From the Right



Media need to acknowledge when Trump does something right

SAN DIEGO -- I'm not used to defending President Trump, and I'm even more unaccustomed to feeling sorry for him. Now I'm doing both because of the raw deal that he got after a recent televised meeting on gun policy with lawmakers from both parties.

When Trump gets something wrong, the media and the special interests are quick to pounce. They ...Read more

Tucker Carlson has become the classic 'ugly' American

SAN DIEGO -- As a Latino opinion writer, I've had lots of people attack me by weaponizing the word "American."

A reader once scolded me for "writing like a Mexican" and told me to "write like an American." After a column where I described my love affair with this country, another reader sniped that my being American was "a technicality." And, ...Read more

America's not so great gun debate

SAN DIEGO -- Is anyone else embarrassed by the great American gun debate? It's not so great. In fact, much of it is absurd.

It's been two weeks since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, and we've learned that much of what went wrong in that case had nothing to do with guns.

It ...Read more

America was divided alright -- but not by the Russians

SAN DIEGO -- In light of indictments handed down against 13 Russian nationals by special counsel Robert Mueller for attempting to interfere in the 2016 election, both liberals and conservatives have gravitated to the narrative that the Russians succeeded in dividing Americans, fostering tribalism and creating discord in our politics. I get why ...Read more

America needs to talk about a lot more than just guns

SAN DIEGO -- After the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Americans are eager to talk about guns.

Half the country seems to be saying that firearms deserve all the blame for tragedies like these, while the other half is trying to exonerate guns completely. Both arguments are wrong.

Not that Americans shouldn't talk about guns -- and ...Read more

Hispanic organizations court Trump, wind up with scandal

SAN DIEGO -- One of my Mexican grandfather's favorite sayings was: Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres. Simply put, people judge you by the company you keep.

When we last tuned in to the sad but predictable telenovela starring Javier Palomarez, the president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was taking fire ...Read more

America's Olympic champions come from many backgrounds

SAN DIEGO -- If President Trump and the nativist wing of the GOP succeed in their suicide mission of cutting legal immigration to the United States, who's going to win all the Olympic medals?

Consider the heartwarming story of Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old snowboarder from Torrance, California, who won the gold medal in the women's half-pipe this ...Read more

Liberal media makes political fog even thicker

SAN DIEGO -- It's hard to remember a time when a simple four-page memo caused so much trouble.

Depending on how you feel about President Trump, the memo in question -- which was compiled by staffers in the office of Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee -- is either a smoking gun showing misbehavior by agencies during ...Read more

Dreamers neutralize the 'a-word'

SAN DIEGO -- Dreamers may have done the immigration debate a big favor by killing the "a-word."

As they try to shoot down plans to legalize the undocumented, immigration restrictionists in both parties love using a certain term. For many of these folks, anything that allows illegal immigrants to lawfully remain in the United States -- by giving...Read more

Trump should stop enabling American 'victims'

SAN DIEGO -- I must be a bad American. At the very least, I'm a tad heartless and running a quart low on empathy. After all, until Donald Trump came along, I just had no idea that so many of my fellow Americans had it so tough.

That's one of the takeaways from President Trump's economic message, which has gone from a frown to a smile and then ...Read more

Trump's speech proves he doesn't understand immigration

SAN DIEGO -- Judging from the most memorable line in President Trump's first State of the Union address, it turns out that "Americans are dreamers, too."

As Trump sees it, it's his duty -- and that of Congress -- to "defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream." All by ...Read more

Not all Dreamers should be granted legal status

SAN DIEGO -- The entire immigration debate -- over who comes, who goes, and who should stay -- has funneled down to one thing: ending the legal and bureaucratic nightmare caused by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The White House is poised to reveal the details of what it claims will be an immigration reform plan that can win ...Read more


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