Bill Clinton’s History of Injustice Toward Blacks

This month, which also happens to be Black History Month, is no exception to the rules of nature. It offers no exemption from human nature, not so long as color blinds our ability to see character, not so long as our mutuality as sinners minimizes the worst sins against people of color. We are not, […]

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Shutdown Revelation: Essentially Nonessential Employees

Did you even notice? Did anything in your life change? The federal government was partially shut down for 35 days, but was your life at all affected? According to a Fox News poll, 66 percent of the American people considered themselves unaffected by the shutdown, but you would never have known that from the gnashing […]

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The Return of Ancient Prejudices

In the latter half of the 19th century and early in the 20th century, as Catholic immigrants poured in from Ireland and eastern Europe, an anti-Catholic wave spread over a mostly Protestant United States. The majority slur then was that Catholic newcomers’ first loyalty would be to “Rome,” not the U.S. Anti-Semitism grew even more […]

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Who Wants These Professors?

Last year, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the industry periodical for academia, published a commentary under the title “The Whitesplaining of History Is Over.” The first sentence went like this: When the academy was the exclusive playground of white men, it produced the theories of race, gender, and Western cultural superiority that underwrote imperialism abroad […]

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The Left Won’t Allow a Peaceful Separation

Our Constitution has long accommodated the reality that different communities have different ways of life. They want different rules, have distinct expectations, and each would feel the imposition of the rule of its neighbors as an intrusive affront. This is not just the principle of federalism but the broader principle of liberty: we are each […]

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The Greatness of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Blessed is the Abraham of our civic religion. Blessed, too, is the King whose speeches were like his sermons: a summons to testify—and a testament of service—in the fields of battle and in the streets of war, where, armed only with the force of love, he marched to glorify the Prince of Peace and the […]

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Remembering the Opening Battle of ‘Institutional Racism’

Fifty years ago this week, on January 17, 1969, the Black Panthers and the US organization, shot it out in room 1201 of Campbell Hall at the University of California at Los Angeles. The gun battle claimed the lives of Black Panthers John Huggins and Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter. US stood for “us”—black people—as opposed to […]

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Trump’s Re-Election Chances May Be Better Than You Think

What are Donald Trump’s chances for re-election in 2020? If history is any guide, pretty good. In early 1994, Bill Clinton’s approval rating after two years in office hovered around a dismal 40 percent. The first midterm elections of the Clinton presidency were an utter disaster. A new generation of younger, more conservative Republicans led […]

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Take This SOTU and Shove It

In the annals of American political showboating, it’s tough to top the annual circus called the State of the Union message. Mandated by the Constitution—and at first delivered to Congress in written form—it has metastasized since the Wilson Administration into a full-blown political rally, celebrating not the party in power, but the president of the […]

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Nixon’s (Still) The One

When the 37th president of the United States shook hands with the 36th commander in chief, who was the tallest president since Abraham Lincoln and the crudest man to have been president since Andrew Jackson; when the newly inaugurated Republican shook hands with, in his estimation, one of the three greatest politicians of the 20th […]

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