We hear much lamentation about “divisiveness” today and the cause is generally identified as one political party or both. But the main cause is neither political party, though both contribute to the problem. In fact, the cause is not any person or group but instead two intertwined ideas that became embedded in mass culture decades ago. The first is that we all have a right to our opinions.… Read More
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“Corruption” is a popular word today, and it is usually used to denote dishonest behavior within an institution. The most common example is politicians’ misuse of their offices for personal gain or violation of their oath to uphold the Constitution. Other examples are educators’ abandonment of academic standards and journalists’ substitution of personal opinion for objective fact.
Such corruption is cause for concern. But a more dangerous type of corruption is the corruption of our culture—that is, abandonment of the fundamental ideas and ideals of our society.… Read More
As of January 2013, same-sex marriage was legal in nine states and the District of Columbia, as well as in two sovereign Native American tribes. Moreover, President Obama and Vice President Biden have declared their support for such marriages, as have two former presidents and two former vice presidents.
Many other high-ranking government officials reportedly share their view. The count so far is 51 governors and former governors, 29 current and former attorneys general, 60 current and former U.S.… Read More
Chutzpah is a Yiddish word for which there is no English equivalent. The dictionary definition is “shameless audacity or impudence.” But Leo Rosten’s illustrative definition is more interesting. Chutzpah, he suggests, is “ that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.”
Anyone looking for a contemporary example of chutzpah might well choose outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s explanation of the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012 that took the lives of U.S.… Read More
Why is gun control not the solution? Because guns are not the problem.
The real reason people shoot (or otherwise harm) others is either that they have been conditioned to see violence as an acceptable solution to their discontents, or that they are under the influence of medications that can dispose them to violence.… Read More
The question of whether Barack Obama is a socialist has never really been answered. Obama supporters and a fawning media have always managed to dismiss it as unfair or irrelevant. In fact, it is neither. An elected official’s political philosophy has a direct relationship to the initiatives he puts forward, the advisors he chooses, and his relationships with his peers at home and abroad. It is unfortunate that the question was not answered four years ago.… Read More
As everyone knows, the results of the first presidential debate are in and over 60% of those polled consider Mitt Romney the clear winner. Barack Obama’s performance was so unimpressive that millions of people around the world wondered how a man widely regarded as among the brightest and most eloquent of our time could have fallen so short of expectations.
Administration officials and Obama supporters were quick to offer a variety of explanations, a number of which were nominated for the coveted 2012 Presidential Debate Excuse Awards.… Read More
In August 2011 Bill and Hillary Clinton were with several guests at their home in Chappaqua NY. Bill was trying to persuade Hillary to challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012; Hillary resisted the idea. One of those present later reported that Clinton bashed Obama at length, saying “I have no relationship with [him]. He doesn’t know how the world works. He’s incompetent.” Then he added, “Barack Obama is an amateur.” The story is told in Ed Klein’s best-selling book, The Amateur, whose title was borrowed from Clinton’s reported comment.… Read More
It’s election season again and abortion defenders are casting the usual aspersions, which may be summarized as, conservatives are anti-choice extremists who would impose their unscientific, medieval view of pregnancy on their neighbors and should therefore, at all costs, be prevented from holding office. This dire warning has become so common and so strident that it has converted a number of Catholics and other Christians and cowed many others.… Read More