The Return of 'Law and Order'

The Return of ‘Law and Order’

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To secure the safety of poor communities, several elements have always been needed: police to prevent crimes and arrest the criminals who commit them, prosecutors who will put them away, and prison cells to house them. This was the formula that broke the back of the long crime wave that …

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Will Bishops Deny Biden Communion?

Will Bishops Deny Biden Communion?

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Biden will be pressed to speak to the issue of abortion and the bishops’ decision to deny him Communion. His attendance at Mass and taking Communion will become matters of deepening controversy… And he will be charged with hypocrisy — for pretending to be the kind of Catholic that a …

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Who Is Really Killing American Democracy?

Who Is Really Killing American Democracy?

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The point: If we Americans cannot even agree on which heroes and holidays are to be celebrated together, does that not tell us something about whether we are really, any longer, one country and one people? By a vote of 30-1 in the House, with unanimous support in the Senate, …

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All Is Hype for the Biden-Putin Summit

All Is Hype for the Biden-Putin Summit

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For the G7 meeting — of the heads of government of seven of the world’s 10 largest economies — and the gatherings this week of NATO and the European Union in Brussels appear designed more to send messages than to portend action. What are those messages? History repeats itself, first …

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Joe Manchin: Racist or Profile in Courage

Joe Manchin: Racist or Profile in Courage

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What has given this moderate Democrat from West Virginia such an opportunity to write himself into the history books? It is the unique political circumstances of 2021. In 1859, Abraham Lincoln related the tale of an Eastern monarch who charged his wise men with discovering words that would everywhere and …

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What Is America's Cause in the World?

What Is America’s Cause in the World?

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Economic nationalism is alive and well in the GOP, and securing the border remains a central concern of America’s center-right. “Take away this pudding; it has no theme,” is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him. Writers have used Churchill’s remark …

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Democratic Showdown: Kamala vs. Manchin

Democratic Showdown: Kamala vs. Manchin

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As for Manchin, he is sitting in the catbird seat in the Democratic Party. He holds the whip hand over both Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Biden. For if the West Virginian refuses to bend or break on the filibuster, then not only will the voting rights bill fail in …

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Were the Wars Wise? Were They Worth It?

Were the Wars Wise? Were They Worth It?

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While the service and sacrifice were always honorable and often heroic, never to be forgotten, were the wars these soldiers were sent to fight and die in wise? Were they necessary? Through the long Memorial Day weekend, anyone who read the newspapers or watched television could not miss or be …

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