The announcement about a year ago by the New York Times that it might close down the venerable Boston Globe, unless the paper could cut costs and begin to make money, came as a shock to many Bostonians. The Times bought the Globe in 1993 for $1.1 billion because it assumed that in an area with Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Boston College and other schools of higher leaning, they would have lots of liberal readers and make lots of money. But this much-touted Athens of America, which prides itself on its intellectual history, has become, like the rest of America, a victim of our general literacy decline.
Having recently reached 74 years of age, if one were to ask me what's my greatest disappointment in life, a top contender would surely be the level of misunderstanding, perhaps contempt, that black Americans have for the principles of personal liberty and their abiding faith in government. Contempt or misunderstanding of the principles of personal liberty and faith in government by no means make blacks unique among Americans, but the unique history of black Americans should make us, above all other Americans, most suspicious of any encroachment on personal liberty and most distrustful of government. Let's look at it.
As the owner of a small restaurant, it felt good the other morning to open the newspaper and read this sentence: “Be proud, small-business owners! You're now the most trusted group in America. Listen up, federal government! You're neglecting small business — and most people think so.”
As if the indignities, gross inconvenience and downright danger of commercial aviation weren’t enough, your flight now stands as much as a 15 percent greater chance of cancellation. That’s thanks to a rule from the federal Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, taking effect today. As usual, his excuse was “fixing” a problem government created in the first place. Even more usually, his solution only exacerbates the problem as the notorious unintended consequences afflict passengers —but not Ray LaHood.
Aldolf Hitler taught: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”
Maybe you’ve heard this big one repeated a few times: The Founding Fathers were parochial, self-serving rebels against the existing order — not unlike today’s Progressives, Communists, and Globalists, who, nevertheless, shall we dare admit it, rebel for something far more progressive, unselfish, and universal, even to inspire us all to hitch a ride on that high and holy Third Wave to Utopia!
Here's how my June 14, 2006 column started: "Down through the years, I've attempted to warn my fellow Americans about the tyrannical precedent and template for further tyranny set by anti-tobacco zealots. ... In the early stages of the anti-tobacco campaign, there were calls for "reasonable" measures such as non-smoking sections on airplanes and health warnings on cigarette packs. In the 1970s, no one would have ever believed such measures would have evolved into today's level of attack on smokers, which includes confiscatory cigarette taxes and bans on outdoor smoking. The door was opened, and the zealots took over."
History is not taught very well in today's public schools, and that is why the history of the Democratic Party is totally unknown by the American voting public. Believe it or not, the Democratic Party was inspired by those Southern delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 who forced all of the other delegates to accept the institution of slavery as the price of their participation in the new government. That is why the Southern states were able to count each slave as three-fifths of a person in determining the number of representatives the state could send to Congress.
The Arizona House of Representatives moved forward a provision on Monday (April 19) that would require presidential candidates to produce documents proving their eligibility to serve if they expect their name to appear on the Arizona ballot in 2012.
The War to Terrorize Americans continues. This week our fearless rulers protected us from a 93-year-old invalid in a wheelchair, her munchies, and her concerned daughter when they tried Nadine Hays of Camarillo, CA, “for allegedly hitting a federal security agent who tried to take her mother’s applesauce and other snacks at Bob Hope Airport.”