Ross Mackenzie applies the lens of historical significance to today's headlines in his weekly nationally syndicated column. The veteran newspaper writer and editorial page editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch offers insightful commentary about current events, exploring topical subjects in areas ranging from foreign affairs and class-action lawsuits to culture and family.
Mackenzie joined The Richmond News Leader in 1965, and four years later was named editor of the paper's editorial page -- a position previously held by both James J. Kilpatrick and Douglas Southall Freeman. After the 1992 merger of the News Leader and the Richmond Times-Dispatch he became the editorial page editor at the latter, overseeing the editorial and op-ed pages and the paper's Sunday commentary section. He is the only person to have directed the editorial pages of both Richmond dailies.
Mackenzie was runner-up for the 1982 Pulitzer Prize in commentary, and in a long page-one story around that time, The Washington Post termed him "the most feared journalist in Virginia" possessing "one of the most ferocious styles in American journalism." He is also the recipient of Sigma Delta Chi's first Eugene Pulliam fellowship for editorial writers.
Mackenzie received a bachelor's degree in history from Yale and a master of arts in political philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has written several books, including Brief Points: An Almanac for Parents and Friends of U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen (1993 and 1996) and Eyewitness: Writings from the Ordeal of Communism (1992), which he co-wrote with Todd Culbertson. He also produced a syndicated history feature with editorial cartoonist Jeff MacNelly.
Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
Does the Constitution authorize the federal government to compel you -- or anyone -- to buy an electric toothbrush? What about a hula hoop? Rutabagas or Twinkies? A robotic vacuum cleaner? No? Then where do Congress and the Obamians get off saying the Constitution authorizes them to compel everyone to buy health insurance?
The great, now late, Art Linkletter was widely appreciated for the humor he saw, as catalogued in, for instance, his book "Kids Say the Darnedest Things." So do grown-ups -- particularly if they hang out in the fever swamps of the left.
If you were running Israel, what would you have done about the flotilla of "peace activists" organized by a Turkish "philanthropic" and "humanitarian" entity closely tied to jihadist terror groups such as al Qaeda.
President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan to succeed to the Supreme Court chair occupied by the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. The Senate will hold confirmation hearings beginning next month. Who is Elena Kagan -- and on important questions, what does she think?
In precisely the Europe for which Barack Obama and his cronies hunger here, America may be able to see glimpses of its future in 3-D.
Question: Is would-be Times Square terrorist bomber Faisal Shahzad talking to federal authorities because he was water-boarded? If not, would (should?) those authorities have water-boarded him had he otherwise refused to talk?
How do you know when you're part of a revolutionary movement? A possible partial answer: When they -- critics, opponents, the nameless they who seem to rule -- start trying to define you, as opposed to letting you define yourself.
This week included Tax Day (April 15) and a lot of local Tea Party rallies drawing thousands of primarily middle-class citizens protesting the growing role of government in their lives.
Oh, to be Tiger Woods. Here's a guy with just about everything.
While many were gawking at the ObamaCare train wreck, other things were happening. Herewith, briefs about some of them....
Why the mounting public opposition to ObamaCare? Because, among other reasons, adoption of Obamacare would make Americans more reliant on the federal government, not less.
More items from the realms of the bizarre -- beyond any humorist's abilities to make them up....
A brew of oddities from the news columns...
It's only mid-February, but major stories are running hot. Here's one list of astounding items that, come year's end, may rank among 2010's most significant news developments....
Mr. President, we haven't talked in a while -- not since Massachusetts and the State of the Union. A lot has gone down.
Quotations on topics currently in the news....
Who could have imagined a month ago, when polls had Martha Coakley leading Scott Brown by more than 20 points, that a massive earthquake was in store not only in Haiti -- but also in Massachusetts?
The foremost dictum of arguably the 20th Century's foremost economist holds, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." Nobel economist Milton Friedman meant that somewhere along the line somebody pays for everything.
Brief items showing more or less (usually more) where we are....