Liberals

Why Normal Americans Hate the “Elites”

Featured image These are three news stories that came to my attention over the last 24 hours. I think they tell us a lot about the current, degraded state of public life in America. First, the Boston Globe organizes a media protest against the Trump administration’s “assault on the press.” The Boston Globe has been contacting newspaper editorial boards and proposing a “coordinated response” to President Trump’s escalating “enemy of the people” »

Worst Mismatch Since Tyson-Savarese

Featured image Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Will we ever tire of her? Probably, but as someone once said, that day is not this day. Ben Shapiro challenged Cortez to a debate and offered to donate $10,000 to a charity of Cortez’s choice as an incentive. It is a delightful thought–Shapiro dismantling the dim-witted Cortez, piece by piece. Cortez, of course, was having none of it. She begged off with a pitiful response: Just like »

From Philadelphia, the Latest Liberal Outrage [Updated]

Featured image This morning, Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens of Turning Point USA were eating breakfast in a restaurant in Philadelphia. They were spotted, apparently, by a liberal who ran to gather a mob. The mob of liberals besieged Kirk and Owens inside the restaurant, as you see here, and were waiting for them when they emerged. As you can see, the liberals are terrible human beings. One question, though: are there »

Kevin Boss: Control yourselves, city council

Featured image On July 31 the Santa Barbara News-Press published the letter to the editor by Santa Barbara restauranteur and Power Line reader Kevin Boss. For the reasons Steve suggests in the adjacent post, we think his letter is generally applicable and deserves the widest circulation. Mr. Boss writes: This month, our elected City Council representatives spent quite a bit of time and energy deciding to end the scourge of plastic straws. »

No Straw Man Here: The Mask Slips in Santa Barbara

Featured image A little noticed detail in Santa Barbara’s recent drive to criminalize plastic straws, which culminated in the Santa Barbara city council taking testimony from a nine-year-old about the planetary menace, has come to light in recent days. During that council session, councilman Jesse Dominguez said the following in response to citizens who asked “what’s next?”: “Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to regulate every aspect of people’s »

Someone Could Get Hurt

Featured image Reaction to President Trump’s rally in Florida last night continues to reverberate. Some time before the event got underway, CNN’s Jim Acosta, who has made a career out of being a Resister, was reporting from a visible position in the hall when he was heckled by Trump supporters who chanted, among other things, “CNN sucks” and “fake news.” Acosta tweeted this video along with an expression of concern about possible »

ALJs: myths and realities

Featured image On July 10 of this year, the White House issued an executive order giving agency heads the authority to select their own administrative law judges (ALJs). The Washington Post editorial board expresses concern that, under this executive order, political appointees will pick like-minded ALJs to better serve their agendas. The order threatens the independence and professionalism of those charged with overseeing thousands of administrative decisions a year, the Post’s editors »

Our under-incarceration problem, Atlanta edition

Featured image When he was 14 years-old, Jayden Myrick was arrested for armed robbery. He agreed in a plea deal to a 15 year sentence. The final seven years were to be served in adult prison. But after just two-and-half years in juvenile detention, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs set Myrick free. She put him on probation and placed him in a special program whose director claimed could keep tabs »

The Epic Failure of “Critical Thinking” (UPDATED)

Featured image Most every university today prides itself on teaching “critical thinking” skills, but from the evidence, it appears that many universities are failing at both ends of this term—graduates come out with little capacity for thinking at all, let alone thinking “critically.” (Yes, so-called “critical theory” is a special case of this degradation, but deserves separate treatment.) Case in point is the left’s new It Girl, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who embarrassed herself »

A New Low In Corporate Virtue-Signaling

Featured image Someday, historians will analyze what caused American corporations to veer sharply to the left in the early years of the 21st century. It is a weird phenomenon, as exemplified by the case of WeWork: Office space sharing company WeWork says it is no longer serving red or white meat at company events. In an email to employees Thursday, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Miguel McKelvey said the company won’t serve »

What Liberals Used to Be Like

Featured image Yascha Mounk of Harvard University, who numbers among the liberal thinkers overwrought about populism and Donald Trump (Mounk is the author of The People Vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It), has posted on Twitter a list of “Ten Commandments of Liberal Inquiry” by Bertrand Russell from way back in 1951. Back in those days, intelligent liberalism meant Reinhold Niebuhr, Lionel Trilling, Isaiah Berlin, »

About That “Giant Trump Baby Balloon” [Updated]

Featured image Pretty much every American news outlet is gleeful about the “giant Trump baby balloon,” as it is conventionally described, that supposedly is dominating the London landscape while Trump is in England. London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, gave activists permission to fly the blimp (as it is also referred to), which apparently was needed because it is so “giant.” Photos of the balloon/blimp do make it look large, like this one attributed »

Schadenfreude, Kavanaugh Edition

Featured image There is pleasure to be had in watching Democrats make fools of themselves. As expected, President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has brought out the crazy in America’s liberals. We have already noted an example or two. But there is much more enjoyment to be had. The Reagan Battalion offers this left-wing Twitter mashup: Leftist Twitter in Full Meltdown Mode. (Kavanaugh edition) pic.twitter.com/KrxHinxsn7 — The Reagan »

A Happy Walk Down Memory Lane

Featured image As we wait for President Trump to announce his Supreme Court nomination, we can while away a couple of minutes with this montage from election night, tweeted by Trump this morning. Good times, good times! They just didn't get it, but they do now! pic.twitter.com/9T50NupkDy — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2018 I disagree with the president in one respect: I think the Democrats still don’t get it. Hence »

Campus Liberals Denounce Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Featured image You may not know whom President Trump will appoint to the Supreme Court, but liberal students do. Or think they do, anyway. Campus Reform–an excellent organization, by the way–asked a number of college students what they thought of the nominee whose selection Trump had announced. Their responses are entertaining: It is hard to fully appreciate the invincible wall of ignorance against which we conservatives are contending. »

California’s Suicide Attempt, Part 7: Bag It!

Featured image Ho do you wreck one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Simple: turn it over to “progressive” government. The latest out of San Francisco is this cheery story (avert your gaze now if you’re squeamish about raw sewage): ’20 pounds of human waste’ dropped on San Francisco street corner A foul odor permeated from a massive bag of human excrement sludge left on a street corner in San »

Why Do Democrats Hate America?

Featured image It is common knowledge that patriotic Americans tend to be Republicans, while unpatriotic Americans tend to be Democrats. According to the latest Gallup poll, the gulf between the parties is widening. Gallup headlines the fact that only 47% now say they are “extremely proud” to be an American, the lowest total ever recorded. But the partisan divide is stark and, as you can see in this graph, it is getting »