Larry Elder: Republicans are ready to party like it’s 1972

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. After Richard Nixon’s landslide 1972 victory over Democratic opponent George McGovern, New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael gave a speech in which she said: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.” 2020 Democrats, at least the sensible ones, find themselves in a full-blown panic over the prospect of a nominee who Read More

Larry Elder: Black history month: Why don’t they teach about

(Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. As for America’s annual Black History Month, actor Morgan Freeman spoke for many during this 2005 exchange with CBS’s Mike Wallace on “60 Minutes”: Wallace: “Black History Month, you find …” Freeman: “Ridiculous.” Wallace: “Why?” Freeman: “You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” Wallace: “Come on.” Freeman: “What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Come on; tell me.” Wallace: “I’m Jewish.” Freeman: “OK. Which month is Jewish History Month?” Wallace: “There isn’t one.” Freeman: “Why Read More

Larry Elder: Dems’ new talking point on the Trump economy:

(Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. The “expert” predictions of economic disaster should Donald Trump win the 2016 election did not occur. Under Trump, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite have reached historical highs while unemployment for blacks and Hispanics have hit historical lows. In the wake of Trump’s undeniable economic success, what is the 2020 Democratic Party argument for why voters should back their candidate over Trump? The morning after Trump’s election, Paul Krugman, economics professor and columnist for The New York Times, wrote: “Now comes Read More

Trump Critics Denounce Pro-Trump Blacks as ‘Sellouts’

The Donald Trump White House put out a photograph of the president’s task force on the coronavirus. CNN promptly showed its displeasure, not with the task force’s effort but with its racial composition. There was insufficient “diversity” in the photo. In a piece called “Coronavirus Task Force Another Example of Trump Administration’s Lack of Diversity,” CNN national political writer Brandon Tensley wrote: “Who are these experts? They’re largely the same sorts of white men (and a couple women on the sidelines) who’ve dominated the Trump administration from the very beginning. “By contrast, former President Barack Read More

Larry Elder: Trump critics denounce pro-Trump blacks as ‘sellouts’– While

President Trump Addresses a Briefing on the Coronavirus-The White House FlickrOp-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. The Donald Trump White House put out a photograph of the president’s task force on the coronavirus. CNN promptly showed its displeasure, not with the task force’s effort but with its racial composition. There was insufficient “diversity” in the photo. In a piece called “Coronavirus Task Force Another Example of Trump Administration’s Lack of Diversity,” CNN national political writer Brandon Tensley wrote: “Who are these experts? They’re largely the same sorts of white men (and Read More

Larry Elder: Impeachment trial of Trump: Remember when Pelosi and

(Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists she does not “hate” President Donald Trump. Responding to a reporter’s question after she directed the Democratic House Committee chairmen to draft articles of impeachment, Pelosi said: “As a Catholic, I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I Read More

Larry Elder: Does a minimum wage hike lower the suicide

(Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. This is a new one. The New York Times headline read: “Minimum Wage Raises Could Lower Suicide Rates, Study Says.” But there was a subheadline: “It was the latest study to suggest that effects of wage increases reach beyond economic welfare, but some experts pushed back on the findings.” Let us “push back.” The study was published in January in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The Times article noted that 47,000 Americans committed suicide in 2017 and said: “The new study examined suicide rates Read More

Ilhan Omar and Steve King: A tale of two flamethrowers

(Getty)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. Eighty-six percent of Democrats consider President Donald Trump “racist,” according to a July 2019 Quinnipiac poll. By contrast, 91% of Republicans do not consider him “racist.” Perhaps more disturbing, a November 2018 online Axios poll by SurveyMonkey found that a whopping 61% of Democrats believe Republicans are “racist/bigoted/sexist.” A comparatively small 31% of Republicans feel the same way about Democrats. For a party that considers Republicans racist/bigoted/sexist, how do Democrats somehow, someway manage to tolerate, if not embrace, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn? For a congressional first-termer, her list of Read More

Larry Elder: The Great Recession: ‘Reparations’ gone bad

(Getty)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. Some of the Democratic candidates for president support studying reparations to blacks to compensate for slavery. But in many ways, America has made reparations to blacks. What are race-based preferences if not a form of compensation for historical wrongs? Many cities have “set-aside” programs that award government contracts to minority contractors. President Lyndon Johnson pushed his Great Society programs to “end poverty and racial injustice.” But few think of the federal government’s housing policy, particularly the Community Reinvestment Act, or the CRA, as a form of reparations. Read More

Cory Booker Gripes About a Democrat Debate ‘With No Diversity

Sept. 4, 2018, in Washington proclaiming Spartacus. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) About the cabinet of newly elected President Barack Obama, the Los Angeles Times gushed in 2008: “Seldom has a presidential Cabinet included so many intellectual and political heavyweights. Obama’s other achievement is to have assembled such an impressive team with due deference to the need for an administration that ‘looks like America’ — Bill Clinton’s shorthand for ethnic and gender diversity.” Sounding the same “diversity” theme, former Vice President Joe Biden recently told NPR: “I have the most diverse staff of anybody running. I’ve always done that. … The country has Read More