Paul Greenberg

Posted October 02, 2015

If you asked who Pat Sajak is, the immediate answer would be: game-show host. Specifically on "Wheel of Fortune," the afternoon filler for television stations all over the country. Who knew he embodied so much more, like the distinctive combination of intellectualism and patriotism you'll find in Chicagoans from Saul Bellow to Joseph Epstein, who may be the best essayist writing in the American language today.

Posted September 30, 2015

Now, American leadership only echoes European apathy. We're told there's nothing much to be done, or at least only a token gesture to be made, as a vast tide of refugees seeking to escape Syria's ever-expanding civil war courses through Europe, jumping fences, climbing aboard leaky craft setting sail on perilous waters, and doing whatever is necessary to escape the turmoil in the Middle East.

Posted September 29, 2015

It's a dangerous thing, a monopoly of power, whether that power is exercised by church or state. Or by a political party or any other single source. Let's not be afraid of dividing and diversifying power. Let's embrace it. It's the key to freedom.

Posted September 25, 2015

Cuba has got to be one of the most revolutionary places on the planet -- if you're nave enough to believe the official slogans, street signs and the rest of the prolefeed on display in the Castros' crumbling little police state.

Posted September 25, 2015

Some folks will never learn to leave more than well enough alone. Specifically, those nationalists in Scotland, along with their counterparts in Catalonia, who would like to break away and set up their own independent country. Never mind that the Scottish National Party has already lost one referendum, and the Catalans are deeply divided about the wisdom of turning their regional elections into a vote for independence.

Posted September 23, 2015

Would you really like to live in a society in which all are equal -- that is, equally poor? Because that is the inevitable result when the goal becomes equalizing everybody's income. Would you really like to live in a society that sets a minimum wage for all -- and so discourages businesses from hiring workers because they can no longer afford to pay them the mandatory wage? In such a system, no wonder jobs for beginners grow scarce.

Posted September 22, 2015

You won't find it on any map; it probably wouldn't fit. But the Wall Street Journal's staff has done its best to trace the outlines of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' spending plans. Which isn't easy. Because this sea of debt is not just big but huge, immense, and no sea of tranquility, either

Posted September 19, 2015

One more "debate" like Wednesday night's featuring all those Republican presidential hopefuls, and Hillary Clinton should sweep the field clean come November.

Posted September 18, 2015

One more "debate" like Wednesday night's featuring all those Republican presidential hopefuls, and Hillary Clinton should sweep the field clean come November.

Posted September 17, 2015

At a time when demagogues like Donald Trump would strip some Americans of our birthright -- citizenship if we're born on American soil -- the best definition of an American citizen remains the one enshrined in the 14th Amendment: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

Posted September 17, 2015

BOSTON, Feb. 10, 1921 -- There was nothing unusual about her. She was just one more of the millions desperate to make it into America before the gates would begin to swing shut with the first immigration quotas in 1924. Just one more passenger in steerage, her face blends in with all the others in the blurry old photograph, easy to overlook unless you're trying to find her.

Posted September 16, 2015

It came as a relief and refreshment to read that some of our more discerning politicians and maybe the American people as a whole are catching on to the endless boondoggle known as the Eisenhower Memorial -- which for the moment is more of a memorial to its over-praised and certainly over-priced architect.

Posted September 14, 2015

We're here to attend the bar mitzvah of my eldest grandson, Aviav, who's named in honor of his other grandfather, the one he never met. By now he's gotten used to spelling out his first name, which is Hebrew for father of my father, but the pronunciation may escape folks. Like the violin teacher he had who tried and tried but just couldn't get her tongue around his name. ("What's that again? Av ... uh, Av ... Avi ...") That's when Aviav, always trying to be helpful, told her: "Call me Bob."

Posted September 11, 2015

It was one of those morning flights. Routine. The ETD went up on the computer screens along with all the others. The airport didn't even have a familiar name like LaGuardia or Kennedy, Logan or O'Hare, but was lesser known Newark. Just a footnote to New York, like so much of grimy North Jersey across the Hudson.

Posted September 10, 2015

Not since the aftermath of the Second World War, or maybe the First, have so many sought refuge throughout Europe -- and beyond. The sight and sound of them, the sorrow and pathos they arouse, should be familiar enough by now.

Posted September 09, 2015

Poor old William McKinley, 25th president of the United States and today's Forgotten Man, is the latest victim of the country's rage for identity politics.

Posted September 04, 2015

The contentious debate continues over whether our president's nuclear deal with Iran's mullahs offers the world its best chance for peace -- or is sure to lead to war. Or will it lead to some murky mix of the two, much like the period between the two world wars?

Posted September 01, 2015

Whatever anniversaries say about the events remembered, they may say most about those who remember them.

Posted August 27, 2015

Donald Trump's strange -- and alarming -- campaign for president is not without precedent, but not since Pat Buchanan in 1990 has there been a political figure who managed to combine and exploit so many hateful aspects of our politics.

Posted August 25, 2015

It was enough to bring back all those still painful yet proud memories of United Flight 93, whose passengers and crew were the first to strike back September 11th -- even before that fateful day had ended.