The face of Michelangelo’s David could guide us

FLORENCE – A tourist in Florentine museums is like a skipping stone above unfathomable depths. Here a Botticelli. There a Donatello. A single room at the Uffizi that would reward a lifetime of...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Are we sincere about second chances and voting?

WASHINGTON – Those of us who participated in the 2000 presidential election are getting political PTSD from the current gubernatorial and senatorial recounts in Florida. President George W. Bush...

DATE: Nov. 16, 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. 9, 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

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. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Origin Story a marvelous explanation of the whole

WASHINGTON – I would not normally recommend a book on the history of the universe as beach reading. But David Christian’s Origin Story is a welcome exception. Christian has achieved something...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Gerson: Count on Kavanaugh to stand against bullying

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is not known for its consistency, but some contradictions are too revealing to ignore. In nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Gerson: Defending border cruelty with heresy

WASHINGTON — Logic not being the strong point of the Trump administration, it claims that it is not to blame for the separation of families at the border, and that a just God is pleased it is...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Gerson: Our political, moral and religious failure

WASHINGTON – Three recent news items: First, at the Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “We see moral relativism becoming more and more pervasive in our culture....

DATE: May 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Gerson: ICE and the bitter fruit of demunization

WASHINGTON – The attitude of President Trump toward federal law enforcement is, to put it mildly, mixed. The FBI refused to bend to his will. So it is comprised of “hardened Democrats” engaged in...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

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