In China, one man has had enough. Yang Youde, who lives near the city of Wuhan, has had to begin defending his property rights with homemade artillery.
He's not fighting off who you might think. There are no roving gangs of thugs, no sneaky, shifty criminals eager to invade his home. No, privatized criminals like these present no threat to Yang. Instead, the threat comes from his own government.
The Obama administration and the Democrats are openly hostile to the First Amendment. On that issue, here is the scoreboard so far:
Gas is getting expensive again. A year ago, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the price of a gallon of regular unleaded was $2.051. That was a reasonable price, one, relatively speaking, that did not hurt American pocketbooks.
For years government has been using declarations of eminent domain to seize private property and use it, supposedly, for the public good. It's a practice that has been abused, and is almost always controversial.
It’s refreshing to see that at least one large American company is willing to take a stand against tyranny. That company, surprisingly, is Google.
Time for an axiom: Big Government is Bad.
Or, put another way, power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Or, maybe another one: big government is the last, best refuge of scoundrels.
Case in point, the three taverns in Philadelphia busted recently by cops in armed, simultaneous raids.
The good news on the economy this month, according to news reports, is the modest level of inflation. On this matter, CNN reported that consumer prices "rose 2.6% during the past twelve months, according to a report from the Labor Department." But the real headlining statistic was "core CPI," watched closely CNN says, "because it strips out volatile food and energy prices." Core CPI was up overall for the past year by 1.6 percent, but in a surprise for the month of January, it fell 0.1 percent.