National Voices

  • George Washington's deep self-doubt

    On Memorial Day weekend, it's instructive to remember that even great warriors sometimes question their own indispensability. -- Revolutions tend to get hijacked, going from being about the people to being about the triumphant revolutionary leaders. The French Revolution begat Napoleon, and

  • Proud of their WWII service, they opposed Vietnam

    This year, Memorial Day comes on the heels of two big anniversaries -- the 70th observance of V-E Day and the 45th of the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Vietnam. Created after the Civil War as "Decoration Day" -- for the flowers decorating graves -- Memorial Day tends to evoke

  • Police should reflect communities they serve

    The logo on a police car's door may say "Serve and Protect," but recently high-profile cases have implicitly added "Punish" to the sign. That some officers lack empathy with minority citizens (and vice versa) is not news. The best correction for that would be to aggressively

  • As it appears we're smack dab in the middle of the 2016 presidential campaign announcement season, this might be the perfect time to ask the question on every American's lips: what kind of twisted psychopath chooses to do this? Who are these people that are so all fired up to enter this

  • Just say no to the NSA snooping

    Now that the U.S. House has voted to reform the government's sweeping telephone surveillance program, the Senate should quickly do the same. It's a first step in a long overdue examination of government snooping on Americans. A determination to keep the country safe from the growing threat

  • OTHER VIEWS: Deny sanctuary to violent criminal motorcycle gangs

    The biker-gang shootout that left nine people dead in Waco, Texas, on Sunday marks an appalling new low in lawlessness. The fact that scores of rival bikers were welcomed to gather at a single location in a Mafia-style sitdown meeting suggests their hosts also have much to answer for. The Texas

  • OTHER VIEWS: Obama loses Round 1 on trade deal

    President Barack Obama learned the hard way this week that it's usually not a great idea to bad-mouth members of his own party in public. The payback came Tuesday, when Senate Democrats, with one lone exception, slapped down his "fast-track" trade-expansion deal with 11 nations

  • MICHAEL GERSON: Seeking mutual respect amid conflict

    The sign of a first-rate intelligence, according to F. Scott Fitzgerald, is "the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." When it comes to Islam and blasphemy, many Americans are having trouble accepting even consistent

  • OTHER VIEWS: Tax code stifles economy, hurts middle class

    America's convoluted tax code has needed comprehensive reform for years. The case for change would be open and shut even if families on low and middle incomes hadn't come under increasing strain of late -- but they have. The middle-class squeeze underscores the need for a far-reaching

  • OTHER VIEWS: Promote kids based on scores not skin color

    Here's a law we should not need, but we do. Now. Yesterday, really, but we'll settle for now. SB 359 will require a set of objective measures like test scores and grades to determine whether students need to repeat eighth-grade math. That's about it. Obvious, right? But thanks to

  • OTHER VIEWS: GOP spending plan calls for draconian cuts

    To judge from the headlines, Congress managed to accomplish the nearly impossible last week by approving a budget, the first joint budget resolution lawmakers have passed since 2009. But wait -- hold the applause and confetti. The proposal approved by the Senate 51-48 and previously passed by

  • ESTHER CEPEDA: My mission: Giving an exotic bird a home

    My family has been discussing how long my sons and I can expect to live. I have to plan for another 50 years but realistically, I'm probably only good for about 40 more. Here's why: If our family of four (plus our dog, who has to pass muster) can successfully pass the extremely rigorous

  • OTHER VIEWS: Reparations? This is getting out of hand

    Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens thinks suspected terrorists housed at Guantanamo are entitled to "reparations." It's part of a long emerging line of claims from the left that's toxic for society. Stevens is not alone in thinking the U.S. did something wrong for

  • DANA MILBANK: A performance by Lindsey and the Jets

    Sir Elton John, Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, flew into Washington to testify Wednesday before members of the United States Senate -- or, as they might more accurately be described, the Madmen Across the Water. He had been called before an Appropriations subcommittee to

  • GEORGE RUNNER: Tax hikes look silly as state gets financial windfall

    It must be silly season in Sacramento. As the state receives billions in unanticipated revenues, liberal tax-and-spend lawmakers are proposing massive tax hikes, proving once again that they are out of touch with reality. One key measure of reality ignored by liberal lawmakers is Tax Freedom Day.

  • MICHAEL GERSON: The intricate knot of urban poverty

    Police and prisons are the successful answer to a rather narrow question: Can overwhelming force and routine incarceration bring temporary order to impoverished and isolated urban communities? Baltimore in the early 2000s answers in the affirmative. By 2005, a city of about 600,000 people