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Salem Radio Network News Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Michael Medved

Michael Medved

Michael Medved is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and bestselling author. His daily three hour show reaches 200 stations across the country and an audience of 4.7 million placing him, for ten years in a row, on the Talkers Magazine list of the top ten political talks shows in the United States. Michael’s columns on politics and media appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and USA Today, where he is a member of the Board of Contributors.

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Black Panther’s Misleading Utopia

Tue, Feb 20, 2018

BLACK PANTHER has made movie history as the first smash hit about a black superhero. But even as international audiences savor this splashy entertainment, it’s worth noting some necessary reservations. The dialogue is full of clunky clichés, the plot is convoluted, the lavish sets and costumes look tacky and sometimes tawdry, and the special effects often...
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Privatize Trump’s Patriotic Parade

Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Angry arguments greeted the President’s proposal for a grand parade celebrating America’s military might, but the administration could still turn the controversy into a big win. Justification for the parade involves rallying public enthusiasm for our unmatched military, while the argument against it cites a waste of money at a time of swelling...
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“Bamboozlement” and “Down-right Fraud”

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

In 1915, H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) delivered a harsh verdict on the politics of his time which applies even more forcefully to our political culture in 2018. Mencken said politics had become an “endless saturnalia of bunk, of bluff, of stupidity, of insincerity, of false virtue, of nonsense, of pretense, of sophistry, of paralogy, of bamboozlement, of actorial...
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Mencken on Politics

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) deliver a harsh verdict on the politics of his time which applies ever more forcefully to our politics in 2018. Mencken said politics has become an “endless saturnalia of bunk, of bluff, of stupidity, of insincerity, of false virtue, of nonsense, of pretense, of sophistry, of paralogy, of bamboozlement, of actorial posturing, of...
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Gettysburg Lessons for Trump’s GOP

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

President Trump and his key Congressional allies are making a disastrous mistake in letting their Democratic opponents select the field of engagement for this year’s struggle for control of Capitol Hill. In so doing, they ignore the crucial lessons of history provided by a noble hero of the Battle of Gettysburg 155 years ago. General John Buford helped...
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Gettysburg Lessons for Trump’s GOP

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

President Trump and his key Congressional allies are making a disastrous mistake in letting their Democratic opponents select the field of engagement for this year’s struggle for control of Capitol Hill. In so doing, they ignore the crucial lessons of history provided by a noble hero of the Battle of Gettysburg 155 years ago. General John Buford helped...
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A Government Crackdown on Immoral Intimate Behavior?

Tue, Feb 6, 2018

While cultural conservatives worry over threats to traditional morality, few of us would favor aggressive governmental action to punish improper private relationships. In Indonesia, a nation of 200 million with the world’s largest Muslim population, a new criminal code on the verge of adoption bans all sexual relations outside of marriage, on pain of...
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Indonesia’s Frightening Example Shows Limits of Government Power

Tue, Feb 6, 2018

While cultural conservatives worry over threats to traditional morality, few of us would favor aggressive governmental action to punish improper private relationships. In Indonesia, a nation of 200 million with the world’s largest Muslim population, a new criminal code on the verge of adoption bans all sexual relations outside of marriage, on pain of...
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A Government Crackdown on Immoral Intimate Behavior?

Tue, Feb 6, 2018

While cultural conservatives worry over threats to traditional morality, few of us would favor aggressive governmental action to punish improper private relationships. In Indonesia, a nation of 200 million with the world’s largest Muslim population, a new criminal code on the verge of adoption bans all sexual relations outside of marriage, on pain of...
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Democracy’s Distressing Retreat

Tue, Feb 6, 2018

Ten years ago, Stanford professor Larry Diamond—a recent guest on my radio show —noted the world was suffering a “democracy recession” with self-government and civil liberties in retreat almost everywhere. When the Soviet Empire collapsed 30 years ago, some observers proclaimed “The End of History” with permanent victory for the...
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Democracy’s Distressing Retreat

Tue, Feb 6, 2018

Ten years ago, Stanford professor Larry Diamond—a recent guest on my radio show —noted the world was suffering a “democracy recession” with self-government and civil liberties in retreat almost everywhere. When the Soviet Empire collapsed 30 years ago, some observers proclaimed “The End of History” with permanent victory for the...
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Democracy’s Distressing Retreat

Tue, Feb 6, 2018

Ten years ago, Stanford professor Larry Diamond—a recent guest on my radio show —noted the world was suffering a “democracy recession” with self-government and civil liberties in retreat almost everywhere. When the Soviet Empire collapsed 30 years ago, some observers proclaimed “The End of History” with permanent victory for the...
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Democrats: Badly Out of the Mainstream on Israel

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

A survey of opinion on the Middle East brings good news to Israel and bad news for Democrats. The Pew Center asked the question: “In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, who do you sympathize with?” Among every gender, every racial or religious group, every age or educational level, Americans strongly sided with Israelis. Only one...
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Democrats: Badly Out of the Mainstream on Israel

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

A survey of opinion on the Middle East brings good news to Israel and bad news for Democrats. The Pew Center asked the question: “In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, who do you sympathize with?” Among every gender, every racial or religious group, every age or educational level, Americans strongly sided with Israelis. Only one...
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Democrats: Badly Out of the Mainstream on Israel

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

A survey of opinion on the Middle East brings good news to Israel and bad news for Democrats. The Pew Center asked the question: “In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, who do you sympathize with?” Among every gender, every racial or religious group, every age or educational level, Americans strongly sided with Israelis. Only one...
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Not as Fragmented as Pessimists Presume

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

A major study from the Pew Research Center should reassure those of us who worry about the fragmentation of America based on race and ethnicity. Among the 43 million U.S. adults with Hispanic ancestry, a full 5 million don’t identify themselves as “Hispanic” or “Latino” at all. Moreover, among families who’ve lived in the...
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Gary Varvel
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

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