Posts By Author » Ben Shapiro
Why Conservatives Win Elections and Lose the War
16 Apr 2014 12:04 am
On April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama triumphantly announced that 7.1 million Americans had selected a health insurance plan through Obamacare. In doing so, he nastily labeled his political opposition uncaring and unfeeling. “Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance?” Obama asked. “Why are they so mad about the idea of people having health insurance?”
That night, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert sat behind his desk at “The Colbert Report,” playing his version of a conservative: vicious, mean and cruel. “I wish I could come to …View More...
The Rise of American Totalitarianism
9 Apr 2014 12:04 am
Last Thursday, Mozilla, the company that’s home to the web browser Firefox, forced the resignation of CEO Brendan Eich. What, precisely, had Eich done wrong? Back in 2008, Eich had donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 effort backing traditional marriage in California. Dating website OKCupid posted a ban on Firefox traffic, issuing a message to Firefox users instead: “Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.” That ban reportedly prompted the action at Mozilla.
Of course, …View More...
Why Hillary Clinton Will Win in 2016
2 Apr 2014 12:04 am
On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., presented his 2015 budget proposal. The Senate Democrats did not provide any such proposal; President Barack Obama’s proposal posited an unending federal deficit and massive tax increases. Ryan’s proposal, by contrast, lowered the rate of increase of spending moderately (by $5.1 trillion over the next decade), struck Obamacare from the rolls, and suggested revamps to Social Security and Medicare.
This was possibly the dumbest thing Ryan could have done.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., immediately jumped on the budget proposal, suggesting that …
Time For Congress To Telecommute
26 Mar 2014 12:04 am
Few Americans have ever met their Congresspeople. They don’t see them at the grocery store; they don’t meet them at the bowling alley. They’re more likely to see their representatives in photographs from the Daily Grill in Washington, D.C., than at a local town hall. Constituents’ closest contact with those they elect comes on Election Day, when they punch a chad next to a name.
This is precisely the opposite of how government was supposed to work. In Federalist No. 46, James Madison posited that members of Congress would “generally be …View More...
Why No One Minds His Own Business Anymore
19 Mar 2014 12:02 am
When I was a kid — which wasn’t that long ago, given that I just turned 30 in January — I recall hearing a popular phrase on the playground: “Mind your own business.” MYOB reared its head whenever somebody threatened to rat out a fellow student for anything from harmless roughhousing to juvenile delinquency. The phrase is sometimes attributed to the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, a rough translation of which states: ” … make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and …View More...
The Entertainment President
13 Mar 2014 12:02 am
For years, conservatives have puzzled over President Barack Obama’s continued personal popularity in the face of his dramatically uninspiring performance as commander-in-chief. Obama seems to inspire a bizarre personal loyalty among his advocates, particularly among young people who should by all rights be concerned with their fading futures and collapsing prospects. Why do his numbers remain so stubbornly mediocre?
The answer came Tuesday in the form of a ridiculous video cut by Obama with the help of “The Hangover” star Zach Galifianakis and the online outlet Funny or Die. Funny or …View More...
The Faculty Lounge Administration
5 Mar 2014 12:04 am
On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to respond to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea region of Ukraine. “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext,” Kerry stated. He added, “It’s an incredible act of aggression. It is really a stunning, willful choice by President (Vladimir) Putin to invade another country.”
So, what would the United States do about Russian aggression? America would consider dropping its scheduled attendance at the G8 meeting in Sochi, …View More...
Piers Morgan Is the American Left
26 Feb 2014 12:04 am
This week, CNN’s Piers Morgan announced that “Piers Morgan Live” would be coming to an ignominious end sometime in March. His replacement has not yet been chosen. But his television demise came not a moment too soon for millions of Americans who had tired of his sneering nastiness.
The New York Times chose not to see it that way. Instead, the Times insisted, Morgan’s problem sprang from his British accent and heritage: “Old hands in the television news business suggest that there are two things a presenter cannot have: an accent …View More...
The Left Preaches the Great Apocalypse of Global Warming
20 Feb 2014 12:02 am
This week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced to a group of Indonesian students that global warming was “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” He added, “Because of climate change, it’s no secret that today Indonesia is … one of the most vulnerable countries on Earth. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the entire way of life that you live and love is at risk.”
Meanwhile, Hollywood prepared to drop a new blockbuster based on the biblical story of Noah. The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, centers …View More...
Why Democrats Hate Work
12 Feb 2014 12:04 am
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released a report discussing the ramifications of Obamacare. The report revealed that the work-hour equivalent of approximately 2.5 million jobs would disappear from the workforce, thanks to Obamacare, in a voluntary process in which employees would simply dump out of their jobs, knowing they could get health care through expanded Medicaid and federal subsidies they would lose by working.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., an ideological leftist thought leader, spun the report as a massive positive for Obamacare: “The single mom, who’s raising three kids (and) …View More...
Letter to My Newborn Daughter
5 Feb 2014 12:04 am
Last Tuesday evening at 6:19 p.m. PST, my wife gave birth to our first child, a 7-pound, 9-ounce, 21-inch little girl named Leeya Eliana. The labor was long, approximately 26 hours, and my wife endured it heroically. Before, we were a married couple; now, we are a family.
On the sixth day of her life, I wrote my little girl a letter to memorialize our hopes for her at the dawn of her life. With my wife’s permission, here it is:
Dear Leeya Eliana,
This is Daddy and Mommy writing to you. You …
How Hollywood Is Killing Same-Sex Marriage
29 Jan 2014 12:10 am
In May 2012, Vice President Joe Biden floated a political trial balloon: He came out in favor of same-sex marriage. In the process, he stated that the way had been paved for the same-sex marriage movement by Hollywood. “I think ‘Will & Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far.” Biden, of course, was absolutely right: Hollywood’s personalization of the societal issue of same-sex marriage has shifted millions of minds.
Now, unfortunately for same-sex marriage advocates, Hollywood is busily shifting those minds …View More...
Abortion and the Suicide of the West
22 Jan 2014 12:04 am
Jenelle Evans, 22, had an abortion this year. Originally featured on MTV four years ago as a pregnant teenager, Evans, who loves to party, had a son, gave the son to her mother to raise, got into heroin, got married and went to jail; her husband ended up in jail as well on drug charges. They got divorced. He didn’t know that Evans was pregnant. She got an abortion. He found out about it on the commercials for “Teen Mom 2.”
Now she’s pregnant again. With a third guy. Who may …View More...
Negotiating With Space Nazis
15 Jan 2014 12:02 am
On Tuesday, the Iranian government announced that it had reached a secret agreement with the West on its nuclear development. The details of the agreement were not released, but suffice it to say that the Iranians could not contain their glee. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani celebrated the deal with an English-language tweet claiming that the “world powers surrendered to Iranian nation’s will”; Iranian Army Commander Maj. Gen. Ataollah Salehi said the diplomatic breakthrough resulted from American military “weakness”; and the Iranian foreign minister laid a wreath at the tomb of …View More...
Why Socialism Is on the Rise
8 Jan 2014 12:04 am
It took capitalism half a century to come back from the Great Depression. It’s taken socialism half that time to come back from the collapse of the Soviet Union. In New York City, avowed socialist Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared that his goal is to take “dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities” — the gap between rich and poor. In Seattle, newly elected socialist city Councilmember Kshama Sawant addressed supporters, explaining, “I wear the badge of socialist with honor.” To great acclaim from the left, columnist Jesse …View More...
What To Expect In 2014
1 Jan 2014 12:04 am
2013 was a year of revelations, a year of possible turning points. For nearly two decades, since Ronald Reagan left office, America moved steadily in the direction of the left, both culturally and politically. When the Soviet Union fell, optimistic scholars believed the world had shifted inexorably in the direction of free markets and liberal democracy. Instead, the West gradually embraced bigger government and weaker social bonds, creating a fragmented society in which the only thing we all belong to, as President Barack Obama puts it, is the state.
All battles …View More...
5 Lessons From The ‘Duck Dynasty’ Controversy
25 Dec 2013 12:04 am
A&E’s indefinite suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson over his comments regarding homosexuality, and the subsequent backlash, is an important cultural moment in American life.
For the first time in decades, traditionally religious Americans have come out of the closet en masse to speak out against anti-religious bigotry from proponents of gay rights. This, in turn, has made many on both the right and left uncomfortable: uncomfortable with a loud and proud segment of religious believers standing up for the expression of Biblical views, and uncomfortable with the notion of …View More...
Obamacare Hurting Those It Means to Help
18 Dec 2013 12:04 am
We’ve all heard the Obamacare horror stories: members of the individual insurance marketplace who watched their plans get canceled; business owners watching their costs rise; and employees finding out that more is coming out of their paychecks for approximately the same benefits.
But the underlying logic of Obamacare was that those in need would benefit from the rest of us suffering. As Jonathan Cohn of the New Republic wrote back in November, “a system that discriminates against some people inevitably discriminates in favor of others.”
As with virtually all government programs, however, …
Nelson Mandela and the Dangers of Deification
11 Dec 2013 12:04 am
The death of iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela prompted torrents of gushing praise from world leaders and media this week. Mandela was widely depicted as a near-flawless human being. BBC presenter Evan Davis said Mandela ranked near Jesus in the “pantheon of virtue”; Bono said Mandela was “stubborn ’til the end for all the right reasons, it felt like he very nearly outstared his maker.”
But the truth about Mandela is somewhat more shaded. He will be remembered for his magnificent legacy of racial unification in the aftermath of his …View More...
Obama Worship Syndrome
4 Dec 2013 12:04 am
When George W. Bush was president of the United States, many of the left fell prey to what columnist Charles Krauthammer called “Bush Derangement Syndrome”: “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.”
With Bush out of office, BDS has waned somewhat. Unfortunately, it has been replaced by a converse condition, just as grave and dangerous to the mental stability of its victims: “Obama Worship Syndrome.” Primarily affecting low-information voters and members of …View More...