American exceptionalism? Off the charts!

by Barry Farber -- More than half of the American population believes the best days of this country are behind us. That might be depressing if America's best days were less than more…

The coming celebration of America's decline

by Barry Farber -- In eighth-grade English we read a poem that held me prisoner ever since. No Google needed; nor any ancient notes. Remembering, now, straight from 1944: "This I beheld, more…

Jesus' 2nd incarnation

by Barry Farber -- Until the mid-1900s there was a flourishing "Yiddish Theater," mostly along Manhattan's 2nd Avenue. I was two generations removed from the Yiddish language, but I fell in love more…

Every gun-control argument: Nonsense!

by Barry Farber -- It's likely you and I disagree over gun control a lot more than you think we do. This argument cuts a lot deeper than any "fiscal cliff," Middle more…

Obama's no Nazi – but ...

by Barry Farber -- The most brainless and witless proverb is this French one. Ready? "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"; meaning "The more things change, the more they stay more…

Republicans: Get off your knees

by Barry Farber -- Has it hit you personally yet? You know what I mean: the real "State of the Union." I haven't lost a minute's sleep over Obama's re-election, even though more…

The Israeli soldier: Not what he used to be?

by Barry Farber -- The questions lit up the night more than the Hamas rockets from Gaza. "Would the truce hold?" "How can Egyptian President Morsi, openly anti-Israel, possibly broker a peace?" more…

Still not proud of being a Republican

by Barry Farber -- Polarization need not always be bad. I've long wanted to see the decent whites, blacks and Hispanics polarized against the indecent whites, blacks and Hispanics. A group of more…

What in hell has happened to you, America?

by Barry Farber -- A playwright was asked how his play was received. "Oh," he replied, "The play was a hit. But the audience was a flop!" For decades I've treasured that more…

'Get out the vote' drives: Immoral!

by Barry Farber -- This guru ran the toughest cult in all the Himalayas. The initiate climbed the mountain, and the guru initiated him by uttering a one-liner. After exactly one year more…