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Mona Charen: Flight 93 forever

Posted 9/21/2020 in National Columns

Danielle Pletka, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has announced that while she never considered voting for Donald Trump in 2016, she may well do so this year. She is being driven to this extremity, she says, by the "hard left ideologues" of the Democratic Party.


Mona Charen: Who Will Speak for the Uighurs?

Posted 9/12/2020 in National Columns

According to John Bolton, when Xi Jinping told Donald Trump that he was putting Uighurs in camps, Trump said he was doing "exactly the right thing." Of course, Xi's depiction was pure agitprop. China is not targeting Uighurs who have shown terrorist tendencies, it is crushing an entire ethno/religious minority in brutal fashion.


Mona Charen: Broken windows presidency

Posted 9/9/2020 in National Columns

President Donald Trump is a broken windows president. Let me explain. In 1982, the Atlantic published an article that became legendary in conservative circles.


Mona Charen: The American Dream is not dead

Posted 8/24/2020 in National Columns

The Biden campaign deserves praise for introducing, at the Democratic National Convention, something we haven't seen a lot of lately -- smiles. They've showcased grins and joyful, dancing eyes on the faces of all sorts of Americans.


Mona Charen: Quazy for QAnon

Posted 8/15/2020 in National Columns

In the 1964 black comedy "Dr. Strangelove," the above words are spoken by a general who is about to start World War III. His theory about the contamination of "precious bodily fluids" is the tipoff for poor Group Captain Lionel Mandrake that the general has gone certifiably cuckoo.


Mona Charen: Who is really burning things down?

Posted 8/3/2020 in National Columns

My friend David French, one of the most admirable voices in America today, argues that conservatives need not vote against Republican senate candidates in order to send a message about Trumpism. I disagree. He writes, "A rage, fury, and a 'burn it all down' mentality is one of the maladies that brought us to the present moment."


Mona Charen: Bari Weiss was too honest for The New York Times

Posted 7/20/2020 in National Columns

Bari Weiss brought keen intelligence and broadminded liberalism to the editorial pages of The New York Times. So, naturally, she had to go. The right will cackle that this proves how dangerous the left is. They're not totally wrong, but they need to look in the mirror.


Was Trump's Mount Rushmore speech divisive?

Posted 7/15/2020 in National Columns

A number of conservative commentators have rushed to defend President Donald Trump's Mount Rushmore speech.


Mona Charen: So much for Trump's love of the military

Posted 7/8/2020 in National Columns

Christopher Slutman, 43, had always wanted to be a firefighter. He was that kind of kid, the kind who wants to save people. He was also a Marine Reserves Staff Sergeant who had served in Iraq. Last year, he was assigned to duty in Afghanistan.


Mona Charen: A tale of two church visits

Posted 6/6/2020 in National Columns

Both President Donald Trump and candidate Joe Biden visited churches on Monday -- though "visit" is a poor descriptor of what Trump did. Consistent with his life pattern, he didn't actually enter a church. Rather, he positioned his body in front of St. John's Episcopal and held a Bible aloft, like a trophy, for the cameras.


Mona Charen: Bird-watching while black

Posted 5/29/2020 in National Columns

A lifelong bird-watcher ventured into a section of New York's Central Park, the "Ramble," at 7:30 a.m., hoping to catch a glimpse of waterfowl. In previous days, he had spied scarlet tanagers, ovenbirds and mourning warblers.


Mona Charen: Trump smashes the right's ability to police itself

Posted 5/26/2020 in National Columns

Among dozens of addled tweets from the commander in chief over the past few days, one in particular deserves pausing over because it demonstrates not just the weak-mindedness of our president but also the way his leadership is sabotaging conservatism.


Mona Charen: But he fights!

Posted 5/15/2020 in National Columns

One of the chief selling points about Donald Trump in 2016, one that persuaded many initially dubious Republicans, was the argument that "he fights." Some of us tried to counter that his battles nearly always concerned his own fragile ego, not the cause of conservatism, nor even the Republican Party, but these objections were swept aside.


Mona Charen: You can choke on schadenfreude

Posted 5/7/2020 in National Columns

During Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, some conservatives, including supposedly Donald Trump-despising ones, declared themselves "radicalized." "Kavanaugh snapped something in me," Sohrab Ahmari tweeted. The Democrats had demonstrated their depravity, they said. On the strength of this revelation, they ran into the arms of Trump.


Mona Charen: Testing: the way out of this trap

Posted 5/1/2020 in National Columns

One of the less helpful aspects of our current quandary is the shrill argument between two closed-minded camps. One condemns those who wish to open up the economy as science-defying ghouls who care nothing for human life. The other depicts the stay-at-homes as economic saboteurs willing to destroy the national economy in the name of unobtainable safety.


Mona Charen: Vote by mail, just this once

Posted 4/17/2020 in National Columns

Who among us, knowing what we know now about COVID-19, doesn't wish we could roll back the clock to Jan. 1, 2020 and make very different decisions about testing, contact tracing, PPE and social distancing?


Mona Charen: What is the best-case scenario?

Posted 4/6/2020 in National Columns

Faced with the greatest public health threat in a century, we are stumbling in the dark. Each day's death toll is treated as a shock, rather than what it ought to be -- a fire bell in the night.


Mona Charen: Preserve our election

Posted 3/20/2020 in National Columns

We are facing one discrete problem in the mass of chaos surrounding this pandemic that we can and must address immediately -- the security of November's election.


Mona Charen: After this, voters will take their responsibility seriously

Posted 3/16/2020 in National Columns

"Let's blow it all up." That was the sentiment that animated any number of Republican primary voters in 2016. The "it" was (take your pick) the Republican Party, the "establishment," the country. There were many good reasons for voters to be dissatisfied with the state of things in 2016.


Mona Charen: Biden's second chance is one for the record books

Posted 3/9/2020 in National Columns

Sweet relief. Super Tuesday was the worst setback for left-wing populism since Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party crashed and burned. But while the voters have handed Joe Biden another chance, it's important to recognize why they've had doubts.



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