Is Democracy About to Die in Darkness?


We are all supposed to be against conspiracies. Yet what about a conspiracy to silence free speech? What about a conspiracy to shut down people who utter thoughts we disagree with? What about silencing communists? What about silencing Nazis? What about a conspiracy to silence Democrats or Republicans? What about silencing those who spout Trumpism? There are a lot of positions that I disagree with. There are a lot of positions that I agree with. I say let them all be heard, but this an old-fashioned belief, and I am increasingly out of step with the times.


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In Defense of Dr. Seuss

Welp, they’ve started canceling Dr. Seuss, and on his birthday, no less. And to think it could happen to Mulberry Street!

March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, is National Read Across America Day (#DrSeussDay across social media). It’s an annual event by the National Education Association (NEA) encouraging reading among school-aged children. Yet this is the moment that the NEA, along with the White House, has chosen to break from tradition.

How rude. 

What’s worse, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the organization in charge of the late famous author’s estate, announced they’d be discontinuing six of his books because of the

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Trump’s CPAC Triumph

He’s back.

If there was any doubt about the popularity of Donald Trump in the conservative movement, it was erased for good with his Sunday CPAC appearance.

In the tradition of Trump rallies he entered the hall in Orlando to the “God Bless the USA” song that is now a virtual GOP anthem, courtesy of Lee Greenwood. He was received by CPAC-ers with a raucous, thunderous standing ovation.

He began this way:

Well thank you very much CPAC. Do you miss me yet? Do you miss me? A lot of things going on to so many wonderful

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Trumpism Is Here to Stay

February has come and gone, and President Biden still has not delivered a State of the Union address. He spent the weekend cooped up in Delaware, remaining invisible, as is his wont. Meanwhile, all eyes were on Orlando on Sunday when former President Trump delivered his thundering CPAC address, which might as well have been the real State of the Union speech.

Trump’s message was a rallying cry for the conservative movement and for the Republican Party to unite. It was a call to action to cancel cancel culture and to push back against government tyranny, Big Tech censorship,

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Breaking the Media’s Hypnotic Spell

Watching director and producer Robby Starbuck speak at CPAC 2021 last Friday, I had a major revelation, which had been percolating in my head for a year. The fundamental struggle of our time is not between Right and Left, right and wrong, or even good and evil, but between reality and mass hypnosis. But instead of the old swinging watch, the hypnotic subject stares at an electronic screen, where the mesmerists of the three media — news, entertainment, social — show him only what they want him to see and accept. They spread the lies that a man can

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Countering Political Anger With Optimism

My inspiration for my writing is generally anger. I get inspired by an article that makes me angry. Or a Facebook post. Or a conversation. I rebut each point in the anger-inducing publication in my head, creating a mental outline. I then do research and fill in the explanations on my computer. I need a quiet place for this. Last week I went to my synagogue, hoping to find my inspiration, my anger, and quiet time.

It’s not that I’m not already angry about things like cancel culture, Antifa, BLM, so-called systemic racism, anti-Semitism, the renewed Iran Deal, and

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Bridgerton: A Period Drama With Some Growing Up to Do

Sometimes a television series can’t decide what it wants to be when it grows up — or whether it wants to grow up at all. Case in point: Bridgerton, now on Netflix. One knows from the previews that it will be awful, but curiosity lures — just how awful? With its ballroom gowns and handsomely clad gentlemen, Bridgerton is superficially tailored for the sort of viewer who likes that sort of thing, and the Regency-era setting in Bath evokes pleasant memories of Jane Austen and classic productions of Persuasion.

The eponymous fatherless family is opulently wealthy, and

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The West’s Two Faces

[unable to retrieve full-text content]“The West’s Two Faces,” editorial cartoon by Shaomin Li for The American Spectator, February 26, 2021.

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Cuomo and the Political Tide

[unable to retrieve full-text content]“Cuomo and the Political Tide,” editorial cartoon by Yogi Love for The American Spectator, February 25, 2021.

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The Left’s War on Freedom of Speech

In his novel 1984, George Orwell described in horrifying detail what happens when freedom of speech is taken away by tyrannical forces: “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted … [T]he process is continuing day by day and minute by minute…. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

Seventy-two years after Orwell’s novel hit the printing press, virtually everything that Orwell warned us about is now coming to fruition.

This week, the New York Times published an article detailing how the Biden administration has

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