Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Democrats Vote For Partial Repeal of First Amendment

Featured image Don’t worry, nude dancing and flag burning will still be secure. But supporting candidates for elective office will no longer be a constitutional right, if Senate Democrats have their way. Rather, your right to participate in the political process will be subject to the whim of Congress, which can make it essentially illegal to run against an incumbent. Every entrenched politician’s dream! Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8, along »

At the Border, Contradictions Are Heightened

Featured image African-Americans have suffered more than anyone else from the Obama administration’s economic policies, and if 30 million more unskilled laborers are imported, as the Democratic Party wants, African-Americans again will bear the brunt of the invasion. Some of them have figured that out. So there have been some interesting confrontations over the current importation of Central American “children” by the Obama administration. The debate below took place at Murietta, California, »

Obama “Not Interested In Photo Ops,” Won’t Go To Border

Featured image Barack Obama steadfastly refuses to go near the border crisis his policies have created, despite the entreaties of quite a few Democrats. His explanation: “I’m not interested in photo-ops; I’m interested in solving a problem.” Which struck a lot of people as funny, since along with fundraising, photo ops are Obama’s obsession. If he is not interested in a photo op at the border–not even a selfie!–it could be the »

The Border Crisis Is Obama’s Hurricane Katrina? Don’t Be Ridiculous!

Featured image Some (including some Democrats) are saying that the crisis on the Southwestern border is President Obama’s Hurricane Katrina. But there are at least two fundamental differences between the illegal immigration fiasco and Katrina. First, the response to Hurricane Katrina was actually the largest and the fastest response to any natural disaster in history, as Popular Mechanics, as I recall, later documented. Second, President Bush didn’t cause the hurricane. The current »

Dan Rather Plots Comeback, With Assist From Robert Redford

Featured image I read this story three times to make sure it wasn’t a practical joke. But no: Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in ‘Truth’. Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in Truth, a film based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power. The book, written by Rather’s producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted after Rather »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning at 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central, talking about the Democracy Alliance documents that I wrote about here, and what they tell us about the American Left. It should be fun. If you don’t know where to get Bill’s show on the radio dial, you can listen here. »

State Department: Hamas? Who’s That?

Featured image In a time of international turmoil, the State Department under Barack Obama and John Kerry has been at best a bystander, at worst an impediment. The department’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, is an embarrassment. Yesterday, she tried to explain the administration’s policy toward the Palestinian Authority by claiming that Hamas has nothing to do with the PA: A transcript, courtesy of the State Department: QUESTION: Well, what about the – what »

Jeff Sessions on the Border Crisis

Featured image For some time now, Senator Jeff Sessions has been the Cassandra of the illegal immigration issue–always right, but rarely heeded. Today he had a brief op-ed in USA Today that is so cogent that it deserves to be reproduced in full: The crisis on our border is the direct and predictable result of President Obama’s sustained effort to undermine America’s immigration laws. As the president’s previous director of Immigration and »

A Window Opens Onto the Left-Wing Conspiracy

Featured image The Democracy Alliance is not a famous organization, but it deserves to be. The Alliance consists of approximately 100 rich liberals who have taken upon themselves the task of coordinating America’s many left-wing organizations to promote a single radical agenda. The Alliance does not publicize the names of its members, but it held a conference for its “partners” and membership prospects in April, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (naturally) in »

Summer Vacation In Israel

Featured image News from Israel has been dominated first by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, apparently by terrorists affiliated with Hamas, next by the murder of a Palestinian teenager by persons yet unknown, although several alleged Jewish extremists are being questioned in connection with the crime. Generally lost in the shuffle is the background against which these events take place: Hamas’s ongoing campaign of terror against Israel, which involves, »

A Message to Our Readers In Melbourne, Australia

Featured image Google Analytics tells us that there are some. So: my oldest daughter, whose engagement and wedding I noted on this site, is moving to Melbourne. In fact, her airplane is landing right about now. Her husband’s company has stationed him in Australia for the next two years, and Laura has a work visa and will be looking for employment starting tomorrow, more or less. She works in marketing and public »

Method to Harry Reid’s Madness

Featured image We have chronicled the descent of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid into incoherent babbling about Charles and David Koch. Reid thinks he is on to something, even though one observer commented that in his Senate speeches denouncing the Kochs, Reid sounds like a homeless man standing in front of a liquor store in Cleveland in his bathrobe. But at Politico, Kenneth Vogel says that Reid might finally be making “progress.” »

Obama Wonders: Why Is Our Border Inundated With Illegals?

Featured image It’s a puzzle, isn’t it? Why, just now, are tens of thousands of people showing up on our Southern border and illegally entering the U.S.? Sure, Guatemala and Honduras have their faults, but life there is no worse this month than it has been for a long time. So President Obama is perplexed as to what could have attracted these tens, or hundreds, of thousands of migrants. Michael Ramirez offers »

Why Does Obama Want to Reduce CO2 Emissions?

Featured image As his policies, foreign and domestic, are collapsing on pretty much every front, President Obama has increasingly sought refuge in talk about global warming. He wants the U.S. to reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide, and the EPA has done its best to bring this about via increasingly stringent regulations on coal-fired power plants. The Democrats wanted to enact cap-and-trade, but couldn’t get it through Congress, so Obama is doing »

ISIS: A Backgrounder

Featured image If, like most, you wonder how the Islamic State of al-Sham (ISIS) came to prominence in the Middle East, seemingly overnight, terrorism analysts Ilana Freedman and Jerry Gordon offer a valuable primer. The rise of ISIS is rooted in the “Arab Spring”: The confrontations developing in the Middle East are the predictable outcome of the so-called “Arab Spring,” coupled with weak American leadership which has empowered Islamists throughout the world »

Thoughts on Liberty on the Fifth of July

Featured image As we often do, we spent the 4th of July with our relatives in South Dakota. Independence Day is a good time to be in South Dakota, as the spirit of liberty shines a little brighter there than in some other precincts. This is manifested, in a small way, in the lavish fireworks displays that South Dakotans mount–not just towns, but individuals. People are not trusted with such dangerous explosives »

Cracks Appearing In Democratic Coalition

Featured image The population of Mogadishu is moving to Minneapolis, through the miracle of chain immigration. I don’t know whether there is any limiting principle to this or whether all of Mogadishu will one day reside along the Mississippi, but in any event, the Somali influx is already impacting Minnesota politics. Despite being “natural conservatives”–imagine what they must think of abortion and gay marriage!–the Somalis have so far been reliable Democratic voters. »