In my previous column, I offered an answer to the question: What do men want?
I made the case that what men most want from the woman they love is to be admired.
If my answer is correct, and if ...
Sorkin Called Sarah Palin an ‘Idiot’?
On CNN recently, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, West Wing) called Sarah Palin an “idiot.”
Let’s see to whom that label applies.
Last week in the Huffington Post, Sorkin wrote a column attacking the ex-governor of Alaska and ...
Self-Esteem and Character
By now, most people (with the exception of many psychotherapists) recognize that the self-esteem movement officially launched by California in 1986 has been at best silly, and at worst injurious to society, despite whatever small benefit it may have had to ...
The Liberal Mind Rejects Sad Facts
I recently devoted my biweekly column in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles to analyzing why most Jews believe that people are basically good despite the fact that this belief is neither rational nor Jewish. In a lifetime of teaching ...
Why I Now Vote Party, Not Individual
There is an American tradition of voting not for the party, but “for the man.” Unlike Europeans, who are more ideologically driven, Americans have prided themselves in assessing individuals of both parties, and then voting for the more personally impressive ...
After I became a Republican in the early 1990s — in a recent column, I explained how emotionally difficult it is for a Democrat to vote Republican, let alone become one — I concluded that I had left the dangerous party and ...
A Letter from a Republican to Hispanics
I am writing to you as a concerned and sympathetic American who is a Republican. My sentiments do not represent those of every American — that would be impossible. But I believe the following represents what most Americans believe.
First, a ...
One of the most common self-assessments of the Left is that conservatives rarely see nuances in moral questions, while liberals always do.
That this is a false conceit can be demonstrated with regard to almost any position held by the ...
The New Moral Equivalence
There was one thing more than any other that turned this New York, liberal, Jewish, Columbia University graduate student away from modern liberalism: its use of moral equivalence to avoid confronting evil during the Cold War.
There was a time ...
The Left passionately supports the most remarkable and radical change in modern social history — the redefinition of marriage from male-female to include male-male and female-female.
Marriage is the building block of society; changing its nature will therefore change society. By ...
The longer I live — yesterday was my birthday — the more I come to realize how much of life is affected by luck.
Let’s begin with life itself. Whether one lives to 62 — or to 92 (my father’s age) — and whether ...
NAACP Confirms Election of a Black President Made No Difference
When Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, every prominent conservative I know was unhappy that a left-wing Democrat had been elected but very happy that a black American had won. Among conservatives, the general thinking was that ...
The Difference between 'World Opinion' and Left-Wing Opinion
Here’s a challenge: Can you name one difference between what the media refer to as “world opinion” and left-wing opinion?
Take all the time you need. No matter how much time you take, you probably won’t come up ...
When Good People Do Bad Things
Almost 30 years ago, Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote When Bad Things Happen to Good People, a powerful book that propelled him to national and international renown. Though we have differed on some important theological matters, many of the book’s insights ...
Most Americans are aware that gay activism rarely presents itself as a movement solely for the rights of gays. For example, the most common acronym for the gay-rights movement is “GLBT,” meaning “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender.”
Interestingly, few people ...
The Left Is Unable to Confront Evil
While it cannot be proven, there is little reason to doubt that many on the left are disappointed that the Times Square bomber didn’t turn out to be the “white male” he was originally thought to be. This allegation ...
Opponents of the popular expression of conservative opposition to big government — the tea-party movement — regularly note that tea partiers are overwhelmingly white. This is intended to disqualify the tea parties from serious moral consideration.
But there are two other facts ...
Squashing Life's Little Pleasures
Reading the onslaught of angry denunciations of Burger King by mental-health organizations and mainstream-media reporters this past week reminded me of a characteristic of the Left not often commented on: a certain joylessness, even an antipathy to the little joys ...
Many Americans find it difficult to understand why Jews on the left, including many who would call themselves “liberal” rather than “left,”continued to enthusiastically support President Obama after the revelations about the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish views of the Rev. ...
The Bigger the Government, the Less You Are Needed
Among the things on which Left and Right, religious and secular, can agree is that one of the few real needs that human beings have is to be needed.
When we are not needed, life feels pointless.
The need to ...
John, Chuck, Kathleen, and Mr. President
There was something particularly annoying — even harmful to society — about the health-care summit held last week between President Obama and leading members of the House and Senate.
It was the president’s calling all the congressmen and senators by their ...
The Doritos Ad Wasn't Funny
By far the most popular ad shown during the latest Super Bowl (the trademarked name “Super Bowl” is used here without the expressed written consent of the National Football League) was the Doritos “House Rules” ad. Tens of millions of ...
What I Said to the Republican Members of Congress
This past weekend, after President Obama addressed the annual retreat of Republican members of the House, I — along with my Salem Radio colleague Hugh Hewitt and John Fund of the Wall Street Journal – were also invited to address them.
It is said that the one question about men and women that even the great Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis, could not answer was: What do women want?
Whether or not Freud actually admitted his ignorance on this question is ...
“F*** You” from the Music Industry
The nominees to receive the most prestigious awards in the music industry, the Grammy Awards, were just announced. Among the five nominees for Record of the Year is a song titled “F*** You,” with the F-word, of course, spelled out, ...
Why Unhappy People Become Liberals
According to polls — Pew Research Center, the National Science Foundation — and studies such as Arthur Brooks’s Gross National Happiness, conservative Americans are happier than liberal Americans.
Liberals respond this way: “If we’re unhappier, it’s because we are ...
California: Heading for an Iceberg
Okay, riddle fans, here’s a toughie: What’s the difference between California voters and the passengers on the Titanic?
The passengers on the Titanic didn’t vote to hit the iceberg.
Most Americans understand that California is sinking. What ...
It may be commonplace for commentators to announce that every election is “the most important election in our lifetime” or something analogous. But having never said that of a presidential election — let alone an off-year election — this commentator cannot be ...
God, Liberals, and Liberty
In a recent column, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow wrote: “It’s sometimes easy to lose sight of just how anomalous [America’s] religiosity is in the world. A Gallup report issued on Tuesday underscored just how out ...
Why Do Non-Leftists Vote Democrat?
All Americans, including conservatives, understand why any leftist would vote Democrat this year. The Democratic party is now America’s version of a European Social Democratic or even a Green party. In domestic policy, there is no significant difference between ...
Why the Right Fears Transforming America
The giveaway regarding presidential candidate Barack Obama’s plans for America was his repeated use of the words “fundamentally transform.”
Some of us instinctively reacted negatively — in fact, with horror — at the thought of fundamentally transforming America.
#ad#The “us” ...
Demonization and the Ground Zero Mosque
I recently wrote about leftists’ hatred for conservatives as people, not merely for the conservative ideas they hold. Demonization of opponents is a fundamental characteristic of the Left. It is not merely tactical; they believe people on the right are ...
Black Murders Eight Whites;
The title of this column seems unbelievable, but it is in fact what happened in America this past week. And almost no one has noticed.
After 50 years of being inundated with stories of white racism, and being taught in college ...
Media Blame Whites
Why the Left Hates Conservatives
Of all the recent revelations to come out of JournoList, an e-mail list consisting of about 400 liberal/left journalists, perhaps the most telling is the depth of their hatred for conservatives. That these journalists would consult with one another in ...
(If every high-school principal gave this speech at the beginning of the next school year, America would be a better place.)To the students and faculty of our high school:
I am your new principal, and honored to be so. ...
Think the U.S. Has Bad Health Care?
If you believe that Americans have lousy health care, it is probably not because you have experienced inferior heath care. It is probably because you were told America has inferior health care.
Last week, major news media featured these headlines:
If Israel Is Not Evil, the World Is in Big Trouble
With the exception of the United States, nearly all the world’s nations have condemned Israel over the Gaza-flotilla incident, as have the United Nations and nearly all the world’s newspapers, radio and TV-news stations, leftist academics, and leftist ...
Global Moral Decline and Who's to Blame for It
One of the many beliefs — i.e., non-empirically based doctrines — of the post-Christian West has been that moral progress is the human norm, especially so with the demise of religion. In a secular world, the self-described enlightened thinking goes, superstition ...
Jews Who Cheapen the Holocaust
If there is any group that should know the uniqueness of Nazi evil and should not want the evil of the Holocaust cheapened for political purposes, it is the Jews. Yet, there is at least a 50-50 chance that if ...
Most observers, right or left, pro-Israel or anti-Israel, would agree that Israeli-American relations are the worst they have been in memory. Among the many indications is that only 9 percent of Jewish Israelis think Pres. Barack Obama’s administration is more ...
When a town in Iowa seeks to rename Good Friday “Spring Holiday,” you know America has problems. Those of us who affirm the Judaeo-Christian values that have constituted the basis of America’s values since before the founding of the ...
It's a Civil War: What We Do Now
A terrible thing happened to America on Sunday, March 21, 2010. The country took its biggest step ever down a road diametrically opposed to its original intent of keeping the state small so that the individual can be free and great.
Why Democrats Don't Care about $9.7 Trillion in Debt
As reported by the Washington Post: “President Obama’s proposed budget would add more than $9.7 trillion to the national debt over the next decade.”
CNN adds, “Of that amount, an estimated $5.6 trillion will be in interest alone.”
The Post continues: “...
Government -- Not God or Parents
One of the major differences between the Right and the Left concerns the question of authority: To whom do we owe obedience and who is the ultimate moral authority?
For the Right, the primary moral authority is God (or, for ...
Frank Rich and the State of Liberal Commentary
If one had to read one columnist to appreciate the state of contemporary left-wing commentary, my nomination would be Frank Rich of the Sunday New York Times.
No well-known columnist better exemplifies the worst aspects of today’s Left. Virtually ...