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A summer break from campus muzzling

| | May 31 2015 - 12:06am | Comments

WASHINGTON — Commence-ment season brings a respite from the sinister childishness rampant on campuses. Attacks on freedom of speech come from the professoriate, that herd of independent minds, and from the ever-thickening layer of university administrators who keep busy constricting freedom in order to fine-tune campus atmospherics.

  • | Posted: Jun 8 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell is the master of Senate rules and regulations. He proved that time and again during Republicans’ long, dark spell in the minority, using the arcana that is the Senate rule book to stall or stop legislation that he and his side didn’t like.

  • | Posted: Jun 7 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Campaign finance “reformers” think America would be better governed if the government could thoroughly regulate campaign speech, which is speech about the composition and comportment of the government. Reformers scold the Supreme Court for construing the First Amendment as though it says “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Reformers say government can limit campaign money without limiting what most such money funds — political speech.

  • | Posted: Jun 6 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — It wasn’t quite “Call me Ishmael,” but “Call me Caitlyn” made a whale of a splash.

  • | Posted: Jun 5 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Here’s a case study in rapid radicalization.

  • | Posted: Jun 4 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Does any stricture of journalistic propriety or social etiquette require us to participate in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ charade? Is it obligatory to take seriously his pose of being an “independent” and a “socialist”? It gives excitable Democratic activists a frisson of naughtiness to pretend that he is both. Actually, he is neither.

  • | Posted: Jun 3 2015 - 5:44am

    WASHINGTON — How is it that Democrats forgot about the joys Santa Claus can bring? How is it that Republicans managed to steal the Santa idea from the party of FDR and never let go?

  • | Posted: Jun 2 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — For both parties, the emerging theme of economic mobility is often a reluctant, second choice.

  • | Posted: Jun 1 2015 - 12:05am

    For all the decades of its existence, American social conservatism has been rooted in a premise simple enough to be fully expressed in just three words:

  • | Posted: May 31 2015 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Commence-ment season brings a respite from the sinister childishness rampant on campuses. Attacks on freedom of speech come from the professoriate, that herd of independent minds, and from the ever-thickening layer of university administrators who keep busy constricting freedom in order to fine-tune campus atmospherics.

  • | Posted: May 30 2015 - 12:05am

    One can understand why The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page.

  • | Posted: May 29 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes seem to be headed south.

  • | Posted: May 28 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — A simple apology would suffice. Instead, campaign finance reformers, horrified by the predictable results of their handiwork, aspire to yet more regulatory wrinkles to limit political speech. These, too, would have consequences unintended and undesired by reformers, “requiring” a new round of reforms. But the Constitution, properly construed, requires a wall of separation between campaign and state.

  • | Posted: May 27 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.”

  • | Posted: May 26 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The Roman historian Tacitus described Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians: “In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and torn to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day waned, burned to serve for the evening lights.”

  • | Posted: May 25 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — I am proud to be a card carrying member of Local 32035 of the Communications Workers of America.