When Roman leader Julius Caesar became “dictator for life” in 44 B.C., he had an asset all aspiring despots need: the military’s loyalty. For without boots on the ground, a totalitarian nightmare remains nothing more than an ambitious villain’s dream.
In the past it seemed that the best way to become President was through several well-established routes: by climbing the power ladder in either of the two political parties, by having gone to Harvard or Yale, by having had a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, or by belonging to the secret Skull & Bones Society at Yale.
Does the New York City Department of Sanitation have blood on its hands? If an allegation made by the New York Post is true, the answer is a shameful yes. The paper reports that the painfully slow snow clean-up after the recent blizzard that struck the East Coast wasn’t the result of unprecedented snowfall — it was the result of a sanitation union tantrum. Writes the Post, "Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles ... over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts."
At first blush, the mercantilists' call for "free trade but fair trade" sounds reasonable. After all, who can be against fairness? Giving the idea just a bit of thought suggests that fairness as a guide for public policy lays the groundwork for tyranny. You say, "Williams, I've never heard anything so farfetched! Explain yourself."
YouTube, in just the few short years of its existence, has become the new Media of Record. In other words, if you want to see and hear a particular politician make a jerk of himself, someone will have made a video of the occasion and posted it on YouTube. Also, if you want to see and hear the complete remarks or speech of someone of note — a statesman, President, a foreign dignitary — you can usually find it on YouTube. If you want to see actual footage of riots in Teheran or Greece or London, which you will only see bits of on TV news, you’ll see them on YouTube, sent in by individuals using their cell-phone cameras. What an incredible instrument of vital and instant communication!
Many Americans view the release of secret U.S. government documents by WikiLeaks to be an attack on our country. Newt Gingrich, for example, said on Fox Business Network’s Freedom Watch that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange “is an active enemy combatant who is engaged in information warfare against the United States. What he is doing is going to have incalculable damage to this country. It is going to have a number of innocent people killed, a number of our allies killed. It is going to put Americans at risk.... This is an act of war against the United States.”
My dictionary has several definitions for “stupid.” But the one I like best reads: “showing or resulting from a lack of normal intelligence; foolish; irrational; also used colloquially as a generalized term of disapproval.” So I am not entirely out of line by calling the Nobel Prize committee stupid and the award of the prestigious prize to President Barack Hussein Obama as an act of stupidity. And most of the world agrees with me. But they’re too kind to call the committee stupid. Remember, that this is the same committee that gave terrorist Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize, whose life-long ambition was to destroy Israel.