Politics, Moderate





The Capitol Riot Aftermath Bodes Ill for Democracy

Someday, the past year or so may be remembered as a bout of temporary insanity among a large share of the American people. This group refused to take basic precautions against a devastating pandemic, swallowed the lies of a president who had lost an election, and excused a violent mob that attacked the Capitol to prevent Congress from doing its ...Read more

George Floyd Square Stands Strong as Some Try to Bulldoze it With ‘Critical Face Theory’ Hysteria

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s Sunday and there’s a respectful silence at George Floyd Square, as if people’s voices are pressed down to whispers by the gravity of the signs, the colorful murals, the pain-laden poems, the candles and flowers and the spot outside the Cup Foods store where a man’s murder under the knee of a police officer sparked a ...Read more

Have You Visited a Presidential Home Lately?

Politics, Moderate / Danny Tyree /

While in Santa Claus, Indiana to cool off at Holiday World, the Tyree family took a side trip to tour the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in nearby Lincoln City.

“But I thought Abraham Lincoln was from Kentucky!” a co-worker objected.

True, Honest Abe was born near Hodgenville in the Bluegrass State on February 12, 1809, and he would...Read more

How Drug Warriors Made the 'Opioid Epidemic' Deadlier

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

According to the lawsuits that four drug companies agreed to settle last week, the "opioid epidemic" was caused by overprescription of pain medication, which suggests that curtailing the supply of analgesics such as hydrocodone and oxycodone is the key to reducing opioid-related deaths. But that assumption has proven disastrously wrong and ...Read more

The Woke Cleveland Guardians

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

Last week, the perpetually offended scored another big win.

The venerable Cleveland Indians announced that next year their nickname will be the “Guardians,” a reference to two large landmark stone edifices near Progressive Field.

For the woke, the triumph isn’t quite on the scale of tumbling down or defacing statues of America’s ...Read more

Striking up Some Ratings for the Olympics

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Maybe croquet could improve the ratings for the 2021 Summer Olympics?

Please allow me to explain.

The COVID-delayed 2020 Olympics are on track to be the lowest watched games of the 21st century, according to marketing research firm Zeta Global.

The company has found that “More than 60 percent of Americans were unable to express ...Read more

Team Names

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

The Guardians?! After being known as the Indians since 1915, the best team name that the Cleveland baseball club could come up with was the Guardians? There are so many questions: Why did it take more than a hundred years to realize the previous name was obviously offensive to Native Americans? Why not return to one of the squad's earlier ...Read more

Cynical GOP Laws Barring Transgender Youth From Sports Will Fail, But Kids Will Be Hurt Along the Way

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

More than 250 bills seeking to limit the rights of LGBT people have been brought up or passed in state legislatures across the country this year.

Many target transgender youth by limiting access to gender-affirming medical care or prohibiting participation in school sports. Some seek to bar transgender people from restrooms consistent with ...Read more

Virtue Signaling Causes Ice Cream Headache

Filling your freezer with Ben & Jerry's won't improve prospects for Palestinian statehood, and denying yourself that pint of Cherry Garcia or Chunky Monkey does nothing to defend Israel's right to exist.

The boycott battle swirling around the United States' No. 1 ice cream brand isn't really about corporate responsibility, consumer ethics or ...Read more

The U.S. Constitution Says Treat All Defendants the Same

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Equal treatment under the law, right? I think every American agrees that when it comes to law enforcement, all citizens should be treated the same way.

So, how to explain the disparity in post-arrest treatment between last year's George Floyd protesters and this year's detainees from the breach at the U.S. Capitol?

Nothing that follows should ...Read more

Hypocrisy on Housing Is a Bipartisan Scourge

Right now, selling a home is akin to selling beer on a troopship: Buyers are so eager they'll pay almost any amount. The median home sales price in the United States was nearly 23% higher in June than a year earlier.

Surging demand is the immediate cause of the increase, and it will abate before long. But underlying it is a more durable factor:...Read more

A Shot Of Lies

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

A serious question: After a while, does Donald Trump believe his lies?

Trump has convinced his millions of devoted followers that he won the 2020 presidential election and should be serving a second term, in spite of unquestionable evidence to the contrary.

Some of his most passionate fans are showing their undying loyalty. But they are dying,...Read more

Happy Birthday to My Pastor Who Is Not Slowing Down at 71

When it comes to celebrating birthdays, one fun fact about my pastor, Overseer Sandra D. Carter, is that hers is a month-long festivity. She turned 71 on July 11, and our church, Vision of Breath with Life Ministries in Columbus, OH, had a steak and seafood dinner in her honor, dressing up in our Sunday best. Although she is designated as a ...Read more

Do You Love or Dread Family Portraits?

Politics, Moderate / Danny Tyree /

Tyrades! by Danny Tyree

My family took the easy way out - again.

We had our annual chance at a professional portrait and decided to let (insist) son Gideon pose solo for the umpteenth time.

Oh, we’ve had three-person portraits before and every once in a great while, I get an updated “mug shot” for this column (amazing how editors ...Read more

Political Dysfunction Keeps the 'Dreamers' in Purgatory

Someday, many years from now, historians will use the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as a case study in the monumental dysfunction of American democracy in the early 21st century. But there is no guarantee that the issue will be consigned to the history books by then. Many of the "dreamers" could pass on to the next world before ...Read more

Biden is ‘Rightfully and Respectfully’ President, Capitol Rioter Says at Sentencing as Consequences Bring Truth

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

As he faced the Dawn of Consequences, Paul Allard Hodgkins, a 38-year-old Florida man who carried a “Trump 2020” flag on the floor of the U.S. Senate during the Jan. 6 domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol, stood up in a federal courtroom and told the truth:

“I completely acknowledge and accept that Joseph R. Biden Jr. is rightfully ...Read more

Biden Is Trying to Impose Online Censorship by Proxy

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

President Joe Biden wants to suppress speech that discourages Americans from being vaccinated against COVID-19. Because the First Amendment does not allow him to do that, he is asking Facebook and other social media companies to do it for him.

Or at least that's the way White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who calls the Biden administration's...Read more

Next December's Dilemma

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

How could it be that even though reservations have been open since mid-June and it's nearly six months away, sales for Donald Trump's Florida and Texas appearances in mid-December have been blah. You'd think they would have been sold out by now, particularly since Trump will be paired with ... wait for it ... Bill O'Reilly!

The reaction has ...Read more

Car Buying Experience Hurt by the Dying Art of Haggling

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Car buyers are getting crushed by the rapid increase in the cost of new and used cars, but my dad’s old-school negotiating techniques might offer some relief.

Thanks to the rippling effects of the pandemic and the lockdowns, it’s harder to find a new car to buy in the first place.

As USA Today explains, our current car troubles ...Read more

Rex Huppke: COVID-19 vaccine misinformation from Fox News & GOP is killing people, with an assist from Big Tech

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

These recent headlines tell the story of a crime:

“COVID-19 infections are rising again in parts of Illinois.”

“US COVID-19 cases rising again, doubling over three weeks.”

“Covid-19 cases are surging in 46 states.”

Hospital beds in Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and a number of other states are again filling up with COVID-19 ...Read more