Liberals

Is the ACLU In Favor Of Liberty?

Featured image That should be a question like, Is the Pope Catholic? But in fact, it is by no means obvious that the American Civil Liberties Union consistently favors civil liberties. Some years ago the ACLU called me to ask for a contribution. I said that I was particularly interested in Second Amendment rights, and asked what the ACLU had done on that front lately. (This was before I even owned a »

Civil War on the Left, Part 25

Featured image One of the leading ideas among liberals right now is to forgive students debt, which is crushing a lot of college graduates. It’s one of Bernie Sanders’s favorite ideas. There’s just one problem: it might widen the wealth gap between whites and blacks. Oops. From TakePart: A new report, however, shows that calls to ease the student-loan debt load, including plans unveiled by all three Democratic presidential candidates, could have a significant effect on »

How the Left Sees Islamic Terrorism

Featured image This is a glimpse into a parallel universe, i.e., MSNBC. The MSNBC host, the appalling Melissa Harris-Perry, explains that Islamic terrorists are nowhere near as bad as the police, “right wing” terrorists–all murderers who are not Muslims are presumed “right wing”–and so on. Her guest adds that it is extraordinary how few Islamic terrorists there are. The clip is under two minutes long, and well worth your time: People often »

Don’t Bother Me With Facts, I’ve Got a Narrative to Sell!

Featured image As the San Bernardino terrorist attack unfolded yesterday, liberals were desperately hoping that it was an attack on a Planned Parenthood outlet. They openly speculated about, and rooted for, this possibility. At around 2:00 in the afternoon, MSNBC did the best it could, reporting that the terrorists had struck a location “only a few blocks away” from a PP clinic: "The planned parenthood clinic is only a few blocks away" »

Democrats Know How to Ruin a Holiday

Featured image I hope your Thanksgiving was as enjoyable as mine. We had our immediate family for dinner (minus one daughter who is living in Australia), so there was no potential for political disagreement, as we are all conservatives. Of course, I can’t imagine any family spending Thanksgiving arguing about politics in any event. But the Democrats can. In fact, they encourage it. The Democratic Party has developed its own Thanksgiving tradition: »

Democrats Unveil New Strategy: Take Unpopular Positions

Featured image In recent days, Democrats have blasted Republicans on a number of issues, staking out positions that have one thing in common: they are unpopular with voters. The DNC put out an ad attacking Republicans for talking about “radical Islamic terrorism,” which the Democrats said was “inciting fear.” Just one problem: 60% of voters say we are at war with radical Islamic terrorism. Then there are the Syrian refugees. President Obama »

How Many Democrats Are Totalitarians?

Featured image I think we can say with confidence, at least 27%. Rasmussen Reports asked likely U.S. voters whether the government should criminally prosecute those who don’t go along with the global warming scare. This was the precise question: Should the government investigate and prosecute scientists and others including major corporations who question global warming? In response, 27% of Democrats called for prosecuting global warming realists. (Remarkably, 11% of Republicans did, too.) »

I Am Libeled. I Respond.

Featured image Scott wrote yesterday about a letter to the editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that responded to his column on the movie “Truth.” The letter was written by Gary Gilson, a supposed journalist who, as the former executive director of the Minnesota News Council, used to rule on whether news stories were accurate or not. Gilson’s letter adopted the long-discredited “fake but accurate” defense of 60 Minutes’ attack on President »

Liberals Say: Bring Back Busing!

Featured image It is often said that American liberals haven’t had a new idea since the 1960s. That is true, actually. No bad idea, apparently, is ever permanently dispatched; they just keep getting recycled. (See: socialism.) This time it is busing. Here in the Twin Cities, a lawyer who brought a lawsuit to compel busing decades ago is at it again, with his son as co-counsel. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: Civil »

Tarantino’s Whine

Featured image As you probably know, film director Quentin Tarantino led a protest march against police brutality in New York on October 24. He spoke at the protest, describing police as “murderers” (although, as he later clarified, “all cops are not murderers”). This predictably brought condemnation from many sources and, from some, a call to boycott Tarantino’s upcoming movie, The Hateful Eight. Yesterday, Tarantino gave an interview to Chris Hayes of MSNBC »

Margaret Thatcher: Not Stylish Enough For the Victoria and Albert

Featured image Margaret Thatcher stopped Britain’s slide into poverty and irrelevance, and the British Left has never forgiven her. So when someone–her heirs or estate, I assume–offered a collection of her clothing to the Victoria & Albert Museum, which has a huge fashion collection and has often exhibited various sorts of clothes, the V&A declined: A range of items that belonged to Margaret Thatcher are to be sold at auction after the »

Is the Gun Control Debate All About Confiscation?

Featured image At the Daily Beast, James Kirchick offers a candid take on the seemingly endless and unprofitable debate about guns: “Yes, They Want to Take Your Guns Away.” Barack Obama says, “We know there are ways to prevent it”–gun violence–but he won’t say, out loud, what those ways are. Instead, politicians like Obama talk in code: “When Australia had a mass killing—I think it was in Tasmania—about 25 years ago, it »

Minnesota’s Governor Delivers Race Rant On Immigration [Updated]

Featured image This story is a week old, but it escaped my notice until now for reasons I will explain in due course. On October 13, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton attended a public meeting on racial issues in Central Minnesota hosted by the NAACP. The meeting took place at the public library in St. Cloud, and was attended by around 100 people. St. Cloud, located around 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis, is »

Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: Does the Progressive Paradise Win?

Featured image Democrats have become fond of contrasting the economies of Minnesota, ruled with an iron fist by the Democratic Farmer Labor party, and Wisconsin, home of Scott Walker’s reforms. President Obama and many other progressives have claimed that Minnesota’s economy is doing better than Wisconsin’s, thereby demonstrating the superiority of liberal policies. In a post at the Center of the American Experiment’s web site, Peter Nelson notes how common this theme »

Do Liberals Notice That Their Goals Are Contradictory?

Featured image At National Review, Reihan Salam makes an important point, briefly and eloquently: If I had to identify the two issues that left-of-center American intellectuals care about most, I’d probably choose rising economic inequality in the United States and the threat posed by anthropogenic climate change. But the left–not the Democrats’ rank and file voters, but virtually all Democratic politicians and pundits–also favor major increases in immigration. Does that make any »

Scandiphilia and Income Inequality

Featured image Bernie Sanders channeled the id of liberalism with his deliberate shout out last night that we should “look at” Scandinavian welfare states, especially Denmark and Sweden. He probably doesn’t know that Sweden has lately made some significant cuts to its social spending programs. But why let facts get in the way of a religious narrative. More curious is that liberals always forget to mention that their beloved European welfare states »

“Truth” and other lies (3)

Featured image I’ve lost my sense of humor about the Rathergate movie Truth. Watching the TimesTalks love-in with Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dan Rather, and Mary Mapes aggravated my condition. I may need to take another lesson in Beatles harmony with Galeazzo Frudua to get right with the world. Another lesson or three. NR editor Rich Lowry is helping me get some perspective this morning. Rich devotes his syndicated column to “the »