Nigel Farage Makes the Trump Moment Permanent

June 24th, 2024 10:10 AM

First came Brexit, then came Trump — and now it’s happening again. In June 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union. This month, Brexit’s mastermind, Nigel Farage, returned to the fore of British politics. He’s running in next month’s U.K. general election, but Farage’s real aim isn’t to get a seat in Parliament; it’s to replace the Conservative Party with a new populist force of his…

Help Me, Bob Iger. You’re My Only Hope.

June 21st, 2024 5:26 PM

On Oct. 30, 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and, with it, “Star Wars.” Since then, Disney’s stewardship of a property George Lucas himself often failed to steward wisely has descended into farce. There is an old joke that the proof time travel is not real is because George Lucas did not die after the release of “Return of the Jedi” in 1983. Lucas went on to continually re-…

From Great Orators to Gobbledygook

June 19th, 2024 1:28 PM

Once in America – and in some parts of the world – we were gifted by great orators, men and women who could by the power and content of their words inspire, motivate and sometimes unify their nations. Today, we have politicians who mumble, slur their words, repeat themselves and in other ways make no sense. They neither inspire, nor unite. I don’t just mean President Biden and Vice President…

California: Where Common Sense Goes to Die

June 7th, 2024 1:31 PM

The circus came to California a long time ago, and there are no signs it’s packing up any time soon. Some recent examples: California lawmakers set up a reparations panel for “black descendants of slaves” even though California was never a slave state. California has a budget deficit of close to $50 billion, and some put the price tag of the panel’s reparations recommendations at $800 billion…

Of ‘Convicted Felons’ and Lying Frauds

June 7th, 2024 8:29 AM

Last week, a New York City jury, prompted by the legal coordination between Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and Judge Juan Merchan -- both partisan actors -- convicted Donald Trump on 34 felony counts having to do with falsification of business records. Or election fraud. Or more tax issues. Or ... something. Nobody really knows, and apparently it was unnecessary for the jury to agree on the crime in…

Biden’s Democracy Smokescreen in 2024

May 30th, 2024 1:21 PM

President Joe Biden makes no speech without mentioning the importance of democracy in our nation. We would like to believe this comes from deep ideals about human liberty lodged within our president. But more accurate is that Biden, a politician all his adult life, is defined by just that — politics. No word, no act emanates from our president that does not emerge from some political…

Save Freedom of Worship

May 28th, 2024 6:05 PM

G.K. Chesterton said, “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” His quote comes to mind after I inherited a box of family paraphernalia upon the death of my dear sister, who suddenly suffered a massive heart attack in 2015. The contents include a series of letters my father wrote my mother – before they married in 1948 –…

NewsBusters Exclusive: Journalism’s Self-Destruction

May 28th, 2024 5:04 PM

Exclusive to NewsBusters, by Cal Thomas. The Washington Post, the dominant but least credible newspaper in Washington, D.C., lost $77 million in 2023. No other business operates like the journalistic establishment. TV ratings are down. Newspaper losses are up. Public trust in the media is at an all-time low as reflected in Gallup and other polls. As Pete Seeger sang in a totally different…

The Bee-pocalypse: Another Scare Story the Media Got Wrong

May 24th, 2024 5:08 PM

Have you heard about the “bee-pocalypse?” My new video explains. Honeybees are dying! It’s another environmental crisis we’re supposed to worry about. The media call it “bee-pocalypse” and “bee-mageddon!” A YouTube video with 15 million views says bee-mageddon “could lead to millions of people starving!”

Trump’s Sun Belt Hopes and Rust Belt Needs

May 21st, 2024 1:06 PM

Donald Trump’s first election redrew the map of American politics; suddenly Pennsylvania and Michigan were in the Republican column for the first time since the 1980s. But they didn’t stay there: The Rust Belt states that made Trump president in 2016 sent Joe Biden to the White House in 2020. That second Trump election also redrew the map, this time forfeiting two Sun Belt states that had been…

Joe Biden as a Political Pinwheel

May 17th, 2024 11:44 AM

Joe Biden is not a person of principle or character. He is a lifelong politician who has spent decades shifting his positions on nearly every major issue. If one had to define Biden's political worldview, it would be simply this: Follow the Democratic herd, and desperately attempt to place yourself dead center in the middle of it. Joe Biden is, in short, a political pinwheel, taking note of…

What Trump Sees in Doug Burgum

May 14th, 2024 9:32 AM

Donald Trump knows how to run a talent show. He’s built a career out of them — in addition to careers as real estate mogul and president of the United States. What he learned from Miss Universe beauty pageants and the breakout success of “The Apprentice” he’s now applying to the tryouts for vice president. No one watches if competition isn’t tense: Contestants all need a moment to shine, even…

Nationalists of the World, Unite?

May 1st, 2024 3:30 PM

The historian John Lukacs used to say all the old “isms” of politics were defunct. They’ve become “wasms,” except one — nationalism. Lukacs died five years ago, but the relentless anti-Israel protests on America’s campuses today testify to the truth of his insight. So does the attempt by authorities in the capital of the European Union bureaucracy to quash a “National Conservatism” conference…

Lessons From Other Campus Protests

April 30th, 2024 2:41 PM

The year was 1966 and Ronald Reagan was running for governor of California. A major part of his platform was to “clean up the mess at Berkeley” and other college campuses throughout the state that were experiencing protests and strikes over issues that included the military draft, civil rights and “women’s issues.” While not on a scale of the pro-Hamas, anti-Israel, anti-America and Jewish…