The losing proposition of reparations

While the self-indulgent “social justice” warriors and flag-stompers run wild, more than a dozen of the Democratic presidential candidates promised the Rev. Al Sharpton that they would push through a program of “reparations” for “descendants of slaves” if they were elected president. For that, let me be the first to give them an F for political, not to mention intellectual, IQ.

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Trump’s foreign policy magic act

It’s almost as if Las Vegas has come to Washington, D.C., and the hugely popular magic tricks always feature misdirection. The audience’s attention is drawn in one direction while the real action is somewhere else. Nowhere is this becoming more evident than in the nearly three years of President Trump’s successful foreign policy show.

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Biden wants to make America ‘great again’

Joe Biden is right. We should learn from a past era when Congress, including segregationists, moved the country forward through major social justice legislation. Biden was roasted by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and others — all of whom, ironically, have done nothing of consequence for the country in the areas of fairness and equal opportunity, especially in contrast to the legislators and political leaders of the 1960s and ’70s who worked together to get things done.

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Watching ‘Rusalka,’ a liberal dystopian opera, in liberal dystopian San Francisco

Trying to avoid the Democratic presidential debates, I went to the San Francisco Opera’s production of “Rusalka” last week. Bad choice — same politics, but more painful to watch.

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Trump: Playing the game ‘wrong’

In the old poker movie, “The Cincinnati Kid,” wily veteran Edward G. Robinson bests the young poker shark Steve McQueen and delivers the final punch line: “Doing the wrong thing at the right time — that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it, kid?”

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The strange greatness of Donald Trump

With the Democrats still trying to throw a Hail-Mueller Pass with time out on the scoreboard and with the economy humming, it’s time to confront the central issue: “Has Donald Trump been an awful, OK, or great president?”

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The mountain of Democratic political campaign mistakes

The Democrats are fielding a huge group of candidates with no real campaign logic or strategy. Lurching from one extreme proposal to the next, each candidate is trying desperately to attract media attention and primary votes from their far-left “base,” but giving up a tremendous amount of middle ground to President Trump in the 2020 general election.

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Blue state tax shock syndrome

Many taxpayers, almost exclusively in blue states, are getting shocked by their tax bills this year and, of course, they’re blaming President Trump and his tax reform. But they are far off the mark.

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Democratic candidates: ‘It’s Trump, stupid!’

James Carville, Bill Clinton’s political director, famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid,” in trying to bring laser focus to a winning message. As the Democrats ramp up for the next presidential election, to them, “It’s Trump, stupid!” The president is their one and only issue.

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Today’s politicians could learn a thing or two from St. Patrick

So, I’m sipping a Guinness and thinking about today’s politics and St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone knows that St. Patrick was the Irish saint who drove the snakes from Ireland. The problem is … none of that is true. It is purely fake news. He wasn’t Irish at all; he was Roman, Patricus. He was never officially canonized by Rome as a saint, although his local fans did elect him to sainthood by acclamation.

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