• 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

Dennis’ Plea for Donald that Eve of America’s Victory Over Fascism

A Final Plea to Never-Trumpers

by Dennis Prager at The Patriot Post,  Nov. 8, 2016

 

“It is very hard to publicly affirm a position for nearly a year and to then, at the last minute, change one’s mind.

Nevertheless, even as late as Election Day itself, I wish to address those conservatives and Republicans who have declared themselves Never-Trumpers.

I was one of you in vigorously opposing Trump’s nomination — on my national radio show and in my syndicated column. And I paid a price, as you have, in losing longtime supporters — in my case any number of listeners who supported Trump from the outset and found my strong opposition to him disappointing and worse.

Unlike you, however, I did say from the beginning that if he were to be the nominee, I would vote for him.

On this Election Day, I am more convinced than ever that this was the right position. I even have to believe that in the wee hours of the night — when worrying about the current and future state of our beloved country keeps you awake — many of you have at least wondered whether you have taken the right position.

Most of you are simply too intelligent, too idealistic and too self-questioning not to have at least on occasion had second thoughts. If you understand — and I cannot believe that most of you don’t — how destructive another four years of any Democrat in the White House, let alone the truly corrupt Hillary Clinton, would be, it is inconceivable that you have never questioned your Never-Trump position. Never-Trump, after all, is not the same as Never-Question.

To prove my point, one of my favorite Never-Trumpers, Jonah Goldberg, wrote in May: “If the election were a perfect tie, and the vote fell to me and me alone, I’d probably vote for none other than Donald Trump.”

In that moment of exquisite honesty, Jonah acknowledged one of the most important moral arguments to be made for voting for Trump — the Lesser of Two Evils argument.

To which conservatives who won’t vote for Trump often respond: “The lesser of two evils is still evil.”

Now, forgive me, but that it is a complete non sequitur, morally and intellectually unworthy of any conservative, religious or secular, who makes it. The only relevant moral lesson here is not that the lesser of two evil is still evil; it is that choosing the lesser of two evils, by definition, increases good. Would you amputate your leg if it might save your life? Or would you say that because losing your life and losing your leg are both evils, you won’t amputate your leg because the lesser of two evils is still evil?

Then there is the Never-Trump argument that Donald Trump isn’t a conservative. I agree that he hasn’t been his whole life, because he probably never gave the subject of the differences between left and right five of minutes of serious thought (nor, if we are to be honest, did Republican presidential nominee John McCain, whom I also worked hard to elect). But Trump and Mike Pence and his top political advisors are well to the right of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. As Victor Davis Hanson wrote last week, in his plea to Never-Trumpers:

“On the Supreme Court, Obamacare, the debt, rebuilding the military, the Second Amendment, school choice, abortion, reforming the tax code, re-examining regulation, energy exploration and production, illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, and a host of other issues, the Republican ticket is the antithesis of Clinton/Kaine — and is recognized as such by nearly all progressives.”

Why isn’t all that enough to vote for Trump?

Then there is the argument that electing Trump means that in the eyes of many Americans, especially young Americans, Trump will embody conservatism and Republicanism, and that would be a calamity.

On that noble concern, I am not willing to turn America over to four more years of leftism. First of all, the damage the left will do, if not permanent, will almost certainly last a generation. And I happen to think it could very well be permanent. Can you name a country outside of some formerly Communist countries (which had Communism forced on them), that chose to go left and has fully recovered from a generation of leftism?

Given the arguments in favor of voting for Trump, I see only three possible explanations for conservatives helping to elect Hillary Clinton.

One is that they are certain Donald Trump is so psychologically imbalanced that he will jeopardize America and the world. But they have to be certain of this. If they have any doubts, they have to vote for him — because they are certain about Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. And between certitude and incertitude, one must always act on what is certain.

The second is their self-image: How can they, truly decent people, vote for someone who has exhibited the uncouth speech and behavior that Trump has? Or, as some have expressed it, “How can I explain to my daughter that I supported Donald Trump?”

As someone who also thinks of himself as decent, I think that saving America from Hillary Clinton, the Democrats, and the left is the most decent thing I can do. And as for your daughter, just have her speak to any of the millions of wonderful women who are voting for Donald Trump. They will provide your daughter with perfectly satisfying moral and woman-centered answers.

And the third explanation for the Never-Trump conservatives is they that they believe we will survive four more years of left-wing rule, and that America is really not in such bad shape anyway. That argument was made this weekend by a writer for National Review. “The United States of America is not a wreck,” he reassures us. “The people who are telling you that it is — on both sides — are trying to sell you something. Don’t buy it.”

Question: What exactly am I, or Victor Davis Hanson, or Thomas Sowell, or at least half of The Wall Street Journal columnists, or millions of religious Jews, Protestants, Catholics and Mormons trying to “sell you”?

And second, that writer and others who think like him seem to be living in a different country than I am. Because compared to America at any time in its history except for the Civil War years, the country I am living in is indeed a wreck — and getting worse each day, and in every way. After another four years of a Democrat in the White House the country called the United States will still be here, but America as envisioned since its founding — as the world’s beacon of individual liberty, Lincoln’s “Last Best Hope of Earth” — won’t.

To think otherwise is willful self-delusion……..”

Dennis Prager, the great American conservative teacher in today’s America, has become one of America’s favorite intellectual preachers backing our nation’s 45th President, Donald J. Trump!   I am so relieved for I admire these two living Americans who love their country so above all others.

I first met Our Dennis a week before the US 2004 Presidential election, George Bush versus the silly huckster from Massachusetts and Vietnam, John Kerry.    A close friend of mine, a talented artist of quality painting, was a regular listener to the Dennis Prager show late mornings here in Minnesota.   We were both clones of the same conservative politics and very unhappy about the decline of the  American condition.

It must have been a Monday for all three Prager hours were spent reviewing the coming critical election.  John Kerry was a known chronic liar, a proven  charlatan playing hero movie-making in Vietnam, and suspected of being a gigolo to secure his wife’s wealth from the Heinz world.  Besides, he was a Senator from Massachusetts.  How more political criminal could one become?

In five minutes Dennis was railing about Kerry being an empty suit measuring every button…..(Wow, did he know this worm well!)   He began describing the Senator  rather professorially as if lecturing about Kerry countless  “weaknesses” rather than faults…all true,  well known, and perfectly described.   As Dennis reached into his second  bag  of fifty Kerry faults, his voice tightened, its volume increased, cadence quickened, until his  fury caught fire to a level of explosion as if Truth had nuked Emotion…..ALL OF IT ACCURATE….RIGHT ON, DENNIS PRAGER!!

I became a major  fan of Dennis Prager that moment and ever since with the single exception of his months of distaste for  Our Donald until Donald was the only Republican left to save America.   Dennis  was so wrong, so bigoted, so stubborn and unfair, so unDennisly wrong regarding the soul, character, and intelligence, and most of all, the love this Donald Trump truly had for his country.

I was myself a convert.   Yesterday was my 83rd birthday.  I had religiously followed American presidential elections since Truman beat Dewey in 1948.    Until August 6, 2016 my review of Our Donald was similar, a fancy pants from New York wealth who had a number of marriages and led  some kind of a dumb show on television, an Eastern  kook who had threatened off and on to run for the American presidency in the past.

I remember reading newspaper  details of Donald Trump’s divorce by his  first wife, Ivana, decades ago.   My own summation of his real  presidential  value was also deep in Dennis’  pit of the ridiculous until  Megan Kelly advertising herself as a wounded feminist approached Our Donald at the first Fox  Republican presidential “debate” worried about his view of women,  “You’ve called them pigs” and such,  and then dumped the only nasty questions of the evening on Our Donald, “Is this the way you feel about all women?”

I admit I boiled immediately over the unfairness.   Sweet talk and sugar fed to all but one of the ten   contestants, to this Donald J. Trump.

And then Donald’s answer….”No!  Only Rosie O’Donnell!”    It took him one second of television time  before that answer roused a roar of laughter from the large Fox live audience, the volume likely never heard at Fox before or since.

It was then I sent myself through the internet to learn more about Donald Trump’s background…his love for his parents, respect for his Dad and older brother, his athletic and scholastic talents…..he was offered a major league baseball contract following college, but decided to work with his dad’s building industry instead.     I learned about his terribly  public first divorce, the Mother of three of his five children, and that he slipped into mid life miasma….my interpretation.

He had taken risks in his businesses.  He had weathered  difficulties usually with problem solving abilities   brighter than anyone  else.   For more than a decade he often  carped in public about America’s demise, cultural and political,  the same complaints I had collected.

I found out Donald Trump  was well liked by his staffs and was known to have had a habit of paying out of the blue for common folk accidents physical and/or financial…..and that he doesn’t drink or smoke….the testament against drinking coming from the loss of his older brother who could not end his alcoholism and instead  killed himself.

In two weeks he was my man!    After Donald Trump’s  election Dennis interviewed my long time American political-social conservative favorite, David Horowitz whose articles I used to read in the 1960s when he was still an active Communist out in California.   Dennis noted to his radio listeners that unlike himself, David Horowitz had converted to the  Trump candidacy quite early in the campaign.   He asked David what moved him to favor Our Donald.

Horowitz answered “the moment Trump  answered Megyn Kelly’s question implying he was rude to   women and so, couldn’t qualify for the presidency that  first Fox debate assembly, the night Our Donald  corrected her assumption by answering, “No! Only Rosie O’Donnell”.

My favorite American Presidents of my lifetime before the blessed election of Donald J. Trump,  and I have followed  them all closely since 1948,  are a threesome….in order,  Ronald Reagan, Harry S. Truman, and John F. Kennedy.

Already Our Donald has move ahead of all of them….Our America is going through a hell right now…..with chaos at home with atheism,  the hysterical feminist collegiates and black racist-Marxist riots and rebellion, and the Islamic fanaticism  the “Un” in North Korea abroad with  the Charles Schumer and worse anti-democratic socialist dictatorial oriented leadership of the once honorable Democrat Party.

Dennis!   God Bless You for the good you now know exists in Our Donald.   This Donald Trump expressed the best American message to the World ever spoken by an American President this past week.     He has the advantage of not being a programmed politician and so, speaks from his soul…..A GOD FEARING SOUL WHO LOVES AMERICA, I have noticed….Haven’t you also, Dennis and dear readers?

 

 

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