• Trouble in Socialist Paradise

    Trouble in Socialist Paradise

    The left regularly cites the Nordic nations as proof that socialism works but a new report from the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen shows trouble in paradise. Young people in Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden show a sharp recent rise in “poor mental health” and the New York Times…

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  • “Curled Up in a Ball of White Shame”?

    “Curled Up in a Ball of White Shame”?

    A student at an elite university recently wrote to the New York Times: “I'm riddled with shame. White Shame … I feel like my literal existence hurts people, like I'm always taking up space that should belong to someone else … Instead of harnessing my privilege for greater good, I'm…

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  • A Victory for Respectful Persuasion

    A Victory for Respectful Persuasion

    An unexpectedly encouraging development in California should remind us that conversation can work better than confrontation in politics. The author of Assembly Bill 2943 agreed to pull it from the legislature's agenda—dropping a new law that would have imposed severe penalties on mental health professionals who agreed to help patients…

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  • Mysteries in the Mourning for John Mccain

    Mysteries in the Mourning for John Mccain

    How is it that the respect and affection for the late Senator John McCain seemed so overwhelming after his recent death, but in two energetic presidential campaigns he could never get a majority to vote for him? And what were the great accomplishments from McCain that admirers across the country…

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  • Rushmore Lessons Could Help Trump

    Rushmore Lessons Could Help Trump

    If President Donald Trump ever wearies of the polarization and the pettiness, the insults and investigations, he need only turn his gaze toward Rushmore to lift our politics to a higher plane. The four great presidents depicted on that South Dakota mountainside exemplify four valuable qualities that could help heal…

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  • The Question That Will Decide the Election

    The Question That Will Decide the Election

    In the 1980 presidential debate, Ronald Reagan secured his landslide by asking the American people: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Today, Congressional Republicans can turn the tide in a close midterm contest by posing a similar question: “Are you better off than you were two…

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  • McCain’s Memory Should Make GOP Proud

    McCain’s Memory Should Make GOP Proud

    The passing of Senator John McCain reminded me of why I feel proud to be a Republican. Beginning in 1980, the GOP has fielded nine presidential nominees, each of whom displayed exemplary patriotism and fundamental decency. Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush both ran for president three times, and…

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  • The Evidence for Faith

    The Evidence for Faith

    I recently received an e-mail from a thoughtful listener who challenged my commitment to faith and God. “You're a smart person,” she wrote, “who emphasizes evidence and logic. How then, can you give such importance in your life to something illogical for which there is no evidence.” My answer described…

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  • The Republican Challenge with Young Voters

    The Republican Challenge with Young Voters

    Political analysts give plenty of attention to our partisan divisions according to race or gender, but not enough to the stark differences based on age. The good news for Republicans is that the Democrats are entirely reliant on young voters. Among Americans over 30 in 2016, Trump won the popular…

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