Poverty is not a cause but a result of Africa's problems. What African countries need the West cannot provide. They need personal liberty.

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

There is one particular thing that illustrates better than anything else the unreasonableness — and some would say gall — of homosexuality activists.

Many New Hampshire residents would like elections to be about the fiscal issues of taxing and spending and business regulations, while leaving the social issues to fend for themselves. But the various threads that make up the fabric of society are not so easily separated without rending the whole garment. Consider the Constitution of the United States, for example. A government of limited, delegated powers presupposes a free people, and freedom requires a moral people.

Those 30,000 Wal-Mart employees who are losing their health insurance aren’t alone. There’s another huge wave of cancellations of health plans coming.