Every federal official solemnly swears an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. Once having met that requirement, practically all of these officials put the document in their bottom drawer and continue building unconstitutional government power.

Income inequality is back in the news, propelled by an Oxfam International report and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The question is whether government needs to do something about this — or whether government needs to undo many things.

Call it the Blizzard of Oz. The “Snowstorm of the Century” Monday was supposed to be historic. All we got was histrionics. It turned out that the real blustery wind was hot air — and the worst accumulation was the knee-deep nanny-state politicians who think some snow warrants a travel ban.

The greatest tool in the arsenal of demagogues is economic ignorance, which my colleagues in George Mason University's economics department battle against tooth and nail.

Since progressive educators decided that rote memorization is a form of child abuse, children are now taught math (formerly arithmetic) with a minimum of memorizing anything. They are now given calculators to use, and if they press the wrong button there is nothing in their heads that would make them aware of their error. The result has been a decline in the ability of children to learn basic arithmetic (now called math).

And now, since children learn their arithmetic so poorly, they find it difficult to do algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.

After a recent snowfall in the desert, “a prominent Saudi Arabian cleric ... whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described as anti-Islamic,” Reuters reported.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. aimed a stinging rebuke to the many protesters who have clogged streets, blocked highways, and demonstrated their breast-beating concern over the killing by police of two black men.

What planet did he just come from? That was the first question that occurred to me after listening to the president’s State of the Union speech two nights ago. 

Western values are indeed superior to all others because they hold the individual as supreme. Though Western values are superior to all others, one need not be a Westerner to hold Western values.

We cannot simply let in everyone who wants to come to America, or there will be no America to come to. Cultures matter — and not all cultures are mutually compatible, as Europeans are belatedly learning, the hard way.