January 2004 - December 2004

January 2004

What if you started a new party and nobody came?: Americans may be enthralled with their political scene but up in the Great White North, writes Jackson Murphy, Canadians are less impressed and couldn't care less who leads the right
Yet more thunder down under: An interview with Dr. John Ray: Bernard Chapin discusses the psychological differences between conservatives and liberals with former University of New South Wales professor Dr. John Ray
Evil's mouthpiece: Steven Martinovich finds Sean McMeekin's The Red Millionaire: A Political Biography of Willi Münzenberg, Moscow's Secret Propaganda Tsar a marvelous chronicle of one man's efforts to promote communism
A working holiday: Steve Martinovich was prepared to dislike the novel Mr. Golightly's Holiday but was pleasantly surprised when it overcame a weak beginning to ask serious questions of the reader
Bush should move ahead with personal retirement accounts: Although George W. Bush devoted two lines to the idea in his State of the Union address, Steven Martinovich thinks that personal retirement accounts should receive more attention
Leftism and missing history: When it comes to history, writes Bruce Walker, leftists can be quite selective about what they'll tell you. The examples of Fidel Castro and the civil rights movement prove that
Israel to Syria: Get out of Lebanon: If Syria is truly interested in talking peace with Israel, argues Ariel Natan Pasko, than they should back up their words with action over the issue of Lebanon
Kerry: Around the far left corner, ahead by a nose: Super Tuesday is still a ways off but that isn't stopping Paul Weyrich from making some predictions about what will go down that big day and who will likely be left standing
Why the Democrats still don't get it: As a Catholic writer Peter Vere wasn't surprised that Catholics for Dean tried to recuit him into their ranks. Howard Dean's position on abortion, he argues, makes it obvious why Catholics should support someone else
Liars! Liars! Green pants on fire!: Alan Caruba has had it up to here when it comes to the press, some scientists and the environmentalist movement over the issue of global warming and predictions about the future
They say Trevor made a mockery of MLK Day: Every year at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska a student is picked to win the Distinguished African American Student Award. David M. Huntwork wonders why it's wrong to award a white student who happens to be a native of Africa
Homage to the Count: P. David Hornik has been listening to the great William "Count" Basie for decades but it was only recently that it struck him why the jazzman was one of the greatest ever in his field
Privatize the space program: Rather than spend hundreds of billions of dollars putting humans on Mars, writes Robert Garmong, George W. Bush should instead consider getting out of the space business altogether
A man's (and woman's) home is a castle: Protecting children from abuse is one of society's highest priorities, says Wendy McElroy, but the power of child welfare agencies is leading to many abuses
Reforming to preserve: An interview with Peter Brimelow: Never one to shy away from controversy, veteran conservative commentator Peter Brimelow discusses education, immigration and the death of the conservative movement with Bernard Chapin
Sauce for the goose: political convention wisdom: No matter what happens in the Iowa caucuses, writes Jackson Murphy, the media will argue that 'conventional wisdom' explains the results
Iowa is key battleground for Dean: Carol Devine-Molin is of the opinion that a Howard Dean victory in Iowa is a must if his campaign isn't to falter, especially with the other candidates breathing down his neck and a party establishment eager for him to fail
Republicans shouldn't rejoice if the Democrats go mad: W. James Antle III cautions conservatives who are praying for a Democratic meltdown: The Republicans suffered their own in 1964 and it directly led to the incredible successes of the past 20 years. That can happen for the Democrats as well
Espionage dressed up with editorial: Steve Martinovich found John Le Carré's Absolute Friends a perfectly good spy novel...until it became an out-of-control screed against the Iraq War
Paul Robeson: Singer, actor, intellectual and defender of tyranny: Steven Martinovich thinks it's appalling that the U.S. Postal Service would honour a man like Paul Robeson, a person who defended brutal tyranny to the end
End Israeli settlement activity?: Ariel Natan Pasko is more than a little tired of hearing Americans calling on Israel to give up their settlements in disputed territories. Why should Israel withdraw when the United States never withdrew from its own disputed lands?
The mouth that whined: Charles Bloomer was impressed by either Paul O'Neill or his accusations against the Bush administration over the issues of Iraq and weapons of mass destruction
Mercury: The latest green scare campaign: Science may not be one of their strengths but the environmentalist movement is expert at the scare campaign. Alan Caruba saw a recent example of that in a local newspaper
Mars or bust: Keith D. Cummings thinks it a glorious thing if man ever walked on the soil of Mars but he wonders if the federal government should really be the one spending the money to send humans there and the moon
Olly olly in free: Last week we ran one article mildly in support of George W. Bush's immigration and one solidly opposed. This week Jack J. Woehr speaks completely in favor of the plan
WTC memorial should celebrate America's producers: Dianne Durante argues that the World Trade Center Memorial should be dedicated to life and productivity, not death and destruction
Al Franken's big, fat mistake: Dena Ross is somewhat less than impressed by news that Al Franken has been tapped to host a radio program on nascent liberal network Progress Media
Jefferson on finding God: Atheists and enemies of religion love to parade quotes by Thomas Jefferson to prove he didn't believe in God. Steve Farrell argues that the evidence shows the exact opposite
Contemporary slavery: The brutal institution of slavery still exists today, says Paul Weyrich, and it will take the efforts of everyone -- you included -- to stamp out this blot on humanity's soul
Children victimized by system secrecy: Wendy McElroy argues that the structure and rules of child protective services are likely doing more harm than good for the children they are trying to protect
Welcoming the huddled masses: Some on the right are threatening to dump George W. Bush over his immigration initiative. Keith D. Cummings argues that the initiative isn't that bad even if it isn't the best solution
Amnesty by another name is still amnesty: Bush compounds an immigration disaster: W. James Antle III argues that the immigration initiative is nothing but an amnesty and will send the wrong message about America's laws and borders
Nothing verboten: An interview with Steve Sailer: Bernard Chapin discusses film and the battle between conservatives with one of ESR's first contributors and current American Conservative film critic Steve Sailer
A problem with prosperity?: Gregg Easterbrook asks a very important question with The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse. Steve Martinovich wishes he had answered it
Following in the footsteps of Barry Goldwater: In his latest editorial Steve Martinovich warns Howard Dean that his cult-like status may win him admiration in his party but it isn't likely to win him the election
The Senate is the race to watch: Although the media is devoting a majority of its early election coverage to the presidential race, Paul Weyrich says the real action will be in the Senate and it could be all good for the Republicans
Looking beyond 2004: Elections in 2004 don't look to bring too much good news for Democrats and Bruce Walker is of the belief that the mid-term elections in 2006 aren't going to be much better
Average Joe: Candidate: Canadian conservatives have embarked in the long road to choose a leader for their new party. Jackson Murphy compares the process to several reality shows
Israel shouldn't talk with Assad: Syrian president Bashar Assad recently announced that he's interested in dialogue with Israel but P. David Hornik argues Syria has to change radically before any discussions are possible
Reforming Israel's culture of corruption: All is not perfect in Israel, however, as Ariel Natan Pasko relates. The Jewish state is awash in a sea of corruption involving politicians, business and unions
A second look at Limbaugh's travails: Now that some time has passed Carol Devine-Molin takes another look at the recent problems of conservative icon Rush Limbaugh
The Endangered Species Act deserves extinction: The Endangered Species Act is a war against private property, argues Alan Caruba, and it's time that Americans stand up and defeat it
Panthers and taxes: tools of landgrabbers: Henry Lamb chronicles two particularly inventive ways that environmentalists are trying to drive human beings from the land they own
Liberty's Scorecard: Congress in 2003: Peyton Knight surveys some of the legislative efforts that took place last year and whether they were a win, lose or draw for liberty
Dean is liberal with the truth: If it was no problem for George W. Bush to open the records chronicling his time as Texas governor, Jill S. Farrell wants to know why Howard Dean is fighting doing the same thing
Sleeping better in Seattle: Passing the SAFE Act resolution: Steve Lilienthal hails Democrats and Republicans who worked together in Metropolitan King County to call the Bush administration to task for its excesses in the USA PATRIOT Act
Prosecutor grandstanding undermines justice: Wendy McElroy argues that the case of Kansas State football player Ell Roberson shows why the prosecutors of rape cases are losing all credibility
Will 2004 bring a second Bush term?: By any metric things are looking pretty good for George W. Bush to earn a second term in November. That said, argues W. James Antle III, it's only January and if we've learned anything over the years there is nothing guaranteed when it comes to politics
ESR's Eighth Annual Person of the Year: Enter Stage Right's readers have spoken and declared who they believed the most important personality of 2003 was. The voting wasn't even close
Blunder on the left: Howard Dean may get the nomination from the Democratic Party, writes Bruce Walker, but it will come at the cost of pushing the party to the left. That's a price many Democrats don't want to pay
Principle before party: The Republican Party was once the party of conservatism, argues Tom DeWeese, but in recent years it is more interested in maintaining the party than fighting for its treasured principles
A journey to the end of the world: In 1921 a small party ventured into the remote Arctic in search of adventure with tragic results. Jennifer Niven tells their story in Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic and Steve Martinovich found it compelling
Fixing a broken legal system: Steve Martinovich found Alan N. Young's Justice Defiled: Perverts, Potheads, Serial Killers and Lawyers -- an indictment of the Canadian legal system -- very interesting though a little low brow at times
When worlds collide: Mark Wegierski examines Robert Sawyer's Hominids, a science fiction exploration of what could have been had Neanderthal not died out
Leaderless: News from an autopilot nation: Canadians are used to the notion of government being distant but the last couple of weeks, writes Jackson Murphy, has seen their leaders completely disappear
A legacy to forget: Although not many people bring up her name these days, says Trevor Bothwell, Sen. Hillary Clinton could still play some kind of role in 2004
Move over Jeremiah!: Regardless of what kind of year 2004 turns out to be, writes Alan Caruba, there are still a number of problems that need to be addressed before they get worse
The making of a jihadist: We can take the battle to the people who want to kill us, says Carol Devine-Molin, but there are other weapons the West can employ to battle religious militants
Israel, Don't ban the bomb!: The Middle East's nearly born peaceniks, men like Muammar Gaddafi, are calling on Israel to renounce any WMD programs it may possess. Ariel Natan Pasko says the Jewish state should do no such thing
Congressman Danny Davis and special education: There are many mistaken assumptions about special education, says educator Bernard Chapin, and among the people who hold them is his congressman
Taking pulse: Can you imagine if your profession was treated by the federal government the same way as doctors are? Keith D. Cummings says you'd be outraged. So where's the sympathy for doctors?
Curing disease is better than fighting over it: Amy Ridenour argues that lawsuits over treatment and medical drugs only makes it harder for everyone to receive the treatment that they need
Criminals owe debt to victims, not society: Wendy McElroy argues that criminals only owe a debt to their victims and not society. The real victims deserve to be the focus of law
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February 2004

Why do people hate Bush?: Alan Caruba is surprised by the amount of dislike that conservatives -- never mind liberals -- have for George W. Bush but he wants to know if they believe the alternative -- likely Sen. John Kerry -- is any better
Dean was sure to disappoint either liberals or libertarians: Libertarians and liberals flocked to Howard Dean in the hopes that they would have their dreams fulfilled. W. James Antle III says logic clearly indicated that coalition wasn't rooted in reality
A better use for American elections: Bruce Walker argues that elections in the United States should mean something higher than simply airing partisan grievances
The moral approach to Iran: Given how many of its principals subscribe to a Straussian view of foreign policy it's not surprising that the Bush administration injects morality into its decision making. In his editorial Steve Martinovich wonders why that doesn't apply to Iran
How Bill W. saved others by saving himself: Steve Martinovich thought Susan Cheever's My Name is Bill: Bill Wilson: His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous is an excellent overview of a man who saved millions of lives by saving himself from the scourge of alcohol
Welcome to Bush country: John Podhoretz's Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane is an amusing and insightful look at the hatred of George W. Bush, says Carol Devine-Molin
Quick words with R. Emmett Tyrrell: Bernard Chapin chats with the author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House, a look at the former First Lady's life and what a Hillary! presidency could entail
Principle over party: When it comes to casting your ballot, Steve Farrell writes, what should motivate you are principles, not political parties
Kerry's green machine: Why is the League of Conservation Voters such a big fan of Sen. John Kerry? Henry Lamb says all you have to do is follow the money...or to be more accurate, Theresa Heinz's money
Clinton he ain't: Allegations of adultery already have Republicans trying to compare Sen. John Kerry to Bill Clinton. Keith D. Cummings says that Kerry, regardless of what you think of him, doesn't deserve that
George S. Schuyler and Black History Month: George S. Schuyler is a giant in the field of American journalism. Why then, do you never hear of him during Black History Month? Nicholas Stix explains that Schuyler's conservatism is to blame
RS 2477 reform is needed to protect private property: If RS 2477 -- an 1866 piece of legislation designed to allow public access to public lands -- ever did any good, argues Mark Boslough, it doesn't these days. Now its used as a weapon against private property owners
Fake war heroes: Sen. John Kerry earned his medals in Vietnam but there are thousands of men out there who claim accomplishments in battles that aren't theirs. George S. Kulas has met a couple of them
Israel has already held a referendum: Ariel Natan Pasko says that Israelis don't have to vote on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to remove settlements from Gaza. That vote was taken a long time ago
A promising post-Soviet Russia: Many people are nervous about the direction that Russia is taking under Vladimir Putin. Paul M. Weyrich says that the West shouldn't worry and that things there are much better than they were just a few years ago
No one has the right to prevent businesses from expanding to new locations: Edwin A. Locke argues that attempts to block Wal-Mart's expansion into new markets is an attack on liberty itself
Censorship is not solution for trashy TV: Regardless of what you think of Janet Jackson's "performance" during the Super Bowl, writes Wendy McElroy, don't use it as an excuse to attack freedom of speech
The real John F. Kerry: For the past week his critics have demanded that George W. Bush explain his record during the Vietnam War. As David T. Pyne illustrates, John Kerry would have a harder time answering some questions about his post-Vietnam record if those same critics applied an equal standard to past conduct
A lone voice in the primetime wilderness: If you like John Stossel's reporting, says Steve Martinovich, you'll love him in convenient book form with his part-biography, part-polemic Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media...
War and elections: Critical decisions: George W. Bush may not be perfect but voting for him casts a ballot in favor of continuing the war against terrorist activity, says Alan Caruba
Truth falls victim in nursing home tragedy: The death of Lillie Gardner in a Queens, New York nursing home earlier this month is an example of there being more to the story than what the headlines suggest, writes Nicholas Stix
Criminal justice?: The kidnapping and murder of Carlie Brucia earlier this month has put Scott Shore in what could charitably be called a very bad mood
Ample justification for war in Iraq: The Democrats running for president continue to bring up the invasion of Iraq in the hopes of taking George W. Bush off his game. Carol Devine-Molin says they have no case to make
Cloning is moral: News last week that South Korean scientists created a cloned human embryo provoked outrage from many. Alex Epstein argues that human cloning technology is a moral good
The kinder-transport of Israel: Ariel Natan Pasko imagines a not too far away future when Jews are herded out of Gaza because of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's attempt to buy peace
Replacing colleges with hope: Bruce Walker is of the opinion that universities have perhaps outlived their usefulness as centers of higher knowledge
The political heritage of modern environmental thought: The environmental movement may only date back a few decades but David Rothbard and Craig Rucker say its intellectual origins date back much further
Can Canada's teflon Liberal Party strike back?: Canada's Liberal Party has lived through some pretty serious scandals before but Jackson Murphy wonders if the past week will spell the doom of the party in the next election
Do or die: Jason Hayes realizes that Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin is busy dealing with a huge scandal but he believes that doesn't mean Martin can't implement some of the reforms he's promised
How to stop exporting jobs: Henry Lamb argues that jobs are being exported out of the United States not because American workers are inefficient but due to economic and social obligations that the country was signed up for
Cooling down the abortion debate: That abortion is a socially divisive issue isn't debatable but Wendy McElroy says that doesn't mean that it should have to be that way
Is Bush a conservative?: It's a question that an increasing number of Republicans are asking themselves and it's showing in the polls. Tom DeWeese says in November at the ballot box how conservatives answer that question may cost George W. Bush the election
Courage, not denial: An interview with Dr. David Buss: If evolutionary psychology has a star it's Dr. David Buss. He sits down with Bernard Chapin to discuss his work and the reactions he's received to some of his theories
The war for our survival: Steve Martinovich believes that Civilization and its Enemies: The Next Stage of History ranks as one of the most important books written in the post-September 11 era
Vermont's fight over same sex civil unions: He thought it was more than a little biased but Steven Martinovich found Civil Wars: The Battle for Gay Marriage an interesting account of the legal and political fight to establish civil unions in Vermont
It's time to something about North Korea: As you read these words there are human beings dying in concentration camps. Steve Martinovich asks in his editorial if we want our children to ask us one day why we didn't do anything
A stark choice: A look at the foreign policy of Sen. John F. Kerry: Why would Sen. John Kerry be bad for America? Jackson Murphy says his record when it comes to foreign policy alone should make Americans think twice before voting for him
Kerry out-of-sync with mainstream America: Democrats may love Sen. John Kerry but Carol Devine-Molin is of the opinion that his popularity won't translate with ordinary Americans
The war on the war on terror: Have the courage to fight a war and you know that regardless of how it turns out you'll be facing a lot of questions. George W. Bush and Tony Blair are merely the latest victims, writes P. David Hornik
Gifts to soldiers reap many returns: Linda A. Prussen-Razzano relates how the employees at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport helped America's soldiers coming home from Iraq
Impoverishing everyone. Educating no one: The more the federal government becomes involved in education, argues Alan Caruba, the more the system breaks down. George W. Bush's administration is no different
President's Council on Sustainable Freedom: Henry Lamb believes the creation of a presidential council to promote American freedoms would be a marvelous step for George W. Bush to take
Islam and the West: Buzzwords will not fill the gap: Multiculturalists like to proclaim that critics of Islam are nothing more than racists but they never answer charges like the appalling treatment of women in the Islamic world, says Paul M. Weyrich
Great art doesn't need the NEA: Dana Gioia is doing a fine job in curbing the excesses of National Endowment for the Arts but Steven Fantina believes it will still never produce great art
The banality of bias: AP reporter injects anti-white racism, corruption, into Miss. election story: There were many examples of journalistic scandals in 2003, writes Nicholas Stix, but one of the most egregious was completely ignored
Love and selfishness: Remember this on Valentine's Day later this week: Gary Hull argues that the false view of love as selfless and unconditional destroys its sublime value
Four-tiered judicial crisis: When it comes to the judicial crisis in the United States, says David Almasi, there is plenty of blame for both sides of the political fence
Did a false condition lead to false abuse charges?: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy has long been used by the state to separate mothers from their children but Wendy McElroy says parents are beginning to fight back
Kerry and Dean are out of step with America about Israel: John Kerry and Howard Dean may think they know how to resolve the Israel-Palestinian morass -- with Israel getting the short end of the stick -- but Ariel Natan Pasko argues that Americans clearly disagree with them
Why Kerry is winning the Democratic nomination: Super Tuesday turned out to be super for Sen. John Kerry. Rachel Alexander explains why she believes he went from a dark horse to the man likely to win his party's nomination
Promises promises: Jason Hayes says Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin promised a lot during his first Speech from the Throne, but he knows which promises are going to be kept
The practice of eminence: An interview with Charles Murray: Charles Murray sits down with Bernard Chapin and discusses his recent book Human Accomplishment, the concepts of genuis and intelligence
Saving the world from itself the American way: Steve Martinovich thinks that David Frum and Richard Perle's An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror is very ambitious. Perhaps a little too ambitious
Forcing change in Saudi Arabia: Recent troubles in Saudi Arabia, says Steve Martinovich, is an opening to force some real changes on the Saudi royal family and government
Finlandization of the planet: "Finlandization" has long been a dirty word to describe a nation but Bruce Walker argues that the United States should promote the concept as widely as possible
Deadly Islamic fantasies: We have been declared an enemy by radical Islamists, argues Alan Caruba, and the West's only response can be strong and forceful.
Medicare redux. Bring back gridlock!: Say what you will about the Clinton era, writes Keith D. Cummings, but it did have at least one positive aspect: Congressional gridlock which stopped spending of the kind George W. Bush is engaged in
What part of "illegal" don't Americans understand?: For Tom DeWeese the debate over George W. Bush's recently announced immigration initiative revolves around a single word: illegal
Choppers down in Iraq: One of the most dangerous jobs in Iraq is helicopter pilot. David H. Hackworth says that Iraqi insurgents are getting better every day at bringing down choppers, not surprising given the weapons they have access to
It's time for Tenet to go: Paul Weyrich says George W. Bush's loyalty to CIA Director George Tenet is admirable but the agency's failure concerning Iraq's phantom WMD programs means it's time for him to go
A not very funny valentine: Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you know what that means! That's right, says Wendy McElroy, another taxpayer funded performance of The Vagina Monologues
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March 2004

Neoconservatives and Trotskyism: For decades the opponents of neoconservatives, particularly paleoconservatives, have painted them as descendants of American Trotskyism but Bill King argues that if you look at the history of the neocon movement, it's a charge that doesn't stand up to scrutiny
Shut up and tell jokes: When it comes to people like Dennis Miller and Janeane Garofalo, W. James Antle III wishes they would stop with the political crusades and get back to doing what they're good at: telling jokes
The man behind the war: It wasn't perfect but Steve Martinovich thought Rowan Scarborough's Rumsfeld's War: The Untold Story of America's Anti-Terrorist Commander was an interesting look at Donald Rumsfeld and how he's prosecuting the war on terror
Growing problems: Steve Martinovich thinks Richard Manning's Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization is misguided but still a very interesting read
America, elections and al-Qaida: Make no mistake, writes Bruce Walker, the Madrid terrorist attacks were the latest in a long series of messages aimed at democracies. How will Americans answer in November?
Israel should support the Kurds against Syria: Ariel Natan Pasko says that the oppressed Kurds of Syria -- if not across all of the Middle East -- should receive the moral support of all Israelis
No more dictatorships by 2025: There are more than a few arguments, argues Alan Caruba, for the world to begin actively ridding itself of dictators like Kim Jong Il, Robert Mugabe and Fidel Castro
Continental drift: James Ruhland believes that Europeans aren't cowards or indifferent when it comes to dealing with terrorism but that doesn't mean convincing the average European of a proactive approach will be easy
One African-American's view of The Passion of the Christ: Charity Dell says that the African-American community understands completely the message behind Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Jesus Christ was someone they and their ancestors could identify with
Feminist confession reveals cultural shift: Wendy McElroy argues that the fact that Naomi Wolf's recent allegations against Harold Bloom are largely being ignored suggests that people are beginning to wait until the evidence comes in before rushing to judge
Are the Liberals really shaking in their boots?: Is Stephen Harper the answer to the question that Canadian conservatives have been asking for more than a decade? Jackson Murphy says only time will tell
Canadian dilemmas: The biggest challenge facing Canadian conservatives is simply existing as a coherent force. As Mark Wegierski tells it, Canadian society has been designed to ensure their eventual extinction
Promoting racial hatred at Northwestern University: Bernard Chapin doesn't think too much of a recent study conducted at Northwestern University that argues white Americans are subconsciously racist
When sequels go bad: Reverend Al's campaign: Al Sharpton clearly wanted to capture the same magic that Jesse Jackson had back in 1988 when he decided to run for the Democratic nomination but Kimberley Jane Wilson says his campaign was ultimately pointless
John Kerry: the Democrats' bipolar punk: Dena Ross argues that John Kerry is trying to be all things to all people. The problem is that no one is entirely sure what that means on any given day
Same-sex marriage activists have launched a religious war: Proponents of same-sex marriage like to claim that the right is launching a religious war against them but Nicholas Stix says the reality is the kettle is calling the pot black
Warriors versus capitulators in this War on Terror: Spaniards may believe that they bought themselves a reprieve by electing Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero but Carol Devine-Molin says there is no such thing as escape...only victory
John Kerry's healthcare proposal: budget-buster: When Kevin Gabriel looks at John Kerry's proposals for health care, all he sees are big dollar signs attached
Assault weapons proliferation: When the Assault Weapons Ban was introduced a decade ago everyone expected their availability to fall sharply. The reality? Stephen Erwin says that today it's a buyer's market
Can Iraq succeed without private property protections?: Cheryl K. Chumley assumes that everyone who is satisfied by the Iraqi interim constitution hasn't actually read it. If they did, she writes, they would be outraged
UN poisons US education with our tax dollars: Tom DeWeese doesn't understand how the Bush administration could understand the United Nations so well when it comes to the issue of Iraq but play along with the U.N.'s International Baccalaureate program
Why LOST? Why now?: Henry Lamb wants to know why it's so necessary to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty after so many years of opposition by the federal government
Culture fight could endanger freedoms: Paul Weyrich warns conservatives that the fight to remove objectionable material from America's airwaves, as honourable as it may be, may one day boomerang against them
John Kerry's attention deficit disorder: If John Kerry is so dedicated to running for president, asks Orrin Judd, why hasn't he resigned his seat in the Senate? Not doing so merely gives his enemies more ammunition to use against him
A few questions for John Kerry: Last week's terrorist attacks in Spain have raised some questions in Charles Bloomer's mind for Sen. John Kerry on the subjects of fighting the war against terrorism and leadership
Scary John Kerry, hippie-era leftist: Underneath the expensive suits and polished manners John Kerry remains at heart a died in the wool member of the far left, argues Carol Devine-Molin
Renewing America: If you accept the premise that the United States is a nation in decline, says Steven Martinovich, then Curtis L. Harris' Ending Entrenched Power: Spiritual Renewal, Political Change and America's Destiny could be a solution to reversing the slide
The General Patton of the testing wars: Nicholas Stix says that Richard Phelps's Kill the Messenger: The War on Standardized Testing is a brilliant defense of standardized testing
Roy Moore, reconsidered: W. James Antle III knows he's going to receive a lot of email but he's prepared to openly admit it: Though he respects him, he's not the biggest fan of ex-Alabama supreme court justice Roy Moore
Iraq and Spain: Two battlegrounds in the War on Terror: The terrorist attacks last week in Spain, writes Jackson Murphy, tragically proved that the War on Terror is just that, a war and the field of battle is worldwide
Spain decides to run away: Alan Caruba says that the Spanish election results send a clear message: When it comes to the War on Terror, Spain is no longer a member of the Coalition of the Willing
Topsy turvy leftist language: The left can play with language all it likes, argues Bruce Walker, but the goal of Operation Iraqi Freedom was clear from the outset
Stem cell restriction is a mistake: In his new editorial, one he knows is going to earn him some angry letters, Steve Martinovich says the Canadian government is wrong to propose restrictions on embryonic stem cell research
Jewish terror on the march: It would appear that "Jewish terrorism" isn't merely found in the Israeli right. Ariel Natan Pasko discusses the ramification of recent attacks committed by those on the political left
Highlands Conservation Act: Stealing private property with public dollars: Another day, another attempted government land grab. Cheryl K. Chumley reports on the Highlands Conservation Act, legislation with the potential to place another two million acres under government control
Iran: Delivering Armageddon: Though the media doesn't seem interested in telling you the reality concerning Iran, Alan Caruba wants you to know that it is still a nation that the United States is at war with
Iraqis have a chance to do it right: Keith D. Cummings says the signing of a constitution in Iraq was a tremendous first step. With that out of the way he has some other suggestions for future governments to consider
Harry Blackmun and the Pursuit of Happiness: The papers of Harry Blackmun illustrate the dangers of what happens when a court imposes its version of morality rather than allowing citizens to come to a consensus, argues Robert S. Sargent Jr.
Saving Social Security: There are solutions to the impending insolvency of America's Social Security system, writes Bernard Chapin. We all know, however, that the Democratic Party would never allow the free market to play a role
Remember the Alamo: Next month a new cinematic version of The Alamo appears in movie theatres. Rod D. Martin hopes that the filmmakers don't go in for revisionist history
Unbecoming campaign: It's only March and yet Paul M. Weyrich says he's never seen an election campaign with such vitriol. Even Bill Clinton got off easier with Republicans than George W. Bush is with today's Democrats
Will some reservists' homecoming be a jail cell?: Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks say that some reservists currently serving in Iraq may come home to jail cells because of large child support arrearages based on their civilian pay
Get ready for the vitamin police: It's bad enough that the FDA does a poor job of regulating medicine, writes Richard Ralston, do Americans really need the agency to do the same for the humble vitamin
When "mother" is a bureaucracy: Wendy McElroy says that allegations that HIV-positive infants and children in the Manhattan foster care system were used in medical testing need to be investigated out in the open
Beyond left-right: Nader coalition's possible appeal to traditionalist conservatives: Mark Wegierski argues that Ralph Nader's appeal may extend to a group that would surprise many: conservatives who share many of the same concerns as the independent presidential candidate
How the war was won: Outside of some minor quibbles about his editorializing, Steve Martinovich thought Rick Atkinson's In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat in Iraq is the standard by which future books about the war against Saddam Hussein will be judged
Madame Hillary's long march: If you want to know why Hillary Clinton might one day be president, says Bernard Chapin, Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House provides all the clues
Mel Gibson's reply to 9/11: Michael Moriarty believes that Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ isn't merely the story of the final hours of Jesus Christ's life, it is a declaration of war meant for those who desire to destroy us
Letting leftists write our dictionary and reinvent our grammar: One war that has been lost to the left, says Bruce Walker, is that of language. Whether you know it or not you regularly use their constructs when you argue your own beliefs
France and Germany: Short memories and bad attitudes: The West faces any number of enemies, writes Alan Caruba, and it would be nice to have France and Germany onside. That said, if they insist on being on the wrong side of history, so be it
Who determines what you need?: Despite what many in government believe, says Charles Bloomer, he doesn't need to be told when and how many times he can buy something
Do gun control activists pad gun death statistics?: Wendy McElroy takes a look at the claims being made by groups like the Million Mom March and finds out that they don't stand up to even light scrutiny
Democrats sink to new lows this campaign season: Carol Devine-Molin doesn't think much of Democratic charges that George W. Bush is exploiting anyone and everyone in his bid to be reelected
The Sierra Club's immigration wars: Along with some hate e-mail he's received over a recent essay, Tom DeWeese says that George W. Bush's immigration initiative has revealed the true colors of the Sierra Club
Immigration's cost: The furor over immigration policies continues to rage, writes Kimberley Jane Wilson, and it's time for America's politicians to resolve the issue
Special interests?: It's election season and you know what that means: both sides of the political divide devote some time to attacking special interest groups. Keith D. Cummings says these groups don't deserve the harsh words they will receive
Marriage and the Constitution: Time for an amendment?: Although some constitutionalist conservatives have spoken out against a constitutional amendment defining marriage, Steve Farrell argues that one is needed to defend the institution from an activist judiciary
Religion and Money: Part II – Morality: Charles "Trey" Wickwire's column in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages last week resulted in plenty of email, including some that argued those institutions are morally wrong
"Heterosexism"?: The entire debate over the same-sex marriage issue has gotten Trevor Bothwell steamed: He hates how its proponents are using language against their opponents
Health care in John Kerry's world: If John Kerry wins in November, writes Richard Ralston, Americans can count on even more government intrusion when it comes to the health care industry. A lot more
Law of the sea by dark of night: Sen. Richard Lugar was never the perfect conservative but you could always count on him to be fair. Paul M. Weyrich wonders what happened that that Richard Lugar
Treaty by stealth - again!: When it comes to legislation like the Law of the Seas Treaty, says Henry Lamb, Americans should speak up and tell their representatives on Capitol Hill that they will be held accountable
CAPPS II: Questions that need to be answered: Steve Lilienthal argues that there are plenty of questions that need to be answered before the federal government moves ahead with its plan to implement the CAPPS II system
Washburn's bust of a statue: Terry Graves reports on the controversy over a statue entitled Holier Than Thou at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, a statue with a bishop's miter that clearly is little more than a ceremonial hat
A man among men: An interview with Dr. Lionel Tiger: Bernard Chapin sits down for a chat with Dr. Lionel Tiger, the man who coined the phrase "male bonding" back in 1969, and discusses the state of manhood today
The six that changed the world: Steve Martinovich found The Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet to be a fabulous history of the major personalities guiding the Bush administration's foreign policy
Many shades of folly: Sen. Zell Miller, to employ understatement, is a plain spoken man. Roger Banks says that's what makes A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat such a valuable read, especially for Democrats
The critical states in 2004: There are likely to be a number of states in play in November and Bruce Walker says that means the election could go either way...though it isn't looking that bad for George W. Bush
Why George W. Bush will win in 2004: Trevor Bothwell has no doubts: Americans will return George W. Bush to the White House and it's because they'll realize only he can be trusted with the reins
The battle for the White House officially begins: John Kerry decided to call out George W. Bush, says Carol Devine-Molin, and now he'll get what he may have not wanted this early: a war
A new (at least to me) black conservative voice: Whether or not the Republican Party is ever again successful at attracting African-Americans to its ranks is a hot topic for debate but that doesn't mean the party isn't home to vibrant minority voices, writes Robert S. Sargent, Jr.
Demanding and imposing democracy: The war against Saddam Hussein was inevitable, argues Alan Caruba, and it was done for the most honourable of intentions. Remember that when you cast your ballot in November
Regional governance is here: Henry Lamb argues that regional commissions -- which many love for the federal dollars that accompany them -- are a danger to the authority and accountability of local and state elected officials
Can an amendment help?: Keith D. Cummings says that it doesn't matter if a constitutional amendment defining marriage in traditional terms is ever passed because the institution as we know it is doomed
Religion and money: Charles "Trey" Wickwire responds that if you drop religion as an obstacle to the notion of same-sex marriage then the real issue is a question of money
Rationing by price: The liberal bugaboo: It's doubtless you'll hear some politician on the left promise some sort of nationalized health care scheme this year. Kevin Gabriel says that's fine if you've always dreamed of driving a Yugo
Why I launched the campaign against 'Boys are Stupid' products: People told Glenn Sacks to "Lighten up" when they heard about his campaign against the 'Boys are Stupid' product line. He explains here why he launched it in the first place
Pandora's welfare box: Do not open: Paul M. Weyrich has a word of warning for both Republicans and Democrats: leave the welfare program the way it is and simply renew the 1996 welfare reforms signed into law by Bill Clinton
The separation of school and state: Alternatives prove, says Wendy McElroy, that government approved education isn't always the best choice or the only one when it comes to preparing your child for the future
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April 2004

Outsource this!: It's an election year but even that's not enough to explain the distortion of reality when it comes to how Democrats are describing the American economy and George W. Bush's record on jobs, says James Ruhland
Identifying the true North Korean threat: Everyone's attention may be on Iraq, writes Trevor Bothwell, but that doesn't mean we should take our eyes off the brutal regime enslaving North Korea
Israel, ban the bomb: Updated: Last week's release of Mordechai Vanunu has once again put Israel's nuclear program under international scrutiny. Once again Ariel Natan Pasko urges the Jewish state never to give up its nuclear weapons
How to bring accountability to health care: How can you tell there's an election coming soon to Canada? Steve Martinovich believes its when politicians start talking about reforming the Canadian health care system
The courage to raise taxes: In Virginia the battle doesn't seem to be over whether to raise taxes, says Peter J. Lynch, but rather how much to raise them. The higher taxation you advocate, the more courage you apparently possess
Traditionalist conservatism and the dignity of labor: With May Day coming up in just a few days Mark Wegierski has some thoughts about conservatism and the Marxist notion of the dignity of labour
Conservation or confiscation?: Government is fond of referring to 'conservation efforts' when it regulates how land is used -- including private property -- but these days, says Alan Caruba, it's more confiscation than anything else
Grover Norquist, prophet: On Sunday Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist once again proved why he's so important to the American conservative movement opines Bernard Chapin
Specter is not worthy of GOP support: Doug Patton believes that the White House is making a big mistake in supporting Arlen Specter over a committed conservative like Pat Toomey
Stopping time for future generations: One day future generations will look back and wonder why we thought we could turn back time and restore nature to some idealized version of the past, writes Henry Lamb
U.N. crime-fighting treaty spells disaster for America: Cheryl K. Chumley argues that the UN's Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime is yet another attack on American freedoms
Rape scandal turns sympathy into skepticism: The sex scandal at the University of Colorado at Boulder has yet to play out but Wendy McElroy says questions are being raised about the type of atmosphere at the university, namely one that would promote 'false awareness'
The contemporary American jury: Confusion, chaos, corruption: The American jury system, argues Marion Edwyn Harrison, is broken and it's about time that all stakeholders -- and that includes all Americans -- begin fixing it
The threat of the paternalistic state: When the government decides what's good for you -- whether that means seat belt laws or lawsuits against the tobacco and fast food industries, writes Peter Schwartz, it means your freedom to make decisions for yourself is eroded
Searching for history: When there's a military setback involving the American military, writes Jackson Murphy, you can be sure some journalist or politician posing as an armchair general will race to compare it to Vietnam or some other historical calamity
One year toward freedom: Democracy isn't easy. That's one of the lessons that Elbegdorj Tsahkia, the first democratic Prime Minister of Mongolia, learned firsthand. In an extensive interview with Helen and Peter Evans he discusses the past, present and future of his nation
The days that saved the United States: It wasn't perfect but Steve Martinovich thinks David Hackett Fischer's Washington's Crossing, the story of the early days of the American Revolution, is an impressive bit of scholarship and writing
More Republican veepstakes musings: A few weeks back Bruce Walker blue skyed some potential Republican vice presidents if Dick Cheney wasn't available. This week he touts one potential ticket mate for George W. Bush that will either have you outraged or nodding in agreement
Guerrilla theater of the absurd in Hebron: Ariel Natan Pasko has been watching a real life play taking place in Kiryat Arba, an Israeli settlement near Hebron, where Israeli are trying to 'evacuate' a settlement
The destruction of American education: No matter how you look at it, says Alan Caruba, the American education system is broken and there is no quick fix. Ever more money is being spent and children are graduating with fewer skills
Mel Gibson for president?: If the Constitution Party wants to promote itself, writes Samuel L. Blumenfeld, it could do far worse than nominate actor-director Mel Gibson as its presidential candidate
Woe Canada!: Watching hundreds of hockey games from a Canadian television feed this season has given Bernard Chapin a perspective into Canadian life, particularly the pronounced love of government
Dodd displays a Lott of hypocrisy: Conservatives and liberals ran Trent Lott out of town after some questionable praise of Strom Thurmond a few years back. Doug Patton wants to know why Christopher Dodd isn't receiving the same treatment
Scare America: Why is liberal radio network Air America already floundering? James Ruhland argues it's because the left-wing in the United States only ever tries to sell bad news to the the public
If environmentalism succeeds, it will make human life impossible: Earth Day is just days away and Dr. Michael S. Berliner wants you to remember that if the environmentalist movement ever got its way, human life on Earth would be very unpleasant
UN plan for Internet control tiptoes forward: Quietly and behind the scenes, writes Cheryl K. Chumley, the United Nations works to put its vision of the Internet into reality and its the free world that will pay the bill
A tale of two budgets: Colorado and Virginia are two contrasting examples of how states can handle the budget process. Keith D. Cummings says Virginia could learn a lot from its western counterpart
Redefining sovereignty: Politicians today apparently believe that their constituents can't read. Henry Lamb says that's the only reason they think they can sell people on agreements like the Law of the Seas Treaty
Parental rights and the pledge: Michael Newdow's battle to prevent his daughter from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is more than just about the battle over church and the state, argues Wendy McElroy. It also raises questions about the role of parental rights
Kerry the slow: Democrats like to bill Senator John Kerry as "the smart one", the man who knows the answers to the all questions but Bruce Walker is beginning wonder if Kerry is as ignorant as his former opponent Howard Dean proved to be
Kerry's budget gap: Recent poll numbers show that more Americans believe John Kerry has the solutions for the problems that plague the American economy. Trevor Bothwell believes, however, the senator's numbers just don't add up
Ways to make April 15 just another day: That most painful of events is just a few days away. W. James Antle III has five simple suggestions that will take the sting out of April 15...though we don't expect the federal government will seriously consider any of them
Politicizing the war: James Ruhland argues that it's fairly obvious that Democrats aren't interested in debating the Iraq war. Rather, he says, they only seem eager to turn the issue into a political football
How neoconservatives are ruining the world: Steve Martinovich doesn't agree with a lot of what the authors of Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives Are Putting the World at Risk had to say but he's willing to allow they do make some interesting points
The Nazi connection to Islamic terrorism: Samuel L. Blumenfeld says that Charles Morse's The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini does a solid job in telling the story of how Islamism and Nazism became bedmates
A poem for the West: G. K. Chesterton's newly reissued masterpiece Lepanto, writes Robert Bové, is the story of a heritage that the Spanish have turned their backs on
Mission impossible: The crisis of Canada's military: Canada's military isn't dying on the battlefield, but rather from a lack of funding. Jackson Murphy argues that the Canadian government must start adequately funding its moribund armed forces
Bush had no advance warning of 9/11 attacks: So what has all this "damaging" testimony at the 9/11 Commission told us so far? Contrary to what the conspiracy fans would have you believe, says Carol Devine-Molin, we've learned that the administration had no advance warning of the attacks
Iraq is not Vietnam: Alan Caruba marched against the Vietnam War in the 1960s and he wants those who keep linking Iraq with that earlier conflict to realize that there are big differences between the two wars
American appeasement in Iraq: Peter Schwartz argues the way to avoid a disaster in Iraq is to stop apologizing for our presence, and to start forcefully asserting our principle of individual freedom
Is this a Mogadishu moment in Iraq?: Is the unrest American troops are witnessing in Iraq Mogadishu redux? Carol Devine-Molin says it's a different United States today
Don't worry America, Hamas is at war with Israel too: Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the new leader of Hamas, is an ambitious man. Ariel Natan Pasko reports that not content with trying to destroy Israel he now wants to go after the United States
U.S. backs U.N. plan to control land: Back in 1976 -- of all years -- most Americans wouldn't believe that the government was out to control as much land as possible. Henry Lamb says a growing number today realize that's exactly what's happening
"No Child Left Behind" and UNESCO: People claiming that the U.N. may one day play a role in the American education system are dismissed as wearers of tinfoil hats. Tom DeWeese wants to know if you'll believe it when a member of the Bush administration says the same
Break the law -- or else!: In the recent scuffle over gay marriage in New York, writes Nicholas Stix, the New York Times irresponsibly called on Mike Bloomberg to openly flout the law
Willpower: Losing weight the responsible way?: Paul M. Weyrich says that if Americans want to lose weight the best way to do it is to follow the example of Tommy Thompson, not sue the fast food industry
Lies of faux victims cast doubt on real ones: Several high profile cases, Wendy McElroy writes, has a lot of people becoming cynical about any claims of the victims of rape and assault
The 9/11 Commission: Could'a, would'a, should'a: Alan Caruba isn't terribly impressed by the work of the commission investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. It's just an opportunity for people on all sides to promote their agenda
The GOP returns fire on Clarke: If Richard Clarke thought he could simply write a book and attack the Bush Administration with impunity, says Carol Devine-Molin, he thought wrong
Kerry on economics: A kinder, gentler Mondale: About the best thing that you can say about John Kerry's recently unveiled economic plan, writes W. James Antle III, is that we've seen it all before
Democratic commonwealth: In an attempt to reform the United Nations some have bought into the idea of a "democratic caucus." James Ruhland says it's a nice idea but certain guarantees are necessary to make sure it works as intended
Dark horse Republican veepstakes: If, and he's emphasizing "if", George W. Bush needs a new right hand man, Bruce Walker says that there are a number of qualified Republicans who would be a solid vice president
Hiibel v. Nevada: Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial Court of Nevada, a case that brought together a disparate collection of organizations defending Larry Hiibel. Allan Bormel examines the issues behind the case
Blame the right people for gas prices: Henry Lamb argues that if you want to blame someone for high gas prices, the most appropriate targets would be Senate Democrats
The vertical separation of powers: Good for all: If you believe in the separation of powers between the federal and state levels of government then Robert S. Sargent Jr. believes you should be behind the Unborn Victims of Violence Act
Mass for the twisted and remedial: Protestors in Chicago: In the end all Bernard Chapin could do during recent anti-war marches in Chicago was shake his head at the oddness of the event and make sure his friend didn't get assaulted by anarchists
The benefits of outsourcing: Outsourcing is being portrayed as an evil by Democrats -- and not a few Republicans -- but Samuel L. Blumenfeld argues that it shows the American economy is stronger than ever
Do you Yahoo? Al-Qaida does!: Millions of people use Yahoo! every day. Jeremy Reynalds says among them are supporters or members of terrorist organizations
Did 3/11 = 9/11? Spain's surrender and the destiny of Europe: Nicholas Stix argues that Americans should learn from the example of Europe -- both the continent's positive and negative aspects -- if it's to avoid the same fate
Israel don't listen to the chirping hypocrites: Number of U.N. resolutions condemning Hamas terrorist attacks: 0. The world shouldn't be surprised, writes Ariel Natan Pasko, when Israel was unconcerned about world reaction over the killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
Reading between the numbers: You can use a statistic to "prove" almost anything and there are a lot of people doing just that. Wendy McElroy says that any time you read a statistic there are five questions you should be asking
The government vs. your doctor: A true story: How does Christina Rizza know the dangers of government intrusion in the health care field? For a year she got a look close up when the government turned against her
Military service costs some men their children: When a soldier goes off to war he accepts that he may lose his life. Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks argue that they shouldn't have to also lose their children
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May 2004

Tax and spend vs. borrow and spend: McCain and the GOP's false choices: W. James Antle III argues that today's Republicans seem to believe you can either tax and spend or borrow and spend. No one is interested in cutting taxes and spending
Reflections on the Great Experiment: An interview with Michael Novak: In an interview with Helen and Peter Evans, author, theologian and philosopher Michael Novak argues that the Great Experiment known as the United States can only survive with hard work
The buck stops where?: Everyone is falling over themselves to lay blame for the events at the Abu Ghraib prison but Terry Graves believes some people may be going a bit far with their efforts
In defense of our personnel at Abu Ghraib: We're ready for the inevitable email over this one. Not only is Samuel L. Blumenfeld defending the soldiers charged with allegedly abusing Iraqi prisoners, he believes that we should be apologizing to people like Jeremy Sivits
Ahmad Chalabi, spy or scapegoat?: Ahmad Chalabi claims he's being targeted by the CIA in the wake of news he's been spying for the Iranians but Carol Devine-Molin isn't convinced by his denials
Banishing words: Words give meaning to life, argues Bruce Walker, which explains why the literature of the political left is soulless and not meant for the ages
A writer's life: Bernard Chapin may not earn his living as a writer but he says that the craft of creating something out of words adds a lot to his life
Victoria Day and the life and death of traditional Canada: For most people in Canada Victoria Day is a statutory holiday that gives them an extra day at camp. For Mark Wegierski it's a day to mourn the lost of what Canada used to be
Vote, but don't ask questions: Steven Martinovich isn't very pleased that Canada's Supreme Court upheld a ruling that limits how much lobby groups and special interests can spend on advertising during federal elections
John Kerry, Hunter?: John Kerry has been portraying himself as a friend of hunters -- a visit to his web site will confirm that -- but Harold Hough isn't impressed by the senator's hunting credentials
Bad science, bad movie: Environmentalists are looking at the $125 million global warming disaster extravaganza 'The Day After Tomorrow' to promote their agenda. Alan Caruba says you should avoid for several reasons
Winning the war on terrorism: Henry Lamb has a message to Americans: Don't go wobbly on the war against terrorism. Now more than ever Americans have to be united against a common threat
A little reality is a good thing: In California several teachers have been suspended for daring to show children what the real world is all about. Paul Weyrich says that they should be congratulated, not condemned
The time of truth for the Temple Mount: It was a miracle when Israeli forces regained Temple Mount during the 1967 Six-Day-War and Ariel Natan Pasko believes that Jews should fight to ensure they never lose it again
Render therefore to the United Nations?: Cheryl K. Chumley isn't impressed by a new effort that seems to demand that compassion -- specifically those who are disabled -- should be internationalized
A feminist version of 'Joe Millionaire'?: The latest problem plaguing women -- according to experts -- is a lack of educated men. Wendy McElroy says this is just another fabricated social issue
Our bad guy: Michael Moriarty says whether you like what he's doing or not, and there are plenty who disagree with his decisions, U.S. President George W. Bush is our horse in the race against the people who want to destroy Western society
Will the sky fall in Massachusetts?: Gay marriage has arrived in Massachusetts, writes W. James Antle III, but the effects that it will have on society isn't something we'll be able to gauge anytime soon
Hard America, great America: Michael Barone's Hard America, Soft America: Competition Vs. Coddling and the Battle for the Nation's Future is a fantastic book on the value of hard work and competition, judges Bernard Chapin
When sisterhood goes wrong: If you want an insightful look at the world of sororities, writes Steven Martinovich, then Alexandra Robbins' Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities isn't the book for you
Do fraternities deserve their bad reputations?: Thanks to a series of scandals and regrettable behavior, fraternities have a sordid reputation with the public. Wendy McElroy says that's not the real reason that frats are under attack these days
Chickenhawk: As you read this, author James Ruhland is enduring his first week of the U.S. Army's basic training. It's caused him to think about the 'chickenhawk' slur that the left likes to throw around
The curious case of Nick Berg: Although she mourns his murder, Carol Devine-Molin has some questions that the life and death of Nick Berg have prompted. Was he just an innocent American killed for being a Jew or was he in Iraq for other reasons?
The nature of the enemy: If it hadn't been already, writes David Huntwork, then the murder of Nick Berg in Iraq by al-Qaida should have clearly communicated the nature of the beast that we're facing in the war against terrorists
Toronto Star editor should resign now: The Toronto Star recently called on Donald Rumsfeld to resign over the controversy at Abu Grhaib but Nicholas Stix thinks the letter of resignation should come from a member of the newspaper's staff instead
The world and the Middle East: The future of the Middle East, and the world, depends on the infusion of democratic and capitalist ideals, says Alan Caruba
Progressive Conservative or Reactionary?: An interview with Joe Hueglin of the Progressive Canadian Party: Canadian conservatives have more than simply one choice when it comes to who they will vote for in the next federal election. Peter Vere sits down with Joe Hueglin, a founder of of the Progressive Canadian Party
The 17th Amendment and federalism: A few weeks ago Robert S. Sargent, Jr. stated that he believes it was the U.S. Supreme Court that killed federalism. He's not backing off that assertion but he is open to the idea that the 17th Amendment has also played a role
Does liberalism equal anti-Americanism?: We don't want to generalize but Trevor Bothwell says some days you have to wonder if being a liberal means you have to hate the United States
When a government doesn't believe in its own laws: It seems the Government of Canada has little faith in the validity of its gun control laws. How can we tell? Christopher di Armani says it's because they refuse to charge anyone openly disobeying Bill C-68
Who has a right to your property?: Henry Lamb responds to a concerned reader who believes that no one can truly own property, that the Earth belongs to us all
U.N. sea treaty supporters feel the heat: If Sen. Richard Lugar thought he could slip the Law of the Seas Treaty by without anyone noticing he was very wrong. Cheryl K. Chumley reports that the House decided last week to make its feelings known
The battle against right-wing media bias!: The left is launching a campaign against the right's few strongholds in the world of media, says Lisa Fabrizio. Well, they're trying to launch a campaign
Protect us from terrorists not pilots: These days it seems that the Transportation Security Administration is more interested in protecting the traveling public from pilots then targeting terrorists, argues Steve Lilienthal
Defending the initiative process: If you have the power to vote on initiatives in your state, says Paul M. Weyrich, then you should be on guard: politicians are beginning to fight to take that ability away from you
America: A nation of prudes?: Anyone who believes that prudes are determining what can air on America's radios and televisions must also believe they are big fans of sex, violence and profanity. America isn't prudish, argues W. James Antle III
The American king: The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan tells the absolutely true story of a 19th century American who decided to become a king in Afghanistan and Steve Martinovich thought it was a thrilling story
Hitler's final victims: Steve Martinovich isn't sure if he buys Joachim Fest's of why Adolph Hitler did what he did those last days of the Third Reich but Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich is still an interesting read
Exploring the Mediterranean with muddy boots: Jackson Murphy was captivated by Robert Kaplan's Mediterranean Winter: The Pleasures of History and Landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia, and Greece
The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?: The disgusting incidents at the Abu Ghraib prison deserve nothing but the strongest condemnation but Jackson Murphy argues that story shouldn't divert your attention away from the good that is also happening in Iraq
Propaganda value: The controversy over Abu Ghraib gives America's enemies a minor propaganda victory, writes James Ruhland, one that should be answered very clearly by the United States
Iraqi prison probe dominates news: What happened at Abu Ghraib is appalling, argues Carol Devine-Molin, but what's also important is how the situation will be dealt with. The right moves are being made to punish those responsible
Allah is still hunting you, Osama!: Just in case he thought we forgot about him, Michael Moriarty has a message for Osama bin Laden: You're still a wanted man
Just not interested: Jason Hayes wants to know why the media isn't investigating how al-Qaida came into the possession of the chemical weapons they were going to use in recently foiled attacks
Paul Martin's Suez moment?: Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has promised to help the United States as best he could when it came to Iraq. Nic Boisvert says Martin doesn't have a lot of time to live up to that pledge
Thank you Ariel Sharon, et al.: Ariel Natan Pasko has nothing but thanks to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for trying to expel Jews from their historic home of Gaza
John Kerry: Catholic warrior: As with his Vietnam record, John Kerry believes he can trot out his Catholicism without anyone having the right to question him on the subject, writes Lisa Fabrizio
Deconstructing construction: Bernard Chapin isn't saying that roads and highways shouldn't be maintained but he is sick and tired of the incompetent and expensive ways that the job is being done
Wasting billions on the Green Agenda: Despite the small victories we enjoy against the environmentalist movement, says Alan Caruba, the government continues to spend billions every year on their pet projects
Building resistance to government control: It used to be that government could do whatever it wanted when it came to land use but Henry Lamb says people all over the world are beginning to fight back
RS 2477: Archaic law imperils private property: A.J. Chamberlin knows first hand what can happen when old land use and public access statutes are used against property owners in the western United States
Gun-proof your child: Both pro- and anti-gun control protests were held yesterday on Mother's Day. Wendy McElroy says no matter what side of the issue you're own, the marches prompted a question that every mother should try to answer
Is a pool more important than a dad?: The California Supreme Court issued a ruling last week that Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks argue damages the rights of non-custodial parents
China: Few changes since Tiananmen: When it comes to China, writes Paul M. Weyrich, the more things change, the more they stay the same. It's been almost 15 years since Tiananmen Square and we're still facing the same China
Is CAPPS II our ticket to better aviation security?: CAPPS II seems to be based on the wrong premise, says Steve Lilienthal, and Americans are owed more than simple promises that the system is actually going to do what the government is telling Americans it will do
A future worth creating: An interview with Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett: U.S. Naval War College professor Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett believes he has the key to creating a permanent peace around the world. What it will take, he tells Steve Martinovich, is a decades long commitment to changing the world
A vision for the future: Steve Martinovich found Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett's The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century to be an engaging and remarkable call for a new grand vision for the United States
Competing gotcha politics keep campaign an idea-free zone: There are some serious issues that need to be debated this year, says W. James Antle III, but instead we have two political parties arguing about things that would have been relevant in 1976
Let's elect Specter: Plenty of conservatives were disappointed when Arlen Specter won in last week's Pennsylvania senatorial primary but Bruce Walker says it's time to remember what Ronald Reagan famous admonishment
Is it time to get out of Iraq?: Recent events have tested America's resolve when it comes to the war in Iraq and Alan Caruba says it's now gut check time for the nation
Keep the U.N. out of Iraq: If recent events have proven anything, writes Henry Lamb, it's that the United Nations shouldn't be taking control of Iraq
The long, slow, sad, oil-for-food ridden death of the United Nations: If the Oil for Food scandal has proven anything, argues Jackson Murphy, that if the United Nations and certain nations in Europe had their way, Saddam Hussein would still be in power
Questions of war and politics: James Ruhland doesn't have a problem with people asking legitimate questions about the war on terrorism but its opponents are clearly not interested in a debate, rather it's an opportunity to fight their own wars
Torture of Iraqi prisoners raises many questions: Carol Devine-Molin is as disgusted as anyone else by allegations that American soldiers have tortured Iraqi prisoners. It raises some serious questions including how far is America willing to go to win this war
A nation divided: Do you want a good reason for the nation being divided into two antagonistic ideological camps? Robert S. Sargent, Jr. argues that the blame can be laid at the feet of one institution
Who is a conservative?: During the recent Chicago Conservative Conference Bernard Chapin had plenty of time to ponder the definition of what truly constitutes conservatism
When "consumer advocates" attack: The war against fast food has nothing to do with healthier lifestyles, writes Nicholas Stix, and everything to do with waging a battle against capitalism and free choice
Return of the CARA monster: Bad things never die and CARA is proof of that. Tom DeWeese says Congressman Don Young is back with another version of Conservation and Reinvestment Act
Israeli art is in the eye of the beholder, good taste is not: If you want a good indication that Israel is losing its way, says Ariel Natan Pasko, the recent award that artist Yigal Tumarkin received is one reason why
Facts or propaganda? Deconstructing advocacy: When it comes to advocacy groups -- no matter their political stripes or their pet projects -- says Wendy McElroy, always check their facts
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June 2004

Conservatives and Bill Clinton: Absence makes the heart grow fonder: Don't get him wrong, W. James Antle III was never going to become a fan of Bill Clinton but since he's left office it was easier to begin to like him. Until last week, that is, and the release of My Life...then all those unpleasant memories came back
Ronald Reagan and America's Alzheimer's: Ronald Reagan's greatest legacy -- in stark contrast to Bill Clinton's -- may have been a nobility that both Republicans and Democrats once embodied, argues Bruce Walker
Defending the sublime: An interview with Roger Kimball: The New Criterion managing editor Roger Kimball has a new book coming out, reason enough for Bernard Chapin to sit down for another interview with the prolific writer
The sacredness of human imperfection: Michael Moriarty believes that there is a strain that runs through every time of tribulation for humanity: the pursuit of purity. Accepting a little imperfection saves many lives
The politics of "economic isolationism": George W. Bush has been talking a good talk about free trade during the past few months, writes Christopher Coyle, but his actions have spoken louder than those words
The dilemma of Canada and Québec: When it comes to Canadian elections, says Mark Wegierski, Quebec always plays a prominent role in who gets elected and that's rarely good news for conservative political parties
Bush's "God thing": Divine providence and liberal Jewish hatred: Marcus J. Goldman argues that liberal Jews are making a mistake if they reject George W. Bush simply because of his strong religious beliefs
Israeli government kosher on the outside only: Ariel Natan Pasko says a recent court decision allowing the sale of pork in some Israeli neighbourhoods speaks to the wrong direction that the country is taking
Cheney takes on the New York Times: In the credibility battle between Dick Cheney and the New York Times, Carol Devine-Molin falls firmly on the side of the vice president
The author of liberty or not?: Steve Farrell wonders why people automatically brush aside the notion that the concept of liberty might have evolved from a higher source
The life of the mother: Most people believe that a mother's sacrifices begin when the child is born. Linda A. Prussen-Razzano knows first hand that's not always the case
UN Law of the Sea Treaty threatens US sovereignty: If you thought the battle over the Law of the Sea Treaty would be a cakewalk you were wrong. The people supporting the treaty, says Tom DeWeese, are fighting back hard
Thanks for nothing, SCOTUS: Cheryl K. Chumley believes that last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning Michael Newdow's fight against the Pledge of Allegiance did no one any favours
Conflict over Pledge of Allegiance illustrates both the right and the left's hostility to freedom: Robert Garmong argues that government shouldn't be in the business of promoting the ideals of the left or the right
Repeal the Endangered Species Act: What happens with the Endangered Species Act protects an animal that isn't even endangered and your business is harmed? Henry Lamb says the Shealy family know all about it
"Endangered species" cost USA billions: Negative impacts by ESA aren't isolated incidents, argues Alan Caruba. Environmental regulations are costing Americans tremendous money and problems everywhere
Carnivorous and proud: Say it loud! We love a good steak and we're proud! William Dusty believes that eating meat is an almost religious experience
Short leash on discretionary grants: Paul M. Weyrich thinks it's a good idea to monitor the spending of organizations like the EPA but he wonders why few are targeting the executive branch to make sure taxpayer dollars are spent properly
The economic transition in Iraq: The world is focused on the political transformation that is occurring in Iraq but Christopher Coyle is just as concerned about the economic transformation and whether a free market economy can survive
Last chance to win the war in Iraq: David T. Pyne -- who was adamantly opposed to the war in Iraq -- says the U.S. may have won the war but it will lose the peace unless it makes some changes to its post-war policy
A general's resume: Gen. Anthony Zinni served his nation honourably for over three decades in the U.S. Marine Corps. Steve Martinovich thinks Battle Ready is his advertisement that he wouldn't mind being the next Colin Powell
Achieving victory in the war on terror: Carol Devine-Molin thinks that Thomas McInerney and Paul E. Vallely make a convincing argument for how to achieve victory in Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror
How life and death transform each other: Rainer Maria Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus can be a tough read but Steve Martinovich thought Edward Snow's translation does the German poet proud
The case for a Reagan dime: We're pretty sure that Ronald Reagan would have brushed aside the notion that his face should be on the dime -- replacing one of his heroes Franklin D. Roosevelt -- but Bruce Walker makes the case that's exactly what should happen
Our very own Tom Sawyer: If there was a polar opposite to the greatness of Ronald Reagan it surely must have been Bill Clinton. Michael Moriarty remembers the days when he was a fan of the 42nd president
A nation grieves; a group blamed: Ronald Reagan had been dead for only a few days when the first attacks started on his reputation, says Cheryl K. Chumley
The Times' love letter to France: Bernard Chapin could do little more than roll his eyes at a recent New York Times editorial celebrating France's dislike of George W. Bush. Well, that and write an essay about it
Bush's barriers to the White House: There are a lot of people arguing that John Kerry is the lesser of the two evils in the race for president but Henry Lamb thinks that's a lot of bunk
The other terrorists: Law enforcement has been concentrating its efforts on preventing terrorist attacks from abroad, writes Alan Caruba, but lately they've realized there is a homegrown threat as well
Dirty bombs don't kill people, dirty people do...maybe: Dr. Marcus J.Goldman isn't impressed by the argument that Jose Padilla's defense team has been arguing: that a uranium dirty bomb wouldn't kill very many people
Booth Tarkington and Penrod: Booth Tarkington has largely been forgotten by modern readers and Robert S. Sargent, Jr. thinks that could change
Israel should put Arafat on trial like Barghouti: Is it possible that one day we might see Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat in a courtroom arguing for his life? Ariel Natan Pasko hopes so
Bush could never lie as well as Democrats: The Democrats have accused President George W. Bush about lying about everything surrounding the war in Iraq but Trevor Bothwell argues it's the other way around
School choice equals opportunity for America's children: Millions of children aren't reaching their potential because of public education and Brad Jewitt says it's time that America moves to a school choice/voucher system
Thank you, Harry Potter!: Dianne L. Durante argues that the Harry Potter stories, by depicting a world in which good triumphs over evil, give us strength to face real enemies
How to form an informed opinion: These days everyone has an opinion when an accusation is made. Wendy McElroy has some guidelines for you to ensure that your opinion actually has some meat on the bone
Gas and gripes: What price self-restraint?: Marion Edwyn Harrison says if Americans want to know why the price of gas has risen so sharply, they should take a long look in the mirror
Ronald Reagan: Communicator of great things: W. James Antle III argues that Ronald Reagan proved that politics were more than just about elections; they were also about the great things that The Gipper stood and fought for
God bless Ronald Reagan: Carol Devine-Molin believes that Ronald Reagan's legacy is the United States that he left behind for future generations
Mark Steyn's beautiful body: Nothing makes Steve Martinovich happier than a new book by Mark Steyn and with From Head to Toe: An Anatomical Anthology he's very happy
The mandate of Heaven passes with Reagan: For libertarian Jack J. Woehr, the Reagan legacy -- which he wasn't a big fan to begin with -- is already rapidly fading
A house divided: No matter how you cut it, says Henry Lamb, a president's political opponents showed more deference during wartime in the past then today's Democrats
June 6, 1944-June 6, 2004: Yesterday's anniversary of D-Day and the example of men like Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill should be our inspiration in the War on Terror, writes Alan Caruba
World opinion be damned: Alex Epstein argues that America's attempts to appease "world opinion" are depraved and suicidal and must stop
On Israel, neoconservatism, and its discontents: Ariel Natan Pasko says to understand why neoconservatives want to change the world you have to understand the history behind the movement
The world must stop the genocide in Sudan: It's Rwanda all over again, argues Steve Martinovich in a new editorial, and the world sits idly by and thousands are being slaughtered in a remote part of Africa
Liberty in law: Essential to liberty, writes Steve Farrell, is the exercise of responsibility and a belief in morality. America's courts and schools seem to have forgotten that basic principle
U.S. military active duty retirees: Valuable assets: As America's military is being stretched ever thinner in the war on terrorism many are fretting about a shortage of personnel. George S. Kulas says there is a huge pool of men reading, willing and able to serve
Not a cure, but but a good start: Ontario has the potential to kick the Liberal habit in the same way a smoker crumples up that last cigarette when they quit, says Jason Hayes
The Liberal regime in Canada today: A social-scientific critique: Mark Wegierski argues that the real advantage that the federal Liberal Party holds is the ability to define the debate, making it very difficult for others to express their opinions without being attacked
Communist chic for chicks: If you want to know where the babes are, says Bernard Chapin, just head for the book table with the 'revolutionary' literature and you'll find them impressed by books written by Edward Said and Michael Moore
Geriatric brats and noble men: Bruce Walker argues that many on the left behave little better than spoiled children, unable to understand the sacrifices made so that they could live their lives in comfort
The speech they wouldn't let me finish: Tom DeWeese was recently invited to speak to CFOs for some Fortune 500 companies and he decided to inform them of the greatest risks they faced. The problem? Some didn't want to hear the truth
An evening with a baroness: Last month marked the 25th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's election as prime minister and J.K. Baltzersen says her legacy continues to inspire millions across Europe
The seventeen year itch: The cicadas are back, writes Lisa Fabrizio, and as always the world is a very different place from the last time they came for some tree sap
Down with diapers?: There's plenty of silliness in the environmentalist movement but there's a line that when you cross it you turn into a nut job. Kimberley Jane Wilson believes the diaperless movement is one of those lines
Same-sex "marriage": Divisive issues require real leadership: Same sex marriage is an issue that requires -- if not demands -- people who aren't afraid to get in front of it and lead, writes Brad Jewitt
Pervasive societal decline: Bill Cosby's recent excoriating the black community for failing its children didn't go far enough, says Paul M. Weyrich. He believes that society is failing all of its children
Father's rights groups must avoid violent protest: Wendy McElroy is in full agreement with the father's rights movement but she cautions them to choose the right tactics when they protest to bring attention to their agenda
Three factors which can swing the election to Bush: The polls say that George W. Bush is in for a tough fight this year but Bruce Walker believes that can change at the drop of a hat
Frat boy hijinks at the New York Times: Nicholas Stix was very entertained by a recent New York Times op-ed that argued George W. Bush is turning university students off of conservatism
Leading immigration reform website hits bookshelves: has made the transition from web page to book with Unity Review -- A 2004 Anthology and W. James Antle III proclaims it a success
The legend of Dresden: Dr. John W. Nelson finds Frederick Taylor's Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945, a look at the devastation brought on that city by Allied bombers, to be a first-rate piece of work
In search of Canadian identity: The National Question in Canada and Quebec: Nations often use elections in order to explore who they are but in Canada's case, argues Mark Wegierski, most of the country really doesn't have an answer to the question of national identity
Reflections on the Great Experiment: An interview with Rebecca Hagelin: Helen and Peter Evans discuss the state of the United States, the battle over culture and the war on terrorism with Heritage Foundation vice president Rebecca Hagelin
The Ninth Circuit Court (gasp) got one right: It was bound to happen sooner or later: The Ninth Circuit Court actually made the right decision when it ruled on State of Oregon v. Ashcroft. Unfortunately, writes Robert S. Sargent, Jr., they used the wrong reasoning
Mind and morals: Freedom's best team: It isn't enough just for a nation that wants to be great to be free. Steve Farrell says that morality is just as important to a nation's health
Sustainable development; unsustainable freedom: You can have sustainable development or you can have freedom, but you can't have both. Henry Lamb says that many people are learning that the hard way
Democrat Party treads close to treason: Alan Caruba has no problem with reasonable dissent but he believes that the Democratic Party is moving into perilous territory with some of their criticism of George W. Bush
Iraq: Mission Impossible?: Regardless of your stance on the war all can agree that there have been some problems that need to be addressed. Dr. Saul B. Wilen has some suggestions
If it bleeds, it leads: Brad Jewitt is completely exasperated by the utter failure of the mainstream media to report what's really going on in Iraq. Hint: the news is better than you've been hearing
Smokers beware: Global legislation on the horizon: If the war against tobacco wasn't bad enough as an American phenomenon, writes Cheryl K. Chumley, just wait for the global version
The blockbuster choice for John Kerry's VP is…: John Kerry is reportedly having trouble deciding on who he wants as his vice presidential nominee so Paul M. Weyrich has come up with some interesting suggestions
Powder attack on Tony Blair done in service of a just cause: The battle for father's custodial rights isn't just an American phenomenon, writes Glenn Sacks, as British Prime Minister Tony Blair learned earlier this month
News not "fit to print": America's media outlets talk a good talk about defending America's freedoms so Steve Lilienthal interested to know why few newspapers bothered to cover a hearing on H.R. 3179
Death by theory?: For decades feminists and Dr. John Money argued that gender was all due to environment. Wendy McElroy argues that the suicide of Bruce Reimer earlier this month proved them wrong
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Letters to the Editor

July 2004

Canada, Nortel and China: Dancing with the Devil?: It might surprise Canadians, Bill King writes, that one of their high-tech darlings -- Nortel Networks -- is helping in the high-tech control of over a billion human beings
The war after the war: In an exclusive interview with Steve Martinovich, The American Enterprise editor in chief Karl Zinsmeister argues that post-war Iraq has significant problems but nowhere near as bad as the media is making them out to be
The other side of post-war Iraq: The media is filled with negative stories about post-war Iraq so that makes Karl Zinsmeister's Dawn over Baghdad: How the U.S. Military Is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq important to get the other side of the story out, says Steven Martinovich
When friendships go bad: If you hate the United Nations and Old Europe then Steve Martinovich says Jed Babbin's Inside the Asylum: Why the UN and Old Europe Are Worse than You Think is right up your alley
I dunno: Confessions of a know-it-all columnist: W. James Antle III is about to do what very few columnists ever do: He's going to admit that there are just somethings he doesn't know
NBC's homage to Reagan: It's far from perfect but Steve Martinovich says there is enough to keep you watching in NBC News Presents: Ronald Reagan
One step forward, two steps back: Most were pleased by the report of the 9/11 Commission but in an interview with ESR's Steve Martinovich, Dr. Ivan Eland says its recommendations would do very little good
Iran is no surprise: Suspicions about Iran's possible involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks hardly surprises Michael D. Evans
When two plus two equals maybe: It's not a slam dunk but Steve Martinovich thinks The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein has Endangered America builds a reasonably persuasive case
Let George be George: There is a lot of pressure on George W. Bush to declare victory and concentrate on other matters but Michael Moriarty urges the Republican Party and America to let the man be who he is
BVDgate: All the ex-president's men: All Nicholas Stix can do over the controversy surrounding Sandy Berger is roll his eyes...and blast a whole range of Clinton-era officials
Berger probe intriguing: Carol Devine-Molin says that the Berger scandal raises some interesting questions and wonders if he was the only one involved
Strengthen the two-party system: Henry Lamb understands why some people flock to third parties on other side of the political spectrum but he argues that they've been nothing but a waste of time
A funny thing happened on the way to the Kerry election: Many are beginning to believe that George W. Bush will lose in November but Bruce Walker thinks that Americans will wake up the morning of November 2 and make the right choice
Kerry's role model: If you want to know how a John Kerry presidency would tackle the deficit, argues Christopher Coyle, the example has been set by Virginia Governor Mark Warner
Aspartame Productions presents: The Democratic Front Porch Tour 2004: The media may be buying it, writes Kerry L. Marsala, but no real aficionado of front porch living thinks much of the Kerry-Edwards attempt at folksy campaigning
Dear John: John Edwards may be impressed by John Kerry's military career but Vietnam veteran Russ Vaughn counsels him to be more skeptical
Taking sex differences seriously: The feminist movement may not like to admit it but Bernard Chapin knows that there are big differences between the two genders
A lack of character: Steve Martinovich thinks Mexico's Ignacio Padilla is a talented writer but he wishes the writer's collection of short stories, Antipodes, showed a little more character
U.N. breathes new life into Kyoto: You have to admire the United Nations. Even though the Kyoto Protocol is all but dead, says Cheryl K. Chumley, efforts to enact its requirements continue unabated
No panic over school child abuse: A recent study claiming that as much as 10 per cent of students suffer sexual abuse or misconduct by school employees is incredibly flawed and should be taken with a huge grain of salt, writes Wendy McElroy
John Kerry's Europe: Europe isn't just the home of charming, intelligent and sophisticated people, says Rabbi Aryeh Spero, it's also the home of some of the ugliest behavior on the planet
Political grapevine: There are a lot of rumours on the Beltway grapevine and Paul M. Weyrich has taken it upon himself to answer a few of them
Abolish the FCC: In the rush to grant the FCC greater control over broadcasters, no one has noticed that the FCC's very existence is a violation of free speech, argues Robert Garmong
The advocates of technophobia: Modernity has always had its enemies, writes Alan Caruba, and today the leaders of the technophobia cult are environmentalists. For many in the movement the ultimate goal is to roll back human progress
Surviving the most dangerous game: What does it feel like to be hunted for simply being who you are? Steve Martinovich says you gain an appreciation of the answer in Hiding in Plain Sight: The Incredible True Story of a German-Jewish Teenager's Struggle to Survive in Nazi-Occupied Poland
An English tutorial: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is selling like hot cakes but Bernard Chapin says it's not the best grammar guide you can purchase
Traditionalists must revise gay marriage lexicon: Being successful in cultural battles relies heavily on how effectively language is used and W. James Antle III says marriage traditionalists are losing the war
Quiet victories in the democracies: It may not look like it, says Bruce Walker, but politicians who appeal to anti-Americanism aren't doing quite as well as they used to
Why George W. Bush will win in 2004 -- Part II: A few months ago Trevor Bothwell argued that George W. Bush was a lock to win in November. He's back again with even more reasons why it will happen
Why sizzle may replace steak: Scott Shore isn't as confident at Bothwell. He thinks the combo of John Kerry, John Edwards and some big issues could cause George W. Bush and Dick Cheney some serious problems
Who should be our next money manager?: Who will be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve? Eddie Willers is of the opinion that America doesn't even need one
NIMBYS, BANANAS and greens: Why are gas prices skyrocketing? Tom DeWeese argues you can place much of the blame on people and groups that fight against any economic development
How treaties trump the Constitution: Where did America's federal government get the power to regulate private property and manage wildlife? Henry Lamb explores when these powers were "discovered"
U.N. environmental agenda infiltrates Boy Scouts: It was bad enough with politically correct jihads launched against the Boy Scouts but now the United Nations is making use of the organization, reports Cheryl K. Chumley
Pass the condoms and let's forget ideology: For advocates of safer sex the condom is the beginning and the end of their appeal. Kerry L. Marsala argues that may be one the reasons so many people have gotten into very bad trouble
Michael Moore vs. the Third World: Michael Moore presents himself as a friend to the Third World but Bill King believes that Fahrenheit 9/11 reveals the filmmaker's real feelings
Let freedom reign: Despite what the media is telling you, says Brad Jewitt, Iraq is turning out to be a success story. And yet there are those who still won't admit it
Paternity: Innocence is now a defense: Do you believe that if you're accused of fathering a child you can you prove you didn't, that you can avoid paying child support? Wendy McElroy says that may come to pass soon
Control profligate spending: Paul Weyrich argues that federal spending could easily be controlled if every politician were like Maryland's Roscoe Bartlett
A possible alternative to the federal marriage amendment: Conservatives often respond to a decision by an activist judiciary by calling for a constitutional amendment. W. James Antle III says there might be an easier way to reign one of the branches of government
What real Iraqis are saying: If you want to know what the average Iraqi is thinking these days, writes Alan Caruba, then ignore the mainstream media. Many Iraqis will be perfectly happy to tell you directly
Messenger from Fort Alamo: Michael Moriarty has some bad news for you and some worse news. Lest all of this negativity depress you, he also has some very good news
Cleaning up clean elections: Arizona's Clean Elections initiative was supposed to encourage new voices and remove the alleged taint of money. Mark Brnovich says it's been a total failure
The utter waste of recycling: Alan Caruba reports that many Americans have come to the same conclusion: recycling is a waste of both time and money
Headline news you will never see: As conservatives we know there are just some things that we'll never see in our morning newspaper. Marcus J. Goldman puts together a collection of some of those headlines
Dead cat bounce and the squirming Democrats: Democrats were no doubt hoping for a big splash to accompany the announcement that John Edwards was tapped to be John Kerry's running mate but Carol Devine-Molin argues that hasn't happened
The challenger for Edwards: The selection of John Edwards, argues Bruce Walker, shows that the Democrats have relatively few stars in their party
Sensible heels and a running mate: If you're looking for a reason as to why John Edwards was picked by John Kerry to be his running mate, says Kerry L. Marsala, you should consider the Elizabeth Edwards factor
Time for Cheney to go: Everyone has been focusing their attention on John Kerry's pick of John Edwards as his running mate but David T. Payne believes that Republicans ought to be looking for a new candidate as well
Newsweek's war on fidelity: A recent cover story about growing infidelity by women didn't impress Bernard Chapin who viewed it as an attack on marriage
Muck ado about nothing: From what you hear today with everyone using Vietnam to bash the war in Iraq you'd think that the schism over that previous war has disappeared. Veteran Terry Graves doesn't buy it
Perpetrating misery: There is plenty of tragedy to go around in Africa but what's happening in Zimbabwe is largely the fault of one man, writes Christopher Coyle
Israeli witch-hunt, this time from Likud: Ariel Natan Pasko says that anyone who supports the rights of Jews in Israel is now being targeted as an extremist
Marching under a socialist flag: Americans used to be united in the battle against collectivism but these days, argues Henry Lamb, the war is increasingly being lost as socialism makes inroads across the country
Paving the way for small business success: Congressional candidate Brad Jewitt knows that small businesses are important to America which is why he doesn't understand why government often doesn't represent their interests
Kyoto twin moving through Congress: If Americans thought the Kyoto Accord was dead they were very much mistaken. Cheryl K. Chumley says that John McCain and Joe Lieberman have brought the treaty back under a new guise
Contender, champ, bum: Brando: During his acting career, argues Nicholas Stix, Marlon Brando was was the bum that Terry Malloy became. In his early days, though, he truly had moments when he was the champ
Utah's parent czar: It's a nice idea to create a position that defends the rights of parents when it comes to state intrusion into the family but Wendy McElroy is skeptical it will make much of a difference
Is too much named after too many too soon?: Marion Edwyn Harrison says we shouldn't be in a rush to name things after people. If America had been like that in the past, Americans would be living with the J. Howard McGrath Department of Justice today
Shhhhh! The good guys are winning: Americans are being told that anti-Americanism is the new reality around the world but Bruce Walker says that doesn't explain why pro-American politicians are being elected everywhere
In the heat of the American night: If you've ever felt that George W. Bush seems to be auditioning for a role, you're not alone. Michael Moriarty sends a message to the American president: You've got the part, stop auditioning
The imperfect democracy: The democratic revolution that opened up Mexico just four years ago passed by largely unnoticed by the world. Steve Martinovich says Opening Mexico: The Making of a Democracy rectifies that
The green fever subsides: Alan Caruba is cheered by the fact that a recent poll seems to be showing that Americans are getting over a devotion to an irrational form of environmentalism
The 9/11 report: Fluff and nonsense or Garden of Eden?: Dr. Marcus J. Goldman uses his amazing powers of perception to divine what findings will be included in the final report of the 9/11 Commission
And now it begins...: Last week's transfer of power to the Iraqi people, writes Henry Lamb, is the latest in a long series of steps in destroying the threat of international terrorism and the people who harbour them
Kassam rockets and the wall in Israel: June 28 wasn't only the day that power was turned over in Iraq, argues Ariel Natan Pasko, it was also the day that marked a new phase in the war against Israel
I feel like I'm fixin' to throw up: Many in the modern anti-war movement like to pattern themselves after their 1960's forebears. Tom DeWeese says if that's the case, they'll never learn what their actions have meant
A conservative in an occupied city: If you're a conservative single guy in Chicago, writes Bernard Chapin from long experience, you'd better be prepared to be viewed as the enemy
Chuck Morse on the ballot in Massachusetts: We're proud of him! Samuel L. Blumenfeld reports that ESR contributor Charles Morse is officially on the ballot in Massachusetts
Iran now pushing the limits: The past couple of weeks has seen Iran act just like it's declared itself to be, writes Carol Devine-Molin, an enemy of the West
Will America's Heart and Soul raise the fahrenheit for Moore?: Why is Michael Moore so steamed that Disney released a movie celebrating the United States? Kerry L. Marsala says the question should provide the answer
Michael Moore's mystery message: What's the real message contained in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11? Gennady Stolyarov II says you have to parse the movie carefully to get it
Sauce for the goose: Why should liberals have all the fun? Justin Darr decides to play the conservative version of the liberal game and "attribute" statements to certain high profile liberals
Globalists, one; patriots zero: Cheryl K. Chumley charges that a recent proposal to create a global peacekeeping force is another example of the UN's agenda being promoted by American legislators
Jackpot justice: The Wal-Mart case: The $1 billion class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart is another example of a legal system that is spinning out of control, argues Wendy McElroy
New study shows child support guidelines in need of reform: Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks discuss a study which confirms that the war on 'so-called deadbeat dads' is often really a war on low income and minority fathers
Republicans at the forefront of civil rights: Popular history tells us it was John F. Kennedy and the Democrats that led the fight for civil rights during the 1960s. Paul M. Weyrich says that popular history has it all wrong
This is the government – How may we help you?: W. James Antle III is about to lose his mind over the Bush Administration's latest proposed expansion of government: mental health screening for every American. It isn't as scary as it sounds but it is yet another boondoogle courtesy of your elected representatives
The new face of warfare: Steven Martinovich came away very impressed by Evan Wright's Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War, a story of the men who fought the Iraq war
The art of politics: If you've ever thought of throwing your hat into the political ring then you might find Bill Rauch's Politicking: How to Get Elected, Take Action, and Make an Impact in Your Community an interesting guide, says Steve Martinovich
President Bush: The first four years: It may be early but Bruce Walker grades George W. Bush's term and tells you why it will lead to a second one this November
Filthy mouths and bad attitudes: It probably wasn't the best thing that he could do but Carol Devine-Molin urges us to place U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's cursing at Sen. Patrick Leahy in context
John Kerry as Joe Btfsplk: John Kerry's fatal weakness may be, writes Paul M. Weyrich, that he's perpetually negative and no one wants to cast their ballot for sourpuss
Minimum wages and economic theory: John Kerry's pledge to hike the minimum wage to $7 an hour may be politically popular, says Christopher Coyle, won't do a single thing to create jobs
Intelligence alone is not sufficient: Problem solving expert Dr. Saul B. Wilen argues that intelligence data isn't enough when planning major campaigns, as the aftermath of the war against Saddam Hussein has proved
Thoughts out of season in Canada: Today's federal election in Canada likely won't solve any of that country's problems but that won't stop Mark Wegierski from cataloguing some of them
Meximum security: Mexico has become a favoured haven for many violent criminals looking to escape from American justice. That's not surprising considering how attractive the situation is for them, reports Terry Graves
Welcome to the People's Republic of New Jersey: If state ownership of property is a feature of Marxist states, writes Alan Caruba, then New Jersey is doing a good job of aping the discredited system
Pull the plug on the U.N.: The United States was instrumental in the creation of the United Nations and now it should take the lead in abolishing the institution, says Henry Lamb
Turtle bill oozes U.N. agenda: The Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004, writes Cheryl K. Chumley, commits $25 million to save turtles. It's problem? It has the fingerprints of the United Nations all over it
Archibald Cox: His legacy: Archibald Cox's legacy according to most has always been his service as special prosecutor during Watergate but Robert S. Sargent, Jr. believes his legacy is greater than an accident of history
Minds ready for citizenship: It was once understood that you needed more than merely citizenship to participate in the body politic but these days few people bother to have the proper qualifications, says Steve Farrell
The Clinton book companion: Not surprisingly Bill Clinton's My Life doesn't tell the whole story. As a public service Lisa Fabrizio fills in some gaps
Put the "independence" back in Independence Day: When you celebrate Independence Day this Sunday, writes Michael Berliner, do remember that it's not a day designated to celebrate outdoor barbeques
Affirmative action on decline: One year ago proponents of affirmative action won a huge victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. Wendy McElroy argues that may have not been enough to save the policy of quotas
Viable alternative to higher interest rates: With a strengthening economy the danger of higher inflation and interest rates return. Jill S. Farrell believes there's an easy way of avoiding those problems
Privatize space exploration: Last week's successful launch of SpaceShipOne proved, says Robert Garmong, that it's time for the private sector to take over the business of humanity exploring space
Farmers for Freedom
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Letters to the Editor

August 2004

History as she is wrote: If you want to know why kids these days don't seem to know much of anything useful -- or have a command of proper facts -- you should take a look at their textbooks. Terry Graves says they are filled with "facts" that will make your head spin
Chief of the Web: An interview with James Taranto: Bernard Chapin chats with James Taranto about his job, using humour to combat the left and why the Angry Left is likely to disappear without doing much damage to the United States
Cutting government slowly but surely: It's time to get realistic, writes W. James Antle III. Government is never going to be reduced with a few big swipes of the axe. Get used to incremental progress...if any
Missile defense: Keeping up with the Russians?: Russia is still perceived as being militarily weak but that's only because people haven't noticed some big moves lately. Paul M. Weyrich argues that's especially the case with Russia's proposed missile defense system
Palestinian leaders trick their people again: Recent events have proved yet again to Ariel Natan Pasko that among the victims of the various groups purporting to represent Palestinians are the Palestinians themselves
Europe's anti-Semitic cancer has returned: "Never again!" proved not to last very long. Alan Caruba writes that anti-Semitism is alive and well in the Old World
Planting the seeds of freedom: Everyone seems to have a favoured approach when it comes to dealing with the world's threats but Henry Lamb believes there is only one way to do it right
Democracy and freedom: When discussing one of the higher aims on the war on terrorism, bringing democracy to the oppressed, Christopher Coyle cautions us not to assume that term is synonymous with freedom
Rebasing the legions: Military specialist James Atticus Bowden reacts to George W. Bush's announcement that 100,000 of America's finest are permanently returning home from Europe and Asia
The gray tidal wave: Peter G. Robinson has an alarm call about government debt and retirement in Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It worth listening to, says Steve Martinovich
Redemption and the Democrats: The Democratic Party has been corrupt and dishonest for a long time, says Bruce Walker, but that doesn't mean that he isn't hopeful for its redemption one day
The (too) high cost of politics: A pox on both your houses! Lady Liberty isn't going to try and decide between George W. Bush and John Kerry because they're simply different sides of the same dirty coin
The imploding John Kerry: Is the Kerry campaign falling apart? Judging by his over the top reaction to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads, Carol Devine-Molin sure thinks so
Anti-warriors then and now: When the rampaging mobs hit New York next week for the Republican National Convention, writes Lisa Fabrizio, they will be little different from other protesters we've been seeing for decades
Barack Obama: Man of faith: Barack Obama portrays himself as a religious man but Nicholas Stix says if you look under the surface you find nothing terribly godly about the man and what he believes
The non-neutrality of government intervention: Some will argue otherwise but Eddie Willers says there is no such thing as neutral government intervention in the economy. Someone always wins and someone always loses when the government decides to get involved
Historical boardgames vs. role-playing games and electronic shoot'em-ups: If you know what the word 'grognard' means you'll know why Mark Wegierski misses the days when you could wargame on a board. Anyone for a game of Russian Front?
Child custody laws poised for change: The battle over child custody laws may have a point zero. Wendy McElroy says that battle over legislation in California makes that state the flash point
Want lasting tax reform? Shrink government: Think it's possible to ditch the IRS and income tax in favour of a national sales tax? Think again. W. James Antle III reminds you to remember the other side of the equation: spending
There's no defending New Jersey: It must be something in the water. Alan Caruba says that James McGreevey is the latest in a long line of corrupt or incompetent governors to come to power in New Jersey
Art as a sword: An interview with Roman Genn: Bernard Chapin sits down with cartoonist Roman Genn, an artist who uses ink and color as a weapon against the world's liberals
Lemonade, anyone?: Choosing who to vote for is a lot like buying a used car: both require a lot of research. Lady Liberty found the car she wanted and now it's time to figure out who to vote for
Kerry and the pivotal question of leadership: John Kerry lays much of his claim to leadership based on his experiences in Vietnam. Carol Devine-Molin isn't very impressed by that and anything else the senator has to say
A fresh box of crayons: Kerry L. Marsala hopes that while you're buying your children their supplies for the start of school next month that you take a moment to remember that many people around the world haven't had that opportunity. Get involved!
Brown v. Board, a great but wrongly written decision: Robert S. Sargent, Jr. took some hits for arguing that Brown v. Board was a proper decision for the U.S. Supreme Court to make but he'll grant that it allowed the High Court to make mistakes in the future
The necessity of road privatization: If you believe that roads should never be privatized because the government does a good job of maintaining infrastructure then you shouldn't read Gennady Stolyarov II's essay arguing otherwise
A new line of critique for Nader's anti-system coalition: It wouldn't take much, writes Mark Wegierski, for Ralph Nader to begin making inroads into the conservative ranks, such as tying some hot button issues from the right and linking them to leftist policies
Liberating the Israeli economy from occupation: Ariel Natan Pasko surveys the Israeli government's attempt to reform the economy and gives a cautious green light to the direction of the reforms
The death of Canadian scouting: In Canada, the Boy Scouts didn't fight to preserve their organization from politically correct attacks and the end result, argues Hans Zeiger, is that the organization is all but dead
Congress must get us out of UNESCO. Again!: If Congress wants to honour Ronald Reagan, writes Tom DeWeese, then they should get the United States out of UNESCO as the late president once did
I saw President Bush: James Atticus Bowden had an opportunity last week to attend a Bush rally in Virginia and he came away very impressed by the man
Stem cell wars and the presidency: Everything short of the kitchen sink is being used against George W. Bush this election year. Sharon Hughes says the latest group to line up against the president are those supporting stem cell research
Is it time for a flat tax?: There are plenty of people floating reforms to America's tax code, including the introduction of a VAT, but Paul M. Weyrich says Americans should consider a flat tax system instead
Seeing through propaganda: Al-Qaida may engage in a fair bit of propagandizing, writes William S. Lind, but it allows us to learn more about what motivates them in their struggle against the West
Losing accountability?: A pillar of responsible government is accountability and although the federal government argues it is becoming more so, Steve Lilienthal says the evidence shows otherwise
Seeking criminal justice in civil court: Wendy McElroy explains why Kobe Bryant's accuser likely chose to launch a civil suit against the basketball star and why she's not a fan of the approach
Why Bush will win re-election: The polls show likely voters to be deadlocked between George W. Bush and John Kerry but Alan Caruba believes that the President will squeeze out a victory this November
Teaching the choir how to sing: Wake up Republicans! Hugh Hewitt's If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It argues it's absolutely vital that Republicans win this November and Steve Martinovich agrees with him
Conservatives and their wily use of alternative media: Carol Devine-Molin has nothing but praise for America's Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power, the story of how the New Right came to power using technology to spread the word
Choosing the right general for the war: Steve Martinovich found Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security to be a compelling argument against voting for John Kerry this November
Spies like us: The current war against terrorists isn't the first time that the United States has used military tribunals to prosecute enemy soldiers. Dr. John W. Nelson says that Michael Dobbs' Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America documents how it was once used against German agents
Renting space in Cathy's world: An interview with Catherine Seipp: For many the name Catherine Seipp is a new one in the punditry business so Bernard Chapin sits down with her to learn more about one of conservatism's rising stars
Did Bush lie? A short quiz: At the Democratic National Convention last month John Kerry all but declared George W. Bush lied about Iraq. In response Charles Bloomer has prepared a little quiz for you to take
Dean gives cover to Dems: Why is Howard Dean constantly making ludicrous charges about George W. Bush? Paul M. Weyrich says that's the job that he's been tasked with by the Democrats
Will Barack Obama be our second "black" president?: Barack Obama came out of nowhere to be the biggest star in the Democratic Party but Nicholas Stix says there are those who want people in Illinois to vote for him for only one reason
At last, a property rights victory!: Every now and then the good guys win. Henry Lamb says a recent Michigan State Supreme Court ruling shows that there are limits to what land the government can expropriate from property owners
'Sustainable development' is the evil you face: Americans today face a bewildering array of issues but in a recent Freedom 21 Conference speech Tom DeWeese argues that one threatens the United States most of all
My hunting trip with John Kerry: A satirical story: A few months ago Harold Hough wrote a piece poking fun at John Kerry's hunting credentials. Little did he know it would result in an invitation to hunt with the Democratic nominee
Why the Swift Boat ad is neither dishonest or dishonorable: Despite the onslaught by Kerry defenders Jeremy Reynalds says that Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are sticking by their controversial television ad
United Nations wages war on capitalism: You have to hand the United Nations credit: there is nothing it won't tackle. Its latest target? Cheryl K. Chumley says it's capitalism itself
Reorganization, not reform: If the United States is to respond to threats, writes William S. Lind, then American military and national intelligence communities need radical transformation, not cosmetic changes
Contorting the judicial process: If you think things like medical malpractice only affect those who have to pay the direct costs, you're wrong. Brad Jewitt argues everyone pays and it's time politicians began to seriously work on tort reform
The Olympics represent the best of western civilization: The Olympic Games could only have been born (and reborn) in a culture that venerates individual human achievement and this-worldly success, says Andrew Bernstein
In defense of 'deadbeat' dads: Many of those labeled "deadbeat" fathers are those who simply cannot pay for various reasons, writes Wendy McElroy, and turning them into criminals is counterproductive
The phony fifty-fifty split: Pundits have described the U.S. as a 50/50 nation since 2000 -- locked in a sort of stalemate -- but Bruce Walker argues that the numbers, both past and future, don't bear that assertion out
Less than human : To be a woman in Saudi Arabia is to be nothing argues Carmen bin Ladin in Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia, a story Steve Martinovich found to be a powerful one
Jesse Jackson's dressing-down of Boston on race draws rebuttals: Jesse Jackson went to Boston last week to promote his racially divisive agenda last week, writes W. James Antle III, but he came away quite disappointed
What Kerry didn't discuss, Bush should: On the surface John Kerry's acceptance speech was quite impressive, says Paul M. Weyrich, but when you dig down you realize there wasn't much there
Kerry: Far-left duckling or centrist swan?: Why was John Kerry so vague in his policy proposals during his acceptance speech? It's because he's hiding something from the American public, writes Carol Devine-Molin
Understanding the liberal agenda: So what is it that drives the liberal agenda? It's not really that complicated. Robert S. Sargent, Jr. says it's a dedication to egalitarianism
Friends of Karl: Trevor Bothwell argues that one reason why the Democrats will fail to win the election this November is because they don't realize that most people don't buy the economics they base their platform on
New lies of the old left: Today's leftists may not sound like their counterparts of days gone past, says Doug Patton, but don't be taken in. Not that much has changed, particularly their ultimate goal
Interview with Chris Muir: Bernard Chapin sits down with one of the web's most popular cartoonists, Chris Muir, the creator of Day by Day
Taking on liberal newspapers: Conservatives may have given up challenging the mainstream media but Hans Zeiger shows that America's youth haven't. They're going up against the establishment with everything they've got
Slavery is freedom: Christopher Coyle argues that those who are hoping to institute compulsory national service are demanding nothing more than the negation of individualism and liberty
Bush administration sells out property rights: George W. Bush came to power promising to protect the rights of property owners but has done nothing in four years, writes Peyton Knight
Uncle Sam's reality: As soon as you ask why the American federal government owns so much land, says Henry Lamb, you inevitably come to the conclusion that it's wrong that it does
The crucial difference: If you believe there isn't a bit of difference between the Republicans and Democrats, argues Jill S. Farrell, then you're missing one key difference
AIDS efforts undermined by U.N. politics: The United States has been the subject of attack for its refusal to pledge another $1 billion to fight AIDS but Wendy McElroy believes the Bush administration did the right thing
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Letters to the Editor

September 2004

First debate will determine much: It doesn't matter how many debates they hold, writes Paul Weyrich, it's the first debate that usually decides it all. That was proven back in 2000 in Bush vs. Gore and it will likely be proven true once again this coming Thursday
Great news in the September Battleground Poll: Given how tight the election is people can be forgiven if they only look at the numbers for the presidential race but Bruce Walker says another question in a recent Battleground Poll revealed an interesting fact
The day the sky darkened: Steve Martinovich can only roll his eyes at Graydon Carter's What We've Lost, the latest book to argue that on January 20, 2001 the United States collapsed because of the election of George W. Bush
Do tax cuts grow government?: W. James Antle III responds to to an argument that he's never heard before: tax cuts make government grow bigger. We suppose someone would try to float that one sooner later
TSA readies secure fright…just in time for Halloween!: There they go again. The Transportation Security Administration recently released their latest plan to stop potential terrorists from boarding airplanes and once again, writes Dallas Pierce, they've missed their target
If you can't say anything nice...: A little civility goes a long way. No one says you can't criticize your political opponents -- that's what politics is all about -- but Lady Liberty says there's nothing wrong with choosing the right tone
The Lebanese remain Syria's captives: Did you hear what happened in Lebanon earlier this month? Of course you didn't. The people of that country remain Syria's slaves and no one is doing a thing about it, charges Alan Caruba
Beyond reform; beyond rescue; beyond hope: Kofi Annan once again blasted the war in Iraq but Henry Lamb wants to know when the UN's secretary general is going to grapple with the corruption and inability to act that has scarred the international body for decades
In-credible: Last week John Kerry once again attacked George W. Bush -- not to mention Ayad Allawi -- as lacking credibility over the issue of Iraq. Keith D. Cummings responds that it's the Democratic nominee who's not sure where he stands on the war and reconstruction
The antiwar left and its profound negativity: Decorated veteran or not, argues Carol Devine-Molin, John Kerry is the perfect spokesman for the antiwar left. One reason, perhaps, why he should stop talking about war
Have Democrats rediscovered virtue?: The way the Democrats have thrown the word "lied" around lately, says Patrick M. Garry, you'd think they became the party of honesty overnight
"Buckhead" vs. Dan Rather: Internet David slays media Goliath: In the whole Rathergate mess Nicholas Stix can be certain of two things: the Internet has come into its own and Dan Rather won't be around much longer
Free Republic and the New Media: Who is one of the most prominent and valuable of the "Internet Davids"? Christopher Davis says it's the one and only Free Republic
Can the Internet challenge today's informational and cultural monopoly?: Mark Wegierski is far less convinced that the Internet and it's pajama posses of amateur journalists will ever seriously challenge the dominant players
Invasive species: The newest threat to property rights: If S. 1072 is passed into law, argues Peyton Knight, American property owners could become the targets of environmentalists and bureaucrats
Wage gap reflects women's priorities: Why don't women earn as much as men in the studies that the government comes up with every year? Wendy McElroy says it's because women have other priorities than simply maxing out their pay
Multiculturalism's war on education: Multiculturalism seeks to inject an anti-Western dogma into today's curriculum, says Elan Journo, not enrich education as its proponents argue
Liberty's candidate: An interview with Michael Badnarik: Lady Liberty speaks to Libertarian Party presidential candidate Michael Badnarik about Iraq, liberty, property rights and he tell us how likely it is a third party candidate could ever be elected president
Who should hold the debates?: A war that happened thirty years ago seems to be the most important issue this election year. Bruce Walker says if that's the case he knows who should sponsor a few debates between John Kerry and George W. Bush
Beware the "Memogate": The controversy over the CBS and their memos is important but Frank Salvato urges Republicans to remember that it was issues that was driving the improving Bush numbers
The fight to save the presidency: Steve Martinovich found Bob Barr's The Meaning of Is: The Squandered Impeachment and Wasted Legacy of William Jefferson Clinton to be a fascinating look at a sad period in American politics
In praise of the first term: If you need a book length argument that George W. Bush's first term was a triumph then Steven D. Laib says Thank You, President Bush: Reflections on the War on Terror, Defense of the Family, and Revival of the Economy will be your cup of tea
Health care deal solves no problems: Last week Canadians awoke to learn that billions more will be spent on socialized health care. Steven Martinovich says in its latest editorial that he's not impressed
Journalism 101: The highest duty a journalist has is to truth. These days truth and ethics actually has to be taught to young journalists and that doesn't make Alan Caruba very happy
In the aftermath of Rathergate, journalism will never be the same: This is turning out to be one of the most interesting years ever and its impact isn't only being felt in the world of politics. Carol Devine-Molin believes that the journalism industry has also been changed permanently
Police officers endorse Bush; news media silent: George W. Bush received an important endorsement earlier this month, says Jim Kouri, and yet the media didn't have one word to say about it
Why hate Bush?: Keith D. Cummings believes that the political left doesn't hate George W. Bush for the many reasons that pundits have come up with, they hate him for one reason alone
Partial-Birth abortion jurisprudence: Laws banning partial birth abortions are being struck down across the United States and Robert S. Sargent, Jr. says a majority of the decisions are the result of poor jurisprudence
How Barney Frank helped the 9/11 hijackers: The holes in the immigration system that allowed the 9/11 hijackers into the United States came into being thanks to Barney Frank, writes Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Kerry and Kyoto: Killing the dream: Cheryl K. Chumley says that a vote for John Kerry is a vote for the revival of the Kyoto Protocol, the one issue he hasn't flip-flopped on
It's wrong to tell the truth in the worker's paradise: A controversy surrounding Yao Ming and China's men's basketball team tells you everything you need to know about the differences in freedom and tyranny, says Tom DeWeese
Research shows false accusations of rape common: The number of false accusations when it comes to rape is staggering, write Marc Angelucci and Glenn Sacks, and its victims deserve to have their voices heard in court
Mandatory mental health screening threatens privacy, parental rights: The fight to block the mental health screening of Americans, including children, was lost in the House, writes Wendy McElroy, but it isn't over yet
The fight for the Senate: Democrats came into this election year expecting to take the Senate back from the Republicans but it appears, says Bruce Walker, that the GOP will instead hold onto it and even make gains
Major issues in search of major-party attention: No matter who you're voting for this year, writer W. James Antle III, you have to admit that there are some big issues that your political party hasn't bothered to address
Reviving Roosevelt's agenda: Steve Martinovich wasn't convinced by Cass Sunstein's The Second Bill of Rights: FDR's Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need It More than Ever but he thought it was interesting nevertheless
Cracking life's code: FBI Girl: How I Learned to Crack My Father's Code is a touching story of family that everyone will be able to relate to, says Steve Martinovich
Pollyanna politics: The act of voting could be considered optimism translated into action but this year Lady Liberty isn't feeling too motivated to vote for either George W. Bush or John Kerry
Iraqi Boy Scouts: Iraqi society needs to be rebuilt from the ground up and one of the groups that can help are the Iraqi Boy Scouts, a group that is being reborn in a freer Iraq, writes Hans Zeiger
The right war at the right time: John Kerry has declared that Iraq is "wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time," something that Henry Lamb believes once again proves that the Democrat is unfit to command
Democratic discomfort with national security: When it comes to the issue of national security, charges Patrick M. Garry, Democrats are more comfortable avoiding the debate
Kerry fumbled the ball on terrorism: John Kerry has been spouting off about how he would have handled the war on terrorism but when he had a chance to sound the alarm before September 11, 2001, writes Nancy Salvato, he didn't do a thing
Russia's message to Israel: If Israelis believed that Israel and Russia were bonded by their shared experiences with terrorism then they were very wrong, says Ariel Natan Pasko
Lack of funding isn't the real problem with public schools: Across the country parents are being asked to pay fees so their children can play sports at their public schools. Former teacher Trevor Bothwell says that punishes students for the incompetence of administrators
Tories choose new leader in Ontario: Although an provincial election is years away Mark Wegierski believes that a strong conservative party in Ontario could lead to changes across Canada
The great obesity scam: Despite what the government and activists will tell you, argues Alan Caruba, being overweight is not an illness but a lifestyle choice. Leave our twinkies alone!
Reject environmentalism, not DDT: Environmental ideology demands opposition to DDT despite the millions of malaria deaths its use could prevent, says Keith Lockitch
UN seeks new environmental treaty: There are currently 40 global treaties and agreements concerning the protection of the world's forests and yet the United Nations is pushing for yet another one, reports Cheryl K. Chumley
Grandparents can't trump parental rights: Grandparents may have some rights, writes Wendy McElroy, but their rights are and must always be -- as painful as that may be for some -- trumped by the wishes of the parents
It's no time to accommodate the GOP's leftward drift: It's never too early to think about 2008! W. James Antle III argues that the Republican Party names being touted today for that future race are too liberal
Why conservatives need to back the Republican Party: Forget about 2008, Samuel Blumenfeld says that conservatives can't afford to leave the Republican Party during this election unless you want to guarantee Democratic domination for years to come
I'm a Zell-o-crat too!: If you thought that Sen. Zell Miller was the star of the Republican National Convention then you weren't alone. Carol Devine-Molin says the Democrat was a refreshing change of pace
The liberal editorial of the year: It's only September but Michael Moriarty believes he has found the best example of a liberal editorial this year and it came from an expected source
The ignorance of arrogance: Arrogance is always coupled with ignorance and Bruce Walker believes that the American left has both traits in spades
Ignorance in a politicized society: Ignorance by itself can be a danger to society, writes Christopher Coyle, but there are ways we can deal with it
New Jersey's Jim McGreevey: America's most corrupt governor?: Nicholas Stix argues that New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey is the embodiment of a new reality, in which homosexuality is the last refuge of scoundrels
More money not the solution to health care woes: In his latest editorial Steve Martinovich urges Canada's provinces to stop asking for more money for health care funding and start looking to new ways of dealing with rising costs and falling expectations
Another small step for property rights: The war to protect property rights saw a battle won on behalf of Americans, writes Henry Lamb, and it's thanks to George W. Bush
Tinkering with the Electoral College vote: Regardless of what happens in November it appears that some are determined to make changes to the Electoral College, says Marion Edwyn Harrison
In defense of the Electoral College: Robert S. Sargent, Jr. argues that getting rid of the Electoral College will spell the end of the political system as Americans know it and that's not a good thing
Politicians aren't the only masters of political deception: We didn't think we'd have to say this in 2004 but here we go: Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Trevor Bothwell outs a recent email spreading around that details with prescription drug prices
The Canadian federal election of June 28, 2004 in context: So what really happened to get Canada's Liberals re-elected with a minority government? Mark Wegierski explains all
How will you get on the plane if you're not Ted Kennedy?: When a sitting U.S. senator is blocked from flying because of security measures you know the system isn't working. Tom DeWeese wonders if any actual terrorists would be caught
Which way is the GOP going?: It might be an afterthought but Heather Bachman believes that the Republican Party is making somewhat of an effort to attract America's youth
How is better the wrong direction?: John Kerry's latest line of attack that George W. Bush will lead America in the wrong direction. Not surprisingly Frank Salvato disagrees
Iran's nukes: Not if, but when: Regardless of who is elected in November, Iran will soon be in possession of nuclear weapons. Alan Caruba believes some are making the same old mistakes yet again
Not for the medals: Last week's hostage crisis in Russia shows why the war against terrorism is the most important issue of our day, argues Nancy Salvato
The two-state solution: Israel and Judea: Will we one day see not one, but two states in the Middle East that proclaim themselves the home to Jews? Ariel Natan Pasko thinks things seem to be heading that way
China's missing women: Decades ago China tried to limit the size of families and it resulted in a holocaust against female babies. Wendy McElroy says China's new goal of increasing the number of women might also have unintended consequences
The meaning of Michelangelo's "David": Lee Sandstead says that Michelangelo's projection of the human ideal expresses a view of man as efficacious and heroic
Lingua Publicus
Letters to the Editor

October 2004

It's the economy, stupid, and it's good!: Want just one good reason to vote for George W. Bush on November 2? Alan Caruba argues the American economy is strong, getting stronger, and it's all thanks to the current occupant of the White House
Ann's Coulterpalooza: With How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter Bernard Chapin says you know exactly what you're going to get: Ann Coulter asking for and giving no quarter to the left
The man behind the legend: The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great could have been a simple hack and slash novel but Steve Martinovich says that Steven Pressfield instead outdid himself
A battle that changed the world: Barry Strauss argues in The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece -- and Western Civilization that a naval battle in 480BC saved Western civilization. Steve Martinovich isn't sold on that notion but he thinks the book is still a rousing success
That elusive Senate: It's not just the presidential election that's remaining a fight to the finish. If you thought that the battle for the Senate might resolve itself before the election, Paul M. Weyrich says you're wrong
Report from the future: Health care in the year 2024: Some things never change. Richard E. Ralston imagines what the dominant issue of the 2024 election campaign will be and not surprisingly it's health care
Ending voter fraud: We haven't had anyone seriously angry at us in a long while so here goes: Bruce Walker has a plan to get rid of voter fraud and that's by getting rid of the secret ballot
An open letter to libertarians: Voting is always about choices but this year, for libertarians, the choice is clear. Former Libertarian Party presidential candidate John Hospers argues that libertarians must vote for George W. Bush
Death to democratic despotism: America's youth have been pummeled with messages urging them to "get involved" in the political process. Hans Zeiger wonders if America's youth actually needs less involvement
The New Orleans Streetcars: The comeback (cont.): This week Robert S. Sargent, Jr. continues his four part series on the streetcars of New Orleans with the story of their return
Trick or treat? The UN had a birthday: Maybe you celebrated United Nations Day on Sunday but we here at Enter Stage Right know that Isabel Lyman didn't
School shootings: Beyond the headlines: One particularly irksome UN agency, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine, needs to be questioned about the work it performs, says Cheryl K. Chumley
Two futures at stake November 2: On November 2 Americans will be asked to vote for two views of the world, writes Henry Lamb, one in which American power is constrained by the United Nations and another where America is free to act against world threats
The liberal art of public education: We're two months into this present school year, says Trevor Bothwell, and not a heck of a lot has changed. The world may be different but liberalism still has its death grip on education
Howard Stern defeats the FCC with free market innovation: Kyle Sing believes that Howard Stern's impending move to satellite radio sounds the death nell for government controlled radio and the rise of a market inspired era in radio
Cruel and unusual: Lady Liberty doesn't have a problem, with one caveat, with the death penalty. She is opposed, however, to society's innocents suffering the ultimate price in the pursuit of justice
No fly lists, illegal aliens and the ravages of political correctness: It's been more than three years since September 11, 2001 and the American government still isn't serious about national security, charges Tom DeWeese. Political correctness is still more important to many in the government
In Kobe case, accuser is rightly identified: The recent decision to unmask Kobe Bryant's accuser to the public was, argues Wendy McElroy, the right thing to do
The right war in the right place, but not for the reason you think: Although some conservatives are rethinking their support for the war in Iraq, Alan Caruba says it remains a righteous cause for a number of good reasons
Don't forget the judges: The candidates and the constitution: When you cast your ballot on November 2, writes W. James Antle III, remember what effect it could have on America's judiciary. The next president could be naming several Supreme Court justices
Imperfect polls: Every poll is predicting a tight race all the way to the finish line but Paul M. Weyrich thinks that past and recent history might show that not to be the case next month
Stolen honor: When turnabout isn't fair play: Frank Salvato has little patience for those who are steamed that the Sinclair Broadcasting Group plans to run a critical documentary of Sen. John Kerry ahead of the November 2 election
Could Kerrycare kill?: John Kerry wants to expand government provided health care but if you're concerned about the quality of care you receive, argues Jeremy Reynalds, Kerrycare will be a poor deal
Why Senator Kerry is wrong on terrorism: John Kerry's assertion that terrorism can be reduced to the level of a nuisances proves, says Brian S. Wise, that he is unqualified to lead the United States
Integrity, integrity, integrity: Ultimately John Kerry can't be trusted, writes Kerry L. Marsala, because you're never quite sure where he stands on the issues
Bush and the conservatives are winning the national debate: With only weeks until the big night it appears, says Carol Devine-Molin, that George W. Bush's core message is resonating with Americans
The New Orleans streetcars: The comeback: Last week Robert S. Sargent, Jr. chronicled the disappearance of New Orleans' streetcars. This week: the story of the fight to bring them back
The math behind the madness: Just like in life, science plays a big role in football. Steve Martinovich has nothing but praise for Football Physics: The Science of the Game
Property rights up for grabs: Henry Lamb says a man's home is his castle...unless the government declares otherwise and in recent years they've been doing just that all across the United States
Give me some space: She may not like government but NASA holds a special place in Lady Liberty's heart. That's why she hopes the agency is privatized and space finally becomes a civilian effort
Kyoto's next step: Corporate America: The Kyoto Protocol may be dead politically in the United States but that doesn't mean American businesses are being pressured into accepting its provisions, writes Cheryl K. Chumley
Deadbeat dad contest bad for kids: Michigan has launched a new effort to get so-called deadbeat dads to pay up or go to jail and Wendy McElroy isn't very impressed
The erosion of property rights: The government should be the protector of property rights, not one of their worst violators, argues Larry Salzman
Conservatives must face Iraq facts: The release of Charles Duelfer's report last week has prompted many mainstream conservatives to wonder if the war in Iraq was a mistake, writes W. James Antle III, who had come to that conclusion quite some time ago
Not so perfect Liebling: If there is a God of journalism most would tell you it's A.J. Liebling. Steve Martinovich says that Just Enough Liebling -- a collection of the man's work -- proves that just while the man was immensely talented, he was no deity
The victory elections: Regardless of what happens next month George W. Bush can take solace that recent two elections both gave him a thumbs up, writes Bruce Walker
The third conservative revolution: If you feel the ground shaking, don't worry it's just another conservative revolution. Dick Armey, Jack F. Kemp, and C. Boyden Gray lay down the agenda so you're prepared for the earthquake
The unlucky Senator Kerry: Alan Caruba believes that John Kerry will lose next month because Americans know what he refuses to accept: America is safer with George W. Bush
Kerry's flip-flop on global warming: Would it surprise you to know that John Kerry has flip-flopped on the Kyoto Protocol? The unfortunate thing, says Henry Lamb, was that Kerry was right the first time he took a stand on the treaty
GOP stifles free all about it!: How can you tell that there's less than one month until Election Day? Lisa Fabrizio says it's because the media is going into overdrive to smear the Republican Party
Off to the House and Senate races: Most experts are predicting that Republicans will retain control of the Senate but Paul M. Weyrich believes there is a real possibility that may not happen
The New Orleans streetcars: The demise: In the first of a four-part series on New Orleans and its streetcars, Robert S. Sargent Jr. investigates what happened to a system that once boasted 225 miles of streetcar tracks
More than words: During a recent visit to Washington, D.C. Lady Liberty had a chance to view the documents that changed the world and came away depressed by the fact that the words don't seem to mean very much to people today
The secret plan: It makes sense that John Kerry chose John Edwards as his running mate, says Keith D. Cummings, considering how Edwards made his fortune
Bush wins second debate, cites Duelfer report: Carol Devine-Molin argues that George W. Bush won the second debate and debate over the war in Iraq last week
MTV's dumbocracy: Hans Zeiger can only roll his eyes at MTV's efforts to get youth to vote on November 2. Apparently the only purpose to voting is to make government even larger than it already is
Democracy Fund: A loser for America: Cheryl K. Chumley wasn't very impressed by George W. Bush's recent announcement of a "Democracy Fund." How much more does the United States have to do?
Privatize space exploration: Robert Garmong argues that SpaceShipOne destroyed the myth that space exploration can be done only by the government
Individual rights vs. identity politics: Voting is one of the most important things that a citizen can perform in their political lives but Wendy McElroy says some people just want to make it about what's between your legs
What the election is really about: There are many issues swirling around this year's presidential election, some more important then others. Alan Caruba argues that there is one issue of vital importance that you have to decide before you cast your ballot wisely: national sovereignity
There is only one issue: Charles Bloomer agrees that there is only one issue to be decided on November 2 but he believes it's the related issue of national security
Nanny state beyond debate in debates: W. James Antle III knows for a fact that he will never hear these words during a debate: "I think the best policy in this area would be for the federal government to leave it alone"
Kerry was convincing to the uninformed: The first clash between George W. Bush and John Kerry proved to Paul Weyrich one thing: the presidential race won't be decided until election day
Some thoughts on the first Bush-Kerry debate: John Kerry may have "won" the debate but Carol Devine-Molin argues that he didn't bring so much as a single new idea to the table to deal with the issues he criticizes George W. Bush on
The first debate was a bust…or was it?: While he came away from the debate disappointed in the performances of both George W. Bush and John Kerry, Frank Salvato doesn't buy the popular belief that the senator won the first battle
Why the greens won't vote for Bush: Ten out of ten environmentalists agree: George W. Bush is the candidate they won't be voting for! Henry Lamb explains why
George Bush and the Cowboy Code: Liberals declared years ago that George W. Bush was nothing but a cowboy. Now, writes Lisa Fabrizio, they're arguing that Bush isn't even worthy of that appellation
Voter-verified ballots: The code breakers: There's nothing wrong in principle with electronic voting machine systems, says Jill S. Farrell, just as long as there is a paper trail
Battling the war on drugs: The war on drugs has been such a failure that even some police officers want to end it. Lady Liberty profiles and interviews one of them, Sheriff Bill Masters
Taxing idle rich leftists: If liberals think that tax hikes are so important, says Bruce Walker, then he has the perfect tax plan for them: massive tax hikes for the very wealthy
And now, the bad news: All of America cheered when Oprah Winfrey and Pontiac helped 276 Americans with the gifts of new cars. Unfortunately, says Keith D. Cummings, the federal government ruined it all
Too late for one, SCOTUS accepts land use case: With Kelo v. City of New London the U.S. Supreme Court may finally institute some limits in the use of emminent domain though, Cheryl K. Chumley writes, it came too late for one woman
The greatest composer: According to Robert S. Sargent, Jr. the ultimate star in the music world -- at least by the merits of the music he wrote -- is hands down Ludwig van Beethoven
Foreign election monitors driven by leftist political agenda: Tom DeWeese is hopping mad that international elections monitors will be observing the election on November 2. He believes it is a slap to the face of Americans
Across U.S., non-custodial parents sue: The rights of non-custodial parents has gotten a boost the past few weeks, writes Wendy McElroy, with the launch of dozens of class action lawsuits advocating on their behalf
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November 2004

GOP borrowing paves the way for Democrat tax hikes: The spending spree that George W. Bush and the Republicans are engaging in will sooner or later result in tax hikes, argues W. James Antle III
The demonization of a life-saving industry: The pedigree of the author of The Truth About Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It should have made the book an impressive argument against Big Pharma but Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan says it failed in its mission
Guilty until proven innocent: Yet another rush to judgment. Frank Salvato says the U.S. Marine accused of killing a wounded Iraqi insurgent is the latest soldier to be judged guilty without both sides of the story being told
Tactics of the crescent moon: Despite its victories in cities like Fallujah, William S. Lind argues that the American military continues to make the same mistakes that it did decades ago
No such thing as compulsory respect: A recent call for mandatory military service for America's youth will have the exact opposite effect then hoped, argues Trevor Bothwell
Why it's Rice in 2008: Forget about secretary of state! Dustin Hawkins is dreaming of a presidential bid by Dr. Condoleezza Rice in four years time
The left's war on Condoleezza Rice: J. Matt Barber has had enough of the racist war that some in the Democratic Party and on the political left have apparently declared on Dr. Condoleezza Rice
The future leaders of Europe and future peace: The next generation of European leaders -- England, France and Europe -- are likely, argues Bruce Walker, to be pro-American and quite conservative
In God we trust...: No one trusts anyone anymore -- often with good reason -- but for many people one article of faith remains undiminished: the government does a good job of protecting them. They are very wrong, responds Lady Liberty
The consequences of surrendering liberty to government security: First it was Ted Kennedy, now it's commentator Cal Thomas. The problems with the federal government's no-fly list proves that you can rely on government to protect you, writes Tom DeWeese
English versus Arabic and Spanish: Britain is now experiencing the same issues that Americans have long debated when it comes to the assimilation of immigrants, reports Alan Caruba
The mullahs must go!: Some may decry it as neoconservative adventurism but Carol Devine-Molin argues that something has to be done to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions
Thanksgiving: The producer's holiday: This holiday is designed to celebrate, not faith and charity, but thought and production, says Gary Hull
Holiday cheer, dreaded J-word is near: Cheryl K. Chumley says it's the time of year that some Christians dread: Christmas and the inevitable attempts to eliminate religion from its celebration.
Roe v. Wade: A woman's perspective: The battle over abortion is likely to heat up again during George W. Bush's second term but Heather Bachman says her mind is already made up
Billions wasted on teacher attrition: Every year school districts spend billions of tax payer dollars to experienced replace teachers, something no private business could do and survive, writes Nancy Salvato
Conservatives should hit the ceiling: The federal government's love of debt, argues Jill S. Farrell, has to be ended. Failure to act will have serious ramifications for the future of the American economy
In defense of beauty pageants: Is feminist hatred of beauty pageants merely envy? Whatever the reason, writes Wendy McElroy, we should be celebrating pageants, not attempting to end them
Arafat's undeserved honor: The west's shame: Elan Journo was sickened that PA President Arafat was remembered last week not as the man responsible for thousands of deaths but as a statesman
The best little whorehouse in Pennsylvania: Tom Wolfe argues in I am Charlotte Simmons that university has become nothing but an alcohol and sex soaked experience. Whether that's true or not, responds Steve Martinovich, Wolfe has written a bad novel
The art of the art of war: Novelist Steven Pressfield, author of The Virtues of War, sits down and chats with Steven Martinovich about his novel and its subject Alexander the Great
How safe do you feel today?: The federal government is spending tens of billions to protect to Americans from future terrorist attacks and Alan Caruba is wondering if its too much
Germany's blunder: William S. Lind believes that the current American posture in the war against terrorism is reminiscent of the mistakes Germany made in both world wars
Medical malpractice tort reform: Why is medical malpractice tort reform so necessary? Robert S. Sargent, Jr. says a recent report by John Locke Foundation illustrates the poor state of things today
Congressman Jindal: A lot of great Republicans were elected earlier this month but the most interesting may be Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, says Bruce Walker
Positively negative: More people voted during Election 2004 then during the election four years previously and yet Libertarians made no ground. Lady Liberty explains why
Beware the 'lame duck' Congress: This is the time of year that every American should dread, writes Peyton Knight, when Congress starts passing some really bad legislation
The soul of ingratitude: Edmund Wilson: Michael Moriarty argues that when it comes to an author of evil, you can't do better than American essayist Edmund Wilson
An open letter to Maureen Dowd: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and the rest of her peers in the media have been falling all over themselves to explain why Red America keeps voting Republican. J. Matt Barber responds to her notions
Is the Canadian economy headed for a crisis?: It may very well be. Mark Wegierski takes a look at some possible structural flaws in the Canadian economy
Ability should overrule all issues: It's likely that George W. Bush will name at least one person to the U.S. Supreme Court. Frank Salvato urges him to ignore litmus tests and simply pick the person the best for the job of safeguarding the Constitution
Here comes Kyoto!: The United States and Australia may have rejected the Kyoto Protocol but that doesn't mean the war against the treaty is over, says Henry Lamb
Frequent hate 9/11: After months of being told he just had to see it Bernard Chapin finally broke down and rented Fahrenheit 9/11. Some advice should never be followed
Environmentalism's dangerous campaign for "safety": The environmentalists' proclamations of danger and doom are not honest errors -- they are a dishonest scare-tactic to make their anti-industrial policies appealing, writes Alex Epstein
Follow the money: Tracking federal grants: U.S. government agencies hand out billions every year -- much of it in discretionary grants -- to organizations. Paul M. Weyrich argues Americans should know exactly where that money is going
Saving Private Ryan from the FCC: As predicted, the FCC's campaign against indecent material has boomeranged and now targets anything remotely controversial, even a movie honouring those who served in World War II, writes Robert Garmong
Domestic violence: Behind the stereotypes: Wendy McElroy argues that October's Domestic Violence Awareness drive demonstrated that what you think is true is often times the exact opposite
Conservative crossroads: Seize post-election opportunities: Now that the election has come and gone it's up to conservatives to hold George W. Bush to his promises, writes W. James Antle III
The best Senate Minority Leader: Last Tuesday wasn't just bad for the Democrats in terms of the presidential race, they also took it on the chin in congressional races. Bruce Walker says that the Democrats have only one choice for effective leadership in the Senate
The story of America's First Couple: It had some problems, noticably in what it didn't cover but Bob Colacello's Ronnie and Nancy: Their Path to the White House -- 1911 to 1980 was still interesting, Steve Martinovich says
Truth that's better than fiction: Steve Martinovich says that Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know About Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine is a fascinating look at the real history behind the early Christian church
President Tom Sawyer: Yeah, so we're a bit late to the party with a review of Bill Clinton's My Life but given ours is written by Michael Moriarty we think it's still worth reading
After Arafat: Many are hoping that the impending death of Yasser Arafat will finally free the Palestinians from self-imposed tyranny but Alan Caruba isn't confident of that happening any time soon
The last great flip-flop: For the past four years the political left has subjected George W. Bush to savage political invective but on November 3 they were full of conciliatory statements. Bush may forgive and forget but Frank Salvato won't
Time for a debate within conservative movement: The American presidential election may be over but the conservative movement's work isn't completed. Paul M. Weyrich argues that conservatives need to ask themselves some big questions
What's wrong with the Democratic Party?: The Democrats too must engage in an internal debate, writes Don Hickey, or risk finding themselves in the political wilderness for some time
See instructions before beginning: Buying something at Ikea and your political representatives have a thing in common, writes Lady Liberty. The instructions that accompany both are written in a language that only appears to be English
Media stars refuse to concede election: Nicholas Stix reports that last Tuesday the media was trying its hardest not to call George W. Bush what it wanted least: the winner of Election 2004
Election, schmelection: Tolerance? That's a demand to be made of Republicans. Keith D. Cummings says that Democratic intolerance was on show before and after last Tuesday
The election monitoring circus leaves town: Election 2004 proved once again why the United States is the world's most vibrant and oldest democracy, says Peyton Knight
If only they hated terrorists this much: Dustin Hawkins is appalled that the Democrats would declare George W. Bush to be divisive considering what happened during the election campaign
The Ba'athist insurgency in Iraq: Iraq's insurgency has been described by the left as a "nationalist" uprising against an American invasion but Bill King says that the evidence suggests otherwise
Forest Conservation Act: More duplicative funding: Whenever Republicans and Democrats agree on legislation that should be a clue to start reading the fine print. Cheryl K. Chumley says one example is the Tropical Forest Conservation Act
Two cheers for a fifty-fifty partisan split: As contentious and acrimonious as this election has sometimes been, Bruce Walker is pleased that the United States is still a vibrant two-party state
Citizens who become soldiers: Who is fighting the war on terror? Alan Caruba says that B. Diggs Brown Jr.'s Your Neighbor Went to War: Reality and the War on Terror shows it's average American
Here and now: When you cast your ballot tomorrow, Lady Liberty wants you to vote for who you believe should win, not who you think will win. In other words, follow your heart
The world becomes ever more bizarre: Tom DeWeese can only roll his eyes at three recent news stories which prove to him that just when you think sanity will reign, the world takes a swerve into the bizarre
When you vote tomorrow: Scott Shore pens an open letter to his family and friends, one he hopes will guide them when they pull the lever to select their preferred candidate on Tuesday
Worldwide focus on this presidential election: There's a reason why the world is watching the American election, says Carol Devine-Molin. It's because the results have world-wide ramifications
Emotion over all: Regardless of who wins tomorrow, writes Bernard Chapin, the biggest danger facing the American republic is the rise of the emotocracy
John Kerry against our sacred liberties: Objectivist G. Stolyarov II believes that voting for George W. Bush is a moral imperative, a term that he doesn't use very often
The usual suspects: Carol Devine-Molin says that Al Qaqaa proves once again at the mainstream media will do whatever it can to weigh in against the Bush administration, even with a pathetic attempt at an 'October Surprise'
The reincarnation of Horatio Gates: Horatio Gates was a self-aggrandizing and incompetent general during the American Revolution who undoubtedly cost the lives of many of his countrymen. Steve Farrell says that there is a Gates for every generation
Moralizing environmentalist dogma is immoral: When you cast your ballot for president tomorrow, say Dr. E. Calvin Beisner and Rabbi Daniel Lapin, remember what John Kerry and his constituencies wants for the United States and the world
VVAW and Hanoi: Joined at the hip?: Recently discovered documents point to a strong connection between Hanoi and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War while John Kerry was a director, writes Jeremy Reynalds
The other Greatest Generation: The World War II generation has been dubbed the Greatest Generation but Chris Davis thinks its time that group was expanded to include those who served in Vietnam
You're no longer living in Kookville: It used to be that only the "black helicopter" crowd believed that the United States should withdraw from the United Nations but these days, argues Alan Caruba, it's a mainstream opinion
The New Orleans streetcars: Present and future developments: Robert S. Sargent, Jr. wraps up his four part series on the New Orleans' streetcars and their renewed presence on the streets of The Big Easy
Jesse's last strike: All across the United States the rights of landowners are being sacrificed to the whims of environmentalists. Henry Lamb reports on one of those victims, Jesse Hardy of Florida
Presidents should graduate from the Electoral College: The 2004 election campaign isn't even over and some are already angling to change the way Americans choose their president in 2008. John T. Plecnik says that would be a mistake
Country-club anxieties vs malaria victims: Paul Driessen argues that a Kerry presidency could enshrine life-threatening
chemical phobias in law and public policy
The federal judiciary and other campaign complexities: The issue of judicial appointments wasn't a factor during the presidential campaign but Paul Weyrich argues that if it is important to you, George W. Bush is the candidate to vote for
The meaning of the right to vote: It's often argued, particularly every for years, that what makes America great is your right to vote, i.e. democracy. Alex Epstein rejects that. He believes America is great because of individual freedom. They aren't the same thing
Voter registration and challenge: The product of planned panic?: Marion Edwyn Harrison argues that we can avoid future problems at the polls by requiring people to register to vote several months in advance of an election, not a few weeks
The sad evolution of sexual harassment: It used to be that sexual harassment suits were launched when grievous cases occurred but these days, writes Wendy McElroy, the standards for a lawsuit are pretty low
The right thing for the wrong reason: A review of The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone - Steven Martinovich
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December 2004

Freeing the masters: The only thing worse than some of the modern art inflicted upon us is the reprehensible push by academics to reinterpret classic art works of art by infusing them modern politics, writes Bernard Chapin
God and America: Toby Mac and Michael Tait had an obvious agenda to promote America as a Christian nation with Under God but even athiest Steve Martinovich enjoyed their efforts
Supreme Court of the people: The battle over the next Supreme Court nominee is expected to be a fierce one. Bruce Walker says there is one way to ensure the court remains responsive to Americans
Life after Roe v. Wade?: Recent history concerning the war over abortion may be favouring the pro-life side but that doesn't mean they should take anything for granted, says W. James Antle III
How the Left achieves its agenda: Following up on an essay he wrote this past summer, Robert S. Sargent, Jr. explores one of the ways the Left advances its agenda: egalitarianism
The Aviator soars: Meet the Fockers is a sequel so you pretty well know what you can expect but Lady Liberty thought The Aviator was glorious
Lemony Snicket not so fresh: Lady Liberty loved Mike Nichols' Closer but she was far less impressed by Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, a movie based on a popular series of children's books
The west's growing disillusionment with Vladimir Putin: Remember a few short years ago when everybody thought Vladimir Putin would be the west's new best friend? Carol Devine-Molin argues that we're long past those days
The new Islamo-Marxism: Where Trotsky meets bin Laden: If Marxists weren't stupid enough, lately they've been courting their blood enemies -- the Islamists -- to form an anti-Western coalition, writes Bill King
Sneak attack: December 7 was the anniversary of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour and it was also the day an attack occurred against American civil liberties, writes Lady Liberty
The pseudo-science fiction of ballistics fingerprinting: It wasn't enough for Canada's government to mandate the registering of all firearms. Some people, reports Clive Edwards, want the federal government to have all firearms fingerprinted
And the children will rule over them: The best way to attack the integrity of the family is to place power with children. Selwyn Duke says that's increasingly happening thanks to the courts and politicians
There is no man-made global warming: We've said it many times since but sometimes you just have to keep repeating yourself: the traditional cant on global warming is wrong. Tom DeWeese explains why
Prophets, false prophets and profiteers: Who's promoting the the traditional cant on global warming? Paul Driessen says you could have found a bunch of them in Argentina last week at the COP-10 conference
Greens: The other enemy: We're sure to get some email about this: Alan Caruba argues that environmentalists and their movement are nothing but pure evil designed to own you
Rush Kids: Talk radio's generation: Hans Zeiger is a proud member of the the Rush Kids -- the first generation of youth to have been influenced by conservative talk radio
Why Christmas should be more commercial: We seem to be on a mission to anger as many people as possible. Last week we argued it was time for Christians to step up and take back Christmas. This week Leonard Peikoff argues that the holiday should be stripped of its religious character
Without apology, Merry Christmas: Henry Lamb replies that the people attempting to remove Christ from Christmas are a small minority of malcontents. Fight their efforts and make sure to wish them a Merry Christmas
From Deutschland to New Deal to now:  How old is old?  How secure is Social Security?: Marion Edwyn Harrison says there is one thing that no one ever discusses when the future of Social Security is debated: age
Agency culpable in child support scam: The recent controversy over a man paying support for a child that never existed spotlights why the system needs to be fixed, writes Wendy McElroy
Politicians serve at the pleasure of citizenry: Serve long enough in Washington, D.C. and even the best can turn into arrogant overlords. Paul M. Weyrich says Ernest Istook of Oklahoma may be proving that theory correct
Morality's new champion?: After watching Comedy Central and being hammered by liberal messages, there's nothing Brian Tiemann loves more than watching a good socially conservative cartoon like South Park
A classic updated for the modern era: Wearing white is permissible after Labor Day? There are a few things Steve Martinovich didn't like about Emily Post's Etiquette, 17th Edition but overall he was impressed by Peggy Post's update to the classic
Sharansky's case for democracy: Carol Devine-Molin was impressed by Natan Sharansky's The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, an argument for the transformative nature of democracy
Less pleasing by one: Lady Liberty enjoyed Ocean's 12 -- the highly anticipated sequel to the remake of Ocean's 11 -- and says it's neither as bad or as good as you've heard
The GOP Mod Squad: Moderates early nomination favorites: George W. Bush hasn't even started serving his second term but several moderate Republicans are already jockeying for 2008, writes W. James Antle III
Rumsfeld, the troops, and the biased activist "reporter": Charles Bloomer says last week's controversy surrounding a question put to Donald Rumsfeld by a soldier shows yet again that the media just don't get it
Federal government was wrong to vet same-sex marriage legislation: Regardless of what you think of same-sex marriage, argues Steven Martinovich, it was wrong for Canada's federal government to give the Supreme Court a kick at the can before Parliament could debate the issue
Killing Christmas: If you believe Christmas is a religious holiday, writes Alan Caruba, then stand up and make yourself known before it becomes just another day stripped of meaning
Merry...whatever: The reason atheists and the religious bump heads at this time of the year, argues Lady Liberty, is because both sides seem intent on being as inflexible as possible
The last Napoleon: William Jefferson Clinton: Try as he might, says Michael Moriarty, William Clinton was not able to import revolutionary ideals of France to the United States
Time for a McFight: Trevor Bothwell urges McDonald's president and COO Mike Roberts to stand up and start fighting back against the radicals trying to shut the fast food chain down
The United Nazis: We're sure Bruce Walker knows the old rule that as soon as you compare your foe to Adolph Hitler or the Nazis you lose the argument but that won't stop him when it comes to the United Nations
Mary, Mary: Rathergate producer Mapes and CBS News: CBS producer Mary Mapes may lose her job this week thanks to the fallout over the Rathergate controversy and Nicholas Stix says it's entirely deserved
Demagoguery redux – the NAACP and racial profiling: Vijay Dandapani honours Vanita Gupta for her work in clearing the victims of the infamous drug bust in Tulia, Texas but her recent comments about racial profiling against Muslims were misplaced
Juicing up the argument: Chicks may dig the long ball but Selwyn Duke is disappointed that so many people seem to be dismissive of allegations that some baseball players are using steroids
Tobacco and the continuation of the Big Lie: Steve Farrell is still irked by the Clinton-era tobacco settlement, one that is still being sold to Americans is a good thing
SepCon2004 D.C. conference a great success: The movement to separate school from state held a conference to celebrate their successes and plan for the future, reports Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Crunch time at the U.N.: Some people are trying to mend it but when it comes to the United Nations, Henry Lamb says it's a far better idea to simply end it
The battle of Fallujah: One early battle in a long, long world war: The battle over Fallujah marked only a small battle in the war against Iraq's insurgents, argues James Atticus Bowden, and there's plenty of fighting ahead
Mental health trumps individual accountability: Math Disorder? Nancy Salvato is tired of people using the mental health industry to explain away their responsibility
Essential economics instruction: Among the many things that children need to learn, writes Paul M. Weyrich, is about economics. He says FirstJobs is one tool you can use to impart that knowledge
NYC must come clean on foster kids AIDS scandal: Where HIV-positive children used in experimental drug trials in New York state? Wendy McElroy argues that if true this points once again to a God-like attitude by a child services agency
The re-whitewashing of Alfred Kinsey: Another in a long series of periodic attempts to resuscitate Alfred Kinsey's reputation is here in the form of a critically praised movie starring Liam Neeson. Selwyn Duke tells all about him in case you don't know the real story of the sex researcher
Ignore the open-borders right - and the WSJ spin: W. James Antle III doesn't think much of Wall Street Journal writer Jason Riley's thoughts on immigration and the future of the Republican Party
Justice Breyer's Harvard lectures: If you want to know how an activist judge justifies their decisions, writes Robert S. Sargent Jr., Justice Stephen Breyer provided the answer in a recent series of lectures
Know much, do little: There may be no greater sin then having the ability to change something for the better but never taking any action, says Steve Farrell
How to retire by age 4500: Is it possible to have a life span measured in thousands of years? He's not convinced but Steve Martinovich still found Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever to be quite interesting
Hunting for answers: The killing of several hunters a few weeks ago has become grist for the mill by anti-hunting activists. Lady Liberty responds that new gun laws wouldn't have stopped the tragedy
The radical chic of the French benightedment: The intellectual heirs of the French Revolution are still with us today but Michael Moriarty argues their day will soon come
The Moon? Mars? Forget about it!: There are many people excited about America's impending return to manned space exploration. Alan Caruba is definitely not one of them
Woolley-headed about Dennis Prager: No mileage for libertarians: Miles Woolley's recent attack on Dennis Prager was a chance to reevaluate some libertarian positions but instead, writes Wayne Lusvardi, he slipped into a mindless rant
Ukraine as future Iraq: Bruce Walker argues that although forces are trying to stop its spread, in both the Ukraine and Iraq democracy will reign
Stealing property rights in the name of historic preservation: If you live in an old home you better be wary of your neighbours and municipal government, says Peyton Knight, because they might try and decide the fate of your property
America sold out: Henry Lamb says that the United States is being sold out one parcel of land at a time to governments. One day, he argues, Americans could wake up to find themselves renters in their own country
Shopping for the soul: Justin Darr feels particularly good about himself this year. He was able to complete his Christmas shopping without compromising his principles
Muslim voices: Yes there are many dangerous voices in the Muslim world but we should also take the time to listen to positive ones, writes Lisa Fabrizio
Where is the "Telephone Clause" in the Constitution?: Nancy Salvato calls on Christians to start actively defending themselves against those trying to eliminate religion from the public sphere
It's time to go nuclear over judiciary: Apparently coming out of the losing end of the election didn't teach congressional Democrats a thing. Paul M. Weyrich says that if they want to pick another fight over judicial nominees then the Republicans should declare war
Rigged polls, rigged networks: Nicholas Stix argues that the mainstream media waged am all-out war in an effort to unseat George W. Bush last month
4GW on the home front: Fourth Generation warfare, what American soldiers are experiencing in Iraq and Afghanistan, could soon be a feature of American life as well, argues William S. Lind
Infidelity gene: Sensational, but science?: A recent study claims that women may be genetically predisposed to cheating on their mates but Wendy McElroy isn't all that impressed its conclusions
Last exit before gas: The upcoming Iraqi elections give the United States a chance to exit Iraq but William S. Lind believes that won't happen as long as the same people in the Bush administration are running the show
Rerun Kerry: John Kerry has publicly mused a run in 2008 but while previous losers have sometimes gone on to victory -- such as Richard Nixon -- Bruce Walker doesn't think much of another candidacy by the Massachusetts senator
Disrobing the ghost of Robespierre: Maximilien Marie Isidore de Robespierre may be long dead but for some the man's ideals will never die, argues Michael Moriarty
Who wants to know?: Lady Liberty says that some information should be available publicly -- it aids in the transparency of government -- but sometimes far too much personal information is released
The first shot in the war on political correctness: Has the final battle in the war against political correctness began? If so, says Frank Salvato, we can thank Patricia Vidmar and the Cupertino Union School District of California for kicking it off
Remembering Dhaka: Globalization, when done properly, promises to lift billions out of horrific poverty. Mark T. Janke is reminded of that fact when he thinks about Dhaka, Bangladesh
Behind the anti-war movement: The re-election of George W. Bush means the return of the anti-war movement. Henry Lamb charges that their motivating philosophy is as anti-American as it gets
Rampant anti-Americanism: Few people actually either love or hate the United's a combination of the two. Carol Devine-Molin says it's time Americans began to address the anti-Americanism sweeping the world
Tell Israel the truth Michael B. Oren: Ariel Natan Pasko is less than happy with historian Michael B. Oren's claims that the Israeli right was secretly unhappy that Yasser Arafat died
Why I launched the campaign against Verizon's anti-father ad: Glenn Sacks is sick and tired of the anti-male and anti-father bias that seems to be dominating the commercials you see on television these days
Education visionaries must prevail: Anyone can dump money into an education in a bid to try and fix problems but Nancy Salvato argues that the real solutions lie in finding a James Madison-esque type of figure
The left's hidden victory in 2004: It wasn't all good for conservatives earlier this month. While conservatives were preoccuppied with capturing offices many liberals were concentrating on another issue entirely, says David N. Bass
The victims of 'victimhood': The problem with victimhood as the controversy surrounding Norma Khouri shows, writes Wendy McElroy, is that it often stops people from asking real questions and demanding some hard evidence
Law Of The Sea Treaty threatens sovereignty: George W. Bush's victory earlier this month isn't the end of work for the Right, argues Paul M. Weyrich. The Law of the Sea Treaty is still a threat to the United States
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