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Trump Triumphs Over His Appeasers for 12/10/2017

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Anyone with the slightest knowledge of World War II remembers its chief moral: Appeasement is not only futile but contemptible. It signifies cowardice, naivete and moral bankruptcy.

Adolf Hitler first marched into the Rhineland with impunity, and then Austria. He threatened war over a part of Czechoslovakia, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain tried to purchase peace by letting him have it.

Donald Trump knows the story of Winston Churchill, whose judgment was: "Chamberlain had the choice between war and shame. Now he has chosen shame — he'll get war later." A year later, he was proved right.

Updated: Sun Dec 10, 2017

The Fraudulent Case for the Border Wall for 12/07/2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

One night last month, a Border Patrol officer in southwest Texas was killed and his partner seriously hurt while on patrol near the Mexican border. What quickly emerged was a gruesome tale. The officers were "ambushed by a group of illegal aliens" who smashed their heads with rocks, according to the head of the union representing Border Patrol agents.

An array of elected leaders reacted with outrage. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the bloodshed illustrated "the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of those who are guilty of the "murder" of Rogelio Martinez. President Donald Trump vowed swift justice and tweeted that the episode proved the need to "build the Wall!"

Updated: Thu Dec 07, 2017

Lessons Learned From Lauer and Other Predators for 12/03/2017

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

The list of men credibly accused of sexual assault or harassment has grown to the length of a Charles Dickens novel, and like a Dickens novel, it offers spectacularly instructive episodes. We are all learning more than we care to know about the nature of human beings and the functions of morality.

For this, we are indebted to Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Bill O'Reilly, Roy Moore, Al Franken, John Conyers, Matt Lauer and many others — notably, let us not forget, Donald Trump.

Updated: Sun Dec 03, 2017

No, Roy Moore, God Won't Solve Our Problems for 11/19/2017

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Roy Moore's die-hard supporters have shown a vast capacity to accept his denials as a procession of women accuse him of sexual assault, fondling a 14-year-old and creeping out girls in malls. His evangelical followers are ready to believe him on that matter because they agree when he says that to be saved, we Americans must "turn from our wicked ways" and "come back to God."

Moore is a good approximation of a theocrat. A former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, he was removed for defying a court order to take down the Ten Commandments monument he had installed in the state judicial building. He put it there, he announced, to affirm "the sovereignty of God."

Updated: Sun Nov 19, 2017

Should Trump Be Able to Start a Nuclear War? for 11/16/2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Every home should have some essential items around in case of a disaster or another emergency — including canned goods, bottled water, spare batteries and a first-aid kit. But in 2017, every American should also have at hand an answer to one question: What would you do if you had only half an hour to live?

A nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile launched from North Korea would take about 30 to 40 minutes to reach its target in the United States. North Korea has tested such missiles, and it may also have nuclear warheads small enough to be carried across the Pacific.

Updated: Thu Nov 16, 2017

Harvard and Yale Should Stop Playing Football for 11/12/2017

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Harvard and Yale are among the premier educational institutions in the world. They have spent centuries at the task of strengthening and elevating young minds. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, they will join together in a ritual guaranteed to damage young brains: the Harvard-Yale football game.

Updated: Sun Nov 12, 2017

How to Pay for National Parks for 11/09/2017

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

If you assume that anything the Trump administration does is bad, you will be right more often than not. But there is the occasional surprising exception. The administration's proposal to raise entrance fees at 17 popular national parks is proof that even the worst presidents can't always be wrong.

The idea has sparked predictable objections. A group of Democratic senators led by Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington accused Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of plotting "to exclude many Americans from enjoying their national parks." Ninety House Democrats signed a letter saying, "Public lands belong to all Americans, not just wealthy families who can absorb the steep fee increases."

Updated: Thu Nov 09, 2017

Trump's Biggest Flaw: He's Dumb for 11/05/2017

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump has many serious flaws, including incorrigible dishonesty, rampant narcissism, contempt for women and a fashion sense that makes him think that hairstyle is flattering. But nothing compares to his most prominent, crippling and incurable defect: He's dimmer than a 5-watt bulb.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was reported to have called the president a "moron" — emphasizing that term with an emphatic adjective I can't repeat here. Forced to hold a news conference to praise the president's intelligence, Tillerson was too honest to deny what he had said.

The late William T. Kelley, who taught Trump at the University of Pennsylvania, said, "Donald Trump was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had." Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of "The Art of the Deal," says Trump had "a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance."

Updated: Sun Nov 05, 2017

Republicans Embrace Tax Cuts and Ruinous Deficits for 11/02/2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

The U.S. economy is humming like a bee in clover. Gross domestic product is growing at a solid clip; inflation has stayed down; and unemployment is at its lowest level in 17 years. So Republicans have soberly assessed the economic conditions, carefully considered all the options and selected the prescriptions that would do the most to enhance long-run prosperity.

Sure they have. And I'm Serena Williams. Actually, they want the only thing they ever want: tax cuts. Most things in this vale of tears are tragically temporary. But the GOP's insistence on reducing taxes is eternal.

Updated: Thu Nov 02, 2017

Trump's Weak Response to the Overdose Epidemic for 10/29/2017

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

You'd think it would be impossible to kill 100 people a day, every day, without inducing widespread shock and deafening demands for action. But that's what opioids have been doing for the past decade, and Americans have given it only passing attention. This year, the toll is expected to rise to 175 a day — 64,000 in all.

On Thursday, it looked as though President Donald Trump would address the problem with the urgency it demands. But his speech was blighted by his usual oratorical crimes: deep self-infatuation ("I've never had a drink"), bloated adjectives ("tremendous," "horrible"), cheap promises (changes "will come very, very fast") and swipes at President Barack Obama ("not like in the past").

Updated: Sun Oct 29, 2017

Forced Childbirth vs. Voluntary Abortion for 10/26/2017

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

In April, the Trump administration took a stand against the brutal methods used to enforce China's one-child policy. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced China for "acts of violence" against pregnant women, including "coerced sterilizations and forced abortions," and praised the president for cutting off funds for U.N. family planning efforts.

This administration does not try to force pregnant women to have abortions. Just the opposite: It tries to forces pregnant women to have babies. And its methods bear an uncanny resemblance to those employed by the Chinese government.

Updated: Thu Oct 26, 2017

Legal Marijuana Is Becoming the Norm for 10/22/2017

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

The war on drugs has been going on since 1971, and we have a winner: marijuana. Back then, possession of pot carried heavy penalties in many states — even life imprisonment. Today, 29 states sanction medical use of cannabis, and eight allow recreational use. Legal weed has become about as controversial as Powerball.

One sign of the shift came in Wednesday's debate among the Democrats running for governor of Illinois. The state didn't get its first medical marijuana dispensary until 2015, and it decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot only last year. But most of the candidates endorsed legalization of recreational weed, and one supported "full decriminalization."

Updated: Sun Oct 22, 2017

Another Way to Banish the Bump Stock for 10/19/2017

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

The killer in the Las Vegas massacre did something no previous mass shooter is known to have done: He equipped semiautomatic rifles with a "bump stock," which allowed them to fire roughly as fast as a machine gun. Even some Republicans in Congress are willing to consider banning the device. Anyone familiar with past gun control efforts, however, wouldn't bet on that.

But there is another remedy for bump stocks. In our system, hazards to life and limb can be removed through legislation — or through court decisions. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has filed a class action suit against the manufacturer, distributors and retailers for selling a product intended to subvert federal firearms law "in a manner that facilitates criminal acts, such as the massacre of Oct. 1."

Any lawsuit involving firearms faces an obstacle: a 2005 federal law shielding companies that make or sell guns from being sued for misuse of their products. But it doesn't appear to apply.

Updated: Thu Oct 19, 2017

Trump Declares War on the Constitution for 10/15/2017

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump is to conservatism as SpaghettiOs are to Italian food: a distant, crude and almost unrecognizable cousin. But last year, many conservatives who had trouble rationalizing a vote for Donald Trump settled on one decisive reason. Justices appointed by President Hillary Clinton, they said, could not be trusted to faithfully follow the Constitution.

These strict constructionists now find themselves with a president who regards the nation's founding document as something between an irrelevance and a wad of gum stuck to his shoe. On Wednesday, he uttered statements that would have shocked conservatives had they come from Clinton or Barack Obama but were taken as inconsequential coming from Trump.

Updated: Sun Oct 15, 2017

Mass Murderers Should Be Deprived of Fame for 10/12/2017

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

On Oct. 1, a 64-year-old Nevada man opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. If you don't know his name, you can easily find it online, in print or on TV. But you won't learn it from this column.

Notoriety may have been what he was after in methodically plotting the slaughter. He may have intended to outdo other mass shooters. He may have hoped his name would gain a sinister immortality.

Updated: Thu Oct 12, 2017

The Chase for Amazon Will End in Tears for 10/08/2017

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

The mayors doing their utmost to get Amazon's second headquarters for their cities are having a grand time informing Jeff Bezos of everything they have to offer. They should enjoy this part of the chase, because what comes next won't be much fun.

They are about to get some insight into how the search for talent goes in Major League Baseball. St. Louis Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch noted the crucial moment in pursuing a coveted free agent player. "We sometimes call it your 'puke point,'" he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Sometimes you make an offer and you're not sure whether you'll puke if he says yes or puke if (he says) no."

Updated: Sun Oct 08, 2017

In the Gun Debate, Bipartisan Hypocrisy for 10/05/2017

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much, but they agree that sometimes, individual freedom must yield to the imperatives of public safety. They also agree that sometimes, efforts to save lives come at too high a price in liberty. Trouble is, they can't agree on when.

The aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre illustrates how either party employs a different calculus depending on the problem at hand. Each has blind spots that become apparent in moments of crisis.

Updated: Thu Oct 05, 2017

Why Do Whites Oppose the NFL Protests? for 09/28/2017

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

In a poll, whites were asked whether the NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem are helping or hurting the cause of racial justice. No fewer than 85 percent said they're hurting it.

Clearly, this offense to the anthem and the American flag is the worst possible way to change minds. Blacks need to find a less divisive means to register their discontent.

Updated: Thu Sep 28, 2017

Trump's Dangerous Confusion on the Iranian Deal for 09/24/2017

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

When it comes to the Iranian nuclear deal, the Trump administration is a carnival of contradiction. Its attitude brings to mind the story of the inmates who complained that the prison food was terrible and they weren't allowed seconds.

In his tirade at the United Nations, the president said the accord is "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into." During the campaign, he promised to dismantle it. But eight months after he took office, his administration is still abiding by it.

Updated: Sun Sep 24, 2017

The Vietnam Syndrome: How We Lost It, Why We Need It for 09/21/2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

In Kabul, Afghanistan, American Embassy personnel who want to meet with their counterparts at the nearby U.S. military base have to travel a mere 100 yards. But they don't make a practice of walking or driving. They go by military helicopter, reports The New York Times. The space between is too dangerous to cross on the ground.

It's the sort of bizarre fact that might have emerged in Ken Burns' new PBS series on the Vietnam War, illustrating our inability to turn South Vietnam into a safe, stable place. But it's not the past; it's the present.

Updated: Thu Sep 21, 2017