Peggy Noonan is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the author of eight books on American politics and culture.

Politics in the Modest Age — "I'm just plain Mr. Truman now, a private citizen." So said an overwhelmed Harry S. Truman to a boisterous, affectionate crowd that surprised him as he ventured to a private home in Washington for a farewell lunch soon after his successor, Dwight Eisenhower, was sworn in as president of the United States.

A Republic of Disrespect — It's odd in Washington now. There's a lot of claiming of authority and no taking of responsibility. The president gave his State of the Union address, and of course the TV ratings were bad-Nielsen put viewership at 31.7 million, the lowest since Bill Clinton's last State of the Union, in 2000, when America had 38 million fewer people.

Don’t Do It, Mr. Romney — Hershey, Pa. A conversation with a Republican governor who is a possible presidential aspirant: I told him I'd been thinking about something and wanted his response. You can argue that a governor is a better presidential nominee than a senator because governors, unlike lawmakers, have to do something and can be judged by their performance, which is measurable.

It's Pirate Time for the GOP — It's official. Congress is now less popular than cockroaches and colonoscopies, though more popular than the ebola virus and gonorrhea. Really. The numbers came, this week, from a Public Policy Polling survey. The House and Senate have an approval rating of 9%. GOP governors are the party's most esteemed leaders, but they're not in Washington.

Salman Rushdie, Meet Charlie Hebdo — It was a sunny Tuesday in London, Valentine's Day 1989. The phone rang in the novelist's home. It was a BBC reporter. At first he was irritated: She didn't even bother to tell him how she'd gotten his private number. "How does it feel," she asked, "to know that you have just been sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini?"

Bring on 2015-We’re Ready and Hopeful — How are we feeling about 2015? With what attitude are people approaching the new year? What do they expect from it? Let's ask. Yuval Levin, founding editor of National Affairs, says, "Maybe you know the old joke that a Jewish optimist is one who says, 'Surely things can't get worse than this,' and a Jewish pessimist is one who answers: 'Sure they can!'

Cardinal, Please Spare This Church — The Archdiocese of New York is threatening to close down my little church, a jewel in Catholicism's crown on 89th Street just off Madison, in Carnegie Hill, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. This has caused great pain in our neighborhood this Christmas. St.

This Is No Time for Moderation — 'Ten years ago, Steve Jobs was alive, Bob Hope was alive, Johnny Cash was alive. Now we're outta jobs, outta hope and outta cash." I heard that from a TSA agent in New York the other day, as he eyed me for explosives. We laughed, but there was a poignant edge.

The Cuban Regime Is a Defeated Foe — If a change in policy is in the American national interest, then it is a good idea. If it is not, then it is a bad idea, and something we should not do. In another era that would be so obvious as not to bear repeating.

A Flawed Report’s Important Lesson — The "torture report" exists. It shouldn't-a better, more comprehensive, historically deeper and less partisan document should have been produced, and then held close for mandatory reading by all pertinent current and future officials-but it's there. Anyone in the world who wants to read it can do a full download, and think what they think.
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Jan 26, 2015

The only memorable image from the 2015 State of the Union came from Senator Joni Ernst.

Jan 23, 2015

RT @WSJopinion: .@Peggynoonannyc: In Washington there’s a lot of claiming of authority and no taking of responsibility.

Jan 23, 2015

Despite some nice touches in the speech, Obama's essential disrespect for his political adversaries shone through.

Jan 23, 2015

The president has spent the past six years blaming Republicans when he wasn’t ignoring or dissing them.

Jan 23, 2015

Before the president's sweet hectoring, he had sternly threatened to veto Republican-backed legislation.

Jan 22, 2015

The president’s habit of detaching from what is actually happening abroad is a marvel to behold.

Jan 22, 2015

A Republic of Disrespect: America’s partisan divisions are spreading to international relations.

Jan 20, 2015

The artificial baby did seem unnecessary; you can always hire someone who acts like an infant. Try Seth Rogen.

Jan 20, 2015

American Sniper seems to have pinged off something in the American psyche.

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