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Past articles by Thomas:

Donald Trump Transition & Republicans’ Win Offers Opportunity & Danger

Trump's opportunities are many, which is to say that many things are in desperate need of changing, beginning with rebuilding our neglected and undermined military forces. → Read More

Backward-Looking ‘Progressives’

Many of the dangerous errors that have crept into our legal system arose from a progressive desire to pursue equality by denying reality ... → Read More

The Lasting Damage of the Left’s ‘Favors’ to Blacks

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor — off the record — what his response to them was. He said, “I give them all A’s and B’s. To hell with them.” Since many of those students were admitted with lower academic qualifications than other students, he knew that honest grades in a… → Read More

The Demand for Villains

Racism isn't to blame for the lack of diversity among the 2016 Academy Awards nominees. → Read More

Now Is No Time to Be Voting for President Based on Emotion

In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one — Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after six years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning to another glib egomaniac to be his successor. No doubt much of the… → Read More

Minimum Wage & Rent Control

Leftist policies such as minimum wage and rent control hurt the minorities they're supposed to help, but the Left doesn't care as long as they feel important. → Read More

For the Left and Its Gun-Control Agenda, the Facts of Chattanooga Don’t Matter

The outrage over another multiple murder of American military personnel on American soil by another Islamic extremist has been exacerbated by the fact that these military people had been ordered to be unarmed — and therefore sitting ducks. Millions of American civilians have also been forbidden to have guns, and are also sitting ducks — for criminals, terrorists, or psychos. You might think… → Read More

Is the Iran Deal the Worst Political Blunder of All Time?

Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country’s exploration of the outside world the “worst political blunder in the history of civilization.” The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst political blunder of all time, with its Obama-administration deal that will make a nuclear Iran… → Read More

Slavery Didn't Cause Today's Black Problems, Welfare Did

The "legacy of slavery" in the United States has become a convenient catchphrase to obscure the source of problems in the black community: the welfare state. → Read More

Republicans Should Stop Nominating Mushy Moderates to the Supreme Court

The next Supreme Court appointees must be prinicpled, uncompromising justices. → Read More

Hillary Clinton's Foreign Policy

In the most important job Hillary Clinton has ever held -- secretary of state -- American foreign policy has had one setback after another. → Read More

The Left's Microaggression Obsession

“Microaggression” protests have spread to campuses from coast to coast, from Berkeley and UCLA on the East Coast, and Oberlin and Illinois in the Midwest. → Read More

Why It’s Wrong to Equate Bush’s Iraq Mistakes with Obama’s

Mistakes were made by both Bush and Obama in Iraq, those mistakes were of different kinds and of different magnitudes in their consequences. → Read More

The Steep Cost of Politicians’ Scapegoating the Police in Baltimore

Baltimore pays the price for demonizing police. → Read More

How to Open the Mind of a College Graduate

These gifts will expose them to thinking that they never encountered in college. → Read More

Obama’s Latest Redistributionist Rhetorical Ploy Is an Insult to Taxpayers’ Intelligence

In a recent panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave another demonstration of his mastery of rhetoric — and disregard of reality. One of the ways of fighting poverty, he proposed, was to “ask from society’s lottery winners” that they make a “modest investment” in government programs to help the poor. Since free speech is guaranteed to everyone by the… → Read More

The Inconvenient Truth about Ghetto Communities’ Social Breakdown

Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman in Missouri — but there was not nearly as much turmoil created by the demonstrable fact that a fleeing black man was shot dead by a white policeman in South… → Read More

Now’s No Time for Happy Talk

Susan Rice shares the mindset of those who glibly dismissed Hitler’s rise in the 1930s. → Read More

What the 'Social Justice' Attack on Admissions Standards Gets Wrong

Selective schools don’t exist to dispense favors to less fortunate individuals. → Read More

Debunking the Anti-Vaccine Pseudoscience

The campaign to convince the public that vaccines cause autism was a masterpiece of propaganda. → Read More