• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Mitch Pearlstein Ponders the Handel’s Messiah and Today’s Marxist Public Schools

Mitch Pearlstein of the American Experiment Remembers “the Messiah” by Handel:

“Along with much of the rest of the world, I heard portions of Handel’s magnificent “Messiah” this past Holy Week. I first listened to it in a serious way a half-century ago when, along with other tone-challenged teenagers representing a variety of non-Christian and Christian faiths, I sang parts of it in a music class at Far Rockaway H.S. in Queens. I vaguely recall that the teacher was a “Mr. Ruff,” who actually was quite compassionate as he explained how the only difference between boys sounding like Gordon McRae and those who still screeching like Tiny Tim was but a sliver of heft in one’s vocal cords.

What I more vividly remember are many of the lyrics to the “Messiah.” Not the parts where “Christ” is mentioned, as I don’t think we sang those, but certainly lines such as “And He shall reign for ever and ever” and “For the lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Keep in mind we sang them in a public school.

In similar spirit, and as I’ve recounted previously, when I was a third or fourth grader at a mostly Jewish public elementary school in another part of the Rockaways, we had an Easter-themed assembly program in which my classmates and I paraded on stage, all dressed up, singing secular songs like Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade.” If any parents – be they Jewish or Christian – were offended by Jewish kids implicitly celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, I don’t recall any hint of it. A lot of parents were in the audience, by the way, taking lots of photos.

I cite these two events because I wonder if either would be possible these days, be it in New York City, the Twin Cities, or most other places across the nation. I’ve argued they would not – or at least they would be trickier to pull off – as they likely wouldn’t be viewed as right kinds of multiculturalism by great numbers of administrators, teachers, and other multicultural champions. To be blunt about it, one reason such programs wouldn’t be embraced as proper multicultural fare is because they’re too Christian. Given how religion was implicated in each instance, I’ve also assumed (I say this with all respect) the ACLU would have their undies in litigious bunches within micro-moments.

So a question for all, but especially educators, as I do want to get a better sense: Could you imagine religiously flavored activities like these two now taking place in any public school you’re familiar with? If not, why not?”

Mark Waldeland sent the above article.

Note by Glenn: I am nearly a generation older than Mr. Pearlstein, I am guessing. The largest minority in my neighborhood where I was raised was Jewish. We all attended a crowded public elementary school. It was war time. No one had any money. We even bought our own textbooks.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus was sung at my Lutheran Church every Easter…I was in the children’s choir which added more sweetness to the scene rather than power. Nevertheless, I loved the uplifting I felt everytime we sang. It was and remains among the most beautiful music I had ever heard.

One should often ask why such exquisite noise can no longer be composed or even heard in modern society. In today’s Marxist America if something is beautiful, it suggests something is less beautiful…and that cannot be allowed in a culture that is programmed to be ‘equal’….

The modern university is a killer of  all creative, classically beautiful art.

For the past month I have added the entire Oratorio to my daily routine which overpowers me for more than an hour every day I hear it in its entirety.

We, children and adults, were often chilled with uplifting particularly after the Battle of Midway in June, 1942. Being wartime with life and death of family members on the line everyday, experiencing spiritual uplifting was essential in our and our neighbor’s families’ lives. Good news from the Europe and the Pacific was usually accented by great music for spiritual connections.

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