, except stuck on repeat.

A Presidency Squandered - Victor Davis Hanson (10/25/2012)
The Obama narrative is that he inherited the worst mess in memory and has been stymied ever since by a partisan Congress — while everything from new ATM technology to the Japanese tsunami conspired against him. But how true are those claims?

Can Government Benefits Turn an Election? - Phil Gramm and Michael Solon (10/20/2012)
Based on current economic measures, Mr. Obama's re-election would seem to be doomed. But there is a new dynamic at work in 2012. While in the past voters have been swayed by private sector performance, today it is the promise of government benefits.

The Coming Romney Boom - Mona Charen (10/19/2012)
Even without tax reform, Mitt Romney and the Republicans could jumpstart an economic resurgence if they did just three things: 1) repeal Obamacare, 2) repeal Dodd/Frank and 3) and reverse the Obama policy of hindering domestic energy production.

President Obama's Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures - The Foundry (10/19/2012)
It is no secret that President Obama's and green-energy supporters' (from both parties) foray into venture capitalism has not gone well. But the extent of its failure has been largely ignored by the press.

What Foreign Policy Debate? - Jacob Sullum (10/18/2012)
In a debate limited to Obama and Romney, you will not hear anyone question, as Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson does, whether frustrating Iran's nuclear ambitions is worth launching yet another war in the Middle East. Another voice is needed.

Obama's Birdbrained Attack - Rich Lowry (10/17/2012)
Say what?? The president is touring the country a few weeks before a consequential national election talking about a fictional bird. To paraphrase Joseph Welch at the Army-McCarthy hearings, "Have you no sense of self-respect, sir?"

I Was Right About That Strange Jobs Report - Jack Welch (10/12/2012)
Imagine a country where challenging the ruling authorities - questioning, say, a piece of data released by central headquarters - would result in mobs of administration sympathizers claiming you should feel embarrassed and labeling you a fool. The USSR?

Got Racism? - Ann Coulter (10/11/2012)
Liberal racism sightings have become like a lunatic's version of "Where's Waldo?" Kevin Baker of Harper's magazine says Romney's referring to his "five boys" in last week's debate was how he "slyly found a way" to call Obama a "boy."

Why He's Falling Apart - Jim Geraghty (10/9/2012)
A presidential reelection campaign needs three key elements: a defense of the incumbent's record, a successful effort to define the opposition and a compelling vision of a second term. Unfortunately for the president, his campaign lacks all three.

Fact Check: Solis Misleads On Job Revisions - (10/8/2012)
Suspicion about the government's September jobs report has fallen on Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, who defended the numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, claiming--falsely--that upward revisions of 86,000 jobs were from the private sector.

The Debate Report Card - Bill O'Reilly (10/7/2012)
the first debate is history and Romney is back in the hunt. But there will be a next time and, I expect, President Obama will be much more assertive. After all, he didn't rise to his present office by slinking off.

Romney Takes the Stage - The Wall Street Journal (10/4/2012)
Election Day is only a month away, but for our money the Presidential campaign really began in earnest in Denver at the first Presidential debate. Mitt Romney met the challenge of appearing Presidential, and showed a superior command of fact.

Benghazi Was Obama's 3 a.m. Call - Bret Stephens (10/3/2012)
The U.S. ignores warnings of a parlous security situation in Benghazi. Nothing happens because nobody is really paying attention, especially in an election year, and because Libya is supposed to be a foreign-policy success. Then the truth shouts out.

Mainstream Media Is Threatening Our Country's Future - Patrick Caddell (10/2/2012)
think we're at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy or not.

Ross Perot: A Warning, But No 2012 endorsement - (10/1/2012)
"... the last thing I ever want to see is to see this country, our country taken over because we're so financially weak we can't do anything and we're moving in that direct. … We could even lose our country if we don't get this fixed..."

Obama Versus Obama - Thomas Sowell ()
Many voters will be comparing Mitt Romney with Barack Obama between now and election day. But what might be even more revealing would be comparing Obama with Obama. There is a big contrast between Obama based on his rhetoric and Obama based on his record.

Liberals Can't Break the 200-Year Racism Habit - Ann Coulter (9/29/2012)
Democrats spent the first century of this country's existence refusing to treat black people like human beings, and the second refusing to treat them like adults. And they've spent most of the last few decades rewriting all that.

What Has Obama Learned? - Jonah Goldberg (9/26/2012)
In his first year, Obama barely stopped talking to the American people, who unfortunately didn't always have a mute button handy. And what did Obama learn from all of this? Nothing, nothing at all.

The Likability Trap - Kathleen Parker (9/22/2012)
One of the great fallacies of politics is that one must be liked to be effective. Yet we dedicate an awful lot of time to measuring candidates' likability and forcing them to pretend to be someone that some political consultant thinks we'll admire

The Obama You Don't Know - The Washington Examiner (9/20/2012)
"The two worst crime zones in Illinois are the governor's mansion in Springfield and the City Council Chambers in Chicago." It was into this environment that Obama stepped as a state senator, and from which his presidential coterie is drawn.

A Nation of Sandra Flukes - Mark Steyn (9/15/2012)
Any space aliens prowling through the rubble of our civilization and stumbling upon a recording of the convention compatible with Planet Zongo DVD players will surely marvel at the valuable peak airtime allotted to Sandra Fluke.

Obama's Dreams - Thomas Sowell (9/10/2012)
Barack Obama is one of those people who are often wrong but never in doubt. When he burst upon the presidential scene in 2008, even some conservatives were impressed by his confidence. But confident ignorance is dangerous in a leader.

God Doesn't Belong In A Godless Party's Platform - Pat Buchanan (9/9/2012)
The authors of the Democratic platform have inadvertently revealed to the world the sea change that has taken place in that party we once knew. For the first time, there was not a single mention of God, the Creator noted by Thomas Jefferson.

The DNC's Bold Lies - Jeffery Lord (9/8/2012)
There is no polite way to put it. The DNC website presentation is a lie. A deliberate, willful and very big lie. Hiding from the young, the innocent and the unwary the cold, hard and true facts of the Democratic Party's horrific racial history.

Obama: The Real Radical In This Election Campaign - George Will (9/7/2012)
Four years ago, Barack Obama was America's Rorschach test upon whom voters could project their disparate yearnings. To govern, however, is to choose, and now his choices have clarified him. He is determined to emancipate us from our foundings.

Frustrated Californians Turn to Prop 32 - National Review (9/7/2012)
The last time that California voters were in this mood was in 1978. Back then, inflation was forcing voters out of their homes by pushing up their property taxes. Sacramento politicians were unresponsive, and the voters responded with Prop 13.

FACT CHECK: Obama and the Phantom Peace Dividend - AP (9/7/2012)
President Obama laid claim to a peace dividend that doesn't exist when he told the nation he wants to use money saved by ending wars to build highways, schools and bridges. Here are a few more whoppers and fudges from the DNC Convention.

The 2012 Platform of the Democratic Party (9/7/2012)

The 2012 Platform of the Republican Party (9/7/2012)

Obama, Sub-Prime Bubble Pioneer - Neil Munro (9/6/2012)
Barack Obama was a pioneering contributor to the national subprime real estate bubble, and roughly half of the 186 minority clients in his landmark 1995 mortgage discrimination lawsuit have since gone bankrupt or received foreclosure notices.

The 2012 Platform of the Libertarian Party (9/6/2012)

New York Times Fact Checkers: Bed Rest Is Work - Ann Coulter (9/4/2012)
Poor Mickey Kaus. He's the liberal intellectual lefties on TV are usually stealing from, but now that this welfare reform maven has concluded that Romney's welfare ad is basically correct, liberals refuse to acknowledge his existence.

Romney, Obama Both Struggle to Connect - Scott Rasmussen (9/3/2012)
While the two teams vying for the presidency represent different ideological views, different upbringings, different faith backgrounds and different experiences, neither of them has yet inspired any confidence among voters.

Republican Party Platform Best Yet - Phyllis Schlafly (8/30/2012)
The Republican Party platform may be the best one ever adopted. The party has long since learned that fiscal, social and sovereignty issues cannot be ignored or separated, but must be addressed as all part of a national campaign.

'Clean Energy' Is Obama-Speak for Crony Government - Michelle Malkin (8/27/2012)
Breaking news: The Fishwrap of Record has finally discovered that the Obama administration gives its Chicago corporate pals special access to power and regulatory favoritism. Everyone, put on your shocked faces!

'Issues' or America? - Thomas Sowell (8/26/2012)
There are some very serious issues at stake in this year's election — so many that some people may not be able to see the forest for the trees. Individual issues are the trees, but the forest is the future of America as we have known it.

What I Learned at Bain Capital - Mitt Romney (8/25/2012)
I am committed to capping federal spending below 20% of GDP and reducing nondefense discretionary spending by 5%. This will surely result in much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Washington. But a failure of leadership has created our debt crisis.

Obama's Gotta Go - Niall Ferguson (8/24/2012)
The voters now face a stark choice. They can let Barack Obama's rambling narrative continue until they find themselves living in some American version of Europe, with low growth, high unemployment, even higher debt. Or they can opt for change.

The Regulatory Cliff Is Nearly as Steep as the Fiscal One - Rob Portman (8/23/2012)
Americans are learning more about the "fiscal cliff" approaching at the beginning of next year. But unless there's real change in Washington, we're also headed for a steep "regulatory cliff" that could compound the damage.

What Democrats Mean When They Say 'Radical' - David Harsanyi (8/22/2012)
With words like "radical" and "extreme" being liberally flung around, it's probably time to define our terms. After all, vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan, I am assured, embodies both words in deed and spirit.

The Paul Ryan Choice - Thomas Sowell (8/20/2012)
Governor Mitt Romney's choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is one of those decisions that seem obvious — if not inevitable — in retrospect, even though it was by no means obvious to most of us beforehand.

Ranking Obama's Presidency - George Will (8/18/2012)
After his admirably pithy and entirely clear distillation of his political philosophy: "You didn't build that." The public's obtuseness forced Mr. Obama's campaign to run an ad saying that his words had been taken "out of context." Ah, context

Mitt's Damn-the-Torpedoes Decision - Pat Buchanan (8/17/2012)
Mitt Romney's decision to select Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate speaks well of the man who made it. Indeed, it seemed less like the moderate man we have come to know than Adm. David Farragut charging to victory in Mobile Bay.

Romney-Ryan: Real Change - Cal Thomas (8/16/2012)
Is America ready for a serious discussion of issues, rather than the superficial approach that has defined so much of modern politics? We're about to find out. There may be a Puritan ethic still living within our collective DNA that abhors debt.

How Did Harry Reid Get Rich? - Betsy Woodruff (8/15/2012)
Mysteriously profitable land and stock deals seem to rain on politicians. Cwertainly they appear to have blessed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV.) Ironically, such shenanigans seem to be far the most bipartisan behavior in Congress.

Foul Play - Michelle Malkin (8/13/2012)
The media lowlifes who exploit every tragic shooting to silence their law-abiding, First Amendment-exercising enemies are tearing this country apart. "Progressives" have had free rein to libel and slander peaceful, liberty-loving citizens.

The Cost of Winning Ugly - Pat Buchanan (8/12/2012)
Mr. Hope and Change, the figure who once inspired millions, died a long time ago. In his stead stands a Chicago pol who barnstorms the country calling Republicans political lap dogs of millionaires who refuse to pay their fair share of taxes.

Obama and 'Earning Your Success' - Arthur C. Brooks (8/11/2012)
The central insight from welfare reform is that people flourish when they earn their success, and this requires real market work. They escape poverty—and they live dignified, better-ordered lives. Obama's new (non)work rules banish any need of e

Olympic Political Correctness - John Fund (8/9/2012)
The London Olympics features 302 events. But this year there clearly is a new category: racial sensitivity. These Olympic Games are rife with examples of people taking offense, and it's time to discuss some guardrails and guidelines.

Is The GOP On Its Deathbed? - Pat Buchanan (8/7/2012)
Why should poor, working- and middle-class minorities, the vast majority, vote for a party that will reduce taxes they don't pay, but cut the benefits they do receive? The GOP is increasingly seen as the party that will do just that.

Romney's Excellent Trip - Charles Krauthammer (8/6/2012)
Romney's point about "culture" was to highlight the improbable emergence of Israel from resourceless semi-desert to First World "start-up nation," a tribute to its freedom and openness. Sorry the Arabs didn't care much for the truth.

Tea Party Candidates Uphold the Legacy of Madison - George Will (8/5/2012)
Today, many of the tea party's academic despisers portray it as anti-democratic and anti-intellectual. Actually, it stands, as the forgotten heroes of the 1912 election did, with Madison, the most intellectually formidable Founder.

Is Mitt Being Neo-Conned Into War? - Pat Buchanan (8/3/2012)
Mr. Romney's recent comments may be seen as giving the Israelis a blank check to attack Iran. But if we are going to go to war again, this time with Iran, the decision should be made in America, according to our Constitution, not by any other country.

The Latest News on Tax 'Fairness' - Ari Fleischer ()
If fairness in paying taxes means the amount you pay is based on the amount you make, then the only group in America paying at least a "fair share" is the top 20%—people who make more than $74,000. For everyone else, the tax code is a bargain.

Obama-Sized Government Funds Stasis and Sclerosis - Mark Steyn (7/30/2012)
Instead of roads and bridges, Obama-sized government funds stasis and sclerosis: The Hoover Dam of regulatory obstruction, the Golden Gateway to dependency. The President of Dependistan has put nothing but roadblocks in the path to opportunity and growth.

Obama's America — And Ours - Pat Buchanan (7/28/2012)
From academia to community organizing to an Illinois legislature that milked so much money from the people the state may beat California into bankruptcy – Obama's life has been spent in tax-exempt, tax-subsidized and tax-supported institutions.

Obama's Enemies List—Part II - Kimberley A. Strassel (7/26/2012)
First an Obama campaign website called out Romney donor Frank Vandersloot and labeled him as 'less than reputable.' Next the IRS moved to audit him—and so did the Labor Department. Is Obama's America finally becoming a banana republic?

Are Obama's Ideas Un-American? - David Harsanyi (7/25/2012)
Obama has it all backward. It is the charity of a prosperous free society that allows people to become community organizers or attain "free" health care. Washington rarely helps the free market prosper,, only benefits from it.

Obama Flouts the Rule of Law - Andrew C. McCarthy (7/24/2012)
Unless you are dealing with a person who feels a moral obligation to conduct himself lawfully, the rule of law obtains only when it is demonstrated that lawlessness will not be tolerated. Congress has shown no inclination to do so.

The Demcrats' Ideal Voter: Illegal Alien, Convicted Felon - Ann Coulter (7/23/2012)
While conservatives have been formulating carefully constructed arguments, liberals have been playing a long-term game to change the demographics of America to get an electorate more to their liking.

Monica's Manifesto - Kathryn Jean Lopez (7/19/2012)
Monica Crowley is the author of the new book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? The Happy Warrior's Guide to the Great American Comeback and talks about it with National Review Online's Kathryn Jean Lopez.

Obamanomics: More Ride in the Wagon - Mona Charen (7/17/2012)
June brought the perfect encapsulation of the Obama economy: More Americans signed up for disability benefits than got jobs. According to government statistics, 80,000 Americans found work last month, while 85,000 opted for disability instead.

The Rise of the Food Stamp Nation - Rich Lowry (7/16/2012)
Two-thirds of the Agriculture Department's budget is devoted to welfare programs. The biggest is food stamps, which is now the nation's second-largest welfare program after Medicaid.

Fast and Furious Is Not a DC Law Firm - Ann Coulter (7/13/2012)
What if the Bush administration had implemented a covert operation to dump a dangerous abortifacient in Planned Parenthood clinics, resulting in hundreds of women dying — just to give pro-lifers an argument? Fast and Furious is pretty similar.

The Imperial Presidency Revisited - Charles Krauthammer (7/12/2012)
The Republican presidential campaign centers on the ineffectiveness of this administration: failure at home, passivity abroad. A fine electoral strategy. But as citizens we should be grateful, given the president's ultimate aims.

Obama's Imperial Presidency - Kimberley A. Strassel (7/11/2012)
The "imperial presidency" of George W. Bush was a favorite judgment of the left about our 43rd president's conduct in war, wiretapping and detentions. But at least Mr. Bush confined it to his commander-in-chief role. Not so Mr. Obama.

The Supreme Court Stakes in 2012 - Clint Bollick (7/10/2012)
The power to control Supreme Court nominations is the grand prize in the coming presidential election. Long after Obama and Romney fade in our memories, the Supreme Court justices one of them appoints will still be rendering nation-shaping rulings.

Rating And Ranking Our Presidents - Pat Buchanan (7/4/2012)
In 1948, Arthur Schlesinger Sr. wrote for Life magazine a controversial article on a subject that has been the cause of spirited and acrimonious debate ever since. Using the opinions of academe, the piece ranked U.S. presidents from great to terrible.

The Biggest Scandal In U.S. History - Ann Coulter (6/30/2012)
The Obama administration has almost certainly engaged in the most shockingly vile corruption scandal in the history of the country, shipping guns to Mexican criminals for no better reason than to build a phoney case against American gun sales.

Obama: The Affirmative Action President - Matt Patterson (6/28/2012)
Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.

Regulating Political Speech - John Stossel (6/27/2012)
It's presidential season, so again pundits are indignant that money is spent on politics. Spent by corporations! And rich people! In politics, money is speech. It's no accident that the very first change to the Constitution protected speech.

Mr. Executive Power - David Harsanyi (6/24/2012)
Today's Democratic logic goes like this: If Congress is unable to pass progressive agenda items with a simple majority of legislators (and thankfully, that's the case), the vote of a single person - the president - will do just fine.

Decision: Corporate Campaign Spending Limits Rejected Again - AP (6/24/2012)
The Supreme Court has reaffirmed its 2-year-old Citizens United decision Citizens United allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.

The Immigration Ploy - Thomas Sowell (6/23/2012)
President Obama's latest political ploy — granting new "rights" out of thin air, by Executive Order, to selected illegal immigrants — is all too typical of his short-run approach to the country's long-run problems.

Are We in Revolutionary Times? - Victor Davis Hanson (6/22/2012)
Legally, President Obama has reiterated the principle that he can pick and choose which U.S. laws he wishes to enforce. This president is turning out to be the most subversive chief executive in terms of eroding U.S. law since Richard Nixon.

Retiring Dem: 'The People Have Gotten Dumber' - The Weekly Standard (6/21/2012)
Retiring congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) reflects on his time in Congress. 'Your premise is that comity exists now. It may not be entirely accurate. It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It's not like that anymore.

Terminate the Racket of College Loans - Phyllis Schlafly (6/19/2012)
One of the ways to cut the big-spending binge engaged in by the federal government is to terminate the racket of college loans. It's counterproductive, discriminatory, and a bad investment for both taxpayers and students.

Obama's Public Sector Full-Employment Plan - Ann Coulter (6/18/2012)
When Democrats say the public sector is "suffering", they mean public sector employees have half the unemployment rate of the rest of the country -- 4.2 percent compared to 8.2 percent.

Socialist or Fascist? - Thomas Sowell (6/17/2012)
Socialists want government to own the means of production; to own the businesses. Obama is smarter -- or more insidious. He wants to control all commerce, but leave private business owners around to take the blame when things go inevitably to pot.

Prez: Shut Up And Write What I Tell You - Neil Munro (6/16/2012)
President Barack Obama declined to take any questions from reporters about his controversial and significant decision to offer a de facto amnesty to at least 800,000 foreigners aged 15 to 30.

Will Heads Roll For The Stuxnet Leak? - Pat Buchanan (6/15/2012)
Scooter Libby was indicted and convicted for exposing CIA operative Valerie Plame. Pvt. Bradley Manning faces a life sentence for divulging security secrets to Wikileaks. What did they do that the leakers of the Stuxnet secrets did not do?

Leaker-In-Chief? - Gary Bauer (6/14/2012)
Remember when Obama said several times that he'd be comfortable as a one-term president? That was a lie. He has made it crystal clear he'll do whatever he feels he must to win reelection—even, apparently, jeopardize America's national se

State Politicians and the Public Pension Cookie Jar - Steven Malanga (6/13/2012)
Politically powerful government unions play a major role in keeping state and local pension systems expensive, but legislators often have an even greater interest in the current system—their own generous retirement packages.

What's Changed After Wisconsin - Peggy Noonan (6/8/2012)
What happened in Wisconsin signals a shift in political mood and assumption. Public employee unions were beaten back and defeated in a state with a long progressive tradition. Governors and local leaders will now have help in controlling budgets.

Walker, Unbowed - National Review (6/6/2012)
The year-long saga of the Wisconsin recall is, at long last, over, and Scott Walker is still standing. The low-key Republican governor has withstood a sustained (and expensive) onslaught from the forces of Big Labor and its allies on the Left.

The Bain Ads Are About Spending - Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. ()
Politics remains the art of the possible. All the chatter aside, it's always likely, whoever wins, the great American consensus machine will settle back on stalling and doing nothing, until some greater financial crisis hits.

Big lies in Politics - Thomas Sowell (5/24/2012)
The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy them, and only in the short run.

When All Is Politics, Nothing Is Law - Roger Pilon (5/23/2012)
Is our "dysfunctional" government the fault of Republican "extremists" whose party has become "an insurgent outlier in American politics," blocking measures for economic recovery, or is it just trying to restore the rule of the Constitution?

The Antietam of the Culture War - Pat Buchanan (5/22/2012)
Can't trust voters, can't trust elected legislators, can't trust Congress. Homosexual marriage, says the New York Times, is too important to be left to democratic decision. The republic must be commanded to accept it by unelected judges.

The Menace of Bipartisanship - George Will (5/21/2012)
Bipartisanship, the supposed scarcity of which so distresses the high-minded, actually is disastrously prevalent. Since 2001 it has produced untold federal intrusion into local affairs at tremendous cost in both silver and liberty.

Sacrificial Scams - Ann Coulter (5/20/2012)
Working for the government is supposed to be a trade-off: You can't be fired and don't have to exert yourself, but you will be paid less than in the private sector. Instead, government jobs are safe, secure, pressure-free -- and amazingly lucrativ

Obama's Marriage Act - The Wall Street Journal (5/14/2012)
Congratulations to President Obama for matching his public policy with what everyone already knew were his private beliefs. His statement that he supports same-sex marriage spared the public the ruse of waiting until after the election to hear it.

Mitt Romney Will Do Just Fine, Thank-You - J.R. Dunn (5/12/2012)
Let us put away all thoughts of strife and disagreement. All wishful thinking and illusions. The real world beckons. There is no place for the ideal in this conflict. We will have other and better opportunities. For good or ill, Romney is the man.

Barack Obama Is No Henry V - Nile Gardiner (5/10/2012)
It is rather ironic that a US president who once described France as America's strongest ally, and who has shown a good deal of contempt for Great Britain, is now being crowned a modern-day Henry V by his mainstream-media sycophants.

Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights - Michael Mukasey (5/7/2012)
The president is beating his chest over "his" actions to take out bin Laden. True enough. He did make the actual decision. But he made darned sure that, if anything went wrong, someone else would take the fall.

Obama's Chicago politics: Thuggery not civility - Michael Barone (5/6/2012)
It is reported that the Obama campaign this year, as in 2008, has disabled or chosen not to use AVS in screening contributions made by credit card. AVS insures that donations are made by real -- and legal -- people. Chicago politics anyone?

Decline or Decadence? - Victor Davis Hanson (5/4/2012)
American poverty is not measured by absolute global standards of available food, shelter, and medical care, or by comparisons with prior generations, but by one American now having less stuff than another.

The Government's College Money Pit - Jeff Jacoby (5/3/2012)
Directly or indirectly, government loans and grants have led to massive tuition inflation. That has been a boon for colleges and universities, where budgets, payrolls, and amenities have grown amazingly lavish.

The President Has a List - Kimberley A. Strassel (5/2/2012)
You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check. Several days later, Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. Ah yes, comrade.

The 'Hispanic Votes' America Needs - Ann Coulter (5/1/2012)
Completely misunderstanding the desires of honest, hard-working Hispanics, the actual Republican Establishment are exhorting Mitt Romney to flip-flop on his very non-Establishment position on illegal immigration.

New Obama Slogan Has Long Ties To Marxism, Socialism - The Washington Examiner ()
The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.

Dems' Perks, Privileges, Patrimony - Pat Buchanan (4/29/2012)
Secret Service agents bedding prostitutes, GSA employees clowning around, Obama campaigning and vacationing, loser companies banking huge subsidies; all on the public dime. Do these people honestly believe they own the United States government?

No More 'Mr. Obama Is a Nice Guy' - Michelle Malkin (4/26/2012)
There is a reflexive desire among moderate Republicans to be perceived as 'civil' by liberal opponents who believe that the mere existence of free-market, limited-government conservatism is an affront to humankind. All aboard the USS Lost Cause.

The Inequality Obsession - Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. (4/23/2012)
One can only wonder how much faster progress on tax reform or school choice would have been if the political capital devoted to income inequality had been devoted to fighting entrenched institutional resistance to useful reforms.

Political Word Games - Thomas Sowell (4/18/2012)
One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring. This talent was on display as he castigated the Supreme Court last week.

Eco-Scams Are as Easy as 'A123' - Michelle Malkin (4/3/2012)
While President Obama was busy lambasting Big Oil tax breaks on Thursday, yet another one of his environmental welfare recipients (the very kind he wants to redistribute oil subsidies to) was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

The Federalist Solution - Jonah Goldberg ()
Federalism -- the process whereby you push most political questions to the lowest democratic level possible -- has been ripe on the right for years now. It even had a champion in Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Ron Paul still carries that torch.

Send Lizzie Borden to Washington - Ann Coulter (3/27/2012)
Any Republican governor of a blue-state who can balance a budget without raising taxes belongs on Mount Rushmore. Mitt Romney was governor of a state so blue, it's North Korea with more Irish people, and he balanced the budget without raising taxes.

What Is 'Fair?' - John Stossel (3/26/2012)
It might seem reasonable for government to make life more fair. But when it takes your money and freedom to do that, life becomes less fair. Everyone is poorer and less free. As government grows, individual liberty shrinks. That's not fair.

What Do Republicans Believe? - Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe (3/25/2012)
What is the point of politics anyway? Is it really about power for power's sake? Is it just about "holding a seat" and the perks that go with it? Or are we trying to fix the very real economic problems facing Americans trying to find jobs?

Proof Of Life - Jonah Goldberg (3/23/2012)
Right now, millions of adult Americans cannot legally fly on an airplane, open a bank account, rent a car or apartment, drive, own a gun, get a social security card or a bank loan, or buy a house. All because they have no identification.

Who is Sandra Fluke? - Ann Coulter (3/20/2012)
From Murphy Brown to the Jersey Girls, Cindy Sheehan, Joe Wilson and the New School's Jean Rohe, these liberal fantasists inject themselves into a boiling-hot public debate and then claim victim status when anyone criticizes them.

The Energy Snob - Rich Lowry (3/14/2012)
President Barack Obama looks down on drilling almost as much as he does on people clinging bitterly to their guns and religion. He may snicker, but the first three points of any energy plan worthy of the name should be drill, frack, and repeat.

Partial Pipeline Limited - The Altoona Mirror (3/12/2012)
Part of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will be built, and the White House thinks that's great. Apparently President Barack Obama's idea of a good pipeline is one that doesn't carry a drop of Canadian oil to help the United States.

Obama Is Doing What Comes Naturally - Wesley Pruden (3/9/2012)
The president clearly doesn't understand why his countrymen are outraged when he goes off on one of his frequent apology riffs when no apology is needed or deserved. He never learned that Americans bow to no one. His mentors taught him otherwise.

'Super Tuesday' - Thomas Sowell (3/8/2012)
If a GOP candidate capable of defeating Barack Obama does not soon emerge, then the fate of America -- and of Western nations, including Israel -- will be left in the hands of a man with a lifelong hostility to Western values and Western interests.

Blind Ambition Is Not a Presidential Job Qualification - Gene Healy (3/6/2012)
Nobody who wants the presidency too badly ought to be trusted with it. George Washington struck the right note in his first inaugural: "No event could have filled me with greater anxieties" than learning of his election.

The Autoworkers Obama Left Behind - Michelle Malkin (3/5/2012)
In a campaign pep rally/sermon billed as a "policy speech," Obama nearly broke his arm patting himself on the back for placing his "bets" (read: our money) on the $85 billion federal auto industry rescue. The deeper story is who got screwed.

Geithner and the 'Privilege' of Being American - Lawrence B. Lindsey (3/3/2012)
The Founders argued that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were rights that preceded government—not things to be granted by it. It is the government that is privileged to exist, not the American people.

My Economic Freedom Agenda - Rick Santorum (3/1/2012)
America's budget process is broken. Our economy needs bold reforms and major restructuring, not tinkering at the margins. I'll work with Congress and the American people to once again create an economic environment where hard work is rewarded.

Old Scratch Riles The Unschooled - Wesley Pruden ()
ld Scratch has had a really good week. The Prince of Darkness has everybody talking about him. The Satanic force may not be driving the Republican primary campaign, but old Beelzebub is having a high old time confusing the natives.

Never Trust Government Numbers - John Stossel (2/23/2012)
President Obama's promised budget cut is phony. The politicians just agreed that over the next 10 years, instead of increasing spending by $9.48 trillion, they'd increase it by "just" $7.3 trillion. Calling that a "cut" is nonsense.

Texans Are Baffled by the Keystone Decision - Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) (2/19/2012)
President Obama simply caved to the more radical activist elements of his base who vigorously oppose Keystone, regardless of the U.S. State Department's conclusion that it would be one of the safest pipeline systems in the United States.

Plutocrat Dems attack Romney as 'Richie Rich' - Ann Coulter (2/16/2012)
Liberals are disgusted by people who made their own money like Mitt Romney. But they admire ill-gotten gains, which is how John Kerry, John Edwards, Jon Corzine, JFK, FDR and innumerable other spokesmen for the downtrodden amassed their fortunes.

A Fairness Quiz for the President - Stephen Moore (2/15/2012)
President Obama has frequently justified his policies—and judged their outcomes—in terms of equity, justice and fairness. That raises an obvious question: How does our existing system—and his own policy record—stack up according to

Pettifogged Into Silence - George Will (2/10/2012)
Dina Galassini does not seem to pose a threat to Arizona's civic integrity. But the government of this desert community believes you cannot be too careful. And state law empowers them to be vigilant against the lurking danger of political speech.

Jim Moran, Racist Pig - Michelle Malkin (2/8/2012)
Congressman Jim Moran is an old white Democrat from Virginia who thinks he can judge whether we minority conservatives are acting sufficiently non-white enough. Moran's an inveterate bully, a crook and a bigot. Someone needs to call him out.

Truth, Lies and Afghanistan - Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis (2/8/2012)
When it comes to deciding just what is worth plunging our nation into war and what is not, our senior leaders owe it to the nation and to the uniformed members to be candid in telling them what's at stake and how expensive potential success might be.

The State of Our Union Is Broke - Mark Steyn (2/6/2012)
Had I been asked to deliver the State of the Union address, it would not have delayed your dinner plans: 'The State of our Union is broke, heading for bankrupt, and total collapse shortly thereafter. Thank you and goodnight!' Obama fudged it.

Newt Gingrich And The 'Moral Thing' - Wesley Pruden (2/3/2012)
Politicians can't any longer talk about "moral character" without sounding like a stuffy Baptist deacon or a stiff Presbyterian elder. It is no longer important in a presidential campaign, even to many conservatives and evangelicals.

The GOP Deserves to Lose - Bret Stephens (2/2/2012)
Let's just say right now what voters will be saying in November, once Barack Obama has been re-elected: Republicans deserve to lose. It doesn't matter that Americans are generally eager to send Mr. Obama packing. Voters look for the alternative.

Why Are Barack Obama's Critics So Smart? - Nile Gardiner (2/1/2012)
In response to Andrew Sullivan's provocative Newsweek article, which has stirred up a good deal of debate in America, here are five reasons why President Obama's conservative critics are significantly smarter in their approach and thinking.

Feds: 'Poor' Consume Like The Rich - The Washington Examiner (2/1/2012)
As President Obama crafts a reelection income equality message aimed at punishing the rich and rewarding the poor, his own government finds that the 46 million living below the "poverty line" live and spend pretty much like everyone else.

Presidential Nonsense - Walter Williams (1/30/2012)
President Barack Obama recently told a crowd, "We can't go back to this brand of you're-on-your-own economics." Throughout my professional career as an economist, I've never come across the theory of "you're-on-your-own economics."

Obama Sacrifices US For Politics - The Altoona Mirror (1/29/2012)
Barack Obama is serious about wind power, as his decision to reject the Keystone oil pipeline shows. Despite all of his talk about lessening the demand on Mideast oil, U.S. energy independence and creating jobs, Obama is just blowing hot air.

The Real State of the Union - John Stossel (1/28/2012)
Politicians like Obama believe they are the best judges of how we should conduct our lives. Of course a word like "blueprint" would occur to the president. He, like most who want his job, aspires to be the architect of a new society.

The Anti-Jobs President - The Wall Street Journal (1/27/2012)
The central conflict of the Obama Presidency has been between the jobs and growth crisis he inherited and the President's hell-for-leather pursuit of his larger social-policy ambitions. The tragedy is that the second impulse keeps winning.

FACT CHECK: Obama Pushes Plans That Flopped Before - AP (1/27/2012)
President Barack Obama laid out an array of plans in his State of the Union speech as if his hands weren't so tied by political realities. But there can be little more than wishful thinking behind most of it when you consider the past.

Don't Confuse Dems With Facts - Ann Coulter (1/26/2012)
I don't know how Mitt Romney is supposed to explain free market capitalism to career politicians, much less describe the intricacies of a thousand business decisions in two minutes during a debate. It would be time wasted on the left anyway.

The Truly Dismal State of the Union - Joseph Curl (1/25/2012)
There is one person — one American among the 300 million of us — who is not to blame for the state of the union. Everyone else, each of you, in some small or large way, bears some share of the blame, but not this guy. Not one little bit.

Obama Brings Back the Constitution - William McGurn (1/24/2012)
Conservatives can be a grudging lot. That's especially true when it comes to President Obama. So let us now, in full public view, credit his greatest public service as president: He is sending Americans back to the Constitution.

The True Believer - Pat Buchanan (1/23/2012)
"You can say this for Ron Paul," conceded the Wall Street Journal. "In investing as in politics, (Paul) has the courage of his convictions." He does indeed. And those convictions could be the foundations for rebuilding the Republican Party.

The Truth About Bain and Jobs - Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. (1/22/2012)
Mitt Romney and his GOP rivals are engaged in a fruitless argument in South Carolina over whether private equity creates more jobs than it destroys. The debate is fruitless because voters and politicians don't believe jobs should ever be destroyed.

Court Rejects Judge-Drawn Texas Election Maps - Reuters (1/22/2012)
In its first ruling on political boundary-drawing based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the high court unanimously set aside the interim maps created by federal district court judges in San Antonio. The new districts favored minority and Democratic voters.

Obama's "Razist" Lobbyist Moves Up - Michelle Malkin (1/21/2012)
With public attention focused on the GOP primaries, the White House quietly promoted another self-dealing lobbyist to serve as President Obama's top domestic policy adviser. Promises? What broken promises?

Block the Imperial President - The Altoona Mirror (1/19/2012)
From time to time in our history, occupants of the White House have been accused of working toward an "imperial presidency." No president has surpassed Barack Obama in that.

Class Warfare and the Buffett Rule - Arthur B. Laffer (1/17/2012)
The political season has barely begun, and yet we already know that class warfare will be President Obama's key issue in the 2012 general election. It's even reared its ugly head in the Republican primaries, Mitt Romney being the primary foil.

Who Wouldn't Enjoy Firing These People? - Ann Coulter (1/16/2012)
Romney's statement about being able to fire people was an arrow directed straight to the heart of Obamacare. (By the way, arrows to the heart are not covered by Obamacare.)

Democrats and Executive Overreach - Michael McConnell (1/15/2012)
One reason so many Americans entrusted Barack Obama with the presidency was his pledge to correct the prior administration's tendency to push unilateral executive power beyond constitutional and customary limits. What a lesson we have learned.

The Shoes of the Great Communicator - Newt Gingrich (1/13/2012)
Officially, the recession ended two and a half years ago. President Obama tells us the economy has been moving in the right direction since June 2009. Few will take solace in that statistic.

Can I vote for a Mormon? - Kenneth W. Starr (1/12/2012)
According to the American political tradition, there are essential questions by which all office seekers are qualified, regardless of their faith journey or history. A willingness to protect and defend the Constitution is one. A religious test is not.

Obama's Super-Czar Is on the Loose - Michelle Malkin (1/11/2012)
This is not "bold." It's jackboot. It won't benefit "middle-class Americans." It'll line lobbyist pockets and soak taxpayer dollars. It's not about reining in Wall Street abuses. It's about consolidating bureaucratic authority.

Why Ron Paul Matters - Edward H. Crane, The Cato Institute (1/10/2012)
Support for dynamic market capitalism (as opposed to crony capitalism), social tolerance, and a healthy skepticism of foreign military adventurism is a combination of views held by a plurality of Americans. That's why Ron Paul matters.

Will Republicans Hand the Left a VAT Victory? - Daniel J. Mitchell (1/9/2012)
Many people in Washington want bigger government, and a VAT is a necessary condition for that to happen. Simply stated, there is no way to turn America into a European-style welfare state without this new source of revenue.

Political Predictions for 2012 - Karl Rove (1/7/2012)
Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or both will leave the Democratic leadership. The GOP will retain the House and gain the Senate, though not easily. And the Prez will lose, having proven himself to be just another Washington insider.

Newt Gingrich: One-Man Constitutional Wrecking Crew - George Will (1/3/2012)
Gingrich's hunger for distinction has surely been slaked by his full-throated attack on such a judiciary. He is the first presidential candidate to propose a thorough assault on the rule of law.

On Taxes, 'Modeling,' and the Vision Thing - Joseph Rago and Paul A. Gigot (1/2/2012)
Does Mitt Romney have a governing vision, a dominating set of political principles? It's the big question many voters say they have about the GOP presidential candidate. Gov. Romney's position in the polls awaits an answer.

Gridlock to the Rescue? - Thomas Sowell (12/29/2011)
The media and the intelligentsia seem obsessed with the idea that government intervention is necessary to get the economy out of the doldrums. This is certainly the prevailing dogma but it is contradicted by history. Yet who reads history any more?

GOP will take off the gloves if Ron Paul wins Iowa - Timothy P. Carney (12/26/2011)
The Republican presidential primary has become a bit feisty, but it will get downright ugly if Ron Paul wins the Iowa caucuses. The principled, Constitution-obeying, libertarian GOP congressman stands firmly outside the bounds of permissible dissent.

Mitt's Moment - Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. (12/24/2011)
The consensus for painful reform comes when the status quo hits the wall. It's a myth that we don't know what our choices are. That's the Romney moment. His strong suit has always been to do what everyone else has put off.

Running On Empty - Charles Krauthammer (12/17/2011)
This, in a country $15 trillion in debt with out-of-control entitlements systematically starving every other national need. Obama's obsession with a sock-it-to-the-rich tax hike is the classic reflex of reactionary liberalism.

Holder, Blago, Richardson: Triangle of Sleaze - Michelle Malkin (12/15/2011)
It was a rough week for the corruptocracy. White House officials better ho-ho-hold on tight because the sleigh ride isn't going to get any smoother. How much longer will America tolerate this reign of error and terror?

USPS' Cost-Cutting Plan Shows Need for Privatization - Investor's Business Daily (12/14/2011)
The Postal Service has announced how it plans to fight increased competition for First Class mail — by providing worse service. If the USPS doesn't want to deliver the mail, Congress should let others give it a try.

Did FDR provoke Pearl Harbor? - Pat Buchanan (12/9/2011)
Out of the war that arose from FDR's provocative refusal to meet Prince Konoye came scores of thousands of U.S. dead, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the fall of China to Mao Zedong, U.S. wars in Korea and Vietnam, and the rise of a new arrogant China.

Bring Back the Smoke-Filled Rooms? - Daniel Henninger (12/8/2011)
In what all say is an "historic" election, the GOP is fielding its B team while the A team sits in the locker room. Since when does that win the big games? The question asked everywhere is, Why is this the field? How did it come to this?

Gingrich Is GOP's Latest Not-Romney - Charles Hurt (12/6/2011)
Getting Republicans to line up behind Mitt Romney is like trying to stuff a cat into a trash can. No matter how you present the feline to the receptacle, at least one claw always manages to reach out at the last second and cling desperately to the rim.

The NLRB Putsch - The Wall Street Journal (12/2/2011)
The descent of the National Labor Relations Board from independent referee to a wholly owned AFL-CIO subsidiary is speeding up. Now its two Democratic appointees are attempting to ram through a new rule without consulting the lone GOP member.

What Iowa Voters Want in a Republican Nominee - Heather R. Higgins and Carrie Lukas (11/28/2011)
Candidates hoping to emerge victorious from Iowa should recognize that the race is wide open. Voters are carefully considering candidates' commitment to key issues. They want more than a candidate who will play it safe by echoing platitudes.

How Congress Occupied Wall Street - Sarah Palin (11/22/2011)
We need equality under the law. From now on, laws that apply to the private sector must apply to Congress, including whistleblower, conflict-of-interest and insider-trading laws. Congress needs to finally learn that no one is above the law.

If Not Romney, Who? If Not Now, When? - Ann Coulter (11/21/2011)
Once people are thrown off their insurance plans and are forced to depend on the government for "free" health care, Obamacare is here to stay. (And Newt Gingrich will be calling plans to tinker with it "right-wing social engineering.")

K Street's Super Committee Splurge - Michelle Malkin (11/16/2011)
The only thing "super" about the so-called budget control super committee is the size of lobbying muscle exerted on its members. Almost 100 lobbyists who are former employees of committee members are now begging perks for vested interests.

Occupiers, Tea Partiers, and the Tenth Commandment - Jeff Jacoby (11/15/2011)
The ranks of both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street are filled with the frustrated and the fed-up; both movements seek dramatic change in the nation's policies. But the values that propel them are poles apart.

Happy Days Aren't Here Again - Peggy Noonan (11/13/2011)
Your grandpa was a Republican. You survived because of him. Your grandma was a Democrat. She made life fun. At his worst, he was a bit of a scold. At her worst, she was dreamy and scattered. That was bipartisanship. But now we've lost grandpa.

Democracy Versus Mob Rule - Thomas Sowell (11/12/2011)
If the 'Occupy' loud mouths' inability to put together a coherent line of thought is any indication of their education, the taxpayers should demand their money back for having that money wasted on them for years in the public schools.

The Perry Paradox - Daniel Henninger (11/11/2011)
Rick Perry says Texas is the most successful state in America. He's right. Texan economic output exceeds Mexico's and Australia's and rivals India's. As governor for nearly 11 years, does that mean it's all Mr. Perry's doing?

The Very Angry First Lady Michelle Obama - Joseph Curl (11/7/2011)
A dignified, transcendent first lady? No chance. Michelle is going to break with a hundred years of tradition and play the role of attack dog, heaping derision on her husband's political opponents like no other first lady before her.

What Is It We Wish To Conserve? - Pat Buchanan (11/1/2011)
Second-generation conservatives, Middle Americans who grew up in mid-century, were engulfed by a set of revolutions that turned their country upside down and from which there is no going home again.

Sitter in Chief - James Taranto (10/30/2011)
According to ABC News: "At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America." Oh gosh. Pass the Depends.

FBI Saw Dark Side of Rep. John Murtha - Roll Call (10/27/2011)
The recent release of FBI documents finally put in writing what nobody had dared say on the record: The FBI suspected that former Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and lobbyists close to him were running a scheme to funnel earmarks to favored cronies.

Occupy Wall Street (hearts) Wall Street - Ann Coulter (10/26/2011)
The worst thing about Occupy Wall Street is that it's ruining a good cause: hating Wall Street. Just when opposing Wall Street was gaining momentum, these brain-dead zombies are forcing us to choose between thieving bankers and them.

Wall Street Protesters Half Right - John Stossel (10/25/2011)
What's there to say about Occupy Wall Street? The answer isn't so simple. Some complain about taxpayer bailouts of businesses. Good for them. In a true free market, failing firms would go out of business. They couldn't turn to Washington for h

Cain's Stimulating '9-9-9' Tax Reform - Arthur B. Laffer (10/24/2011)
Many economists argue that Mr. Cain's new retail tax rate could be raised to the moon. They are correct, but what they miss is that any tax could be instituted in the future at a higher rate. Meanwhile Mr. Cain's plan could jump-start the economy.

Not-So-Bright SunPower - Neil McCabe (10/18/2011)
How did a failing California solar company, buffeted by short sellers and shareholder lawsuits, receive a $1.2 billion federal loan guarantee for a photovoltaic electricity ranch project—after announcing the manufacturing jobs would be in Mexico.

Government the Job Killer - John Stossel (10/17/2011)
Mr. Obama wants the government to build the country out of recession. "We're the country that built the intercontinental railroad," he says. "So how can we now sit back and let China build the best railroads?" Ironic that he mentions the Chinese.

The Solyndra Economy - The Wall Street Journal (10/16/2011)
America's Solyndra economy, as the White House understands it: Washington allocates capital, private interests (and political campaigns) rake in the profits if they succeed ... and taxpayers pick up the tab if those choices go bust.

This Is What a Mob Looks Like - Ann Coulter (10/15/2011)
I am not the first to note the vast differences between the Wall Street protesters and the tea partiers. To name three: The tea partiers have jobs, showers and a point. Also, no one knows what the Wall Street protesters want -- as is typical of mobs.

The President of Contempt - Bret Stephens (10/14/2011)
Nixon was tricky. Ford was clumsy. Carter was dour. Reagan was sunny. Bush 41 was prudent. Clinton felt your pain. Bush 43 was stubborn. And Barack Obama is ... well, he was "cool" to his supporters in 2008. But "haughty" now seems more apropos.

Postmodern Class Warfare - Victor Davis Hanson (10/13/2011)
In his sloppy targeting or the "rich", Obama doesn't care much that a billionaire has 1,000 times more than a millionaire -- or that his new tax proposals will take a lot more from those making $200,000 than from the tiny few making $1 million.

'Soft' America: What Obama Really Meant - Byron York (10/12/2011)
Quit complaining. Stop grumbling. Get to work. Sacrifice. Obama is constantly telling Americans they need to shape up and snap to it, all for the purpose of making the Obama agenda a reality. Isn't that the agenda that demands more sacrifice?

Bam's Government Loans to Nowhere Bill - Michelle Malkin (10/5/2011)
Mr. Obama still hasn't learned the First Rule of Holes: When you're in one, stop digging. Up to his earlobes in failed stimulus grants and tainted federal loan guarantees, the shoveler in chief has tunneled forward on his latest Loans to Nowhere b

As President, Obama Acts as Shop Steward in Chief - Michael Barone (10/4/2011)
Barack Obama has been at pains to convince voters that he cares about jobs. It seems to be a hard sell. But he certainly can demonstrate that he cares about certain jobs -- the influential slice of private- and public-sector jobs held by union members.

Another Serving of Crony Socialism, Please - Jim Hoft (10/1/2011)
It's as if Solyndra never happened. The Obama Administration is giving $737 million to Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve. PCG, an investment partner with SolarReserve, boasts Nancy Pelosi's brother-in-law as its number

The Buffett Alternative Tax - The Wall Street Journal ()
Washington has repeated nearly every economic policy mistake of the 1930s in recent years, so why not repeat one of the bigger blunders of the 1960s too? We refer to President Obama's proposal for a new "Buffett Rule" to raise taxes on millionaires.

Gov. Perry's Right About Social Security - Walter Williams (9/27/2011)
During a recent GOP presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that Social Security is a "monstrous lie" and a "Ponzi scheme." More and more people are coming to see that it is, in fact, a Ponzi scheme, but is it a lie, as well?

Obama Proposes New Czar - Lurita Doan (9/26/2011)
As the Obama agenda proves increasingly impotent, Americans have witnessed Obama's czars crash and burn or run for cover over the past thirty months. But with introduction of his new "jobs" initiative, Obama proposes the most corrupting czars yet.

Let's Have a Televised Debate on the Constitution - Seth Lipsky (9/25/2011)
Why not make at least one of the televised political debates about the Constitution itself. Let the candidates really get it on over how they understand the document that whoever wins the presidency will swear to preserve, protect and defend.

Setting Grandma's Hair On Fire - Pat Buchanan (9/16/2011)
If Ford Motor did what the U.S. government has done with Social Security – borrowed and spent all the cash contributed to their employees' pension fund, and used it elsewhere, leaving IOUs in the vault – the executives would go to prison.

I Am Going To Be Honest With The American People - Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) (9/15/2011)
America's goal must be to fix Social Security by making it more financially sound and sustainable for the long term. But the first step to fixing a problem is admitting there is a problem, and Americans deserve a frank and honest discussion on the iss

Some of Sarah Palin's Ideas Cross the Political Divide - Anand Giridharadas (9/14/2011)
In blistering crony-capitalism, Ms. Palin may be hinting at a new political alignment that would pit a vigorous localism against a kind of national-global institutionalism. She may or may not run for president, but she just got more interesting.

Empathy Thrown Under Obama's Bus - Mark Steyn (8/30/2011)
Rick Perry has only been in the presidential race for 20 minutes but he's already delivered one of the best lines in the campaign: "I'll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can." No more King Barack

Will No One Rid The GOP Of This Troublesome Man? - Timothy P. Carney (8/23/2011)
With Tim Pawlenty out of the race, only two active Presidential candidates scored more than 10 percent in Saturday's Iowa straw poll. Following the media coverage Sunday, you would never guess Congressman Ron Paul was one of them.

Rating Agencies: Cut Now - The Altoona Mirror (8/20/2011)
S&P has downgraded America's credit rating for the first time in the nation's history, citing partisanship and not enough being done to control deficit spending. Clearly, the rating services are not satisfied with laughable spending cuts.

So Much For "Journalism" - William Kelly (8/18/2011)
Monday was another beautiful day for a mainstream media cover-up in Chicago. But it would not have been complete without a picnic-basket full of hypocrisy from our very own U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois.

Tea Party 'Terrorists' - Cal Thomas (8/17/2011)
Apparently tea party critics are constitutional illiterates. The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution begins, "We the people." Rights come from God, not politicians who think they are God. We grant power to our leaders to serve us. We are not their slaves.

What If 3 Pauls Led America? - Pat Buchanan (8/13/2011)
Imagine this scenario: Rep. Ron Paul is speaker of the House, Sen. Rand Paul is majority leader, and Rep. Paul Ryan is president of the United States. Now imagine America's AAA credit rating being restored in a New York minute.

A Downgrade Awakening - The Wall Street Journal (8/12/2011)
The downgrade uproar and even the market turmoil are signs that Americans aren't about to accept economic decline gracefully. To adapt a famous phrase, a debt crisis is a terrible thing to waste.

Balancing the Budget - John Stossel (8/10/2011)
When politicians make little cuts in the rate of spending growth, every interest group mobilizes to protect its little piece of the pie. That's why you must cut government like you take off a Band-Aid: quickly and all at once.

Where's Your Budget, Mr. President? - Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (8/8/2011)
Ever since they abused the budget process to jam their health-care takeover through Congress last year, the Democrats have simply done away with serious budgeting altogether.

What 'Big Deals' Did To America - Pat Buchanan (8/7/2011)
Bipartisan big deals gave us Vietnam, Iraq, the Reagan and Bush I tax hikes, NAFTA, GATT, the WTO, No Child Left Behind and prescription drug benefits under Medicare. Bipartisan big deals led America to the brink of bankruptcy. Bring on the Tea Party.

Why I Oppose the Debt Ceiling Compromise - Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (8/6/2011)
When you're speeding toward the edge of a cliff, you don't set the cruise control. You stop the car. The current deal to raise the debt ceiling doesn't stop us from going over the fiscal cliff. At best, it slows us down from 80 to 60 in our he

Obama's 'Balanced' Approach - Thomas Sowell (8/5/2011)
Barack Obama's political genius is his ability to say things that will sound good to people who have not followed the issues in any detail — regardless of how obviously fraudulent it may be. Shameless effrontery can be a huge political asset.

Obama's Exclusive George Soros Waivers - Michelle Malkin (8/3/2011)
For all his (and his wife's) bashing of greedy Wall Street hedge-fund managers, Obama has shown nothing but love to the world's most famous hedge-fund mogul. The feeling is mutual and deep(-pocketed).

How the Tea Party Won the Deal - Peter Beinart (8/3/2011)
Given the era of fiscal scarcity we're now entering, those neocon and progressive dreams are now likely dead for many years to come. Meanwhile, the Tea Party's dream of a government reduced to its pre-welfare state size becomes ever real.

They've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Peggy Noonan (8/2/2011)
The fact is, Obama is good at dismantling. He's good at critiquing. He's good at not being the last guy, the one you didn't like. But he's not good at building, creating, calling into being. Hecan summon hope, but not turn it into somethin

Is Obama A Pathological Liar? - The Washington Times ()
In the weird world that is Washington, men and women regularly say things that they know deep down are simply not true. Inside the Beltway, we all call those utterances "rhetoric." But across the rest of the country, plain folks call 'em lies.

Burning Down The House - George Will (7/29/2011)
The louder they talked about the disadvantaged, the more money they made. And the more the financial system tottered. Who were they? Most folks not fluent in finance-speak couldn't know. The economic calamity has lacked human faces. No more.

Big Sis Fear Campaign Continues - Paul Joseph Watson (7/27/2011)
No matter where you look, from East Germany, to the Soviet Union, to Nazi Germany, historically governments who encourage their own citizens to report on each other do so not for any genuine safety concerns, but in order to create a police state.

The Long Retreat of Liberalism - Pat Buchanan (7/24/2011)
Bottom line. Parties of the left are on this earth to grow the government. But the West has entered a period where its economic survival and the prevention of financial collapse mandate constant and deep cuts in the size and sweep of government.

Millionaires and Billionaires - Cal Thomas (7/21/2011)
If new millionaires or billionaires were created every time President Obama and his fellow liberals disparaged them, there would be far more of them than there are today. And that would be a good thing because it would mean more people are succeeding.

What Michele Bachmann Should Have Said About Slavery - Thomas Fleming (7/20/2011)
Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann created a stir recently by insisting on television that America's Founding Fathers "worked day and night" to abolish slavery. Well, no. But they did see it as a great unfinished business.

Ignorance, Stupidity or Manipulation - Walter Williams (7/18/2011)
Here's my hypothesis about people who use slavery to trash the Founders: They have contempt for our constitutional guarantees of liberty. Slavery is merely a convenient moral posturing tool as they try to reduce respect for our Constitution.

The Kagan Principle - James Taranto (7/9/2011)
"The First Amendment's core purpose is to foster a healthy, vibrant political system full of robust discussion and debate," Justice Kagan observes in her dissent to Freedom PAC v. Bennett. She's right - which is why her dissent is wrong.

A New Day in Politics - John Stossel (7/6/2011)
Most Americans used to call themselves Republican or Democrat. These days, more call themselves independent. What does that mean for American politics? A lot.

Who OK'd 'Guns To Gangs' Program, And Why? - Investor's Business Daily (7/1/2011)
After getting caught doing the unbelievable — arming Mexico's cartels — word is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms boss is out, and the gun-controller the White House wanted all along is in. How far up does this incredible crime g

Weiner's Woes: No Skillz To Pay the Billz - Michelle Malkin (6/24/2011)
A lucky beneficiary of the New York Democratic political machinery, Anthony Weiner has no law degree. He has no business background. No private-sector proficiencies to pay the bills. A career politician - just what the Founders warned against.

Uncertainty Is Not the Problem - Clifford S. Asness (6/22/2011)
Many commentators blame our continuing economic woes on "uncertainty" about the regulatory future. This view is not wrong—but our main problem is not the uncertainty surrounding new policies. It is the policies.

Why Weiner's Going Under the Bus - Pat Buchanan (6/21/2011)
Is there any redeeming social value to the tawdry tale of Anthony Weiner? Only this: In demanding his resignation from Congress, traditional morality has just been affirmed by Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats.

Different Decisions - Thomas Sowell (6/18/2011)
Smart people and private institutions understand their core competencies, and leave other subjects to those with expertise. The public sector, unfortunately, has not learned this lesson because it's never held financially accountable for failure.

Top Barack Obama Donors Net Government Jobs - IWatch News (6/17/2011)
More than two years after Obama took office vowing to banish special interests from his administration, nearly 200 of his biggest donors have landed plum government jobs or won federal contracts worth millions of dollars for their business interests.

A Short History of Political Suicide - John Steele Gordon (6/16/2011)
Woodrow Wilson's most famous piece of political advice was "Never murder a man who's committing suicide." Rep. Anthony Weiner's critics might keep that in mind. And also remember all the sordid meltdowns of the past.

Return of the Anti-Interventionist Right - Pat Buchanan (6/13/2011)
Though Gadhafi is a repellent figure, the architect of the Lockerbie massacre, we have no vital interest in who rules Libya. Yet when Gadhafi falls, it will now be up to us to see to it that Libya is united and repaired and has a democratic government.

Seductive Beliefs - Thomas Sowell (6/12/2011)
The idea that the rich have gotten rich by making the poor poor has been an ideological theme that has played well in Third World countries, to explain why they lag so far behind the West. Unfortunately, President Obama is one of its adherents.

Sarah At It Again? Not Quite. - The Los Angeles Times (6/8/2011)
You may have heard recently something about that Sarah Palin telling a reporter that Paul Revere warned the British on his famous rousing revolutionary ride. Well, climb out of your assumptions that Sarah's an idiot. She was right.

Obama's Cloud Economy - Daniel Henninger (6/6/2011)
It is sometimes unfair to tag presidents with blame for an underperforming economy. Not this time. This president made conscious policy choices during a deep recession to reorder vast swaths of American industry.

Hardly Presidential President - Nile Gardiner (6/3/2011)
For tens of millions of Americans, Memorial Day is a time for remembrance of the huge sacrifices made by servicemen and women on the battlefield. For President Obama, it is apparently a play date.

In Libya, Obama Is Acting As If He Is Above The Law - George Will (6/2/2011)
The U.S. intervention in Libya's civil war, intervention that began with a surplus of confusion about capabilities and a shortage of candor about objectives, is now taking a toll on the rule of law. A bipartisan toll.

Barney Frank's Friends with Benefits - Michelle Malkin (5/30/2011)
If you want to watch a corruptocrat start sputtering like Porky Pig with allergies, confront him with three simple words: conflict of interest. That aptly describes congressman Frank's explanation of his lover's favored employment at Fanny Mae.

Crony Capitalism, Gangster Government - Michael Barone (5/28/2011)
Punishing enemies and rewarding friends -- politics Chicago style -- seems to be the unifying principle that helps explain the Obamacare waivers, the NLRB action against Boeing and the IRS' gift-tax assault on 501(c)(4) donors.

Sunset or Sunrise on Liberty? - Mark Alexander (5/16/2011)
More Americans are dependent upon government assistance payouts than ever before. More than 18 percent of total personal income has been redistributed in the form of "government benefits." And the capstone in America's defeat is the Obama "debt bomb."

Ron Paul: Less Lonely These Days - John Stossel (5/14/2011)
The man who likely has done more than anyone to put the libertarian philosophy of freedom and small government on the political agenda probably will make another run for the presidency: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

The Insult to the American Soldier - Wesley Pruden (5/12/2011)
"Can't anybody here play this game?" The president, revealing himself to be Barack Obungle, has done what nobody else could have done, not even the hapless original New York Mets, who drove Casey Stengel to his famous cry of terminal frustration.

Obama's 'Gangster Politics' - Kimberley A. Strassel (5/8/2011)
President Obama has officially kicked off his 2012 re-election campaign, and don't Republicans know it. The president is expected any day now to sign an executive order that routs 70 years of efforts to get politics out of official federal business.

Left Suddenly Silent - Wayne A. Bush (5/5/2011)
I'm waiting for the media to show me footage of Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, Code Pink and all the other peaceniks protesting our continued involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq and the U.S. attacks in Libya, but they are nowhere to be found.

Political Privacy Should Be a Civil Right - David Marston and John Yoo  (5/3/2011)
Suppose that during the civil rights movement segregationist governors ordered all state contractors to disclose their political donations in an attempt to expose civil rights supporters to harassment and retaliation. Obama is revisiting that idea.

There Is No Male-Female Wage Gap - Carrie Lukas (4/17/2011)
Recent studies have shown that the wage gap shrinks—or even reverses—when relevant factors are taken into account and comparisons are made between men and women in similar circumstances. So much for spin.

King George's Sneak Attack - Dan Gainor (4/11/2011)
Apparently, megalomaniacs need schedulers. Just ask George Soros. The left-wing billionaire is helping fund two major conferences that start on the same day, both aimed at remaking the world order, and starring well-known social ideologues.

Corporate Welfare - John Stossel (4/3/2011)
Businesses love to have government as their partner. There's safety in it. Why take chances in a marketplace full of fickle consumers and investors, when you can get secure money and favors from the taxpayers? It's an old, old story of failure.

Politicians and Their Self-Serving Charities - Froma Harrop ()
Not long ago, Republicans mounted their high horse over Charlie Rangel's ethical lapses. They had a right to. But Rangel was not alone in abusing personal "charities" to shake down log-rolling special interests. It's a bipartisan endeavor.

Continuing Stubborn Ignorance - Walter Williams (3/29/2011)
The Constitution grants Congress the final and ultimate say on taxes. The same principle applies to spending. A president cannot spend one dime that Congress does not first appropriate. So when you rage about our deficits, think "Congress" first.

Obama Equal Reagan? - Larry Kudlow (2/23/2011)
Since last November's tea party election, Obama has read about Reagan, talked about Reagan and very cautiously moved economic policy in the direction of Reagan. Let's hope he stays on his new Reagan path. So far the comparison ain't even close

Winners and Losers From a Pharaoh's Fall - Pat Buchanan (2/10/2011)
The Arabs say we support despots who deny them the rights we cherish. They say we use our power to invade countries that never attacked us. Any truth to all this? Or is this just Arab propaganda? Hmmm.

How Public Unions Took Taxpayers Hostage - Fred Siegel (2/2/2011)
Liberals were once skeptical of public-sector unionism. Icons such as LaGuardia, FDR and even George Meany of the AFL-CIO clearly expressed their rejection of the idea. But the politics of convenience intervened, with its derivative consequences.

Obama, the Great Deregulator? - Jeff Jacoby (2/1/2011)
As long as there are human beings, there will be failures, foul-ups, and blunders. It is delusional to imagine that we can always protect ourselves with another federal "czar," or with more rigorous regulation.

My State Of The Union Address - John Stossel (1/29/2011)
President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty and gave his report on the state of the union Tuesday. Here's mine: We're in deep trouble. You know why. Our debt has passed $14 trillion, and yet our current spending plans will make that worse.

World Economic Rules Have Changed, Obama Warns US - AFP (1/28/2011)
Obama's confident State of the Union address Tuesday mixed straight talk with a patriotic call to action, as he rode a tide of improbable political momentum less than three months after a Republican mid-term election rout.

FACT CHECK: Obama and His Imbalanced Ledger - AP (1/28/2011)
The ledger did not appear to be adding up at Tuesday's State fo the Union Address when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other.

Obama's Spaced Out Speech - The Washington Times (1/28/2011)
The sense of national purpose that followed the Sputnik launch was not based on an abstract sense of the need for better education programs; it was a national security emergency. There is no such urgency in calls to over-spend domestically.

Republicans Urge Obama to Join in Cutting Spending - AP (1/27/2011)
Republicans awaiting the president's State of the Union address urged Barack Obama to give up on new spending programs and join them instead in a drive to wrestle the federal budget deficit under control.

Obama to Declare 'The Rules Have Changed' - National Journal (1/27/2011)
Insisting bipartisanship and national unity is essential to America's future, President Obama will propose a plan for economic growth. "The rules have changed," says the draft of the president's speech, obtained in advance by the National Journal

Lunacy Is Difficult To Fight - The Altoona Mirror (1/25/2011)
Among knee-jerk reactions to the shooting of an Arizona congresswoman and many others - including six people who were killed - have been calls for stricter gun control laws and less stridency in discourse about politics. Posh!

Constitutionalism - Charles Krauthammer (1/17/2011)
Americans are in the midst of a great national debate over the power, scope and reach of the government established by the Constitution, a debate sparked by the current administration's bold push for government expansion into private decision-making.

Labor's Coming Class War - William McGurn (1/16/2011)
Once upon a time, public and private sector uions shared similar goals, and worked with one another to push favored legislation. Today, with private union worker unemployment soaring, and public employment fat and happy, things are no longer so sweet.

The Charlatans' Response to the Tragedy in Arizona - George Will (1/15/2011)
When Booth shot Lincoln, he was in turn shot, not explained. When Guiteau shot Garfield, he was executed, not explained. Czolgosz was executed, not explained after McKinley's murder. Today we explain. It wasn't the murderer's was ou

If You Can't Stand the Heat . . . - John Steele Gordon (1/14/2011)
The truth is that American political rhetoric has always been vigorous and often vituperative. Over 60 years ago Harry Truman offered his famous admonition to get out of the kitchen if you can't stand the heat. Politics is a hot arena. Get used to it.

Murder in Tucson - The Wall Street Journal (1/12/2011)
On all available evidence, Jared Lee Loughner is a mentally disturbed man who targeted Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords because she was prominent and she was accessible. In a better world, no one would exploit the tragedy for political gain.

Congress Rediscovers the Constitution - Roger Pilon (1/10/2011)
The new Congress to be sworn in this week is the Tea Party's signal achievement. And its first act will be a reading of the U.S. Constitution -- just in case some in the chamber may have missed it.

The Liberal Reckoning of 2010 - The Wall Street Journal (1/8/2011)
The real story of 2010 is that the voters were finally able to see and judge the liberal agenda in its unvarnished form. For once, there was no Republican President to muddle the message or divide the accountability.

Closing The Books On The Worst Congress - The Washington Examiner (1/2/2011)
"The most productive Congress since the '60s"? When Congress votes on bills that no one reads or understands, it can be quite "productive." Americans have already rendered a verdict on such productivity and elected a new Congress.

Trampling the 20th Amendment - John Fund (12/29/2010)
As Congress's lame-duck session limps to the finish line, many in Washington are questioning the practice of having defeated and retiring members return to make law. Once upon a time, members of Congress thought they had done away with it. It's ba

The Grapes of Wrath Democrats - Daniel Henninger (12/17/2010)
Will the nation's new "economic royalists" - anyone clearing over $200,000 - step forward, rope in hand, to produce enough economic activity to help Mr. Obama to a second term of retribution? Maybe not. He certainly won't deserve their help.

The Presidency that Saved America - Peter Heck (12/14/2010)
Conservative apathy has always been understandable, if inexcusable. Our politics had become more theater than substance. Voters began to view their choices at the ballot box as something akin to picking between airline food and hospital food.

Liberalism: An Autopsy - R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. (12/12/2010)
In the tumultuous history of postwar American liberalism, there has been a slow but steady decline of which liberals have been steadfastly oblivious. The heirs of the New Deal are down to around 20% of the electorate, according to recent Gallup polls.

Al Gore's Ethanol Epiphany - The Wall Street Journal (12/2/2010)
Mr. Gore's mea culpa underscores the degree to which ethanol has become a purely political machine: It serves no purpose other than re-electing incumbents and transferring wealth to farm states and ethanol producers.

Who Stole Election Day? - Eliot Cutler (11/23/2010)
Too many voters are making decisions when horse-race coverage dominates the news, attention to issues is limited, and key debates haven't taken place. But contrary to their original promotions, early voting options do not enhance turn-out.

Tea Party's Winning Hand - Pat Buchanan (11/21/2010)
We seem no longer able to balance our budgets, win our wars or secure our borders. Compared to what our culture was, it is a running sewer today. The Tea Party people are rising up to take their country back, and that's why they're not going away.

One and Done - Douglas E. Schoen and Patrick H. Caddell (11/19/2010)
We believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012. If the president goes down the reelection road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it.

GOP Freshmen Will Hold Boehner to His Big Promises - Michael Barone (11/17/2010)
After the initial glow of the Gingrich revolution dimmed, the glue that held GOP members together was money. Pork. The bill came due in 2006, and they were out. Now that the Dems have proven even more profligate, has the GOP learned anything?

The 1099 Democrats - Daniel Henninger (11/16/2010)
Calvin Coolidge once said, "The chief business of the American people is business." The Democrats just lost America because they forgot that. On second thought, you can't forget what you never knew.

Memo to Issa: Channel Joe McCarthy - Steven Milloy (11/15/2010)
The common McCarthy caricature is one of a raving lunatic, throwing mud at hapless innocents, recklessly ruining lives and careers, and launching a national paranoia about an imagined "red scare." Joe made mistakes, but the threats he saw were real.

Did Freedom Win? - John Stossel (11/12/2010)
Remember the last time the Republicans took power? They promised fiscal responsibility, and for six of George W. Bush's eight years, his party controlled Congress. What did we have to show for it? Hopefully they have learned a stern lesson...or else.

Impermanent Majority - Noemie Emery (11/12/2010)
Remember 2008, the liberal era, the realignment brought about by the magic of Barack Obama, that transcendent persuader, that peerless orator? Remember 2004, and that realignment? Each was predicted to last generations. The waters are clearly dangerous.

Job Claim a Bunch of Hot Air - The Altoona Mirror (11/11/2010)
Even when it is evident President Barack Obama is merely attempting to pass the buck, he is eager to blame many of the country's problems on former President George W. Bush's administration.

A Vote Against Dems, Not for the GOP - Scott Rasmussen (11/10/2010)
Elected politicians should leave their ideological baggage behind because voters don't want to be governed from the left, the right, or even the center. They want Washington to understand that the American people want to govern themselves.

Broder's Brainstorm - Pat Buchanan (11/9/2010)
Though Obama "may lose control of Congress," says columnist David Broder, he "can still storm back to win a second term in 2012." How does Broder suggest Obama go about it? Quite simple ... a war with Iran. How comforting.

What the Next Speaker Must Do - Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (11/8/2010)
Secrecy, arrogance, and the abuse of power have shattered the bonds of trust between the people and their elected leaders. Repairing that trust requires sweeping change, beginning with an end to earmarks. (Promises, promises. But at least on the record.)

Our Contemptible Congress - Walter Williams (11/7/2010)
If congressmen, judges, the president and other government officials were merely ignorant of our Constitution, there'd be hope — ignorance is curable. Instead they have contempt for the limits our Constitution places on the federal government.

Welcome, Senate Conservatives - Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) (11/5/2010)
Congratulations to all the tea party-backed candidates who overcame determined opposition to win election. The next campaign begins today. Because you must now overcome determined party insiders if this nation is going to be spared from fiscal disaster.

The Morning After - Cal Thomas (11/3/2010)
For decades, Democrats have owned the "victim" vote, portraying themselves on the side of the weak and the oppressed. Republicans should accept that as a challenge and begin to empower, not indulge, the poor, weaning them from programs that enslave.

The NAACP's Unhealthy Tea Party Obsession - Jason L. Riley (11/1/2010)
The gulf between the priorities of civil rights leaders and the actual needs of the people they claim to represent has been growing for decades. And the trend continues with the NAACP's highly politicized release of "Tea Party Nationalism."

Obama Underappreciation Is Easily Explained - Charles Krauthammer ()
Opening a whole new branch of cognitive science -- liberal psychology -- Obama has discovered a new principle: The fearful brain is hard-wired to act befuddled, i.e., vote Republican.

Tea Party to the Rescue - Peggy Noonan (10/29/2010)
The tea party is not a threat to the Republican Party, the tea party saved the Republican Party. In a broad sense, the tea party rescued it from being the fat, unhappy creature it had become, a party that didn't remember anymore why it existed.

A Historic Shift Is In The Cards In The U.S. Senate - George Will (10/21/2010)
Voters seem to think Congress is like a weedy lot — that anything done to it will improve it — so they seem poised to produce something not seen since 1981-'82. Then, for the first time since 1952, a majority of senators were in their firs

Political Target Practice - The Wall Street Journal (10/18/2010)
The White House is escalating its assault on corporate political donors, claiming that Democrats merely favor "disclosure." To understand their real goal, consider what happened to Target Corp. when it exercised its First Amendment rights in Minnesota.

The Obama Rope-a-dope - Victor Davis Hanson (10/17/2010)
If Democrats get clobbered in November, it may be the best thing that can happen to Obama's 2012 chances. Republicans will have to trim programs to save the nation. Then Obama can take credit for the fiscal turnaround, without the blame for cuts.

The American Left Slides Into Psychosis - J.R. Dunn (10/14/2010)
History tells us that organizations, movements, even entire nations can go mad in the same way an individual does, with the same expression of irrationality, frenzy, and violence. Events suggest that the American left is going through such a breakdown.

The Soul of the Spending Machine - The Wall Street Journal (10/13/2010)
The GOP will have many priorities if it wins a House majority. But Republicans won't succeed in their professed goal of cutting spending, boosting the economy, and reforming the entitlement state without disassembling Congress's tax-and-spending m

The Balkanization of Barack's Party - Pat Buchanan (10/11/2010)
Within the Obama coalition -- over 60 percent of Asians, 68 percent of Hispanics, 78 percent of Jews, 95 percent of blacks -- fissures and fractures have become visible, not only along racial and ethnic lines, but along issue and ideological lines.

The Republican Philosophy - Cal Thomas (10/9/2010)
Philosophy is easier to express than to apply. Republicans, regain the majority, will face enormous opposition from entrenched interests that will test more than the strength of their philosophy. It will test the strength of their character.

Obama Usurping Power - The Altoona Mirror (10/7/2010)
Ours is supposed to be a representative government -- the law of the land is made by those we, the people, elect to Congress. Except in emergencies such as war, the president's role is limited primarily to managing the bureaucracy and enforcing laws.

The Pelosi-Reid Deficits - Stephen Moore (10/5/2010)
A strong case can be made that the people most responsible for the gigantic deficits we face today are neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama. The real culprits are Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Will The American Spirit Survive Obama? - Lloyd Marcus (10/1/2010)
Daily assaults by Obama have severely beaten down the spirit of America. He proclaims that the U.S. is no longer -- nor should it be -- the world economic leader. So how many more Obama brutal punches can the spirit of American exceptionalism endure?

GOP Battle Cry: Repeal Obamacare, Cut Spending - Michael Barone ()
The GOP's Pledge to America concentrates more on substantive issues of governance than the Contract With America did 16 years ago. But given the profligacy of the Bush years one has to ask: will they - or can they - do it in time?

How Privileged Democrats Pay for Their Houses - Michelle Malkin (9/29/2010)
Like millions of Americans, Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell has had trouble covering her mortgage and other bills over the years. Her opponents consider this a scandal of disqualifying proportions. Figures.

The Battle for the Future - John Stossel (9/27/2010)
For most of the life of America, and when it grew fastest, government spent just a few hundred dollars per person. Today, the Feds alone spend $10,000. Politicians talk about cuts, but the cuts rarely happen. The political class always needs more.

Obama, Warren and The Imperial Presidency - Bruce Ackerman (9/26/2010)
The Senate should vote on all senior appointments within 60 days. But the president should give it a chance to vote. Perhaps then we can eliminate the growing culture of ruling "czars" unaccountable to the people.

Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner - Pat Buchanan (9/25/2010)
Black unemployment is sky-high. Yet as this crisis deepens, Obama and Sen. Harry Reid are pursuing an amnesty called the DREAM Act for 2 million illegal aliens, as a prelude to full amnesty for 12 to 20 million. There go the jobs of core Dem supporters.

Elizabeth III - The Wall Street Journal (9/24/2010)
So a bureau inside an agency (the Fed) that it doesn't report to, with a budget not subject to Congressional control, now gets a leader not subject to Senate confirmation. If Dick Cheney had tried this, he'd have been accused of staging a coup.

Why It's Time for the Tea Party - Peggy Noonan (9/23/2010)
This fact marks our political age: The pendulum is swinging faster and in shorter arcs than it ever has in our lifetimes. Few foresaw the earthquake of 2008. But at this moment we are witnessing a shift that will likely have enduring political impact.

To Reform Government, Reform the Culture First - Adam Graham (9/12/2010)
In the end, most of the world has little in common with the libertarian archetypes of Howard Roark or John Galt. We will either have strong families, houses of worship, and communities, or we will have strong government to take the place of all three.

Can the Tea Party Deliver? - Pat Buchanan (9/7/2010)
Assuming they gain the expected power in November, how will the GOP meet its promises of fiscal restraint? Where will it cut? Whose pound of flesh? Republicans and tea partiers are going to have a glorious fall. But is this one of the last hurrahs?

Obama's Agenda: Overwhelm the System - Wayne Allyn Root (9/6/2010)
Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos.

The Last Refuge of a Liberal - Charles Krauthammer (9/5/2010)
Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed. Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing. Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the "bitter" people."

We've Made a Deal: America Picks Door Number 2 - Larrey Anderson ()
Someday we may elect politicians with the courage to cut federal spending by 40% [ii], privatize Social Security and medical care, and transfer a host of federal programs back to our states and local governments. But not yet. Were not so lucky.

The GOP and the Temptation of Hubris - John J. Pitney, Jr. (8/29/2010)
Republicans hold the keys to majority status in their hands. They won't like everything that's on the other side of the door. For those who may have forgotten, a revisit to the turbulence and corruption following the 1994 takeover would be in ord

Putting Government First - Pat Buchanan (8/24/2010)
It is impossible to believe that the Obamaites, who intervened twice and massively with bailouts to prevent minor layoffs of local and state government employees, have the stomach to do the major surgery needed to cut the federal monolith down to size.

A Tea Party Manifesto - Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe (8/22/2010)
The big-government crowd is drawn to the compulsory nature of centralized authority. They can't imagine an undirected social order. Someone needs to be in charge—someone who knows better. Big government is audacious and conceited.

America At The Precipice - Nile Gardiner (8/21/2010)
The last few weeks have been a nightmare for President Obama, in a summer of discontent which has deeply unsettled the ruling liberal elites, so much so that even the Left has begun to turn against the White House. Bad for Obama. Bad for America.

The Great Guy Theory of History - Daniel Henninger (8/19/2010)
People who before the election were no more special than anyone else suddenly are called Congressman this or Senator that. But the deal is that you are supposed to try to do some good in return for the gift of power and status.

Liberal Piety and the Memory of 9/11 - Dorothy Rabinowitz (8/17/2010)
The Bloombergs, the Obamas, the Cuomos, cannot understand what the big deal is with a 15-story mosque being built at ground zero in New York. Yet no ordinary American has any difficulty in putting his or her finger right on the problem. It's insulting

GOP Blank Check for War? - Pat Buchanan (8/16/2010)
High among the blunders of history was the "blank cheque" Kaiser Wilhelm gave Vienna, after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, to deal with the Serbs as they saw fit. The GOP may be repeating that blunder today.

Obama Loves the Hood, Unfortunately It Is Not Fort Hood - Maj. Gen. Jerry Curry (8/15/2010)
Insinuations to the contrary, Barack Obama wasn't born in the "Hood," he never lived in the "Hood" and he never experienced first hand the drugs, violence and poverty of the "Hood." He grew up in a "non-Hood" white family, attending private schools.

America's Ancien Régime - Nile Gardiner (8/13/2010)
What the great French historian Alexis de Tocqueville would make of today's Obama administration were he alive today is anyone's guess. But I would wager that he would be less than impressed with the extravagance and arrogance on display.

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Keith Olbermann - Ann Coulter (8/12/2010)
It's a tried-and-true strategy from the minds of Marx, Lenin and Hitler: Keep telling the same big lie and eventually it morphs into the truth in the minds of the masses. Unfortunately, it seems the mushy Right is content to be slandered into oblivion

Will Washington's Failures Lead To Second American Revolution? - Ernest S. Christian, Gary A. Robbins (8/9/2010)
The Internet is a large-scale version of the "Committees of Correspondence" that led to the first American Revolution — and with Washington's failings now so obvious and awful, it may lead to another.

Trusted Most -- Men with Guns - Pat Buchanan (8/4/2010)
Public confidence in Congress has plummeted to the lowest level of any institution since Gallup began asking the question in 1973. One-half of all Americans have little or no confidence in the Congress. This is bad news for democracy.

The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated? - Time ()
President Obama has called the BP oil spill "the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced," and so has just about everyone else. But other folks on the scene are asking, "where's all this oil??" A crisis, yes. But a very politicized crisis.

Focus On Space, Not Self-Esteem - The Altoona Mirror (7/24/2010)
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden created quite a public relations flap several days ago, when he told an Arab television network he had been instructed by President Barack Obama to "reach out to the Muslim world." Are they in outer space yet?

The Town Hall Revolt, One Year Later - Peggy Noonan (7/22/2010)
The rising swell - and voices - of the tea parties, hammering their "betters." Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats saw it coming. But it was a seminal moment, and whatever is coming in November, it started there.

The Obama-Pelosi Lame Duck Strategy - John Fund (7/19/2010)
It's been almost 30 years since anything remotely contentious was handled in a lame-duck session, but that doesn't faze Democrats who have jammed through ObamaCare and are determined to bring the financial system under greater federal control.

Why Is the Gulf Cleanup So Slow? - Paul H. Rubin (7/18/2010)
Potential reasons abound, from the common: incompetence, to the sinister: milking the crisis for political opportunties. The more likely answer spans both of the above, and includes debts to political backers like big labor, via the obstructive Jones Act.

Government Aggravated Tragedy - Walter Williams (7/12/2010)
The bottom line lesson is nothing good can come from trade restrictions except windfall gains by a small group of beneficiaries, that come at the expense of a much larger number of people. And which, in the present case, leave us with a dirtier Gulf.

The Berwick Evasion - The Wall Street Journal (7/11/2010)
Another Obama "czar" sneaks in under the radar. Dr. Berwick is entranced by the British health system, by rationing of care, and by the concept of "centralizing" health decision-making for the "public welfare." He should come with a health warning label.

The Dems' Vision Problem - Jonah Goldberg (7/3/2010)
American wealth in general, and the wealth of poor Americans, has skyrocketed in the last half-century, and the government had relatively little -- though certainly not nothing -- to do with it.

The Degeneration of Democracy - Thomas Sowell (6/27/2010)
Those who cannot see beyond the immediate events to the issues of arbitrary power-- versus the rule of law and the preservation of freedom -- are the "useful idiots" of our time. But useful to whom?

Our Caudillo President - Ben Stein (6/26/2010)
We live in a constitutional republic. As such, the action of the President in demanding the immense transfer of BP stockholders' wealth without any legislation or court decision is extremely worrisome. Even tyrannical.

Conservatism and the Spirit of Reform - Peter Berkowitz (6/25/2010)
Conservatives tend to be suspicious of reform and distrustful of the impulse to improve, seeing in both perennial threats to freedom. This is exacerbated by the common tendency to equate reform and improvement with the progressive urge to remake society.

Politicizing the Fed - The Wall Street Journal (6/22/2010)
For 97 years the 12 regional banks of the Federal Reserve system have operated relatively free of political interference from Washington. Never fear. Maxine Waters to the rescue, with politically-appointed "diversity" commissars.

Oil and Snake Oil - Thomas Sowell (6/21/2010)
The big oil spill in the Gulf is bad enough in itself. But politics can make anything worse. Either the government knows how to stop the oil spill or they don't. If they know how to stop it, then why haven't they? If they don't, then hush up a

The Alien in the White House - Dorothy Rabinowitz (6/20/2010)
A great part of America now understands that this president's sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation in which he has only passing interest.

Misdemeanors -- or Crimes? - Pat Buchanan (6/19/2010)
On this matter of offering federal jobs to potential candidates to induce them not to run against Senate Democratic incumbents, this White House is drifting dangerously close to the falls.

Impeachment -- What Are We Waiting For? - Susan Dale (6/18/2010)
Once the brilliant men who founded the most extraordinary nation in history had developed the rules on how to acquire a leader for the new United States of America, they then had to devise a way to dispose of him. They need some exercise.

Arrogance in the Executive - Andrew B. Wilson (6/12/2010)
Real leadership means never having to say you're the boss. There is no surer sign of weakness and insecurity than the repeated assertion of your own power and authority. This truth has somehow eluded Barack Obama.

BP Oil Spill: Who's Your Daddy? - Gene Healy (6/11/2010)
Even his kids won't give Obama a break about the Gulf oil spill. Tough. It's hard to feel sorry for the "Yes We Can" candidate, who got the job by promising that there's a presidential solution to everything from natural disasters to spiritual

Obama Doesn't Have a Clue - Dick Morris (6/8/2010)
America is watching the president alternate between wringing his hands in helplessness and pointing his finger in blame when he should be solving the most pressing environmental problem America has faced in the past 50 years.

A New Age of Reform - Daniel Henninger (6/5/2010)
With incumbents toppling and party establishments cracking, there is talk of November being a "reform" election. Don't be fooled: There is political reform and there is Political Reform. Small "r" reform comes and goes. Big-R Reform changes the nation

Chuck Schumer vs. Free Speech - The Wall Street Journal ()
Violating the law by engaging in forbidden political speech can land you in a federal prison, a very un-American notion. The Disclose Act exacerbates many of these problems and is a blatant attempt by its partisan sponsors to restrict political speech.

Sestak White House Scandal Called 'Impeachable Offense' - World Net Daily (5/28/2010)
If a Democratic member of Congress is to be believed, there's someone in the Obama administration who has committed a crime – and if the president knew about it, analysts say it could be grounds for impeachment.

Who Are You Calling Racist? - Froma Harrop (5/27/2010)
Many Tea Party critics accuse the movement of racist tendencies. Their evidence includes its obsession over illegal immigration and nasty epithets hurled during Tea Party rallies. But trying to determine what is racist can be a very confusing exercise.

European Union: A Coalition of Irresponsibility - George Will (5/23/2010)
By socializing the consequences of Greece's misgovernment, Europe has become the world's leading producer of a toxic product -- moral hazard. Greece has forced the rest of Europe, the IMF, and even the U.S., to admit admit being hostages to the e

Planned Economy, Privacy Problems - Jim Harper (5/15/2010)
If someone asked you what's wrong with a planned economy, your first answer might not be "privacy." But it should be. For proof, look no further than the financial regulation bill the Senate is debating.

Blame Obama. Why Not? - Daniel Henninger (5/14/2010)
People still think Uncle Sam is the lean, mean dude in the "I Want You!" posters. In fact, after a century of chowing down responsibilities, Uncle has inflated into something as big, powerful and sloppy as Jabba the Hut, a fat guy who can barely move.

Kagan Argued for Government 'Redistribution of Speech' - (5/14/2010)
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan said the high court should be focused on ferreting out improper governmental motives when deciding First Amendment cases, arguing that the government's reasons for restricting free speech were what mattered most.

Washington Takes Break From Porn Surfing to Bailout Wall Street - Ann Coulter (5/10/2010)
ABC News reports that "the five biggest hedge fund donors all gave almost all their donations to Democrats." Among the biggest recipients of hedge fund money were Senators Harry Reid, Chris Dodd and Charles Schumer. The foxes want to watch the henhouse.

It's Time To Play The Race Card - Wesley Pruden (5/6/2010)
Race-baiting never goes out of style. Only the races and the baiters change. Drawing the race card is nearly always a sign of desperation, as any number of old white politicians could tell you if they were not all dead.

An Entourage More Royal Than The Queen's - Dale McFeatters (5/5/2010)
The heads of government in London for the G-20 summit are discussing serious and weighty issues, which in time will be duly reported, but right now the British press is entranced by the sheer size of President Obama's traveling entourage. And no wonde

Americans Are More Skeptical of Washington Than Ever - Andrew Kohut (4/22/2010)
By almost every conceivable measure, Americans are more critical of their government these days. There is a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government—a dismal economy, an unhappy public, and epic discontent with elected offi

Hating the Government Finally Goes Mainstream - The Washington Examiner (4/19/2010)
After two wars, a $12 trillion debt, a financial crisis and the most politically tone-deaf president in modern history, Americans may have finally given up on big government.

Impeach the President? - Jeffrey T. Kuhner (3/28/2010)
Republicans should campaign for the November elections not only on repealing Obamacare, but on removing Mr. Obama and his gang of leftist thugs from office. It is time Americans drew a line in the sand. Mr. Obama crosses it at his peril.

This Will Not Stand - Newt Gingrich (3/26/2010)
Together we will prove that this will not stand. 2010 and 2012 will be among the most important elections in American history. These elections will allow us to save America from a leftwing machine of unparalleled corruption arrogance and cynicism.

The Fall of Barack Obama - Paul R. Hollrah, O.E. (3/22/2010)
A man can fail in the eyes of his countrymen and still be dearly loved by those closest to him. But in Obama's case, his wife and his two daughters will be there to suffer every agonizing step of his fall along with him.

Congressman's Office Says Constituent Calls Are 'Harassment' - Capitol Confidential (3/22/2010)
In the coming days, I'm sure more stories will develop illustrating the "win at all costs" tactics being employed by democrats. It's these tactics that have appalled a majority of Americans over the health care "debate."

Pelosi Tactic for Health-Care Vote Would Raise Legal Questions - (3/20/2010)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be creating new grounds for a court challenge to the proposed U.S. health-care overhaul as she considers using a mechanism that would avoid a vote on the full legislation.

Americans Must Take Back Control - Belva Jean Dell (3/18/2010)
We are in a battle for the soul of our nation. It's late, but it's not too late. Let's join arm in arm and heart to heart just as the early patriots did. They won and so can we.

Draining the Swamp? - Cal Thomas (3/17/2010)
Before gaining power, Nancy Pelosi promised that if voters allowed Democrats to achieve a congressional majority, they would "drain the swamp" of corruption in Washington. Not only has the swamp not been drained, Dems have begun treating it as a hot tub.

Sen. Byrd Sets Right Example - The Altoona Mirror (3/14/2010)
Our nation's founders believed firmly that government should not be used as a tool by small majorities to force their will on large minorities. That is why the U.S. Senate, with two members from each state, was established.

The End of the Road for Barack Obama? - The Telegraph (UK) (3/11/2010)
It is a universal political truth that administrations do not begin to fragment when things are going well: it only happens when they go badly, and those who think they know better begin to attack those who manifestly do not.

Abuse of Power - The Wall Street Journal (3/9/2010)
The goal is to permanently expand the American entitlement state with a vast apparatus of subsidies and regulations while the political window is still (barely) open, regardless of the consequences or the overwhelming popular condemnation.

Obama Takes a Hard Line - The Altoona Mirror (3/8/2010)
During his weekly radio address Saturday, the president once again claimed he is open to compromise with Republicans over the issue of health care reform. A strange "compromise" that includes none of the GOP recommendations.

View Politicians With Degree of Skepticism - Wayne A. Bush (3/6/2010)
People should shed their partisan chains and view all politicians with skepticism. America will be much better off when we all stop listening to what politicians say and begin watching what they do.

Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes? - The Weekly Standard (3/6/2010)
Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah.

Obama's Problems -- and Ours - Pat Buchanan (3/5/2010)
The question raised by the successive failures of our political elite is whether either party has a cure for the maladies that afflict America. Or are those maladies beyond the power of politics to heal?

The Decline of New York - The Wall Street Journal (3/4/2010)
Move over, New Jersey, you're getting a run for your tax money as the nation's most dysfunctional state. Politics in the Empire State has become a carnival of spendthrifts, sexual miscreants and the all-purpose ethically challenged.

For Libs, The Filibuster Is Now The Enemy - George Will (3/3/2010)
Most ideas incubated in the political cauldron of grasping factions are deplorable. Therefore, serving the public involves — mostly involves — saying "no." The Bill of Rights, like traditional conservatism, effectively pronounces "no" over and

The President and the Republicans - Cal Thomas (2/15/2010)
President Obama is a self-described "progressive." Progressives believe in an intellectual hierarchy that gets to decide what is best for the "uninformed" masses. They use government to impose their worldview on others, and are the antithesis of freedom.

Blame Voters for Crooked Politicians - William D. Eisenhart Jr. (2/14/2010)
Some say all politicians are crooks. Then why do you keep "rehiring" them with your vote? When so many of them are of such low character, how could they possibly get re-elected? Because he can bring home the most pork. Right?

A Future Rooted in the Past - George Will (2/13/2010)
While China invests in its future, America increasingly invests in its past. China's ascent to global economic hegemony could be derailed by unforeseen scarcities or social fissures. America's destiny is demographic, and therefore is inexorable.

The Scalia v. Stevens Smackdown - Daniel Henninger (2/13/2010)
Nothing — not even George W. Bush — has sent liberaldom screaming into the streets more than the Supreme Court's recent 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The left's disdain for corporations is visce

The Case Against Corporate Speech (In Opposition) - Ralph Nader and Robert Weissman (2/12/2010)
The case of Citizens United portends dire consequences for the nation's constitutional premise of "we the people," not we the corporations. Our constitution and amendments, make no mention of corporate entities, only human beings and their government.

The Obama Contradiction - Peggy Noonan (2/7/2010)
The central fact of the president's State of the Union address was the contradiction at its heart. It repeatedly asserted that Washington is the answer to everything. At the same time it painted a picture of Washington as a sick and broken place.

White House Prepares for Possibility of 2 Supreme Court Vacancies - ABC News (2/6/2010)
Lawyers for President Obama have been working behind the scenes to prepare for the possibility of one, and maybe two Supreme Court vacancies this spring. Court watchers believe two of the more liberal members of the court could decide to step aside.

Cover Your Ears - Jacob Sullum (2/4/2010)
Obama and other supporters of restrictions on political speech believe voters can't handle clashing versions of the truth, that they need to be shielded from messages that would otherwise mesmerize them into doing the bidding of "powerful interests."

Crisis of the Government Party - Pat Buchanan (2/3/2010)
Democrats are the Party of Government. They feed it, and it feeds them. The larger government grows, the more agencies that are created, the more bureaucrats who are hired, the more people who become beneficiaries, the more deeply entrenched they become.

The Fall of the House of Kennedy - Daniel Henninger (1/30/2010)
The central battle in our time is over political primacy. It is a competition between the public sector and the private sector over who defines the work and the institutions that make a nation thrive and grow. It is a Kennedy legacy.

Has Obama Lost White America? - Pat Buchanan (1/29/2010)
The lesson: End affirmative action and ethnic preferences; end bailouts of Wall Street bankers, set a moratorium on immigration until unemployment falls to 6 percent, form an industrial policy that creates jobs here, not in China.

Congress Went to Denmark, You Got the Bill - CBS News (1/28/2010)
One hundred sixty-five "delegates." Over a million bucks. For 15 Democratic and 6 Republican Congressmen, food and rooms for two nights cost $4,406 tax dollars each. That's $2,200 a day - more than most Americans spend on their monthly mortgage paymen

A Free Speech Landmark - The Wall Street Journal (1/24/2010)
The landmark decision—which overturned two Supreme Court precedents—has already sent the censoring political class into orbit, caterwauling about special interests and ugly corporations. But the reality is that free speech is no one's spec

What Has Brown Done for Us? - C. Edmund Wright (1/23/2010)
What has Brown done for us? He just administered a stunning "Tea Party Republican" thrashing to the "Kennedy Liberal Democrats" in Massachusetts -- with Obamacare front and center as the core issue at hand. That's what.

Justices Overturn Key Campaign Limits - The New York Times (1/23/2010)
Sweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.

A Sober Look at Ted Kennedy - Michael Kelly (1/19/2010)
Love him or hate him, Senator Ted Kennedy had both strengths and weaknesses, honorable and less-than-honorable traits. Michael Kelly's respected 1990 in-depth study does more to indict the corrupting influences of incumbency than to undermine the man

Democratic Payoffs, Er, Stimulus - Mona Charen (1/17/2010)
Conservative voters, unlike many Democrats, do not regard government as a scramble for booty. When Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., exchanged his vote on health care for a sweet deal, only 17 percent of the voters in that conservative state approved.

The Risk of Catastrophic Victory - Peggy Noonan (1/16/2010)
Passage of the health-care bill will be, for the administration, a catastrophic victory. If it is voted through in time for the State of the Union Address, half the chamber will rise to their feet and cheer. They will be cheering their own demise.

Resolved: Tell the Truth - Cal Thomas (1/9/2010)
Would that Congress might resolve to tell the truth. Most members probably know what truth is, but they cannot speak it for fear of offending groups that traffic in lies and fund their re-election campaigns. Lies usually raise more money than the truth.

A Decade of Self-Delusion - Pat Buchanan (1/8/2010)
After a decade of self-delusion and self-indulgence, we must stop deceiving ourselves. As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated, the "can-do" nation that won World War II in four years, that put a man on the moon in the same decade JFK said we would, is history.

The Worst Ideas of the Decade - The Washington Post (1/1/2010)
When the best you can say about a 10-year span is that Y2K was overblown and that at least our downturn wasn't a Depression, you know it was hardly the best of times. We're not particularly sorry to leave the Aughts behind.

Our Nation Created, Our Nation Destroyed - Susan Dale (12/27/2009)
Until 2009, every President elected to lead this nation has, in fact, strove to abide by the rules in the Constitution; that is, until hope and change came to America. Now the political elites make up the rules to suit their agendas.

An Interference Call For College Football - George Will (12/17/2009)
Rep. Joe Barton's bill, which should draw a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness to the idea of limited government, demonstrates how Congress's power to regulate interstate commerce has become an end run around that idea.

Solving Whose Problem? - Thomas Sowell (12/6/2009)
No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems— of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two.

Searching in Vain for the Obama Magic - Der Spiegel (12/4/2009)
Never has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his West Point address announcing America's new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric -- and left both dreamers and realists feeling distrau

7 Stories Barack Obama Doesn't Want Told - John F. Harris, Politico (12/3/2009)
A year into his presidency, Obama's admitted gift for controlling his image shows signs of faltering. As Washington returns to work from the Thanksgiving holiday, there are several anti-Obama storylines gaining momentum.

Sarah Palin vs. Barack Obama - The Los Angeles Times (11/25/2009)
Not that it matters politically because obviously she's a female Republican dunce and he's a male Democrat genius. But Sarah Palin's poll numbers are strengthening. And President Obama's are sliding. Guess what? They're about to meet i

Why We're Not 'Post-Racial' - The Wall Street Journal (11/24/2009)
When Alabama Congressman Artur Davis voted against the health-care bill that passed the House earlier this month, he probably expected some grief from fellow Democrats. But he couldn't have anticipated being accused of selling out his race.

Obama Bows, the Nation Cringes - Wesley Pruden (11/21/2009)
A little traveling, like a little learning, can be a dangerous thing. Barack Obama on the loose in a foreign land is enough to frighten protocol officers and embarrass the rest of us.

Acorn and the Housing Bubble - Edward Pinto (11/19/2009)
History may repeat itself as many of the same community groups are pushing Congress to expand CRA to cover all mortgage lenders, credit unions, insurance companies and others financial industry segments. Are we setting the stage for another catastrophe?

Polk: Forgotten Great - Pat Buchanan (11/18/2009)
He lacked the character of Washington, the brilliance of Jefferson, the charisma of Jackson, but President James K. Polk belongs with the immortals. None gave more or did more for America.

Constitutional Contempt - Walter Williams (11/16/2009)
Nancy Pelosi's constitutional contempt is representative of the majority of members of both the House and the Senate. Their comfort in that ignorance and contempt, and how readily they articulate it, should be worrisome for every single American.

Top Republican Says White House Hiding Info on Fort Hood - The Hill (11/15/2009)
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (MI), ranking memeber of the House Intelligence Committee, has said administration officials delayed briefing members of Congress about the alleged Ft. Hood gunman, raising "red flags" about what the White House was hiding.

Chicago Mayor Blames Fort Hood On America's Love Of Guns! - Andrew Marcus (11/13/2009)
"Unfortunately, America loves Guns. We love guns to a point where that uh we see devastation on a daily basis. You don't blame a group." The Mayor is using a straw-man argument that conveniently provides an opportunity to politicize a terrorist attack

Elementary Epidemic - John Nolte, Big Hollywood (11/10/2009)
When the first videos of schoolkids praising Obama hit the Internet, it seemed just a scary aberation. With eleven more videos circulating, it's starting to look like an organized pattern of dangerous personality-cultism. Talk about using kids.

Who Are You Calling "Extremist"? - Michelle Malkin (11/9/2009)
Here is one of the loudest messages of the 2009 off-off-year elections: Conservatives in America will no longer submit to Democrats. Or to the media. Or to RINO capitulationists. They will not "rebrand." They will not sit down. They will not shut up.

The Permanent Tea Party - Daniel Henninger (11/8/2009)
What was learned Tuesday is that the American voter is absolutely, totally, unremittingly disgusted with both political parties. More than anything, the American voter is desperate for political leadership.

Obama's Third World Press Rant - Wesley Pruden (10/27/2009)
Throwing rotten eggs at "them lyin' newspapers" has always been great sport in America, and sometimes even effective politics. But it has to be done with wit and humor, which may be above Barack Obama's pay grade.

Excuses Wearing Thin For Obama, Media Pals - Steve Huntley (10/26/2009)
You'd think it's still the 2008 presidential campaign, rather than nine months into the Obama presidency. Yet the Obama White House is in full campaign mode -- maybe because it needs to mask the shortcomings of the Obama presidency.

Justice Concludes Black Voters Need Democratic Party - The Washington Times (10/23/2009)
Voters in this city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with party affiliation in local elections, but the Obama administration has overruled the them and decided that equal rights for black voters lack equal rights without the Democratic Party.

A Decadent Nobel - Daniel Henninger (10/22/2009)
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has taken it in the neck for awarding this year's Peace Prize to a nine-month old American presidency. There's been much mockery of pencil-necked Norwegian academics in faraway Oslo. This is unfair.

A Perfect Nobel Pick - Bret Stephens (10/20/2009)
If you're among those who think Mr. Obama's Nobel was misjudged and premature, not to say absurd, then you really know nothing about the values and thinking that have informed a century of prize giving.

Lose at the Ballot, Push! for Payback at the Bench - Debra J. Saunders (10/17/2009)
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker opened the gates to hell this month when he ruled that strategists for Proposition 8 -- the 2008 ballot measure that limited marriage to a man and a woman -- must release internal campaign documents to measure opponents.

Michael Moore's 'Socialist' President - Daniel Henninger (10/14/2009)
Michael Moore is a progressive saint. If he believes Barack Obama is a socialist camouflaged inside a Brioni suit, so must many of his fellow progressives. Obama himself, as it turns out, isn't really sure. Or so it seems.

A Letter from a Child - Thomas Sowell (10/13/2009)
Recent videos of American children in school singing songs of praise for Barack Obama were a little much, especially for those of us old enough to remember pictures of children singing the praises of dictators like Hitler, Stalin and Mao.

Has Oslo Gone Mad? - Michael Binyon (10/11/2009)
Awarding the Nobel peace prize to Barack Obama will be met with widespread incredulity, consternation in many capitals and probably deep embarrassment by the President himself. Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent.

A Teachable Moment on Communist China - Dr. Paul Kengor (10/9/2009)
Last week, New York City's Empire State Building was aglow in red and yellow. Why? To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the victorious revolution of the People's Republic of China. Unfortunately, the brutalization of China isn't anything to

Rent-Seekers Inc. - Kimberley A. Strassel (10/8/2009)
It isn't often an energy company (of all things) gets to present itself as an environmental crusader, cozy up to Washington rulemakers, buy political protection, and pad its bottom line—all in one neat little announcement.

Olympic Gold for Narcissism - George Will (10/7/2009)
Perhaps the premise of the inexplicable trip to Denmark was that there is no difficulty, foreign or domestic, that cannot be melted by the sunshine of the Obama persona. But in the contest between the world and any president's charm, bet on the world.

The Three R's in the Age of Obama: Rappin', Revolution and Radicalism - Michelle Malkin (10/1/2009)
Lost in all the chanting for change is the commitment to impart actual knowledge. For progressives in the Age of Obama, setting high academic standards is secondary to the self-improvement of the "whole child" and "service" to the cause of social justice.

Anarchy Meets the Steeler Nation - Bari Weiss ()
'Much better is this great irregularity than universal squalor. Without wealth there can be no Maecenas. The 'good old times' were not good old times.'" So wrote Andrew Carnegie about the Industrial Revolution he helped spur and the wealth

Turning the Senate into the Chicago City Council - Newt Gingrich (9/29/2009)
"Using the budget reconciliation process to pass health reform and climate change legislation…would violate the intent and spirit of the budget process, and do serious injury to the constitutional role of the Senate." Not spoken by a conservative, eithe

The Airport for No One - The Wall Street Journal (9/26/2009)
Republicans had their Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska, and now Democrats seem intent on wrapping themselves firmly around Congressman Jack Murtha's Airport for No One in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. So much for changing the culture of spending in Washington.

Race and Stupidity - Pat Buchanan (9/25/2009)
Because some folks, in hard economic times, have turned angrily against Obama and health care, Jimmy Carter calls them a bunch of racists who can't stand the fact they have a black president. On what evidence? Meet the real racist.

Taking On The Book Banners - George Will (9/21/2009)
Regulations controlling political speech inevitably multiply and become increasingly indecipherable and unpredictable. The court should take the country up from McCain-Feingold, to Madison. Stare decisis be damned, as it was after Plessy.

Under Fire, Napolitano Halts Projects for Review - Eileen Sullivan (9/18/2009)
Facing criticism for her handling of federal stimulus money, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she would not start any new border construction projects while the department reviewed how projects were selected.

A Ring of Truth(ers) - Jonah Goldberg (9/16/2009)
Truthers, birthers and hypocrites. Belief in an implausible conspiracy is a cancer on the GOP. Even greater belief in an even more implausible conspiracy is proof that it's mainstream.

Is America Coming Apart? - Pat Buchanan (9/14/2009)
Where we used to have classical, pop, country & Western and jazz music, now we have varieties tailored to specific generations, races and ethnic groups. Even our music seems designed to subdivide us.

Obama, The Mortal - Charles Krauthammer (9/12/2009)
What happened to President Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth. What happened to bring his popularity down further than that of any new president in polling history save Gerald Ford (post-Nixon pardon)?

Controversial Obama Administration Official Denies Being Part of 9/11 "Truther" Movement, Apologizes - Jake Tapper, ABC News (9/6/2009)
Asked why Republicans asserted more control of the Senate when they had a smaller majority before 2006, environmental "czar" and avowed communist Van Jones said "the answer to that is, they're a--holes." Nice hiring job, Barack.

Rangel Plays Race Card, Says Obamacare The Victim - CBS News (9/6/2009)
"He's not the only one. They're all stealing. It's just that they want to get him out because he has too much influence. He's been there too long. Every last one of them is stealing," Harlem resident Jacob Israel said. Ouch. Does that hur

Un-American and Unlawful White House Projects - Phyllis Schlafly (9/5/2009)
The Obama administration doesn't like criticism, so maybe that's why it is pushing Congress to quickly pass the so-called Hate Crimes Act. Being squeamish about criticism is also why the reason behind its un-American Health Insurance Reform Realit

Congressman Warns of Dictatorship - Athens Banner-Herald (9/5/2009)
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) is again raising the specter of Democrats turning America into a totalitarian state, as Obama actively seeks the three things he needs to make himself a dictator: a national police force, gun control and control over the press.

Inhofe Blasts Obama - Tulsa World (9/5/2009)
"I never dreamed I would see an administration try to disavow all the things that have made this country different from all others," Inhofe told more than 300 people at a town hall meeting in the Grove Community Center.

The Get-Cheney Squad - Pat Buchanan (9/4/2009)
"Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." George Orwell's truth comes to mind as one reads that Eric Holder has named a special prosecutor to go after those who kept us safe.

The War on Terror Is Over - Daniel Henninger (9/3/2009)
Shakespeare wrote, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." As we know, that didn't happen. Four hundred years later, they're killing us with the smothering pillow of hyper-proceduralism. Now the lawyers are about to smother the wa

57% Would Like to Replace Entire Congress - Rasmussen Reports (9/1/2009)
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote. Overall, these numbers are little changed since last October.

Heather Podesta, The Insider's Insider - The Washington Post (8/27/2009)
In a glum economy, the lobbying business feels kind of bubbly. Every new Obama proposal comes with acres of fine print for corporate powers, interests groups and lobbyists to haggle over, profitably. Can we imagine this process is graft- and favor-free?

The Specter of Unlimited Liability - The Wall Street Journal (8/18/2009)
Arlen Specter became a Democrat this year, but there's one party we're confident the Pennsylvania Senator will never abandon—the trial bar. If you're waiting for such as Sen. Specter to actually do something right for America, don't

Dodd and Obama: Corrupt Birds of a Feather - Michelle Malkin (8/7/2009)
The president's dwindling blind faithful may still cling to the belief that he can work miracles. But no one, not even Barack Obama, can drain a swamp by flooding it.

House Orders Up Three Elite Jets - Roll Call (8/7/2009)
Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing. But apparently Congress is not so averse to cushy private air travel after all - as long as it's for them.

Morality and Charlie Rangel's Taxes - The Wall Street Journal (8/2/2009)
Ever notice how those who endorse high taxes and those who actually pay them aren't the same people? Consider the curious case of Charlie Rangel, who is leading the charge for a new 5.4% income tax surcharge and recently called it "the moral thing to

Why No Evangelical Justice? - Pat Buchanan (7/25/2009)
When Republicans were warned not to give Sonia Sotomayor the drubbing Democrats gave Robert Bork and Sam Alito -- lest they be perceived as sexist and racist by women and Hispanics -- the threat was credible, as it reflected contemporary politics.

Should Obama Control The Internet? - Austin Hill (7/23/2009)
It appears that the Obama Administration may be ushering-in an era of harassment for website operators. Regardless of what U.S. courts eventually decide, a "notice and take down" letter from the White House could have quite a "chilling effect".

The Virtues of Supreme Silence - Steve Chapman (7/22/2009)
If Congress wants to know about how a prospective justice will behave on the court, it can look at her writings, speeches and record as a lawyer or judge. It can read her horoscope. None of these could be any less fruitful than the current practice.

Dems to GOP Nominee: Will the Defendant Please Rise? - Ann Coulter (7/20/2009)
Democrats revel in telling us what a racist country this is. Interestingly, the Democrats' examples of ethnic prejudice do not include Clarence Thomas, whose nomination hearings began with the Democrats saying, "You may now uncuff the defendant."

The Czaring of America - Salena Zito (7/18/2009)
The problem with czars, no matter who sits in the White House, is that Congress has no way to hold them accountable. As Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., said, they can threaten our constitutional system of checks and balances.

Pelosi Censors Republicans - Rep. John Carter (R-TX) (7/18/2009)
The Democrats are the majority. They chose to silence debate on the floor by gagging House Republican Members from using their historical right to speak after the close of the day. But they cannot stop us from speaking outside the halls of Congress.

Our Pettifogging FEC - The Wall Street Journal (7/17/2009)
The Supreme Court sent a lovely shudder through campaign-finance scolds this month when it agreed to hear arguments in a case that could overturn election donation limits. It's about time.

Rushing Leads to Mistakes - The Altoona Mirror (7/12/2009)
President Barack Obama is demanding that Congress accept a massive health care program, preferably this summer. He also wants a major overhaul of how the government regulates financial institutions. Now. No time for reading.

Barack Ships Home the Bucks - USA Today (7/12/2009)
Billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year's presidential election.

Congress's Travel Tab Swells - The Wall Street Journal (7/4/2009)
Spending by lawmakers on taxpayer-financed trips abroad has risen sharply in recent years, a Wall Street Journal analysis of travel records shows, involving everything from war-zone visits to trips to exotic spots such as the Galápagos Islands.

House Passes Climate-Change Bill - (6/28/2009)
The House of Representatives has passed a sweeping climate-change bill – a major victory for President Obama and House Speaker Pelosi that left Republicans fuming about a "national energy tax" they said would exacerbate the nation's economic woes.

Stay Tuned for More of 'The Obama Show' - Dana Milbank (6/26/2009)
The use of planted questioners is a no-no at presidential news conferences, because it sends a message to the world that the American press isn't as free as advertised. But yesterday wasn't so much a news conference as it was a new daytime drama.

Air, Water, and Liberty - Gary Aldrich (6/24/2009)
If you took a poll today you would have a hard time finding a citizen raised in this country who can articulate how vital liberty is to our happiness and prosperity, and why we should protect it above all else.

The Anti-Reagan - Pat Buchanan (6/14/2009)
Despite his boldness, Barack Obama seems as fated to fail as were Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter. And for the same reason: a belief in his own righteousness and moral superiority.

For Obama, "Law" is Just Politics By Another Name - Carol Platt Liebau (6/7/2009)
It's a remarkable irony. Barack Obama is himself a lawyer, and came to power as a supposed champion of the "rule of law," yet he and his team have actually shown breathtaking indifference about obeying and upholding the laws on the books.

Cheney Shows the Way - Pat Buchanan (5/30/2009)
Dick Cheney is giving the Republican Party a demonstration of how to fight a popular president. Stake out defensible high ground, do not surrender an inch, then go onto the attack.

End Run on Free Speech - George Will (5/29/2009)
For several decades, most of the ingenuity that liberal academics have invested in First Amendment analysis has aimed to justify limiting the core activity that the amendment was written to protect -- political speech.

"Hope," "Change," And Lawsuits - Austin Hill (5/28/2009)
Now that President Obama's philosophical leanings have been revealed, America needs to know where the rest of the Congress stands. Do the members of Obama's Democratic Party - the party "in charge" - share in the President's collectivist visio

Why Pelosi Should Step Down - Newt Gingrich (5/24/2009)
The case against Nancy Pelosi remaining Speaker of the House is as simple as it is devastating: The person who is No. 2 in line to be commander in chief can't have contempt for the men and women who protect our nation. America can't afford it.

Tincture of Lawlessness - George Will (5/21/2009)
Anyone could govern as boldly as his whims decreed, were it not for the structure that keeps society civil -- the rule of law. The Obama administration is bold. It also is disregarding constitutional values and is acquiring a tincture of lawlessness.

Wanted: A Fighting Party - Pat Buchanan (5/19/2009)
As was evident at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, it is deja vu, 1961, all over again. We have a young, cool, witty, personable president -- and an adoring press corps. Enjoy it while it lasts, which is usually briefly.

The Rooted and the Rootless - Pat Buchanan (5/2/2009)
Obama may be popular today, but he will lose the country and his presidency if he lets the perception take hold that he, the personification of American sovereignty, does not react as a normal patriot.

Parting Company - Walter Williams (5/1/2009)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry rattled cages when he suggested that Texans might at some point become so disgusted with Washington's gross violation of the U.S. Constitution that they would want to secede from the union. Some call that treason. Let's look.

Are You an "Extremist"? - Thomas Sowell (4/29/2009)
While the rest of us may be worried about violent Mexican drug gangs on our border, or about terrorists who are going to be released from Guantanimo, the Director of Homeland Security is worried about "right-wing extremists."

Homeland Insecurity - Debra J. Saunders (4/25/2009)
The administration should make it clear that it will not tolerate any hint that the federal government might be on the lookout for conservatives and right-leaning veterans. Otherwise we should start considering who the real nuts are.

You Might Be a "Radicalized Right-Wing Extremist" If... - Michelle Malkin (4/22/2009)
If you can redefine dissenting opinion as "hate," you can brand your political opponents as "extremists" -- and you can marginalize electoral threats. We are all right-wing extremists now. Welcome to the club.

Jesus Missing From Obama's Georgetown Speech - NBC News (4/18/2009)
Amidst all of the American flags and presidential seals, there was something missing when President Barack Obama gave an economic speech at Georgetown University this week -- Jesus. As a Jesuit university, perhaps an invitation to speak elsewhere?

Texas Takes a Stand on Federalism - The Dallas Morning News (4/18/2009)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax "tea party" Wednesday with his stance against the federal government and for states' rights as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, "Secede!" Politics? Sure. But the principle is real.

CBC: Congressional Bootlickers for Castro - Michelle Malkin (4/17/2009)
Not since The New York Times reporter Walter Duranty traipsed around Stalin's Russia, filing cheery travelogues whitewashing Communist-engineered famine, has America witnessed such disgraceful propaganda tourism.

Napolitano Warns of Radicals on Right - The Washington Times (4/16/2009)
A footnote attached to the HSA report defines "rightwing extremism in the United States" as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority. Oops. That's you, patriot!

Obama's Ultimate Agenda - Charles Krauthammer (4/14/2009)
Try to explain to James Madison how the Constitution he fathered allows the president to unilaterally guarantee the repair or replacement of every component of millions of such contraptions sold in the several states, and you will leave him slack-jawed.

Obama Wants to Control the Banks - Stuart Varney (4/9/2009)
It is not for nothing that rage has been turned on those wicked financiers. The banks are at the core of the administration's thrust: By managing the money, government can steer the whole economy even more firmly down the left fork in the road.

Felonious Advocacy - Jacob Sullum (4/7/2009)
The First Amendment belongs to all of us; there is no constitutional basis for distinguishing between a documentary produced by Citizens United and a documentary produced by CBS News.

O's Foreign Failures - Ralph Peters ()
America's enemies smell blood and it's type "O." All new administrations stumble a bit as they seek their footing. But President Obama's foreign-policy botches have set new records for instant incompetence.

AIG and Our Embarrassing Congress - Steve Chapman (3/30/2009)
The attempt to tax away AIG's retention bonuses sounds an awful lot like something the Constitution expressly forbids -- a bill of attainder, which is a punishment of particular individuals imposed not by a court of law but by a legislative body.

Is This the End of America? - Terence Corcoran (3/28/2009)
Congress. Politicians. Ageing self-serving demagogues have spent decades warping the U.S. political system for their own ends. We see the system up close, law-making that is riddled with slapdash, incompetence and gamesmanship.

Rahm Emanuel's Profitable Stint at Mortgage Giant - The Chicago Tribune (3/28/2009)
Before its portfolio of bad loans helped trigger the current housing crisis, mortgage giant Freddie Mac was the focus of a major accounting scandal that led to a management shake-up. One asleep-at-the-switch director: Rahm Emanuel.

Obama Received a $101,332 Bonus from AIG - (3/20/2009)
Senator Barack Obama received a $101,332 bonus from American International Group in the form of political contributions according to The two biggest Congressional recipients of A.I.G. cash are - Sen. Chris Dodd and Sen. Barack Obama.

Deception at Core of Obama Plans - Charles Krauthammer (3/13/2009)
Forget the pork. Forget the waste. Forget the 8,570 earmarks in a bill supported by a president who poses as the scourge of earmarks. All presidents do that. But few undertake the kind of brazen deception at the heart of Obama's radical economic plan.

The Usurpers - David Limbaugh (3/7/2009)
As our government marches ever closer to socialism and Marxism, we might remind ourselves that nearly every dictator in the world is an ardent proponent of those systems. Socialism, by definition, cannot come about without major consolidations of power

Courage, Mr. Holder - Pat Buchanan (3/6/2009)
Having insulted us on the issue of race, perhaps Attorney General Eric Holder will start doing his own sworn duty. For one area where he has a lead role is enforcing the nation's laws -- in particular, the U.S. immigration laws.

Count on the Constitution - Michael Barone (3/1/2009)
It's dismaying that the Obama White House, in response to political pressure, would consider overseeing the 2010 census. The risk of political shenanigans, which would insult the constitutional purpose, is far too great.

It's All About The "O": The Arrogance of Barack Obama - Brian Birdnow ()
The central element of Barack Obama's character is a stunning, almost breathtaking arrogance. The American people will see much more of this in the coming years. To the Constitution's detriment, we fear.

"Power Corrupts:" Old Ideas Become New In the Era Of President Obama - Austin Hill (2/15/2009)
The bad news is that it's as ugly as many of us expected it would be. The good news is that Americans are questioning it, and in many cases, rejecting it. The "it" I'm referring to is the huge expansion of governmental power in Washington.

Obama Now In Combat Mode - The Washington Times (2/7/2009)
President Obama, fresh off his first Washington apology tour, grew combative Wednesday, asserting that America voted for him, not the other guy, and demanding that lawmakers "put aside politics" -- well, Republican lawmakers, anyway.

Look at the Time - Peggy Noonan (2/7/2009)
In the time since his inauguration, Mr. Obama has been on every screen in the country, TV and computer, every day. I know what his people are thinking: Put his image on the age. Imprint the era with his face. But it's already reaching saturation point

Obama's Collectivist Nationalism - Tony Blankley (2/6/2009)
A politician who will not sail under his own flag sails, in effect, against all flags. Such a strategy may, in time, undercut his support from increasingly suspicious progressives, liberals, moderates and conservatives - once they recognize the deception.

Making Speeches to the Almighty - Wesley Pruden (2/4/2009)
Some of our preachers are treating the Divine as if He were a little slow. It's a puzzle. The essence of religious faith - all faiths, big and small - is the unshakable belief that the Lord of the Universe is all-knowing, all-caring and all-powerful.

Bush Was a Big-Government Disaster - Nick Gillespie (2/1/2009)
Dubya has certainly taught us that government can't be trusted to be very effective, or open, or smart. He has also taught us that government can always get bigger on every level and every way. It's a lesson that we'll be learning for years to

A Free Pass for the Indispensable Man - Jonah Goldberg ()
Remember Joe the Plumber? He embarrassed Obama and was attacked by the left-wing mad-dogs, especially when it was found he had a tax lien. Now comes Tim Geithner, Obama's nominee for Head Tax Man. His tax problems are suddenly no big deal.

Beware Obama's Trojan Horse - Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (1/30/2009)
Now that Obama is the president, fasten your seat belts. During his first year in office, and particularly during his first hundred days, we are about to witness the most prodigious output of legislation since the early days of Reagan, LBJ and FDR.

Blowhards - The Wall Street Journal (1/28/2009)
For all the hype about the Bush Administration's oil-and-gas energy bias, one of its last official acts was to give the go-ahead to what could be America's first offshore wind farm -- thus enraging more than a few self-deputized environmentalists.

Onus Now on Dems for Ethical Government - Froma Harrop (1/20/2009)
In two weeks, Democrats will be running the Washington store. They'll have a platinum opportunity to place a ton of money in the service of good government. But if they get sloppy, a multibillion-dollar scandal will come visiting soon, guaranteed.

Pelosi Turns Back the Clock on House Reform - John Fund (1/19/2009)
Term limits on committee chairs -- part of the 1994 GOP "Contract With America" -- modified a seniority system that entrenched power in a handful of members. But Democratic bulls want their stranglehold power back, and Pelosi is clearly glad to help.

There's Something About Harry - Pat Buchanan (1/12/2009)
About the appointment by Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, somebody big is lying, big-time. It is either the governor or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Senate Violates the Constitution in Turning Away Roland Burris - Miles Mogulescu (1/11/2009)
Whatever the political complications and potential embarrassment for Democrats, from a legal and Constitutional perspective, the question of whether or not Roland Burris should be allowed to take his seat as a senator from Illinois is not very difficult.

Pelosi Erases Gingrich's Long-Standing Fairness Rules - Connie Hair (1/7/2009)
Pelosi's proposed repeal of decades-long House accountability reforms exposes a tyrannical Democrat leadership poised to assemble legislation in secret, then goose-step it through Congress by the elimination of debate and amendment procedures.

Dynasty - The Wall Street Journal (1/5/2009)
Change you can believe in: A Kennedy and Cuomo are competing to succeed a Clinton in New York; the skids are greased for a Biden to replace a Biden in Delaware; one Salazar might replace another in Colorado. America's death spiral has apparently begun.

American Czars - George Will (1/3/2009)
There is more Johnsonian confidence in government's competence today than at any time since Johnson's policies shattered such confidence. The resurgence of confidence began under today's Texan president. Its re-shattering looms ahead.

The U.S. House Of Lords? - Charles Krauthammer (1/2/2009)
If Princess Caroline wants a seat in the Senate, let her do it by election. To do it on the basis of bloodline is an offense to the most minimal republicanism. Every state in the union is entitled to representation in the Senate. Camelot is not a state.

Another Great Depression? - Thomas Sowell ()
No matter how much worse things got after FDR's New Deal policies intervened in the economy, the party line was that he had to "do something" to rescue us from the disaster of unregulated markets and Hoover's "do nothing" policies. Sound familiar?

Making Congress Moot - George Will (12/30/2008)
The expansion of government entails an increasingly swollen executive branch and the steady enlargement of executive discretion. This inevitably means the eclipse of Congress and attenuation of the rule of law.

The Trouble With Obama's Energy Czar - Michelle Malkin (12/22/2008)
Obama has been lauded by both sides of the aisle for a few of his cabinet choices. But hiding behind the laurels are some very radical selections that may better suggest his policy preferences. Carol Browner is one of them.

Where Were You Born, Obama? - Diana West (12/21/2008)
Even some conservatives are calling the controversy over Obama's citizenship "extremist" and not worth the sweat. Unfortunately it is neither. It's the law, and it is so easily resolved that Obama's refusal to do so should raise eyebrows.

Will Obama Become the Statesman that America Needs? - Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D. (12/13/2008)
Let us pray that the fires of the national crises we face will purge the soul of our new leader until he turns from telling the people what appears expedient for his political future and instead begins leading our nation according to is founding truths.

Can This Marriage Last? - Pat Buchanan (12/12/2008)
Having savaged each other for a year, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have now formed a rare partnership in power. Not since James Garfield chose James G. Blaine has a new president chosen his principal rival to be secretary of state.

From Market Economy to Political Economy - Charles Krauthammer (12/7/2008)
The ruling Democrats have a choice: Rescue this economy to return it to market control. Or use this crisis to seize the commanding heights of the economy for the greater social good. The latter has always produced economic misery.

Bipartisanship: For the Common Good? - David Limbaugh (12/3/2008)
We live in very dangerous times. Many of the policies that Mr. Obama favors would be very difficult, if not impossible, to reverse and could forever change America. In such a case, is "bipartisanship" more important than national survival?

Never Give In - Jerry Bowyer (11/17/2008)
Our conservative intellectual establishment is a herd of antelope crowded around a few springs of conservative foundation money, taking no real chances, and forming a ring in which they see and hear only members of their small and shrinking herd.

But Where Did Bush Go Wrong? - Pat Buchanan (11/12/2008)
The GOP needs to confront the truth: The failure of the Bush presidency lies not in a failed execution of policy but in the policies themselves and the neoconservative ideology that informed them.

Teaching "Social Justice" in Schools - Phyllis Schlafly (11/11/2008)
Clearly "social-justice teaching" does not mean justice as most Americans understand the term. Those who use the term make clear that it means the United States is an unjust and oppressive society and the solution is to "spread the wealth around."

The Potential Strength In The New 'Obamanation' - Ross MacKenzie (11/9/2008)
If reality vindicates our fears, then President Obama may well lead America into its twilight years -- and the end of the American experiment. If reality proves our fears unfounded, then the election of Barack Obama may in fact make us stronger.

Comrade Obama? - Pat Buchanan (11/8/2008)
Under Obama's tax plan, the top 5 percent of wage-earners have their income tax rates raised 5 percent, while the bottom 40 percent of all wage-earners, who pay no income tax, are sent federal checks. If this isn't socialism, what is it?

President-Elect Obama - The Wall Street Journal (11/7/2008)
Hearty congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama. The American electorate has handed him and his fellow Democrats the kind of sweeping victory they haven't had since at least 1976 and in certain respects since 1964. The future begins now.

Smoking audio - Cal Thomas (11/6/2008)
The October surprise may turn out to be a 7-year-old interview with Barack Obama in which he strongly suggests that the U.S. Constitution is an impediment to his desire to redistribute the nation's wealth.

The True Meaning of 'Historic Vote' - Daniel Henninger (11/5/2008)
More than any previous nation in history, the United States made its way forward on a 200-year wave of upwardly mobile, profit-seeking merchants, tradesmen, craftsmen and workers. That likely will all end with an Obama presidency.

Vote to Ensure Representative Government - Ken Connor (11/4/2008)
Inherent in our right to vote is the duty to cast an informed vote. To vote without understanding who it is and what it is you are voting for is to throw away your vote. Merely voting "R" or "D" is a disservice to your country and your fellow Americans.

A President Who Won't Uphold the Constitution? Never. - Laura Hollis (11/2/2008)
The Framers knew that persuasive orators who promised beneficence in exchange for liberty would come along. This is why George Washington admonished that "Government is not reason ... it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master."

Get Ready for the New New Deal - Paul H. Rubin ()
If the coming wave of new regulation from an Obama administration is harmful to the economy, Mr. Obama will take a page from FDR's playbook. He'll blame Republicans for having caused the market crash in the first place. And the economy will worsen.

Obama's Credit Card Scheme Gets Noticed - ()
The bloggers have taken off where the major media never started – at least when it comes to investigating Obama’s massive donor fraud. It turns out that normal security features have been turned off, allowing fraudulent cardholder names to be entered.

Media's Presidential Bias and Decline - Michael S. Malone, ABCNews (10/29/2008)
The traditional media are playing a very, very dangerous game -- with their readers, with the Constitution and with their own fates. The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling.

A National Plague of Unlawful Voting - Paul Weyrich (10/28/2008)
As of this writing a landslide is building for Senator Obama. If the race were to tighten during the remaining days, it could be months before legitimate votes are confirmed and a winner is declared. Think of Florida in 2000 and then multiply by a dozen.

The Barack backlash - Pat Buchanan (10/27/2008)
This center-right country is about to vastly strengthen a liberal Congress whose approval rating is 10 percent and implant in Washington a regime further to the left than any in U.S. history. Think about it.

A Liberal Supermajority - The Wall Street Journal (10/26/2008)
If the current polls hold, Democrats will likely control the government with a filibuster-proof super-majority in Congress. Though we doubt most Americans realize it, this would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history.

Time For Real Economic Reform - Bob Barr (10/24/2008)
There is much more work that needs to be done before the economy will return to its growth path, but it cannot be more of the same, heavy-handed government mandates that have failed us time and again.

Everybody Else Did It - The Wall Street Journal (10/23/2008)
The late Senator Russell Long used to say that the core truth of tax policy was "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax the guy behind the tree." Substitute blame for the financial crisis for taxes, and you will understand what Senator Chris Dodd is attempting.

Is This the End of Conservatism? - Mona Charen (10/22/2008)
All of a sudden, this election is shaping up as a verdict on capitalism. The Obama campaign wanted it to be about George W. Bush. The McCain campaign wanted it to be about character. But instead, the stakes have suddenly been raised dramatically.

Restoring Conservatism - Ken Connor (10/22/2008)
President Bush and the Republicans who dominated Congress during most of his administration governed as anything but conservatives. Except during election season, it has been difficult to find any trace of conservative principles among GOP incumbents.

There Are Two Irreconcilable Americas - Dennis Prager (10/20/2008)
Calls for a unity among Americans that transcends left and right are either naive or disingenuous. America will be united only when one of them prevails over the other. The left knows this. Most on the right do not.

Obama's Magic - Kimberley A. Strassel (10/19/2008)
And now, America, we introduce the Great Obama! The world's most gifted political magician! A thing of wonder. A thing of awe. Just watch him defy politics, economics, even gravity!

The Rebellion Has Begun - Sandy Rios (10/17/2008)
Somewhere along the way while most of us were enjoying our precious freedoms, taking kids to soccer, ordering pizza and listening to our iPods, there was another group of people who were at work to destroy America.

The Obama Debate Every American Should See - Terence P. Jeffrey (10/16/2008)
To children who had survived a botched abortion, whose hearts were beating, whose muscles were moving, whose lungs were heaving -- to these specific children of God, Obama is willing to concede any constitutional rights at all.

The Audacity of Obama - Phyllis Schlafly (10/13/2008)
To see why it is impossible for Obama to lead the country beyond race, read his autobiography, "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance." His Dreams are obsessed with race and race conflict.

Do Facts Matter? - Thomas Sowell (10/10/2008)
Lincoln said, "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time." Unfortunately, the future of this country depends on how many people can be fooled on election day.

Obama, Biden, and the Economics of "Getting Even" - Austin Hill (9/29/2008)
Obama and Biden have constructed a campaign that promises to simply take things away from people who have achieved them, and give things to people who have not achieved them. This is “change? that America cannot afford.

The Silly Seriousness of the Also-Rans - Paul Jacob (9/26/2008)
Both the Republican and Democratic parties have been complicit in hijacking our rights, ripping us off economically, and eroding the rule of law. To revive freedom, we must transcend these corrupted institutions.

The Rest of the Meltdown Story - Neal Boortz (9/24/2008)
The current mortgage crisis is being sold to the American public by the left as evidence the failure of the free market and capitalism. Not so. What we’re seeing is the inevitable result of political interference in free market economics.

Barack Obama and White Privilege - John Stossel (9/22/2008)
There is black privilege -- and white privilege. It's time to stop complaining about past discrimination and to treat people as individuals, not as members of a certain race.

The Neocons' Palin Project - Pat Buchanan (9/21/2008)
Will the neocons who tutored Dubya in the ideology he pursued to the ruin of his presidency do the same for Sarah Palin? Should they succeed, they will destroy her. Yet, they are moving even now to capture this princess of the right and hope of the party.

Miles to Go - Peggy Noonan (9/20/2008)
Right now only Mrs. Palin can hurt Mrs. Palin. Messrs. Obama and Biden can't do it and shouldn't try. And the media can't, because more than half the country won't listen to them on this subject now, and for a while.

Palin, Roosevelt, and American Originals - David R. Stokes (9/19/2008)
People do not compare Theodore Roosevelt to his predecessors. Similarly, you never hear it suggested that Ronald Reagan was like someone before him, or that Franklin Roosevelt reminded the nation of an earlier president. They were true originals.

Executive Experience is a Joke - Bill Steigerwald (9/18/2008)
With Obama and his thin resume atop their ticket, Democrats are throwing rocks at Palin from a glass house. But Republicans look as silly by insisting that Palin is "ready to lead on Day 1" if McCain falls over dead at Thanksgiving.

One of Them and One of Us - Pat Buchanan (9/16/2008)
One wonders: What did Sarah Palin ever do to inspire the rage and bile that exploded on her selection by John McCain? What is there either in this woman's record or resume to elicit such feline ferocity?

Barack Obama, For Real - Bill Steigerwald (9/12/2008)
National Review political reporter David Freddoso hasn’t thrown the first unfriendly book through the stained-glass windows of the Barack Obama crusade. But it is billed at the first serious, fact-based look at the senator's background.

Johnny's Got a New Girl - Pat Buchanan (9/9/2008)
The risk John McCain took last Friday is comparable to the 72-year-old ex-fighter pilot knocking back two shots and flying his F-16 under the Golden Gate Bridge. As of now, it's paying off.

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul Isn't the American Dream - Terry Paulson (9/8/2008)
It’s important to realize that capital investors need skilled labor willing to work and save; labor needs applied capital willing to take a risk on new dreams. Both need a government that will ensure the freedoms that make dreams happen.

Is It Time To Elect A President Who Appreciates Communism? - Austin Hill (9/5/2008)
In the view of Barack Hussein Obama Sr., the right of the individual person to work, earn, and invest, meant nothing. All that mattered was the "collective good" of the nation. That was the communist father. He lives on in the son's policy proposals.

Little Rhetoric Riding Hood - George Will (9/3/2008)
Barack Obama has made his economic thinking excruciatingly clear, so it also is clear that his running mate should be Rumpelstiltskin. He spun straw into gold, a skill an Obama administration will need to fulfill its fairy-tale promises.

They're Paying Attention Now - Peggy Noonan ()
Why is it a real race now, with John McCain rising in the polls and Barack Obama falling? There are many answers, but here I think is an essential one: The American people have begun paying attention.

Saddleback: The Inner Game of Politics - Daniel Henninger (8/29/2008)
There was a time before the multitude of world views fell from the sky -- let's say every presidential election from 1789 to 1964 -- when one could assume that all the candidates shared a basic set of moral precepts, now called "values."

Democratic Platform's Hidden Soros Slush Fund - Michelle Malkin (8/26/2008)
The Democratic Party platform is like a bag of pork rinds. You never know what high-fat liberal government morsel you're gonna get. But you can usually bet that left-wing financier George Soros will be involved.

Change We Must Confront - George Will (8/23/2008)
McCain is hardly the change many people have been eagerly waiting for, but Putin is part of the change we must confront. Until Russian tanks rolled into Georgia, it seemed that not even the Democratic Party could lose this election. Things have changed.

Pelosi On Energy Policy - Robert Murphy (8/21/2008)
Nancy Pelosi has backed herself into a corner with her energy analysis. While she claims that stripping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve of 700 million barrels would drop prices, tapping billions in new sources would not, even eventually. More politics.

Obama Eloquence Fatigue - George Will (8/12/2008)
Wise voters — polls might be telling us that there are more of them than Obama imagines — hanker for candidates whose principal promise is that they will do their best to muddle through without breaking too much crockery.

Whitey Need Not Apply - Pat Buchanan (8/8/2008)
What, other than race, explains how Barack rolled up 90-10 margins among black voters while running against Hillary Clinton, wife of the man novelist Toni Morrison dubbed "our first black president"?

Scandalous Justice - The Wall Street Journal (8/5/2008)
The Bush Justice Department has indicted a prominent Republican Senator for corruption less than 100 days before he's up for re-election. But we are supposed to believe that Bush Justice is corruptly politicized because of a couple of dimwit questions?

The Far Left's War on Direct Democracy - John Fund (8/2/2008)
Representative government will remain the enduring feature of American democracy, but the citizen initiative is a valuable safety valve. So long as elected officials make it nearly impossible for voters to oust them, direct lawmaking will be popular.

The Fannie Mae Gang - Paul Gigot (7/30/2008)
The abiding lesson here is what happens when you combine private profit with government power. You create monsters that are protected both by journalists on the left and pseudo-capitalists on Wall Street, by liberal Democrats and country-club Republicans.

Who Does He Think He Is? - Charles Krauthammer (7/25/2008)
For the first few months of the campaign, the question about Obama was: Who is he? The question now is: Who does he think he is? We are getting to know. Redeemer of our uninvolved, uninformed lives. Lord of the seas.

The Untouchables - Pat Buchanan (7/24/2008)
To watch the contortions over that New Yorker cover cartoon of the Obamas is to understand whom it is impermissible to offend in the America of 2008: If you wish to stay in the good graces of the cultural elite, don't mess with Michelle and Barack.

Modern Political Corruption 101 - Peter J. Wirs (7/20/2008)
Would you like a peek inside what really happens on Capitol Hill? Or a preview of how an Obama White House would function? May we introduce you to Modern Political Corruption 101, a primer on American politics?

Obama Flips and Flops - Charles Krauthammer (7/13/2008)
You'll notice Barack Obama is now wearing a flag pin. Again. During the primary campaign, he refused to, explaining that he'd worn one after 9/11 but then stopped because it "became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism." Fickle, or just calculating?

A Nation In Decline? - Bill O'Reilly (7/8/2008)
Just in time for Independence Day, the bible of the American left, the New York Times, continues to opine that the United States is a "nation in decline." Hoping to see a Democrat in the White House, the newspaper has been hammering home that theme.

Justices for Free Speech - The Wall Street Journal (7/3/2008)
It has been a splendid week for the Bill of Rights. In addition to the High Court's landmark gun rights ruling, the same five Justices took another whack at Congress's attempts to limit campaign speech. John McCain, call your office.

Shining a Supreme Light on the Candidates - George Will (7/2/2008)
The Supremes' decision on the DC gun ban lets Obama off the hook by taking the issue off the table. But the defeat of the "Millionaire's Amendment" shines the light dead on McCain-Feingold's constitutional embarrassment.

You Need a Weatherman To Tell Which Way Obama Will Go - Mary Grabar (6/27/2008)
When I heard that a major part of Barack Obama's resume included a stint as a "community organizer," I asked myself what the term meant. Well, it's sort of like "activist." Is that, like, a real job?

More Prisoners, Less Crime - George Will (6/26/2008)
Listening to political talk requires a third ear that hears what is not said. Today's near silence about crime probably is evidence of social improvement. For many reasons, including better policing and more incarceration, Americans feel, and are, safer.

Obama and McCain - Thomas Sowell (6/11/2008)
Not since 1972 have we been presented with two such painfully inadequate candidates. When election day came that year, I could not bring myself to vote for either George McGovern or Richard Nixon. I stayed home. This year, none of us has that luxury.

How Al Gore is Getting Fat off of a Starving World - Jerry Bowyer (6/9/2008)
I believe that future generations will look back in history at the hungry of this world, and the preening self-satisfaction of the ethanol lobby and call it what it is, a crime against humanity.

Is Bush Becoming Irrelevant? - Pat Buchanan (6/3/2008)
When loyalists like Scott McClellan defect and seek to profit from that defection, it is usually a sign of a failing presidency. And, indeed, events suggest that history is passing Bush by.

GOP: Get Back - Cal Thomas (5/27/2008)
Robert M. Duncan complains that conservative, pro-gun Democrats won three special elections by stealing GOP issues. Democrats didn't steal your issues, sir. You abandoned them. Your party discarded them. Democrats simply engaged in dumpster harvesting.

GOP Drinking Its Bath Water - Robert D. Novak (5/25/2008)
A majority of both Senate and House Republicans voted for a farm bill that raises spending 44 percent above last year's, dooming chances to sustain President Bush's promised veto. A party so lacking in principle deserves the bleak future that beckons.

Getting Bubba - Kathleen Parker (5/20/2008)
Some Americans do feel antipathy toward "people who aren't like them," but that antipathy isn't about racial or ethnic differences. It is not necessary to repair antipathy appropriately directed toward people who disregard the laws of the land.

Obama on Judges, Supreme Court - MSNBC (5/14/2008)
"We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom ... what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old." No, we need unbiased judges who respect the Constitution.

The Biofuels Backlash - The Wall Street Journal (5/13/2008)
Like Suzanne Somers in "American Graffiti," the perfect biofuel is always just out of reach, only a few more billion dollars in subsidies away from commercial viability. But sometimes even massive government aid can't turn science projects into products.

Economists Criticize Clinton, McCain Gas-Tax Plans - (5/7/2008)
More than 200 economists, including four Nobel prize winners, signed a letter rejecting proposals by presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John McCain to offer a summertime gas-tax holiday. In their minds, oil companies win, people lose.

In the Name of Political Hygiene - George Will (5/3/2008)
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of association, "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." The exercise of this right often annoys governments. Just ask Senators McCain and Feingold.

Is He One of Us? - Pat Buchanan (5/2/2008)
By all odds, Republican retention of the White House should be as imperiled as it was in 1932, when the hapless Herbert Hoover faced FDR. Yet John McCain, most of whose erstwhile base don't even like him, is even money to be the next American president.

Courting Disaster - Jonah Goldberg (4/28/2008)
Every four years, we're told that this is the most important election since a caveman asked for a show of hands. So some skepticism seems warranted when we hear the same refrain this year. But then there's the question of the Supreme Court.

In Darkest Pennsylvania - Pat Buchanan (4/22/2008)
Like Dr. Schweitzer, home from Africa to address the Royal Society on the customs of the upper Zambezi, Barack described Pennsylvanians in their native habitats of Altoona, Alquippa, Johnstown and McKeesport.

McCain's Policy Minimalism in the Era of Big Government - George Will (4/10/2008)
Getting to the right of an administration that has increased federal spending twice as fast as did Bill Clinton's is a snap, and a virtue. But it is John McCain's policy minimalism -- these things are relative -- that merits compliments.

A Race Conversation? What Are You Talking About? - Jonah Goldberg (4/2/2008)
I feel like one of the last humans in an "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" movie in which all of the pod people are compelled by some alien DNA to pine continually for yet another "conversation" about a topic we've never stopped talking about.

Three Big Problems With Barack's Speech - Michael Medved (3/26/2008)
Both of the common reactions to Obama's Philadelphia speech fail to come to terms with its more troubling elements. Barack’s big moment features content that is shamelessly manipulative, blatantly misleading, deliberately deceptive and even dishonest.

Big Corn and Ethanol Hoax - Walter Williams (3/18/2008)
President Bush said, during his 2006 State of the Union address, "America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world." Let's look at some of the "wonders" of ethanol as a replacement for gasoline.

How Liberals Play Race Politics - Pat Buchanan (3/12/2008)
Usually Democrats play the ethnic card against Republicans. Al Gore said Bush revered a Constitution that declared blacks to be three-fifths of a person. This time, the liberals are playing the race card on each other, and showing real proficiency.

Texas v. Ohio - The Wall Street Journal (3/6/2008)
As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton race around Ohio and Texas for tomorrow's primaries, they are telling a tale of economic woe. Yet the real story isn't how similar the two states are economically but how different.

Hate Speech and the Net - Bill O'Reilly (2/27/2008)
A few years ago, people who spewed hatred in public were ostracized. Now they can join clubs on the Net. The lesson here is that it is the "tolerance class" that revels in the vilest ad hominem venom, not their hated conservative opponents.

The Bush Secrecy Myth - Gabriel Schoenfeld (2/25/2008)
Our democracy faces a challenging conundrum. On the one hand, openness is an essential prerequisite of self-government. On the other hand, secrecy is an equally essential prerequisite of self-governance.

Presidents Can't Manage the Economy - John Stossel (2/24/2008)
The presidential candidates have been repeatedly asked how they would "manage the economy." With the exception of Ron Paul, every candidate has accepted the premise that this is something the president of the United States should do.

Checking Out Obama - William Murchison (2/23/2008)
The Obama Express hurtles through the night, flattening skeptics and, with especial relish, Clintonites. But the Express's whoopee-fuel is going to run short once the campaign, not against Hillary, but against a generally united GOP, commences.

Questions for John McCain - George Will (2/21/2008)
"War," wrote Randolph Bourne in 1918, "is the health of the state." War especially enhances presidential power, which probably is one reason Theodore Roosevelt, Bourne's contemporary and one of McCain's heroes, relished war. So, it seems, does Mr. McCain.

The Real Obama - Kent Blackwell (2/19/2008)
Now that Barack Obama steps to the front of the Democratic field, we need to stop talking about his race, and start talking about his policies and his politics -- the most liberal politics in the U.S. Senate.

Stimulating Nonsense - John Stossel (2/18/2008)
The best thing government can do to stimulate the economy is get itself out the way. Economies boom when governments remove impediments to production: high taxes, regulations, subsidies, trade barriers, manipulation of the money supply, etc.

That 'Stimulus' Nonsense - Arthur Laffer (2/17/2008)
Bipartisanship, a notion that stands as anathema to our basic political premise of checks and balances, has resulted in a stimulus package that will do enormous damage to the U.S. economy.

The Clintons' Terror Pardons - Debra Burlingame (2/15/2008)
The 1999 FALN clemencies provide a disturbing example of how the abuse or misuse of presidential prerogative, under the guise of policy, can be put in service of the personal and private activities of a president's spouse. Why risk it again?

Media Swallow Arrogant Kennedys' Presumption - Froma Harrop (2/11/2008)
That was quite a spectacle — the commentariat gushing superlatives over the alleged power of Ted and Caroline to deliver liberals to Barack Obama. The Kennedy brand is in steep decline, but conformist opinion still thinks this endorsement is very big.

Bush, Congress hit bottom in AP poll - AP (2/10/2008)
It's almost as if people can barely stand the thought of President Bush and Congress anymore. Bush reached his lowest approval rating in The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on 2/8 as only 30% said they like the job he is doing. Congress fared even worse.

Bill Clinton: Rogue Co-President In Waiting - Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (2/9/2008)
If Hillary Clinton is elected president, her husband will be her rogue co-president, causing constant chaos, crises and conflicts for her new administration. And that may well be fine by her. But do we really need yet another corrupt, chaotic presidency?

Tapped Out Nation - Pat Buchanan (2/8/2008)
It was to be the year of change, of new ideas, a new politics. Yet, as of today, it appears the GOP will be led into the future by a Beltway favorite of the media and Washington insider who has spent the last quarter of a century on Capitol Hill.

The McCain Calculus - Kimberley A. Strassel (2/7/2008)
John McCain's 96-year-old mother gave the press corps a laugh when she told Republican voters they should just "hold their noses" and vote for her son. Give Mama McCain credit for some straight talk. And more than a grain of horsesense.

After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton - The New York Times (2/3/2008)
Late in 2005, a private plane carrying Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra touched down in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The goal: an exclusive deal for Kazakhstan's uranium deposits. The kicker: Mr. Giustra's travelling companion, ex-prez Bill Clinton.

Dangerous Demagoguery - Thomas Sowell (1/28/2008)
Many people find it thrilling that the mantra of "change" is ringing out across the land during this election year. But let's do what the politicians hope that we will never do — stop and think.

Subprime Bailout - Walter Williams (1/26/2008)
President Bush's plan to deal with the subprime crisis is to freeze interest rates on adjustable rate mortgages. That will be a gross violation of basic contract rights and would appear to be a Fifth Amendment violation as well.

Feel-Good Economics - Bruce Bartlett (1/24/2008)
With typical knee-jerk speed, politicians in general - from the White House on down - have come to the conclusion that the Fed should be on the hook for averting a possible recession. Their answer: hand-outs. Even Keynes would be dismayed.

All Kidding Aside, Obama For President?!?! - Burt Prelutsky (1/18/2008)
Just about the only time you see a Democratic politician going to church is when they’re posing for the cameras while addressing a black Baptist congregation. And don't wait for the MSM to delve into the depth of their beliefs.

Ron Paul: Before He Became Famous - Bill Steigerwald (1/14/2008)
As he heads into the New Hampshire Republican primary after capturing 10 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, Ron Paul is no longer the mystery he was when he began his run for president.

Voter-Fraud Showdown - John Fund (1/13/2008)
No matter how much voter fraud is caused by voter impersonation, Stuart Taylor of the National Journal reports that "polls show voters increasingly distrust the integrity of the electoral process." This is not a good thing in a democracy.

The Tearing of the Conservative Fusion - George Will (1/10/2008)
Like Job after losing his camels and acquiring boils, the conservative movement is in distress. Mike Huckabee shreds the compact that has held the movement's two tendencies in sometimes uneasy equipoise.

Fighting Vote Fraud With Photo ID - Robert Bluey (1/9/2008)
Even as hardy New Englanders trudge to the polls in New Hampshire, something at least as consequential will happening in Washington, D.C., where the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a major case on election law.

Bye Bye, Light Bulb - Brian M. Carney (1/8/2008)
Don't fault the bulb makers for this bit of market interference. If Microsoft could get a law passed requiring users to upgrade Windows, they'd probably go for it, too. Same with Detroit -- "Buy a hybrid, or else!" would probably suit them fine.

Santa Claus Politics - Thomas Sowell (1/6/2008)
Hillary Clinton's Christmas commercial, showing various government programs as presents under a Christmas tree, was a classic example of calculated confusion in politics. it's the old something-for-nothing trick that fools too many ignorant voters.

To ID or Not To ID? - Cal Thomas (1/4/2008)
If the airlines, TSA, credit card and cell phone companies require us to prove who we are, why is requiring identification a problem when it comes to voting? The answer is simple -- just watch who benefits when the unqualified vote.

The Gift of Doing Very Little - George Will (12/29/2007)
Hellbent on driving its approval rating into single digits, Congress adjourned after passing an omnibus spending bill larded with at least 8,993 earmarks costing at least $7.4 billion. It was a triumph of bipartisanship, often a synonym for kleptocracy.

In Politics Values Matter, Not Theology - Dennis Prager (12/18/2007)
The theological beliefs of a public figure should matter only when one is choosing a theological leader, never a political leader -- unless those beliefs form the basis of social and moral values that one abhors.

Political Speech Is Not Free Speech - George Will (12/16/2007)
The six-person Federal Elections Commission (FEC) enforces the rules it writes about how Americans are permitted to participate in politics. You thought the First Amendment said enough about that participation? Silly you.

Two Presidents in the White House? - Sally Bedell Smith (12/14/2007)
We now face the extraordinary possibility of having two presidents in the White House who are married to each other. That prospect is something that never occurred to our nation's founders, and is only now beginning to catch the attention of the public.

Norquist Is Wrong on Fix to Inheritance Politicians - Matt Mayer (12/7/2007)
Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton ... scary thought. Also a concept very foreign to the ideals of Americanism. But, unfortunately, hand-me-down political jobs are all too common. The challenge is to avoid solutions that insult the Constitution.

Ideology Was Bush's Undoing - Pat Buchanan (12/2/2007)
Democratism is a belief that all men are equally endowed with a desire for freedom and an aptitude for democracy. All can be uplifted, and all brought to see that democracy is the one true path to peace in our world. Idealistic and false.

The False Conservative - Robert D. Novak (12/1/2007)
Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans claim that he is a high-tax, protectionist, big-government advocate of a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans. Who is the real Huckabee?

Knowing When To Say "No!" - George Will ()
The health of a political persuasion can be inversely proportional to the amount of time its adherents spend expelling heretics from the one true (and steadily smaller) church. Today's arguments about conservatism are evidence of healthy introspection.

Congress' Wealth of Hypocrisy - George Will (11/28/2007)
Congress is less divided by partisanship than it is united by devotion to the practice of protecting incumbents. Doing this by embracing spending "earmarks" is routinely unseemly. But occasionally, incumbent protection is also unconstitutional.

America Hates Hillary Clinton and Co. - Toby Harnden, The Telegraph (UK) (11/27/2007)
Crossing America reminded us that the most influential voices in the 2008 election are those in flyover country. Once the parties choose their candidates, these are the people - cynical, unimpressed and disillusioned - who still have to be persuaded.

Democrats Party of Rich, Study Finds - The Washington Times (11/25/2007)
Democrats like to define themselves as the party of poor and middle-income Americans, but a new study says they now represent the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional districts. Which may suggest that the sources of wealth may be shifting.

Giuliani, Thompson, McCain Nix No Tax Pledge - (11/23/2007)
Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative taxpayer group, regularly asks politicians to sign a pledge not to raise taxes. Three Republican presidential candidates have not signed the pledge, which one strategist said might hurt them during the primaries.

Who Will Decide How You Vote? - Ken Connor (11/21/2007)
Peer pressure. We've all experienced it. We all know how powerful it can be. Let's face it—most of us don't want to stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately, that's how we frequently wind up being led by crass politicians rather than true leaders.

"Faith," Economics, and Hillary - Austin Hill (11/20/2007)
Think about these words. "Something needs to be taken away from some people." Who is Sen. Clinton talking about? Who in our society should have things taken away from them? And who among us is so righteous, so brilliant that they can make the choices?

Republicans Know What They Want in a Presidential Candidate - Phyllis Schlafly (11/17/2007)
The media have designated the front-runners for Republican and Democratic nominations for the 2008 presidential election and seem to expect American voters to line up behind one of them right now. Well, here are a few things we need to hear first.

The Light Bulb Over Hillary's Head - Terence P. Jeffrey (11/11/2007)
Mrs. Clinton has it in for incandescent light bulbs. She said so at a windmill manufacturing plant in Iowa. Nor is the light bulb you use the only thing she intends to change in your home, and in your life, in her crusade to save Earth from overheating.

Congressional Constitutional Contempt - Walter Williams (11/3/2007)
In each new Congress since 1995, Rep. John Shadegg, R-AZ, has introduced the Enumerated Powers Act. Simply put, if enacted, the Act would require Congress to specify theconstitutional authority for every law and other congressional action. Duh.

Earmarks and Congressional Corruption - Paul Weyrich (10/10/2007)
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) holds one of the most powerful positions in the House -- Chairman of the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. As such, he controls a huge amount of taxpayer dollars and can distribute them to whom he pleases. And donors please him.

Hotline Headaches - Paul Jacob (10/3/2007)
Is the U.S. Senate the world's greatest deliberative body ... or merely a hundred Lily Tomlins waiting for the phone to ring? They pass bills without reading them - some prepared so close to the vote that not even their sponsors know what they say.

Other People's Politics - The Wall Street Journal ()
Two bastions of liberalism are discovering the nasty side of campaign finance reform now that it has landed in their own backyards.

The Poor Man's Constitutional Amendment - Bill Steigerwald (9/20/2007)
For the second consecutive year, the California State Senate has passed a measure (SB 37), solely upon party lines, with Democrats voting yes, requiring California electoral delegates to cast their presidential votes for the national popular vote winner.

Greenspan Is Critical Of Bush in Memoir - The Washington Post (9/18/2007)
The former Fed chairman expresses deep disappointment with Bush. "My biggest frustration remained the president's unwillingness to wield his veto against out-of-control spending. Not exercising the veto power became a hallmark of the Bush presidency."

Presidential Leapfrog - The Wall Street Journal (9/7/2007)
The way things are going, the first votes in the 2008 Presidential election may yet be cast in 2007, more than 10 months before the national elections next November. This is not an improvement.

Reno 911 - Ann Coulter (9/3/2007)
From the phony child abuse cases of the '80s to the military assault on Americans at Waco, Janet Reno presided over the most egregious attacks on Americans' basic liberties since the Salem witch trials.

Bookless Versus Clueless - Debra J. Saunders ()
When a new Associated Press-Ipsos poll found, as reported by the Associated Press, that "liberals read more books than conservatives," the president of the Association of American Publishers promptly shoved her foot in her mouth.

Of Bridges and Taxes - The Wall Street Journal (8/24/2007)
Some things in politics seem to be inevitable - and one of them is that any road or bridge tragedy will be followed by an argument to raise the gasoline tax. That's what is now happening in the wake of the Minnesota bridge collapse. Voters are skeptical.

Table Scraps - Peter Hannaford (8/22/2007)
So far it's only affected California, but that means it soon may be heading your way, for what begins in California often spreads across the land. In this case, it's a new strategy devised by the state Republican Party. Call it the Table Scraps strategy.

Subprime Superpower - Pat Buchanan (8/13/2007)
There was a time when a tragic bridge collapse would have been taken in stride. But today, there has be someone to blame, someone to be held accountable, someone who could have prevented it, someone whose head must go on a pike.

Propaganda Redux - Ion Mihai Pacepa (8/12/2007)
Sowing the seeds of anti-Americanism by discrediting the American president was one of the main tasks of the Soviet-bloc intelligence community during the years I worked at its top levels. This same strategy is at work today. Not only by foreign enemies.

Did I Miss The 'Hip' Part? - Ann Coulter (8/7/2007)
CNN commentators keep telling us how young and hip the audience was the YouTube Democratic debate, apparently unaware that the camera occasionally panned across the audience, the same oddball collection of whiners you see at all Democratic gatherings.

Too Uninformed to Vote? - Jonah Goldberg (8/6/2007)
Can you name all three branches of government? Can you name even one? Do you know who your congressman is? Your senators? Do you even know how many senators each state gets? If you know the answers to these questions you're in the minority. You may vote.

Power And Politicians - William Murchison (8/4/2007)
The presidential campaign is too long because government is too big, and because too many people perforce want to work its levers -- substituting their own dreams (if any) for ours. That's what we ought to notice about the campaign.

The YouTube Debate: Send In The Clowns - Ken Connor (8/1/2007)
George Washington. Abraham Lincoln. Franklin Roosevelt. John F. Kennedy. Ronald Reagan. Who among these men would answer, with a straight face, a question posed by a snowman?

Schumer To Fight New Bush High Court Picks - The Politico (7/30/2007)
New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a powerful member of the Democratic leadership, said Friday the Senate should not confirm another U.S. Supreme Court nominee under President Bush. "We should reverse the presumption of confirmation," he stated.

Shame of the Senate - Robert D. Novak (7/26/2007)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is plotting to strip anti-earmark transparency from the final version of ethics legislation passed by both the Senate and House, with tacit support from Republican senators and the GOP leadership.

Truth in Global Warming - The Wall Street Journal (7/15/2007)
This week's prize for honest liberalism goes to Michigan's John Dingell, who is having fun with his fellow Democrats while also making a useful point about the politics of global warming.

Congress v. Presidency - The Wall Street Journal (7/12/2007)
Bush's willingness to defend executive privilege is as much about protecting the power of future residents of the Oval Office -- Republican or Democrat -- as it is about preserving his own authority. Dems should remember this. Their turn may be next.

Free Speech And The Politicians - William Murchison ()
Free speech -- which means, to entirely too many liberals, "speech I agree with" -- won a modest victory this week in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court said that the First Amendment to the Constitution encourages us to chatter on till kingdom come.

Justices Loosen Limits on Campaign Ads - AP (6/28/2007)
Free speech rights take precedence over government restrictions on political advertising, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that opens the door for greater influence by interest groups in the closing days of an election.

Hillary Clinton Defends Use of Corporate Jet for Family Vacations - Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (6/8/2007)
Is there anyone out there who would say it's good policy for a U.S. senator and presidential candidate to accept apparently tax-free gifts of almost a million dollars from a corporation -- especially a corporation involved in scamming seniors?

Time to Split the Blanket - Pat Buchanan (6/7/2007)
The damage Bush has done to his party is beginning to rival that of Herbert Hoover. If the Clintons were doing this, would conservatives be mute? Time to lock and load.

Too Bad - Peggy Noonan (6/6/2007)
What political conservatives and on-the-ground Republicans must understand at this point is that they are not breaking with the White House on immigration. Rather, the White House is breaking with them. And the White House could care less.

Conservatives, Liberals and Reality - George Will (6/5/2007)
Today, conservatives tend to favor freedom, and consequently are inclined to be somewhat sanguine about inequalities of outcomes. Liberals are more concerned with equality, understood, they insist, primarily as equality of opportunity, not of outcome.

A War of Words - Thomas Sowell (6/3/2007)
It has long been recognized that those on the political left are more articulate than their opponents. The words they choose for the things they are for or against make it easy to decide whether to be for or against those things.

The Conservative Mind - Peter Berkowitz (6/1/2007)
The left prides itself on, and frequently boasts of, its superior appreciation of the complexity and depth of moral and political life. But political debate in America today tells a different story.

Dems Want You to Take a Hike - Pete Du Pont (5/30/2007)
What are the facts? Did the tax rate reductions of the Bush administration spur or diminish economic growth? Grow or diminish federal tax revenues? Were they good or bad economic policy? Let the facts -- not politics -- speak.

Government Gouges Us at the Pump - George Will (5/21/2007)
Democrats, seething at the injustice of gasoline prices, have sprung to the aid of embattled motorists. So resolute are Democrats about defending the downtrodden, they are undeterred by the fact that motorists, also undeterred, are driving more than ever.

Cutting the Grass - John Fund (5/18/2007)
The same groups that backed the McCain-Feingold law, limiting political speech in advance of an election, are behind the latest effort to curb political speech. So-called "reforms" have accomplished nothing but to insult the First Amendment.

A Bustling Hate Crimes Industry - George Will (5/17/2007)
Hate crime laws are indignation gestures. Legislators federalize the criminal law in order to use it as a moral pork barrel to express theatrical empathy. They score points in the sentiment competition by continually expanding coverage.

When Talk Isn't Cheap - John Fund (5/4/2007)
Campaign finance laws are increasingly becoming a tool to suppress political speech, and the courts are finally waking up to the danger. Last week a unanimous Washington state Supreme Court drew a line in the sand over an outrageous legal interpretation.

Court Eyes McCain-Feingold Limits On Ads - AP (4/28/2007)
Supreme Court justices seem skeptical of a key provision of the landmark campaign finance law, and that could lead to a bigger role for corporations, unions and other interest groups in the 2008 presidential elections.

Wolfie's Bank - Pat Buchanan (4/22/2007)
Hailed as architect of the Iraq victory, Paul Wolfowitz, a year later, was being singled out as the bumbler of postwar planning and the man most responsible for what Gen. William Odom was already calling the greatest strategic blunder in U.S. history.

Playing With Fire - Thomas Sowell (4/7/2007)
Accoding to congressman Tom Lantos, a member of the delegation that Nancy Pelosi is leading to Syria, "We have an alternative Democratic foreign policy." Democrats can have any foreign policy they want -- if and when they are elected to the White House.

Giuliani Stands By Support of Publicly-Funded Abortions - CNN (4/6/2007)
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has told CNN he supports public funding for some abortions, a position he advocated as mayor and one that will likely put the GOP presidential candidate at odds with social conservatives in his party.

Campaign Reform? Try Campaign Inflation - Jonah Goldberg ()
Campaign finance reform doesn't keep money out of politics, as the price inflation demonstrates. It merely skews the market, making it harder for rookies and amateurs to get in and easier for the pros and incumbents to game the system.

'A Triumph for Pelosi' - The Wall Street Journal (3/28/2007)
"Today is an historic day," Ms. Pelosi said on the House floor. "The new Congress will vote to end the war in Iraq." But of course the bill does nothing of the sort. That would mean taking responsibility, which they will never, ever do.

The Core Of Conservatism: Distinctions And Consequences - Michael Medved (3/25/2007)
Drawing distinctions between helpful and harmful, right and wrong represents the very essence of conservatism. In approaching every issue, we hope to affirm the only distinctions that matter: based not on status, but on behavior.

The Walter Reed Fiasco - Daniel Henninger (3/23/2007)
The problem with bonfires made in Washington is that the high and wild flames of politics sometimes blind the public to the fire's true cause. So it is with the Walter Reed scandal. And by firing the guy who could fix it, they shot themselves in the foot.

The Hubbell Standard - The Wall Street Journal (3/20/2007)
Congressional Democrats -- notably including Sen. Clinto -- are in full cry over the news this week that the Administration's decision to fire eight U.S. Attorneys originated from -- gasp -- the White House. As it turns out, Hillary is experienced.

The Conservative Case Against Bush - Joseph Bottum (3/19/2007)
fter six years of President Bush--thought by nearly every observer to be the most socially conservative president of recent decades--where does social conservatism stand? Unfortunately more noise than accomplishment.

From Nifong To Murtha - Jeff Emanuel (3/16/2007)
People who wield such power that they have a legal say in others' freedom – let alone in others' lives and deaths – have an immense responsibility to exercise wisdom, judgment, conscience, patience, reason, and moderation in the execution of those dut

Czech Pres: Environmentalism Is A Religion - UPI (3/13/2007)
Speaking at the Cato Institute, President Vaclav Klaus said that environmentalists who clamor for policy change to combat global warming "only pretend" to be promoting environmental protection, and are actually being driven by a political agenda.

Unions vs. Security - The Wall Street Journal (3/12/2007)
It's getting to be a full-time job keeping track of the favors that Democrats in Congress are doing for Big Labor. The latest two episodes are especially notable because they'd benefit unions at the expense of national security.

Tripping Over the Inevitable - George Will (3/10/2007)
Bill Clinton has said, regarding presidential candidates, that Republicans like to fall in line and Democrats like to fall in love. Which explains the Clinton campaign's palpable panic: Democrats have fallen in love, but not with her.

Giuliani the Conservative - City Journal (3/2/2007)
Not since Teddy Roosevelt took on Tammany Hall a century ago has a New York politician closely linked to urban reform looked like presidential timber. But today Rudy Giuliani sits at or near the top of every poll of potential 2008 presidential candidates.

Report: Gore Home Uses 20x the Energy You Use - The Tennessean (3/1/2007)
The star child of the global warming movement spends over $2,200 a month for gas and electricity for his Nashville home -- even though he spends much of his time jetting around the world. Would you call that disingenuous, or just elitist?

Senator Lott Floods the Zone - Kimberley A. Strassel ()
Sen Trent Lott (R-MS) was "infuriated" by the insurance industry's refusal to shell out for certain Katrina claims, most notably his own. The fact that the policies in question specifically exempted water damage mattered not a whit to the politician.

The Mitt Split - Conservatives Disagree on Romney (Special to CSA) - J. Matt Barber (2/14/2007)
Wearing his 2008 presidential aspirations on his sleeve and appearing the ever humble, yet iron-jawed champion of the GOP's conservative, pro-family base, outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is struggling to salvage his conservative credentials.

Ginsburg Laments Solitary Role On Court - AP (2/8/2007)
"We [speaking of Justice O'Connor] divide on a lot of important questions, but we have had the experience of growing up women and we have certain sensitivities that our male colleagues lack." Hmmm. We thought it was about the Constitution, not feelings.

Hope Rides Alone - Sgt. Eddie Jeffers, USA (2/4/2007)
Terrorists cut the heads off of American citizens on the internet ... and there is no outrage, but an American soldier kills an Iraqi in the midst of battle, and there are investigations, and sometimes soldiers are even jailed ... for doing their job.

GOP Right Sees Lemons in White House Race - The Politico (2/1/2007)
Contemplating the current field of Republican presidential candidates, Rush Limbaugh sounded like a man with malaise. "To be honest with you, there's nobody out there that revs me up ..." A familiar tune today, where real leadership seems a fuzzy memory.

One Person, One Vote? - George Will (1/30/2007)
"The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states ..." so states Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Apparently the Democrats in the House haven't bothered to read it.

Black Caucus: Whites Not Allowed - The Politico (1/25/2007)
Freshman Rep. Stephen I. Cohen, D-Tenn., is not joining the Congressional Black Caucus after several current and former members made it clear that a white lawmaker was not welcome. "Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer."

Conservative Movement Needs Leaders - Kenneth Blackwell (1/21/2007)
Twelve years of Republican majorities have witnessed expansive corporate welfare, ineffective industrial subsidization and the increasing federalization of education and health care. Conservatism in America is in need of a serious return to principle.

Senate: Political Critics May Wind Up In Jail - PR Newswire (1/20/2007)
No big surprise to anyone who has kept abreast of the campaign finance "reform" issue: the Senate is now considering a bill to assign criminal penalties to any blogger with an audience of 500 readers who refuses to register with Big Brother. Bend over.

Arguments Left and Right - Jeff Jacoby (1/19/2007)
A more liberal policy agenda isn't all that will be moving into the spotlight in the new 110th Congress. There will be a heightened focus on liberal arguments as well which means we'll be hearing more about good intentions and less about good results.

Pelosi Exempts Hometown Company From Wage Bill - The Washington Times (1/14/2007)
House Republicans yesterday declared "something fishy" about the major tuna company in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district being exempted from the minimum-wage increase that Democrats approved this week. Ethics reform. Horse feathers!

Court Hears Union Fees Lawsuit - AP (1/13/2007)
Supreme Court justices recently indicated they are inclined to uphold a Washington state law restricting unions from using workers' fees for political activities. The case involves teachers and other education employees choosing not to join the union.

Tugging at the Walls - Shawn Macomber (1/10/2007)
Call Edwards' imperialism Inverted Imperialism: Wherever America is, she should not be. Wherever she is not, send her soon. He will boldly go where no Bush has gone before. But wait ... Could this just be politicking (to the nation's disadvantage)? Nah.

Political Speech Makes a Comeback - George Will (1/7/2007)
A three-judge federal court recently tugged a thread that may begin the unraveling of the fabric of murky laws and regulations that traduce the First Amendment by suppressing political speech.

What the Congress Can Do for America - President George W. Bush (1/5/2007)
"Tomorrow, members of the 110th Congress will take their oaths of office ... I will have the privilege of working with them for the next two years--one quarter of my presidency, plenty of time to accomplish important things for the American people."

Are You Certain About That? - Jonah Goldberg (1/4/2007)
Pick up an eggheady book review, an essay in Time magazine, or listen to a thumb-suck session on NPR for very long and you'll soon hear someone explain that real conviction - dogmatism! - is dangerous. Certainty is the realm of the Neanderthal!

McCain-Feingold in the Dock - The Wall Street Journal (1/1/2007)
A recent federal court decision upheld the right of citizens to petition their government--a right taken for granted before the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law codified speech restrictions. The ruling is overly narrow but welcome all the same.

Former President Gerald Ford Dead At 93 - AP (12/29/2006)
Former President Gerald R. Ford, who declared "Our long national nightmare is over" as he replaced Richard Nixon but may have doomed his own chances of election by pardoning his disgraced predecessor, has died. He was 93.

Watch Your Wallet - Pete Du Pont (12/23/2006)
In the November election disgusted Republican voters allowed - even helped - both houses of the Congress to be taken over by the Democratic Party. So will the Democratic Congress be any better than the Republican Congress was? Unlikely. Here's why.

The Most Ethical Congress in History: A Non-Partisan Issue - Kevin Connor (12/21/2006)
At some point during their careers, every elected official must decide whether their principles will shape their politics, or their politics will shape their principles. Unfortunately, in modern America political courage seems to be in short supply.

Conservatives Fear Tax-Increase Deal - The Washington Times (12/21/2006)
The Bush administration has sent signals since last month's elections that the president is prepared to accept some tax increases on upper-income families, worrying conservatives who say he will compromise with Democrats to win a legacy accomplishment.

Pelosi Targets Grassroots Freedom of Speech - Human Events (12/17/2006)
House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) has pledged to take up a lobbying reform proposal that would impose new regulations on speech by grassroots organizations, while providing a loophole in the rules for large corporations and labor unions.

Pelosi's Promise - John Fund (12/16/2006)
In the run up to the Democratic takeover of Congress, Rep. Nancy Pelosi crisscrossed the country promising to make passing ethics reform her first order of business as speaker. But she's already been confronted by some sticky situations.

Incoming House Intelligence Chief Botches Easy Intel Quiz - CNN (12/14/2006)
Over two trillion dollars. That's what the government rakes in from all of us each year. With all that loot at its beck and call, don't we have the right to assume that only the very best minds will be harnessed to every issue? Apparently not.

State of the Unions - Stephan Moore (12/13/2006)
Teachers unions are supposed to promote the financial interests of, well, teachers -- but not in Washington state. Here, the state teachers union is blistering teachers who don't want their dues going to causes they abhor.

The Right Coalition - Newt Gingrich (11/21/2006)
Which kind of bipartisanship will Bush choose? Will there be a Reagan approach to bipartisanship which appeals to the conservative majority of the House? Or will there be an establishment bipartisanship which cuts deals with liberal leadership?

Speaker Pelosi Tempts Disaster - The New York Times (11/19/2006)
Mr. Murtha would have been a farcical presence in a leadership promising the cleanest Congress in history. Ms. Pelosi should have been first to realize this, having made such a fiery campaign sword of her vows to end Capitol corruption.

Liberal Groups Expect Postelection Results - The Los Angeles Times (11/14/2006)
After toppling the long-dominant Republicans in a hard-fought election, the Democratic Party's incoming congressional leaders have immediately found themselves in another difficult struggle with their own supporters.

Mums the Word on Radical Democrat Social Agenda - Brian Fitzpatrick (11/8/2006)
Is Congress really planning to force employers to provide special civil rights protections to transsexuals? That's what Democrats Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi have in mind, though you wouldn't know it from the media coverage.

The Press at War - James Q. Wilson (11/8/2006)
We are told by careful pollsters that half of the American people believe that American troops should be brought home from Iraq immediately. This news discourages supporters of our efforts there. Not me, though: I am relieved.

A Vote for Gridlock - Bruce Bartlett (11/3/2006)
It is critical to remember that the Founding Fathers explicitly rejected a parliamentary form of government, where the prime minister is guaranteed a parliamentary majority. Such a system is devoid of the checks and balances intended by the Framers.

Is There Progress Through Loss? - Peggy Noonan (10/30/2006)
It's clear now to everyone in the Republican Party that Mr. Bush has changed the modern governing definition of "conservative." He did this without asking. He did it even without explaining. On election day, there will likely be a reckoning.

Bleak House - Pete Du Pont (10/27/2006)
On Nov. 7, American voters will likely send the Congress a strong disapproval message by voting out the current GOP majority. In politics as in other jobs, there is a price to pay for poor performance. The rest of the price will be the Democratic agenda.

Prosperity Amid the Gloom - George Will (10/23/2006)
A derangement associated with affluence, "economic hypochondria" is a byproduct of the welfare state: An entitlement mentality gives Americans a low pain threshold and a sense of being entitled to economic dynamism without the associated turmoil.

Squelching Simple-Minded Majoritarianism - George Will (10/16/2006)
California's governor has demonstrated virtue, understood as the good we do when no one is watching. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that, had it become law, would have imparted dangerous momentum to a recurring simple-mindedness. Go Ahnold!

Reid Got $1M in Undisclosed Land Sale - AP (10/13/2006)
As proof that corruption haunts both sides of the aisle -- despite the mainstream media's careful focus -- Senate minority leader Harry Reid has pocketed $1M on the sale of land he did not even own, but had secretly transferred to a straw-man company.

Foleygate - Mona Charen (10/11/2006)
If you cannot trust members of the United States Congress with your teenage children, then you cannot trust them with your money either. You certainly can't trust them to be truthful and, in most cases, to accept responsibility for their poor choices.

Congressional Sex Scandals in History - The Washington Post (10/2/2006)
This flashback article was written about the time President Clinton was, er, getting caught with his hand in the, er, till. Add another handful for the intervening decade, and it proves that all the "scoring" in Congress leaves the American people limp.

High Court To Hear Case About Union Dues - AP ()
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether public employee unions must get special permission to spend some workers' dues on political causes, a case testing limits on labor activism just before the 2008 presidential campaign.

'America Has At Least Four Serious Deficits' - Linda P. Campbell, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (9/26/2006)
David Walker wants you to be afraid -- very afraid. But it's not for the reasons you might think. At a time when the White House keeps warning about dreaded foreign terrorists, Walker urges Americans to shudder at our fiscally perilous bottom line.

Church Says It Will Fight the IRS Over Sermon - AP (9/24/2006)
A liberal church that has been threatened with the loss of its tax-exempt status over an anti-war sermon delivered just days before the 2004 presidential election has said it will fight an IRS order to turn over documents on the matter.

Activist Fraud and Fundraising - Paul Driessen (9/11/2006)
Crazy. If you lie on a cigarette pack, you pay billions, and even go to jail. If you're a lying lefty activist raking in funds by inventing scary "facts", you seem to get a pass. Last we heard, there were laws against fraud. Let's try enforcing them.

Permission to Speak Freely - Jacob Sullum (9/10/2006)
As of Friday, when the 60-day blackout period for "electioneering communications" by nonprofit interest groups begins, political speech will enjoy less protection than dirty movies. If you have an opinion on a pol or an issue — well, just shut up!

ABC Terrorism Drama Stirs Controversy - AP (9/9/2006)
"The Path to 9/11" will break your heart. It will leave you unnerved, even more than before. And angrier than ever." That, and a promise that the film is apolitical, sounds pretty good. But given the fire from the left, will it yield to prior restraint?

By Any Means Necessary - Terrence Pell (9/4/2006)
A decision last Tuesday by another federal judge in Detroit could set the stage for a sweeping expansion of the Voting Rights Act, which would turn the fed courts into a national campaign police. It seems it's raining politicized decisions in Detroit.

Judgement Day Coming -- For The Neocons - Pat Buchanan (8/21/2006)
Unless we grade foreign policy on the nobility of the intent, which is how the liberals used to defend disasters like Yalta, it is not credible to call Bush's foreign policy a success. Its failure is that of the neocons.

Joe Lieberman the Independent - Michael C. Dorf, Columbia University (8/17/2006)
Liberman's run as an independent will draw votes from Mr. Lamont, the annointed Democratic candidate. What's bad for the Democratic Party, however, could be good for the voters of Connecticut and democracy more generally.

Pushing the Limits - John Fund (8/16/2006)
If elected officials were half as imaginative at solving real problems as they are at perpetuating themselves in office, we'd see real confidence in government restored. Unfortunately, their main task now is on getting rid of voter-mandated term limits.

Gore Isn't Quite As Green As He's Led the World To Believe - USA Today (8/13/2006)
Al Gore has spoken: The world must embrace a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." To do otherwise, he says, will result in a cataclysmic catastrophe. Unfortunately, Al's lifestyle doesn't support his outlook by a long shot.

Win For the Wackadoo Wing - Michael Goodwin (8/11/2006)
So now that the wackadoo wing of the Democratic Party has a bloody scalp, what are they going to do with it? Wave it at Islamic terrorists in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Great Britain, Spain, Israel and New York and declare peace? Yeah, right.

Half of U.S. Still Believes Iraq Had WMD - AP (8/8/2006)
"Did Saddam Hussein's government have weapons of mass destruction in 2003? Half of America apparently still thinks so, a new poll finds, and experts see a raft of reasons why." And this "news" article will give you the liberally varnished facts.

After Compassionate Conservatism - Andrew E. Busch (8/4/2006)
Why are Republicans feeling so sour in 2006? Having now held power in Congress for over a decade, there is a sense that the corruption-fighting revolutionaries of 1994 have now become what they once opposed. Can you say "bridge to nowhere"?

The Complexity Crisis - Peggy Noonan (7/17/2006)
Politicians are mortals, whether or not they believe it. Their knowledge is, at best, ordinary-plus. But they make policy, and that power inflates egos beyond reality. The answer: reduce the scope of expectations placed upon this government of mortals.

Senate Denies Funds for New Border Fence - The Washington Times (7/16/2006)
Less than two months after voting overwhelmingly to build 370 miles of new fencing along the border with Mexico, the Senate voted July 13th against providing funds to build it. If American business behaved like this, we'd all be learning Chinese.

We Need a New Independence - Herman Cain (7/5/2006)
When our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, they envisioned a governing body comprised of citizen legislators who served at the consent of the public. Today, too many of our elected officials have become independent kings.

Campaign Finance Reform: Is It Worse Than The Problem? - George Will (7/2/2006)
Campaign finance reform is what it pretends to combat: corruption. The Supreme Court should have said something like that when it struck down, as unconstitutional abridgments of free speech, Vermont's severe limits on campaign contributions and spending.

DeLay's Revenge - The Wall Street Journal (7/1/2006)
Lacking a better constitutional alternative, the Supreme Court has left gerrymanders to the politicians. For those of us who want fewer partisan gerrymanders, and thus more competitive elections, the battle now moves to the states themselves.

Free Speech Victory - The Wall Street Journal (6/29/2006)
The shocking news in the Supreme Court ruling on Vermont's campaign-finance law June 26th is that three Justices essentially voted to repeal the First Amendment. The good news: the decision offers hope for rolling back the assault on political speech.

Global Warming Fever - Debra J. Saunders (6/20/2006)
In a way its a shame for the planet. Serious things may or may not be happening to our climate, but we'll never know for sure. Not as long as extremists like Al Gore are leading the parade, squelching all disagreement with his revealed wisdom.

Congress vs. Justice - Paul Greenberg (6/17/2006)
The founding fathers were great statesmen, not flawless prophets. Their hindsight was reliable enough, going all the way back to Athenian democracy, but their ability to anticipate the future wasn't perfect.

Scientists Respond to Gore's Warnings of Climate Catastrophe - Canada Free Press (6/16/2006)
"Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as they see it," Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film "An Inconvenient Truth". Well, here are some truths from the very scientists most associated with climate change.

"I'm Going to Earmark the S**t Out of It" - The Sun Gazette (6/14/2006)
If Democrats win back control of the U.S. House in November, Rep. Jim Moran said he would use his position in the majority to help funnel more funds to his Northern Virginia district. In other words: Don't expect the crooks to reform anytime soon.

The End of the World -- According to Gore - George Will (6/13/2006)
Global warming may well be as real as liberals claim -- the Earth has always been either warming or cooling. But when it comes to whodunnit, and whom we should trust to lead us through it, Al Gore's aims are way too transparent and often hypocritical.

Congress Finds Its Backbone - In The Freezer - Jonah Goldberg (6/7/2006)
I may be the only person in Washington who finds the constitutional Götterdämmerung over the FBI's raid of a congressman's office ... well, endearing. Quaint even. No fans of political parties, the Founders would enjoy this kerfluffle.

The iPod People - Bill O'Reilly (6/6/2006)
In a world as complicated as ours, there's no way we can really understand what's happening unless we're willing to make an investment of time. But many of us simply will not do that. Instead of ruminating on world events, we play computer games.

Third Time - Peggy Noonan (6/4/2006)
Right now the Republicans and Democrats in Washington seem, from the outside, to be an elite colluding against the voter. Are there some dramatic differences? Yes. But both parties act as if they see them not as important questions, but as wedge issues.

High Court Trims Whistleblower Rights - AP (6/4/2006)
The Supreme Court has scaled back protections for government workers who blow the whistle on official misconduct, a 5-4 decision in which new Justice Samuel Alito cast the deciding vote. Critics predicted the impact would be sweeping.

The State At War With The Nation - Pat Buchanan (6/3/2006)
In its decision whether to accept or reject the Senate amnesty-guestworker plan, the Republican House -- which rejected that course last December -- will define itself and the GOP. Will it be the People's house, or a political rubber stamp?

Raiding Congress - The Wall Street Journal (6/1/2006)
With the separation of powers, the Founders created a system with inevitable tension between Congress and the executive. Congress has been the biggest offender in stealing power from the executive in the modern era, but Justice may be catching up.

Cold Cash - William F. Buckley, Jr. (5/30/2006)
The Constitution holds that lawmakers are "privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same." Did the Framers mean that corruption should go unchecked and unpunished?

Congress Crying Wolf on Separation of Powers Flap - David Limbaugh (5/28/2006)
You'd have to be brain-dead to believe that Congress can and will police its own, or that Congressman Jefferson's pay-for-play was an aberration. With the right oversight in place, FBI investigations into political corruption should be welcomed.

Harry Reid and the End of Liberal Thought - Dennis Prager (5/25/2006)
With more and more Americans graduating college and therefore taught the liberal list of one-word reactions to opponents' positions instead of critical thinking, many liberals do not see any pressing need to think through issues anymore.

"Let Us Argue" - Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (5/24/2006)
Mr. McCain delivered this commencement address at the New School in New York May 19th. After his invitation had been extended, students at the school rose up in protest over his political positions, disproving all notions of "academic freedom."

Don't Let 'Moderate' Hillary Fool You - Kathleen Willey, Candice E. Jackson, and Juanita Broaddrick (5/14/2006)
A self-proclaimed defender of women's rights, Hillary Clinton's true demeanor was better expressed by her response to Bill's female accusers: "These women are all trash. Nobodys going to believe them." Don't listen to the remake; read the original.

Baseless Confidence - Peggy Noonan (5/13/2006)
What's behind the president's, and the Congressional Republicans', poll drop? All the bad news that's been noted, from Iraq and Katrina to high spending and immigration. What's behind the bad decisions made in those areas? Detachment from the ground.

Color-Coded Cronyism at DHS - Michelle Malkin (5/12/2006)
Who needs the government to tell us the status of homeland security? If you're not seeing five-alarm red over the perpetual chaos at DHS, you need to call the eye doctor. Our most important contemporary focus is rife with the usual corruption.

The Rules According to Kennedy - Jeff Jacoby (5/10/2006)
Ted Kennedy says "I strongly support renewable energy, including wind energy, as a means of reducing our dependence on foreign oil and protecting the environment." Unless, of course, it interferes with the elite kharma of Hyannis Port.

Ginsburg: Congress' Watchdog Plan 'Scary' - AP (5/9/2006)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday that a Republican proposal in Congress to set up a watchdog over the federal courts is a "really scary idea." Though Congress isn't a good moral enforcer, the courts do need ethics oversight.

Free Speech on Life Support - George Will (4/18/2006)
If in November Republicans lose control of the House of Representatives, April 5 should be remembered as the day they demonstrated that they earned defeat. Disgracing both the Constitution and conservatism, they used their power to cling to power.

Congressman Loses Appeal in Phone Taping - AP (3/30/2006)
A federal appeals court has ruled that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters nearly a decade ago. The court correctly found that involving the press did not make the recording legal.

Principle or Partisanship? - Horace Cooper (3/27/2006)
Senate Democrats should not join Russ Feingolds efforts to censure President Bush. He is charting a path that is ahistorical and extra-constitutional -- and could, if successful, get fellow Dems hoisted on their own petards. Such a shame.

Our Country, Right or Wrong - W. Thomas Smith, Jr. (3/24/2006)
Naval hero Stephen Decatur is best known for his 1816 toast to the nation: "Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country right or wrong." Too bad we can't convince some of today's citizens.

When Taxation Is Obviously Theft - Paul Jacob (3/21/2006)
It is not exactly unheard of for governments to levy and collect taxes for one purpose, and then use the funds for another. It's a despicable abuse of power, but many citizens are used to it. But how about when a business does it?

Barry Bonds, Meet Andrew Fastow - Daniel Henninger (3/19/2006)
There was a time when an internal yellow flag would slow down most people heading into an ethical hairpin curve. Now lots of people seem to roar through the yellow flags, and mass media being what it is, we all get to watch the moral meltdown.

Spendthrift Republicans - Robert D. Novak (3/15/2006)
The wheels came off the Republican cart on Capitol Hill last week with abandonment of any pretense of loyalty to George W. Bush. But while upbraiding the president, Republican members of Congress were adrift on a sea of unrestrained government spending.

Bullying the Pulpits - Brendan Miniter (3/12/2006)
Telling pastors what topics they may and may not address from the pulpit would seem to be a violation of the First Amendment, but IRS lawyers say that the churches implicitly accept such limitations in exchange for being tax exempt. Thirty shekels.

Repubs Introduce "Contract With America - Renewed" - Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) (3/12/2006)
Back in 1994, out-of-power Republicans, led by congressman Newt Gingrich, produced the much-ballyhooed conservative "Contract With America". It got them elected, but did not produce the results promised by the Contract. Will it now, or is it more smoke?

High Court Tackles Political Boundry Case - AP (3/4/2006)
A key justice questioned the effects on Hispanics of redrawing Texas congressional districts, but the full Supreme Court showed little inclination to throw out the entire map promoted by former House Majority Leader Tom Delay.

Spoiled Brat Media - Thomas Sowell (2/18/2006)
There is nothing in the Constitution or the laws that says that the media have a right to be in the White House at all, much less to have press conferences. Get over it.

Louisiana Repurchase - The Wall Street Journal (2/17/2006)
San Francisco recovered from its 1906 earthquake in three to five years largely without federal investment. Ditto Chicago after its Great Fire. So how is it that New Orleans can't even get started without federal billions, most of it without oversight?

Senator Coburn Stands His Ground - George Will (2/16/2006)
Throughout American political history, there have been those rare politicians that thought and acted like Tom Coburn. They resisted raids on the public purse despite accusals of "miserliness", and didn't mind being shunned by the machine politicos.

Voting Early--and Often - John Fund (2/15/2006)
It should be difficult to pick the worst state legislature in America, but Maryland's is way out in front. Recently enacted election laws would so weaken safeguards against voter fraud as to make Maryland the poster boy of electoral irresponsibility.

Don Young's Way - John Fund (2/9/2006)
Sen. Ted Stevens' "bridge to nowhere" was only the tip of a crooked Alaskan iceberg. Follow the money -- and the relatives -- to find a prime example of old fashioned political corruption. Let's sic the FBI on these bums before they break the bank.

Elitist Congress Out of Touch with Working Taxpayers (Special to CSA) - Gordon Bishop, On the Issues (2/8/2006)
Instead of Social Security, our elected public officials voted in their own benefit plan years ago. Why be like the rest of American society when they can live like millionaires on their inflated pensions and benefits, complements of Americas taxpayers.

Speaking in Tongues - Tunku Varadarajan (2/5/2006)
The left's great failing is that it envisions America as a collection of alienated subgroups who would, if only they could kvetch in perfect harmony about their problems with this country, achieve justice and world peace. This urge is a kind of tyranny.

Thud! - Tony Snow (2/5/2006)
Americans want boldness. They want someone who will take a machete to the budget and challenge the old ways with passion. For now, however, they'll have to settle for dreams of filling their gas tanks with rotted corn stalks.

Selective Outrage on Free Speech - Debra J. Saunders (2/4/2006)
Don't believe the self-righteous free-speech hysterics from the left over Cindy Sheehan's ouster from the House gallery. Her buddy Hugo Chavez just signed a law jailing anyone who disagrees with him. Compared to that, Cindy got a free pass.

Republican Skirts of Fire - Mona Charen (1/29/2006)
Republicans should not sleep well at night. The party has achieved comfortable majority status just when it seems to have lost its animating vision. And when parties exist merely to maintain themselves in power, corruption soon follows.

The Roberts-Alito Court - The Wall Street Journal (1/28/2006)
The Roberts-Alito Court represents a notable and satisfying rebuke for the legal left and its "borking" strategy. They have long thought of the courts as their personal legislature, and they have shown they will do and say anything to keep control of it.

Shut Up, They Explained - Brian C. Anderson (1/27/2006)
The rise of alternative media--political talk radio in the 1980s, cable news in the '90s, and the blogosphere in the new millennium--has broken the liberal monopoly over news and opinion outlets. And the Left is determined to get even.

How to Cure Pork - John Fund (1/26/2006)
In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, It seems everyone has discovered the excesses of pork-barrel spending. Voters may now be disgusted enough to make the political costs to a member seeking pork greater than the benefits. Let us hope.

Political Corruption - Thomas Sowell (1/26/2006)
The Jack Abramoff scandal has put political corruption front and center in Washington but this particular scandal, or even this particular kind of scandal, barely scratches the surface of corruption in government.

The Republican Contract With America, 1994 - Investor's Business Daily (1/26/2006)
This is what the American voting public was promised in 1994 by the then-out-of-power GOP. That November we gave them their shot, putting them in the congressional majority for the first time in 30 years. They deserve to be regularly tested on results.

Party of Limited Government - Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO) (1/21/2006)
"We must also reform the earmark and federal grant-making processes." No, we must eliminate the earmarking process, and bring such requests back to the House floor for debate, where they belong. Mr. Blunt is not the man to carve out corruption.

The Spirit of 1994 - Congressman John Shadegg (R-AZ) (1/20/2006)
When Mr. Shadegg and the Republican majority arrived in town in 1994, they promised two things: Smaller government, and cleaner government. Since then, the real cost of government has soared 33%, and you know the rest.

Attacking Lobbyists Wrong Battle - Walter Williams (1/20/2006)
Why do corporations, unions and other interest groups fork over millions of dollars to the campaign coffers of politicians? Is it because these groups are extraordinarily civic-minded Americans? No. It's because Congress sells special favors.

UCLA Alumni Want Scoop on 'Radical' Profs - AP (1/20/2006)
An alumni group is offering students up to $100 per class to supply tapes and notes exposing professors who allegedly express extreme left-wing political views at UCLA. Heavy-handed? Yes. Good cause? Equally yes. Hopefully they have deep pockets.

Ohio Churches Face Probe Over Politics - AP (1/19/2006)
A group of religious leaders have accused two evangelical churches of improperly promoting an Ohio candidate for governor and want the IRS to investigate. This is the law, and it is sensible. But let's enforce it with left-leaning black churches too.

Keep Politics Kosher - Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) (1/19/2006)
"The Republican agenda is at risk because of a growing perception that Congress is for sale." On this point, congressman Boehner is on-target. But his history of fund-raising-by-any-means does not make him the effective reformer of choice.

Curing Congress - George Will (1/17/2006)
There are some reforms that, although they will not guarantee virtue, will complicate vice, which is as much progress as is possible in this naughty world. Will the same GOP that came to power to reform, actually reform?

N.J. Casinos Get Pass on New Smoking Ban - AP (1/17/2006)
"Two years ago, I couldn't get this bill considered in either house," said state Sen. John H. Adler. "I thought that that was as much as we could get, and the governor concluded the same thing." Who are they kidding -- they all checked their donor lists.

The Battle for Leader - George Will (1/12/2006)
People serious about reducing the role of money in politics should be serious about reducing the role of politics in distributing money. Corruption does not occur because campaign funds are offered, but because unethical services are returned for it.

Marks for Sharks - John Fund (1/11/2006)
Many Republicans have forgotten that as government grows, its increased power to grant favors or inflict pain attracts more people who would abuse the system. Now the Abramoff scandal may sink GOP Members if they don't get serious about spending reforms.

Schumer Warns of Filibuster of Alito - The Washington Times (1/11/2006)
Democrats said that they may block the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., depending on the answers -- notably on the Roe decision -- the nominee gives at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, which begin January 9th.

Cleaning House - The Wall Street Journal (1/8/2006)
What's notable so far about this scandal is the wretchedness of the excess on display, as well as the fact that it involves self-styled "conservatives," who claimed to want to clean up Washington instead of cleaning up themselves.

The Clay Feet of Liberal Saints - Jonah Goldberg (1/8/2006)
George Clooney recently declared "Yes, I'm a liberal, and I'm sick of it being a bad word. I don't know at what time in history liberals have stood on the wrong side of social issues." Unfortunately his history is typically distorted.

Let's Organize To End War Disunity - Tony Blankley (1/6/2006)
As we enter another year of extreme international danger, the one threat that solely is within America's power to reduce or eliminate is our lack of national unity. That calls for leadership. Any takers?

Teachers' Pets - The Wall Street Journal (1/5/2006)
When George Soros does this sort of thing, at least he's spending his own money. The NEA is spending the mandatory dues paid by members who are told their money will be used to gain better wages, benefits and working conditions. It largely isn't.

Cheap Politicians - Thomas Sowell (12/29/2005)
Every member of Congress should be paid at least that much. It's not because those turkeys in Washington deserve it. It's because we deserve a lot better people than we have in Congress.

Worst Coverage of the Year - Mona Charen (12/25/2005)
Reviewing the falsehoods, myths and misrepresentations spun by the press, politicians and pundits following Hurricane Katrina, one is reminded of Nora Ephron's bon mot: "No matter how cynical I get, I can't seem to keep up."

Our Fake Drilling Debate - George Will (12/22/2005)
For some people, environmentalism is collectivism in drag. Such people use environmental causes and rhetoric not to change the political climate for the purpose of environmental improvement. Rather, for them, changing the society's politics is the end.

Court to Review Texas Redistricting - AP (12/21/2005)
The Supreme Court waded into the thicket of Texas politics Monday, agreeing to review controversial redistricting that produced ballot box gains for Republicans but an ethics rebuke and criminal charges for GOP Rep. Tom DeLay.

No Such Thing As "Temporary Workers" - Michael S. Teitelbaum and Philip L. Martin (12/14/2005)
Forget it, Mr. Bush. Decades of experience with such temporary worker programs in high-wage liberal democracies worldwide show that neither the programs nor the migrants turned out to be genuinely "temporary."

Losing the Battleships - Robert D. Novak (12/9/2005)
While our troops fight valiantly overseas, their legs may again be cut from under them by crass politicians looking out for their own financial futures. In the process, history's most proven and effective fire support platform may disappear.

Recovering From Falling Numbers - Cal Thomas (11/19/2005)
One of the reasons I prefer to be known as a conservative and not a Republican is that Republicans too often compromise their ideals, hoping the Left will like them. It never works. The Left despises them anyway, and they've sold out for nothing.

Report: Ex-Broadcasting Chairman Broke Law - The Washington Post (11/18/2005)
The former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting broke federal law by interfering with PBS programming and appearing to use political tests in recruiting the corporation's new president, investigators say. Has anyone listened to NPR lately?

Homeland Security: Red Alert - Michelle Malkin (11/18/2005)
Do not be fooled by DHS chief Chertoff's tough-sounding rhetoric. While our top muckety-mucks pay lip service to reforming the nation's broken detention and deportation system, catch-and-release of immigration lawbreakers remains the order of the day.

Liberal Church May Lose Funds Over Sermon - AP (11/10/2005)
The Internal Revenue Service has warned a prominent liberal church that it could lose it's tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon a guest preacher gave on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, according to church officials.

Mixed-Up History - Diana West (11/9/2005)
"We in America know the benevolence that is at the heart of Islam," says secretary of state Condoleeza Rice. Perhaps she's reading a different history book -- or newspaper -- than the rest of us.

The Toxicity of Environmentalism - George Reisman (11/3/2005)
The idea of nature's intrinsic value inexorably implies a desire to destroy man and his works because it implies a perception of man as the systematic destroyer of the good, and thus as the systematic doer of evil.

A Separate Peace - Peggy Noonan (10/29/2005)
our pollsters are preoccupied with "right track" and "wrong track" but missing the number of people who think the answer to "How are things going in America?" is "Off the tracks and hurtling forward, toward an unknown destination."

The Inequality Taboo - Charles Murray (10/18/2005)
The president of Harvard offered a few mild, speculative, off-the-record remarks about innate differences between men and women in their aptitude for high-level science and mathematics, and was treated by Harvard's faculty as if he were a crank.

When Drunk Driving Deterrence Becomes Neo-Prohibition - Radley Balko (10/17/2005)
Like so many influence groups that have had a big impact on their original targets but grown too comfortable around the beltway, MADD has begun to move in a different direction in order to continue enjoying both power and taxpayer subsidies.

Miers' Qualifications Are 'Non-Existent' - Pat Buchanan (10/7/2005)
Handed a once-in-a-generation opportunity to return the Supreme Court to constitutionalism, George W. Bush passed over a dozen of the finest jurists of his day -- to name his personal lawyer.

Election Reform Gets Heavyweight Support From Both Parties - Phyllis Schlafly (10/6/2005)
Former President Jimmy Carter has finally done something really constructive. He is taking the lead, along with former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III, to clean up the massive U.S. election frauds.

A Swamp of Corruption - The Wall Street Journal (9/28/2005)
Louisiana ranks third in the nation in the number of elected officials per capita convicted of crimes. Much of the region has long had a relaxed attitude towards corruption, and New Orleans especially would be well-served by a clean sweep.

Republicrats Are Taking Care of Each Other in Able Danger - Mark Tapscott (9/27/2005)
Watching the Pentagon under Bush refusing to let witnesses testify about Clinton-era Able Danger, its clear the Washington Establishment takes care of its own no matter which party happens to be in power. Call them Republicrats.

The GOP's New New Deal - Stephen Moore (9/21/2005)
There's an old adage that no one in Washington can tell the difference between $1 million and $1 billion. Seldom has that Beltway learning disability been more vividly demonstrated than in the weeks since Katrina.

Amid Katrina Chaos, Congressman Used National Guard to Visit Home - ABC News (9/16/2005)
Amid the chaos and confusion that engulfed New Orleans after Katrina struck, a congressman used National Guard troops to check on his property and rescue his personal belongings even while New Orleans residents were trying to get rescued from rooftops.

Blame Amid the Tragedy - Bob Williams (9/9/2005)
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the question on many lips is, Who is to blame for the inadequate response? Many in the media are turning their eyes toward the federal government, rather than considering the culpability of city and state officials.

Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies of Cancer - AP (9/6/2005)
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who oversaw the high court's conservative shift and presided over the impeachment trial of President Clinton, died Saturday evening. He was 80 years old and had spent 33 years on the Supreme Court.

Voodoo Meteorology - Jonah Goldberg (9/4/2005)
Those who study theodicy spend a lot of time on the Book of Job, which tackles God's willingness to allow bad things to happen to people who don't have it coming. Despite his hardships, Job never abandons God because to do so would be to abandon hope.

PR Machine Behind Cindy Sheehan? - KGO-TV, San Francisco (8/29/2005)
The camp at Crawford is full of Cindy Sheehan supporters, people from all walks of life, but off to the side are a small group of professionals skilled in politics and public relations who are marketing Cindy Sheehan's message. "Soft money", anyone?

Evolving Tactics - Brendan Miniter (8/25/2005)
Quick, someone call Howard Dean. It appears the right has stolen the left's playbook and is now using tactics liberals have used for decades.

Exploiting Cindy Sheehans Emotional Crackup - Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D. (8/23/2005)
It is embarrassing and inhumane for the media to expose this poor womens unbalanced behavior. Somebody needs to step in to provide her with a quiet place to rest and, one would hope, regain her rationality and emotional balance. If possible.

A Race-Baiter Falls from Grace - Michael Fumento (8/21/2005)
Will inner-city blacks ever throw off the yoke of self-victimization imposed by "leaders" like Al Sharpton? Perhaps, judging by the brief fame of race-baiting HISPANIC demagogue Nativo Lopez, who went muy pronto from media darling to pathetic buffoon.

The Last Laff? - Brendan Miniter (8/18/2005)
It was bound to happen eventually, but Republicans may now be concluding that there is no longer any political benefit to pushing for deep tax cuts. It seems the principle of allowing perople to keep their earnings isn't part of the thought process.

Senator Frist's Grave Mistake - Cal Thomas (8/7/2005)
If Congress passes a bill allowing federal funding for stem cell research and President Bush's threatened veto is overridden, the world envisioned by Aldous Huxley in his novel "Brave New World" will be ever closer.

Competing Trade Unions - Alan Reynolds (8/6/2005)
Breaking the AFL-CIO's stranglehold on union politics and services will be beneficial for the same reason competition is beneficial in economics and politics. Those trying to sell union services to workers may actually offer more and better services.

Politics Is Breaking Up That Old Gang of Whine (Special to CSA) - by Mike Bates ()
Union riveter Chester A. Riley would know what to say: "What a revoltin development this is!" The AFL-CIO received a long-overdue wake-up call this week. When the dust settles, the labor federation stands to lose a third of its membership.

Time to Dispose of Radical Feminist Pork - Phyllis Schlafly (7/21/2005)
If Republicans are looking for a way to return to their principles of limited government and reduced federal spending, a good place to start would be rejection of the coming reauthorization of the blatantly feminist Violence Against Women Act.

Shifting and Shifty Standards for Court Appointments (Special to CSA) - by Mike Bates (7/11/2005)
The word of the week is consultation. As in, its essential for President Bush to engage in consultation with Democrats before nominating anyone to the Supreme Court. However, "consultation" does not accurately describe the Dems' last stab at the Court.

World Travelers - Debra J. Saunders (7/9/2005)
A funny thing happened on Nancy Pelosi's way to hers ethics coup: She ran afoul of the same rules she hurls at Tom DeLay. This is what leads Americans to hate Washington. Some pols have so little shame, they're happy to give ethics a bad name.

Senators Clash on Questioning a Court Nominee - The New York Times (7/6/2005)
With a White House nomination of a new Supreme Court justice at least a week away, members of the Senate began sharpening their differences July 3rd as lawmakers battled over the proper line of questioning at confirmation hearings.

The American Story - John Fund (6/29/2005)
A few years ago, the National Constitution Center surveyed teenagers and found that while only about four in 10 could name the three branches of the federal government fully six in 10 could name all Three Stooges. And it's not an isolated revelation.

Poll: Religious Devotion High in U.S. - AP (6/8/2005)
Religious devotion sets the United States apart from some of its closest allies. Americans profess unquestioning belief in God and are far more willing to mix faith and politics than people in other countries, AP-Ipsos polling found.

Deep Throat's Legacy - The Wall Street Journal (6/4/2005)
The reporters' task is to report what they can find out, and it's notable that in their Watergate coverage Woodward and Bernstein played the role of old-fashioned diggers, not modern cable-TV partisans. Clinton's foibles were covered by the latter.

'Vigilantes' on the Border? - Thomas Sowell (5/5/2005)
Social Security used to be called the third rail of politics but illegal immigration is the real third rail that both political parties are afraid to touch. Neither party wants to risk alienating the Hispanic vote by enforcing immigration laws.

Re-Inventing the Filibuster - Robert D. Novak (4/24/2005)
During Clinton's presidency, Senate Democratic Leader Thomas Daschle and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy repeatedly demanded up-or-down majority votes on judicial nominations. Once Bush was elected, they and their toadies did a fast and crass about-face.

The Outrages Taxpayers and Parents Pay For - Phyllis Schlafly ()
Colorado's Ward Churchill is no anomaly; like-minded professors hold forth on campuses all over the country. Churchill's Ethnic Studies, and many similar such "courses", are nothing more than university-financed "movements" of the left.

Justices Refuse to Shield Reports of False Charges - The Los Angeles Times ()
The Supreme Court refused March 28th to shield the news media from being sued for accurately reporting a politician's false charges against a rival. The decision could have prevented the broadcasting of the Swift Boat Vets' charges against John Kerry.

The Filibuster - George Will (3/30/2005)
With Republicans inclined to change Senate rules to make filibusters of judicial nominees impossible, Democrats have recklessly given Republicans an additional incentive to do so. Democrats say they will retaliate by bringing the Senate to a virtual halt.

Ore. Lawmakers Weigh Foie Gras Legislation - AP (3/30/2005)
More legislators with too much time on their hands, and too many activists -- cash in-hand -- at the door. Here's a solution: Limit legislative terms as was the norm in America's foundational years.

Astroturf Politics - John Fund (3/25/2005)
Far from representing the efforts of genuine grass-roots activists, the campaign finance reform lobby was controlled and funded by liberal foundations like Pew Charitable Trusts. If you don't realize the Left likes incumbency, think "Stalin" or "Mao".

Marines Driven Out of UAW Lot - The Detroit News (3/16/2005)
The UAW no longer will allow Marine reservists who work out of a base in Detroit to park at the Solidarity House lot if they have foreign cars or display pro-Bush bumper stickers.

Challenging the Indian Gaming Monopoly - Doug Bandow (3/12/2005)
Gambling is illegal in most states - except for government-run lotteries and American Indian casinos. However, public frustration with today's preferential system for American Indian gambling -- and the political corruption it spawns -- is growing.

Terminate the Gerrymander - Jeff Jacoby (2/23/2005)
The Founders never intended a political aristocracy, but that is what we have -- much to the ruin of the Republic. The political gulf today is no longer between ideologies, but between life-long insiders, and those forever outside the halls of power.

The Endless Party - William Voegeli (2/5/2005)
What do Democrats -- Liberals -- stand for? Or what, exactly, do they stand against? Until Americans have confidence about the limits liberalism will establish and observe, it's hard to see when the Democratic narrative will again have a happy ending.

Going 'Nuclear' - The Wall Street Journal (1/26/2005)
It's been a long time coming. Majority Leader Bill Frist has announced that if Democrats filibuster the nominations he expects to bring to the floor next month, he'll take action. The judicial logjam may yet break free.

Supreme Battle Likely Over Justices - The Chicago Tribune (1/24/2005)
With an ailing Chief Justice William Rehnquist administering the oath of office, the recent inauguration will provide a stark reminder that President Bush soon could be embroiled in what promises to be one of the biggest fights of his presidency.

A Risk Worth Taking - Rich Tucker (1/20/2005)
Americans have always been willing to take risks. The signers of the Declaration of Independence understood that if their revolution ended badly, theyd lose their heads. So where is the courage of today's leaders in confronting Social Security?

Bush's Social Security Reform Is 50 Years Too Late - Jon Talton, The Arizona Republic (1/18/2005)
One thing is clear: Whatever we do -- and the Social Security "crisis" is mostly lies and hype -- it must be geared for today's nasty world, where jobs and notions of security are fleeting.

Mandate for Leadership - The Heritage Foundation (1/17/2005)
Bush's reelection was an emphatic mandate for an agenda during the next four years based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. This is the guidebook.

Liar, Liar, Now You're Fired - Ann Coulter (1/15/2005)
If CNN doesn't hire them, Dan Rather and his producers can always get a job teaching at the Columbia School of Journalism -- which recently defended CBS' use of forged National Guard documents with the old liberal excuse: "They might be fake, but accurate

Look for Extreme Makeovers in 2005 (Special to CSA) - by Mike Bates (12/30/2004)
The new year is a fresh beginning in many ways. 2005 will be the year in which various leaders of the self-styled party of the people will undergo such extreme makeovers that theyll end up looking like Joan Rivers. If they dont already.

Gallup: Post-Election America Moves Right - Editor & Publisher (12/17/2004)
Post-election shifts in partisanship after presidential elections or midterm congressional elections are not routine, but are also not uncommon.

Free Speech v. Tax Code - The Wall Street Journal (12/16/2004)
In October the NAACP was informed that it may have violated a law that prohibits charities, churches and other nonprofits from engaging in partisan activities. Conservatives may be enjoying the payback, but they should consider the larger implications.

Be Careful What You Wish For - James Taranto (12/10/2004)
If the Supreme Court overturned Roe, legislators would have to consider the legality of abortion itself. The GOP would be caught between the pro-life hard line and moderates, yielding the initiative to Democrats.

A Chill in the Classroom - The Wall Street Journal (12/5/2004)
Some students undoubtedly find classroom political banter fun -- especially if they agree. But for others it can be chilling. And just as teachers' freedom of speech must be protected, so must students' freedom to learn, if it is threatened.

How a Kerry Whistleblower Suffered for Truth - The Chicago Sun-Times (12/1/2004)
He spoke out against someone he thought was dangerous for the nation, talked to local newspapers, and appeared on talk shows. In return, he was vilified, threatened and fired.

Racist Depictions of Condoleeza Rice Denounced - Independent Womens Forum (11/21/2004)
"The depiction of Dr. Condoleezza Rice by Danziger, Oliphant and Trudeau as an ebonics speaking, big-lipped, black mammy who just loves her 'massa' is a disturbing trend in editorial cartoons," said the IWF. Is "hypocrisy" a better word?

Radio Host Calls Rice 'Aunt Jemima' - AP (11/21/2004)
A radio talk show host drew criticism Thursday after calling Condoleezza Rice an "Aunt Jemima" and saying she isn't competent to be secretary of state.

No Litmus Test - Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) (11/12/2004)
I have voted for all of President Bush's judicial nominees in committee and on the floor. I've backed pro-life judges before, and I'll do so again.

Why Democrats Are Tagged as the Party Without Values - Dennis Prager (11/11/2004)
To most Americans, Michael Moore is a Marxist who has utter contempt for most of his fellow Americans. To most Americans, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are race-baiting demagogues. Yet these folks are heroes to the Democratic Party.

The Right-Wing-Conservative Beast - Dr. Earl Tilford, Grove City College (11/10/2004)
Could it be the dreaded Rightwingconservativechristianfundamentalist beast dwells mostly in the minds of radicals who dwell in a parallel universe where men marry men and the cultural epicenter is Hollywood?

A Question of Character - Jeff Jacoby (11/3/2004)
If voters have learned anything about Kerry by now, it is that time and again he will unhesitatingly say "flip," only to subsequently say "flop." For a nation going to the polls in wartime, no issue matters more than character. Kerry is lacking.

The Ignorant American Voter - Jeff Jacoby (10/27/2004)
With so many Americans clueless when it comes to government and public affairs, is it any wonder that political campaigns are so shrill and shallow? Or that candidates speak to voters primarily through quickie smear ads?

Shuddering at a Kerry Victory - Diana West (10/20/2004)
With eye-crossingly close presidential polls, it's time to imagine what it would be like to live through the Kerry years. Kerry -- unchanged, he says, by the attacks of 9-11 -- promises to take us "to the place we were, where terrorists are ... a nuisance

Cataloging Kerrys Canards - Joel Mowbray (10/17/2004)
Spinning facts and figures is as old as politics itself, but Wednesday night, Sen. John Kerry marshaled a mountain of distortions to create his own Americaone that exists only as a figment of his imagination.

Getting Physical - John Fund (10/13/2004)
The AFL-CIO has promised to dispatch thousands of election monitors to battleground states to watch for any hint of trouble at polling places. From the initial reports, they may be the ones for have to be watched as potential troublemakers.

Nobody's Perfect - Paul Jacob (10/12/2004)
To most of us with eyes, ears and brain cells, the appearance of corruption in Congress is pervasive. Healthy institutions must contain the ability to correct themselves, to reform. Clearly, Congress does not.

Middle School Teacher Chastised for Hanging Presidential Photo - WABC News (10/6/2004)
You might say it is a symbol of the Great American Divide, a teacher putting up a picture of President Bush in the classroom. Some say it is partisanship while others say it is patriotism.

Putting Kerry to His 'Global Test' - Larry Kudlow (10/4/2004)
Despite the fact that Bush-41 had built a significant alliance, Kerry still voted against the Gulf War. This little bit of history sheds much light on Kerrys past and casts a dark shadow over any of his new promises to successfully execute todays war.

FEC Complaint Filed Against CBS, Kerry Campaign - Center for Individual Freedom (10/1/2004)
The Center for Individual Freedom today filed a complaint with the FEC charging that CBS and Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc., illegally coordinated election communications.

Judges Need Lessons About Power to Raise Taxes - Phyllis Schlafly (9/25/2004)
Where can free-spending liberals go? They run to lawyers and activist judges for money, even though policy and spending decisions and tax increases should originate with the legislature.

Ready, Aim, Fire . . . Hit Foot - Kimberley A. Strassel (9/19/2004)
The political class was busy this week trying to figure out why, after months of sucking up to the gun-owning public, John Kerry tossed aside all his hard work and condemned the end of the "assault" weapons ban.

Bring It On, John - Oliver North (9/10/2004)
The trouble you're having, John, isn't about your medals or coming home early or getting lost -- or even Richard Nixon. The issue is what you did to us when you came home, John.

We're Not GOP Shills - John O'Neill (8/29/2004)
Mr. Kerry, we ask you not to repeat the same mistake you made when you returned from war: Please stop maligning your fellow veterans. Dealing with us should be easy. Just answer our charges.

Admitted War Criminal Cries Foul - Ann Coulter (8/28/2004)
The 14 swift boat vets in Kerry's camp are not necessarily lying, being bribed, or hoping for a position in the Kerry administration possibilities the media will never raise. But we're talking 254 memories to 14 here ... what we used to call "evidence".

Less Speech, and No More Car Ads - George Will (8/24/2004)
The Supreme Court's affirmation of McCain-Feingold was a watershed in the nation's constitutional experience. The First Amendment will be forever open to statutory dilution, at least as it pertains to political speech.

Who Needs Elections? - Paul Jacob (8/24/2004)
Why do career politicians even bother with elections? Well, increasingly they don't. After all, to professional politicians, elections are dangerous events that place their expert rule at risk. Best to avoid them altogether.

What's Right With the Electoral College - Paul Greenberg (8/23/2004)
It happens every four years. The country is seized by what can only be called Fear of the Electoral College. The punditry and the professoriate begin the quadrennial chant: This is no way to elect a president! It's unfair, undemocratic, and illogical.

Carpetbagging, and Other Threats to Small-r Republican Principles - Jonah Goldberg (8/13/2004)
Democracy must be tempered by not only the rule of law, but by custom, good will, good faith and good character. All of them are coming under attack as we bend election rules to accomodate the rule of politics rather than the rule of law and custom.

The Day Nixon Resigned - Kenneth W. Starr (8/11/2004)
Watergate has long been seen as a failure of the rule of law. But this assumption misses something important about Watergate: the extent to which the resolution of the scandal was really a triumph for the rule of law.

Sharpton a Good Fit for Democrats - Star Parker (8/5/2004)
Why did the Democratic Party give a man with no political future, whose presidential bid was a joke, a high-profile speaking slot at the convention? The answer here is clearly that they wanted a black preacher who would play to the crowd's worst fears.

Talk About Getting Religion! - John Leo (8/4/2004)
Rub your eyes. Did we just see a Democratic convention brimming with flag-waving patriotism, respect for the military, and references to God and values? Rub them again on November 2 -- after which expect Demos to ditch God along with His values.

Look for the Union Label - Ron Nehring (7/23/2004)
Proponents of campaign finance reform like to claim that the recent McCain-Feingold law got the "big money" out of politics. Well, some of the big money never left. Not that Mr. Kerry and other liberal beneficiaries of labor handouts mind.

Fact and Farce in the Romance of States' Rights - Kathleen Parker (7/19/2004)
With straight faces that would make John Kerry envious, Democrats repeatedly invoked "states' rights" -- traditionally a Republican imperative =- as the lynchpin of their opposition to the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA).

Magistrate: Taxpayers Liable for Janklow's Crime - WCCO Minneapolis (7/16/2004)
Former U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow was on duty when he caused a fatal accident last summer, so taxpayers should pay any civil damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, according to a court ruling Tuesday.

Kerry Needs a 'Cute' Vice President (Special to CSA) - Gordon Bishop, On the Issues (7/14/2004)
What a pathetic combination: Two lawyers running on the same Presidential ticket. Thanks to lawyers like John Edwards, American companies and jobs have gone overseas to avoid the legal sharks destroying businesses. Why would we want two??

In Desperate Move, Kerry Adopts Puppy - Ann Coulter (7/11/2004)
We guess with John Kerry's choice of John Edwards as his running mate, he really does want to stand up for all Americans, from those worth only $60 million to those worth in excess of $800 million. Meanwhile, good luck finding an obstetrician.

Not Just a Political Problem - Daniel Henninger (6/28/2004)
The events that are coinciding with this election may be forcing a referendum on the nature of radical Islam similar to an earlier one on Soviet Communism. Is radical Islam a political problem to manage with our allies and the U.N. or an implacable enemy?

Don't Believe Liberal Lies: The Economy Is Booming (Special to CSA) - Gordon Bishop, On the Issues (6/19/2004)
Any literate person can look at the hard, cold facts and know what direction America is going freedom, liberty, opportunity and prosperity for those willing to work and be involved. The gloom-and-doom crowd should wake up and smell the roses.

President Reagan - George Will (6/8/2004)
Today Americans gratefully recall that at a turbulent moment in their national epic, [President Ronald] Reagan became the great reassurer, the steadying captain of our clipper ship. He calmed the passengers -- and the sea.

D-Day - Paul Johnson (6/5/2004)
Launching a large-scale opposed landing across miles of water is the most hazardous of all military operations. Nothing before or since has ever been mounted on the scale of Operation Overlord, though the U.S. invasion of Iraq employed more firepower.

A Few Questions for John Kerry - George Will (5/25/2004)
Confusion over just what constitutes a "special interest" -- especially when it's in his own interest -- is merely one of the many poliicy conflicts in John Kerry's political career that he ought to clarify before he deserves the opportunity to lead us.

Court Backs Up in Redistricting Dispute - USA Today (5/10/2004)
Reversing earlier positions, the justices essentially shut the door on one whole category of voting rights cases: those challenging bizarrely shaped, computer-generated, partisan gerrymanders now common nationwide.

Sliming the Democratic Podium - Neal Boortz (5/9/2004)
Al Sharpton's appearance at the Democratic convention will give us an opportunity to showcase the moral decadence of the Democratic Party. Sharpton is a lying scoundrel of the first order, though they embrace him.

Unfit for Office - John O'Neill (5/6/2004)
Today, America is engaged in a new war, against the militant Islamist terrorists who attacked us on our own soil. Reasonable people may differ about how best to proceed, but I'm sure of one thing -- John Kerry is the wrong man to put in charge.

Titanic Irresponsibility - Thomas Sowell (4/15/2004)
Against the background, partisan political grandstanding is obscene. It is as if officers on the Titanic were spending their time arguing among themselves about who should have seen the iceberg, instead of getting people into lifeboats.

He's the Toast of Paris - Paul Greenberg (3/17/2004)
It wasn't exactly a stroke of genius. It was more a stroke of stupidity when John F. Kerry, the presidential nominee presumptive, told a fund-raiser that foreign leaders are pulling for him. Would President Kerry put us more under the foreign thumb?

Truth, Open Exchange Not 'Negative Campaigning' - David Limbaugh (3/11/2004)
We must understand that dirty campaigning is lying about or distorting your record or your opponent's record. It is not dirty to expose the truth about your policy positions and record or that of your opponent, even when it puts him in a negative light.

Doonesbury and the Winter Soldier - Scott Swett (2/27/2004)
History does not always repeat itself, as Saddam Hussein has discovered. Its not nearly as easy to smear Americas military with false atrocity charges or to hide a politicians ugly past -- in the Age of the Internet.

Court Has Juicy Cases This Spring - AP (2/7/2004)
"There's something for everybody in the term ... There are cases that are topical around the water cooler and there are cases that are significant in law school classrooms and everywhere in between."

Moore Trouble - John Fund (2/4/2004)
Roy Moore, the ousted Alabama Supreme Court justice who made headlines last year by refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument he placed on public property, could make a difference in a close race. And he hasn't ruled out a run for president.

Freedom vs. Equality - George Will (2/3/2004)
Republicans plan to sacrifice some equality to promote individualism. Democrats want to limit freedom of choice in order to promote the social solidarity of equal dependence on government provision of services. Nov. 2 may indeed reshape the future.

Pickering's Recess Appointment - Cal Thomas (1/28/2004)
Liberal Democrats are now in a panic because they who have lived by the courts may be about to die by the courts as more judges who believe in the "original intent" of the Founders make it to influential benches.

Why Democrats Use the F-Word - Dennis Prager (1/22/2004)
The differences between Democratic and Republican positions on almost all subjects of major importance are growing so great that it is fair to say that we are experiencing a second American civil war.

The Significance of Carol Moseley Braun - Jay Bryant (1/21/2004)
The massahs were Democrats. The whip-toting overseers were Democrats. The Klansmen were Democrats. The filibusterers of the Civil Rights bills in the 1960's were Democrats. Is it any surprise that only one -- one -- Democratic senator has been black?

The Democrats' Idea of a General - Ann Coulter (1/20/2004)
Democrats are so delirious about finding a general who is a pacifist scaredy-cat that no one seems to have bothered to investigate whether Wesley Clark is sane.

Court Won't Block Texas Redistrict Plan - AP (1/20/2004)
"We know it is rough and tumble politics, and we are ever mindful that the judiciary must call the fouls without participating in the game," said a three-judge federal panel evaluating the case.

Bush Fights Terrorists on Their Own Turf (Special to CSA) - Gordon Bishop, On the Issues (1/4/2004)
When it comes to President Bush, liberal Democrats are irrational, illogical, hypocritical and pathological liars. Their accusations grabbed out of thin air, liberals are again on the wrong side of history, as they have been over the past 50 years.

The Highest Level of Federal Spending Since World War II! - Brian M. Riedl, The Heritage Foundation (12/14/2003)
Remember when Bush was suggesting that, if elected, Al Gore would break the back of the U.S. economy with tax-and-spend policies? Well, guess what. Usually fiscal tightwads, Republicans are proving to be profligate porkers themselves.

Court Endorses Wrong Kind of Censorship - Jonah Goldberg (12/14/2003)
Political speech is what the First Amendment is about; it's what it was intended to protect. Remember: the First Amendment says Congress can't even "abridge" free speech. Abridge means to trim or diminish, several rungs below "censor."

The Supreme Court's Gag Order - Cal Thomas (12/13/2003)
This Supreme Court has made the "indispensable" dispensable. It has also guaranteed that incumbents will have an easier time preserving themselves in office and that challengers will be further limited in having their voices and ideas heard.

Campaign Finance Law's Key Sections Upheld - AP (12/13/2003)
The Supreme Court upheld key features of the nation's new law intended to lessen the influence of money in politics, ruling Wednesday that the government may ban unlimited donations to political parties.

Court Considers Politics in Redistricting - AP (12/13/2003)
The justices are reviewing a fight from Pennsylvania over a congressional map that essentially redistricted three Democratic House members out of a job. To what degree should raw politics be allowed to influence fair representation?

Medicare Fraud: Reforming Our Way to Bankruptcy - Jacob Sullum (12/2/2003)
Congress has a long history of dramatically underestimating Medicare costs. At its start in 1966, the program cost $3 billion. Congress estimated it would cost $12 billion by 1990. Instead, it cost $107 billion by then, and $244 billion now.

I Hate Popular Culture - Mona Charen (11/27/2003)
During the Clinton impeachment year, one got used to viewing television with a trigger finger on the remote, lest the children overhear with too much precision what all the fuss was about. And it's gone downhill from there.

Legalizing the Illegals - Thomas Sowell (11/1/2003)
This country has absorbed millions of immigrants in its history. In the past, people came here to become Americans, not remain foreigners. But between the multicultural craze and the proximity of Mexico, Americanization has an uphill fight.

Separation of Powers - Jay Bryant (10/28/2003)
Do the words fiscal responsibility strike a chord? How about transparency, a real buzzword in all the screaming Congress is doing about how the private sector keeps its books. Cant we have a little transparency in government, too?

Our Secularist Democratic Party - Louis Bolce & Gerald De Maio (10/20/2003)
Secularists first appeared as a political force within a major party at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Prior to then, neither party contained many secularists nor showed many signs of moral or cultural progressivism.

Does America Need a Recall? - Pat Buchanan (10/15/2003)
Why should voters not have the right to correct a mistake by recalling a governor who deceived them? Why shouldn't voters have the right to turn in a lemon they bought from a used car dealer who did not tell them it had a cracked engine block?

Court Kicks Off New Term - AP (10/8/2003)
The court continues its examination of states' rights and the balance of power with the federal government, and has a heavy docket of cases about crime and punishment. Currently absent are any socially contentious cases ... stay tuned.

Buffer State - Jay Bryant (10/1/2003)
The world needs Iraq not as a buffer, but as a wedge. We must build there a shining city in the desert, a nation which by its very existence will stand as an affirmation that Arab people can succeed in the modern world.

What Democrats Believe - Rich Lowry ()
Leave no child behind -- unless it is unborn. America should be a nation-builder -- unless it's George Bush rebuilding Iraq. Punch card ballots are discriminatory -- except when they elect Gray Davis. What ever happened to honesty?

Angry Democrats: Lost Birthright - Robert L. Bartley, The Wall Street Journal (9/24/2003)
To protect democracy, three judges of the far-left Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have just canceled elections in California. The last horselaugh, we'd hope, for the Democratic charge that Republicans are subverting democracy.

High Court Hears Arguments on Campaign Finance Law - The New York Times (9/10/2003)
The long-running battle over campaign financing arrived in the Supreme Court today, getting an extraordinary four-hour hearing during which the justices were alternately told that the law is an abuse of power, or a needed cleaning up of a corrupt system.

Liberal Education Poisoning Students' Minds (Special to CSA) - Gordon Bishop, On the Issues (9/8/2003)
Three generations of American students have been under the influence of liberal educators in public schools and colleges and universities, from Princeton and Rutgers, to Harvard and Yale. The by-product has been 40 years of creeping socialism in America.

The Indian Scam - Rich Lowry (8/24/2003)
American Indians have always occupied an outsized place in our imagination, usually as a noble people, at one with a pristine North American continent prior to the arrival of the white man. It's time to upgrade the image.

Viva La Revolucin - Pat Buchanan (8/20/2003)
Like California, almost every state has a budget problem. The federal deficit, too, is skyrocketing. Immigration, abortion and public morality are flaming issues. Good jobs are disappearing overseas. California may just be the first revolution.

Arrogant Michael Powell - Brent Bozell (8/5/2003)
The networks have simply ignored the public's standards of decency. The same holds true for the FCC. In its entire history the FCC has not once fined a TV station for airing indecency. Apparently it can't stretch its $278,000,000 budget far enough.

As Boondoggles Fail, Market Forces Come to Rule - Marvin Olasky (7/21/2003)
One lesson is clear: Government initiatives have repeatedly failed, with politicians who use taxpayers' money for follies like [Atlanta's] FanPlex showing themselves to be not public servants but public exploiters.

A Fight for Liberty - Tony Blair (7/20/2003)
"There never has been a time when the power of America was so necessary or so misunderstood, or when, except in the most general sense, a study of history provides so little instruction for our present day."

Of Treason and Tailgunner Joe - Pat Buchanan (7/18/2003)
What the Left calls McCarthyism -- smearing an enemy on false or non-existent information -- has been its stock-in-trade since the Left invented the term to destroy its great antagonist, the ex-Marine and Wisconsin senator known as Tailgunner Joe.

Abortion -- Killing the Political Process (Special to CSA) - Gordon Bishop, On the Issues (7/9/2003)
Unless voters get a grip on the role Abortion plays in our economic, cultural, political, spiritual and personal lives, our society is swiftly heading for the dust bin of history. Why? Because Abortion has become the litmus test of American politics.

Sodomy and Sneakers - The Wall Street Journal (7/1/2003)
As Justice Scalia writes, "The court has taken sides in the culture war," and both the Court and the country may come to regret it. Instead of settling the issue of gay rights, yesterday's decision may only have inflamed it.

Teach Citizenship in Public Schools (Special to CSA) - by Hans Zeiger (6/25/2003)
Noah Webster, the guy who wrote the dictionary, and an early pioneer of public education, said the purpose of a public school is to "discipline our youth early in life in sound maxims of moral, political and religious duties."

Side Effects of Medicare Drug Plan Could Be Fatal - Jerry Heaster, The Kansas City Star (6/24/2003)
It's not just Washington's pols abandoning principle and responsibility. It's also society at large. Sure, Medicare should have a drug benefit, but those who get it should not only need it, but also be willing to make tradeoffs to get it.

Why Congress Should Ignore Radical Feminist Opposition to Marriage - Patrick F. Fagan, Robert E. Rector, and Lauren R. Noyes (6/21/2003)
Despite demonstrated evidence in every major social policy area of the need to rebuild a strong and healthy culture of marriage, President Bush's new marriage initiative is still opposed by the extreme wing of feminism that sees no good in it.

Mocking the Majority - Rich Tucker (6/3/2003)
Just as they bend over backward to avoid trampling on the rights of the minority, Hollywood and the big media outlets should also be careful to respect the beliefs of the majority. They owe us at least that much.

A Whitewater Chronology - The Wall Street Journal (5/30/2003)
Our ability as a people to elect to the highest office in the land -- and perhaps the world -- a man so enmired in questionable dealings and overt political pay-offs should cause concern about the continued viability of our revered democracy.

Check With the Groups - Gary Aldrich (5/26/2003)
The Democratic leaders seem to believe that if they do not cater to the Hard-Lefties, they cannot win national elections. But its turning out that just the opposite is true.

Congressional Porkers Suddenly Stingy Over Photo-Op - Jonah Goldberg (5/11/2003)
We've just defeated the rabid tiger of Saddam Hussein and, while celebrating the victory, we're gagging over one of the most insignificant controversies in a long while -- the "scandal" of President Bush landing on an aircraft carrier.

The Constitution and the Judiciary - Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) (5/8/2003)
"The judicial confirmation process has reached the bottom of a decades-long downward spiral. Our current state of affairs is neither fair nor representative of the bipartisan majority of this body." It also dishonors our constitutional heritage.

Congress Faces Decision on Visas for Foreign Workers - Phyllis Schlafly (5/8/2003)
This is not free-market economics. It is collusion between corporations that pour big money into politics to pass legislation that replaces U.S. workers with foreign substitutes. The law keeps wages artificially low for the benefit of corporate profits.

Hollywood Should Stick to Acting, Not Activism - Jonah Goldberg (3/10/2003)
Free speech and free association are two-way streets. If you want to say America is an evil cesspool, you have every right to do so. If I want to say -- with my words or dollars -- that you are unpatriotic swine, that's my free speech, too.

Estrada vs. the Neo-Marxists - Marvin Olasky (3/6/2003)
Why are Senate Democrats filibustering against Miguel Estrada? Estrada, like Clarence Thomas, infuriates liberal interest groups because he challenges the neo-Marxist ideology that now dominates the campuses that Democrats revere.

Unconstitutional Filibuster - George Will (3/2/2003)
If new Senate rules are allowed to trump the Constitution's text and two centuries of practice, the Senate's power to consent to judicial nominations will have become a presidential power without having won a presidential election.

U.S. Social Security for Mexicans? - Phyllis Schlafly (1/16/2003)
If foreigners work legally in the United States and pay Social Security taxes, they are entitled to receive the benefits they earned. But U.S. taxpayers should say "no" to Mexico's attempt to shift its social welfare burdens onto the U.S. taxpayers.

Racial Doublespeak On Both Sides - Jonah Goldberg (12/20/2002)
Colorblindness was the moral centerpiece of Martin Luther King's vision. Alas, it is routinely dismissed as a racist code word by activists, college administrators and the journalists who love them. And now Trent Lott now thinks so, too.

Abortion and the New Generation - Maggie Gallagher (12/4/2002)
Two new polls find that young people are significantly more anti-abortion than their parents' generation are. There is something about targeting the unborn for extinction that does not sit well, 30 years after Roe vs. Wade.

Kids, Guns, and Dr. Phil - Larry Elder (12/1/2002)
It wouldn't bother us so much if we could have an informed argument over the issue of gun ownership -- or any other hot-button issue. But the left, like the Nazis and other totalitarian groups, find imaginary "facts" to be much more useful.

NOW with Bill Moyers (In Opposition) - Investor's Business Daily (11/13/2002)
If a conservative minister asks his congregation to vote a certain way, he risks his church's tax-exempt status. Yet your tax dollars flow in a steady stream to PBS, which hosts Bill Moyers and left-wing diatribes like this fact-twisted tome.

War on the Initiative - The Wall Street Journal (11/3/2002)
Our politicians like to praise democracy, but this year more than a few are trying to subvert it. They've helped promote ballot measures next week that would make it harder for citizen-sponsored initiatives to get onto future ballots.

When Doing Nothing Is OK - Edwin J. Feulner (11/2/2002)
"The Little Engine That Couldnt" reads the headline of a recent column by veteran columnist David Broder. Hes referring to the 107th Congress and the fact that it doesnt have much to show for its two years in Washington. So??

In That Voting Booth - Thomas Sowell ()
One of the most common laments in America is a sense of helplessness to do anything about the negative trends in politics and society. Yet the people who make those laments have the ultimate power -- a knowledgeable vote.

The Political Changes Patriotism Didn't Bring - Richard C. Harwood (10/22/2002)
It's time to say it again. The patriotic fervor in the days following Sept. 11 has been reduced to a murmur. Its promise for a new day in media coverage, politics, and civic responsibility has brought almost nothing. But it isn't too late.

Amiri Baraka Well Represents New Jersey - Dennis Prager (10/18/2002)
Amiri Baraka. A Communist ("Marxist-Leninist" in his terminology), anti-Semitic, America-hating racist who has devoted his life to the promotion of hatred. He is New Jersey's official poet. And the state's preeminent elite university isn't any better.

Ignoble Prize - Thomas Sowell (10/17/2002)
The politicization of prizes was never more blatantly revealed than in the comments of two of the members of the committee that awarded former president Jimmy Carter the Nobel Prize for peace.

Who Holds the Patriotism Card? - Pat Buchanan (10/11/2002)
For the past fifty years -- with a short interruption during the presidency of JFK -- the Republican Party has held the confidence of the American people with regard to the nation's defense. Bush's intelligent handling of the current war not excepted.

Joisey-Style Justice - Debra J. Saunders (10/9/2002)
It's bad enough -- and predictable enough -- that Sen. Robert Torricelli got off with a slap on the wrist while his partner in crime is doing 18 months hard. But the New Jersey Supreme Court did not merely break the law, they abolished the rule of law.

Wild Blue Squander - Brendan Miniter (10/2/2002)
Wild blueberries are a small fruit with a big following. Nearly every year Washington bureaucrats come to the "rescue" of the tiny industry by buying millions of pounds of the berries. This year, taxpayers will spend as much as $10 million for them.

FEC Frees Groups From Ad Ban - (9/29/2002)
Federal election officials have narrowed the range of interest groups affected by political ad restrictions in the nation's new campaign finance law. The inevitable exemption of the most well-connected while ordinary citizens remain gagged.

Buying off Victims, Selling out the Future (Editorial) (9/8/2002)
God help the United States if this war truly comes home to us. The precedent set with the Victims' Compensation Fund could wipe out what remains of our economy and finish the job that no terrorist group could possibly hope to do on its own.

The Homeland Security Bill's Poison Pill - Michelle Malkin (9/6/2002)
As if the bureaucracy involved in trying to keep undesirables out of the country isn't already confounded enough, the Senate is trying to sneak language into the Homeland Security bill that would make it just about impossible. The payoff is for lawyers.

Does Mayor Bloomberg Want to Leave a Legacy? - Phyllis Schlafly (9/4/2002)
The sheer scale of the New York City school system is mind-boggling, costing a whopping $11,000 per pupil per year -- twice the national average. In a system of such immense resources, why do 60% of the students remain illiterate or very poor readers?

Pretending Immigration Isn't an Issue - Phyllis Schlafly (8/22/2002)
Immigration is a big, big public issue among Americans concerned about just who is crossing our borders, and what imapct they are having on our culture of freedom and individualism. Yet it seems even the party of conservatism is ignoring it.

Slaves to Words - Thomas Sowell (8/18/2002)
In the old right-and-wrong days, words had simple meanings. Today an "ethics" course more likely teaches moral relativism, and a "public interest" group more likely pursues its own interests. Any wonder the confusion extends to corporate boardrooms?

Advise ... and Dissent (Editorial) - Investor's Business Daily (8/4/2002)
The Constitution specifies that the President shall have the "advice and consent" of the Senate in the appointment of ambassadors, judges and other executive officers. Does that mean that one senator has the power to block the work of the nation?

They'll Second That Amendment - The Wall Street Journal (8/1/2002)
When Michigan passed its "shall issue" law, requiring counties to issue concealed weapons permits to all adults with clean records, dire warnings of western-style shoot-outs were heard from the left. It didn't happen, and Dems are steering clear.

Guns and Violence - Paul Craig Roberts ()
In the argument over the right of gun ownership, a grain of truth would go a long way. First the Lott study, showing less crime trending with more law-abiding gun ownership. Now a new, even more poignant study. Will the left get the message?

Political Malpractice - Pete Du Pont (7/26/2002)
It crosses our mind that someone needs to hit Congress over the head with a baseball bat -- but that gives them credit for possibly being misled. They are not. They know as well as we that a prescription drug program will spiral out of control.

Do Democrats Want to Play the Integrity Game? - Cal Thomas (7/24/2002)
Congress is well-known for over-reacting to crises during an election year: If a reaction makes good copy, then twice the reaction will make ... Unfortunately, what's going on in Congress now has little to do with repairs to our economic system.

A No-Account System - Thomas J. Bray (7/18/2002)
The concept of privatizing Social Security died early, and was hammered further into the grave by the recent market slide. "Risky" is a common complaint about the idea of allowing individuals to invest some of their own money. You want risky?

Garbage In, Regulation Out - Thomas J. Bray (7/11/2002)
Despite all the woo-hah over crooked CEOs and what the government should do about them, there are already plenty of applicable criminal laws. Unknown to most, there is also a law to deal with dishonest federal spendthrifts.

Which is worse: WorldCom or Congress? - Walter Williams (7/5/2002)
WorldCom hid about $3.8 billion in expense from their income statement by calling it capital. That's bad. That's fraud. But Congress routinely hides $3 trillion in debt from the public in order to keep on spending.

The Future of Conservatism - Sen. Malcolm Wallop (R-WY) (6/29/2002)
The American conservative tradition, which began with Washington and Adams, is founded on a concern for character. No phrase came from Washington more often than, "We have a national character to establish."

Pedophile Priests - Thomas Sowell (6/22/2002)
The media is having a predictable field day with the pedophile priest debacle ... and the church hierarchy deserves what it's getting. But what is far more ominous, as regards the American ideal of public truth, is what they're not picking on.

Global Lying - Thomas Sowell (6/9/2002)
The campaign to stampede the federal government into drastic action to counter "global warming" has never let honesty cramp its style. But all this hysteria is based on a computer model which has been shown to be incompatible with factual data.

Bush Wandering Toward Greatness? - Michael Kelly (5/24/2002)
You get the sense with Bush that he became president because he realized, once he grew up, that it was what he was supposed to do -- what with dad, and all. That is very different from the sort of consuming hunger that impels the monster-greats.

Where The Cloning Debate Is Taking Us - Steve Chapman (5/18/2002)
Despite the usual assurances from politicians -- as though anyone in his or her right mind would believe a politician -- what was once a line in the sand demarcating existing stem cell lines from the creation of doomed fetuses has begun to wither.

Please, Mr. President, Veto the Farm Bill - Jack Kemp (5/17/2002)
It would be short-sighted folly for the U.S. to allow farming and food production to follow manufacturing in its flight overseas. Nonetheless, the underlying assumptions of American freedom dictate that we find a free market, not a welfare, solution.

The Great Potato Chip Scare - Steven Milloy (5/9/2002)
Swedish scientists reported this week that eating potato chips may expose you to dangerously high amounts of the supposedly cancer-causing substance acrylamide. As usual, there's much more to the story ... and to the truth.

Unarmed Patriots -- Failing the Sniff Test - AP (4/28/2002)
When Michael Bellesiles' book claiming that few colonial Americans owned guns hit the stands, the predictable crowd loved it without wondering about the facts. Now beset with charges of made-up sources, a formal investigation is underway.

College Drinking Study Is Intoxicating Scam - Steven Milloy (4/15/2002)
There is one absolute maxim governing activists of all kinds: they will do whatever they have to do -- change focus, make up stories -- to stay in the limelight forever. The troubling part comes when policymakers accept their stories as fact.

Anti-Microsoft Scandal - Robert D. Novak (4/3/2002)
Preface this issue with "forget what you think of Bill Gates" ... think in terms of the rule of law. And that's exactly what nine state attorneys general are not doing, as they exchange the law for campaign cash from Microsoft competitors.

Hold the Whine - Thomas J. Bray (3/21/2002)
When we speak of a president's domestic legacy, we usually think taxes (up or down), environmental regulations -- or illicit sex. Those are minor issues compared to Bush's opportunity to reform the judiciary and give America back to its people.

Post-Clinton Standards - Robert L. Bartley, The Wall Street Journal (3/20/2002)
Politics has never been a clean sport, and humans have always had an awful propensity to lie to save their skins. What has changed during the three decades of liberal ascendancy is the growing refusal to hold certain liars accountable.

The Great Condom Fraud and Cover-Up - Pat Buchanan (3/6/2002)
Since the federal government, through the Centers for Disease Control, began its multi-billion-dollar "safe sex" campaign 30 years ago, the number of epidemic-level sexually transmitted diseases has risen from two to 20. Real safe.

AIDS Programs: An Epidemic of Waste - Citizens Against Government Waste (3/3/2002)
Government spending on AIDS, admittedly a frightening disease, is an example of the fruits of successful lobbying. Out of all proportion to the number of American sufferers, taxpayer support is often used for obscene and risky ends.

The Audacity to Be Black and Conservative - Joel Mowbray ()
Gerald Reynolds' big crime is that he understands the original intent of Affirmative Action, which was to provide opportunity, not preference. As a result, his reputation has been been smeared with half-truths to block Senate approval of his nomination.

Massachusetts Is Still the Witch Trial State - Paul Craig Roberts ()
Most of us remember the child abuse witch-hunts of the 1980's, when it seemed every day-care center was a pit of pedophilia. What the media did not make a big deal about was that virtually all of the accused were spuriously charged.

President Bushs Sex and the City - Debbie Schlussel (2/24/2002)
Writing for the ever-liberal New York Times, reporter Frank Bruni managed to turn President Bush's avoidance of pop culture trash into a negative. Thanks, Frank, for more clearly pointing out where the decadence divide is in this country.

Guns and Poses - Kimberley A. Strassel (2/24/2002)
We now know that Michael Bellesiles took a great many liberties with the data behind his book, Arming America, to make the anti-gun case. What we don't know about this Emory University professor is what he's teaching our kids.

What About Uncle Sam's Enron Accounting? - Mark Tapscott (2/20/2002)
If you've been convinced by the media that Enron is the Tower of Babel of organizational accounting, then you have to consider the source. What they're not reminding you of is that Uncle Sam leads the pack in manipulating numbers -- and taxpayers.

Enron And Political Speech - Thomas Sowell (2/17/2002)
The Enron debacle was a godsend to Democrats -- and many Republicans -- who understand the benefits to incumbents of curtailing "soft" money. But other than former Clintonista Robert Rubin, Enron's millions bought them exactly nothing.

Back Room Deals - Bill O'Reilly (2/4/2002)
Crooked politics are as old as America. Unfortunately, even the clean-sweep Bush administration knows that you have to make deals to get things done in Washington -- including deals that sell short the rule of law. Too bad for America.

Shady Auditing At Enron Traced To Dem Senator - Dick Morris ()
Despite the Dems trying their best to make the Enron debacle a strictly-Bush event, reporters looking for angles are uncovering political graft and corporate favor-trading in some very embarrassing places. The big question: how will the public respond?

The Missing Lynx - Kimberley A. Strassel (1/26/2002)
During his administration, President Clinton packed the government with activists bent on following leftist agendas rather than constitutional principle. As the wackiness over endangered species proves, it's time for Dubya to do some housecleaning.

Does Libertarianism Lead To Statism? - Pat Buchanan (1/26/2002)
Among the adversaries of Big Government on the American scene, few have proven more principled than the libertarians. But on open borders, as on mass immigration, libertarians line up with the Party of Government.

Myths About Enron - William L. Anderson, the Mises Institute (1/26/2002)
While the facts (as we know them today) of the Enron debacle are easily available in most newspapers and on the Internet, they are accompanied by a number of myths that are being spawned by politicians and their media allies.

Discarding Truth - Paul Craig Roberts (1/18/2002)
Despite humanity's tendency to fib, academia and science has usually been a haven for truth. In recent years, we have seen the advent of a new breed of scientist and scholar to whom ideological or political agendas are more important than facts.

Three White Guys And A Flag - Kathleen Parker (1/18/2002)
We have to pose the so-far-unasked question: How does one spot an Hispanic (or even a Black) on a sculpture? Are they going to label each figure? Let's cut the crappola and either invent the image from scratch, or be true to the original.

And Justice For None - Bill O'Reilly (1/7/2002)
Janet Reno left town without clearing up a single Clinton-era scandal. In Reno Justice, perhaps that was understandable. But why is Attorney General John Ashcroft continuing to be mum about the supposedly ongoing investigations?

Democratic Hate Speech - David Limbaugh (1/7/2002)
Taking their cue from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who wrote that religious "totalitarianism" is at the root of terrorism, the Democratic Party elites have decided to make targets out of American Christians who fail to renounce Scripture.

Courageous Bernard Goldberg - Brent Bozell (12/9/2001)
When whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand shined the light on the tobacco industry for the cameras of 60 Minutes, he was a media golden boy, courageous and principled. When Bernard Goldman does the same, he's a disgruntled traitor.

What About The War Against Chutzpah? - Larry Elder (12/8/2001)
What do [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairwoman] Nita Lowey, Alcee Hastings, Marion Barry and Gary Condit have in common? It isn't their good looks.

Stop Throwing Money At CDC - Michelle Malkin (12/7/2001)
The CDC, it seems, is a microcosm of the whole federal spending problem -- the inevitable and total loss of focus on the primary mission in the face of easy money. Typical of such institutions, millions disappear unaccountably while roofs leak.

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out! - The Wall Street Journal (12/2/2001)
They've been around for over a hundred years, largely unchanged. The largest manufacturer has passed six Consumer Product Safety Commission reviews since the 1980's. And every red-blooded American boy wants one. Too bad.

A Nation At Risk? - Linda Bowles (11/29/2001)
Bottom line, the quid pro quo deal on public education is this: in exchange for NEA money and votes, Democrat politicians will not allow consequential school reforms to take place. Only an informed and outraged people can change this.

Environmental Pessimism Confronts Reality - Steve Chapman ()
Despite the constant whinings from the environmental left, most of what we consider to be key measurables of environmental preservation or degradation are improving. So sayeth one of their own who took the time to seek out truth.

Do Facts Matter? - Thomas Sowell (10/20/2001)
Racial quotas and preferences have been in effect on college campuses for almost four decades now. Liberal lights have made it quite clear that, thanks to these initiatives, racism is lower than it ever was. Guess what ... they're fibbing again.

Agenda Over Fact - Paul Craig Roberts (10/20/2001)
If you find yourself getting tired of being indirectly accused of wife-beating by the feminist extreme, then you'll find comfort in the well-hidden fact that women also do their fair share of the beating. Truth is not a feminist, or other fringe, ally.

Hillary Clinton In Crisis - Michelle Malkin (9/28/2001)
Senator Clinton's abominable behavior during President Bush's congressional address begs the question: what's eating her? If it's only politics -- the inability to get over George Bush -- then give her a pass. But her demeanor strikes us as ominous.

It Ain't Necessarily So - Walter Williams (9/14/2001)
When a corporation makes a claim or promise and, years later, it just doesn't work out that way, Ralph Nader drags them into court for lying to the consumer. When Ralph or another politician makes similar vacuuous claims, don't hold your breath.

Condit a Creature of the System - Don Feder ()
Gary Condit, like Bill Clinton, has never held a real job. Instead, he joined a political mill where continuous re-election is pretty much guaranteed, along with high pay, unlimited perks, fawning lobbyists and starry-eyed groupies. What do we expect?

Is This a Condit Country? - Brent Bozell (8/29/2001)
There was a time not so long ago when far tamer things than dabbling with the ladies could get a corrupt politician tossed from office. Thanks to the total change in America's moral climate introduced by Bill Clinton, those times are now past.

The New Color Line - Paul Craig Roberts (8/16/2001)
We are already overrun with government-sponsored racial and other preferences that make a mockery of the constitutional concept of equal protection. In offering amnesty to illegal immigrants, Bush is adding another special exception.

Grassroots Conservatives Lack Representation - David Limbaugh (8/6/2001)
Out in real America, one-time supporters of the Republican party are disappointed. More and more, the GOP is abandoning the articles of faith of conservatism in order to insure the reelectability of their minions and maintain the good ol' boy network.

It Gets Worse - National Review (7/4/2001)
Down in Florida, where you thought the political mud-slinging was finally over, the clearly liberal Civil Rights Commission, supposedly investigating election irregularities, seems to be the main source of irregularities these days.

Ground Chuck - Paul Gigot (7/4/2001)
Let's at least give super-liberal Chuck Schumer credit for honesty. In indicating that he will vet Bush's nominees for the courts purely on their ideology, it's open season to send up honest-to-goodness constructionists worthy of the fight.

Lying Statistics - Thomas Sowell ()
Whenever you hear one of those shocking statistics on TV, you might take time to wonder how these important numbers are derived. Well, don't strain your brain ... they're usually just invented for shock value.

Truth - William J. Bennett (6/28/2001)
The author of "The Book of Virtues" tells us why we should not be buying into the denial of pure truth as academia and liberal politicians would invite us to do.

Making Schools Safe for Cockroaches - Fox News (6/24/2001)
Despite a lack of evidence linking proper use of pesticides to childhood disease, Congress is set to enact legislation which would give vermin a free run in public schools, thanks to the demands of various extremists.

McCain Gun Ad 'Dangerous', Says Yale's John Lott - (6/24/2001)
As he always seems to be doing, researcher John Lott has again rained on the left's parade by poking holes in the supposed logic behind John McCain's "lock up your gun" ads. While at it, here's the dope on campaign finance reform as well.

Drugs for the Elderly - Bruce Bartlett (6/17/2001)
Surveys demonstrate that the potential beneficiaries of any prescription drug program -- the elderly -- are already better off than those whose taxes would pay for the program. The secret is that the elderly also vote in higher numbers.

The Indian Giving Loophole - Michelle Malkin (4/12/2001)
If campaign finance "reform" sounds like an idea whose time has come -- and a majority of the Senate seems to think so, at least for public consumption -- then you need to wonder if it is, after all, just more corrupt politics as usual.

The Success Side Of American Education - Walter Williams (3/16/2001)
It's generally agreed that American primary, secondary and, increasingly, undergraduate education is a failure. But that assessment depends upon just what evaluation criteria is chosen.

Court Eyes Campaign Finance Reform - Yahoo!News (3/7/2001)
A challenge to federal caps on party spending in congressional races raises First Amendment concerns across virtually the entire breadth of the High Court. What are the implications for the bigger "soft money" donations question?

Justices Split Over Campaign Finance Reform - The Denver Post (3/4/2001)
Unlike so many other devisive "rights" issues today, the balance between clear constitutional protections and common sense are much less clear in the campaign finance argument. And the High Court is having no easier time of it.

Faith-Based Charity Has Downsides - Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) (2/15/2001)
While applauding the concept of moving government-sponsored welfare towards the private sector, and harnessing the power of Faith, Rep. Paul reminds us of the risks.

Reagan: A Perspective - Andrew Sullivan (2/8/2001)
Perhaps it took a Bill Clinton to remind us what leadership really meant. Or it took time. As Ronald Reagan turns 90, his leadership on both the domestic and international stages left a legacy that dwarfs his successors -- at least until 2001.

Happy Birthday, President Reagan - Cal Thomas (2/4/2001)
More than a decade out of office, history is already forming around the Reagan legacy and, as expected, it is shining up.

God Bless Godlessness - William F. Buckley, Jr. (2/4/2001)
Walking a fine line on his faith-based initiatives, the president is proving not only his mettle, but the sincerity of his beliefs. Can he convince the nation to willingly follow him?

John Ashcroft's Bob Jones Speech (Commentary) (2/1/2001)
True to their convictions that the First Amendment outlaws religious commitment of any sort in a public official, liberals somehow found dark meanings in Senator Ashcroft's speech at Bob Jones University. See if you can find the threat.

Bipartisan Blather - Charles Krauthammer (1/3/2001)
Krauthammer reminds us that, while Mr. Bush is cautioned to govern from the center due to his close election, in many ways, Clinton's 1996 victory was even closer, and yielded no such thoughts of cooperation.

Dubya's New Year's Resolutions (Editorial) (1/2/2001)
After eight years in which the booming economy overshadowed the trashing of the American presidency, George W. Bush faces the big challenge of restoring the House That Washington Built.

The Ignored Elephant - Thomas Sowell (12/12/2000)
The battle of the courts in Florida is forcing the average American to confront a fact previously traded only by the more informed -- that, contrary to the Founders' intent, the federal and state judiciary have assumed dictatorial powers.

The Lawyers' Coup (Editorial) - Investor's Business Daily (11/21/2000)
You think a coup d'etat only involves bullets and bombs? Keep watching -- you may see one happen over attach cases and pin stripes.

The Donkey in the Living Room - Peggy Noonan (11/19/2000)
In their bid to win the 2000 presidential election at any cost, Democrats led by experienced graveyard registrar Bill Daley are getting away with constitutional murder in the press.

Chicago Rules: Two Can Play at That Game - Paul Gigot (11/19/2000)
Mr. Gigot clearly points out the legal and political options in the Florida electoral fight as they stand on this date, and reminds us that, if Mr. Gore will play by "Chicago rules", then we should not be surprised when Mr. Bush does.

Slow-Motion Larceny - George Will (11/19/2000)
While also doing a little fighting of their own, the Bush team seems largely stuck with helplessly watching experienced Democrats manipulate an election through subjective vote counts.

An Unseen Cancer on the Body Politic - Walter Williams (11/7/2000)
Instead of holding criminals responsible for their actions, a common sense, foundational approach, the Clinton-Gore legacy is to enrich lawyers through facetious suits.

Spending Your Freedom (Editorial) - by The Perfessor (11/7/2000)
Americans seem to think more than ever that government spending on their behalf derives from someone else's wallet. Sorry, but there ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

Whose Supporters Will Define America? (Editorial) - Investor's Business Daily (10/29/2000)
If you're having trouble making up your mind where the two major presidential candidates stand ideologically, look no further than who is supporting them.

The Agony of Debate - George Will (10/7/2000)
Mr. Will agrees with most that neither candidate lost the race in this first debate, but goes on to say that it was so devoid of high principle as to not be worth watching. We fully agree, but loved Bush's stand on constitutional constructionism.

Will Bush Trade Choreography for Leadership? (Editorial) - Investor's Business Daily (8/4/2000)
The Clinton-Gore team has made an art-form out of choreographing political correctness in its photo-ops and management decisions. Bush wants to lead. Is he willing to lead us out of this silliness?

AlGore's One-Year Gap - Cal Thomas (6/20/2000)
Add this to all that has come before in this administration. Such casual and routine lying, threats of arrest and crooked dealings in government were hallmarks of the reigns of Stalin and Hitler. Al and Bill are not far behind.

Time For People-of-Faith to Abandon Politics? - Tony Snow (4/27/2000)
If you think the positions of the so-called 'religious right' are extreme, you may be missing the point that moral principles must be anchored in something other than whim-of-the-day.

Politics in Black and Blue (Special to CSA) - by Mark Vorzimmer (3/10/2000)
Will politicians promising either 'diversity' or 'inclusion' really get to the heart of what causes our divisiveness, or is it really just about power brokerage?

Race and Republicans (Special to CSA) - by Scott A. Damico (2/15/2000)
A site visitor applies historical perspective to what politicians of either party are saying about their views on race.

White House Ambulance Chasing - David Limbaugh (12/14/1999)
As usual, the Clinton administration ignores both individual responsibility and the Constitution to play lawyer for bucks and power.

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