National Columns

Opinion: Empowering women has nothing to do with ‘promiscuity’

Surfing conservative websites, it didn’t take long to find this nugget of backward thinking, courtesy of American Thinker: “The sexual revolution that was kick-started by the advent of birth control in the early 1960s has done irreparable damage to Western civilization.” If you had any ...

Opinion: Oberlin: self-caricature to disgrace

“You Americans do not rear children, you incite them; you give them food and shelter and applause.” — Randall Jarrell, “Pictures from an Institution” Washington — Oberlin College has an admirable liberal past and a contemptible progressive present that will devalue its degrees far ...

Opinion: Shanahan exit comes at risky time

Washington — President Trump has a credibility problem at a time when his confrontation with Iran is moving toward a dangerous test. “There is no capital in the bank” in terms of trust with major European and Asian allies, said one former senior defense official. “We’ve managed to ...

Opinion: The utter desperation of Venezuela

Cúcuta, Colombia — The walkers come in a steady flow, individually and in small groups, through most of the day. The serpentine mountain road they take often has little room at the sides, leaving refugees in the path of traffic. The 350-mile journey to Bogota is part forced march and part ...

Opinion: The president’s pants are on fire

When politicians talk in private, they regularly use a cruel shorthand. For example, a candidate who is uninformed, unreflective and uncurious is often branded a “lightweight,” as in, “He is so lightweight he could tap-dance on a souffle.” Conversely, a “heavyweight” would be a ...

Opinion: Is Iran-U.S. tinderbox about to ignite?

Washington — As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of “unprovoked attacks” near the Strait of Hormuz, video screens behind him showed thick black smoke billowing from the two tankers that were struck Thursday. It was the dramatic imagery that sometimes precedes armed ...

Opinion: De Blasio is very unpopular for some very good reasons

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, like nearly everyone, is running for president, presides over the largest and most media-centric city in America. His national name recognition is respectable, but his support is undetectable. Literally. He’s at 0%, lagging behind such Democratic titans as ...

Opinion: Quit delaying and impeach this guy now

Why all the talk? Why all the debate? Why all the angst? The case is clear. He deserves to be impeached. So don’t wait any longer. Rev up the engines. Start the hearings. Impeach him — now! No, I’m not talking about President Donald Trump (not yet!). I’m talking about Attorney General ...

Opinion: We need a politics of modesty

Washington — “It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely ...

Opinion: Senator’s misrepresentation of pro-life views is malicious

Washington — One measure of the seriousness of a Democratic candidate for president is his or her understanding of the importance of religion in our common life. I am not talking here of the perfunctory bow toward personal, sectarian belief, which is neither qualifying nor disqualifying in a ...

Opinion: Our president has dictator’s back

Washington — When the president of the United States sides with a murderous dictator over our own CIA, you would think it would be big news. When that dictator is a communist who has threatened the United States with missile attacks, you would think leaders of the Republican Party might be at ...

Opinion: Scarcities are recyclable excuses for expanding government

Washington — Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) said, “War is the health of the state.” James Madison said, “War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement,” and the executive almost is the American state, Congress now being more theatrical than actual. Advocates of an ever-larger ...

Opinion: There’s a good reason for gay pride

I am as straight as the crease in George Will’s slacks. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of. To be clear, it’s also not something of which I am ashamed. Truth be told, it’s not something I’ve ever had to think much about, not something I’ve ever had to defend or deny. ...

Opinion: This is worse than Watergate

Washington — Pull up your bell bottoms, slip on your clogs, and turn up the Roberta Flack: Today, we’re gonna testify like it’s the 1970s. “Did you ever convey an order to break into the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel?” asked Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tex.. “What was ...

Opinion: We once believed wars demanded equality, sacrifice

Beneath the perfectly manicured lawns and under the pines and elm trees at the Normandy cemetery lie 9,388 Americans who died during D-Day or in the liberation of France that followed. Among them is a most unlikely combatant, a 56-year-old Army officer who was a wounded veteran of World War I ...

Opinion: Abortion will complicate election

Washington — One of the largest obstacles to the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 election is the radicalism of the Democratic Party on the issue of abortion. By forcing Joe Biden to abandon his support for the Hyde Amendment — which currently prevents the funding of abortions through ...

Opinion: ‘Chernobyl’ a reminder of Soviet deceit

On the morning of April 28, 1986, an employee of the Forsmark nuclear power plant an hour north of Stockholm was returning from a restroom break when his shoes set off the radiation alarm. Soon klaxons were sounding everywhere. Technicians scoured the plant. No leak. After performing chemical ...

Opinion: What they see when they see us

It’s a story that will lacerate your heart. Indeed, you’ll watch “When They See Us,” director Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix miniseries, in appalled disbelief and open-mouthed horror. That may sound like a warning. It’s actually a recommendation. DuVernay tells the story of the ...

Opinion: A social problem the College Board can’t solve

Washington — The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. The College Board wants ...

Opinion: Civility has uses beyond making government function

Washington — In his influential 1984 book, “The Naked Public Square,” Richard John Neuhaus recalled attending an event featuring the late Jerry Falwell Sr., who delivered an angry excoriation of liberals and other supposed enemies of freedom. Seated next to Neuhaus was a clean-cut, nicely ...