Opinion

Rich Lowry: The end of the pieties

Rich Lowry

May 2, 2016

When the Americans defeated the British at Yorktown, the surrendering British forces supposedly played “The World Turned Upside Down.”

Mark Shields: No ‘pander bear’

Mark Shields

May 2, 2016

At the tricky art of pandering — a candidate’s seeking the support of a specific group of voters by telling them what the candidate calculates that group wants to hear — nobody in 2016 has been more blatant than Sen. Ted Cruz’s recently named running mate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Competing in this year’s first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses and on the eve of the Rose Bowl game between the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the Cardinal of Stanford University, Fiorina, a previously loyal Stanford grad, tweeted, ”Love my alma mater, but rooting for a Hawkeye win today.”

Marino de Medici: Not a good outlook for Trumpism or Clintonism

Marino de Medici

May 1, 2016

It has already started. The very columnist of the Washington Post who throughout the primary campaign lambasted Bernie Sanders as a grouchy old man with “pie in the sky ideas” and no chance to be elected is now claiming that the “socialist” candidate for the Democratic nomination will prove his worth by strongly supporting Hillary Clinton in the November presidential election.

Letter to the Editor: Don’t count on Clinton to rescue us from storm

April 30, 2016

America is starting to remind me of a ship lost at sea after a major storm. There seems to be no sense of direction, no moral compass and no worthy leader willing or able to reestablish our heading and our status as leader of the free world. A regrettable combination of clueless leadership, politically correct hooey and progressive blather created a storm of moral lunacy that poisoned our culture and lowered our guard as we drifted away.

Peter Brookes: Obama adjusts a risky ISIS plan

Peter Brookes

April 29, 2016

Team Obama is tweaking our strategy against the Islamic State, announcing this week that we’re sending 250 special-ops troops to Syria to help the 50 already there to advise, assist and assemble forces fighting the Islamic State.

Andy Schmookler: When the talk and the walk are opposites

Andy Schmookler

April 29, 2016

Which party do you think of when you hear the phrase, “defender of the Constitution”? I would wager that members of both parties would immediately think of the Republican Party, because they are the ones who most loudly proclaim their deep allegiance to our founding document.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: McAuliffe does right thing for wrong reason

Leonard Pitts Jr.

April 29, 2016

The Republicans are probably right. Last week, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. The sweeping order applies to those who have completed their sentences and any probation or parole.

Commentary: Gun show brings in law-abiding masses

Richard Hoover

April 29, 2016

Big April 22-24 weekend at the packed Nation’s Gun Show, held at the Dulles Expo Center and attended by thousands of white, black, Hispanic and Asian Americans. Young and old, there were lovers holding hands, singles, parents and children — families buying guns, hauling ammunition to the parking lot.

Scott Rasmussen: Will Indiana put end to Trumpmania?

Scott Rasmussen

April 28, 2016

After sweeping five state preference primaries on Tuesday night, Donald Trump declared himself to be the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. He may end up as the nominee, but he’s not there yet.

George F. Will: What happens in Puerto Rico won’t stay there

George F. Will

April 27, 2016

WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico, an awkward legacy of America’s 1898 testosterone spill, the Spanish-American War, is about to teach two things that few Americans know: If conditions get bad enough there, its residents, who are American citizens, can come here. And if Congress does not deal carefully with the mess made by the government in San Juan, Congress will find itself rescuing governments in Springfield, Illinois, and other state capitals.

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to governor for vetoing bill

April 27, 2016

I see that our governor has spared Virginia the loss of jobs and economy being suffered by states like North Carolina and Mississippi when he just vetoed Todd Gilbert’s hateful “religious liberty” bill that would have sanctioned state sponsored discrimination against legally married gay and lesbian couples.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Sometimes, race is more distraction than explanation

Leonard Pitts Jr.

April 26, 2016

As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the way this disaster is framed.

Jonah Goldberg: What are political conventions for?

Jonah Goldberg

April 26, 2016

If you’ve ever been to one, you might think the purpose is for attendees to schmooze, drink and drink some more. That holds true for both the delegates and the journalists who usually outnumber them by at least 3-to-1.

Letter to the Editor: Strasburg needs strong leadership

April 26, 2016

Strasburg is no longer the small, quiet, peaceful, little town it was many, many years ago (Once Upon a Time) where everyone knew one another, trusted their neighbor and often lived out their entire life in one area. Small town life is not as simple anymore.

Mark Shields: Sen. Sanders makes history

Mark Shields

April 25, 2016

Before ever running for the White House, our typical presidential candidate has already won and held high public office, having served as a governor, mayor or member of Congress. These candidates have almost always known previous political success before nearly every one of them fails in the presidential quest and leaves the campaign. And it is often the case that they are deep in debt, with their personal stature and public record diminished.

Letter to the Editor: Pray for America

April 25, 2016

I was reading in the book of Judges and came to this verse, “Another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mightythings he had done for Israel.”