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Biden calls for an end to ‘uncivil war,’ but will he defend free speech?

From the Right / John Kass /

As Joe Biden was sworn in as our 46th president, he delivered a simple yet eloquent speech about America’s “uncivil war” and preached unity to a politically divided nation.

“We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening ...Read more

When politics become too personal: What we didn’t talk about at Sunday dinner

From the Right / John Kass /

In the pre-COVID-19 days, there were those large, intergenerational Sunday dinners when nothing was off the table for discussion in America.

Even now, if we were sitting down together, we’d talk of President Donald Trump lying to his supporters about overturning the election, before he incited a mob to storm the Capitol.

We might even talk ...Read more

What’s wrong with public schools? It’s the unions

From the Right / John Kass /

To understand what’s gone wrong with big-city public education — where militant teachers union bosses dictate urban school policy and politics — just look to Chicago and the saga of Sarah Chambers.

Her embarrassing story has gone worldwide. But it does have a message.

It tells public school parents who want their kids back in school, and...Read more

During this Epoch of Scolds, I miss going to the movies

From the Right / John Kass /

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,” said Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Old Marcus could have been talking about coping with these pandemic lockdowns, but he wasn’t.

Happily, I have a home library, but no garden. And I can’t possibly go another spring without planting. That would kill me.

But there’s another ...Read more

Yes, Mom, I’m here.

From the Right / John Kass /

My mother is 90 years old, one of the elderly isolated in nursing homes, unable to hug and kiss her children, alone because of the pandemic.

And this will be our first Christmas apart.

She lived with us for 25 years. But after her stroke, she’d forget to take her medication. And when she entered the nursing home in March, we thought we would...Read more

Preelection suppression of Hunter Biden story breaks Beltway journalism

From the Right / John Kass /

When I was just starting out as a reporter, I’d admire the many fine quotes about liberty and the responsibilities of journalism carved into the walls of the old Tribune Tower.

It was like reading the stern admonitions of the Anglo-Saxon gods.

And there was one that I read to myself every morning on the way to the newsroom.

“Where there ...Read more

William Barr, vilified by all sides, did his job

From the Right / John Kass /

Attorney General William Barr, vilified witlessly and unreasonably for years by the left — and most recently by conservatives — has just performed two critically important services to the republic:

After the election, Barr refused to put his name or the Department of Justice behind any of President Donald Trump’s wild claims — without ...Read more

Emanuel doesn’t care about ideological purity tests as he seeks political resurrection from Biden

From the Right / John Kass /

That wailing you hear involving Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Joe Biden and the left clinging to its ideological purity tests sounds like something out of a horror movie.

But as Rahm seeks political resurrection at Biden’s hands, here’s the thing:

Chicago has seen Rahm’s movie before.

Chicago remembers him as the mayor who sat on that ...Read more

Governors’ holiday menus include coronavirus stress test for the Constitution

From the Right / John Kass /

During the pandemic, what are some of America’s governors serving up for the Thanksgiving through Christmas season?

A stress test for the Constitution and a crackdown on individual liberty.

That’s how U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito aptly characterized the situation in a recent, stirring keynote virtual address at the conservative ...Read more

Abolish Electoral College? Sure, and why not let ‘majority rule’ on the Bill of Rights?

From the Right / John Kass /

When we were kids on the playground and there was an angry dispute, someone would always shout “majority rules.” And we’d vote.

If the losers didn’t like the outcome, there were two options: punch the winners in the stomach or take the ball and go home.

It worked on our playgrounds because a punch in the stomach isn’t the end of the ...Read more

Talking unity while playing with fire

From the Right / John Kass /

Just after the media declared him the presumptive president-elect of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden invoked the Old Testament in an inspiring speech about unifying the divided nation that he has served for half a century:

“To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans. The ...Read more

No matter what happens, America will not return to ‘normalcy’

From the Right / John Kass /

The lawyers sink their teeth into what remains of the election between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden and it’s so close that neither concedes. As they prepare to do battle in the courts, America is reminded of what happened 20 years ago:

Those excruciating 35 days of George Bush vs. Al Gore and the high drama of those dangling Florida ...Read more

How to preserve the American republic? The Constitution and originalist justices like Amy Coney Barrett

From the Right / John Kass /

If Americans can agree on anything in this election between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, it’s this:

We can’t stand the other side. And each tribe loathes the other with absolute passion, as hatred and threats of revenge hang in the air.

This is where newly sworn-in Associate Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett comes in. And ...Read more



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