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Things I'm Grateful For

From the Right / Mona Charen /

"Who is happy?" asks a sage in the great Jewish wisdom compendium "Sayings of the Fathers." Answer: "He who is contented with his lot."

And how, this Thanksgiving Day, do you acquire contentment when you are constantly barraged with evidence that others have more beautiful possessions or are better looking, more talented, healthier, more ...Read more

Obama Drove Sunnis Into ISIS' Arms

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Throughout the last third of George W. Bush's presidency, opinion leaders were obsessed with the question of mistakes. Among most members of the press and among Democratic officeholders (even, or perhaps especially, those who voted to approve the Iraq War), the appetite was strong to hold President Bush in a half nelson until he admitted that ...Read more

Snowflakes or Fascists?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

There was a much-beloved quote circulated among leftists, often attributed to Sinclair Lewis, that "when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." In light of recent episodes of mob action on American campuses, the quote needs updating: When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in "diversity" and ...Read more

Chris Christie's Cheap Shot

From the Right / Mona Charen /

"My mother was a smoker," Chris Christie told a New Hampshire audience in a video that has gone viral. Though she tried everything -- gum, patches, hypnosis -- nothing worked. When she was diagnosed with cancer, he continued, "No one came to me and said, 'Don't treat her, (because) she got what she deserved.' No one ... said, 'Hey listen, you ...Read more

Hurray for CNBC

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Jeb Bush's campaign may be mortally wounded. Limping in the polls despite his massive war chest, he stooped (almost literally if you check the body language) to attacking Marco Rubio in an attempt to revive his fortunes.

Rubio's response, suggesting that Bush had been "told" to attack him, seemed like a bull's-eye. Jeb Bush is an honorable man,...Read more

About a Boy

From the Right / Mona Charen /

"It's about what these women will let guys get away with." You may not expect to hear commentary like that at your garden-variety think tank panel discussion, but it got pretty lively at the American Enterprise Institute discussion on the topic "Do Healthy Families Affect the Wealth of States?"

Megan McArdle of Bloomberg View is author of the...Read more

Democratic Party: Not for Grown-Ups

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Think of today's Democratic Party as the little village of Hamelin. A piper called Bernie Sanders toots his socialist tune, and all the little Democrats skip along behind him to ... where exactly? According to the medieval legend, the Pied Piper of Hamelin led the children away and drowned them.

"Socialist" was once an epithet in American ...Read more

Unlock 'em Up?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

The Justice Department has announced that it will begin releasing 6,000 "nonviolent" inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month. Welcome to the era of de-incarceration. At a conference named for former New York Mayor David Dinkins (who presided over the city at a time of runaway crime), Hillary Clinton decried the number of ...Read more

Republicans Fail at Hearings -- Again

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Dear Republican Members of Congress:

Consider this an intervention. You guys do not understand how to hold a decent hearing. Hillary Clinton danced away from your Benghazi questions like Muhammad Ali. Your threats to hold more hearings on Planned Parenthood and Benghazi are about as frightening as President Obama's warnings to Vladimir Putin ...Read more

Redistribution: The Unconquerable Delusion

From the Right / Mona Charen /

"A pope that mentions Dorothy Day is a pope that rocks," tweeted Neera Tanden of the left-leaning Center for American Progress. Tanden might have wished to reel back that praise if she had known that Day, though a prominent pacifist and socialist, was also a fervent opponent of abortion, birth control, Social Security and the sexual revolution. ...Read more

Do Republicans Care About Winning?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

The question dogs any woman who writes about politics: "Don't you want to see the first woman elected president of the United States?" The unstated premise, always obvious, is that you are some sort of traitor to your sex if your hand isn't itching to pull the lever for someone with the correct chromosomes. My answer has always been, "That ...Read more

Democrats, Republicans and Mushroom Clouds

From the Right / Mona Charen /

The Democratic Party has been weak-minded on defense for decades, but with the Iran capitulation, they've achieved a new threshold of cowardice and treachery.

While it's true that an honorable handful of Democrats have resisted the president's pressure, the overwhelming majority have chosen to go over the cliff with Barack Obama, a president ...Read more

Republican Suicide

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Nine years ago, aboard a National Review cruise, I debated immigration policy with my colleagues and the cruisers. It was a good discussion that touched all the familiar bases. Are there really jobs Americans won't do? Are big business and big agriculture enmeshed in a corrupt bargain with liberal Democrats whereby business gets cheap labor and ...Read more

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