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Why Do Progressives Want the Boston Bomber to Live?

Federal prosecutors have announced they are seeking the death penalty for Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, murdered three people and wounded more than 260. In addition, they shot a Boston police officer to death. In keeping with what the citizens of progressive Massachusetts consider to be progressive values, the…

America’s Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Are Not ‘Ended’

In his State of the Union address, on four occasions, President Barack Obama mentioned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq coming to an end: 1. “And in tight-knit communities across America, fathers and mothers will tuck in their kids, put an arm around their spouse, remember fallen comrades, and give thanks for being home from…

What Preoccupies the Left? What Preoccupies the Right?

A news item this past week made this point with glaring clarity. It reported a meeting that the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights had on Friday. Before revealing the subject of that meeting, let’s review for a moment what is happening in the world regarding human rights. North Korea continues to be an…

The Immorality of Leaving Iraq and Afghanistan

On every level and from every perspective — from pure national interest to the purely moral — the decision by the Obama administration and the Democratic Party to withdraw American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is indefensible. Let’s begin with Iraq. Here is how the front-page article in yesterday’s edition of USA Today began: "When…

Why People Believe America Is the ‘Greatest Threat to Peace’

Last week the International Business Times reported: "In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24 percent of all respondents answered that the United States ‘is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.’ Pakistan and China fell…

Most Jews Wish You a Merry Christmas

As a Jew, and a religious one at that, I want to wish my fellow Americans a Merry Christmas. Not "Happy Holidays." Merry Christmas. I write, "my fellow Americans" because, as reported by the Pew Research poll released just last Wednesday, nine in 10 Americans say they celebrate Christmas. Apparently, many Americans have forgotten that…

‘Tolerance’ Now Means Government-Coerced Celebration

Jack Phillips owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., about 10 miles from downtown Denver. In July 2012, two gay men, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, asked Phillips to provide the cake for their wedding celebration. Though same-sex marriage is not allowed in Colorado — the Colorado Constitution states that "Only a union of one…

The Left Learned Wrong Lessons from Nazism

The only way to understand what is happening to America in our time — and for that matter, in Europe since World War II — is to understand the left. And one way to understand the left — and its enormous appeal to many decent people — is to understand what it learned from World…