If Ken Starr, in The Wall Street Journal, praises his late friend Ruth Bader Ginsburg as humane, conscientious and just plain nice, that's good enough for me. We can talk later about who's going to take her Supreme Court seat and when.
I am minded, in the meantime, to remember her less as a constitutional bulldozer and more as a jurist ...Read more
We live in the age of assertion. Nothing requires proof -- least of all a claim about racial injustice, such as, "'Law and order' is just another name for an excuse to come down hard on people of color seeking affirmation of their long-disregarded rights."
You'll get no argument on that point from the progressive media, which normally gives a ...Read more
The impeccably credentialed National Association of Scholars, which strives for, among other things, truth in academic discourse, focused in a recent webinar on the peril that truth faces amid our present racial anxieties.
The new "truth" being vetted on the progressive left is that the whole of American history stems from chattel slavery.
I think I'll walk wide of heated conversations about Joe Biden's mental acuity, given my lack of standing as a participant -- or, more to the point, my overabundance of standing. When Joe emitted his first cry, back then in November 1942, I -- me! --had been crawling around my own corner of the world for eight whole months.
That backs both of ...Read more
Wheee! It's election time. Let the invective start -- the execrations, the exaggerations and the expostulations. That's what we do in 21st-century politics ; we execrate, exaggerate, expostulate. What's the point of the whole business otherwise? Our politicians are here to put bad people in their place -- meaning the people who oppose their own ...Read more
Thank the good Lord for the pandemic.
Well, sort of. Up to a point.
The upside of any disaster is the schoolroom it supplies for the acquisition of knowledge and learning concerning, for instance, the very modern case of American politics, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump, and -- need I go on? -- the inadequacy of power ...Read more
The craziness of the craziest times many of us have ever lived through has a bit to do with the lack of an off-ramp. We don't know how to make it stop. We don't know where we're going. We don't know what to do.
Well, sort of. A contemporary of mine, half a century ago, faced with inscrutable circumstances in the cultural/political world, was ...Read more
Never, goes the ancient adage, pick a fight you're not prepared to finish.
The craziness, the certifiable lunacy, that swirls about us testifies to the inability of the left to think through the implications of what it began, peaceably enough, last May in the streets of Minneapolis, which presently envelops the country to one degree or another....Read more
Back in the days when I knew everything worth knowing, I practiced the newspaper trade -- which was the reason I knew everything worth knowing. See, we journalists are smart. We ooze intelligence and wisdom. We know what's what. And we don't mind letting you in on it, gentle reader.
While I wipe the superior smirk from my face, I will relate ...Read more
A man of the mass entertainment world, President Donald Trump, would be familiar with vaudeville, where audiences that tired of a particular performer would cry with a single voice, "Get the hook!" Out from the wings would emerge a long pole with hook on the end, perfect for emptying the stage.
Recent polls are seen as suggesting hook time may ...Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in Monday with another example of its divided wisdom on abortion, refusing by a single vote to uphold a Louisiana law seen as making access to abortion unconstitutionally difficult.
Unconstitutionally difficult? What about less likely to result in another medical blockade of a developing life on the outskirts of ...Read more