Politics of Hate and Envy

Though sports and Hollywood personalities earn multiples of CEO salaries, you’ll never find leftists and progressives picketing and criticizing them.

On Republicans and Democrats

Readers sometimes ask why I occasionally write columns advising Democrats on how they could gain some political advantage by adopting certain policies. After all, as a Republican, don't I want my party to win? Why am I helping the enemy? The answer is that I'm a...

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 12 of 12): Conclusion

Recent criticism of the Bush administration has focused on the limitations of American intelligence in failing to predict September 11th, and the shortcomings current plans for homeland defense. In truth, however, these problems are only superficial. If anything, the...

The Case for ‘Iraqification’

Stay the course -- but change the course. That was the meaning of the sudden, sharp, and understated change in Washington's Iraq policy earlier this month. After the American civilian administrator of Iraq, L. Paul Bremer III, made a hurried visit to the White House,...

“Fairness” Fanatics

Many people are incensed that other countries pay less for American medications than Americans pay because that is "unfair." Of course it is unfair -- and all of us like fairness. But there are many other things we also like, and often in life one desirable thing must...

Islam: A Religion of Peace, Part 2

Last week's column contained excerpts from my interview with Robert Spencer, author of "Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West." He makes the case that violent Islam stems from a straight reading of Islamic religious texts, and that...

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 8 of 12): Pakistan

Pakistan's relationship to terrorism parallels Saudi Arabia's in virtually every respect. The government of Pakistan has in the past offered substantial indirect support to terrorists, but has now pledged support for the American war against terrorism. Like Saudi...

Random Thoughts for November 2003

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Impractical men especially need to get married. The problem is that practical women may have better sense than to marry them. I hate old has-been hotels, stuffy over their former glory and usually inefficient. A careful definition...

Jobs Come and Go

In 1970, the telecommunications industry employed 421,000 switchboard operators. In the same year, Americans made 9.8 billion long distance calls. Today, the telecommunications industry employs only 78,000 operators. That's a tremendous 80 percent job loss. What...

Our Mission in Iraq

Can we finish our mission in Iraq? Or do we need to withdraw? It all depends on what the meaning of the word "mission" is. If our mission was to remove Saddam Hussein from power, then we're done. If our mission was to remove Saddam Hussein and install an...

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 7 of 12): Saudi Arabia

In many ways Saudi Arabia is the "elephant in the room" of American foreign policy: its role in the cultivation of terror is so central and so pervasive, and yet no one in the Bush White House is willing to acknowledge it openly. The story of Saudi Arabia's role in...

Just Anti-Social

We've loaded him with a lot of taxes And rules and codes but there's something funny; In spite of the way his burden waxes The son-of-a-gun is making money! Whenever he's given a boost to trade We've taken an extra tribute off it, But still the villain is undismayed,...

Why Voters Like Gridlock

On Jan. 23, 1996, Bill Clinton told the nation, "The era of big government is over." If so, it sure didn't last very long. Today, the era of big government is back with a vengeance, ushered in by a massive new prescription drug entitlement, a pork-laden energy bill of...

GOP Renews Era of Big Government

With zero time remaining, the bill to expand Medicare had been short by two votes --- yet, long after the clock had stopped, the Republican leadership maneuvered to change key conservative votes. Later, Rep. Butch Otter, R-Idaho, pleaded to the Associated Press: "I...

Presidential Candidate Howard Dean: Fascist of the Left

In an op-ed, presidential candidate Howard Dean wrote with pride about how his small donation supporters are helping "take back our country." Pat Buchanan used the same expression in his campaign back in 1992. However, Howard Dean is the probable nominee of one of the...

John Hinckley: Allegedly Cured

John Hinckley Jr.'s former psychiatrist said the other day that the man who shot President Reagan hasn't shown "any evidence of psychosis in the last 16 years" and should be allowed to visit his parents without supervision. Isn't it relevant that Hinckley showed...

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 6 of 12): The Breeding Grounds

So far we have evaluated America's policies toward its declared enemies, those governments which have openly announced their hostility toward the United States. But there is another category of nations, whose governments profess to support the American war, but which...

Almighty Government, Please Bless Us and Take Care Of Us

Q: You really are hard on compassionate politicians like Howard Dean and what you call "the welfare state." These programs, like Medicare and Social Security, are in everyone's benefit. Why oppose them? A: These programs are not in my benefit. I work hard and am both...

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 5 of 12): North Korea

Even though the current war has been deemed a "war on terrorism," this is a misnomer. One does not go to war with a method of fighting, one goes to war with an enemy. And for this reason the current war is far wider than even a war against militant Islam. It is...