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Is a National Identity Necessary? Left-Right Differences, Part IX

Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015

In 2011, after 899 issues and 73 years of publication, Superman, the most famous American comic book character, announced that he was renouncing his American citizenship. “I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship,” Superman announces. He then adds, in reference to his famous motto: “Truth, justice and the American way — it’s not enough anymore.” After a national uproar, the comic publisher announced that this theme would not be revisited in any future edition of the comic. But an important...

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Europe Is Making a Fatal Mistake

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015

Allowing millions of Syrians and others from the Muslim Middle East into Europe will end up a catastrophe for Europe, and therefore for the West. This may be the most difficult sentence I have ever written. Little seems more obviously moral than to allow these benighted Syrians, Iraqis and others to flee from hell into heaven. Therefore, arguing against allowing large numbers of them into Europe (and the United States) seems to be advocating for something that is heartless and just morally wrong. Also, as a Jew, I am particularly sensitive to any parallels to the Holocaust. And looking at...

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Why the Left Loves “Change” Left-Right Differences: Part VIII

Tuesday, Sep 8, 2015

“We are the change that we seek” “Hope and Change” These statements and campaign slogans of candidate Barack Obama in 2008 exemplified a basic difference between the Left and Right. The further left one goes the greater the belief in change. Conservatives, on the other hand, as their name implies, wish to conserve unless there is a pressing need to change, and as certainly happens on occasion. The problem therefore, is not change; it is change for the sake of change and changing what has been proven to work well – artistically, economically, morally and in every other non-scientific...

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The Left Sees Only White Evil

Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015

In the past week, two television reporters in Roanoke, Va. — Alison Parker and Adam Ward — were murdered by a black man who hated whites, and a white police officer in Houston — Darren Goforth — was murdered by a black man. Neither crime has been labeled a hate crime. And no mainstream media reporting of the murders attributes either to race-based hate. For the mainstream media, the Roanoke murders were committed by “a disgruntled former employee,” and regarding the Houston policeman, the media report that, in the words of The New York Times, “a...

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Why Do Many Jews Support the Iran Deal?

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

The more one knows about the Iran deal, the more obvious it becomes that it is not a deal so much as it is a fraud. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a fraud is “something that is meant to look like the real thing in order to trick people.” That precisely describes the Iran deal. Virtually every claim made for it is either not true or insignificant. There are no “anytime, anywhere” inspections, as Americans were promised during the negotiations. –No American or Canadian inspectors will be allowed into Iran. –The agreement...

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How Do You Know What’s Right and Wrong? Left-Right Differences, Part VII

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

How can we determine what is morally right? The answer to this question — the most important question human beings need to answer — is a major difference between Left and Right. For conservatives, the answer is, and has always been, that there are moral truths — objective moral standards — to which every person is accountable. In America, this has meant accountability to the Creator, the God of the Bible, and to Judeo-Christian values. For the Left, the answer has always been — meaning since Karl Marx, the father of Leftism — that there is no transcendent...

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Responses to the President’s Arguments for the Nuclear Deal

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015

At American University last week, President Barack Obama gave a vigorous defense of the Iran nuclear agreement. In the belief that every student who was present — indeed, all Americans — should hear the other side, here are responses to claims the president made. (For the information of my readers, I made a Prager University video on the agreement released last week that has about five million views on YouTube and Facebook — found at Americans obviously want clarity on this issue.) –President Obama: “With all of the threats that we face...

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It’s a Lion

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

The uproar over the killing of a lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, Dr. Walter Palmer, is further proof that secular society inevitably produces moral confusion. In saying that, I do not in any way defend the killing of a protected animal. First, I do not hunt for sport (among other reasons, my religion, Judaism, opposes it). Second, if the lion suffered for a prolonged period, that would add to my condemnation. Third, if Palmer knowingly killed a protected animal, he should be prosecuted. Having said that, most of the reactions to what he did are more frightening than what...

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The Left’s Contempt for America: Left-Right Differences, Part VI

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015

This past week, one of the greatest differences between the Left and Right — both around the world and in America — once again came to light: how each views America. Every year for the past 67 years, the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner has been the major fundraising event for the Connecticut State Democratic Party. Not anymore. The party unanimously voted to drop the two Democratic presidents’ names because they were slaveholders. That is the way the Left sees American history. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, the document that articulated the principle of...

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1938 and 2015: Only the Names Are Different

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015

We say that evil is dark. But this metaphor is imprecise. Evil is actually intensely bright, so painfully bright that people look away from it. Many even deny its existence. Why? Because once people acknowledge evil’s existence, they know they have to confront it. And most people prefer not to confront evil. That is what led to World War II. Many in the West denied the darkness of Nazism. They looked the other way when that evil could have been stopped and then appeased it as it became stronger. We are reliving 1938. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went to Munich to negotiate...

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