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

  • 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

  • OTHER VIEWS: Fiorina should focus her campaign on corporate experience

    No one doubts Carly Fiorina's toughness. Fiorina, who announced her campaign Monday for the Republican nomination for president, worked her way up from the secretarial pool to become chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard. She engineered a merger with Compaq and endured a bloody power

  • OTHER VIEWS: Ben Carson's first race is for president?

    Ben Carson, a former pediatric neurosurgeon who announced his presidential candidacy Monday, owes his lively political career to a 2013 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. With President Barack Obama just a few seats away, Carson excoriated the president and went through a list of ills, from

  • BOB FRANKEN: Spreading violence

    We need to be careful. Our country is unraveling, right before our eyes. No longer can we treat the eruptions of violence in places like Baltimore as isolated incendiary incidents. If, as a nation, we don't take immediate remedial action, which means a complete overhaul of a brutally unfair

  • OTHER VIEWS: Puerto Rico needs some tough love

    Puerto Rico's long-running drama as the "Greece of the Caribbean" may be entering its final act -- what Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla called "one of the greatest fiscal and economic crisis in its history." Its power utility teeters on the brink of default. The government

  • OK, Texans, enough with all the crazy talk

    Fellow Texans, rest easy. Nobody is declaring martial law on our state.This is a case of stating the obvious, but some people out there need reminding: Federal soldiers aren't going to kick the door down and take your precious firearms. Airborne sturmtruppen aren't going to parachute onto

  • What does it take to get fired at the VA?

    After the scandal that broke last year at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it didn't look possible to reduce the department's credibility. But Secretary Robert A. McDonald has found ways to do so. The department was embarrassed by the disclosure of long delays for veterans in need of

  • JACQUIELYNN FLOYD: OK, Texans, enough with all the crazy talk

    Fellow Texans, rest easy. Nobody is declaring martial law on our state.This is a case of stating the obvious, but some people out there need reminding: Federal soldiers aren't going to kick the door down and take your precious firearms. Airborne sturmtruppen aren't going to parachute