Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 20 Jan 2021 20:51:33 -0800 Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate 9b1dd077126e94cfc60553d5d1767029 Why the Left Has To Suppress Free Speech for 01/19/2021 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Let us begin with this fact: The left always suppresses speech. Since Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917, there has been no example of the left in control and not crushing dissent. </p> <p>That is one of the important differences between liberal and left: Liberalism and liberals believe in free speech. (The present leftist threat to freedom in America, the greatest threat to freedom in American history, is made possible because liberals think they have more to fear from conservatives than from the left. Liberals do not understand that the left regards liberals as their useful idiots.)</p> <p>The left controls universities. There is little or no dissent allowed at universities. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 19, 2021</p> e0d029c6c07ab3ced30e37a3c6552a10 The 'Good American' for 01/12/2021 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In my last column, I described how I have come to better understand the moral problem of the "'good German,' the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime."</p> <p>Watching America accept the rationally and morally indefensible physical and economic lockdown of the country, I concluded: "Apathy in the face of tyranny turns out not to be a German or Russian characteristic. I just never thought it could happen in America."</p> <p>In one week, it has gotten worse. Now we are faced with a lockdown on speech the likes of which have never been seen in America. And the parallels with Germany are even more stark. The left-wing party (the Democrats) and the left-wing media (the "mainstream media") are using the mob invasion of the Capitol exactly the way the Nazis used the Reichstag fire.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 12, 2021</p> 77d6ea2b2e1490409cbf90bc760f38b0 I Now Better Understand the 'Good German' for 01/05/2021 Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As my listeners and readers can hopefully attest, I have been on a lifelong quest to understand human nature and human behavior. I am sad to report that I have learned more in the last few years, particularly in 2020, than in any equivalent period of time.</p> <p>One of the biggest revelations concerns a question that has always plagued me: How does one explain the "good German," the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime? The same question could be asked about the average Frenchman during the Vichy era, the average Russian under Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev and their successors, and the millions of others who did nothing to help their fellow citizens under oppressive dictatorships.</p> <p>These past few years have taught me not to so quickly judge the quiet German, Russian, etc. Of course, I still judge Germans who helped the Nazis and Germans who in any way hurt Jews. But the Germans who did nothing? Not so fast.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 05, 2021</p> ea22291100336b210c0c4e4e9360edf2 The Sovietization of California for 12/22/2020 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I am writing this column upon returning home to California after five days in Florida. For the first time since my first trip to Los Angeles in 1974 and moving there two years later, I dreaded going to California.</p> <p>That first trip, as a 25-year-old New Yorker, I experienced the palpable excitement looking at the American Airlines flight board at JFK airport and seeing "Los Angeles." For most Americans, the very name "California" elicited excitement, wonder, even envy of Californians, and most of all ... freedom. While America always represented freedom, within America, California exemplified freedom most of all.</p> <p>Yet, here I am, sitting in a state where corruption reigns (one of the leading Democrats of the last half-century told me years ago that politicians in California are window dressing; the real power in California is wielded by unions) and where, for nine months, normal life has been shut down, schools have been closed and small businesses have been destroyed in unprecedented numbers.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 22, 2020</p> ab49cb0fa193fb7cdf4bb9d9833ec4cc When 2-Year-Olds Are Thrown Off Airplanes, You Know America Has Changed for 12/15/2020 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>You may have seen the video of the family thrown off a United Airlines airplane because the 2-year-old daughter would not wear a mask. Though the family wore masks and the father promised to cover his daughter's face with a mask that he placed on her face, it made no difference. Though the child was completely asymptomatic, and though it is exceedingly rare for a child to transmit COVID-19 to an adult &#8212; that is why Sweden kept its schools open all spring and summer, with its students not wearing masks &#8212; the airline had its orders, and the flight attendant duly obeyed them.</p> <p>As I watched the video, I wondered what the flight attendant thought. For example, did he think this was absurd, not to mention cruel? Did he know that 2-year-olds present virtually no health risk? Did he wonder why adults can sit without masks inches from other passengers while eating but a 2-year-old seated only next to family needed a mask?</p> <p>Or did he think he was performing a noble service in kicking a family off an airplane because their 2-year-old wouldn't wear a mask?<p>Updated: Tue Dec 15, 2020</p> 13a16f8fb9dd4a6b9f4aea498cba60ad The Torah Versus the Left for 12/08/2020 Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Question: What book is the opposite of the left?</p> <p>Answer: the Torah.</p> <p>The Torah is the Hebrew name of the first five books of the Bible, the "Five Books of Moses." The Torah is the foundation of the rest of the Bible and the rock on which both Judaism and Christianity stand. No Torah, no Judaism. No Torah, no Christianity. No Torah, no God, no divine creation, no Exodus, no Ten Commandments, no "love your neighbor as yourself," no Judeo-Christian values, no Western civilization and no America.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 08, 2020</p> 8562e844f60c0539409f50fd6647338e The Israelis Are Amazing -- and So Is the Left for 12/01/2020 Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I always thought no one &#8212; including Israel &#8212; could pull off something as incredible as the July 4, 1976, raid on Entebbe, Uganda. To remind readers what happened that day: A week earlier, on June 27, two Palestinian and two German terrorists hijacked an Air France Tel Aviv to Paris flight with 248 passengers on board, which they diverted to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. At the airport, the hijackers and four additional terrorists, aided by Uganda's Idi Amin regime, held the Israeli and other Jews, and allowed the 148 non-Jewish passengers to fly on to Paris. The terrorists announced that unless 53 Palestinian prisoners &#8212; 40 in Israel and 13 elsewhere &#8212; were released, the kidnapped Jews (and the Air France crew, all of whom heroically remained with the Jewish passengers) would be killed.</p> <p>On July 4, the Israelis flew a disguised transport plane filled with Israeli commandos 2,500 miles from Israel to Entebbe. After refueling in Kenya, they landed in Entebbe, killed the terrorists and saved nearly every hostage &#8212; all in 53 minutes.</p> <p>No one had seen anything quite like the raid on Entebbe, considered at the time to have achieved the impossible ... until last week.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 01, 2020</p> dd707b4f4426881440addabc94833016 What American Schools Should Teach about Race, Racism and Slavery for 11/17/2020 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Regarding race and much else, America's students are not taught history. In fact, they are not taught; they are indoctrinated. With anti-Americanism.</p> <p>The purpose of all teaching about race in American schools is to engender contempt for America. They are, therefore, "taught" the lies of The New York Times' "1619 Project" &#8212; that the United States was founded to preserve and protect slavery &#8212; and of such works as Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility."</p> <p>So, then, what should American schools teach about race?<p>Updated: Tue Nov 17, 2020</p> ab2fedb41cacbd7e04fa75268e125e29 Thoughts in a Dark Time for 11/10/2020 Tue, 10 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As there is too much to say in the space of one column, I will simply offer some thoughts on the state of the country a week after the 2020 elections.</p> <p>No. 1: While I am not certain the reported election results are dishonest, I suspect they are. Worse, about half this country believes this, too.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 10, 2020</p> e6cf07355841b08975c03014166f9584 Hatred of Trump Vs. Hatred of the Left for 11/03/2020 Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>One way in which today's presidential election can be summarized is this: It is a contest between those who hate Donald Trump and those who hate the left (as I always point out, I am referring to <i> the left </i>, not to liberals or liberalism).</p> <p>This is so accurate an assessment I suspect even most Democrats would agree with it.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 03, 2020</p> 4b105e49608d97e02a38da8f239b898a What Happened When a High School Offered a PragerU Video for 10/27/2020 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As far as HuffPost and the rest of the American left are concerned, no non-left-wing idea should be allowed to enter an American school. Not even for five minutes.</p> <p>This past month, Maumee High School, a high school near Toledo, Ohio, offered its students a way to receive some extracurricular credit. In the words of the Maumee City Schools administration office &#8212; released <i>before</i> the HuffPost-induced uproar:</p> <p>"Students were offered an extra credit assignment intended to challenge their critical thinking skills ... A second option in the extra credit assignment asked students to view a video from a conservative website, analyze it and explain what they may have learned from it, and how it may have challenged or supported their own beliefs. ...<p>Updated: Tue Oct 27, 2020</p> 6d931c7c8658a8e4b7b8e64072aad0de America Is Drowning in the Lies of the Left for 10/20/2020 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There are conservatives who lie, and there are liberals who lie, but both conservatism and liberalism hold truth to be a supreme value. </p> <p>This is not true for leftism. </p> <p>Truth is simply not a left-wing value. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 20, 2020</p> fd6c3ae9f211c8122926ad1b54c10c7d What Will Happen If the Democrats Pack the Supreme Court for 10/13/2020 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Attention readers: Dennis Prager co-authored this column with Tim Groseclose, a professor of economics at George Mason University, where he holds the Adam Smith Chair at the Mercatus Center.</p> <p>Exponential growth. It's why plagues are so dangerous and compound interest is so wonderful.</p> <p>It's also why the Democrats' flirting with court packing could destroy the Supreme Court and, with it, America as we know it.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 13, 2020</p> 75822ef1f43068890ea21b0bcf41499b To All Those Who 'Vote For the Man, Not the party' for 10/06/2020 Tue, 06 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"I vote for the man (or woman), not the party" is what millions of Americans say and what, in fact, many do. It is intended as a noble sentiment: "I am not one of those Americans who votes blindly by party; I measure each candidate and then decide which one to vote for."</p> <p>If there were ever a time when this was a noble sentiment, it would have been when Republicans and Democrats shared basic moral and American values and differed only on what policies would lead to the two parties' shared goals. </p> <p>For example, though they never ran against each other, one might argue that the differences between the Democrat John Kennedy and his Republican predecessor, Dwight Eisenhower, were not particularly great. But that was very rare. The fact is that, since the inception of the Republican Party, which was founded to counter the Democratic Party's defense of slavery, there has almost never been a time when the philosophical differences between the parties were not great. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 06, 2020</p> c7a07f717b96012b5c02f851d3357494 A Reminder to American Jews: Civilization Is Fragile for 09/29/2020 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. It is meant to be a time of intense self-examination. In light of that, I offer this column.</p> <p>The question I receive more than any other from non-Jews is: Why are so many Jews on the left?</p> <p>Before addressing it, I should note that the same question could be asked of Christians and other non-Jews. Why have so many mainstream Protestants and Catholics (up to and including the pope) embraced the left? Why have nearly all blacks, the majority of Hispanics and Asian Americans, the most successful ethnic group in America, embraced the left? And outside of the United States, why have most Germans, French, Canadians, Australians and others in the West embraced the left?<p>Updated: Tue Sep 29, 2020</p> a6ace64d014d4bcbc368770e9ae7daec Why Are They Capitalizing 'Black'? for 09/22/2020 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A few months ago, I noticed that my published column spelled "black" "Black." As I had submitted the column with "black" spelled with a lower case "b," I contacted my editor to find out why what I had written was changed. She responded that the syndicate was following the Associated Press' rules of style, a common practice in journalism and book writing.</p> <p>On July 20, 2020, the AP published "Explaining AP style on Black and white," in which it explained:</p> <p>"AP's style is now to capitalize Black in a racial, ethnic or cultural sense, conveying an essential and shared sense of history, identity and community among people who identify as Black, including those in the African diaspora and within Africa. The lowercase black is a color, not a person. AP style will continue to lowercase the term white in racial, ethnic and cultural senses."<p>Updated: Tue Sep 22, 2020</p> ea864bdc681e45f3ac32f58d6b290553 The Left's Moral Compass Isn't Broken ... for 09/15/2020 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All of my life, I have said that the left's moral compass is broken.</p> <p>And all of my life, I was wrong. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 15, 2020</p> 9e6d04430e89861a2f1a3f6733aa232c Leftists Blame America. Decent People Blame Themselves. for 09/08/2020 Tue, 08 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As long ago as the 1970s, I came to a major realization. While watching fellow students at Columbia University demonstrate not just against the war in Vietnam but against America &#8212; "Amerika," as many spelled it, the "imperialist," "colonialist," "mass-murdering" country &#8212; I kept wondering what made these people so hostile to the freest country in human history.</p> <p>Then, one day, as a result of my having attended a yeshiva (an Orthodox Jewish day school) through high school, the reason became clear. Half of each school day was devoted to religious studies in Hebrew, and the other half was devoted to secular studies in English. This meant that I had been immersed in a religious worldview until college. </p> <p>Though it was Jewish, this worldview could also be called "Judeo-Christian." Students at traditionally Christian schools were immersed in essentially the same worldview. We were all taught that the most important battle we need to wage in life was with our own nature. Jews and Christians learned from the same Scripture that "the will of man's heart is evil from his youth" (Genesis 8:21).<p>Updated: Tue Sep 08, 2020</p> 0a671d8a4307a826360323f3bb919c1d The Lockdown Has Gone From a Mistake to a Crime for 09/01/2020 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Four months ago, I wrote a column titled "The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History." I explained that "'mistake' and 'evil' are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made by arrogant fools; massive evils are committed by evil people."</p> <p>Regarding the economic catastrophe in America and around the world &#8212; especially among the world's poor who are dependent upon America and other first-world countries for their income through exports and tourism &#8212; I wrote, "It is panic and hysteria, not the coronavirus, that created this catastrophe."</p> <p>Unfortunately, I was right.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 01, 2020</p> 7f252b95d6225ce35257da8781ab80d5 A Demagogue Named Barack Obama: His DNC Speech for 08/25/2020 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the day Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, I announced on my national radio show that, "While I did not vote for Barack Obama, he is my president, and I wish him well." I added that I was delighted a black man had been elected president of the United States, that perhaps this would not only help black-white relations get even better than they were but also help put to rest the notion of a racist America. </p> <p>As it turned out, neither hope was achieved. In fact, in large measure due to Obama, race relations deteriorated during his presidency. Obama turned out to be Black Lives Matter Light. As Politico wrote in 2014, Al Sharpton, perhaps the most consistent race-baiter of the last half-century, "became Obama's go-to man on race." According to The Washington Post, Sharpton visited the Obama White House 72 times.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 25, 2020</p>