Michael Gerson / Politics

Obama Can't Wish Away Terrorism

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address is remembered today mainly for this bit of rhetorical irony: "America must move off a permanent war footing."

It was the triumph of speechwriting over experience. Obama's pledge came...

Design of the Divine?

WASHINGTON -- The biographer Eric Metaxas recently made waves by arguing that modern science increasingly "makes the case for God."

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, he framed some rather weak arguments about planetary science, claiming that ...

Washington's Psychological Polarization

WASHINGTON -- As the 114th Congress begins in earnest, there are a number of things -- such as tax and immigration reform and trade agreements -- that political adults would like to get done for the good of the country. A commitment to ...

The Politics of Homicide

Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau;

Mock on, mock on; 'tis all in vain!

You throw the sand against the wind,

And the wind blows it back again.

WASHINGTON -- William Blake expressed the proper attitude of religious people toward ...

The Cuomo Legacy

WASHINGTON -- The passing of Mario Cuomo brought bipartisan tributes appropriate to a rare political figure with a developed inner life. He was Catholic educated, and it showed. How many other politicians grappled with Thomas Aquinas? Even the ...

Clear Choice, or Clear Trauma?

WASHINGTON -- One outcome of and proof for ideological polarization is the way it has made stalwarts appear like centrists. In what world is Hillary Clinton -- feminist heroine, author of Hillarycare, sworn enemy of the vast right-wing conspiracy ...