Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:40:46 -0700 Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate be56756a2b500e04f49d945e80e35f4a When I First Realized America Is Exceptional for 10/16/2018 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I moved to California from New York City in 1976. The founder of what was then America's largest Jewish retreat center, the Brandeis Institute (not affiliated with the university), Dr. Shlomo Bardin, asked me to work as his assistant. He was 75 years-old; I was 25. One weekend the next year, he announced to the membership he wanted me to succeed him. To everyone's shock, he died that very week. It was then renamed the Brandeis-Bardin Institute.</p> <p>The institute was located in Simi Valley, California, then more a small town than even a small city. It had all of two restaurants. I lived there for three years and joined the Simi Valley Rotary Club.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 16, 2018</p> 80a72c055dd1757fd3d634c26abfa59a Explaining the Left, Part IV: Leftist Contempt for Middle-Class Values for 10/02/2018 Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When I was in graduate school, I learned a lot about the left. One lesson was that while most liberals and conservatives abide by society's rules of order and decency, most leftists do not feel bound to live by these same rules.</p> <p>I watched the way leftist Vietnam War protesters treated fellow students and professors. I watched left-wing students make "nonnegotiable demands" of college administrations. I saw the Black Panthers engage in violence &#8212; including torture and murder &#8212; and be financially rewarded by leftists.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 02, 2018</p> 12e1e357f22c8a419e9c047b38159a77 What Does Female Empowerment Mean? for 09/25/2018 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My last column elicited tens of thousands of comments &#8212; from the thoughtful to the sick &#8212; on the internet and Twitter. In the column, I made two points. One was that the accusation made against Judge Kavanaugh &#8212; for which there is no evidence, that was made by an anti-Trump activist, that concerns an event that allegedly took place in high school 35-plus years ago at an unidentified time and place, that has been either denied or not substantiated by the other named individuals who were allegedly present, and that is against a man known for an entire adulthood of exceptional moral decency &#8212; should have been ignored.</p> <p>I noted that everything I have learned from a lifetime of teaching the Bible and religion led me to value the notion of positively assessing people who may have sinned when young but have led a truly upright life for a long time as adults. As I asked on my radio show, will people clamor to remove sainthood from St. Augustine because of his sinful life as young man?<p>Updated: Tue Sep 25, 2018</p> d5485df778f307b7803129312b6f330b The Charges Against Judge Kavanaugh Should Be Ignored for 09/18/2018 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It is almost impossible to overstate the damage done to America's moral compass by taking the charges leveled against Judge Brett Kavanaugh seriously.</p> <p>It undermines foundational moral principles of any decent society.</p> <p>Those who claim the charges against Judge Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford are important and worth investigating, and that they ultimately, if believed, invalidate his candidacy for the U.S. Supreme Court are stating that:<p>Updated: Tue Sep 18, 2018</p> 30b41d2bb4449369d9b9e500c320311c Is the President a Bad Role Model for Children? for 09/11/2018 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Most voters say President Donald Trump is not a good role model for children, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. </p> <p>"While 90 percent of voters say the president should be a good role model for kids, only 29 percent say he is while 67 percent say he is not." &#8212; U.S. News Jan. 26, 2018</p> <p>As someone who has devoted his life to writing and speaking about moral issues and the importance of character, I am regularly criticized for supporting President Trump. Democrats and Republican opponents of the president consider conservatives who support the president to be, at best, inconsistent with conservative values such as tempered speech, commitment to truth, support for European allies and free trade. And those of us who are religious conservatives and support the president are deemed hypocrites for supporting a man who has presumably committed adultery on more than a few occasions and said gross things about women in a private conversation.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 11, 2018</p> 494d491373962e1f9dc600f3ec79976c Why the Left Labels DeSantis' Comments Racist for 09/04/2018 Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>To appreciate the level of dishonesty and societal harm the media, the Democratic Party and others on the left engaged in last week regarding Congressman Ron DeSantis, one has to know exactly what DeSantis said. </p> <p>The day after he won the Republican primary for governor of Florida and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic gubernatorial primary, DeSantis said: "The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases bankrupting the state. That is not going to work."<p>Updated: Tue Sep 04, 2018</p> 649ff7e4098eceed4b0ff08ca966cea6 Explaining the Left, Part III: Leftism as Secular Religion for 08/28/2018 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of the most important books of the 20th century &#8212; it remains a best-seller 59 years after it was first published &#8212; is "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. </p> <p>Marx saw man's primary drive as economic, and Freud saw it as sex. But Frankl believed &#8212; correctly, in my opinion &#8212; that the greatest drive of man is meaning.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 28, 2018</p> 92ba4b42bc3e41e68004406824eab92e Explaining the Left: Part II for 08/21/2018 Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, did Americans a favor last week. He provided that which is most indispensable to understanding anything: clarity. </p> <p>"America ... was never that great," he announced. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 21, 2018</p> 880ab85060b23c3753f527f0dc718439 Pope Francis Rewrites Catholicism ... and the Bible for 08/07/2018 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had changed the Catholic catechism. After 2,000 years of teaching that a moral use of capital punishment for murder is consistent with Catholic teaching, the pope announced that the catechism, the church fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, among the other great Catholic theologians, were all wrong.</p> <p>And God and the Bible? They're wrong, too.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 07, 2018</p> 74dd37c7ca0cecca5c9b0dde783b2956 What Are Your Child's Passions? for 07/31/2018 Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you ask most young people today if they have any hobbies, you will receive one of four answers: </p> <p>1. "No."</p> <p>2. "What do you mean?" <p>Updated: Tue Jul 31, 2018</p> 3ad372e14c1f54d8d2e9b8cf801f1cbd The Greatest Hysteria in American History for 07/24/2018 Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You and I are living through the greatest mass hysteria in American history. For many Americans, the McCarthy era held that dubious distinction, but what is happening now is incomparably worse.</p> <p>For one thing, any hysteria that existed then was directed against the greatest evil in the world at the time: communism. Then-Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee notwithstanding, there really were Americans in important positions who supported communist regimes enslaving their populations and committing mass murder. McCarthy was on to something (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>).<p>Updated: Tue Jul 24, 2018</p> acb65c7b82557015e6fe48d1f63ece55 Immigrants Change Cultures -- Whether New Yorkers in Florida or Latinos in America for 07/17/2018 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The most frequently used description of America by those who advocate for large numbers of immigrants &#8212; those here legally or illegally &#8212; is "America is a nation of immigrants."</p> <p>The statement sounds meaningful. But in reality, it's meaningless. What else could America be? If no one had come to America from elsewhere, the North American continent would have remained populated only by its indigenous people &#8212; which is what many on the left wish had happened. As the late Howard Zinn, author of "A People's History of the United States," the most widely used American history text in high schools and universities, said to me, the world was not better off thanks to the founding of America. </p> <p>So, the statement "America is a nation of immigrants" tells us nothing about the only questions that matter: Should be there any limits to immigration? And what should we do about illegal immigration?<p>Updated: Tue Jul 17, 2018</p> 66ede2ba22a933091199e2f351d8020e Explaining American Leftists: Part I for 07/10/2018 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As I watch a great number of my fellow Americans and virtually all of the mainstream media descend further and further into irrational and immoral hysteria &#8212; regularly calling the president of the United States and all of his supporters Nazis, white supremacists and the like; harassing Republicans where they eat, shop and live; ending family ties and lifelong friendships with people who support the president; declaring their opposition to Trump and the Republican Party the "Resistance," as if they were American reincarnations of the French who fought real Nazis in World War II; and so on &#8212; I ask myself: What is going on? How does one explain them?</p> <p>Here are some answers:</p> <p>1. Naivete<p>Updated: Tue Jul 10, 2018</p> df818bfef0b34d7906248e677b9bff1b If We're Nazis, Expect More Violence for 07/03/2018 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Because of the ever-descending moral and intellectual state of the mainstream news media, there has been no outcry against the leftists who call President Donald Trump and all Americans who support him Nazis. Indeed, members of the media now regularly do so.</p> <p>Without that outcry, this labeling will only increase; and this steadily increasing drumbeat of hysteria is likely to lead to one result: violence against conservatives.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It is not plausible to foresee any other outcome of left-wing normalization of the terms "Nazi" and "white supremacist."</span><p>Updated: Tue Jul 03, 2018</p> 3a39990006c3b6b6178a76c509970a0c Donny Deutsch, Michael Hayden and the Moral Collapse of American Jewish Institutions for 06/26/2018 Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, on the MSNBC TV show "Morning Joe," MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch said that every American who votes for President Donald Trump is a Nazi. His exact words: "If you vote for Trump, then you, the voter &#8212; you, not Donald Trump &#8212; are standing at the border like Nazis going, 'You here. You here.'"</p> <p>Now, as virtually every Jew of Deutsch's generation knows, a Nazi saying, "You here. You here," refers to guards at Nazi extermination camps sending Jews to gas chambers or to work the barracks.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 26, 2018</p> 62853c6a6b09eb7de70504be56489de7 The Bad Hate the Good: The Southern Poverty Law Center Vs. Prager University for 06/19/2018 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Antifa" is to violence what the Southern Poverty Law Center is to words. In short, it is a hate group on the left (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>).</p> <p>The SPLC smears individuals and groups it differs with by labeling them as some form of "hater": "racist," "white supremacist," "extremist" and the like. That it is cited and even relied upon by The New York Times, Facebook, Amazon, Google, CNN and others, and that Apple gave the organization a million dollars, is testimony to the moral state of mainstream media and corporate culture in America today.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 19, 2018</p> d39f8be35e744c451475a943dce55d4e Miss America: The Latest Institution Destroyed by the Left for 06/12/2018 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As I have documented repeatedly, the left ruins just about everything it touches: the universities, the arts, the elementary schools and high schools, religion, sports and ordinary, everyday interactions between human beings &#8212; especially human beings of different races. The latest examples &#8212; in just the last few weeks &#8212; are the Boy Scouts, sculpture and the Miss America pageant.</p> <p>The left's decadeslong attempt to radically change the Boy Scouts has ended in triumph. Now that the Boy Scouts is admitting not only older girls but also younger girls &#8212; as Cub Scouts &#8212; it is dropping "Boy" from its name and becoming Scouts BSA. Thanks to the left, the Boy Scouts, one of the most socially and morally constructive organizations in America, is no longer the Boy Scouts.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 12, 2018</p> 6bcb28a8bb4ed918ff930ad737229fa5 Google's New Slogan for 06/05/2018 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The original slogan of Google was "Don't be evil." When Google changed its corporate name to Alphabet in 2015, it changed the slogan to "Do the right thing."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">If it were to be true to its values, Google should have changed its slogan from "Don't be evil" to "Don't fight evil."</span><p>Updated: Tue Jun 05, 2018</p> e8c000ff856ad177976b1a4560c607a9 Why the Left Won't Call Anyone 'Animals' for 05/22/2018 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you want to understand the moral sickness at the heart of leftism, read the first paragraph of the most recent column by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne:</p> <p>"It's never right to call other human beings 'animals.' It's not something we should even have to debate. No matter how debased the behavior of a given individual or group, no matter how much legitimate anger that genuinely evil actions might inspire, dehumanizing others always leads us down a dangerous path."<p>Updated: Tue May 22, 2018</p> f30f5f33aba9f19f55a6d68d85c52875 Cornell Student Presents Senior Thesis in Her Underwear for 05/15/2018 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The most remarkable thing about the title of this column is that not one reader will think it's a joke. That, my friends, is further proof of the low esteem in which most Americans hold our universities.</p> <p>The left has rendered our universities, in the description of Harvard professor Steven Pinker, laughingstocks.</p> <p>As reported in The Cornell Daily Sun and then around the world, this is what actually happened last week at Cornell University, one of our "Ivy League" universities: Senior Letitia Chai presented a trial run of her scholar senior thesis wearing a blue button-down shirt and cutoff jean shorts. Her professor, Rebekah Maggor, asked her, "is that really what you would wear?"<p>Updated: Tue May 15, 2018</p>