A U.S. president who doesn’t understand America

WASHINGTON – One of the puzzling aspects of Donald Trump’s hyper-nationalism is its consistent denigration of the nation itself. In a 2017 Oval Office conversation between Trump, Russian Foreign...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Trump’s presidency not unfolding, it’s unraveling

WASHINGTON – Historians studying the Trump presidency will have a prodigious amount of digital material that demands examination but defies explanation. The president’s Aug. 21, half-hour, South...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Civility doesn’t just work, it also makes us noble

WASHINGTON – In his 1984 book, “The Naked Public Square,” Richard John Neuhaus recalled attending an event featuring the late Jerry Falwell Sr., who delivered an excoriation of liberals and other...

DATE: June 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

I was unplugged and overcome by a great hush

WASHINGTON – There is a movement dedicated to unplugging from digital devices on the theory that they are turning us all into slackjawed, empty-eyed, pasty-faced zombies. Having explored that...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Evangelicals falsely believe Trump is a champion

WASHINGTON – By all indications, the reluctant support by white evangelicals for Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton in 2016 has solidified into something like devotion. In his analysis of the...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Can one GOP candidate take on Trump in 2020?

WASHINGTON – Republicans who are thinking about opposing President Trump in the 2020 primaries are facing the hardest of political choices. What are the handholds for a challenger to Trump?...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Dems will do all of these self-destructive things

WASHINGTON – In the spirit of the political season, I want to claim credit for the most STUPENDOUS, INSIGHTFUL and POWERFUL political strategy since Pericles bound the DELIAN LEAGUE into an empire...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Afghanistan shows security cost in hostile world

WASHINGTON – The Afghan War – really, the war against terrorists and their allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan – has elements of a Greek tragedy. It was unavoidable, but seemingly unwinnable....

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

America’s foreign policy vacuum filled by cruelty

WASHINGTON – Whatever the eventual consequences of the Saudi Arabian regime’s suspected murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump’s initial response indicated much about...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

We saw two human beings flayed – and for what?

WASHINGTON – In the end, everything – every blasted thing – gets sucked into the polarization black hole, never to emerge again. That now includes the U.S. Supreme Court. It is not, of course, that...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Gerson: Republicans must pick their point of resistance

WASHINGTON – One of the unpleasant surprises of your 50s (among many) is seeing the heroes and mentors of your 20s pass away. I worked for the late Chuck Colson of Watergate fame, who became,...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Gerson: Feds should take note of prison reform successes

WASHINGTON – An administration not known for policy creativity is unlikely to have useful internal policy debates. But in the Trump administration, prison reform is a welcome exception. This is...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

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