For more than a quarter century, Washington has waged a high-profile "war" on cancer at a cost to taxpayers of some $30 billion. Figures recently reported in The New England Journal of Medicine indicate how the battle is progressing: Between 1970 and 1994 (the latest available figures), the cancer rate increased by six percent. Similarly, in 1995 the National Cancer Institute (NCI) reported that when frequency of the disease during the period 1975-79 was compared with that for 1987-91, the incidence among males was up 18.6 percent, and that for females increased by 12.4 percent.
For generations it was one of the most revered and popular of American institutions. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's straight-shooting and straitlaced "G-Men" (short for government men, a moniker coined by the notorious George "Machine Gun" Kelly) were the heroes of film and television lore. They were the relentless and incorruptible nemeses of criminals, spies, and all enemies foreign and domestic. Jimmy Stewart, in The FBI Story (1959), and Efrem Zimbalist Jr., star of the long-running television series, The FBI, personified to many Americans our premier federal law enforcement agency, renowned for its professionalism, efficiency, and integrity.
The Congress, the Republican Party, and American citizens in general have not even begun to consider seriously the many ways in which they could halt the judicial revolution in its tracks and begin restoring the Constitution and its authentic federalism. If we are serious about the alarm we increasingly feel at the arrogance of judicial usurpations, the loss of liberties, and our commitment to constitutional government, it is time we started.
Will Timothy McVeigh, like O.J. Simpson, walk out of court a free man? Will the perpetrators of "the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil," like the slayer of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, get away with murder? If so, it will be thanks to "incompetence" and "stupidity" so extreme on the part of federal investigators and prosecutors as to defy belief.
It may have been that the Good Lord was telling America something recently when He called hence the soul of Alger Hiss. It may be that that call to judgment on November 15th of one of our country's most notorious traitors was providentially timed as a reminder of the terrible cost of betrayal and a grim portent concerning high national security appointments soon to follow.
Shortly before the opening of the 1995 United Nations World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Commission on Global Governance issued its much-heralded report, Our Global Neighborhood, which was presented as a guiding star to the summit. In the foreword to the report, written by Commission co-chairmen Ingvar Carlson, former socialist president of Sweden, and Shridath Ramphal, former president of the World Conservation Union, we are assured that the Commission on Global Governance is not advocating world government. "The development of global governance is part of the evolution of human efforts to organize life on the planet," write the co-chairmen. "As this report makes clear, global governance is not global government. No misunderstanding should arise from the similarity of terms. We are not proposing movement towards world government...."