We may be in the era of Facebook and fracking. But 2013 is still beginning to look a lot like the cataclysmic century we just left behind.
Is Mexico a model of immigration tolerance? Far from it.
The crime is not hate speech, but hate thought -- a state of mind that apparently only self-appointed liberal referees can sort out.
In return for empowering a fellow liberal, the press gave up its traditional adversarial relationship with the president.But after five years of basking in a shared progressive agenda, the media is lamenting that it has lost its soul.
Like Rome, America apparently can coast for a long time on the fumes of its wonderful political heritage and economic dynamism -- even if both are little understood or appreciated by most who still benefit from them.
Deception is now institutionalized in the Obama administration. It infects almost every corner of the U.S. government, eroding the trust necessary for the IRS, the Department of Justice, our security agencies, and the president's official press communiqués -- sabotaging the public trust required for democracy itself.
At some point our margins of error will disappear, and with them the indulgent toying with our freedoms, defense, energy, education and food. Americans will then have to reawaken and act more like our no-nonsense predecessors -- if our successors are to inherit what we have taken for granted.
Unfortunately, Mediterranean culture is reverting to its stagnant 18th-century past rather than leading the 21st century.
Ideas of the 1960s have now grown reactionary in our world that is vastly different from a half-century ago.
Government is now so huge, powerful and callous that citizens risk becoming proverbial serfs without the freedoms guaranteed by the Founders.
In Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, he ran to the left of Hillary Clinton as a moral reformer.
Remember when President Obama used to warn Syria's Bashar al-Assad to stop his mass killing and step down?
Since antiquity, the Middle East has been the trading nexus of three continents -- Asia, Europe and Africa -- and a vibrant birthplace to three of the world's great religions.
Deportation has become a near-taboo word. Yet the recent Boston bombings inevitably rekindle old questions about the way the U.S. admits, or at times deports, foreign nationals.
Not since the late-19th-century juxtaposition of the Wild West with the Victorian East has popular morality been so unbridled and yet so uptight.
The idea of a nuclear Iran -- and of preventing a nuclear Iran -- terrifies security analysts.
We can imagine what lies ahead in 2017 -- no matter the result of either the 2014 midterm elections or the 2016 presidential outcome.
Bring up Iraq -- and expect to end up in an argument. Conservatives are no different from liberals in rehashing the unpopular war, which has become a sort of whipping boy for all our subsequent problems.
For all the Obama-era talk of decline, there is at least one reason why America probably won't, at least not quite yet.
Sometime in the new millennium, "global warming" evolved into "climate change." Amid growing controversies over the planet's past temperatures, Al Gore and other activists understood that human-induced "climate change" could better explain almost any weather extremity -- droughts or floods, too much heat or cold, hurricanes and tornadoes.
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