The world of American politics has witnessed an interesting role reversal over the past couple of weeks. Barack Obama's most ardent liberal supporters are disappointed, in some cases bitterly, with the President's recent decisions and proclamations, while many of his "conservative" (more accurately, neo-conservative) critics seem encouraged by what they see as Obama's recently discovered "realism" in perceiving and defining America's purpose and mission in the world.
I've grown somewhat weary writing about the devastating effects of minimum wage laws but The Wall Street Journal's "Black Youths Miss Out on Good Job News," (Dec. 4, 2009) warrants another try. Today's overall teenage (16-19) unemployment rate, at 25 percent, is the highest since World War II. Black teenage unemployment, at 50 percent, is also the highest since World War II.
“For decades rising health care costs have unleashed havoc on families, businesses and the economy,” President Barack Obama declared in October, during his surge for socialized medicine. Indeed, he frequently inveighs against the horrors if we don’t nationalize medical insurance: "We cannot continue down the same dangerous road we've been traveling for so many years,” he insists, “with costs that are out of control…"
In its efforts to be politically correct, the U.S. Postal Service has decided to issue holiday stamps to accommodate the beliefs and non-beliefs of everyone. In the old days the Postal Service issued a traditional Christmas stamp based on Christian beliefs. After all, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, not the birth of anyone else.
Government is — or ought to be — limited. Severely, in fact. But what about liberty? Does it have limits, too?
We’re tempted to answer, “Heck, no!” because freedom is so intoxicating. Who doesn’t want to be master of his own fate, without overseers to steal our wealth while forcibly preventing us from living where we choose, or practicing the profession we please, who compel us to go where we don’t want to, whether into prison or overseas to kill people with whom we’ve never quarreled?
And now comes Thanksgiving! A day of love and gratitude, food, family, and friends, with few of the pressures and most of the pleasures of Christmas. Even the weather exhilarates: neither too hot nor cold as the vestiges of autumn’s glory still cheer the forests and lade our tables.
Trial by jury supposedly restrains the State by protecting innocent folks from unjust punishment. But in modern America, it actually empowers Leviathan. Exhibit A: the brouhaha over the proposed trial of five men the US government blames for 9/11.