It's over. Donald Trump is the 2016 Republican nominee for president. Ted Cruz and John Kasich should withdraw immediately and get right with Donald. Those of you who are not yet on the Trump bandwagon should climb aboard. We're going to roll over Hillary Clinton this fall and make America great again.
Addendum:This man, writing for National Review, calls Ted Cruz "the Bible-thumping jerk." I realize that he's imagining a Kasich voter using the label, but it shows that the thought is out there and not unique to me. To repeat something I've said many times in this blog, I didn't realize until the Republican presidential campaign started just how creepy and otherworldly Ted Cruz and his father are. Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis know that I have nothing against religion or religious people. I have a lot against creepy religions and theocracies. And please don't think that this is the only reason I "turned" on Cruz, having sung his praises repeatedly for many months. There are other reasons. The man is dishonest. Donald Trump's label "Lyin' Ted" is appropriate. Tonight, for example, just before the polls closed, Lyin' Ted lied some more at a campaign rally that he knew would be shown live on the television networks. I can't imagine ever supporting Cruz, however many times he runs for president. I'm not even sure I would want him as a Supreme Court justice (not that the Senate would ever confirm him). Cruz is also desperate. I think that he would do just about anything to secure the presidency: lie, cheat, steal, whatever. "The end justifies the means." Remember: Cruz's father says that Cruz is the anointed one.
Re “Why I’m Sick of Manologues,” by Julia Baird (Op-Ed, April 21), arguing that being long-winded is a masculine tendency:
Substitute any other group for “men” and this article would rightly be viewed as demeaning. Let’s stop making negative generalizations about any group. A relentless drumbeat of mocking stereotypes and criticism is damaging for boys and men to absorb, just as it is for anyone else.
The writer is a psychologist.
Note from KBJ: Poor Michael Radkowsky! He doesn't realize that it's always permissible to mock and insult heterosexuals, males, white people, Christians, and the able-bodied. For every protected class, there is a despised class.
Two losers don't add up to one winner. In terms of appearances, this collaboration between Ted Cruz and John Kasich helps Donald Trump in many ways. First, it makes him a victim. He is being ganged up on by two rivals. Second, it makes Cruz and Kasich look small, for why, if they weren't small, would they have to collaborate? Third, it reeks of desperation. Do we want a president who is desperate?
Some Georgetown University professors, students and alumni are asking the university to compensate the descendants of slaves the university sold in 1838 to avoid bankruptcy.
Rather than singling out the blood relatives of those particular victims, Georgetown should recognize that the institution of slavery affected and continues to affect the entire African-American community.
Georgetown should instead set aside funds to reduce the tuition of all African-American students whose forebears were enslaved.
The writer is the founder of the Open Society Foundations.
Note from KBJ: John Sullivan has some 'splainin' to do.
Yossi Klein Halevi sheds light on the overly strict religious thinking that has sparked deadly confrontations for centuries. ("The Jewish story is under assault," Opinion, April 22)
He begins by trying to clarify whether Judaism is a faith or a people, and his baffling logic fails to do that. But his ending, “We are a story we tell ourselves about who we think we are,“ is easy to understand and is at the heart of the matter.
Stories we tell ourselves—especially when “ourselves” is a small group of men who create and interpret the stories while isolated from “secular” society—should remain just stories. Millions around the world suffer when believers apply their stories to things like what you must wear, what wall you can pray at or which bathroom you can use.
Let them continue to tell stories, but we don't have to listen.
Nothing could be more ridiculous at this point in the presidential campaign than looking ahead at match-ups. I keep hearing it said that Ted Cruz fares better than Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton. That's true, according to current polling, but that very polling suggests that Clinton would beat either one of them. The reason these polls are ridiculous is that Bernie Sanders beats all three Republican candidates, two of them (Trump and Cruz) handily. Are you buying that? My confidence in these polls is exactly zero. We won't know how candidates match up until there is only one candidate left in each party. I do know that Trump has not focused on Clinton. If and when the two of them are chosen as nominees, he will eviscerate her. When he's done with her, only Huma Abedin, her lesbian lover, will vote for her.