Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:16:07 -0800 Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate 46b908114f24335dd4c1d7bcdbb80174 American Psychological Association Has Made Choosing a Therapist Easy for 01/22/2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The American Psychological Association has, in its words, issued "its first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys." These guidelines "draw on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage."</p> <p>Three observations:<p>Updated: Tue Jan 22, 2019</p> 5ee2a43751715fc96f8e50e3aa9c1a8a The Left, the Wall, the Truth for 01/15/2019 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Democrats and others on the left offer three reasons for their opposition to building a wall on America's southern border.</p> <p>1. A wall is ineffective.</p> <p>2. A wall is too expensive.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 15, 2019</p> cfdabe90cbe6042f075dfd266071bd1d Mitt Romney Fails Again for 01/08/2019 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The first public thing Mitt Romney did in the year 2019 &#8212; on Jan. 1 &#8212; was publish an attack on President Trump in the Washington Post, which, as we know, has not lacked for attacks on Trump.</p> <p>He did not even wait until being sworn in, two days later.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 08, 2019</p> 5cf5be078df48db8cf86c5063d261a07 The Left Will Make 2019 a Dark Year for 01/01/2019 Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I rarely make predictions &#8212; whether of election results or anything else. My policy has always been to say what I believe <i> should </i> be done, not what <i> will </i> be done.</p> <p>I am making an exception with regard to America in 2019.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 01, 2019</p> 6b0dfe88725af6c1e481e4233dab7d1f Explaining the Left, Part V: Left Vs. Right Is Brain Vs. Mind for 12/18/2018 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When I talk to young people, I try to offer them what I was offered when I was their age but is rarely offered today: wisdom. I was given wisdom largely because I went to a religious school &#8212; a yeshiva, a traditional Jewish school in which the long day (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) was divided between studying religious subjects (in Hebrew) and secular subjects (in English).</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">With the increasing secularization of society, less and less wisdom has been conveyed to young people. </span>One particularly obvious example is most secular people, especially on the left, believe human beings are basically good. It is difficult to overstate the foolishness of this belief. And a belief it is: There is no evidence to support it, and there is overwhelming evidence &#8212; like virtually all of human history &#8212; to refute it. Jewish and Christian kids who study the Bible know how morally flawed human nature is by the age of 10.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 18, 2018</p> f53e8c6f5738217f1170dc81bb147320 Does 'Merry Christmas' Matter? for 12/11/2018 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Is "Merry Christmas" a thing of the past, a greeting from a bygone era, a remnant of a past with which we no longer want to be associated? We might not be there yet, but if current trends continue, we're not far off. If so, it's a shame, a further coarsening of the culture &#8212; and worse. It is yet another an example of the removal of religion, specifically Christianity, from a country that has long been the most religious major industrialized democracy in the world.</p> <p>Proponents of "happy holidays" argue that this is no big deal. They say the advocates of saying "merry Christmas" are making a mountain out of a molehill. There is no "war on Christmas," they say. But the "happy holidays" advocates want it both ways. They dismiss promoters of "merry Christmas" as hysterical while simultaneously replacing "merry Christmas" with "happy holidays"; "Christmas vacation" with "winter vacation"; and "Christmas party" with "holiday party."<p>Updated: Tue Dec 11, 2018</p> 008719d1f4782b1073152f781ed5e64f A Message to Young Women from a Career Woman for 11/27/2018 Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Every Wednesday, the second hour of my national radio show is the "Male/Female Hour." A few weeks ago, a woman named Jennifer called in. For reasons of space, I have somewhat shortened her comments. Every young woman should read them. This is precisely what she said:</p> <p>"Dennis, I want to get right to it. I'm 50 years old with four college degrees. I was raised by a feminist mother with no father in the home. My mother told me get an education to the maximum level so that you can get out in the world, make a lot of money. And that's the path I followed. I make adequate money. I don't make a ton of money. But I do make enough to support my own household. <p>Updated: Tue Nov 27, 2018</p> 0a1484ccfbc23143cafd6bd152605083 Even Astronauts Fear the Left for 11/20/2018 Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>There are many reasons I pity today's younger generation of Americans. </p> <p>Among them are: </p> <p>&#8212;The unconscionable debt we are leaving them.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 20, 2018</p> 14ee7602a2c2c45363d0a8da57c22ebc If Sex Isn't Fixed, Why Is Age? for 11/13/2018 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Emile Ratelband, a 69-year-old motivational speaker in the Netherlands, has petitioned a Dutch court for permission to change his legal age by altering his birth certificate to show he was born 20 years later than he really was &#8212; to legally make him 49 rather 69 years old.</p> <p>Ratelband told the Washington Post: "We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender. So I want to change my age. My feeling about my body and about my mind is that I'm about 40 or 45."<p>Updated: Tue Nov 13, 2018</p> f95723773e1286ffa39ad49df613baaf Left-Wing Jews: a Jewish and American Tragedy for 11/06/2018 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It is probably impossible to overstate the damage left-wing &#8212; not liberal but left-wing &#8212; Jews are doing to Judaism, Jews and America. Of course, the same can be said of the damage left-wing Catholics are doing to Catholicism and America, other left-wing Christians are doing to Christianity and America, and, most obviously, the damage the secular left-wing is doing. But since anti-Semitism is in the news, and given the prominence of many left-wing Jews, I will focus on them.</p> <p>The damage done to Jews by left-wing Jews is not new. It began at the beginning of the left with Karl Marx, the grandson of two Orthodox rabbis (his parents had undergone pro forma conversion to Christianity). He wrote one of the most anti-Semitic tracts of the 19th century, "On the Jewish Question," published in 1844. In it he wrote, among other things:<p>Updated: Tue Nov 06, 2018</p> 6212b15d046c23589a33e9aee52ed1a1 The Pittsburgh Synagogue, Anti-Semitism and Trump for 10/30/2018 Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All my life I have reminded fellow Jews in America that we are the luckiest Jews to have ever lived in a non-Jewish country. I know what I'm talking about. I wrote a book on anti-Semitism, taught Jewish history at Brooklyn College and fought anti-Semitism since I was 21, when Israel sent me into the Soviet Union to smuggle in Jewish religious items and smuggle out Jewish names. </p> <p>Even after the massacre of 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, this assessment remains true.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 30, 2018</p> 5855298a1b980d93f84012c0e26848a9 What I Learned About Young People While Trying to Buy a Car for 10/23/2018 Tue, 23 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This past week, I went to five car dealers in an upper-middle-class suburb of Los Angeles to see what SUV I'd like to lease. I wanted to patronize local car dealers because I want them to stay in business.</p> <p>In each case, I experienced the following: I was greeted pleasantly upon entering the dealership. A young salesperson asked if he or she could help me. I told the salesperson the model I was interested in. He or she made a copy of my driver's license and returned with a key to the car, and off we went.</p> <p>In every instance, the salesperson was sweet, unenthusiastic and largely ignorant of the car in which I was interested.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 23, 2018</p> 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>