Is Snowden a traitorous dog who deserves the harshest penalties the United States can impose on him? Or is he an authentic American hero who sacrificed a comfortable life to bring us the truth about how far our government has gone to snoop on all of us?
America is “a nation of cowards” when it comes to discussing race, declared Attorney General Eric Holder on February 18, 2009, just two weeks after he was confirmed as head of the U.S. Justice Department and the chief law officer of the federal government — and the nation’s first African-American attorney general.
When Barack Obama said that if he had a son, “he’d look like Trayvon,” it perhaps didn’t say much for him as a parent. And when the president now says that Martin could have been him “35 years ago,” it doesn’t say much for him as a youth. Of course, we know that "Choom Gang" Obama smoked marijuana like Martin. I wonder, though, did he miss 53 out of 90 days of school and get suspended three times during that period?
President Obama is again turning his attention to the elusive economic recovery. His “pivot” will be for naught, however, as long as he continues to ignore two important points: first, government is a major squanderer of scarce resources, and second, its regulations are impediments to saving and investment.
Police Capt. Louis Renault, played by Claude Rains in the 1942 movie Casablanca, in the wake of the shooting of a Nazi officer, ordered his men to "round up the usual suspects." Was Renault engaging in some sort of profiling? He may have been, but what is profiling? Let's look at it.
While government has its place, the fact is that the realm outside government called society has been relinquishing its legitimate authority to the state for quite a long time. And the George Zimmerman case underlines how we've forgotten that the true “first responders” are supposed those first on the scene — even if they’re not wearing badges and might be stealing a bit of glory from those who do.