Syndicated Columnists

Andrew P. Napolitano: Is flag burning protected speech?

Andrew Napolitano

December 2, 2016

“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson

Froma Harrop: Hold the urchin tongues, let’s cook like grandma

December 2, 2016

‘Tis the season to do cooking. And the holidays are when folks yearn for the old classics, just like ones we used to know. Even some hardcore “foodies” put away the experimental cuisine and make predictable dishes with recognizable ingredients.
One can understand why food writers persist in advocating “makeovers” of traditional dishes. If they didn’t put a new spin on standards, they’d have nothing to write about. They’d just reference a cookbook or provide links to the chicken potpie recipe on Epicurious (though I doubt the pioneers had access to dried chanterelle mushrooms).

Andy Schmookler: Asking Trump voters, does truthfulness matter?

Andy Schmookler

December 2, 2016

Liberals are debating how to understand the millions of Americans who voted for Trump. Since many of us see Trump – putting aside the usual liberal/conservative issues – as having demonstrated clearly that he is a dangerously defective person, it seems important to understand what his supporters did or didn’t see about him, or did or didn’t care about.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: I oppose the recount

Leonard Pitts Jr.

December 1, 2016

There are, to my mind, only two reasons to re-examine ballots in a presidential campaign, as Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised money to do. The first is in the event of error or fraud, but there is no evidence thereof in the 2016 election, as Stein herself has admitted.

Kathleen Parker: No tears for Fidel

Kathleen Parker

December 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — Sometimes history doesn’t have to wait to judge — and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn’t either.

Froma Harrop: Men working with their hands

Froma Harrop

November 29, 2016

A best-selling sports book, “The Boys in the Boat,” describes the unlikely path of working-class blokes to gold-medal glory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. There’s lots about rowing, but what struck this reader most was author Daniel James Brown’s account of the tough lot of laborers in the Northwest during the Great Depression.

Kathleen Parker: Trump’s lovely lies

Kathleen Parker

November 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — In this season of Thanksgiving, a quirky source of gratitude has emerged — Donald Trump’s many campaign lies.
What else can one call the promises that he now treats as alien concepts? Almost daily, he reverses himself on a campaign promise, confirming what this column predicted: He would never keep his vows.

George F. Will: Fidel Castro and dead utopianism

George F. Will

November 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — With the end of Fidel Castro’s nasty life Friday night, we can hope, if not reasonably expect, to have seen the last of charismatic totalitarians worshiped by political pilgrims from open societies. Experience suggests there will always be tyranny tourists in flight from what they consider the boring banality of bourgeois society and eager for the excitement of sojourns in “progressive” despotisms that they are free to admire and then leave.

Connie Schultz: It starts with gratitude

Connie Schultz

November 27, 2016

The day before Thanksgiving, I woke up at 5 and bolted out of bed to get a head start on a day full of preparations. That plan derailed in the time it took me to turn on the shower and brush my hair before sticking my hand under the running water.

Scott Rasmussen: Let’s cut back on executive orders

Scott Rasmussen

November 27, 2016

Most Americans are uncomfortable with the idea that a president can simply change the law by issuing an executive order. Such orders cut Congress out of the loop and threaten the vital system of checks and balances built into our constitution.

Diane Dimond: Knock it off, anti-Trump protesters

Diane Dimond

November 25, 2016

Stop it. I’m tired of turning on the news or picking up a newspaper and seeing your pouty faces, screaming for what you think you are due. I’m sick of reading your ill-informed signs adorned with swastikas and promises to beat back fascism. And especially odious are your signs that read, “Trump: Not My President!” Makes one wonder whether you’ve ever studied the real evils of history.

Peter Brookes: Some advice for the new president

Peter Brookes

November 24, 2016

I don’t have to tell you that the world is pretty messy right now. You’ve reportedly received your first Presidential Daily Brief – or PDB – from the CIA so you have a pretty good idea of what I mean.

Andy Schmookler: Reaching out to conservatives

Andy Schmookler

November 23, 2016

I have been regularly sharing here the columns that I write for the newspapers in my conservative area of Virginia. As you have likely noticed, I use my opportunities there to pose constructive challenges to the newspapers’ conservative readers. My hope is to show them that they are supporting something unworthy of them and antagonistic to the values they say they believe in.