If you had to choose one amendment from the Bill of Rights that most undergirds liberty, which would it be?
I’d probably go with the Second, because guns are freedom sculpted in metal. Even today, with all the restrictions that infringe the people’s right to keep and bear, our ability to shoot back still has our rulers buffaloed. American governments at all levels have every advantage totalitarian governments do, from propaganda and secret police to technology that purports to reveal what their subjects are doing, saying, and even thinking, yet they hesitate to take those final steps that will turn the country into one giant gulag. Why? Because despite their best efforts, too many Americans still cherish their guns.
My March 2008 column "Is Obama Ready for America?" started out: "Some pundits ask whether America is ready for Obama. The much more important question is whether Obama is ready for America and even more important is whether black people can afford Obama." Let's look at this.
Watch and listen to enough TV news shows and you develop a growing awareness and appreciation for the dangers of pasta. No, I'm not talking about danger to the heart, or an elevated cholesterol level or even an expanded waistline. I mean pasta is regarded in some quarters as a weapon for terrorists.
Anyone who loves liberty must have relished the criticism Memorial Day earned this year. Whether at the mainstream Los Angeles Times or alternative websites, Americans increasingly condemn the holiday’s glorification of war as they reject the Empire’s preposterous claim that its aggression defends our freedom.
The good news for tradition-minded sports fans is that Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig has indicated he is not going to overrule the call by umpire Jim Joyce that cost Detroit pitcher Armando Gallaraga a perfect game Wednesday night. Calls for just such a fiat have come from an undetermined number of baseball fans, a category that may or may not include Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. John Dingell, both of Michigan. Stabenow has called for an executive override of the umpire in the field and Dingell said he would introduce a resolution in the House of Representatives calling for the same. Perhaps that is their idea of constituent service. Or maybe there's a shortage of problems confronting the Congress of the United States.
In response to the question, “What is to be done?” Or more to the point, ‘What is to be done to save the Republic from the grasp of the Establishment and its drive toward domestic and international socialism?’ Barry Goldwater, in his 1994 book, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” advised:
Rand Paul of Kentucky, U.S. Senate hopeful, is caught up in a swirl of controversy in response to his comments on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show." He has been dishonestly accused of saying he thinks that private businesses have a right to discriminate against black people. Here's a partial transcript of the pertinent question in the interview:
Cardinal Roger Mahony had a simple and supportive message for the tens of thousands of demonstrators in Los Angeles who were protesting against Arizona’s attempt to crackdown on illegal immigrants: “Everyone in God’s eyes is legal.”
On the editorial page of my local newspaper this Memorial Day, there appears a two-panel cartoon. This first panel shows a small boy in summer attire, his baseball cap on backwards as the fashion of the day dictates. The lad, with hot dog and bun on his plate, is standing next to a man at an outdoor grill, busy frying hamburgers and hot dogs.
Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter defended the court against what he described as “charges of lawmaking and constitutional novelty.” Delivering the commencement address at Harvard University on Thursday, Souter said the criticisms “tend to miss themark” and reflect a “hunger for certainty and control that the fair reading model seems to promise.”