Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Chutzpah: AP Decries “Softball” Questions

Featured image Now that we have a Republican president, the press has gone oppositional. Today, the Associated Press complains that President Trump isn’t taking antagonistic enough questions during his press conferences: “News conferences raise issue of Trump seeking softballs.” President Donald Trump managed to avoid questions about hot-button issues facing the White House — such as the future of national security adviser Michael Flynn and a North Korean missile launch — in »

Democrats: We’re Making Progress!

Featured image Ever since Donald Trump was inaugurated, the Democrats have tried hysterically, but with a stunning lack of success, to frustrate his ability to assemble an administration. Given their lack of control over any branch of the federal government, it is hard to see what the endgame of the Democrats’ strategy might be. Michael Ramirez sums up how the Democrats have fared so far. Click to enlarge: »

Is It “Deeply Offensive” to Enforce the Law?

Featured image It is, apparently, if the law relates to immigration. At Penn State, someone put up posters urging students and others to report violations of the immigration laws. This is the poster: Is it a civic duty to report illegal aliens? That is certainly a defensible position. In general, citizens should cooperate with law enforcement. But Penn State’s administration didn’t see it that way: “The posters are unsigned and appear to »

Why Is Saturday Night Live News?

Featured image Every Sunday morning, the Associated Press has a news story about the prior evening’s Saturday Night Live show. Today’s story is headlined Host Alec Baldwin, ‘SNL’ cast skewer Trump White House. Well, yes, they do that every week. Last Sunday’s AP headline told us that someone I had never heard of–Melissa McCarthy–was mocking White House press secretary Sean Spicer. And it isn’t just the Associated Press. Many news outlets breathlessly »

Is Slavery Bad? That All Depends

Featured image From Rod Dreher comes the story of a left-wing Georgetown University professor who defends slavery. This may sound shocking, but it shouldn’t be surprising. Liberal academics around the world teach that only American (and perhaps some Caribbean and South American) slavery was really bad. Other slavery–in particular, African and Islamic slavery–was really a pretty good deal for the slaves. These liberal sophists argue that under Anglo-American law, there was no »

Euroweenies: Save Us From Trump!

Featured image John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, has proposed to bar President Trump from speaking to Parliament when he visits the U.K., on account of his supposed “racism and sexism.” That is an extreme case, but it is fair to say that Trump is deeply unpopular with Europe’s elites. Of course, if those elites were a little more perceptive, they might realize that 1) the critical threats they face »

Why the 9th Circuit Order Was Wrong, and What Trump Should Do About It

Featured image At Defining Ideas, Michael McConnell, a former federal appellate judge and now a distinguished professor at Stanford Law School, addresses the 9th Circuit panel’s decision denying the Trump administration’s motion for an emergency stay, and finds it wanting. Michael makes the same point I made here, but he makes it better: The Ninth Circuit did not hold that aliens abroad who do not presently hold visas or green cards have »

Another Democratic Party Disgrace

Featured image Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made her first visit to a public school today, a middle school in Washington, D.C. A group of hateful protesters showed up and blocked her from entering the school: The Washington Teachers’ Union also sponsored a demonstration, but they claimed that the protesters who blocked the school house door–Democrats make a habit of that–were not with them. Watching the video reminds us that these are »

Why Liberal Policies Are Terrible For Young People

Featured image We often casually assume that it is natural for young people to be predominantly liberal. But this is wrong: liberal policies hurt the young worse than anyone else. They deprive young people of job opportunities, drive up the cost of health care, needlessly increase the price of housing, and saddle the young with trillions of dollars in debt. One of Center of the American Experiment’s key themes in 2017 will »

9th Circuit’s Opinion Is Wrong, But Its Impact Is Limited

Featured image As Paul has already noted, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the government’s motion for an emergency stay of the order entered by Judge James Robart blocking implementation of President Trump’s temporary travel ban. The decision is a bad one, I think, but it also has only limited import and won’t stand in the way of more carefully crafted orders to be issued in »

Elizabeth Warren For President!

Featured image Scott has been mischievously promoting Keith Ellison to head the DNC. In the same spirit, I enthusiastically endorse Elizabeth Warren as the new face of the Democratic Party. The consensus is that Mitch McConnell’s “silencing” of Warren–we can only dream!–per Senate Rule 19 was a mistake because it cemented Warren’s role as the Democrats’ most visible spokesman. But let’s look on the bright side: Warren combines Hillary Clinton’s likability with »

Did Gorsuch Blunder?

Featured image Newspaper headlines across the country are blaring Judge Neil Gorsuch’s characterization of President Trump’s criticism of Judge James Robart as “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” This is one more in a long series of anti-Trump propaganda victories for the Democrats: Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has said he found the president’s attacks on the judiciary “disheartening” and “demoralizing,” according to a Democratic senator. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut disclosed the comments from »

Bob Reich: Oops, Never Mind

Featured image Scott and Steve wrote here and here about Bob Reich’s peddling of alleged “rumors”–most likely fabricated by him–that Milo Yiannopoulos organized the riots at Berkeley against his own appearance there, in order to make liberals like Reich look bad. This was an idiotic suggestion for any number of reasons, including the fact that the same black-clad, masked rioters show up and smash windows and ATMs at all kinds of international »

I’m So Old, I Remember When Liberals Opposed Military Coups

Featured image The Democratic Party has gone off the rails. We are now seeing serious (apparently) contemplation of a military coup as the solution to the Donald Trump “crisis.” And it isn’t just comedians either, although liberals seem to get their news largely from comedians these days. The liberal Foreign Policy features an essay by Georgetown law professor and former “senior advisor at the U.S. State Department” Rosa Brooks, on how to »

Steve Bannon, Antichrist?

Featured image I have met Steve Bannon a couple of times. I agree with him on a large majority of issues, and as far as I know he is a good guy. To the extent that he contributed to Donald Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, we owe him an everlasting debt of gratitude. But the Democrats have painted Bannon as something like Satan. I see this on a daily basis, as I »

Neil Gorsuch: The Inside Story

Featured image Michael McConnell, formerly a federal appellate judge and now professor of constitutional law at Stanford, is one of America’s top lawyers. His tenure on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals overlapped with Neil Gorsuch’s time on that bench, so Michael knows Gorsuch well, and they sat on nearly 50 cases together. If anyone is qualified to evaluate Judge Gorsuch as a potential Supreme Court justice, it is Michael McConnell. His »

The Super Bowl’s Biggest Loser

Featured image It wasn’t the Atlanta Falcons, or Matt Ryan, or Dan Quinn, or even the bettor who put down $1 million on the Falcons not long before game time. No, the Super Bowl’s biggest loser was Touré. If, like most people, you haven’t heard of Touré, he is a far-left commentator on MSNBC. Here, for your entertainment, are some of Touré’s tweets during the Super Bowl, in chronological order: Trump is »