A Yeshiva Boy & Christmas
When I was 20, I spent my junior year in college in England. When classes let out for the last two weeks of December, I traveled to Morocco, where something life-changing occurred.
What happened was that I felt a longing, even ...
Why Public Nudity Is Wrong
If you want to understand leftism — and everyone needs to, because it has been the most dynamic religion of the past one hundred years — one good place to start is with San Francisco.
Or, perhaps more precisely, with nudity.
How the New York Times Covers Evil
The way in which the New York Times reports good vs. evil is one of the most important stories of our time.
Take the war between Israel and Hamas that is taking place right now.
This war is as morally ...
I spent the last week of October speaking to thousands of Romney supporters in four “battleground” states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and Virginia. I travelled with my Salem Radio Network colleagues Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved and the actor Jon Voight, ...
Jeff Flake’s Non-Supporters
Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board reported Friday that the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Arizona, Congressman Jeff Flake, has little support among some powerful big businessmen in Arizona:
In his razor-tight race ...
Understanding why Mitt Romney so decisively won the first presidential debate is as important as the fact that he did. Why? Because once we know the reasons, almost everything about President Barack Obama and this election becomes clear.
First, Barack ...
It’s Not Just the Economy, Stupid!
Given the awful state of the American economy, featuring a four-year high unemployment rate and an increasingly crushing national debt . . .
Given that America is at least as hated in the Muslim world as it was when George W. Bush was ...
‘God,’ ‘Jerusalem,’ and the DNC
The most important event at either national convention was the “vote” taken by the Democratic delegates on a last-minute resolution to reinsert the words “God” and “Jerusalem” into the Democratic-party platform.
Regarding God: Since Karl Marx, the aim of the ...
From Tampa: A Terrible Decision to Cancel Day One
I am in Tampa, and the weather is beautiful — a warm, light, tropical rain is falling.
Whoever decided to cancel one-fourth of the convention two days before it started should appear publicly and offer a rational defense of this decision. ...
Paul Ryan and the American Character
The Republican vice-presidential candidate, Congressman Paul Ryan, is the Democrats’ political version of the Antichrist. He believes in self-reliance; the Left believes in reliance on the state. His moral values are shaped by religion (Catholicism); the Left is frightened by ...
Sandusky Abused Children, NCAA Abuses History
One of the NCAA’s punishments of Penn State was the vacating of all its football team’s wins from 1998 through 2011. It was in 1998 that Penn State coach Joe Paterno and university officials became aware of the accusation that assistant ...
According to conventional wisdom, the older the person, the less young people are inclined to listen to him or her.
This is probably true for some of you. But I do not believe that it is true for most of ...
Given how many more Americans define themselves as conservative than as liberal, let alone than as left, how does one explain the success of left-wing policies?
One answer is the appeal of entitlements and a desire to be taken care ...
Mormons Have Irrational Beliefs? Who Doesn’t?
Commentators on both the right and left, and both secular and religious, note with disdain that Mormons (Latter-day Saints, as Mormons refer to themselves) have irrational practices and beliefs. The former, we are told, include the wearing of sacred undergarments ...
Can a General Call Suicide ‘Selfish’?
On his army blog of January 19, the commanding general of Fort Bliss (Texas), Major General Dana Pittard, wrote regarding members of the military who commit suicide: “I have now come to the conclusion that suicide is an absolutely selfish act. ...
Romney Understands America
On Saturday, Mitt Romney delivered a speech to the 6,000 Liberty University graduates.
It was an important speech, not only because it seems to have closed the gap between Romney and evangelical Christians, but because it spelled out major themes in ...
A Plebiscite, Not an Election
Election Day 2012 will not be a presidential election. It will be a plebiscite.
Americans will not only be voting for a president (and a House and a third of the Senate). They will be participating in a plebiscite on the ...
Bud Selig Misses the Point
As all baseball fans and many other Americans know, the manager of the Miami Marlins, Ozzie Guillen, told Time magazine that he loves Fidel Castro.
The news focus has been on Guillen’s remarks — for which he has ...
Apparently, many liberals were disappointed in the administration’s defense of Obamacare before the Supreme Court. They felt that the government’s lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, did not respond effectively to the challenges of some of the conservative justices.
Why the NAACP Went to Geneva
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has gone to the United Nations — specifically the U.N. Human Rights Council — for, in the words of USA Today, “help battling what the organization views as forces attempting to push ...
Here in Sydney, Australia, where I’ve been lecturing for a week, I may have had one Australian-born waitress or waiter, and one Australian-born taxi driver. As is my wont, I have been asking all my waiters, waitresses, and taxi ...
If You’re Ever Murdered . . .
I’d like to offer a simple proposal that, if enacted, could generate a great deal of a most precious resource: moral clarity.
It concerns the death penalty.
Opponents of capital punishment argue that the state has no right to ...
The Muslim world is threatened by religious fanaticism. The Western world is threatened by secular fanaticism.
Both seek to dominate society and to use state power to do so. Both seek to eliminate the Other — for Islamic fanatics that means ...
In the Republican presidential candidates’ debate on January 7, Rep. Ron Paul said: “I’m the only one up here . . . that understands [that the] true racism in this country is in the judicial system.”
He said this racism has to do ...
From the moment Americans learned of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre last Friday, the entire Left — editorialists, columnists, broadcasters, politicians — used the occasion to promote one idea: gun control.
For the Left, the primary reason for just about all ...
If you want to understand why President Obama was reelected despite a largely unsuccessful presidency and almost unprecedentedly high and continuous unemployment, just look at the Cuban-American vote.
In fact, if you want to understand America today — specifically, why it ...
Maybe Our Values Don't Need Changing
The most widely offered explanation for Mitt Romney’s defeat is that the Republican party is disproportionately composed of (usually “aging”) white males.
That is, alas, true.
But the real question is what Republicans should do with this truth.
Why a Good Person Can Vote against Same-Sex Marriage
Next week voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington will vote on whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.
Given that there are good people on both sides of this issue, how are we to explain their opposing views?
Joe Biden’s Religion: Catholicism or Leftism?
In the vice-presidential debate, the two candidates, both Roman Catholics, were asked about their religious beliefs, about how those beliefs impact their political positions, and specifically about abortion. This was the response of Vice President Joe Biden:
My religion defines ...
The World’s Most Dynamic Religion
For at least the last hundred years, the world’s most dynamic religion has been neither Christianity nor Islam.
It has been leftism.
Most people do not recognize what is probably the single most important fact of modern life. One ...
Note to Paul Krugman: Here’s Real ‘Elminationist’ Rhetoric
Have you noticed that the Left regularly condemns alleged conservative “hate speech” but is almost completely silent on the most pervasive hate speech in the world?
Take New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, for example.
On January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz., ...
My Dream Speech for Romney
My fellow Americans, my fellow Republicans:
The 2012 election is not a contest between two men, but between two entirely different visions of America. President Obama and I are simply the standard-bearers of opposing and, may I add, irreconcilable visions of ...
Representative Todd Akin has, unwittingly to be sure, harmed the pro-life movement, his senatorial race in Missouri, the Republican party, and therefore quite possibly the nation.
Every person who speaks or writes for the public will make an occasional faux ...
Mitt Romney, Chick-fil-A, and Ben & Jerry’s
The Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., gave Mitt Romney and the Republican party the greatest gift possible. They provided the American people with as clear an example of the unbridgeable differences between Left and ...
Explaining Brian Ross’s Mistake
James Holmes is a human earthquake. We are as ill-equipped to predict the eruptions of such human beings as we are to predict the eruptions of the earth.
But that doesn’t mean that nothing meaningful came out of the ...
The ‘God Particle’ and God
They found the “God particle.”
That was the headline splashed all over America’s news media. It turns out that the name actually derives from substituting “God particle” for “goddamn particle,” the original name some scientists had given the elusive ...
Middle Fingers at the White House
A future Republican president invites tea-party leaders to the White House. Some of them have themselves photographed standing in front of a portrait of President Barack Obama with their middle fingers extended. They then posted these photos on ...
Science Demands Big Government
The quotation of the week goes to Harvard professor Daniel E. Lieberman, for a statement he made in an opinion piece for the New York Times.
Mr. Lieberman, a professor of human evolutionary biology, was among those who publicly defended ...
The Left’s Misplaced Concern
You cannot understand the Left if you do not understand that leftism is a religion. It is not God-based (some left-wing Christians’ and Jews’ claims notwithstanding), but otherwise it has every characteristic of a religion. The most blatant of those ...
Conservatives and Gays: Where Do We Stand?
In addition to labeling conservatives and Republicans “anti-woman” (for opposing government-mandated free contraception), “anti-black” and “anti-Hispanic” (for advocating photo identification for voting), and “anti-science” (for skepticism regarding the belief that man-made carbon emissions will destroy much of the planet), Democrats ...
Why America Is Still the Best Hope
Does it break some unwritten rule for a columnist to bring his readers’ attention to his own book? If so, I ask your indulgence.
But, after nearly a thousand columns and twelve years since my last book, I hope readers ...
Still the Least Racist Country in the World
In light of the tragic killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin — and the manufactured hysteria surrounding it — one thing needs to be stated as clearly and as often as possible: The United States is the least racist and least xenophobic ...
In his “Economic Scene” column in the New York Times last week, Eduardo Porter wrote, “The United States does less than other rich countries to transfer income from the affluent to the less fortunate.”
Think about that sentence for a ...
After 25 years of lecturing on happiness, writing a book on the subject (Happiness Is a Serious Problem), and devoting an hour of my radio show every week for the last 13 years to happiness, here are some conclusions about ...
What Kids Now Learn in College
As high school seniors throughout America will be receiving acceptance letters to colleges within the next month, it would be nice for parents to meditate on what they are getting for the $20–$50,000 they will pay each year.
The United States ...
Chris Christie Leads on Israel
New Jersey governor Chris Christie addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) last week. In the few words reported by The Weekly Standard, he said just about everything one needs to know about Israel, about its relationship ...
As an American, a Republican, and a fiscal and social conservative — and though I have endorsed no Republican candidate — there is one thing that would disturb me greatly if Mitt Romney were not the Republican nominee: if Romney’s Mormon ...
Only a fool believes that all those with whom he differs are bad people. Moreover, just about all of us live the reality — often within our own families — of knowing good and loving people with whom we strongly differ on ...