Fifty-seven people have been executed already this year in Iran. That means the ayatollahs are hanging someone every eight hours. Last year they executed at least 180 people, a total they will surpass in a matter of weeks at the present rate. Most of the victims are hanged in public and there are sickening photographs of bodies on the gallows with a watchful crowd standing back a bit. The idea of course is to intimidate those bystanders, and it must work up to the point when they can take no more of it, and revolt. But what is this need to intimidate? That ghastly statistic of 57 hanged can only mean that the ayatollahs are terrified of a Tunisian-style uprising, an equivalent surge of popular rage which ends in regime change. The Tunisian dictator Zine Ben Ali is a Sunni and therefore welcome in Sunni Saudi Arabia, but the ayatollahs are Shia and there is no other Shia country to which they can flee. Repression is their last resort.
The White House is proposing what would amount to a second estate tax. The one we already have is bad enough.
American men have fewer friends than in decades past. We should dedicate time to fostering friendships. They provide an immediate and enduring reward.
As we experience the pandemic’s toll on the world, we can speculate about its implications for the Chinese regime.
Democrats are treating the infrastructure and reconciliation bills as linked, and so should Republicans and everybody else.
Senator Tom Cotton’s report on the service branch gets a lot right about the upper ranks, but the enlisted side remains in dire need of attention.
College Republican chapters all over the country claim they are being disenfranchised by a president seeking to consolidate power.
A practical plan to amend the Constitution to keep the Supreme Court at nine justices.
The bill would do away with the 45-year-old Hyde amendment.
Only two people have died of COVID-19 in the past two weeks in Washington.
The CDC is issuing the guidance that presumes to run our lives. But no one elected the CDC to anything.
Seven of those charged are reportedly from Honduras.
There is demand; we need to unleash supply.