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American Universities Begin to Implode

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

For over half a century, American universities, with few exceptions, have ceased teaching and begun indoctrinating. In the last few weeks, this downhill spiral has accelerated. The university is now a caricature of an educational institution. It is difficult to come up with an idea or policy that is more absurd than the ideas and policies that now dominate American campuses. The University of California, once an elite public institution, now circulates a list of “microaggressions” that students and faculty must be careful to avoid lest they engage in racism and bigotry. Some...

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The Left and the Attack on Paris

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015

The left’s reactions to the terror attack on Paris are in keeping with its tradition of getting almost everything wrong. Take Bernie Sanders, for example. At the Democratic presidential debate, one day after the Paris attack, the democratic socialist candidate made this observation about al-Qaida: “I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely, and led to the rise of al-Qaida and to ISIS.” That a U.S. senator, let alone a man running for president of the United States, believes that the...

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Why I Am in Israel — and Why You Should Be

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015

JERUSALEM — I want to explain why I am in Israel. I am in here with 450 American (and a German and a Canadian) listeners to my radio show. About 400 are non-Jews. We are here on a “Stand with Israel” tour organized by the syndicator of my radio show, the Salem Radio Network, and I am accompanied by my wife, my producer Allen Estrin and his wife, and my radio colleague Mike Gallagher. People frustrated with the direction of America and the direction of the world regularly ask: “What can I do to make any difference?” Here is one of the best answers I know: Visit...

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Feminization of America Is Bad for the World

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015

Last week the New York Times published an article, “Sweeping Away Gender-Specific Toys and Labels,” that contained three sentences that explain one of the most important phenomena in American life. In discussing the increasing move to do away with gender-specific toys – something the New York Times approves of – the article quoted Tania Missad, the “director of global consumer insights” at one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers, Mattel: “Mattel’s research showed some differences in what girls and boys wanted in their action figures, Ms. Missad said. ‘For boys...

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The Democrats’ Preoccupation with Inequality

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

If you want to understand today’s Democratic Party, a word search of the Democrats’ debate last week provides a pretty clear picture. Here is how many times key words were spoken: Wall Street: 23 Tax: 20 Inequality: 9 Wealthy: 7 Now, compare the number of times other national concerns were mentioned: ISIS: 4 Terror/ists/ism: 2 Defense: 2 Military (excluding Jim Webb): 1 Freedom: 1 Debt (national): 0 Liberty: 0 Strength: 0 Armed forces: 0 Islamist/Islamic: 0 Material inequality is the predominant concern of the Democratic Party. Indeed, material inequality has been the...

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They Really Hate Ben Carson

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015

The invective against Dr. Ben Carson coming from the left is extraordinary, even for the left. Now that Carson, one of the pre-eminent brain surgeons in America, has become a viable candidate for president, the left has labelled him everything awful it can come up with. One left-wing columnist, Charles Blow of The New York Times, even disparaged his intelligence. But there were two attacks made this past week that should be beyond the pale even for the left. The first was that Carson “blamed the victims” in the Roseburg, Oregon, community college mass murder. How did that...

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The Right Does Have Answers on Guns, Mr. President

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015

On the assumption that there are good and bad people on both the right and the left and that everyone is horrified by mass shootings, how is one to explain the great divide between right and left on the gun issue as it relates to these mass murders? Why does the left focus on more gun control laws, and why doesn’t the right? One reason is quintessentially American. Most Americans believe that it is their right — and even their duty — to own guns for self-protection. Unique among major democratic and industrialized nations, Americans have traditionally believed in relying...

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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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