Recent Viewpoints

May 10, 2019
small fish masquerades as shark

Kerby Anderson One of the criticisms of the claims of human-caused climate change is that the theory predicts everything. Now, you might think that makes it a good theory. Actually, when you have a theory that predicts everything and cannot be falsified, that makes it a bad theory. In fact, it is easy to find examples of contradictory claims all being attributed to climate change. But let me give you one example. Sharks fascinate us, probably going back decades to…

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May 9, 2019
college-fetus vs cancer

Kerby Anderson A slide from a university biology lecture went viral because it illustrated the “parallels between fetuses and cancers.” Many of the Twitter comments were disgusted that the professor’s slide referred to the fetus as a “legitimate parasite” that “invades” a mother and “manipulates” her immunity. A picture of the slide was posted by Stanford Medical student Dylan Griswold who did so in order to address what he feels is the increasing tendency to describe pregnancy as a disease….

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May 8, 2019
Trump vs. Dems

Kerby Anderson For decades, Congress has been willing to give its legislative powers to the executive branch in general and the president in particular. Senator Mike Lee writes about why this has happened and what Congress should do to stop this dangerous trend. He reminds us that President Obama more than 20 times said he didn’t have the authority to rewrite immigration laws, and then did so in 2012 during the height of his reelection campaign. He speculates that a…

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May 7, 2019
Census citizenship question

Kerby Anderson The Supreme Court justices might be forgiven for having a feeling of déjà vu. For the third time, the justices had to deal with a case in which the president was given power by Congress and then challenged because he used that power. First, it was the travel ban. Then it was the president’s national emergency declaration in order to build the wall. Finally, it was the oral arguments about whether a citizenship question could be put in…

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May 6, 2019
border violence arrests

Kerby Anderson President Trump’s opponents argue that there is no crisis at the border, thus we don’t need to build a wall or deploy troops to the border. Proponents, of course, argue just the opposite. Is there any way to evaluate these contradictory claims? One way, of course, is to look at the increasing number of men, women, and children crossing our southern border. The US border patrol reported that more than 76,000 migrants crossed illegally into the country in…

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May 3, 2019
Free

Penna Dexter Elizabeth Warren is perhaps not the most exciting candidate in the field of Democrats looking to challenge President Trump. But she’s formulating bold proposals other candidates must react to. She’s targeting a millennial voting block with proposals like universal child care, affordable housing, and now, a plan she claims would completely eliminate student loan debt for 75 percent of all borrowers and cut indebtedness for the rest. The plan would cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt…

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May 3, 2019
Lies Letterpress type

Kerby Anderson Columnist David Brooks has a new book coming out, so he wrote a New York Times column about the “Five Lies Our Culture Tells Us.” He believes we have created a culture based on lies.  Columnist Robert Samuelson responds to David Brooks in a Washington Post column by telling him to “lighten up.” Let’s look at the five lies. They are that we believe that “career success is fulfilling” and that “I can make myself happy.” They also include the…

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May 2, 2019
Hands praying over USA flag

Kerby Anderson Today is the National Day of Prayer. It is a vital part of our American heritage. The first call to prayer happened before the American Revolution. In 1775, the Continental Congress called on the colonists to pray for wisdom as they considered how they would respond to the King of England. Perhaps one of the most powerful calls to prayer came from President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. In 1863, he issued a proclamation for a day…

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May 1, 2019
Spy - surveilance - Cyber hacker

Kerby Anderson The Attorney General William Barr caused quite a stir the other day when he concluded the government had been engaged in spying. The sentence that generated the outrage was this: “I believe the government spied on the Trump campaign.” His statement led to another round of commentators arguing that this was merely surveillance not spying. But in a recent article in The Hill Kevin Brock explains that even attempting to make a semantic difference misses what was done….

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April 30, 2019
Statue of Liberty head and torcy

Kerby Anderson Just about anyone who sets out to defend Western civilization will be criticized and vilified. Jonah Goldberg wrote about Western civilization in his book, the Suicide of the West. Ben Shapiro has recently written about The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great. In a future commentary, I plan to discuss Shapiro’s book but for now will merely look at two incidents that prove my point. First, when his book came out,…

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April 29, 2019
Notre Dame burns

Kerby Anderson While I was doing a radio program, news outlets were reporting that the Cathedral of Notre Dame was burning. My producer asked if we wanted to start covering it. Since I already had guests on the program, I suggested we wait and see if it was an accident or an attack. His response was that never occurred to him. So, you may wonder, what is wrong with me that I would consider the possibility that the fire might…

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