Sun, Sep 20, 2009

David Stokes | September 20, 2009

Cue the doves in places like Prague, Warsaw, Moscow, Tehran, and Caracas. Peace is at hand. Peace in our time.

Paul Driessen | September 20, 2009

“Since when did you become a global warming alarmist?” I kidded Norman midway into our telephone conversation a few weeks before this amazing scientist and humanitarian died.

Sat, Sep 19, 2009

Doug Giles | September 19, 2009

It’s been quite interesting watching and reading the statements coming from ACORN and various “news” organizations about the “facts” of the Giles/O’Keefe ACORN caper.

Janet M. LaRue | September 19, 2009

The Ku Klux Klan may start marketing a line of baby bigot wear if they fall for Newsweek's Sept. 14, cover story, "See Baby Discriminate."

Dan Kennedy | September 19, 2009

Here’s a number you’re not likely to hear from the nightly news: According to the CNW Marketing Research Automotive Consumer Spending & Attitudes Survey of 9/09, one in six people who traded in their car during the cash-for-clunkers program already regret their decision, mostly because of the new or higher monthly car payments and insurance costs they’re burdened with.

Dan Gainor | September 19, 2009

Bruce Springsteen once wrote: “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come).” I doubt he expected that story of love gone wrong would become ideal political commentary for the group known as ACORN.

Carrie Lukas | September 19, 2009

Washington—and indeed the country—is engaged in a great conversation about the government's role in our health care system. That's an important debate: changing government's role in health care will affect the lives of just about all Americans.

Robert Knight | September 19, 2009

If past media coverage is any gauge, America is about to get a giant, mushy Hallmark card on behalf of Islam on Friday, September 25. That's the day of the Islam on Capitol Hill rally, which organizers estimate will attract 50,000 Muslims to Washington, D.C.

Fri, Sep 18, 2009

Frank Gaffney | September 18, 2009

Last March, during a visit to Moscow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was made to look foolish when she presented her host, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, with a box festooned with a button marked "Reset" in English.

Floyd Brown | September 18, 2009

"Is ACORN Intentionally Structured As a Criminal Enterprise?" is the title of a July 2009 U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform report by Congressman Darrell Issa.

Joel Mowbray | September 18, 2009

Looking at the latest high-profile “report” from the United Nations on the recent war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, it’s not difficult to understand why the vast majority of Americans harbor deep distrust of the international body.

Kathryn Lopez | September 18, 2009

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is a scandal. This story has become breaking news lately thanks to some recent guerilla journalism. But the problems of ACORN represent a broader, and even more scandalous idea: the conventional acceptance of the left's self-righteous claims to having a monopoly on all politics, policy and lifestyles that are good.

Rich Tucker | September 18, 2009

It used to be that if somebody did a poor job but didn’t want to fix it, he’d shrug and say, “Well, that’s good enough for government work.” But these days, that’s the problem.

Meredith Turney | September 18, 2009

The standard for achieving shock value these days has reached an alarming level. A jaded, cynical, technologically sophisticated populous is inundated with images, behavior and language that just a generation ago would have been considered disgusting and prurient by any community’s standards.

Ken Blackwell | September 18, 2009

So, when Evan Thomas writes a column titled “The Case for Killing Granny” in a major news weekly, people should take notice. Thomas wants us to face up to reality.

Joel Mowbray | September 18, 2009

Looking at the latest high-profile “report” from the United Nations on the recent war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, it’s not difficult to understand why the vast majority of Americans harbor deep distrust of the international body.

Charles Krauthammer | September 18, 2009

You lie? No. Barack Obama doesn't lie. He's too subtle for that. He ... well, you judge.

Michelle Malkin | September 18, 2009

The truth is more sordid than any fictional scenarios caught on tape: ACORN is a corrupt enterprise.

Jonah Goldberg | September 18, 2009

Of all the poisonous, ugly and intellectually vapid controversies ginned up in my lifetime, the current breakout of St. Vitus' Dance over the "racist" opposition to Barack Obama may be the most egregious.

David Limbaugh | September 18, 2009

Who is more likely racist, the person who sees race every time she turns around or the person who aspires toward colorblindness?

Mona Charen | September 18, 2009

Just as the U.N. Human Rights Council is besmirching itself in this way, the Obama administration elects to lend it the prestige of American membership. Shame appears to be in season.

Oliver North | September 18, 2009

Our Fox News team has spent nearly a month embedded in Afghanistan on operations that span the length and breadth of this harsh land.

Pat Buchanan | September 18, 2009

Ten days ago, the president played his ace of trumps.

Suzanne Fields | September 18, 2009

The attack on America on Sept. 11 set off alarms everywhere. We were shocked to discover that few Foreign Service officers were fluent in Arabic or Farsi, the dominant languages of the Middle East. We didn't know much about Islam. Children grew up on the engrossing and romantic "Tales of the Arabian Nights," but few parents thought much about the implications of women portrayed in veils and harems, as the property of men.

Michael Gerson | September 18, 2009

The streets of West Garfield Park provide a distant vista of the Sears Tower and closer views of corner drug dealers, abandoned buildings still defended by barbed wire and trash pickers pushing shopping carts on their slow rounds.

David Harsanyi | September 18, 2009

If you've been paying attention lately, you may be under the impression that the United States is spiraling into mass incivility.

Linda Chavez | September 18, 2009

Instead of a debate on the merits of President Obama's health care proposals or congressional Democrats' failure to produce a bill that has any chance of bipartisan support, we've been diverted this week by a disgraceful sideshow.

Diana West | September 18, 2009

South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson may have unexpectedly ignited an explosion of race rhetoric with two words in the House chamber -- "You lie" -- but I can snuff it out with two words in a newspaper -- "Jimmy Carter."

Donald Lambro | September 18, 2009

Some of Barack Obama's political and media allies are having a hard time coming to grips with what motivates his opponents -- or understanding why their offensive has been so effective.

Ed Feulner | September 18, 2009

Students of history know it’s never a good policy to bet against the United States military. American warriors have a knack for turning the tide toward victory just when things look bleakest.

Gary Aldrich | September 18, 2009

Watching the developing courageous and romantic story of two young people brave enough go undercover and discover the truth can distract us from seeing the obvious.

Patrick J. Michaels | September 18, 2009

President Obama’s risky perseverance on health care is running over another of his pet government expansions—the cap-and-trade bill sent by the House on June 26 for Senate consideration.

Thu, Sep 17, 2009

Janice Shaw Crouse | September 17, 2009

The number of women involved as pimps in sex trafficking is disproportionate to the number of female perpetrators in other criminal activity.

Jillian Bandes | September 17, 2009

President Obama's rally at the University of Maryland on Thursday was a highly choreographed campaign event that drew in college students and union members by the thousands.

Michael Reagan | September 17, 2009

The Democrats, led by certain members of Congress and former President Jimmy Carter, have developed a new tactic to dismiss growing displeasure with President Obama's policies.

Cliff May | September 17, 2009

Missile defense - as the term might suggest - is defensive, not offensive. Brilliant American scientists have developed sophisticated technologies to prevent missiles - including those armed with nuclear warheads - from reaching their intended victims.

Richard Olivastro | September 17, 2009

The mental gymnastics being executed as part of the political oratory in favor of changing Health Care as we know it into something very, very different is part of the “reform” ruse being perpetrated by the government.

George Landrith | September 17, 2009

As a Republican, I am not usually in the business of offering President Obama useful political advice, but in this case, I am happy to let President Obama know about an opportunity he has to unite Republicans and Democrats behind a policy that would bolster our national defense and save American jobs.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | September 17, 2009

Was President Obama's comment Monday calling black rapper Kanye West "a jackass" prejudiced?

Michael Barone | September 17, 2009

It's also true that job creation accelerated in 2004 and kept going for another three years. Perhaps, although Democrats would not like to admit it, the Bush economic policies had something to do with that.

Larry Elder | September 17, 2009

Former President Jimmy Carter is not content having left office with high inflation, high interest rates and high unemployment.

Cal Thomas | September 17, 2009

When Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, some suggested that race played a factor in his success. People "wanted" to elect a black man president because of our history of slavery and the denial of civil rights for so many years to African-Americans.

Debra J. Saunders | September 17, 2009

I would not go see the film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" because I found more cruelty than humor in deliberately exposing unwitting civilians to the easy ridicule of smug sophomores.

Matt Towery | September 17, 2009

Oh, the irony that former President Jimmy Carter has claimed big headlines by saying that South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst against Barack Obama during the president's speech last week was racially motivated.

Jillian Bandes | September 17, 2009

Dawn Johnson, on the docket for the position of Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Council, is another Obama nominee with the potential to change the shape of American politics.

Steve Chapman | September 17, 2009

For years, I've been wishing for another Ross Perot -- a leader who would awaken the American people to the dangers of living beyond our national means through huge federal budget deficits.

Emmett Tyrrell | September 17, 2009

My absurdity meter has blown up. The current news has been simply too much for this frail device, which I attach to my television set to give me a daily reading of the news' absurdity content.

Ross Mackenzie | September 17, 2009

Hemingway's real-world big two-hearted languishes along not far away. Likewise, this river -- there below the birches, knows no politics or ideology. It baptizes an occasional swimmer.

George Will | September 17, 2009

"This is just the beginning," said Yosi Sergant to participants in an Aug. 10 conference call that seems to have been organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and certainly was joined by a functionary from the White House Office of Public Engagement. The call was the beginning of the end of Sergant's short tenure as NEA flack -- he has been reassigned. The call also was the beginning of a small scandal that illuminates something gargantuan -- the Obama administration's incontinent lust to politicize everything.

Wed, Sep 16, 2009

Ann Coulter | September 16, 2009

I'm trying to get to the next installment of my Pulitzer Prize-deserving series on liberal lies about national health care, but apparently liberals have decided to torture us by neurotically fixating on one lie.

Marvin Olasky | September 16, 2009

Journalists love the unusual: "Man bites dog" stories are big. So how should reporters have reacted to a Minneapolis surprise last month?

Ashley Herzog | September 16, 2009

For liberals, the health care debate apparently boils down to the psychological qualities of the two sides. Nice people want socialized medicine, and mean, selfish people don’t.

Rich Galen | September 16, 2009

ACORN is an acronym for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. It is one of those manufactured acronyms that come before the name is invented to fit the acronym. Does that explanation make any sense?

Michelle Malkin | September 16, 2009

Undercover journalism is only acceptable when it fits a liberal agenda. That is the message from "professional" reporters and left-wing activists outraged about three successful video stings targeting President Obama's old friends at the left-wing tax-subsidized outfit ACORN.

John Stossel | September 16, 2009

It's time for a change. Next month, I leave ABC News to start a weekly one-hour prime time show with Fox News.

Walter E. Williams | September 16, 2009

Instead of President Obama addressing school students across the nation, he might have accomplished more by focusing his attention on the educational rot in schools in the nation's capital.

Brent Bozell | September 16, 2009

It's very easy to be outraged by the way our "objective" media greeted the massive Sept. 12 rally against Big Government in Washington and across the country. They treated it as a menacing surge of white anger, meanness, and racism. But all the media bias against this rally clearly illustrates one nagging truth for media liberals: They really don't think conservatives should be allowed to protest. It's somehow like a copyright violation.

Mike Adams | September 16, 2009

Unfortunately, you've excluded a very important group of students on our campus. I would like to come join you to speak on their behalf. That group is, of course, the straight student population that refuses to join your political alliance in support of the gay "civil rights" agenda.

Tony Blankley | September 16, 2009

With one-sixth of the Obama administration's term of office complete, last week it revealed its profound commitment to an unprecedented policy of eschewing the exercise of great-power diplomacy -- and indeed of being willing to consciously accept humiliation -- in the hope of gaining future advantage from talking with hostile but weaker nations.

Michael Medved | September 16, 2009

Everyone knows that Americans are bitterly divided over politics but what is the fundamental nature of that division? What is the core disagreement that separates conservatives from liberals, right from left?

Michael Gerson | September 16, 2009

There is a segment of society for whom traditional family values are increasingly irrelevant, and for whom spring-break sexual liberationism is increasingly costly: men and women in their 20s.

Terry Jeffrey | September 16, 2009

In the three days following President Obama's speech to Congress pitching his proposed makeover of the U.S. health care system, the Washington Post-ABC News poll asked this question: "Overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by Congress and the Obama administration?

Ben Shapiro | September 16, 2009

On the Internet, there is a famous principle that has come to be known as Godwin's Law. Named after columnist Mike Godwin, the Godwin Law states that as Internet discussions grow longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler (whether legitimate or illegitimate) approaches. Anyone who has spent any time browsing the blogosphere can verify Godwin's Law.

Austin Bay | September 16, 2009

When American special operations forces (SOF) operating in Somalia killed a terrorist mastermind this past week, media reports focused on the drama and the bombast.

Jillian Bandes | September 16, 2009

In the wake of the Van Jones resignation, Townhall.com is taking a look at a few other characters in Obama’s closet and what their policies could mean for America. First on the list is Thomas Perez.

Bill Murchison | September 16, 2009

It helps to read history. We know, or should, that American life shows us nothing like the social and political conniptions that Germany experienced in the 1920s, France in the 1790s and the United States in the 1850s. But something is cooking...

Jacob Sullum | September 16, 2009

The other day, I was trying to figure out why the paycheck deduction for my health insurance was higher than I had expected. When I called my insurer to ask what the total premium was, the customer service representative said it was none of my business.

Bill Bennett | September 16, 2009

Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, American history is an irreversible force, ever-progressing and changing the course of human history. Within the past five years alone, America established the first modern democratic state in the Middle East and elected the first African-American president in history.

Marybeth Hicks | September 16, 2009

Through emotional outbursts in virtually every corner of our culture, from the halls of government to popular music to professional sports, famous folks recently have offered up a veritable smorgasbord of bad taste on which to comment.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | September 16, 2009

Many projections of what you need to save for retirement are based on 30 years. But if your life expectancy is only 15 years, is it reasonable to divide those projections by two?

Tom Tancredo | September 16, 2009

Whether or not he breached House decorum, Joe’s actions were both true and effective. Obama admitted as much by proposing changes to the bill to limit illegal aliens’ access to Obamacare. Joe’s apology is enough, but Obama’s concessions are not.

Tue, Sep 15, 2009

Nathan Tabor | September 15, 2009

During his presidential campaign, then-Senator Barack Obama told a Christian Broadcasting Network correspondent something that should have alerted -- if not frightened every one of the tens of millions of Christians in the United States.

Christopher Merola | September 15, 2009

This Thursday, September 17th, 2009, will be the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution. We have come a long way as a nation in that time, but have we gone the way our founding fathers intended us to go?

Jerry Bowyer | September 15, 2009

Perhaps no controversy in recent years illustrates more clearly the dismal state of American civics education than the controversy pertaining to Barack Obama’s birthplace.

Ken Klukowski | September 15, 2009

September 9, 2009 was a historic day at the U.S. Supreme Court. Meeting in special session, the Court considered a legal challenge pitting Barack Obama’s top Supreme Court lawyer against a living legend in a major First Amendment case that will forever shape how elections are conducted in America.

Laura Hollis | September 15, 2009

Of all the absurd accusations being tossed around in the wake of Congressman Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's address to Congress last week, the most ridiculous is that of New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd (surprise, surprise) and others, who have accused Wilson of being a racist.

Janice Shaw Crouse | September 15, 2009

According to the popular television personality and psychologist, Dr. Phil —­ who wades through the intimate details of his guests’ as well as his professional clients’ lives — there is an epidemic of “sexless marriages” these days.

Robert Knight | September 15, 2009

If Woodstock in 1969 presaged the free-wheeling ’70s, then Saturday’s massive TEA party rally at the Capitol against Big Government may be the Constitutionalists’ equivalent and harbinger of hope for the next decade.

Rebecca Hagelin | September 15, 2009

It still stuns me when people of great privilege and position choose to behave like spoiled children. You’ve seen it a million times as have I – the boss going out of his way to humiliate an employee with a public criticism; the teacher who purposely degrades a little kid in class; the politician who arrogantly dismisses the opinions of his dedicated staff and the very people he is supposed to represent.

Paul Greenberg | September 15, 2009

What a fine speaker our president is. That's the overriding impression he left once he managed to get through the endless applause and handshakes and Roman ovations -- late Roman -- that have become a feature of presidential addresses to Congress and was finally allowed to begin his speech about health care.

Thomas Sowell | September 15, 2009

Many years ago, as a small child, I was told one of those old-fashioned fables for children. It was about a dog with a bone in his mouth, who was walking on a log across a stream.

Chuck Norris | September 15, 2009

For better or worse, we have new Washington leadership and a new direction for America.

John Hawkins | September 15, 2009

After Wilson's outburst, liberals, in and out of the mainstream media, rushed to tell us that it was Wilson, not Obama who was wrong. Why, there was simply no way that illegals would be covered!

David Limbaugh | September 15, 2009

Memo to the Democratic leadership threatening to censure Rep. Joe Wilson if he doesn't publicly apologize on the House floor for calling President Barack Obama a liar on that floor: You don't have the moral authority to be demanding apologies.

Mona Charen | September 15, 2009

The Democrats have never seen a problem they didn't think could be fixed with a government program. And they sometimes discern crises crying out for government solutions where there are none.

Cal Thomas | September 15, 2009

Wouldn't it be nice, as The Beach Boys sang in another context, if there was such a thing as a liar meter? It would detect when a politician wasn't telling the truth and alert the public.

Dennis Prager | September 15, 2009

One principle that all those on the left hold is that taxes constitute more than an economic issue; they are, first and foremost, a moral one.

Pat Buchanan | September 15, 2009

Down at the Chinese outlet store in Albany known as Wal-Mart, Chinese tires have so successfully undercut U.S.-made tires that the Cooper Tire factory in that south Georgia town had to shut down.

Debra J. Saunders | September 15, 2009

Will the sex scandal of former GOP Assemblyman Mike Duvall make a difference for the California GOP? In that Duvall -- now known as Spanky -- had the good sense to resign 15 hours into the scandal, the answer would be: No.

Phyllis Schlafly | September 15, 2009

The sanctimonious shock at Rep. Joe Wilson's, R-S.C., calling out, "You lie," when Barack Obama said the health care bill will not insure illegal aliens reminds me of the Casablanca police chief saying he was "shocked, shocked" to learn that gambling was taking place in the cafe.

Donald Lambro | September 15, 2009

President Obama and his top White House advisers have been pushing Democratic leaders for months to bring his problem-plagued healthcare reforms up for a vote as soon as possible. Not because it is critical that his healthcare-overhaul plans become the law of the land this year. The effective date of its implementation would not be until 2013, if not later.

Lorie Byrd | September 15, 2009

"La la la. I can’t hear you.” That’s what la-la liberals spent the entire weekend saying when confronted with the reality of the September 12 march on Washington.

Miriam Grossman, M.D. | September 15, 2009

I was on the Michael Medved show this week, debating Martha Kempner, the VP of information and education at SIECUS, the Sexual Information and Education Council of the US.

Mon, Sep 14, 2009

Paul Kengor | September 14, 2009

The huge “9/12” protest in Washington was the latest expression of discontent over President Obama’s leftward policy thrust. The discord is evident from the “Tea Party” movement to the chaotic “townhalls” on “healthcare reform.”

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | September 14, 2009

In his hour long speech on health care, he failed to spend even a moment rebutting the central critique of his program: His inability to provide quality medical care for 30 million new patients without any additional doctors or nurses.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | September 14, 2009

In a strange twist of fate, two of DC’s leading newspapers carried a declaration on 9/11 that the DC city council planned to steal the hard-fought freedom to vote from the people they represent.

Matt Barber | September 14, 2009

Last week President Obama threw a universal healthcare Hail Mary. The call? Incomplete pass.

Sandy Rios | September 14, 2009

While Congressman Joe Wilson from South Carolina gets harangued by his colleagues (Republican and Democrat alike) for yelling “That’s a lie!” During President Obama’s 38th healthcare speech, much of America is cheering him on—or are at least sympathetic to the legislator and the frustration that led to his outburst.

Rich Galen | September 14, 2009

None of the national evening news anchors were there to bring you breathless coverage.

Michael Barone | September 14, 2009

The dwindling number of readers of The New York Times were treated Wednesday to a column by Thomas Friedman extolling China's "one-party autocracy," which, he told us, "is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people."

Star Parker | September 14, 2009

Americans of all political persuasions agree that the nation has problems. Big problems.

Salena Zito | September 14, 2009

Politicians will tell you they’d rather have you hate them than distrust them because hate is an emotion that can be tweaked, while trust is an investment in character – a bond that, once broken, can never fully be repaired.

Joseph C. Phillips | September 14, 2009

The message began to pop-up all over my Facebook page: “No one should die because they cannot afford health care or insurance and no one should go broke or bankrupt because they get sick.”

Bruce Bialosky | September 14, 2009

“The Devil is in the details” has described matters for as long as we all have been alive. The various attributions of the phrase go back almost 200 years and are believed to have started with the statement that “the Good God” is in the details.

J. T. Young | September 14, 2009

The economy's mild second quarter contraction has many proclaiming the recession over. Now is therefore a good time to survey the current recession so frequently compared to the Depression.

Virgil Goode | September 14, 2009

Like virtually every issue that faces the nation, our healthcare problem is greatly exacerbated by mass immigration—both legal and illegal.  A total of 43% of non-citizens lack health insurance, compared to just 12.7% of native-born Americans.

Angela Logomasini | September 14, 2009

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health explain that eating lots of fruits and vegetables “can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss.”

Mike Adams | September 14, 2009

’m sitting in a coffee shop on the ground floor of the Empire State building. It’s about 10 a.m. on September 11th. I’m reading the Sermon on the Mount. The man at the table next to me is reading the Koran.

Allen Hunt | September 14, 2009

Eight years after the tragic events of 9/11, most Americans still know nothing about Islam.

Sun, Sep 13, 2009

David Stokes | September 13, 2009

By the autumn of 1944, and in the wake of the very successful landings in Normandy the previous June, Allied troops and commanders in the field, and civilian authorities in Washington, D.C. and London, were confident of victory in Europe.

Austin Hill | September 13, 2009

The real absurdity here is that while Moore trashes Capitalism, it is Capitalism that has enabled him to make and sell books and movies, and to become a multi-millionaire.

Debra J. Saunders | September 13, 2009

Toward the end of his speech on health care Wednesday night, President Obama said that he had been thinking a lot about the phrase "the character of our country."

Steve Chapman | September 13, 2009

Republicans fault President Obama for plans that would greatly expand federal outlays on health care, enlarge the federal role in the provision of medicine, doom private insurance and wrestle Aunt Sally into the grave.

Ken Connor | September 13, 2009

In the ongoing debate over health care reform, critics on the right are increasingly citing the lack of tort reform as a major deficiency of the current proposals floating around the halls of Congress.

George Will | September 13, 2009

Last March, during the Supreme Court argument concerning the Federal Election Commission's banning of a political movie, several justices were aghast. Suddenly and belatedly they saw the abyss that could swallow the First Amendment.

Paul Jacob | September 13, 2009

The man who would play Front Man for democratic reform has missed his calling. He's better suited as Effrontery Man.