The gospel of Matthew (26:52) tells us that Jesus rebuked Peter, saying, “Put up again thy sword into its place: for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Quite a pacifist message, huh? Yet Peter only had a sword to draw because he had one on his person — and Jesus obviously took no issue with this.

It has become typical in school textbooks and elsewhere to diminish the words and actions of America's Founding Fathers. But consider the warnings of Thomas Jefferson and their relevancy to today.

Walter E. WilliamsIt's good to have hope, but if we're going to be realistic, there's little chance for Middle East emergence of what we in the West call democracy.

When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, "What you don't know would make a big book." Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone, "What you don't know would fill more books than the Encyclopedia Britannica."

In the 1960s the government threw more money and legislation at the nation's reading problem, but the reading skills of students continued to plummet. The deliberate dumbing down of America has continued to this day.

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