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Decay

As one who loves America — not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history — I write the following words in sadness: With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is in decline.

“Decay” is the word.

Decline of the Family:

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America’s left-wing Jews ashamed of Israel

American Jews on the left were beside themselves last week. Israel’s Jews did something that utterly infuriated these American Jews: Israel’s Jews overwhelmingly voted for a man of the right (or for other right-of-center parties). And not just any right-winger, but the only leader in the Western world to publicly differ from their hero, President Barack Obama.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 March 2015 08:52 )

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Why does American TV interview tyrants?

TWELVE YEARS ago, almost to the day, CBS News sent Dan Rather to Baghdad to broadcast an interview with Iraq’s tyrant, Saddam Hussein. I wrote at that time: “Other than the lengths to which Dan Rather went to be obsequious to a tyrant, Americans learned nothing from his interview with Saddam Hussein. “If one is not going to ask a dictator anything approaching the truth about his actions, why bother interviewing him? Isn’t the whole thing morally compromised and journalistically meanin...
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If the President couldn’t tell a lie

In the famous 1997 movie comedy “Liar Liar,” actor Jim Carrey plays a lawyer who, as a result of his young son’s birthday wish being magically fulfilled, cannot tell a lie — he can only tell the truth — for 24 hours. Let’s imagine that such a wish forced President Obama to do the same, not for 24 hours, but only during his State of the Union address. Here is what he said followed by what he would have said if he could only tell the truth.
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Greatest day of your life

In my final column on the greatest guide ever devised for a good world — the Ten Commandments — I offer my readers what may well be the single best thing you can do (that you are probably not doing now) to improve the quality of your life, your family’s life and, ultimately, the life of society. Many people — even among those who revere the Ten Commandments — do not think that the fourth commandment, the Sabbath Day, is particularly important, let alone binding. Once you understand it...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:58 )

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U.S. diplomat apologizes for FBI director’s remarks about Polish wartime behavior

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