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Giuliani’s Distracting Remarks

Obama QUOTE, 4221359_sFormer NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani recently said, “I do not believe that the President loves America . . . What I’m saying is that, in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear him say the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America. [On the other hand] I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents.”

The President’s background and record seem to support Giuliani’s contention.… Read More


Have They No Shame?

Pelosi PhotoSuppose your spouse said on Monday, “We have to cut back on our sugar consumption because eating too much is bad for our health,” and then on Tuesday, “Put lots of more sugar on your cereal. It not only tastes good—it’s also healthful.”

No doubt you’d  respond, “You just contradicted what you said yesterday. Did you learn something since then that made you change your mind?… Read More


Progressivism’s Fundamental Flaw

Francis Galton (Bing)Progressivism is the dominant political and social philosophy of our time. Even people who know little about it tend to regard it favorably. They believe that since progress suggests moving forward, developing, and improving, Progressivism must be positive and good. But Progressivism doesn’t deserve this favorable image because it is rooted in a profound falsehood—that the vast majority of human beings are mentally deficient and nothing can be done to alter their condition.Read More


Enjoying Your Obamelet?

White House KitchenObamelet is an apt metaphor for the President’s transformation of the economy. It recalls Vladimir Lenin’s statement, made 75 years ago in reference to the Great Famine in Ukraine:  “If you want to make an omelet, you must be willing to break a few eggs.” Let’s be clear: I am not labeling the President a murderer or a communist like Lenin. Nor am I implying that he is intentionally hurting people.… Read More


How Times Have Changed

waltonsA recently passed bill prohibits the distribution of pro-homosexuality information to minors. More specifically, it bans

“the dissemination of information that aims to induce minors to develop non-traditional sexual attitudes, to see non-traditional sexual relationships as attractive, to develop the distorted notion that traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships possess the same value, or the dissemination of information on non-traditional sexual relationships that arouses interest in such relationships.”

Which of our fifty states would you guess took this action?… Read More


The Importance Of Making Distinctions

11392-divided-highway-stickerSomething odd has been going on in public discourse. More and more commentators are ignoring important and in some cases rather obvious distinctions. As a result, they pursue lines of thought that defy common sense and cause confusion, injury to others, or both.  Consider these examples:

Many political pundits denounce the term “illegal immigrant” as offensive and even racist. They demand that it be replaced with “undocumented worker.” That would be like calling someone who crashes a party an “uninvited attendee” or someone who falsely passes himself off as a medical doctor an “uncertified physician.” In reality, there is a distinction between those who break the law and those who observe it, and torturing language does not change that distinction.… Read More


Why Gun Control Is Not The Solution

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears From Prominent Voices On Both Sides Of Gun Control DebateYou won’t learn it from mainstream media coverage, but the idea that tighter gun control will cure the nation’s epidemic of mass shootings is as bogus as Manti Te’o’s girlfriend.

Why is gun control not the solution? Because guns are not the problem.

The real reason people shoot (or otherwise harm) others is either that they have been conditioned to see violence as an acceptable solution to their discontents, or that they are under the influence of medications that can dispose them to violence.… Read More


Ending Legislative Gobbledygook

chestertonI recently commented on the absurdity of having members of Congress vote on bills they have not had time to read. This essay addresses a closely related problem—the fact that most bills are difficult, if not impossible, to understand even when there is ample time to read them. Here are two typical passages:

Excerpt from the Final Version of the Affordable Health Care Act, Sec. 107.… Read More


Government To The Rescue

rand-paulSenator Rand Paul was recently on a TV news show lamenting the circumstances surrounding the bill that supposedly saved America from the “fiscal cliff”—‘‘The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012’.” He explained that the senators were given three minutes to read and evaluate the 154-page bill before voting.

Yes, you read that right—three minutes! They were given the bill at 1:36 a.m. and required to vote at 1:39 a.m.… Read More


The Key To Cutting Government Spending

United_States_CapitolIf a rowboat springs a leak and is fast filling with water, the first step is to stop the leak. Then the water can be baled out. A similar approach is necessary with America’s economy. For a very long time, excessive spending (the leak) has caused mounting national debt (the rising water that threatens to sink us). The first step in recovery is therefore to curtail government spending.… Read More