culture

Across the Wide, Growing American Divide

Victor Davis Hanson, PJ Media

Red- and blue-state America was already divided before the coronavirus epidemic hit. Is there any agreement between them? Perhaps. Red-staters are not flocking to blue-state urban corridors, where the virus hit hardest. They are happy to live in less crowded places, have detached homes, and be free of government edicts that often make little sense other than to showcase the dictatorial powers of petty bureaucrats and local officials. Even blue-staters are beginning to see their mass transit, high-rise living, and clogged streets more as incubators of disease than as the circulatory system of an exciting, high-end life.

Democrats' moral compass broken beyond repair

Robert Knight, Washington Times

Mr. Comey, who also leaked a memo about his confidential conversation with President Trump that wound up in The New York Times, was hired by the College of William & Mary to teach a course in “ethical leadership.” The average American looks at all this and can’t help asking if any of these leftist miscreants will ever face justice or at least not be rewarded. We have never seen anything like the three-and-a-half year war engaged by America’s domestic enemies against an elected president. Some might call it treason. It sure isn’t “loyal opposition.” Our only hope is that the truth will get out despite the media’s best efforts to quash it.

Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative during COVID-19 pandemic

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

A positive attitude, along with washing hands, practicing social distancing, staying home as much as possible and wearing face coverings, can have immunological benefits. We take so much for granted, including health, prosperity and freedom. All three are under attack -- we can never assume they can’t vanish in a moment. For those inclined to worship an authority higher than scientists, virologists and the federal government, there is a song Elvis Presley and others sang: “I’ve got confidence, God is gonna see me through. No matter what the case may be, I know He’s gonna fix it for me.” Let’s “accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”

The Passing of Time During the Pandemic Confinement

Roger Kimball, The Epoch Times

As our enforced leisure reminds me, our experience of time is not strictly linear. It may often seem to speed up as one gets older. That summer holiday that seemed to stretch out forever when one was in grade school goes by in a flash once one hits middle age. Yet there are several things that can put a brake on one’s experience of time. One is novelty. Go someplace new for a couple of weeks. The first few days always seem much longer than the last when one has become used to a new routine and fresh sights. There is also the curious effect of boredom, which seems to elongate the present while accelerating one’s experience of longer stretches of time.

Dems' un-American agenda appeases LGBTQ community

Robert Knight, Washington Times

While liberal jurisdictions are criminalizing the use of a “wrong” pronoun, a half-dozen states are considering bills to protect children from over-eager gender benders. The LGBTQ movement rests on the fiction that DNA, brain structure and physiology is irrelevant. Only feelings count. The left, which lectures us constantly about bowing to the gods of science, has an enormous blind spot when it comes to sexuality. Or maybe they don’t. They know that sexual anarchy is a key part of “fundamentally transforming” America into a rudderless society easily manipulated into dependency. Socialists have been at this since the 19th century. Let’s just say there’s a method to their mad science.

Can Trump Put Humpty-Dumpty (the USA) Back Together Again?

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Trump's real challenge, and it will be an extraordinarily difficult one, close to a 10 on the Richter Scale, will be to put Humpty-Dumpty—aka the United States of America—back together again. America, right now, despite the aforementioned affluence and peacefulness, is a truly unpleasant place to live. We are not loving our neighbors. In order to really “make America great again,” so we can indeed live with each other, even if Durham indicts half a dozen of his opponents, even if he wins a smashing victory in November, the president must resist two powerful temptations: vengeance and gloating. This will be problematic for Trump, who thrives on confrontation, but he must do it.

The Golden Era of Christmas Songs

Rich Lowry, National Review

American tastes have drastically changed over the decades, yet our Christmas songbook has remained largely the same. With honorable exceptions — most notably Mariah Carey’s 1994 classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” — the most-played and most-beloved Christmas songs date from the 1930s and the couple of decades thereafter. There was a lull in the production of popular Christmas songs in the U.S. between the 1860s and the early 1930s, when the genre exploded and put an indelible imprint on our culture. An annual analysis of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers found that 16 of the 25 most popular Christmas songs last year dated from the 1930s, 1940s, or 1950s.

How to Disunite America

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

When the cultural left can't achieve what it wants through public mobilization, it simply uses the power of government to blackmail those it dislikes. Our First Amendment culture is endangered when local governments are given the capacity to block businesses from operating, not on the basis of business discrimination but on the viewpoint of the company's founders alone. That's precisely what's happening here. Politics has invaded everything from education to sports, from movies to fashion. Should politics now determine where we buy a chicken sandwich? A country that punishes restaurants because its founders don't openly celebrate same-sex marriage is a country destined to bifurcate. And that's pretty fowl.

Which Movies Have 'Outdated Cultural Depictions'?

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Disney is launching its Disney Plus video streaming service, which promises to be tremendously popular, which is unfortunate. "Experts" from the enlightened side of the tracks are unrolling their grievances about how the Disney film catalogue is full of racism, sexism and loathsome bigotry of all sorts. It was only a matter of time, wasn't it? And is anyone surprised that Disney met this ridiculous assault with capitulation? There are villains and heroes of all colors and creeds in our history and literature. But the leftists obsess over racial and ethnic slights — and religious slights if the religion is perceived as a "minority," especially Islam — while Christians can be endlessly maligned.

Disproportionalities: Whose Fault?

Walter E. Williams, CNS News

Liberals ignore decades of research that shoots down the idea that disparities prove discrimination. Moreover, if one carries the notion that disparities prove discrimination far enough, they'd look like true fools. According to a study conducted by Bond University in Australia, sharks are nine times likelier to attack and kill men than they are women. Despite the fact that men are 50% of the population, and so are women, men are struck by lightning six times as often as women. Of those killed by lightning, 82% are men. One can only wonder what social justice warriors would do about these and many other disproportionalities.

Millennials on mother's cellphone plan

Kristen Soltis Anderson, Washington Examiner

Parents see the struggles their own children may have faced and want to do the best for them, while at the same time understanding that young adults ought to be able to stand on their own two feet. They’re caught between wanting to help their children and resenting that they have to. Parents of millennials and Gen Zers often have complaints about young adults not being self-reliant, and that makes them completely normal in the grand cycle of intergenerational griping. But as the data show (27% of men in their late 20's live with parents), those same parents are often the ones still paying their children's rent or cellphone bills.

Members of Previous Generations Now Seem Like Giants

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Our ancestors were builders and pioneers and mostly fearless. We are regulators, auditors, bureaucrats, adjudicators, censors, critics, plaintiffs, defendants, social-media junkies, and thin-skinned scolds. A distant generation created; we mostly delay, idle, and gripe. As we walk amid the refuse, needles, and excrement of the sidewalks of our fetid cities; as we sit motionless on our jammed ancient freeways; and as we pout on Twitter and electronically whine in the porticos of our Ivy League campuses, will we ask: “Who were these people who left these strange monuments that we use but can neither emulate nor understand?”

Cancel culture isn't real life — yet

Salena Zito, Washington Examiner

However visible this cancel culture and boycott fever are, they have not found their way into American life in a broad and meaningful way. When they do, it often backfires. Consider the case of Chick-fil-A, when the social justice crowd went into full protest against the Georgia-based company for the faith of its leadership. Despite hundreds of protests, and government bodies in San Antonio and Buffalo, New York, banning their restaurants in their airports, nothing has gotten in the way of Chick-fil-A's unmatched growth. What would things would look like, though, if real life did become like Twitter?

All The People Who Think They Are Better Than You Are Much, Much Worse

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

In what way has our garbage elite proven itself capable of doing anything right, much less overseeing our doctors, protecting our newly-disarmed citizenry and controlling the weather? In no way – which is why they hate accountability, and why the elite’s lapdog media is entirely unconcerned with the elite’s constant screw-ups and utterly focused on the invented flaws of those of us who refuse to be serfs of incompetent elitist twerps. They figure that if maybe if we can be shamed into subservience, they can get on with their civilizational pillage unimpeded by us Normals demanding accountability.

'The Hunt' movie reveals just how far liberals' derangement will take them

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

Mr. Trump has been the one steady, reasonable voice in the midst of this "The Hunt" madness. In his statement after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, he condemned racism and bigotry, but also dared to address the multitude of issues we face, “We must recognize that the internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts. … We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. … It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. …” High-profile liberals say Trump is the problem: Perhaps they need to look in the mirror.

The Common Thread Binding These Mass Murderers

Melissa MacKenzie, The American Spectator

Maybe murder is a response to nothing. At least rage is something. And rage is powerful. It must seem better than the alternative. How do we solve that problem? How do we help young men, especially, feel like their lives have meaning? That the supposed deep thinkers are blaming their political enemies demonstrates how pathetic our intellectual class really is. These mass murderers are multiplying, and the common thread isn’t politics. It’s powerlessness in a sea of prosperity. It seems we’ve brought up a generation of people who have everything and feel empty at the same time. The solutions are not easy. Maybe that’s why people blame politics. It’s easier.

Why conservatives must engage in Hollywood

Sam Sorbo, Washington Times

Why does the size of government only seem to grow, with conservative victories merely coming in fits and starts? One major reason is that liberals dominate culture, which has a much more profound impact on people’s worldview than policy analysis. Culture, and entertainment specifically, taps into people’s emotions, reaching a deeper level of the brain than rational appeals that usually don’t penetrate the frontal cortex. If conservatives want to reverse the juggernaut of the leftist agenda, the long march through the institutions, they must commit to engaging in cultural spheres even more than they do in intellectual ones.

Democrats Double Down On Hating America

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

The current Democrat Party consists of hipster geebos, race hustlers, pierced campus mutants, bitter middle-aged divorcées who teach high school, tech twerps and uninvited foreigners who shouldn’t even be here. Their platform, carried out by the carnival freakshow that is the Democrat Party and its allies in the media and in the woke corporations, is part of a greater strategy. It’s to denigrate and then destroy what makes America America, to steal our story from us and replace it with a bogus legacy of oppression and misery. They want to impose upon us a new narrative of a morally stained America unworthy of respect or gratitude, and guess who will be the heroes of that new narrative?

Restoring the Great American Middle

Sen. Josh Hawley, The American Conservative

We need a new politics of national renewal. We must begin by rejecting old orthodoxies—unfettered trade at any cost; a permissive immigration system; a tax code that favors corporate tax shelters and corporate offshoring; economic policy that rewards concentration—and put American workers first. We must repair the torn fabric of our civic life. And we need a better understanding of liberty. For in the end, liberty is more than selling or buying or the right to be left alone. It’s the ability to have a say, to have a stake, and together, to set the course of our own history. That is the promise of our founding revolution, and that is the promise we must renew for this day.

Big Abortion’s Biggest Lie

David Catron, The American Spectator

Of all the lies promulgated by the abortion industry, the claim that abortion on demand has improved the lives of women in general is the most pernicious. It encourages women to make uninformed choices which can and do damage their physical and psychological health. Yet, despite the absence of evidence supporting the liberation myth, it has been inculcated in young women for nearly half a century by the education system, the media, and professional feminists. The vast majority of women who actually get abortions are low-income women of color abortion's biggest defenders will ever have to face at a D.C. cocktail party. Has abortion on demand improved their lives?