National Columns

The Washington Post, beginning Nov. 1, 2019, will allow its syndicated columns to appear only in print. The columns will still be available as part of our e-edition newspaper online, but they will not be available as separate pieces on our website, ljworld.com. These columnists include George Will, David Ignatius, Michael Gerson and others. This does not affect other columnists like Leonard Pitts, Mona Charen, Connie Schultz and Mark Shields, who are not affiliated with the Washington Post.

Opinion: Pride time: President puts a bully pulpit to good use

The expression commonly used to capture the unique power of a president to elevate America’s character was coined by Theodore Roosevelt, according to historians. Reading aloud a message he had drafted for the American people, he mused to those present, “I suppose my critics will call that ...

Opinion: Too few examples of decency in GOP

Sen. Mitt Romney appeared on Jake Tapper’s CNN show recently, and for a few brief minutes, I felt transported to a saner world. Asked about the gross things some on the right are saying about Gen. Mark Milley, he responded that “Gen. Milley is a person of extraordinary accomplishment and ...

Opinion: Texas should not mess with California

A funny thing happened on the way to California’s collapse. It didn’t happen. We keep hearing that the Golden State is going down, down, down. Last year, it suffered the first drop in population since records have been kept. And there’s that parade of natural plagues — the droughts, ...

Opinion: It’s time to adopt a new ‘Good Neighbor Policy’

“America is back,” President Joe Biden announced repeatedly in meetings with allies in Europe. The question, of course, is back for what? Biden has sensibly insisted that we must “build back better” at home and abroad. Our neighbors to the south in Latin America offer a clear ...

Opinion: The greatest revolution in the world

It’s been a hard time for the American Revolution. It’s been smeared by The New York Times 1619 project as a fight to preserve slavery. Juneteenth, a worthy event in its own right, is considered by some as a candidate to replace July 4, marking a supposedly more palatable and less flawed ...

Opinion: Taxes are for raising revenues, not punishing the rich

Taxes are how we raise the money needed to run government. The rich have the wherewithal to bear most of those costs. These points are especially connected at a time when the rich have gotten so much richer and the government needs to do so much more. But in making the case to raise taxes on ...