Sat, Sep 12, 2009

Jillian Bandes | September 12, 2009

Obama recently claimed that his opponents were "playing games." At Saturday's march on Washington, hundreds of thousands of conservatives gathered not for games, but for action.

Carl Horowitz | September 12, 2009

For nearly 50 years it has been an article of faith among American conservatives that liberty and tradition are mutually reinforcing.

Fri, Sep 11, 2009

Brent Bozell | September 11, 2009

Cable television is a minefield of unspeakable raunch for children, who, like it or not, freely roam the hallways of this medium at night. The Parents Television Council has issued its list of the Top 10 Worst Cable TV Shows for Kids. One hopes that someone out there is shocked.

Dan Kennedy | September 11, 2009

"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact," said Sherlock Holmes. This explains, I guess, how so many independent voters, moderate Democrats and even moderate Republicans were deceived by the Obama who campaigned for the presidency.

Dan Gainor | September 11, 2009

No matter how little media focus they get, president's tough times are getting tougher with nationwide 9-12 events.

Terry Paulson | September 11, 2009

Labor Day has come and gone. Today, let's celebrate "Small Business Entrepreneur Day." No day off is needed. Owners want business, not days off they have to pay for!

Jerry Bowyer | September 11, 2009

People rhetorically ask where God was on 9/11 as though He wasn't anywhere. Or they ask it accusingly, the way a detective asks a suspect if he has an alibi.

Kathryn Lopez | September 11, 2009

Reality-show star Jon Gosselin did it. Country singer Shania Twain, whose "One" has become a wedding standard, wound up a victim of it. An endless parade of politicians has done it, and those are the ones we wind up knowing about.

Richard Olivastro | September 11, 2009

“A lot of seniors do not know what’s coming down the pike… When they hear (about it) they’re going to be upset,” said U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Sander’s statement refers to last month’s projection by the Social Security trustees that there will not be a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the next two years.

Heather S. Heidelbaugh | September 11, 2009

ACORN argues that the law and its enforcement precludes ACORN “from hiring and paying employees to advance the organization’s goal of registering eligible voters, thereby imposing a severe burden on ACORN’s First and Fourteenth Amendment Rights.”

Janice Shaw Crouse | September 11, 2009

Even after nearly twenty years of living in the Washington, D.C. area and studying its various inhabitants — politicians, lobbyists, journalists, and bureaucrats — there are still times when it is difficult, if not impossible, to tell what is theatre and what is real.

Michelle Malkin | September 11, 2009

New Delhi. Mumbai. Chechnya. Madrid. London. The question isn't whether America will suffer a jihadi attack on our passenger rail lines, but when. So, why has President Obama neutered the nation's most highly trained post-Sept. 11 counterterrorism rail security team?

Jonah Goldberg | September 11, 2009

It seems to me the "birther" hypothesis is vastly more plausible than the "truther" hypothesis. Politicians lie to advance their careers. You can look it up.

David Limbaugh | September 11, 2009

Can someone explain to me how President Barack Obama's grandiose scheme destined to reduce the quality of the best health care system in the history of the world, force millions of people who choose not to purchase health insurance to purchase it, greatly increase medical costs, our deficits and national debt, ultimately reduce patient choice, and place health care decisions in the hands of heartless bureaucrats is somehow a demonstration of compassion?

Mona Charen | September 11, 2009

Let's stipulate that it was wrong of Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., to shout "You lie" during President Obama's health care speech. It was a violation of courtesy and etiquette. Wilson apologized -- which is more than the Democrats who booed President Bush's State of the Union address in 2005 ever did. But I confess that watching at home, similar expostulations were heard. Some seemed to have burst, irrepressible, from my own lips.

Oliver North | September 11, 2009

We're with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in southern Helmand province, just 75 kilometers from Pakistan, in "battle space" that was the heart of Taliban territory until a few weeks ago.

Pat Buchanan | September 11, 2009

Flying home from London, where the subject of formal debate on the 70th anniversary of World War II had been whether Winston Churchill was a liability or asset to the Free World, one arrives in the middle of a far more acrimonious national debate right here in the United States.

Michael Gerson | September 11, 2009

In 1950, Lionel Trilling could write, "In the United States at this time liberalism is not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition." In 1980, as the Reagan revolution was starting, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan concluded, "Of a sudden, the GOP has become the party of ideas." Where now is the intellectual center of gravity -- the thrill of innovation, the ideological momentum -- in American politics? Not in the party of Obama.

Suzanne Fields | September 11, 2009

Conservatives and other parents won their point. President Obama dropped his lesson plan for the schoolchildren of America. He didn't ask what they can do for him, as he first intended to do, but what they can do for themselves and country.

David Harsanyi | September 11, 2009

Those who claim that President Barack Obama's speech on health care this week wasn't a glorious success are fooling themselves. A Washington takeover of health care never sounded so enticing or fun.

Jillian Bandes | September 11, 2009

A new poll shows that 58% of Americans don’t want abortions to be paid for as part of any new public insurance plan.

Linda Chavez | September 11, 2009

For 60 years, Democrats have been trying to force a government health care system on a deeply skeptical American public, without success. And if President Obama fails this time, it's unlikely we'll see another attempt anytime soon. But despite the president's recriminations, he has only himself to blame.

Diana West | September 11, 2009

Four U.S. Marines died by the new rules of engagement (ROE) in Afghanistan on Tuesday in an ambush against Afghan forces and their U.S. trainers. There, journalist Jonathan S. Landay of McClatchey Newspapers witnessed it, wrote it down and subsequently published the story.

Rich Tucker | September 11, 2009

Maybe August was simply a long dream (or nightmare, for some politicians). Our leaders spent the month in town hall meetings, hearing from citizens who want nothing to do with government-controlled health care.

Charles Krauthammer | September 11, 2009

So Van Jones, the defenestrated White House green-jobs czar, once called Republicans "a--holes." Big deal. I've said worse about Democrats. I've said worse about Republicans. I've said worse about members of my family (you know who you are).

Larry Kudlow | September 11, 2009

The day after President Obama's impassioned speech for big-government health care, Wall Street bet heavily that the so-called government-insurance option he supports is dead.

Thu, Sep 10, 2009

Donald Lambro | September 10, 2009

There is no question the economy is now in the early stages of recovery, though it has a long way to go before it gets back on its feet again and regains full health.

Doug Giles | September 10, 2009

It appears as if ACORN is not just into soup kitchens, daycare, voter fraud and town hall intimidation; they will also help a young wannabe Madame jumpstart a whorehouse.

Armstrong Williams | September 10, 2009

As Congress returns from its August recess, the political debate on health care reform revolves around four basic issues.

Paul Greenberg | September 10, 2009

At the outset of the great break-up of the Soviet Union, many of us hoped Russia would emerge as a free country, if not an ally then a friend. Looking back, any outcome so idyllic was about as realistic as Russia's becoming something other than Russia.

Thomas Sowell | September 10, 2009

"Hubris-laden charlatans" was the way a recent e-mail from a reader characterized the Obama administration. That phrase seems especially appropriate for the Charlatan-in-Chief, Barack Obama, whose speech to a joint session of Congress was both a masterpiece of rhetoric and a shameless fraud.

Carrie Lukas | September 10, 2009

Health care has dominated policy-related press. It makes sense: the President and the Democratic Party are proposing a massive reorganization of our healthcare sector, and a government expansion that would cost taxpayers hundreds of billions-and potentially trillions-of dollars.

Peter Ferrara | September 10, 2009

The American people enjoy the legal right to buy, sell, and own gold and silver, including gold and silver coins, as specifically recognized by Federal statute.

Cliff May | September 10, 2009

Eight years ago this week, Osama bin Laden watched and then celebrated as a terrorist attack he had authorized brought down the World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon, slaughtering thousands of innocent Americans.

George Will | September 10, 2009

Becoming governor next year will be a daunting challenge for California's Republican insurance commissioner, but Steve Poizner has surmounted other obstacles, as when he volunteered to teach without pay in an East San Jose high school.

Hugh Hewitt | September 10, 2009

President Obama's very big, incredibly important, game changing speech-to-end-all-speeches on health care cam across as panicky, too high pitched, and schoolyard bullyish.

Michael Barone | September 10, 2009

The resignation over the Labor Day weekend of White House "green jobs" czar Van Jones tells you some interesting things about the Obama administration.

Larry Elder | September 10, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of the day when we would judge not by color of skin, but by content of character. For the most part, that day has arrived.

Ken Blackwell | September 10, 2009

Reagan's Mexico City Doctrine was a true reflection of his worldview. He did not view people as a problem. He did not see population growth as an obstacle to development.

Cal Thomas | September 10, 2009

Who wrote the following: "We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about 'unthinkable things' because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless."

Debra J. Saunders | September 10, 2009

One of the (many) irritating things about being a Republican in the liberal Bay Area is the certainty that if there is a story out there that makes conservatives look stupid, then you know that wherever you go, folks are going to ask you about that particular flap.

Matt Towery | September 10, 2009

Americans are scared stiff about a host of issues, including job security, credit availability, home values, international threats, even the Swine flu ... you name it.

Emmett Tyrrell | September 10, 2009

Sept. 1 was the 70th anniversary of Hitler's blitzkrieg into Poland and the beginning of World War II. Fifty million people died.

Steve Chapman | September 10, 2009

Even if Obama had made an exceptional effort not to raise hackles, he would have raised hackles among some Americans. But he didn't make quite the effort he should have.

Tom Foley | September 10, 2009

Our leaders in Washington are on a spending spree while the average American is struggling to pay his or her bills and to restore financial sanity to their households.

Ross Mackenzie | September 10, 2009

In a Washington Post op/ed, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin opposed a cap-and-trade energy tax on energy, economic, environmental, and national security grounds.

Matthew Vadum | September 10, 2009

The far-left ACORN, America’s most notorious activist network, is working to bring about radical change by creating chaos.

Wed, Sep 09, 2009

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | September 09, 2009

As we observe the eighth anniversary of al-Qaida's attack on our nation, I propose that we imagine ourselves under attack, albeit a more insidious, less spectacular one.

Ann Coulter | September 09, 2009

The only reason you can't keep -- or often obtain -- health insurance if you move or lose your job now is because of ... government intrusion into the free market.

Michael Reagan | September 09, 2009

On August 14 a young Marine Lance Corporal, Joshua Bernard, was struck by a Taliban-fired RPG during an ambush while on patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. This American hero suffered severe leg wounds and eventually succumbed to his injuries on a field hospital operating table.

Robert Knight | September 09, 2009

When someone is appointed to a federal executive post, the vetting process is far more elaborate. The Secret Service understandably wants to know who’s within spittin’ distance of the president.

Rich Galen | September 09, 2009

In the run up to his speech before a Joint Session of Congress tonight, President Barack Obama had a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) at the White House.

Michelle Malkin | September 09, 2009

Tom Daschle is the human toe fungus of Washington -- a persistent infection that may disappear from time to time, but always comes back with a vengeance.

John Stossel | September 09, 2009

I wish President Obama would say to Congress: Members of Congress, I ask you to address our fiscal emergency.

Walter E. Williams | September 09, 2009

With the massive increases in federal spending, inflation is one of the risks that awaits us. To protect us from the political demagoguery that will accompany that inflation, let's now decide what is and what is not inflation. One price or several prices rising is not inflation.

Brent Bozell | September 09, 2009

Is President Obama getting overexposed? This we know: A firm believer in all his fawning media clips, Obama thinks there is no political problem he cannot overcome with yet another nationally televised address. Not only has he scheduled an umpteenth appearance in prime time, he now insists on addressing the nation's schoolchildren.

Jonah Goldberg | September 09, 2009

Brandi Scheiner believes she is a political prisoner. Held against her will in what is euphemistically dubbed a "rubber room," Scheiner, 56, likens her two-year captivity to being imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. Alas, it's unlikely the Red Cross will hear her case.

Tony Blankley | September 09, 2009

As the politicians who support the president's health care plans escape back into Washington from America -- and as the politicians who oppose the president's health care plans leave their safe redoubt in the heartland and go once more behind the lines into the hostile territory of the Federal Triangle -- only one thing is certain: We don't know the end of this story.

Cal Thomas | September 09, 2009

HBO showed the film "Schindler's List" last week. The 1993 Steven Spielberg movie never ceases to arouse my deepest emotions. The perennial question put forth in the film remains: How could people wantonly kill so many others as a matter of state policy?

Michael Medved | September 09, 2009

What is the President likely to say in his big speech to Congress on health care and how should Republicans respond to him?

Michael Gerson | September 09, 2009

President Jimmy Carter once sent a note to an adviser extolling the importance of crisis to leadership. "When a president has authority to act unilaterally (as in a crisis), his leadership can be exerted. Otherwise, compromise, delay and confusion are more likely. It's our system. I like it."

Terry Jeffrey | September 09, 2009

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is planning to move several hundred Border Patrol agents away from the U.S.-Mexico border and will not secure a single additional mile of the U.S. border in fiscal 2010, according to the department's annual performance report.

Ben Shapiro | September 09, 2009

On Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, President Obama's hand-picked "green jobs czar," Van Jones, resigned. The media, which ignored all of Van Jones' foibles back when President Obama appointed him in March, has determined that there's nothing more to report here. Except that one unanswered question remains: Why did the White House appoint Jones in the first place?

David Harsanyi | September 09, 2009

Why did The Associated Press -- and newspapers across the country -- run the controversial and disturbing images of an American Marine dying in Afghanistan? The AP said it was "to make public an image that conveys the grimness of war and the sacrifice of young men and women fighting it."

Austin Bay | September 09, 2009

Knowledge is the first line of defense in any conflict, and by knowledge I mean intelligence. Preventing future surprise 9-11s requires superior intelligence. Targeting terrorist perpetrators requires superior intelligence. Producing superior intelligence requires a decent intelligence organization, but always requires superior intelligence officers.

Jacob Sullum | September 09, 2009

When the government accuses a doctor of running a "pill mill," prosecutors portray every aspect of his practice in a sinister light. Prescribing painkillers becomes drug trafficking, applying for insurance reimbursement becomes fraud, making bank deposits becomes money laundering and working with people at the office becomes conspiracy.

Ed Feulner | September 09, 2009

The president has countless things to worry about, but at least he can be confident his children are safe. Whether the First Family is vacationing in the Grand Canyon or hosting town halls in New Hampshire, Secret Service agents are always on the job.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | September 09, 2009

In this edition of Ask Carrie, Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz answers one reader's question about tackling tough issues with Medicare and Social Security following her spouse's death.

Charlotte Allen | September 09, 2009

Community colleges, once the stepchildren of higher education, have become objects of loving attention by the Obama administration, which is looking for ways to shower them with federal dollars.

Marybeth Hicks | September 09, 2009

Every year, on the night before school starts, I announce that it’s time to take a walk. All six of us fan out throughout the house to find our flip flops, someone gets a leash for Scotty the dog, and we set out in a disorganized band up our street.

Eric Singer | September 09, 2009

Now that many Americans realize the Obamacare bills in Congress herald a government takeover of U.S. health care, they can’t afford to relax.

Tue, Sep 08, 2009

Phyllis Schlafly | September 08, 2009

A significant part of Barack Obama's plan to "change" America involves having the federal government take control of public school curriculum, plus compiling a database of personal information about each student. The takeover is planned to be accomplished by talking directly to the kids in their schools and by attaching extraordinary strings to the $128 billion of stimulus funds shoveled into education.

Pat Buchanan | September 08, 2009

If the aphorism holds -- the guerrilla wins if he does not lose -- the Taliban are winning and America is losing the war in Afghanistan.

Mona Charen | September 08, 2009

Arguably violating its embed agreement, the near universal press practice since 9/11, and the expressed wishes of the family, the Associated Press went ahead and published a photograph of mortally wounded Marine Lance Corporal Joshua "Bernie" Bernard, killed in action in Afghanistan. The AP also ignored the pleas of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who had implored the press agency as a "matter of judgment and common decency" not to publish the photo.

Debra J. Saunders | September 08, 2009

"You Don't Know Jack" is the perfect title for the upcoming HBO biopic starring Al Pacino as Death Doc Jack Kevorkian -- because it is clear that many of Kevorkian's fawning interviewers don't know much about Jack.

Donald Lambro | September 08, 2009

The armies of "tea party" conservatives who packed town-hall meetings last month to oppose President's Obama's $1 trillion government healthcare plan are bringing their protest movement to the Capitol Saturday to urge its defeat.

David Limbaugh | September 08, 2009

With the resignation of green czar Van Jones despite their efforts to protect him, the mainstream media have finally been reduced to sputtering incoherence, as they've observed the un-deification of their anointed messiah and experienced firsthand their own diminishing relevance.

Maggie Gallagher | September 08, 2009

I was in Maine on the day that marriage qualified for the ballot this November. I went to Maine as president and founder of the National Organization for Marriage, which helped local groups organize the signature drive in Maine, as we did in California for Proposition 8.

Scooter Schaefer | September 08, 2009

When college students' parents finally join that caravan of departing SUV's and mini-vans, there is often an elated sigh of relief. Suddenly the expectations, responsibilities and obligations their parents diligently enforced fall prey to that age old prophesy: out of sight, out of mind.

Richard Olivastro | September 08, 2009

Recess is over. As the dog days of summer begin to recede in our nation, children are returning to school, and federal legislators will soon leave their local districts and return to Washington.

Joseph C. Phillips | September 08, 2009

Quick question: how many Marxists, Communists, Domestic Terrorists and raving racialists does the President get to associate with before reasonable people can assume that the president on some level shares their particular vision of America?

Ken Klukowski | September 08, 2009

If Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s prosecutor knocks on Dick Cheney's door asking about CIA interrogations, Mr. Cheney should refuse to say a single word.

Thomas Sowell | September 08, 2009

The most important thing about what anyone says are not the words themselves but the credibility of the person who says them.

Chuck Norris | September 08, 2009

President Barack Obama is taking a bold move this week to address both American public schools and, in prime time, a joint session of Congress. I pondered what I would say to both groups about Obamacare if I had the chance.

Tarren Bragdon | September 08, 2009

I met with Senator Snowe personally during the August recess back here in Maine when she spoke with dozens of Maine folks in a series of health care talks throughout the state.

Neal Boortz | September 08, 2009

Today at noon Barack Obama addresses the nation’s schoolchildren.

Lorie Byrd | September 08, 2009

Conservative thought has always been the mainstream. Maybe the country’s choice of where they get their news is finally following.

John Hawkins | September 08, 2009

Many people are aware that Britain, France, Russia, and the other powers of Europe had the opportunity to stop Hitler, but the truth is that the German people had countless chances to do so as well.

Mike Adams | September 08, 2009

Ada Gregory is the director of the Women’s Center at Duke University. She thinks campus rape is more prevalent at Duke than recent statistics suggest

Rebecca Hagelin | September 08, 2009

Every time I write about how the modern culture seems dead-set on destroying the confidence of America's little boys, I am swamped with e-mail.

Mon, Sep 07, 2009

W. Thomas Smith, Jr | September 07, 2009

Whoever believes, “All men are created equal,” never stood face-to-face with Michael E. Thornton.

Nathan Tabor | September 07, 2009

President Barack Obama, and his Democrat Party cohorts, simply fails to understand that government doesn’t create jobs and spark the economy.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | September 07, 2009

Now that he is gone, the average person may think that the controversy should be over.

Allen Hunt | September 07, 2009

an overbearing Granny Government can create the new risk of so gutting the role of parent, and so weakening the life of a child, that a new generation will fail to launch.

Michael Barone | September 07, 2009

"Very active." That's what White House aides say Barack Obama is going to be this month. That's probably an understatement. Obama faces September deadlines on three issues.

Star Parker | September 07, 2009

An essay that appeared in Science magazine back in the 1960's explains clearly and concisely the self-destructive path we're on in our country today.

Bruce Bialosky | September 07, 2009

Americans have rarely seen war. Even during the World Wars, only a relatively small number of Americans saw war up close.

Carol Platt Liebau | September 07, 2009

Van Jones, the President’s designated “Green Jobs Czar,” resigned his post after his ties to a 9/11 “truther” group and use of a vulgarity to describe Republicans began attracting unwelcome scrutiny.

Rachel Marsden | September 07, 2009

The Washington Post recently hypothesized that you can gage the state of the economy by the state of men’s underwear drawers.

Jerry Agar | September 07, 2009

For me I guess it will be like it is for an atheist on Christmas Day.

Sun, Sep 06, 2009

David Stokes | September 06, 2009

Thomas Cronin, currently the McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College, wrote an essay nearly 40 years ago entitled “Superman: Our Textbook President.”

Salena Zito | September 06, 2009

The best observation that any politico can offer on the three-way U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania between Republican Pat Toomey and two Democrats, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, is that it’s complicated.

Austin Hill | September 06, 2009

It has been quite well established that August was a bad month for the President, himself, as well as for his legislative agenda. Today he clearly needs to do some repair work with the American people, so as to prevent further free-fall of his approval ratings, and perhaps more importantly, to prevent further decline in the level of “trust” with which Americans view him.

Steve Chapman | September 06, 2009

People don't always get what they deserve in this world, so it is gratifying to see when someone does.

Ken Connor | September 06, 2009

Sometimes fairy tales are better than non-fiction at communicating essential truths. Anyone who has read Shakespeare or been transfixed by the tales of Tolkien or C.S. Lewis understands this well.

Paul Jacob | September 06, 2009

This Thursday in a federal court in Washington state, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle will, ahem, settle an important question.

Kevin McCullough | September 06, 2009

Seeing that polls give us little snapshots of what the appetite of the nation is like at any given moment, I'm astounded by the moment we find ourselves in.