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					                                                                                         At Issue this week...         Budget Deficit by Cal Thomas

                         Good for New Jersey, but the rest of us?
     July 6, 2011

2008 Financial Crisis
    Charen (9)
2010 Election
    Tyrrell (10)                  omething astonishing happened       By 2021, the CBO predicts that without            The Obama administration, which now
Afghanistan                       in New Jersey last week. A major-   a serious recalibration in Social Security,   “owns” the economy, as acknowledged by
    Buchanan (16)                 ity Democratic legislature and a    Medicare and other spending, debt will        Democratic National Committee Chair-
    Lowry (17)          Republican governor agreed on a measure       quickly reach 76 percent of GDP and “the      woman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is in-
    North (17)          that will cut benefits for the state’s 750,000public debt will be 101 percent of GDP        capable of turning things around as long as
    Karki (18)
Answer Man
                        employees and retirees.                       10 years from now.” Interest on the debt      it remains mired in its Keynesian, redistri-
    Seamans (14)                                                      is now more than the entire GDP of some       butionist, punish the successful and subsi-
Bachmann, Michele           LIKE WISCONSIN and other states nations.                                                dize the unsuccessful mentality.
    Lambro (11)         that are being forced to deal with large                                                        In justifying his vote for meaningful
Brown v. EMA            budget deficits caused mostly by sweet-                                                     entitlement reform in New Jersey, Assem-
    Gallagher (20)
                        heart deals struck in more prosperous                             Cal                       blyman Angel Fuentes, a Democrat from
    Shapiro (29)
Budget Deficit          times between politicians who need votes                                                    Camden, told the New York Times, “These
    Limbaugh (2)        and labor unions who deliver them, New                                                      reforms are unquestionably bitter pills for
    Thomas (1)          Jersey couldn’t afford to go on like this.             (c) 2011, Tribune Media Services
                                                                                                                    us to swallow, but they are reasonable and
Church Persecution          The new law “will sharply increase what                                                 they are necessary.”
    Jeffrey (5)
Cigarette Labels
                        state and local workers must contribute for      THE FEDERAL Reserve last week                  Are there enough “reasonable” Demo-
    Chapman (25)        their health insurance and pensions.” And issued a gloomy forecast for the U.S.             crats in Congress who will join with rea-
Corruption              in a major whack at rising costs, will also economy. It noted “slower than expected         sonable Republicans and do what is neces-
    Bay (29)            suspend “cost-of-living increases ... raise growth” and warned of “higher inflation.”       sary to repair what out-of-control spending,
    Malkin (28)         retirement ages and curb the unions’ con- Can anyone say “Jimmy Carter?” This and           unlimited benefits and entitlements are do-
Dear Mark
    Levy (19)
                        tract bargaining rights,” writes Richard many other signs give the lie to the Obama         ing to the federal government and to the
Decency                 Perez-Pena in the June 23 issue of the New administration’s claims about last year’s        other 49 states? If not, in the coming elec-
    Bozell (21)         York Times.                                   “summer of recovery” and other rosy sce-      tion, voters will have another opportunity
    Prager (25)             Gov. Chris Christie’s administration narios about sluggish economic growth              to increase reasonable representation in
Economy                 estimates the deal will save New Jersey and “job creation.”                                 Congress and in the White House.
    Cain (13)
    Lambro (15)
                        $132 billion over the next 30 years. That        Do I hear the echo of Ronald Reagan
Foreign Policy          would be a real saving, unlike the Obama who said during his 1980 campaign for                 WHOEVER THOUGHT traditionally
    Jacoby (30)         administration’s phony prediction of cost president, “A recession is when your neigh-       liberal states like New Jersey and Wiscon-
    Will (30)           reductions with his national health insur- bor loses his job; a depression is when you      sin would lead the way.
Illegal Immigration     ance law, which is now being challenged lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy
    Malkin (12)
	 Schlafly	(26)	
                        in the courts.                                Carter loses his.”                              June 28, 2011
Marriage                    Predictably, labor unions are excoriating
    Charen (21)         Democrats who joined Republicans to pass
    Murchison (23)      the law, but even “tax and spend” Demo-
Media Bias              crats are beginning to realize we can’t go
    Limbaugh (22)
New York Times
                        on like this and the future of the country
    Coulter (7)         is more important than seeking short-term
Obama Presidency        partisan political advantage.
    Barone (6)              A new study co-authored by Joshua Rauh
    Elder (4)           of Northwestern University and Robert
    Morris (4)
                        Novy-Marx of the University of Roches-
Oil                     ter, both finance professors, has concluded
    Blankley (3)        that without a change in their pension sys-
    Kudlow (12)         tems, federal, state and local governments
Perry, Rick             “will need to raise taxes by $1,398 per
    Will (10)
                        household every year for the next 30 years
    Williams (26)       if they are to fully fund their pension sys-
Speech Codes            tems.” The study also found that New Jer-
    Barone (24)         sey “will need to increase its revenue by
Stewart, Jon            the largest margin, requiring $2,475 more
    Bozell (23)
    Shapiro (6)
                        from each household per year.” That’s if
U.S. Constitution       the new law hadn’t passed.
    Norris (27)             Last week, the nonpartisan Congres-
    Sowell (8)          sional Budget Office (CBO) released a
Wal-Mart Case           frightening report that concluded the ratio
    Chavez (14)
War Powers
                        of debt to gross domestic product (GDP)
    Krauthammer (31)    this year would be 69 percent. That’s sev-
                        en percentage points higher than last year.
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  BUDGET DEFICIT: June 24, 2011

And you thought our nightmare couldn’t get worse
       ’ll make you a deal: I’ll quit ac-     only without Medicare benefits but also 700,000 homes per year that economists                   today.
       cusing Democrats of obstructing        with a fallen nation.                               say must be sold to sustain a healthy           Adding insult to injury, Obamacare,
       spending and entitlement reform           Nor are entitlements our only prob- housing market.” All the while, the                       which Obama fraudulently sold as an
when they quit obstructing spending           lem. Our annual budget deficits are also m e d i a n                    price for new houses     indispensable component of balancing
and entitlement reform.                       gargantuan, and                                                           rose. Worst of both    the budget, will greatly drive up health
   Now we even have the nonpartisan,          the    administra-                                                         worlds.               care costs. The CBO says that manda-
sterile, unflappable Congressional Bud-       tion evidences no                       David                                 Now, back to the   tory federal spending on health care will
get Office virtually predicting a “fis-
cal crisis,” yet the Democratic Senate
                                              interest in get-
                                              ting them under
                                                                         Limbaugh                                        budget and entitle-
                                                                                                                           ments. Based on
                                                                                                                                               increase by 86 percent, from 5.6 percent
                                                                                                                                               of GDP presently to 10.4 percent over
hasn’t passed a budget for 785 days.          control. President             (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
                                                                                                                           the CBO’s just-     the next 24 years. Don’t say we didn’t
There ought to be a law.                      Obama not only                                                              released long-term   warn you.
                                              has stubbornly refused to be serious budget report, it is nearly impossible                         Adding aggravation to insult is the
   AT WHAT point will we go into              about discretionary spending cuts but to overstate the gravity of our national                   recently discovered “glitch” in Obama-
panic mode? Frankly, I can’t compre-          also continues to pursue failed policies financial emergency. On our present                     care that allows for more than three mil-
hend how people are so calm now.              guaranteed to impede economic growth, course, our national debt is in the pro-                   lion middle-class Americans to qualify
   The major components of this fis-          without which we simply cannot bring cess of swallowing whole our economy.                       for Medicaid. Can you believe this so-
cal doomsday outlook are entitlements         our budgets into balance.                                                                        cialist scandal?
— the unfunded promises approaching              For an indication of the bleakness of                 PROJECTIONS OF the nation’s                Yet the Democrats’ only action plan
$100 trillion. We need to restructure         the economic picture, just look at to- impending doom have worsened: We                          is to play the class warfare card and
those — radically — so that we don’t          day’s news-delivered gut punches. This face destruction if we don’t act, and the                 peddle fear about the horrors of not
lose everything.                              week’s jobless claims of 429,000 are crisis is accelerating.                                     raising the debt ceiling. They demand
   Sure, we know we have the capacity         even worse than last week’s dismal num-                  Last year, the CBO predicted our na-    that Republicans agree to raise the debt
to turn this situation around. But it can’t   bers, making it 11 weeks in a row that tional debt would be 91 percent of gross                  ceiling when they won’t agree to imple-
happen before 2012 without Democratic         we’ve been above 400,000, the number domestic product in 2021. Now, just a                       ment any budgetary plans to restore fis-
good faith and participation.                 economists associate with a stable la- year later, it is projected to be 101 per-                cal sanity. No wonder the markets are
   The Democrats talk and behave as           bor market. Under President George W. cent in 2021.                                              plummeting. Who could possibly have
though there were no urgency. Instead,        Bush, Democrats complained that 4.7                      It gets worse. The debt is forecasted   confidence in our financial future under
they just accuse Rep. Paul Ryan of rob-       percent unemployment was dreadful. to be 150 percent of GDP by 2030 and                          these circumstances?
bing seniors of Medicare. But the facts       Now their president’s perpetual nine- 200 percent by 2037. And, if you can                          Meanwhile, President Obama is hid-
are that his plan would preserve benefits     plus percent is barely remarkable.                  even imagine this, it will proliferate       ing behind Vice President Joe Biden,
for those who are 55 or older and phase          According to the Associated Press, more rapidly thereafter. On our present                    who is handling the budget negotiations
in benefit reductions for others. If we       new-home sales fell 2.1 percent in May, course, by 2035, federal interest pay-                   with congressional Republicans. House
fail to restructure the system, we’ll all     “to a seasonally adjusted annual rate ments will be nine percent of our entire                   Majority Leader Eric Cantor, hardly a
end up — within a generation — not            of 319,000,” which is “far below the economy, compared with one percent                          radical, has backed out of these talks
                                                                                                                                               because of an impasse over taxes, and
                                                                                                                                               Sen. Jon Kyl is expected to follow suit.
                                                                                                                                               Finally! Bravo.

                                                                                                                                                 DESPERATE TIMES, desperate
                                                                                                                                               measures. Hardball. No turning back.

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  OIL: June 29, 2011

When it comes to oil, where’s the beef?
   I                                                                                                    HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!
       t is said that there are no atheists tary of energy has said that “somehow
       in foxholes. In that context, the we have to figure out how to boost the
       recent rise in oil prices seems to price of gasoline to the levels in Eu-
have turned the Obama administration r o p e . ”                          When gas went up
into true believ-                                                         to $4 a gallon, the

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gas prices down                                                              for the American

                                                                                                    to our number, email or web site. If you would be interested in
and the American economy growing.                     economy. The president replied, “I think
                                                      that I would have preferred a gradual

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   WITH OIL at more than $100 a bar- adjustment.” In other words, he wants

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rel, the White House announced last the price of gasoline in America to go

                                                                                                    sible commission arrangement.
week that it was going to increase oil higher but he would prefer that it go up
supply by withdrawing 30 million bar- gradually (presumably so that the new
rels a month from our strategic oil re- grim reality could sneak up on the pub-
serves and put that oil into the world lic slowly and with little attention paid                       1-800-888-3039
market.                                               to the steady increase). One has to com-
   As Treasury Secretary Timothy Gei- mend the president for that remarkably                               
thner usefully explained last week, ac- frank statement.
cording to Reuters, “costlier energy and                   Certainly, the administration’s ban    free markets and high levels of energy      willing to endorse is the tapping of the
less vigorous worldwide growth would and delays on offshore and new Alaska                        production for America, I give profes-      Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Of course,
keep U.S. economic growth to around a drilling, the opposition to letting Ameri-                  sional, compensated advice to American      that is oil that already has been discov-
two percent annual rate in the first half can oil companies develop and rapidly                   energy-producing corporations.)             ered, extracted and placed in domes in
this year.” Geithner said, “Reserves ex- bring on line the vast supply of newly                                                               our Gulf states. This policy does not add
ist to help mitigate those kinds of dis- found shale oil and shale natural gas,                      OF COURSE, the rhetorical surren-        even a single gallon of new oil to our
ruptions,” and Reuters paraphrased him the Environmental Protection Agency’s                      der to rationality that Geithner offered    reserves. In fact, it reduces our reserves
as saying that “putting additional oil effort to force many of America’s coal-                    up last week — that a larger available      by consuming them now rather than
supplies on market was ‘sensible pol- firing utilities out of business and the                    supply of oil will lower gas prices and     saving them for a supply emergency
icy’ that should give a lift to a slowly proposed special tax increases on Amer-                  invigorate the economy — was only           (such as a boycott of the Organization
expanding economy.”                                   ican oil companies are consistent with      gained under the duress of a tanking        of Petroleum Exporting Countries, a
   This has not been the analysis the the administration’s aforequoted policy                     economy and an upcoming presidential        war in the Middle East that cuts off sup-
Obama administration, until now, has of restricting energy production in order                    election.                                   ply or a natural disaster like Katrina that
brought to the issue. Over the past few to raise the cost of energy to Americans.                    And importantly, the policy surren-      cuts off supply. That is the reason we
years, the administration has argued that (Full disclosure: As I have stated in                   der was limited. The only method of in-     have strategic reserves of both oil and
gas is too cheap. The president’s secre- previous columns, believing as I do in                   creasing oil supply the administration is   certain critical minerals — to protect
                                                                                                                                              from sudden cutoffs, not to manipulate
                                                                                                                                              prices.) Tapping the Strategic Petroleum
                                                                                                                                              Reserve is the equivalent of trying to
                                                                                                                                              increase the supply of American meat
                                                                                                                                              by going into Safeway and shooting a
                                                                                                                                              package of steaks. If one really wants to
                                                                                                                                              increase the supply of meat, he should
                                                                                                                                              go into the woods and shoot some meat
                                                                                                                                              that is still on the hoof. Or raise a new
                                                                                                                                                 And if the administration really want-
                                                                                                                                              ed to increase the supply of oil over the
                                                                                                                                              long term to bring down the price of gas
                                                                                                                                              and expand our economy, it would per-
                                                                                                                                              mit our “energy hunters” in the private
                                                                                                                                              sector to develop and bring on line the
                                                                                                                                              vast oil and natural gas reserves with
                                                                                                                                              which America has been blessed.
                                                                                                                                                 Still, this is at least theoretical prog-
                                                                                                                                              ress. Just as the president admitted last
                                                                                                                                              December — when he capitulated to
                                                                                                                                              Republicans and agreed to extend the
                                                                                                                                              Bush tax cuts because tax cutting is
                                                                                                                                              good for an expanding economy (a point
                                                                                                                                              he seemingly has forgotten, as now he
                                                                                                                                              is calling for higher taxes) — now he
                                                                                                                                              has admitted that increasing oil supply
                                                                                                                                              brings down gas prices and raises the

                                                                                                                                                 JUST AS we are all believers when
                                                                                                                                              in foxholes during wars, apparently we
                                                                                                                                              are all supply-siders when in $4-a-gal-
                                                                                                                                              lon hard times before elections.
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  OBAMA PRESIDENCY: June 23, 2011

Farrakhan: White Man made Obama bomb Libya
           ation of Islam Minister Louis       created at a rate faster than white busi-                     Obama would be The One.              pose choice in education, including the
           Farrakhan recently unmasked         nesses and the revenues of black busi-                        The White Man engineered his elec-   D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program
           the reason for President Ba-        nesses grew faster than those of white tion, then programmed the charismatic                       that, by lottery, gave vouchers to inner-
rack Obama’s unpopular, non-congres-           businesses. Egads!                                       Obama to enact policies guaranteed to     city Washington, D.C., children and saw
sionally authorized, War Powers Reso-             Sociologist Charles Murray, in one have the opposite effect of Reagan’s pol-                    high school graduation rates increase
lution-violating decision to bomb Libya,       of the most important books on public icies:                                                       from 70 percent for applicants not of-
a country that poses no imminent threat        policy in the last                                                           The White Man         fered a scholarship to 82 percent for the
to the United States.                          50 years, Losing                                                           made Obama sign         scholarship recipients.
   “We voted for our brother, Barack,”         Ground, explained
                                                                                        Larry                              costly “health care        The White Man made Obama sup-
said Farrakhan, “a beautiful human being
with a sweet heart, and now he’s an as-
                                               how welfare de-
                                               pendency          in-
                                                                                     Elder                                   reform,”    which
                                                                                                                             causes employers
                                                                                                                                                  port a nearly trillion-dollar “stimulus”
                                                                                                                                                  package — largely giving money to
                                                                                  (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
sassin. They’ve turned him into them.”         creased the num-                                                             to drop coverage,     state workers and other supporters of the
                                               ber of black out-of-wedlock births. The premiums to increase and health care                       Democratic Party. It neither “saved or
   “THEM,” OF course, refers to the            Welfare Reform Act of 1996 resulted in quality to decline.                                         created” 3.5 million jobs nor prevented
evil, racist, manipulative, all-powerful       a dramatic decline in the welfare rolls,                      The White Man made Obama raise       unemployment from reaching eight per-
White Man, who as in “Invasion of the          without a corresponding increase in the minimum wage. This increases un-                           cent. Unemployment actually rose to
Body Snatchers,” seized Obama’s mind,          abortion. Welfare recipients, a large per- employment for those with the lowest                    10.2 percent, and now stands at 9.1 per-
body and soul, and changed him into an         centage of whom are minorities, found skills, a disproportionate percentage of                     cent.
enemy of the poor, the downtrodden, the        jobs and became self-sufficient.                         whom are black.                               The results have exceeded The White
black.                                                                                                       The White Man made Obama sign        Man’s expectations. Black teen unem-
   Don’t snicker. Farrakhan may be on             THE WHITE MAN discovered an laws to rein in “Wall Street greed,” but                            ployment is nearly 41 percent. The un-
to something.                                  inexperienced, left-wing, collectivist, left untouched the real reasons behind the                 employment rate for black adult males is
   Here’s what presidential candidate          spread-the-wealth, tax-the-rich black housing meltdown: Freddie Mac, Fannie                        17.5 percent. Yes, Obama’s war for Big
Obama said about use of force: “The            senator from Illinois who had not read Mae, the FHA and the Community Re-                          Oil and his anti-black economic polices
president does not have power under the        Murray’s book or, if he had, did not be- investment Act, all of which induced the                  mean lots of whites get trampled in the
Constitution to unilaterally authorize a       lieve it. In fact, then-Illinois State Sena- otherwise non-creditworthy — a dispro-                process. Collateral damage. Friendly
military attack in a situation that does not   tor Obama spoke out against the Welfare portionate percentage of whom are racial                   fire. Addition by subtraction.
involve stopping an actual or imminent         Reform Act.                                              minorities — to take on mortgages they
threat to the nation.” Congress passed            Determined not to repeat the Reagan could not afford.                                             THE WHITE MAN, as Farrakhan
the War Powers Resolution in 1973 to           mistake, The White Man hatched a plan.                        The White Man made Obama op-         duly notes, is back.
restrain the president in non-imminent
threat situations. Obama, however, dis-
agrees that it applies to Libya. This hu-        OBAMA PRESIDENCY: June 25, 2011
manitarian mission, Obama argues, does
not involve “hostilities,” a condition that
triggers the WPR’s application.                Obama faces angst on the left
   Secretary of Defense Robert Gates,
however, before Obama made his Libya                     resident Obama’s decision to           land-use policies, accusing him of too            slowly from Afghanistan likely to do
decision, told Congress what a “no-fly                   begin to withdraw from Af-             easily allowing access and development            much to endear him to the liberals.
zone” over Libya required: “Let’s just                   ghanistan reflects a deepen-           on public land.                                   While he makes a big show of with-
call a spade a spade. A no-fly zone begins     ing rift between his administration and             From the far left comes consternation          drawing more rapidly than his generals
with an attack on Libya to destroy the air     his former sycophants on the left. On a          at Obama’s refusal to close Gitmo and             wanted, that’s a straw man. In reality,
defenses ... and then you can fly planes       score of issues, the liberal community           even criticism over shooting an “un-              he is going to keep the surge troops in
around the country and not worry about         has begun to tire of their president.            armed” bin Laden.                                 Afghanistan until Election Day, as he
our guys being shot down.” Sounds a                                                                                                               pulls them out slowly between now and
lot like “hostilities.” And Americans, by         INDEED, AT the Netroots Conven-                                                                 then. His announcement of a pullout of
a two-to-one ratio, oppose military in-        tion, liberal activists convened a panel                                Dick                       10,000 troops — out of 100,000 — by
volvement in Libya.
   The White Man, says Farrakhan,
                                               on “What to Do If the President Is Just
                                               Not That Into You.” And liberals are                       Morris                                  the end of the summer will not impress
                                                                                                                                                  the left.
forced Obama to bomb Libya for the oil.        getting the feeling that he is not.                         (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate               Behind the discontent of the liberals
Obama’s alleged humanitarian intent, he           From Al Gore comes the criticism                                                                is, of course, disappointment and frus-
said, is merely a “noble motive to hide        that Obama has not informed the nation               AND FROM the National Associa-                tration with the economy. The continu-
(America’s) wicked agenda!”                    about the scientific evidence that he sees       tion of Latino Elected Officials (NA-             ing high levels of unemployment and
   Farrakhan’s analysis also explains          as proving that man-induced climate              LEO) comes anger at Obama’s refusal               the president’s seeming cluelessness in
Obama’s job-killing domestic economic          change is upon us and for not taking             to attend their annual convention for the         the face of a coming double-dip reces-
policies — the disastrous effect of which      bold enough steps to address the issue.          third year in a row despite his campaign          sion — accompanied by inflation this
disproportionately hurts blacks. The              From Democratic senators comes the            vow to come back after he won the elec-           time — erode his image as an income
White Man, after President Ronald Rea-         warning not to cut too deeply into gov-          tion. Beneath their pique is, of course,          redistributor. Liberals realize that under
gan, vowed, “Never again!”                     ernment spending in the debt-limit ne-           real discontent over his failure to push          Obama there has not only been no clo-
   Reagan, in the early ‘80s, faced an         gotiations and a demand that he listen to        for immigration reform even when                  sure of the gap between the rich and the
even tougher economy, with higher un-          their appeals for even more spending.            he had 60 votes in the Senate and his             poor but the recession has brought a fur-
employment, higher inflation and higher           From the gay community comes an-              stepped-up “silent raids” on employers            ther widening.
interest rates. Reagan cut taxes, slowed       ger at Obama’s refusal to endorse gay            of illegal immigrants.                                Obama’s victory was clinched by a
the rate of domestic spending and de-          marriage despite his ongoing, self-con-              Obama needs the strong and enthusi-           virtual doubling in the turnout of young
creased regulation on businesses.              fessed “evolution” on the subject.               astic support of a solidly united left. He        people in 2008. Unless he comes near
   Reagan, from The White Man’s per-              From ultra-liberal Rep. Dennis Ku-            needs the turnout, and he requires that           that level this time, he is in for great dif-
spective, was catastrophic: Black adult        cinich comes the charge that his inter-          they remain loyal even as he moves to             ficulty.
unemployment fell faster than white            vention in Libya is outside the permitted        the center to appease conservative and
adult unemployment, black teen un-             scope of the War Powers Act.                     moderate voters. But he is not getting        AND THE soundings from the La-
employment fell faster that white teen            From former Interior Secretary Bruce          it.                                        tino and left communities indicate that
unemployment, black businesses were            Babbitt comes an attack on Obama’s                   Nor is his decision to withdraw so he’s got a long, long way to go.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                                     5

Next step: Persecuting churches?
             hen the New York legisla- Freaks, the 2004 case of Catholic Chari-
             ture passed a law last Fri- ties of Sacramento v. the Superior Court
             day legalizing same-sex of Sacramento County demonstrated
marriage, all of New York’s Roman this.
Catholic bishops                                                            In the Catholic
signed a statement                                                       Charities case, a
warning that they                     Terry                             six-to-one      major-
now expect efforts
to enact laws at-
                                  Jeffrey                                ity of the California
                                                                           Supreme       Court
                               (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
tacking churches                                                           upheld a law en-
that defend the truth.                              acted by the California legislature that
                                                    required Catholic schools, hospitals         their church’s view of the just treatment      forces a church institution, in violation
    “WE STRONGLY uphold the Cath- and charitable organizations to provide                        of workers.                                    of its own self-identity and constitu-
olic Church’s clear teaching that we al- prescription contraception coverage for                     They wanted to force the Catholic          tion, to pay for something in its own
ways treat our homosexual brothers and their employees if they purchased any                     Church to choose one wrong or another.         workplace that the institution holds and
sisters with respect, dignity and love,” prescription drug coverage for their em-                It is hard to imagine an uglier or more        teaches to be sinful,” the churches said
said the bishops.                                   ployees at all.                              tyrannical impulse in a politician.            in this brief.
    “But we just as strongly affirm that                 It did not matter to the majority in        The church resisted. Catholic Chari-          “Today’s case is about contracep-
marriage is the joining of one man and California’s legislature, who passed the                  ties of Sacramento sued the state, seek-       tives,” they said. “Tomorrow’s will
one woman in a lifelong, loving union law, and then Gov. Gray Davis, who                         ing to protect its own and everyone            present some other issue that elicits pub-
that is open to children, ordered for the signed it, that employees of Catholic or-              else’s freedom of religion.                    lic division, such as abortion, assisted
good of those children and the spouses ganizations were free to buy any kind of                      “This lawsuit has very little to do with   suicide, cloning, or some issue of self-
themselves,” they said. “This definition contraceptives they wanted — with their                 health insurance and everything to do          governance, such as the use of resources
cannot change, though we realize that own money. These politicians wanted to                     with our fundamental rights as Ameri-          for evangelization or who a religious
our beliefs about the nature of marriage force the Catholic Church to buy contra-                cans,” Roman Catholic Bishop William           agency may hire to do ministry work.”
will continue to be ridiculed, and that ceptives against its teaching.                           Weigand of Sacramento explained at                The California Supreme Court’s de-
some will even now attempt to enact                      The Catholic Church argued that it      the time. “It boils down to a very simple      cision was bold and simple. It conceded
government sanctions against churches deeply believed and clearly taught that                    question. Under the Constitution, does         that the California law demanded that
and religious organizations that preach artificial contraception was wrong. The                  the state of California have the right to      the Catholic Church act against its own
these timeless truths.”                             church also said it believed it had a mor-   tell its citizens how to practice their re-    teachings.
    The bishops are wrong — about the al obligation — as part of its duty to treat               ligion?”                                          “We do not doubt Catholic Charities’
timing. Efforts to sanction churches for workers justly — to provide prescription                    Three Protestant churches — in-            assertion that to offer insurance cover-
defending the truth will not be starting drug coverage for its employees.                        cluding the Lutheran-Church Missouri           age for prescription contraceptives to its
now, they have already started.                                                                  Synod, the International Church of the         employees would be religiously unac-
    America’s liberal establishment has                  THE LIBERALS behind Califor-            Foursquare Gospel and the Worldwide            ceptable,” said the court.
already shown how it can flout the Con- nia’s contraceptive law no doubt relished                Church of God — joined the U.S. Con-              But it concluded that the state’s in-
stitution and use government to force putting the Catholic Church in this box:                   ference of Catholic Bishops in filing an       terest in eliminating “gender discrimi-
churches to act against their own moral force Catholic authorities to choose be-                 amicus brief supporting Catholic Chari-        nation” trumped the Catholic Church’s
teachings.                                          tween upholding their church’s teaching      ties.                                          freedom of religion.
    As I wrote in my book Control on artificial contraception or upholding                           “The state proposes a rule of law that        “Assuming for the sake of argument
                                                                                                                                                the (law) substantially burdens a reli-
                                                                                                                                                gious belief or practice, the law never-
                                                                                                                                                theless serves a compelling state inter-
                                                                                                                                                est and is narrowly tailored to achieve
                                                                                                                                                that interest,” said the court. “The (law)
                                                                                                                                                serves the compelling state interest of
                                                                                                                                                eliminating gender discrimination.”
                                                                                                                                                   Catholic Charities appealed to the
                                                                                                                                                U.S. Supreme Court, but the court re-
                                                                                                                                                fused to take the case up, letting Cali-
                                                                                                                                                fornia’s law stand.
                                                                                                                                                   Apologists for New York’s same-sex
                                                                                                                                                marriage law argue that it includes a re-
                                                                                                                                                ligious exemption that protects churches
                                                                                                                                                from having to officiate over same-sex
                                                                                                                                                marriages and protects them in “tak-
                                                                                                                                                ing such action as is calculated by such
                                                                                                                                                organization to promote the religious
                                                                                                                                                principles for which it is established or
                                                                                                                                                maintained” — including in its employ-
                                                                                                                                                ment practices.
                                                                                                                                                   That is, of course, until the same
                                                                                                                                                kind of ideologues who are now push-
                                                                                                                                                ing same-sex marriage laws begin suing
                                                                                                                                                churches in states where same-sex mar-
                                                                                                                                                riage is a “right” because, they argue,
                                                                                                                                                the churches have made them victims of
                                                                                                                                                “gender discrimination.”

                                                                                                                                                  THEN ANTHONY Kennedy gets to
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  OBAMA PRESIDENCY: June 27, 2011

Like Chauncey Gardiner, profoundly aloof
               hich past leader does Ba-      Kyl, left the bargaining table and said Monday. But while Chauncey Gardiner,                      the AFL-CIO, not the U.S.A. The man
               rack Obama most closely        that they wouldn’t return until Demo- in his befuddlement, tried to answer ques-                  who said he wanted to double exports in
               resemble? His admirers,        crats dropped demands for tax increases. tions squarely, Obama has seemed less                    five years has nothing to say about his
not all of them liberals, used to compare     After all, if the Democrats hadn’t been i n t e r -                     ested in the substance    National Labor Relations Board appoin-
him to Abraham Lincoln and Franklin           able to raise taxes                                                      of public policy than    tee’s attempt to shut down a $1 billion
Roosevelt.                                    on high earners                                                           in framing issues for   plant being built by the nation’s No. 1
    Well, Obama announced his candi-          when they had                       Michael                               the next presidential   exporter.
dacy in Lincoln’s hometown two days
before Abe’s birthday, and he did expand
                                              large majorities in
                                              December’s lame
                                                                               Barone                                     campaign.
                                                                                                                             That was plain-
                                                                                                                                                   And don’t forget the enviro types.
                                                                                                                                                Obama is releasing oil from the Strate-
                                                                              (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
the size and scope of government. But         duck session, what                                                          ly the case in the    gic Petroleum Reserve, but his appoin-
no one seriously compares him with Lin-       makes anyone think this more Republi- decisions on Afghanistan he announced                       tees are barring drilling in the Gulf and
coln or FDR anymore.                          can Congress will raise them now?                    Wednesday night. Regardless of condi-        Alaska and refusing approval for a natu-
    Conservative critics have taken to                                                             tions on the ground, the president prom-     ral gas pipeline from Canada.
comparing him, as you might imag-                CANTOR SAID it was impossible to ised that the last of the surge troops will                      On all these issues, Obama seems
ine, to Jimmy Carter. The more cruel          make progress unless Obama got person- be removed by September 2012, the                          oddly disengaged, aloof from the hard
among them, like the Weekly Standard’s        ally involved. Top Senate Democrat Har- month Democrats hold their national                       work of government, hesitant about
Jay Cost, say the comparison is not to        ry Reid said the same thing. New Jersey convention.                                               making choices.
Obama’s advantage.                            Gov. Chris Christie, fresh from making                    As for Libya, Obama pretends we’re
    But there is another comparison I think   a bipartisan compromise on public em- not involved in “hostilities” and has been                     THAT DOESN’T sound like Lin-
more appropriate for a president who,         ployee benefits, offered succinct advice: content to “lead from behind.” Another                  coln. Or Roosevelt. Or even Jimmy
according to one of his foreign-policy        “First, the president can show up.”                  sop to the antiwar left.                     Carter. More like “then we have fall and
staffers, prefers to “lead from behind.”         Well, Obama has agreed to do that                      Sometimes it seems he’s president of    winter.”
The man I have in mind is Chauncey
Gardiner, the character played by Peter
Sellers in the 1979 movie Being There.          JON STEWART: June 22, 2011
    As you may remember, Gardiner is
a clueless gardener who is mistaken for
a Washington eminence and becomes a
presidential adviser. Asked if you can
                                              The gospel of Jon Stewart
stimulate growth through temporary in-            Jon Leibowitz — aka Jon Stewart —              But Stewart insisted that his political        agenda — people like Les Moonves at
centives, Gardiner says, “As long as the      is a liar.                                      viewpoint was irrelevant because he was           CBS — have actually considered using
roots are not severed, all is well and all        This week, he sat down with Chris           a comedian. “I’m a comedian first,” he            Stewart as their nightly news anchor.
will be well in the garden.”                  Wallace of Fox News and promptly                told Wallace. “My comedy is informed              Hollywood entertainment folks pretend
    “First comes the spring and summer,”      made an a-- of himself. The left cheered,       by an ideological background. There’s no          that they are not politically motivated for
he explains, “but then we have fall and       as they are apt to do when they spot the        question about that. The thing ... that in        public consumption, but in private, they
winter. And then we get spring and sum-       Smirking Smarm-smith, but the truth is          some respect conservative activists will          will admit that they enjoy using their en-
mer again.” The president is awed as          that without his trusty audience to cheer       never understand is that Hollywood, yes,          tertainment to promote their own politi-
Gardiner sums up, “There will be growth       his every move, Stewart looked like what        they’re liberal. But that’s not their prima-      cal point of view. Stewart’s boss, Herzog
in the spring.”                               he was: a bully, a manipulator and an in-       ry motivating force. I’m not an activist.         — an executive who is charged with rais-
    Kind of reminds you of Barack             tellectually dishonest partisan hack.           I’m a comedian.”                                  ing stockholder value — says that he be-
Obama’s approach to the federal budget,                                                                                                         lieves that “through the medium of televi-
doesn’t it?                                      HIS HACKERY began when he re-                                                                  sion, we try to make the world a slightly
    In preparing his February budget,         fused to call the New York Times a “lib-                                                          better place.” By “better,” Herzog means
Obama totally ignored the recommenda-         eral organization.” While standing by his                                  Ben                    leftist. So does Stewart.
tions of his own fiscal commission head-
ed by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simp-
                                              labeling of Fox News as “a relentlessly
                                              agenda-drive, 24-hour news opinion pro-
                                                                                                       Shapiro                                     Stewart is a liar because he pretends
                                                                                                                                                that he cannot be both a comedian and
son. Others noticed: The Senate rejected      paganda delivery system,” he refused to
                                                                                                         (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
                                                                                                                                                a political propagandist. He can be both,
the initial budget by a vote of 97-0.         say the same of ABC, CBS, NBC and the                                                             because Hollywood is full of people who
    Then, speaking in April at George         Washington Post. Instead, he said their             BUT, OF COURSE, Stewart can be                are both. There is no question that his au-
Washington University, Obama said he          bias “is toward sensationalism and lazi-        and is both. He uses his comedy to pro-           dience of trained seals see him for what
was presenting a new budget with $4           ness. I wouldn’t say it’s toward a liberal      pagandize. That’s not against the law             he is: a master of liberal hackery, unwill-
trillion in long-term spending cuts. But      agenda.” This is plainly idiocy. All news       and not immoral, but it is a betrayal of          ing to attack President Obama harshly
there were no specifics.                      organizations of any stripe are biased          his self-proclaimed primary motivating            or to call out journalistic malfeasance
    Congressional Budget Office Director      toward sensationalism because it sells          force: to be funny. True comedy attacks           from the left. That is why when he once
Douglas Elmendorf was asked last week         and laziness because it is cheap. But that      the targets at hand. It does not pick and         dared to make a joke about President
if the CBO had prepared estimates of          doesn’t preclude them from playing for a        choose based on political affiliation.            Obama, the audience didn’t laugh. “You
this budget. “We don’t estimate speech-       political team, as the mainstream media         Stewart does, and that’s why the quality          know, you’re allowed to laugh at him,”
es,” Elmendorf, a Democrat, explained.        clearly does.                                   of his comedy has declined dramatically           a grumpy Stewart chided. How would
“We need much more specificity than              Wallace then called Stewart on his own       since Bush’s re-election.                         they know that? After all, Stewart hasn’t
was provided in that speech for us to do      political bias. Stewart is a liberal. That’s        Stewart is a mass of contradictions.          trained them to laugh at everyone — he’s
our analysis.”                                no shock. When I interviewed Doug Her-          He admits that he wants his voice heard,          trained them to laugh at his political en-
    Evidently “first we have the spring       zog, president of MTV Networks, for my          and says, “That’s why I got into come-            emies.
and summer” was not enough.                   book, Primetime Propaganda, he said             dy.” But in the same sentence, he denies
    Then Obama deputed Vice President         that Stewart was obviously a leftist. “I        that he is an ideologically partisan activ-          AT THE END of his interview with
Joe Biden and congressional leaders to        think there is no discussion where Jon’s        ist. He believes he should speak for good         Wallace, Stewart claimed that “there is
handle negotiations over raising the debt     heart lies,” Herzog told me. “I think he        media practice, but refuses to practice it        not a designed ideological agenda on my
ceiling. Biden apparently did a good job      wears it on his sleeve to a certain de-         because he can always put on his Johnny           part to affect partisan change.” It may
of letting everyone set out their positions   gree.” In fact, Stewart’s lackeys refuse to     Carson hat.                                       not be designed, but it is an agenda. And
and interact.                                 have conservative pundits on his show,              This, unfortunately, is endemic of Hol-       Stewart is an expert at pushing it while
    But last Thursday two influential Re-     as they told my friend, comedian Steven         lywood. The same folks Stewart believes           pretending to be an honest comedian
publicans, Rep. Eric Cantor and Sen. Jon      Crowder.                                        are unbiased with regard to their news            rather than a comedic propagandist.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                                      7
  NEW YORK TIMES: June 22, 2011

NYT: Fraught nexus of lies, stupidity and bigotry
         erhaps instead of taking potshots              Confessions were obtained in accor-
         at me in its Book Review sec- dance with the law, with the defendants’
         tion, the New York Times could parents present at all police interroga-
consider reviewing one of my books. tions. All but one of the confessions
With only one review — not in the Book w a s                          videotaped. After a six-
Review — after                                                          week hearing solely
eight New York                             Ann                           on the admissibility
Times best-sellers,                                                       of the confessions,
the editors can rest
assured that I know
                                Coulter                                    a judge ruled them
                                      (c) 2011, Ann Coulter
they don’t like me.                                                            At the trials,
                                                    evidence was ruled on by the judge and       murderer had nothing to lose by confess-     re-litigated in the backrooms of law of-
   REVIEWING A book about the 1989 tested in court. Witnesses were present-                      ing to the rape — and much to gain by        fices and newsrooms by a remarkably
rape of the Central Park jogger last week, ed for both sides and subjected to cross-             claiming that he had acted alone, includ-    undiverse group of Irish and Jewish, col-
the reviewer sniped that “coarser pundits examination.                                           ing a highly desirable prison transfer.      lege-educated New Yorkers. They lied
like Ann Coulter continue to exploit the                One witness, for example, an acquain-        As with the tribunals during the         about the evidence in order to vindicate
case whenever possible.”                            tance of one of the defendants, testified    French Revolution, the show trials were      a mob and destroy trust in the judicial
   My chapter on the Central Park rape that when she talked to him in jail after                 based on a lie, to wit, that Reyes’ con-     system.
in my recently released, smash New York the arrests, he told her that he hadn’t                  fession constituted “new evidence” that         Liberals despise the rule of law be-
Times best-seller, Demonic: How the raped the jogger, he “only held her legs                     might have led to a different verdict at     cause it interferes with their ability to
Liberal Mob Is Endangering America, down while (another defendant) f---ked                       trial.                                       rule by mob. They love to portray them-
evidently “exploits” the case by citing her.” (That’s enough for a rape convic-                                                               selves as the weak taking on the pow-
facts. Based on those facts, I argue that tion.)                                                    IN FACT, Reyes’ admission that he         erful. But it is the least powerful who
the real trials reached more believable                 In the opposite of a “rush to judg-      had raped the jogger changed nothing         suffer the most once the rule of law is
verdicts than the show trial held by the ment,” two multi-ethnic juries deliberat-               about the evidence presented in the ac-      gone. (Dominique Strauss-Kahn is about
Left 13 years later.                                ed for 10 days and 11 days, respectively,    tual trials. It was always known that oth-   to discover that the most defenseless,
   On April 19, 1989, a 28-year-old in- before unanimously finding the defen-                    ers had participated in the attack on the    penniless immigrant has the same legal
vestment banker went for a run through dants guilty of most crimes charged —                     jogger. It was always known that none        rights as he, in an American court.)
Central Park, whereupon she was at- though innocent of others. The convic-                       of the defendants’ DNA — a primitive            Liberals’ relentless attack on the ju-
tacked by a violent mob, savagely beat- tions were later upheld on appeal.                       science back in 1989 — was found on          dicial system is yet another example of
en, raped and left for dead. By the time                The only way liberals could get those    the jogger.                                  their Jacobin lunacy in opposition to
the police found her at 1:30 a.m. that convictions overturned was to change                         This is why prosecutor Elizabeth          calm order. You will note that they never
night, she was beaten so badly, she had venues from a courtroom to a newsroom.                   Lederer said in her summation to the         ask: Who did what in this case? All they
lost three-fourths of her blood and the So that’s what they did.                                 jury: “Others who were not caught raped      want to know is which class of people
police couldn’t tell if she was male or                 The convictions were vacated based       her and got away.”                           are on trial. Social justice is the only jus-
female. The homicide unit of the Man- not on a new trial or on new evidence,                        The only new information Reyes pro-       tice that interests the Left because it’s the
hattan D.A.’s office initially took the case but solely on the “confession” of Matias            vided was that he was one of those who       only justice that can be delivered by the
because not one of her doctors believed Reyes.                                                   “got away.”                                  political agitation of a mob.
she would be alive in the morning.                      Coincidentally, this serial rapist and      But 13 years later, the show trial was       Thus, the book about the Central Park
                                                                                                                                              rape warmly reviewed in the Times was
                                                                                                                                              described as raising the “fraught nexus
                                                                                                                                              of race, class and gender.” It was said to
                                                                                                                                              take a “tour through America’s violently
                                                                                                                                              racist past and present.”
                                                                                                                                                 What on earth does any of that have
                                                                                                                                              to do with the evidence in this particular
                                                                                                                                                 Another way of determining the guilt
                                                                                                                                              or innocence of the convicted rapists
                                                                                                                                              would be to look at the facts of the case
                                                                                                                                              — the confessions, the corroborating ev-
                                                                                                                                              idence, the state of DNA testing in 1989,
                                                                                                                                              the jury verdicts and Reyes’ advanta-
                                                                                                                                              geously timed confession 13 years later.
                                                                                                                                                 But looking at actual facts in a crimi-
                                                                                                                                              nal trial, as I did, apparently constitutes a
                                                                                                                                              coarse exploitation of the case.

                                                                                                                                                  I SUPPOSE writers who recount
                                                                                                                                              truthful facts about the Holocaust coarse-
                                                                                                                                              ly “exploit” that crime, too. Rather than
                                                                                                                                              reciting gruesome facts about the Holo-
                                                                                                                                              caust, I gather the Times would prefer a
                                                                                                                                              book that examines the general charac-
                                                                                                                                              teristics of Jews and Germans from 1850
                                                                                                                                              to 1933 — a study of the “fraught nexus”
                                                                                                                                              of race, religion and nationality — be-
                                                                                                                                              fore deciding whether the Jews deserved
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  U.S. CONSTITUTION: June 28, 2011

July 4th and the Constitution
           he Fourth of July may be just out in big letters that those who wrote
           a holiday for fireworks to some the Constitution “did not know about”
           people. But it was a momen- all sorts                         of things in the world
tous day for the history of this country t o d a y,                         including airplanes,
and the history of                                                           television, comput-
the world.                        Thomas                                     ers and DNA.
    Not only did                                                                This may seem
July 4, 1776 mark                 Sowell                                       like a clever new
American inde-                    (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate                 gambit but, like
pendence       from                                                            many clever new
England, it marked a radically different gambits, it is a rehash of arguments made
kind of government from the govern- long ago. Back in 1908, Woodrow Wil- a constitution does not exist to micro-                                the Tenth Amendment: “The powers not
ments that prevailed around the world son said, “When the Constitution was manage particular “events” or express                                delegated to the United States by the
at the time — and the kinds of govern- framed there were no railways, there was opinions about the passing scene.                               Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the
ments that had prevailed for thousands no telegraph, there was no telephone,”                        A constitution exists to create a frame-   States, are reserved to the States respec-
of years before.                                            In Mr. Stengel’s rehash of this argu- work for government — and the Consti-         tively, or to the people.”
                                                       ment, he declares: “People on the right tution of the United States tries to keep           Perhaps Richard Stengel should fol-
    THE AMERICAN Revolution was and left constantly ask what the framers the government inside that framework.                                  low the advice of another Stengel —
not simply a rebellion against the King would say about some event that is hap-                      From the irrelevant to the erroneous       Casey Stengel, who said on a number of
of England, it was a rebellion against pening today.”                                             is a short step for Mr. Stengel. He says,     occasions, “You could look it up.”
being ruled by kings in general. That is                                                          “If the Constitution was intended to
why the opening salvo of the American                       MAYBE THAT kind of talk goes on limit the federal government, it certainly             DOES THE Constitution matter? If
Revolution was called “the shot heard where he hangs out. But most people doesn’t say so.”                                                      it doesn’t, then your Freedom doesn’t
round the world.”                                      have enough common sense to know that         Apparently Mr. Stengel has not read        matter.
    Autocratic rulers and their subjects
heard that shot — and things that had
not been questioned for millennia were
                                                           OBAMA PRESIDENCY: June 23, 2011
now open to challenge. As the genera-
tions went by, more and more autocratic
governments around the world proved
unable to meet that challenge.
                                               The last president of the 20th century?
    Some clever people today ask wheth-                     Sometime between 2008 and today, outcomes for people on Medicaid aren’t             out of that moment. As Michael Barone
er the United States has really been “ex- President Barack Obama lost the future. any better than those without any insur-                      writes in the Wall Street Journal, mid-
ceptional.” You couldn’t be more excep-                     He rose to high office on a gust of ance at all.                                    century American society had a faith in
tional in the 18th century than to create hope and change, but despite the future-                   As the baby boomers retire, the            big institutions — including big govern-
your fundamental document — the Con- oriented marketing has proved himself 20th-century entitlement state is under                              ment — that’s impossible to imagine
stitution of the United States — by open- devoted to old pieties and existing gov- increasing strain. Paul Ryan proposes                        today.
ing with the momentous words, “We the ernmental structures. At this rate, he’ll transforming Medicare to harness the                               Yet government lumbers on. How
people...”                                             be remembered as the last president of power of the market and rein in the pro-          many rounds of restructuring and down-
    Those three words were a slap in the the 20th century.                                        gram’s costs over time. Obama proposes        sizing has corporate America gone
face to those who thought themselves                                                              a bureaucratic board to dictate its future    through over the decades? For the pri-
entitled to rule, and who regarded the                      HIS ECONOMIC policy has been in command-and-control fash-                           vate sector, all is flux. For the public
people as if they were simply human a reprise of the best economic think- ion out of World War II.                                              sector, the more things change, the more
livestock, destined to be herded and ing circa 1932. It’s been all Keynes-                                                                      they stay the same.
shepherded by their betters. Indeed, to ian stimulus, and the soggy results are                                  Rich                              Obama’s political strategy is based
this very day, elites who think that way all around us. With the economy still                                                                  on savaging the Republicans who dare
— and that includes many among the in- weak and unemployment still high, he’s
telligentsia, as well as political messiahs checkmated by his own stale orthodoxy.
                                                                                                           Lowry                                challenge this status quo. He’s gone
                                                                                                          (c) 2011, King Features Syndicate     from agent of change to the best friend
— find the Constitution of the United He’s unable to advance any significant                                                                    of government as we know it. He’s gone
States a real pain because it stands in the proposals that wouldn’t simply be more                   TIM PAWLENTY a few weeks ago               from capturing the restlessness and dis-
way of their imposing their will and their of the same and politically unacceptable proposed a “Google test” for govern-                        content of the American public to rely-
presumptions on the rest of us.                        in this era of anxiety over the debt.      ment services: Anything that’s read-          ing on the sheer power of inertia to re-
    More than a hundred years ago, so-                      In his misplaced faith in the “shovel ily available on the Internet perhaps         sist Republican plans to tackle the debt
called “Progressives” began a campaign ready” project, he must have had visions shouldn’t be provided by government.                            and update the entitlement state. He’s
to undermine the Constitution’s strict of the Hoover Dam and the interstate Obama is attached to retrograde, pre-                               the great obstacle to adjusting to new
limitations on government, which stood highway system — those jewels of 20th- Google government. He can’t give up                               realities.
in the way of self-anointed political cru- century American infrastructure, built what blogger Walter Russell Mead calls                           All around Obama the cracks in the
saders imposing their grand schemes relatively rapidly before the regulatory “the blue social model” — high taxes,                              edifice are showing. The AARP is sig-
on all the rest of us. That effort to dis- state had tied itself in knots — rising up spending and regulation. The public-                      naling openness to Social Security cuts.
credit the Constitution continues to this from his stimulus. Instead, the stimulus sector unions that are such an influential                   New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the son
day, and the arguments haven’t really has built little or nothing anyone will re- Obama constituency depend for their                           of liberal lion Mario Cuomo, is pursuing
changed much in a hundred years.                       member.                                    very livelihoods on this model.               reformist measures unimaginable a few
    The cover story in the July 4th issue                   Obama’s health care program is radi-     It is coming undone under the solvents     years ago. Yet Obama apparently still
of Time magazine is a classic example cal in its sweep, but distinctly mid-20th of demographics (an aging population),                          needs a weatherman to tell him which
of this arrogance. It asks of the Constitu- century in its orientation. An enormous fiscal realities (unsustainable levels of                   way the wind is blowing.
tion: “Does it still matter?”                          part of it simply depends on the expan- debt) and market changes (globalization
    A long and rambling essay by Time sion of Medicaid, the pride of 1965. and new technologies favoring the quick                                 IF BILL CLINTON built the bridge
magazine’s managing editor, Richard In the first blush of the Great Society, and nimble). It’s not the 1950s anymore.                           to the 21st century, Barack Obama is
Stengel, manages to create a toxic blend Medicaid might have seemed a glorious For all the contempt it heaps on the era                         adamantly refusing to cross it, rendered
of the irrelevant and the erroneous.                   innovation. Now, its results are so poor of Ward and June Cleaver, the left wants        immobile by his ideology and self-inter-
    The irrelevant comes first, pointing that some studies show that the health to preserve the government that arose                           est.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                                     9
  2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS: June 24, 2011

How the Democrats nearly destroyed the economy
    History will be kind to me for I intend and other character flaws. Reagan’s de-
to write it. — Winston Churchill                      scription of the Soviet Union as an “evil
    There is history — a chronicle of hu- empire”                        cemented liberal sus-
man events — and                                                           picions that Reagan
then there is per-                                                         was a dangerous
ceived history. So
                                         Mona                              buffoon. Yet start-
often, the two are
wildly at odds.
                                 Charen                                   ing in 1989, when
                                                                            the Berlin Wall
                                   (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
                                                                            fell, liberals began
    IN 1963, a popular Democratic to find their anti-anti-communism em-
president was assassinated by a Marx- barrassing. And so they created a per-
ist named Oswald, who had actually de- ceived history — one in which the Cold
fected to the Soviet Union and returned War was a time of consensus, a time
to the U.S. with a Soviet wife, was an when, as former Sen. Bill Bradley put
active member of the Fair Play for Cuba it, “We knew where we stood on foreign
Committee and had attempted to assas- policy.”
sinate a right-wing general named Ed-                     More recently we’ve witnessed the
win Walker earlier in the year.                       creation of new historical narrative
    Yet those who write history found about the financial crisis of 2008. The
these facts inconvenient. They created perceived history, eagerly peddled by
a different history in which the “atmo- liberals and Democrats, is that the crash
sphere of hate” in the southern city of of 2008 was the result of Wall Street
Dallas, Texas, led to the terrible political greed. It was unregulated capitalism
violence. In other words, it was political that brought us to the brink of financial               agencies, captured regulators and un-        the entire economy suffered, but no one
conservatism that led to John F. Kenne- meltdown, the Democrats insisted. And                      scrupulous businessmen. But the great-       more than the poor.
dy’s assassination. This perceived histo- they codified their manufactured history                 est responsibility for the collapse of the      Jim Johnson, adviser to Walter Mon-
ry was recycled as recently as the shoot- in a law, the Dodd-Frank Act, that com-                  housing market and the near “Arma-           dale and John Kerry, amassed a personal
ing of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. ABC’s pletely avoided the true problem.                            geddon” of the American economy be-          fortune estimated at $100 million dur-
Christiane Amanpour, interviewing Jean                                                             longs to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac          ing his nine years as CEO of Fannie
Kennedy Smith, noted that the Kennedy                     IT’S BOTH surprising and gratify-        and to the politicians who created and       Mae. “Under Johnson,” Morgenson and
assassination was “eerily relevant” and ing, therefore, to report that a great re-                 protected them. With a couple of promi-      Rosner write, “Fannie Mae led the way
asked Kennedy to evaluate the “political visionist history has just been published                 nent exceptions, the politicians were        in encouraging loose lending practices
atmosphere” in the country today.                     by none other than a New York Times          Democrats claiming to do good for            among the banks whose loans the com-
    Starting just a few years after the reporter, Gretchen Morgenson, and a fi-                    the poor. Along the way, they enriched       pany bought. A Pied Piper of the finan-
Kennedy assassination, American liber- nancial analyst, Joshua Rosner.                             themselves and their friends, stuffed        cial sector, Johnson led both the private
als began to consider anti-communism                      In Reckless Endangerment, Mor-           their campaign coffers and resisted all      and public sectors down a path that led
a kind of mental disorder. Hostility to genson and Rosner offer considerable                       attempts to enforce market discipline.       directly to the credit crisis of 2008.”
communism was akin to racism, sexism censure for reckless bankers, lax rating                      When the inevitable collapse arrived,           Fannie Mae lied about its profits,
                                                                                                                                                intimidated adversaries, bought off
                                                                                                                                                members of Congress with lavish con-
                                                                                                                                                tributions, hired (and thereby co-opt-
                                                                                                                                                ed) academics, purchased political ads
                                                                                                                                                (through its foundation) and stacked
                                                                                                                                                congressional hearings with friendly
                                                                                                                                                bankers, community activists and advo-
                                                                                                                                                cacy groups (including ACORN). Fannie
                                                                                                                                                Mae also hired the friends and relations
                                                                                                                                                of key members of Congress (including
                                                                                                                                                Rep. Barney Frank’s partner).
                                                                                                                                                   Reckless Endangerment includes the
                                                                                                                                                Clinton administration’s contribution to
                                                                                                                                                the home-ownership catastrophe. Clin-
                                                                                                                                                ton had claimed that dramatically in-
                                                                                                                                                creasing homeownership would boost
                                                                                                                                                the economy; instead “in just a few
                                                                                                                                                short years, all of the venerable rules
                                                                                                                                                governing the relationship between bor-
                                                                                                                                                rower and lender went out the window,
                                                                                                                                                starting with ... the requirement that a
                                                                                                                                                borrower put down a substantial amount
                                                                                                                                                of cash in a property, verify his income-
                                                                                                                                                and demonstrate an ability to service his

                                                                                                                                                   RECKLESS Endangerment utterly
                                                                                                                                                deflates the perceived history of the 2008
                                                                                                                                                crash. Yes, there was greed — when is
                                                                                                                                                there not? But it was government dis-
                                                                                                                                                tortions of markets — not “unregulated
                                                                                                                                                capitalism” — that led the economy to
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  RICK PERRY: June 26, 2011

A Texan’s ‘exceptionalism’
       n the 1850s, on the steps of the         those boots — is proof that, in spite of the                  Supposed examples of Perry’s extrem-    by trumping Romney’s economic exper-
       Waco courthouse, Wallace Jeffer-         culture’s homogenizing forces, regional ism evaporate in sunlight. One is that                        tise with “Texas exceptionalism:”
       son’s great-great-great-grandfather      differences remain remarkably durable. he intimated support for Texas’ seces-                            Between 2001 and last June, Texas
was sold. Today, Jefferson is chief justice     But so, too, do regional antipathies, some sion from                      the Union. After people     — a right-to-work state that taxes nei-
of Texas’ Supreme Court. The governor           of which have intensified as voters have shouted                             “Secede!” at a rally,    ther personal income nor capital gains —
who nominated him also nominated the            become more po-                                                              he said he understood    added more jobs than the other 49 states
state’s first Latina justice. Rick Perry, 61,   larized, partly be-                      George                               their frustration but   combined. And since the recovery began
the longest-serving governor in Texas           cause of a Texas                                                              added: “We’ve got a
history and, in his 11th year, currently        governor who be-                        Will                                   great union. There
                                                                                                                                                      two Junes ago, Texas has created 37 per-
                                                                                                                                                      cent of America’s net new jobs.
the nation’s senior governor, says these        came president.            (c) 2011, Washington Post Writers Group              is absolutely no
nominations are two of his proudest ac-                                                                                         reason to dissolve       PERRY WOULD rather not run but
complishments.                                     OBAMA WILL not win another term it.” He signed a law requiring women                               his wife, who has a nursing background
                                                stressing his accomplishments, which seeking abortions to be shown sonograms                          and is alarmed by Obamacare, says some-
    FRENCH CUFFS and cowboy boots               consist of an unpopular health care law, of their babies. Do people objecting to                      times desires are secondary to duties.
are, like sauerkraut ice cream, an eclectic     a failed stimulus and an anemic recovery. this mandatory provision of information                     Perry, who sensibly did not watch the Re-
combination, but Perry, who wears both, is      So Obama’s campaign must be relent- object to the new graphic warnings on                             publicans’ recent New Hampshire debate
a potentially potent candidate for the Re-      lessly negative, decrying the Republican cigarette packs?                                             because the Aggies were on ESPN play-
publican presidential nomination because        nominee’s “extremism.” Democrats have                         The Republican contest probably will    ing Florida State in the NCAA baseball
his political creed is uneclectic, matching     worked that pedal on the political organ become a binary choice — Romney and                          tournament, says, “I’m a long way from
that of the Republican nominating elec-         frequently — successfully against Barry the Not Romney candidate. If Perry be-                        being a candidate.” But he did not finish
torate. He was a “10th Amendment con-           Goldwater, futilely against Ronald Rea- comes the latter, he will do so by his vis-                   the hamburger. Perhaps he is in training
servative” (“The powers not delegated to        gan.                                                    ceral appeal to social conservatives, and     for something strenuous.
the United States by the Constitution, nor
prohibited by it to the states, are reserved
to the states respectively, or to the peo-        2010 ELECTION: June 23, 2011
ple”) before the Tea Party appeared. And
before Barack Obama’s statism — espe-
cially Obamacare’s individual mandate           The presidential race made easy
— catalyzed concern for the American
project of limited government.                         n the weeks ahead, I shall be in           Truman, Adlai Stevenson, John Kenne-                    Before the summer is out, Mitt Rom-
    Social issues, especially abortion, are            Europe to speak on American                dy or Hubert Humphrey, to say nothing               ney will pull ahead of Obama by 10
gateways to the Republican nominating                  politics. What will I say to old Eu-       of Roosevelt II. The 1960s generation               points. But that will not give him the
electorate: In today’s climate of econom-       rope? Well, I shall give them my broad            — the Clintons, Gore, John Kerry, et al.            Republican nomination. He will have to
ic fear, a candidate’s positions on social      view of American politics and end with            — was a bust. Its members quite pos-                fight for it. Rep. Michele Bachmann will
issues will not be decisive with his elec-      the present election cycle, in which I            sibly set the stage for an even more in-            make a terrific race of it, pulling most
torate — but they can be disqualifying.         believe Barack Obama will be retired to           ferior generation, the one led by Obama.            of the Tea Party vote. If the tea partyers
Perry — an evangelical Christian, like          private life, though he cannot really con-        Think of it! From Carter to Obama, the              are as energetic as they were in 2010,
most Republican participants in Iowa’s          ceive of private life. He will continue his       Democrats have led a motley string of               she has a very good chance. Then there
caucuses and the South Carolina primary         public life as he has for all his adult life.     trivial figures onto the national                   is Tim Pawlenty. His policies are sound
— emphatically qualifies.                       That is how Democrats live. He will be            stage.                                              and even exciting in this time of near
    Pausing in his enjoyment of a ham-          a community organizer to the world, as                                                                bankruptcy, but he has no natural con-
burger the size of a hubcap, Perry, the         Bill Clinton has become, in the words of                                                              stituency. People forget that Reagan did
Eagle Scout son of Democratic tenant            MSNBC, “president of the world.”
                                                                                                         R. Emmett                                    not search out his constituency. It had
farmers, says he entered politics as a
Democrat: “I never met a Republican un-
                                                                                                             Tyrrell                                  been building for years. He was strong
                                                   BOTH SOUND ridiculous, but do                              (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate            in 1976 and overwhelming in 1980
til I was in the Air Force.” Perry’s father     any Democrats ever retire to private life                                                             based on his support from the Tea Party
had been a B-17 tail gunner flying out of       today? They always are taking on noble               THE REPUBLICANS have done                        movement of his day, the conservative
England in 1944. Perry, stationed abroad        causes, which is to say illusory causes.          markedly better. Richard Nixon, though              movement. Pawlenty, Rick Santorum
flying C-130 transports, became a captain       Harry Truman retired to private life and          flawed, led the opening to China, a tre-            and Rep. Ron Paul all are looking for a
and a believer in American exceptional-         Lyndon Johnson, but not Bill Clinton or           mendous achievement worth revisiting                movement, but I do not think they will
ism.                                            Al Gore or, for that matter, Jimmy Cart-          for those who have forgotten, and they              find one.
    He matriculated into the culture wars       er. The other day, Jimmy wrote an op-             can do it by reading Henry Kissinger’s
in the riotous year of 1968. As the Uni-        ed piece in the New York Times, saying            new book, On China. What is more,                      THEN THERE is Texas Gov. Rick
versity of Texas at Austin was becoming         we have lost the drug war and he is now           Nixon and Kissinger managed affairs                 Perry. By the end of July, we shall know
a bastion of liberalism, Perry headed to        smoking while listening to the Grateful           with the prickly Soviet Union remark-               whether he is running. I think he will.
Texas A&M, which was transitioning              Dead onto death. Perhaps he is not lis-           ably well, until along came Ronald                  Can he line himself up with the core of
from an all-male military school, but not       tening to the Grateful Dead and possibly          Reagan to finish the job without firing             the Republican Party, which is still the
from conservatism. He became a Repub-           he is not smoking marijuana, but I lost           a shot. Reagan was a giant (known to                conservative movement? It is made up
lican in 1989 — “I made both parties            interest at about the third sentence. He          liberals as a bumbling clown), and the              of the religious right, the limited-gov-
happy” — at a younger age than Ronald           might well have said almost anything.             two Bushes who followed him did not                 ernment types, the strong foreign policy
Reagan did, and has never lost an elec-         He has been latching onto fads for 30             do badly, either. They were in the tradi-           advocates and, for want of a better term,
tion.                                           years, anything that will keep him in the         tion of Truman and Dwight Eisenhower,               the Reagan Democrats. Well, he was a
    Mitt Romney, the Republican front-          ink. The reflective life is not for him. It       prudent stewards of American interests.             Democrat, as was Reagan. He has gov-
runner, might be easier to elect than to        might cause him to become aware of                   That brings us up to this election cy-           erned a state, and it possesses the most
nominate. The reverse might be true of          what a miserable president he was.                cle. At any other time, Obama would be              vibrant economy in the union. It also has
Perry. Is he a wine that will not travel? To       His miserable presidency is key to             challenged from within his party. Teddy             enormous talent. It is the new California.
win the White House, a Republican must          any summation I make of current Ameri-            Kennedy challenged Carter, and I an-                This will be an exciting nominating pro-
be competitive among independents, in-          can politics. The standards of leadership         ticipated that Hillary Clinton would do             cess and a very dirty presidential race.
cluding women, in places like Montgom-          have declined abysmally, especially in            so this time, but now she cannot. Obama             A community organizer with union sup-
ery County outside Philadelphia. Perry —        the Democratic Party. In its upper tiers,         will run and lose to the Republican nom-            port vs. a statesman (or stateswoman),
his accent, his Westerner’s body language,      there is not a person who could match             inee, but who will the Republican be?               but we all know who is going to win.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                                   11
  MICHELE BACHMANN: June 28, 2011

Michele Bachmann to party: Don’t sell me short
              innesota Congresswoman                       She embraced the Tea {arty move-
              Michele Bachmann has sin- ment from its birth, organized and key-
              gularly achieved what the noted its                     rallies at the Capitol and
rest of her colleagues only dream of do- became                          the leader of Tea Par-
ing but never will:                                                       ty-backed lawmak-
breaking out of                      Donald                                ers who won House
the anonymity of                                                           seats in 2010.
435 House mem-                  Lambro                                          Her tireless ef-
bers to become a              (c) 2011, United Media Services                forts made her
national political                                                           widely     popular
figure in her own right and a candidate among the GOP’s conservative base,
for the presidency.                                   though she was still seen as an outsid-
                                                      er and to some degree a loose cannon
    SHE DIDN’T do it by ascending the among many in the GOP’s leadership
ranks of the House Republican lead- ranks. After she audaciously made an
ership or by championing legislative unexpected bid in January for the House
crusades. No major piece of legislation Republican Conference chairmanship,
bears her name. She has piled up no po- the No. 4 post in the party’s hierarchy,
litical IOUs by doing favors and playing she withdrew her name in the face of
by party rules. She chairs no commit- certain defeat.
tees.                                                      When House Speaker John Boehner         presidential debate in New Hampshire        the more sure-footed candidates in the
    Since she won her 6th District seat picked Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the                       knocked that question out of the park.      race for the Republican nomination,”
in 2006 -- the first Republican woman powerful Budget Committee chairman,                             She has polished her delivery on         the liberal Washington Post reported in
elected to the U.S. House from Minne- to deliver the GOP response to Obama’s                       countless TV talk shows, and it showed      a front-page story on Tuesday.
sota -- she has been in a hurry to make State of the Union address, she decided                    in her unflinching, well-thought-out an-        “She has built on momentum gen-
her mark. She soon learned that she to deliver her own response on behalf of                       swers.                                      erated in a widely praised debate per-
wasn’t going to become known by sit- the Tea Party Express. She had another                           “This election will be all about eco-    formance and has sent a jolt of energy
ting through hours of tedious, inconse- purpose in mind, and that was to tell her                  nomics. It will be about how will we cre-   through a GOP electorate that has
quential hearings, or listening to boring party’s leaders, “Don’t ignore me.”                      ate jobs, how will we turn the economy      been hungry for someone to be excited
House debate, or pursuing a go-along-                      With Tea Party support from across      around, how will we have a pro-growth       about,” the Post said.
to-get-along career and patiently wait- the country and a growing campaign                         economy. President Obama can’t tell             But there are huge obstacles await-
ing her turn.                                         war chest (raising $1.7 million in the       that story. His report card right now has   ing Bachmann, not the least of which is
    And she soon learned that in the Old first three months of this year, the most                 a big failing grade on it,” she said.       historical precedent. No House member
Boys Club in the House she wasn’t go- of any House member behind Boehner),                                                                     has won the White House since James
ing to be handed anything, either. So she set her sights on running for presi-                        ON MONDAY, she officially an-            A. Garfield was elected in 1880.
over these past six years, she became a dent. But could she match the heavy                        nounced her candidacy in Waterloo,              Historically, at least in the modern
fixture on virtually every cable televi- hitters among the crowded field of can-                   Iowa, where she enjoys strong support       era, presidents by and large have been
sion and broadcast network talk show didates, including former Massachu-                           from Tea Party conservatives and is vir-    former governors who have had execu-
in the business, denouncing President setts governor Mitt Romney, the party’s                      tually tied with Romney in early polls.     tive experience in running a govern-
Obama’s health care law, bashing his frontrunner?                                                     “The surprise is that Bachmann, who      ment, balancing budgets and overseeing
trillion-dollar deficits and big govern-                   Her poised, self-confident perfor-      a Fox News host suggested Sunday may        an economy, including George W. Bush,
ment in general.                                      mance earlier this month at the CNN          be ‘a flake,’ has quickly become one of     Clinton, Carter, Reagan, FDR, Coolidge,
                                                                                                                                               Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt.
                                                                                                                                                   It’s a huge leap to go from represent-
                                                                                                                                               ing a single congressional district, where
                                                                                                                                               your only constitutional job is to vote, to
                                                                                                                                               running the United States of America.
                                                                                                                                                   Bachmann’s other hurdle may be
                                                                                                                                               putting together a respected team of na-
                                                                                                                                               tional security and economic advisers to
                                                                                                                                               help develop a governing agenda.
                                                                                                                                                   Her speeches thus far have not spelled
                                                                                                                                               out in any detail how she would expand
                                                                                                                                               economic growth and create jobs, or
                                                                                                                                               deal with the myriad foreign policy and
                                                                                                                                               defense-related issues that await the
                                                                                                                                               next administration.
                                                                                                                                                   She is sometimes given to hyper-
                                                                                                                                               bole and inaccurate remarks, as when
                                                                                                                                               she compared the mounting deficits to
                                                                                                                                               the Holocaust or claimed the first shots
                                                                                                                                               fired in the American Revolution were
                                                                                                                                               in New Hampshire, not Massachusetts.

                                                                                                                                                  STILL, SHE’S shown herself to
                                                                                                                                               be a fiercely independent woman who
                                                                                                                                               is running on a set of core values that
                                                                                                                                               have made America the most successful
                                                                                                                                               country in the world. She’s not going to
                                                                                                                                               be a pushover in the primaries to come.
 12                                                                                                                                     Conservative Chronicle

Reckless folly of the ‘undocumented immigrant’
              ith great fanfare and elite     student bailout known as the DREAM communities. They help you open bank                           sible for the open-borders lobby. He
              media sympathy, Jose            Act “just might lubricate the politically accounts, enter secure facilities, board                appointed illegal-alien lobbyists to top
              Antonio Vargas publicly         tarred-up wheels of government and planes and do things like drive tractor-                       federal immigration positions. His head
declared himself an “undocumented             help craft sane immigration policy.”                trailers carrying hazardous materials.        of Immigration and Customs Enforce-
immigrant” this week. “Undocument-               Who’s insane? The Vargas deceit is                    It’s been nearly 10 years since          ment just signed a memo pushing the
ed” my you-know-what. In the felony-          not an object lesson about America’s s e v e r a l                      of the 19 9/11 hijack-    DREAM Act through by administrative
friendly pages of the New York Crimes         failure to show                                                          ers operated in the      fiat. And the privacy of illegal aliens
— er, Times — the Pulitzer Prize-win-         compassion. It’s                                                         country using hun-       still trumps national security.
ning journalist turned illegal-alien ac-      another stark re-
                                                                                 Michelle                              dreds of illicitly ob-       I ask again: Who’s insane?
tivist spilled the beans on all the illegal
IDs he amassed over the years. He had
                                              minder of Amer-
                                              ica’s dangerous
                                                                              Malkin                                    tained fake driver’s
                                                                                                                        licenses and IDs.          VARGAS BELIEVES his sob story
                                                                             (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
documents coming out of his ears.             failure to learn                                                           Most states tight-     is an argument for giving up on im-
                                              from 9/11.                                          ened licensing rules, yet Vargas easily       migration enforcement and passing a
   THE TIMES featured full-color                                                                  obtained a driver’s license not only in       mass amnesty. It’s a sob story, all right.
photos of Vargas’ fake document trove            TIME AND again, security experts Oregon, but more recently in Wash-                            Homeland security officials across the
— including a fake passport with a fake       have warned about how jihadists have ington State. He again used a friend’s                       country should be weeping at the open
name, a fake green card and a Social          exploited lax immigration and ID en- residence to pass muster. Washington                         mockery Vargas and his enablers have
Security card his grandfather doctored        forcement. Driver’s licenses are gate- State’s licensing bureaucracy still does                   made of the law.
for him at a Kinko’s. He committed per-       ways into the American mainstream. not check citizenship. The man sitting
jury repeatedly on federal I-9 employ-        They allow residents to establish an in the White House campaigned to keep
ment eligibility forms. In 2002, while        identity and gain a foothold into their driver’s license laws as loose as pos-
pursuing his journalism career goals, an
immigration lawyer told him he needed
to accept the consequences of his law-          OIL: June 24, 2011
breaking and return to his native Philip-
   Following the rules would have             Was IEA QE3 quick fix to save Obama?
meant a 10-year bar to reentry into
America. Making false claims of citi-                     id the International Energy presses inflation down to 1.4 percent. But                   Tall joblessness, big gasoline prices,
zenship is a felony offense. Document                     Agency (IEA) just deliver the the plausibility of this forecast is low. It’s          low growth, a poor housing sector, grow-
fraud is a felony offense.                                oil equivalent of Quantitative almost Alice in Wonderland-like.                       ing mortgage foreclosures and sinking
   Vargas, who frames himself as a            Easing 3?                                     So, low and behold, the IEA and the                 polls are probably the real reason for the
helpless victim, freely chose instead            The decision to release two million U.S. Department of Energy come to the                      strategic-petroleum-reserve shock. Eu-
to secure yet more dummy documents.           barrels per day of emergency oil re- rescue.                                                      ropean Central Bank head Jean-Claude
He used a friend’s address to obtain an       serves — with the U.S. covering half          Acting on the surprising news of a 60               Trichet warns of a “Code Red” emer-
Oregon driver’s license under false pre-      from its strategic petroleum reserve — is million barrel-per-day crude-oil release                gency due to Greek and other periph-
tenses. It gave him an eight-year golden      surely aimed at the sputtering economies from strategic reserves scheduled for                    eral default risk. China has registered its
ticket to travel by car, board trains and     of the U.S. and Europe following an on- July, traders slammed down prices by                      lowest manufacturing read in 11 months.
airplanes, work at prestigious newspa-        slaught of bad economic statistics and $5 to $6 for both West Texas crude and                     U.S. jobless claims increased again. And
pers, and even gain access to the White       forecasts. This includes a gloomy Fed European Brent crude. That’s about a 20                     the U.S. debt-ceiling talks have broken
House — where crack Secret Service            forecast that Ben Bernanke unveiled less percent drop from the April                              down. It’s almost a perfect storm for
agents allowed him to attend a state          than 24 hours before the energy news hit                                                          economic and stock market jitters.
dinner using his bogus Social Security        the tape.                                                                                            So, will the government-sponsored
number.                                                                                                           Larry                         oil-price-drop work? Will it fix the econ-
   At least Vargas tells the truth when
he says he’s not alone. Go visit a 7-11
                                                 I WONDER if all this was coordi-
                                                                                                       Kudlow                                   omy, by lowering inflation and speeding
                                                                                                                                                up growth? Well, it might, provided that
                                                                                                         (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
in the D.C. suburbs. Or the countless            The Bernanke Fed significantly down-                                                           the Bernanke Fed doesn’t bungle the
vendors in MacArthur Park in East L.A.        graded its economic projections, blam-          highs, which followed the breakout of             dollar.
Or any of the 19 cities in 11 states from     ing this forecast on rising energy (and         civil war in Libya in March. In fact, both           If Bernanke keeps his balance sheet
Massachusetts to Ohio to Kentucky             food) prices as well as Japanese-disas-         the IEA and the U.S. DOE cited Libyan             stable, applying what former Fed Gov-
where a massive, Mexico-based “highly         ter-related supply shocks. Of course, the       oil disruption as a reason for injecting          ernor Wayne Angell calls quantitative
sophisticated and violent” fraudulent-        Fed head takes no blame for his cheap-          reserves.                                         neutrality, it’s quite possible that the
document trafficking ring operated until      dollar QE2 pump-priming, which was                 Of course, most folks thought Saudi            greenback will rise and oil and commod-
February 2011. “Undocumented work-            an important source of the prior jump           Arabia would be adding a million barrels          ity prices will slip. In fact, ever since
ers” and “undocumented immigrants”            in energy and commodity prices. That            a day to cover the Libyan shortfall. The          Bernanke’s first press conference in late
have plenty of documents.                     commodity-price shock inflicted a tax           evidence strongly suggests it has. So the         April, when he basically said “no QE3,”
   The persistent use of these open-          on the whole economy, and it looks to           curious timing of the oil-reserve release         the dollar had been stabilizing, with oil
borders euphemisms to describe Vargas         be responsible for the two percent first-       — coming in late June rather than last            prices slipping lower.
and countless millions like him is a per-     half growth rate and the near 4.5 percent       March or April — strongly suggests that              Bernanke is right to hold off on QE3
fect illumination of the agenda-driven,       inflation rate.                                 governments are manipulating the oil              — we could all be surprised with a stron-
dominant progressive media.                      Bernanke acknowledged the inflation          price with a temporary supply add to              ger dollar. Then we could lower tax,
   They’re as activist inside their news-     problem, but he didn’t take ownership of        boost the economy.                                spending, regulatory, trade and immi-
rooms as Vargas is out in the open now.       that, either. Reading between the lines,                                                          gration barriers to growth. If we did that,
Bleeding-heart editors were hoaxed by         however, the Fed’s inflation worries un-            IN THEORY, these reserves are sup-            we wouldn’t need another short-run, so-
a prominent colleague, exposed to li-         doubtedly kept it from applying more            posed to be held for true national emer-          called government fix, this time from the
ability, and yet still champion his serial    faux stimulus to the sagging economy            gencies. But the real U.S. national emer-         strategic petroleum reserve.
subversion of the law. San Francisco          with a third round of quantitative eas-         gency seems to be a political one — that
Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein bragged       ing.                                            is, President Obama’s increasingly per-    LORD SAVE us from short-run gov-
that he was “duped” by Vargas, but en-           Somehow, the new Fed forecast sug-           ilous re-election bid amidst high unem- ernment fixes. Haven’t we had enough
dorses his “subterfuge” because Vargas’       gests that the second-half economy will         ployment and the second-worst post-re- of them?
lobbying campaign for the illegal-alien       grow at 3.5 percent while it miraculously       cession economic recovery since 1950.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                                13
  ECONOMY: June 26, 2011

Economic vision: A job for every home
       have developed many strategic common sense can go a long way to
       plans for success throughout my supplement any deficiencies in formal
       40 years of business experience, education if the opportunities are
but the one I am about to present for t h e r e                         for someone to better
the nation is the                                                        themselves.
most humbling.                     Herman                                    For nearly 15
Business strate-                                                          million people, that
gic plans had to                         Cain                               ladder of oppor-
capture the keys               (c) 2011, North Star National                tunity is not there
to    profitability                                                         right now. They
and growth. This national economic can’t find a job. By unleashing the full
vision must capture the keys to pros- economic potential of our economy,                          they must produce. The nearly $1 tril-      ning for president of the United States
perity for everyone who has a desire to we would ensure there would be a job                      lion in stimulus spending went into the     of America.
achieve their American dreams.                       for every home, and a career opportu-        caboose. They did not help fuel the real       Risk-taking is also the willingness to
                                                     nity from every job.                         engine of the economy.                      invest your capital in the ideas of oth-
   IT STARTS with education, then a                       This economic vision must start            The engine of our economy is the         ers. It is the lifeblood of our economy.
job, and then a career.                              with some economic guiding princi-           business sector. It has received only       A capital gains tax is a wall between
   People who achieve “success” are ples (EGP). As the saying goes, if you                        disdain and lectures from the Obama         people with money and people with
able to get beyond day-to-day survival. do not know where you are going, you                      Administration, instead of fuel in the      ideas. Remove the wall and more ideas
They find a way to thrive, constantly will get there. We know where we are                        form of lower taxes, less reduced bar-      will get financed, and more jobs will
looking for that next exciting opportu- going. We’re headed to a thriving land                    riers and more certainty about less         be created. It is the spirit of America.
nity. This thrive attitude can be rekin- of opportunity.                                          government. (Specifics will follow in          When the economy is not growing,
dled here in this great country, because                                                          next week’s commentary.)                    we must reduce the impediments to
we have the resources, the ingenuity                      EGP #1: Production must precede                                                     growth and increase the incentives to
and that spirit of America that has al- consumption                                                  EGP #2: Economic growth is the           risk-taking. It feeds the engine. Regu-
lowed us to survive during hard times,                    You can’t spend your way to pros-       result of risk-taking                       latory burdens, trade restrictions and
and thrive when times were better.                   perity. The Obama Administration has            Entrepreneurial spirit drives eco-       policy uncertainty all make it more
   Although our public education sys- shown that this does not work. Most                         nomic growth. Risk-taking is the ex-        difficult for an idea to get off the
tem has its challenges, we have seen families knew that it would not work                         penditure of time, effort, resources,       ground and the result is less economic
time and time again pockets of excel- because it does not work for a house-                       capital, creativity, energy and passion,    growth.
lence where students have defied the hold. My dad had to produce enough                           all with the expectation that it will pay
odds, when given a chance, to go on cash for a down payment to buy his                            off, but with no guarantee it will do          EGP #3: Measurements must be de-
and find that elusive success. These ex- first home before he could get the keys                  so. At the risk of his health, my dad       pendable
ceptions along with the many private to the new house. He had to work three                       worked three jobs with not enough              Imagine what life would be like
and homeschooling success stories are jobs at times to produce enough cash,                       sleep and rest, and little recreational     if we had to wake up in the morning
the nucleus for rekindling a results- but he did it!                                              time. It was his choice with the only       and check the newspaper to find out
driven economy.                                           Production is the engine of any eco-    kind of equity he had, sweat equity.        whether the hour closed at 60 minutes,
   As my dad and others showed dur- nomic train, and consumption is the                           It paid off for him. He achieved his        whether a foot closed at 12 inches, or
ing their generation, a good dose of caboose. Before someone consumes,                            American dreams. One of them is run-        whether a pound was still 16 ounces.
                                                                                                                                                 The economy would be filled with
                                                                                                                                              too much uncertainty and eventually
                                                                                                                                              become dysfunctional. But that’s ex-
                                                                                                                                              actly what is happening with the most
                                                                                                                                              important financial unit of measure in
                                                                                                                                              the world, the dollar.
                                                                                                                                                 It took my dad 12 years to save
                                                                                                                                              enough cash to buy that first house. He
                                                                                                                                              did it with the expectation that the val-
                                                                                                                                              ue of the dollar would be pretty close
                                                                                                                                              to what it was when he started saving.
                                                                                                                                              It was, because this nation did not have
                                                                                                                                              the deficits we have today, which is
                                                                                                                                              forcing inflation and a weaker dollar.
                                                                                                                                                 The most solemn pledge a govern-
                                                                                                                                              ment can make to its citizens is to
                                                                                                                                              maintain the value of the currency. The
                                                                                                                                              3rd EGP states that units of measure
                                                                                                                                              must be dependable. Dramatically re-
                                                                                                                                              ducing our national debt is the key to
                                                                                                                                              stabilizing the value of our dollar.

                                                                                                                                                 CONCLUDING NOTE
                                                                                                                                                 Prosperity is the natural state of our
                                                                                                                                              free-market economy if we get govern-
                                                                                                                                              ment out of the way, off our backs and
                                                                                                                                              out of our pockets. Prosperity begins
                                                                                                                                              with production. It requires risk-taking
                                                                                                                                              and a stable measure of exchange.
                                                                                                                                                 Good economic policy is guided by
                                                                                                                                              good principles, not politics.
                                                                                                                                                 It’s common sense.
 14                                                                                                                                Conservative Chronicle
  WAL-MART CASE: June 24, 2011

Wal-Mart case is a victory for consumers
          he Supreme Court handed repeated violations of company policy,
          down a big win for American which she admitted to. Another woman
          consumers this week, though received promotions to a supervisory
the case had nothing to do with consum- position                           with the company, but
er protection. The                                                          alleged discrimina-
court’s decision                                                            tion because a store
involved the rules                         Linda                            manager yelled at
for determining
what constitutes
                                    Chavez                                  her and told her “to
                                                                              doll-up, wear some
a proper class of                 (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
                                                                              make-up and dress
plaintiffs, repre-                                                           a little better.”
senting not just those individuals who                      The third woman asked a store man-
have come forward to allege illegal be- ager about management training and felt
havior but others who have been simi- she received a brush-off, so she initiated
larly harmed.                                          a complaint within the company. She
                                                       was told to bypass the manager and ap-
   THESE SO-CALLED class-action ply directly to district management for
lawsuits reward plaintiffs’ lawyers admission to the training program but
handsomely if they succeed — result- never followed up. She was later fired
ing in millions of dollars in attorneys’ for timekeeping violations.
fees in some cases. What’s more, the
mere threat of a large class-action suit                    IN ADDITION, the attorneys pre-
often forces a company into negotiating sented affidavits from 120 other women                     orous anti-discrimination policy and        en promoted into managerial positions
a generous settlement, even if it’s unde- alleging sex discrimination. But even                    has actually gone overboard in trying to    at Wal-Mart with the available pool of
served, just to avoid the costs of having if every one of these claims had merit,                  meet diversity goals. In 2004, the then-    hourly workers regionally and compar-
to defend itself in court. And we all end does it follow that all 1.5 million female               CEO of Wal-Mart proudly announced,          ing workforce data between Wal-Mart
up paying for it in higher prices.                     Wal-Mart employees have faced similar       “If 50 percent of the people applying for   and its competitive retailers.
   In Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes, at- problems?                                                 the job of store manager are women, we         The attorneys also offered an expert
torneys representing three female Wal-                         Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth    will work to make sure that 50 percent      witness who conducted a “social frame-
Mart employees alleged that the com- Circuit didn’t think so when the case                         of the people receiving those jobs are      work analysis” of Wal-Mart’s “culture”
pany engaged in discrimination against was before him, and his dissenting                          women.” That sounds suspiciously like       and personnel practices that concluded
women workers. They sought back pay comments were quoted in the Supreme                            a quota.                                    the company was “vulnerable” to gen-
and other relief not just for their actual Court majority opinion. The members                        Nonetheless, the lawyers alleged that    der discrimination. But he admitted that
clients but also on behalf of more than of the class, he said, “held a multitude of                Wal-Mart’s policy of allowing a certain     he didn’t know if his analysis applied .5
1.5 million women who work at Wal- different jobs, at different levels of Wal-                     amount of discretion to local managers      percent of the time or 95 percent of the
Mart. Two lower courts had sided with Mart’s hierarchy, for variable lengths of                    in deciding pay and promotions — even       time. This is junk science.
plaintiffs’ in certifying the case as a class time in 3,400 stores, sprinkled across               within the company’s broader anti-dis-
action against the behemoth retailer, but 50 states, with a kaleidoscope of super-                 crimination directives — resulted in a         HAD THE lawyers succeeded in get-
the Supreme Court rejected the claim.                  visors (male and female), subject to a      “pattern and practice” of discrimination    ting their case certified as a class action
   It’s hard to imagine a flimsier case variety of regional policies that all dif-                 throughout the company.                     against Wal-Mart, hundreds of equally
than the one offered by the attorneys on fered. ... Some thrived while others did                     But the heart of the lawyers’ claim      suspect cases would have followed suit.
behalf of the actual women alleging dis- poorly. They have little in common but                    of discrimination was dubious social        And while the intended targets are cor-
crimination by Wal-Mart.                               their sex and this lawsuit.”                science “evidence.” Instead of provid-      porations, frivolous lawsuits hurt all of
   One of the women worked first as                         No one claimed that Wal-Mart had a     ing evidence of actual discrimination       us. We should be thankful the Supreme
a Wal-Mart cashier before being pro- policy to discriminate against women.                         against women, the lawyers offered          Court has now made this process more
moted; she was later demoted based on To the contrary, the company has a vig-                      studies comparing the number of wom-        difficult to abuse.

                                                                                                     ANSWER MAN: July 9, 2011

                                                                                                   T h e A n s w er M an
                                                                                                      ORIGIN OF THE UNITED STATES
                                                                                                      This week, the Answer Man takes a
                                                                                                   look at our nation’s Declaration of In-
                                                                                                   dependence.                                                     Andy
                                                                                                      1. Name the treaty that recognized
                                                                                                   the United States as an independent
                                                                                                   country.                                             (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate

                                                                                                      2. In what year did Congress declare
                                                                                                   the Fourth of July as a national holi-      lis surrendered to Gen. Washington.
                                                                                                   day?                                            7. How many stars and stripes were
                                                                                                      3. Where did the majority of fighting    on the first U.S. flag?
                                                                                                   take place during the Battle of Bunker          8. Where was the first national capi-
                                                                                                   Hill?                                       tal located?
                                                                                                      4. When was “The Star-Spangled               9. When was the Declaration of In-
                                                                                                   Banner” written?                            dependence signed?
                                                                                                      5. Who wrote “The Star-Spangled              10. TRUE or FALSE: George Wash-
                                                                                                   Banner?”                                    ington signed the Declaration of Inde-
                                                                                                      6. TRUE OR FALSE: Gen. Cornwal-          pendence on Aug. 2, 1776.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                                   15
  ECONOMY: June 23, 2011

Weak economy plays to Romney’s strengths
          ederal Reserve Chairman Ben down to normal levels anytime soon.
          Bernanke’s lower economic                         The Fed’s 2012 growth forecasts,
          growth estimates for this year which were projected in April to be as
and next diminish President Obama’s high as                                 4.2 percent, are now
already weakened                                                             estimated at 3.3 per-
prospects for a                                                               cent to 3.7 percent.
second term.                          Donald                                     But the Fed says
   Bernanke said
Wednesday that
                                Lambro                                          the average unem-
                                                                                ployment rate will
                               (c) 2011, United Media Services
the anemic recov-                                                               still remain high
ery would be a lot slower than he had this year and next, declining to between
expected for the remainder of this year nearly eight percent and 8.2 percent by
and in 2012, when Obama will be up for the fourth quarter of 2012 — the worst
re-election.                                           scenario for a beleaguered president
                                                       who was hoping to run a “morning in
   THE FED’S two-year projections America” re-election campaign.
were the political equivalent of a cold                     Notably, the Fed sees only long-term,
shower for Obama, whose mishandling subpar economic growth in the 2.5 to
of a persistently weak economy has 2.8 percent range, an anemic rate that
earned him failing grades from a large Washington Post economics reporter
majority of the electorate.                            Neil Irwin said would bring down the
   Bernanke’s report that the economy national jobless rate only “at a glacial                       entered the race: Mitt Romney of Mas-        electorate at large and also faces fund-
is facing “head winds ... (that) may be pace.”                                                       sachusetts, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota        raising challenges.
stronger or more persistent than we                         The Fed’s forecasts put a lot more       and Jon Huntsman of Utah.                       Romney, on the other hand, who has
thought” came in the midst of other data wind in the Republicans’ sails, as recent                      Texas Gov. Rick Perry may still get       been running for more than four years,
that showed a significant jump in unem- polls show that voters now have a lot                        into the race, as could former Alaska        has built a sizable campaign war chest,
ployment claims, and a Congressional more confidence in the GOP’s ability                            Gov. Sarah Palin, but both may be too        raising a hefty $10 million in a single
Budget Office (CBO) forecast that the to handle the economy than either the                          late to mount the kind of well-funded        day earlier this month. He has made the
federal government’s debt, if the growth White House or the Democrats in Con-                        nationwide campaign needed to win the        weak economy and jobs his No. 1 issue,
in entitlements is left unchecked, could gress.                                                      nomination, let alone the election. In       identifying himself as a career venture-
swell to twice the size of the economy.                                                              this day and age, presidential campaigns     capital investor who has helped build
   In a sharp turnaround from the Fed’s                     THE CRITICAL question for Re-            take a full four years or more, and that     some of the most successful business
earlier 3.1 to 3.3 percent growth fore- publicans now is whether the Obama                           rule still stands the test of time.          enterprises in the country and knows
casts that the economy would reach economy’s precipitous slowdown de-                                   Pawlenty’s campaign has been seri-        how to create jobs.
later this year, the central bank now ex- mands that they nominate the strongest                     ously undermined by weak fundrais-              Although he faces several challeng-
pects the gross domestic product will candidate on the one issue that will de-                       ing and his own anonymity. Huntsman,         es, including the Romneycare plan that
be in the mid-to-high two percent range cide the outcome of the election.                            a late entry, got off to a poor start this   he enacted as governor, he is the clear
— 2.7 percent to 2.9 percent. That’s                        For all intents and purposes, the top    week after several embarrassing blun-        frontrunner at this point.
well below the growth needed to bring Republican contenders are the three                            ders by his inexperienced campaign              The rapidly deteriorating Obama
the economy’s high unemployment rate former governors who have thus far                              staff, but he is largely unknown by the      economy plays to Romney’s experi-
                                                                                                                                                  ence and political strengths and, in the
                                                                                                                                                  end, will likely trump all other issues
                                                                                                                                                  the Democrats — and his rivals for the
                                                                                                                                                  nomination — will throw at him.
                                                                                                                                                     Meantime, a little more than six
                                                                                                                                                  months before the 2012 election year
                                                                                                                                                  begins, the economy looms as Obama’s
                                                                                                                                                  potential Waterloo.
                                                                                                                                                     The economic recovery, if there ever
                                                                                                                                                  was one, is clearly sliding backward.
                                                                                                                                                  Punishing nine- to 10-percent unem-
                                                                                                                                                  ployment rates show no sign of any
                                                                                                                                                  significant decline this year or next,
                                                                                                                                                  and one poll finds 80 percent of recent
                                                                                                                                                  college graduates are unable to find
                                                                                                                                                  work. The stock market is weakening,
                                                                                                                                                  and with it, tens of millions of pension
                                                                                                                                                  plans. Home sales continue to plunge
                                                                                                                                                  along with home values.
                                                                                                                                                     And if all this weren’t enough, the
                                                                                                                                                  CBO says that under Obamacare, “an ag-
                                                                                                                                                  ing population and rapidly rising health
                                                                                                                                                  care costs will sharply increase federal
                                                                                                                                                  spending for health care programs and
                                                                                                                                                  Social Security,” causing “federal debt
                                                                                                                                                  to grow to unsustainable levels.”

                                                                                                                                                     IF THE economy is tanking, jobs are
                                                                                                                                                  disappearing and America is on a slip-
                                                                                                                                                  pery slope into bankruptcy, whom can
                                                                                                                                                  Obama blame? George W. Bush?
 16                                                                                                                                 July 6, 2011

Is Obama only postponing the inevitable?
       n deciding to pull all of the icy against a Taliban Tet-style offensive
       30,000 troops from the surge out or major U.S. military reversal as vot-
       of Afghanistan, six weeks before ers begin                        to fill out absentee bal-
Election Day 2012, but only 10,000 by lots.
year’s end, Presi-                                                               In the post-speech
dent Obama has                                 Pat                           analysis, there was
satisfied neither
the generals nor          Buchanan                                            much chatter about
                                                                               a “political solu-
the doves.                      (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate                   tion” — a peace
   He has, how-                                                                conference includ-
ever, well served his political interests. ing Pakistan, India, Russia, China and
                                                     Iran that would bring the moderate Tali-
   A LARGER drawdown would have ban and Karzai government together to
risked the gains made in Kandahar and iron out their differences.
Helmand and invited a revolt of the                       This is self-delusion, born of hope,
generals, some of whom might resign not rational analysis.
and denounce Obama for denying them                       Have we not been here before? With
the forces to prevail.                               Mao’s Communists and Chiang Kai-
   Sen. John McCain, citing some gen- shek’s Nationalists being pushed toward
erals, is already saying that, with fewer a coalition by Gen. George Marshall in
troops and more missions per unit, U.S. the late 1940s. With the Viet Cong and
casualties will rise.                                North and South Vietnamese making
   A smaller drawdown would have en- peace in Southeast Asia in 1973.                                    THEY RECRUIT themselves. And           to achieve it with 70,000, or however
raged the left, whose support is indis-                   Like the old communists, the Taliban        for 10 years the Taliban have battled     many may remain after 2014.
pensable to Obama’s winning a second are all-or-nothing people.                                       U.S. soldiers and Marines, backed up         But has anyone heard the Taliban
term.                                                     They have a vision, an agenda               by NATO troops, to what Gen. Stanley      concede, “This war does not lend itself
   So, our president did what comes grounded in religious faith about how                             McChrystal called “a draw.”               to a military solution?” Even should the
naturally: cut the baby in half.                     a society should be structured, about               And if Afghanistan has become a        Taliban come to the table and agree to
   Strategically, removal of 30,000 how men and women should live. They                               stalemated war between the Americans      compete democratically, does anyone
troops in 15 months means that Obama fought their way to absolute power in                            and Taliban after a decade in which       think it will be faithful to a commitment
has given up all hope of victory over the 1990s. And they have shown them-                            1,600 Americans have given their lives    given to the infidel Americans, once the
the Taliban. Gen. MacArthur’s dictum selves more willing to die for their be-                         and 12,000 have been wounded, how         infidel Americans depart? Why should
— “In war, there is no substitute for liefs and leaders than the Afghan Na-                           well will the Karzai regime and ANA       they?
victory” — is inoperative in yet another tional Army,                                                 make out when the Americans, the best        Over the next 15 months, the United
American war.                                             This is not to denigrate the brave Af-      soldiers in the world, depart, and they   States will be pulling out all or almost
   Obama’s strategic goal now is the ghan soldiers who have bled and died.                            face the Taliban alone?                   all of its 50,000 troops from Iraq, plus
avoidance of defeat, until the election But the Taliban have not needed U.S.                             “This war does not lend itself to a    the 30,000 from the Afghan theater.
of 2012 is behind him. And by retain- training, U.S. arms, U.S. air and fire                          military solution” is the cliche of the      Our NATO allies will execute simi-
ing 70,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan support or U.S. paychecks to go into                            hour. And, surely, if the United States   lar drawdowns.
during the fighting season and political battle. All the suicide bombers who                          cannot achieve victory over the Taliban      This will leave Iraq up for grabs. But
season of 2012, he has an insurance pol- give up their lives are — Taliban.                           with 100,000 troops, we are unlikely      the Islamic world will see the U.S. pull-
                                                                                                                                                out from Afghanistan for what it is: a
                                                                                                                                                retreat, forced upon a war-weary Amer-
                                                                                                                                                ica by Islamic holy warriors who are the
                                                                                                                                                sons of the mujahedeen who drove out
                                                                                                                                                the Red Army in the 1980s and helped
                                                                                                                                                to bring down the Soviet Empire.
                                                                                                                                                   Make no mistake. Obama is headed
                                                                                                                                                for the exit ramp, and the Karzai gov-
                                                                                                                                                ernment and Afghan army will not
                                                                                                                                                succeed where that same government
                                                                                                                                                and army, backed by 150,000 U.S. and
                                                                                                                                                NATO troops, could not succeed.
                                                                                                                                                   McCain and the neocons will blame
                                                                                                                                                what is coming, a terrible day in Kabul
                                                                                                                                                and across Afghanistan, on those who
                                                                                                                                                refused to soldier on, no matter the cost
                                                                                                                                                in blood and treasure.

                                                                                                                                                   BUT THE people who should be
                                                                                                                                                indicted by history are not those who,
                                                                                                                                                after half a trillion dollars and a decade
                                                                                                                                                of bleeding, decided to cut America’s
                                                                                                                                                losses, but those who stampeded this
                                                                                                                                                country into two of the longest and least
                                                                                                                                                necessary wars in the history of the re-

                                                                                                                                                  June 24, 2011
                                 This Week’s Conservative Focus                                                                                                             17

And so the Afghanistan drawdown begins
           ere on this NATO base —          because “in Afghanistan, the light of the Taliban to participate honestly in                     TO SOME, this sounds like hollow
           named in honor of Daniel         a secure peace can be seen in the dis- what he calls a “political solution” and               campaign rhetoric. It’s not. On June
           W. Eggers, a U.S. Army           tance.” He describes his date-driven “initiatives that reconcile the Afghan                   22, the commander in chief made clear
special forces captain killed near Kan-     withdrawal plan as a way to bring the people.” Unfortunately, these aren’t                    that he is determined to not only with-
dahar on May 29, 2004 — President           war here “to a responsible end.”                     the only logical disconnects in the      draw our forces from Afghanistan but
Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw            That’s far from certain. Everyone c o u r s e                    of action the president   also dramatically reduce the role of our
10,000 U.S. troops from Afghani-            here — U.S. and                                                       has chosen.             military as an instrument of national
stan by the end of the year is getting      NATO        forces,                                                       Obama claims        power.
mixed reviews. Reactions from scores        Afghan       allies                       Oliver                       that we will do           That’s why he insists that when
of U.S. and NATO personnel and Af-
ghan soldiers and police officers with
                                            and our enemies
                                            — knows that                              North                        what we must to
                                                                                                                     “strengthen    the
                                                                                                                                          “innocents are being slaughtered and
                                                                                                                                          global security” is endangered, “we
whom my Fox News’ War Stories team          the       schedule              (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate             Afghan govern-       must rally international action.” And
has spoken run the gamut from “It’s a       for bringing our                                                        ment and secu-        that’s why he must claim that the U.S.-
deeper, faster cut than I expected” to “I   troops home next summer was set by rity forces.” He also says, “Over the                      led NATO bombing campaign in Libya
guess we all knew this day was com-         the timing of a presidential election, not last decade, we have spent $1 trillion             is somehow “protecting the Libyan
ing.” However, there is one opinion         by the situation on the ground. Obama on war, at a time of rising debt and                    people.” It’s doing no such thing, but
that is nearly universal: “We’d better      says the surge here has “inflicted seri- hard economic times.” Yet he wants                   that’s not going to change Obama’s
not lose this war.”                         ous losses on the Taliban and taken a to spend more on “innovation” and                       apparent conviction that “good wars”
                                            number of its strongholds.” That is cer- to “rebuild our infrastructure and find              in the future should be fought with-
   OBAMA SAYS we won’t. He in-              tainly true. But he has now confirmed new and clean sources of energy.” And                   out putting “a single soldier on the
sists that we can safely “remove 10,000     a date certain for withdrawing the very he pointedly adds, “America, it is a                  ground.” And all this means a much
of our troops from Afghanistan by the       combat power that made it possible to time to focus on nation building here                   smaller U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force
end of this year” and “bring home a to-     “reverse the Taliban’s momentum.” at home.” Of course, all this must be                       and Marine Corps.
tal of 33,000 troops by next summer,”       Worse, it eliminates any incentive for done “while living within our means.”                     Whether the looming cuts in funding
                                                                                                                                          also will mean a reduced commitment
                                                                                                                                          to building Afghanistan’s national se-
                                                                                                                                          curity forces — the army, police and
                                                                                                                                          air force — remains to be seen. The

Come home (and build windmills!)                                                                                                          U.S. and allied trainers, mentors and
                                                                                                                                          advisers we have spoken with here at

                                                                                                                                          NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan
           s commander in chief, Barack     at the cost of their blood, sweat and tears   summer. No military strategist would            point to the five-year ANSF building
           Obama doesn’t just blow an       at greater risk for no reason other than      ever endorse that timetable. Gen. Axel-         and sustainment plan, which was ap-
           uncertain trumpet — he bare-     his own ambiguity about their mission.        rod trumps Gen. Petraeus. Chairman              proved in the capitals of 49 nations,
ly blows a trumpet at all. Judging from         Say this for the president: He has re-    Plouffe outranks Chairman Mullen.               and say, “These programs can’t be cut;
his speeches, America gets into wars        mained true to the spirit of his deeply           The point Obama’s speech built              they are essential to winning here.”
solely so it can “end them responsibly.”    conflicted 2009 speech announcing the         toward was his insipid exhortation,                And they are. Without literate and
   Gen. Douglas MacArthur was               Afghan surge. In it, our fearlessly am-       “America, it is time to focus on nation         well-trained, -led and -equipped secu-
wrong. There is a substitute for vic-       bivalent commander in chief portrayed         building here at home.” This sentiment          rity forces, Afghanistan will once again
tory. It’s “ending wars responsibly.”       the surge as a temporary detour on the        — as cliched as it is jejune — represents       become a failed state in the midst of a
In his Afghanistan drawdown speech,         way to “a responsible transition of our       Obama’s deepest strategic impulse.              very dangerous neighborhood. Today
President Obama struck his version of       forces out of Afghanistan.”                   It’s George McGovern’s call to “come            33 countries have personnel on the
a Churchillian note when he warned,             He told West Point cadets in that         home, America,” wedded to subsidies             ground helping to recruit, train, men-
“This is the beginning — but not the end    speech that “America will have to show        for windmills and electric cars. It is shot     tor and field good cops, soldiers and
— of our effort to wind down this war.”     our strength in the way we end                through with declinism about our role in        airmen. The NTM-A budget request to
                                                                                          the world and fantastical beliefs about         continue this process is more than $1
   A CRUDER, more simplistic presi-                                                       the powers of industrial policy at home.        billion per month.
dent from a bygone era might have                                  Rich                       Obama cited the cost of the war and            Over the next 90 days, the United
couched the war in terms of our ef-
fort to win. For Obama, the paramount                    Lowry                            the need to “live within our means.”
                                                                                          Only when it comes to the Afghan War
                                                                                                                                          States will have a new secretary of de-
                                                                                                                                          fense, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, In-
goal is ending, not winning. But end-             (c) 2011, King Features Syndicate       is the president interested in fiscal re-       ternational Security Assistance Force
ing “responsibly” — which in the case                                                     trenchment. Whatever the incremental            commander, CIA director and NTM-A
of Afghanistan may mean ending with         wars and prevent conflict — not just          savings of a swifter drawdown of the            commander. Given all these changes
enough of an interval of relative stabil-   how we wage wars.” Of course, ending          surge than our military commanders              and the president’s apparent intent
ity that our exit doesn’t seem an obvious   wars is only superficially in our power.      recommend, it will be a blip compared           to put the U.S. military on an auster-
defeat.                                     We are now on a faster path to ending         with our $1.4 trillion annual deficit. The      ity budget, there are questions as to
   Obama’s anti-war supporters trotted      our part in the Afghan War, but the Tali-     path to national solvency does not run          whether Congress and our allies will
out the old chestnut from the late Sen.     ban, the Haqqani network, al Qaeda and        through the Hindu Kush.                         continue to fund the NTM-A effort
George Aiken during Vietnam and ad-         other extremists have no intention of                                                         through 2016.
vised that in Afghanistan he should         ending theirs. They lack the sophistica-    THERE’S NO denying that the Af-
“declare victory and get out.” As it hap-   tion to realize that winning is “out” and ghan War has been long, frustrating and                WHILE THEY ponder this finan-
pens, their counsel was much too hawk-      ending is “in.”                           costly in blood and treasure. Ending it             cial commitment, they should know
ish: Obama would never allow himself                                                  without success, though, will leave a               the commitment in blood being made
to declare victory, even insincerely and       THESE GROUPS also lack keen re- dangerous caldron of disorder in the re-                   by the Afghan police and soldiers.
opportunistically.                          election-minded political advisers. The gion. America can always come home;                   They are losing an average of 115 po-
   There’s a chance our military can        end of the surge will — predictably — she can never again be sure her enemies                 licemen and 57 soldiers killed in action
stretch and improvise to keep the enemy     come right before the November 2012 won’t follow.                                             every month.
at bay even as 10,000 troops come out       elections. Obama isn’t even willing
by the end of the year and the 20,000 re-   to see through the entire 2012 fighting     June 23, 2011                                       June 24, 2011
maining surge troops leave by next sum-     season, which stretches into the fall,
mer. But Obama has put the gains won        but wants all the surge forces out by the
  18                                                                                                                                  Conservative Chronicle
  AFGHANISTAN: June 26, 2011

Afghanistan: No substitute for victory
          resident Obama announced a                       And who is going to invest or set up
          major pull-out of troops from shop in a war zone? Until there is law
          Afghanistan this week, to be and order rising out of anarchy, Afghan-
implemented in the months to come. istan will never see development. That
This will mean the end, more or less, w o n ’ t                            and indeed can’t hap-
of combat op-                                                               pen until there is ba-
erations that have                                                          sic security. But so
been ongoing for                         David                              far security is some-
a decade, since the
aftermath of Sep-
                                     Karki                                    thing that no one
                                                                               — not the UK, the
                                 (c) 2011, North Star National
tember 11, 2001.                                                               USSR or the USA
Sadly, it doesn’t appear that it’s better — has even been able to bring there, and                   day, and has proven to be otherwise un-      point that the third world power being
than — or even all that different from — one can only conclude at this point that                    conquerable and uncontrollable by any        made to retreat from Afghanistan with its
when we first arrived.                                no one ever will. The Afghans can ap-          conventional means wielded by mul-           tail between its legs illustrates. The war
                                                      parently out rope-a-dope anyone who            tiple world powers, what other choice is     that finally went hot for us on 9/11/2001
   YES, THE Taliban is gone and a lot comes for them. That, among other rea-                         there? When the rabid dog is foaming at      was never against the nation of Afghani-
of terrorists got to meet their 72 doe- sons, is why Osama Bin Laden chose it                        the mouth, you put it down. And since        stan as defined by lines on a map. Nor
eyed virgins, but I don’t think anyone as the base of his planning and training                      the tranquilizer gun has been repeatedly     was it against the Taliban, even though
can say for certain that that will hold for in the first place.                                      tried to no effect (except to harm the one   they materially aided and comforted the
the long-term. Once we’re gone, who                        Given all that, if it also be true that   firing it), the next step is the 12-gauge.   perpetrators and deserved to be annihi-
knows how the vacuum will get filled? Afghanistan will be reclaimed by the                                                                        lated for that. And even going as far as
History does not bode well in this re- Taliban and once more become a haven                              PERHAPS IF we could play some            wiping it off that map wouldn’t really
gard.                                                 for radical Muslim terrorists that threat-     real, severely politically incorrect de-     end that war.
   The British could neither conquer en America if not modern civilization it-                       fense with regard to border security,           This war was, still is, and always has
nor civilize Afghanistan from India in self, on top of its otherwise irredeemable                    immigration policy and so forth, then        been against radical Islam. Not “terror,”
the 1800s, nor could the Soviet Union history and status, then there is only one                     considering such an option would not         which is a tactic, and not one backwater
do so in the 1980s. Nor could the United logical alternative left for dealing with                   be necessary. We could just let Afghani-     nation represented by rather randomly
States now. All three eventually left or it so as to ensure neutralization of that                   stan rot in its own filth and forget about   drawn borders. It is small wonder that
are leaving after wasting large amounts threat.                                                      it. But since that’s not the case, and we    we can’t seem to win a war when we
of money, material and lives there with                    And that would be to drop a nuke or       either can’t or won’t do what’s really       can’t honestly name or identify or define
no real measurable accomplishment to two on it as we depart so as to rid the                         needed to definitively secure the nation     the enemy being fought therein. Even
show for it. The only thing that grows world of that hopeless wasteland once                         against another 9/11 attack, then offense    taking out Afghanistan would still leave
there seems to be poppies for heroin and for all.                                                    is the only logical solution for ending      hundreds of millions of replacements,
and opium, otherwise the high desert                       I don’t relish saying that and I cer-     the threat. If Afghanistan is going to       both actual and potential. In short, we
and mountains often look more like the tainly don’t want to have to do that, but                     be a threat to us so long as it exists as    are vastly outnumbered. And the en-
moon than Earth. There might be some seeing as Afghanistan doesn’t appear to                         presently constituted, then its existence    emy has both the ability and the will to
high mineral content, but you can’t per- have produced anything of value since                       must end.                                    accept far more casualties than we are
form scientific tests in ground riddled Persian King Cyrus some 2,500 years                              Which still wouldn’t be the end of the   — to either sustain or inflict. That, in
with improvised explosive devices.                    ago, only exports drugs and terrorists to-     threat, of course, and that is exactly the   turn, renders our massive technological
                                                                                                                                                  advantage useless — just as it did the
                                                                                                                                                  USSR and UK before us.
                                                                                                                                                     The bleak, harsh truth is that the only
                                                                                                                                                  way anyone will ever win in Afghani-
                                                                                                                                                  stan is to first defeat radical Islam. That
                                                                                                                                                  is what generates the numbers willing to
                                                                                                                                                  kill and die long enough to outlast any
                                                                                                                                                  foe. But, frankly, I have a hard time
                                                                                                                                                  seeing that ever happening short of the
                                                                                                                                                  events of the book of Revelation com-
                                                                                                                                                  ing to pass.
                                                                                                                                                     By the same token, we must have
                                                                                                                                                  total confidence in the righteousness
                                                                                                                                                  of our cause. The Greatest Generation
                                                                                                                                                  didn’t respond to Pearl Harbor by won-
                                                                                                                                                  dering what we did to make Japan mad,
                                                                                                                                                  and they didn’t draw moral equivalenc-
                                                                                                                                                  es between our way of life and theirs.
                                                                                                                                                  They simply committed to defeating the
                                                                                                                                                  enemy — period. And they didn’t apol-
                                                                                                                                                  ogize for it.

                                                                                                                                                     IF WE really wish to ensure that all
                                                                                                                                                  those American soldiers who made the
                                                                                                                                                  ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan to have
                                                                                                                                                  not done so in vain, we should do well
                                                                                                                                                  to (re)learn the lesson that there is no
                                                                                                                                                  substitute for victory. It’s only too bad
                                                                                                                                                  that we didn’t figure it out before arriv-
                                                                                                                                                  ing rather than upon departing, if in fact
                                                                                                                                                  we’ve learned it at all.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                         19
  DEAR MARK: June 25, 2011

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and the president’s decision to begin the   could have inspired Gen. Patton, except    either party, but it looks like more of      Levy -
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                                                                                                                                    THE ANSWER MAN
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                                                                                                                                       1. The Treaty of Paris recognized
                                                                                                                                    the United States as an independent
                                                                                                                                       2. In 1870, the Fourth of July be-
                                                                                                                                    came a national holiday.
                                                                                                                                       3. During the Battle of Bunker
                                                                                                                                    Hill, the majority of fighting oc-
                                                                                                                                    curred at Breed’s Hill.
                                                                                                                                       4. “The Star-Spangled Banner”
                                                                                                                                    was written in 1814.
                                                                                                                                       5. Francis Scott Key wrote “The
                                                                                                                                    Star-Spangled Banner.”
                                                                                                                                       6. FALSE: Gen. Cornwallis said
                                                                                                                                    he wasn’t feeling well, so his sub-
                                                                                                                                    ordinate, Gen. O’Hara, surrendered
                                                                                                                                    to Gen. Washington’s subordinate,
                                                                                                                                    Gen. Lincoln.
                                                                                                                                       7. There were 13 stars and stripes
                                                                                                                                    on the first U.S. flag.
                                                                                                                                       8. Philadelphia was the first na-
                                                                                                                                    tional capital city.
                                                                                                                                       9. The Declaration of Indepen-
                                                                                                                                    dence was signed on Aug. 2, 1776.
                                                                                                                                       10. FALSE: George Washington
                                                                                                                                    did not sign the Declaration of In-
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  BROWN V. EMA: June 28, 2011

A right to sell violent video games to your kids
   The Supreme Court has finally gone speak to minors without going through
mad.                                                     the minors’ parents or guardians.”
   Before, people like me could almost                        Sca-            lia’s majority opinion
always blame liberal “activist” justices, ties it-                                self up in knots to
but this time seven                                                                 avoid this simple
justices, including                 Maggie                                          truth.
conservatives An-
tonin Scalia, John           Gallagher                                                  First, he insists
                                                                                     that a video game,
Roberts and Sam-           (c) 2011, Universal Press Syndicate                       like nude dancing,
uel Alito, signed                                                                    is speech.
on to the constitutional madness.                             OK.
                                                              Then, Scalia insists that the act of sell-
   THE CASE called Brown v. Enter- ing a video game is also speech.
tainment Merchant Association, involves                       OK.
a California law that forbids stores to sell                  So far, that’s arguable, but within the
video games with violent content to mi- realm of the rational.
nors, or risk a $1,000 per violation fine.                    Then Scalia goes off the deep end, in-
Note what the law does not do. It does sisting that, therefore, businesses have a
not forbid parents or other relatives from constitutional right to sell video games to
purchasing violent video games for chil- your children without your consent.
dren. It does not forbid minors to play                       Why?
violent video games. It doesn’t forbid                        Scalia borrows from the pornography           to them when they are younger — con-          and gags the woman, then tortures and
anyone to give a video game to anyone experience to point out that much wor-                                tain no shortage of gore. Grimm’s Fairy       kills her?”
they want.                                               thy literature, including some we assign           Tales, for example, are grim indeed.              Violent video games get much worse
   It simply forbids a business to sell a in schools to children, includes graphic                          As her just deserts for trying to poison      than that. As LA Times columnist Antho-
violent product to a child without the par- depictions of violence.                                         Snow White, the wicked queen is made          ny Malcolm put it:
ents’ sanction.                                               It is patently irrational, he rules (“wild-   to dance in red hot slippers “till she fell       “Rapes with accompanying violence
   How can this violate free speech?                     ly underinclusive”) for the law to forbid          dead on the floor, a sad example of envy      and screams climaxed by unheeded cries
   Yet of nine justices, only the odd children to buy “Grand Theft Auto” (or                                and jealousy. ... And Hansel and Gretel       for mercy and explicit homicide. Elec-
couple of Clarence Thomas and Ste- worse) and permit them to buy Grimm’s                                    (children!) kill their captor by baking her   tric drills. Igniting gasoline on anguished
phen Breyer objected, and of these, only Fairy Tales.                                                       in an oven.”                                  victims. ... In effect, the court decided
one — Thomas — grasped the elemen-                            I’m not making this up. That’s what                                                         that access to such interactive activities
tal truth: Our beloved First Amendment Justice Scalia said, speaking for the ma-                               BREYER, IN upholding the law, took         should be left to the industry’s own rating
does not give business a constitutional jority:                                                             refuge in a different set of comparisons:     system and the willingness of minimum-
right to market violent video games to                        “California’s argument would fare                “What sense,” he asked, “does it           wage store clerks to enforce it.”
your children without your consent.                      better if there were a longstanding tradi-         make to forbid selling to a 13-year-old           Why did Scalia do this?
   For Thomas alone, this was a simple tion in this country of specially restrict-                          boy a magazine with an image of a nude            I suspect that for the conservative jus-
case:                                                    ing children’s access to depictions of             woman, while protecting the sale to that      tices, two concerns are at work. The first
   “‘Freedom of speech,’ as originally violence, but there is none. Certainly the                           13-year-old of an interactive video game      is that it is simply too administratively
understood, does not include a right to books we give children to read — or read                            in which he actively, but virtually, binds    difficult for the modern Supreme Court
                                                                                                                                                          to enforce any line that involves judg-
                                                                                                                                                          ment. The Court does not want to face an
                                                                                                                                                          array of video games “pushing the line”
                                                                                                                                                          to figure out where the line lies. That is
                                                                                                                                                          the fear generated and expressed in the
                                                                                                                                                          pornography cases.
                                                                                                                                                              Second, I suspect the conservatives
                                                                                                                                                          want to draw a hard-and-fast line against
                                                                                                                                                          the coming assault on cultural content
                                                                                                                                                          they foresee in the name of liberal gods
                                                                                                                                                          like public health or sexual orientation.
                                                                                                                                                          Traditional cultural content could be
                                                                                                                                                          strongly disfavored if government can
                                                                                                                                                          enact blanket bans on sale of content to
                                                                                                                                                          minors in our commercial society.
                                                                                                                                                              This is speculation, of course.
                                                                                                                                                              But our inability to find ways to help
                                                                                                                                                          parents in even minimal ways to stem the
                                                                                                                                                          marketing invasion to our own children
                                                                                                                                                          is a shame on all of us. To turn that mar-
                                                                                                                                                          keting invasion into a constituitonal right
                                                                                                                                                          is an outrage.

                                                                                                                                                             ONE SUGGESTION for California
                                                                                                                                                          lawmakers: Consider eliminating crimi-
                                                                                                                                                          nal fines and instead substitute a right of
                                                                                                                                                          action for parents who believe their chil-
                                                                                                                                                          dren have been injured to sue the vendors
                                                                                                                                                          who sold it without express parental con-
                                                                                                                                                             Try, try again.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                                        21
  MARRIAGE: June 28, 2011

Wrong marriage debate — again
      f only lower income heterosexu-           that legalizing same-sex marriage is connections between family breakdown                          cites economist Benjamin Scafidi, who
      als were as keen to marry as some         sought mostly for symbolic reasons — and economic decay.                                           has offered a rough calculation of how
      homosexuals, the United States            as a sort of Good Housekeeping Seal of                   The statistics are familiar. In 1970,     much family breakdown costs Ameri-
would be a much stronger country.               Approval on homosexuality. (Just by the 85.2 per- cent of children under 18                        can taxpayers annually. Scafidi consid-
   Supporters of gay marriage (most             way, the funniest sign at a recent Obama lived in                         a two-parent family.     ered TANF (Temporary Assistance to
prominently the New York Times, which           speech was held                                                             In 2005, it was 68.3   Needy Families), Food Stamps, housing
reported New York’s legalization of             by a gay-marriage                                                           percent and drop-      assistance, Medicaid, S-Chip, child wel-
such unions last week with about as             advocate irritated
                                                                                             Mona                           ping. Forty percent    fare services, justice system costs, WIC,
much hoopla as it did the Japanese sur-
render in 1945) are ecstatic.
                                                by the president’s
                                                claim that his
                                                                                           Charen                          of births in America
                                                                                                                             are to unwed par-
                                                                                                                                                   LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy
                                                                                                                                                   Assistance Program), Head Start, school
                                                                                  (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
                                                views on the sub-                                                            ents. Broken down     breakfast and lunch programs and fore-
   ACTUALLY, THE first sentence of              ject are “evolving.” The sign read “Just by ethnic group, the figures are 30 per-                  gone tax receipts. The annual bill to tax-
this column might be misleading. While          Evolve Already.”)                                    cent among whites, 50 percent for His-        payers: $112 billion.
it might seem, from the intense activism           Imagine if even one-twentieth of the panics and 70 percent for blacks.                              But Scafidi was being conservative,
on the subject, that gays are impatient         attention we devote to gay marriage                                                                Pearlstein argues. He didn’t include the
to reach the altar, it may not be true.         were turned to the state of heterosexual                 SINGLE MOTHERS (and occa-                 Earned Income Tax Credit, the costs to
Surveys in countries that have legalized        marriage — we might begin to see the sionally fathers) find it much more dif-                      schools that accrue from additional dis-
gay marriage have found comparatively           true emergency.                                      ficult to be the kind of autonomous, self-    cipline problems, the special education
small numbers of homosexuals seeking               Writing in the Weekly Standard, supporting individuals that our system                          costs that increase in lock step with cha-
marriage (between two and five percent          Mitch Pearlstein, whose book From of government was designed for. Single                           otic family environments, and the add-
in Belgium, and between two and six             Family Collapse to America’s Decline is parents turn to the government for as-                     ed burdens on Medicare and Medicaid
percent in Holland). It’s quite possible        due out in August, outlines some of the sistance in dozens of ways. Pearlstein                     that result from more unmarried older
                                                                                                                                                   Americans. Scafidi explains that “high
                                                                                                                                                   rates of divorce and failure to marry
  DECENCY: June 24, 2011                                                                                                                           mean that many more Americans enter
                                                                                                                                                   late middle age (and beyond) without a

Even bedtime stories get profane                                                                                                                   spouse to help them manage chronic ill-
                                                                                                                                                   nesses, or to help care for them if they

                                                                                                                                                   become disabled.”
           he mass-marketing of profan-         and being the father of two little kids, I       An ungenerous person would point out                  The flight from marriage is transform-
           ity just won’t stop. Now it’s        immediately sent it to my wife and oth-          that some of these hostile bouquets of            ing the complexion of American society
           topping the best-selling book        er parents to gauge their reaction.” The         “radical honesty” sound like verbal               — increasing inequality and decreasing
list — in children’s picture books. You         feedback he received was unanimous,              abuse. Most parents have these selfish            self-sufficiency. As Kay Hymowitz has
might have heard by now that there’s            he reported: “They were all vehement in          feelings inside their own heads. But if           written (soon to be joined by new books
a “subversive” little bedtime book for          encouraging me to publish it. My wife’s          you heard a parent say to a small child,          by Charles Murray and the above men-
adults. It should not be read to children.      email response was just two words: ‘I’m          “F---- your stuffed bear, I’m not get-            tioned Pearlstein), marriage patterns are
It’s called Go the F-- to Sleep.                weeping.’”                                       ting you s--,” you’d probably think they          creating a caste system in a country that
                                                   The author of this tiny product, Adam         could use a parenting class or two.               had traditionally enjoyed relative equal-
   ANYONE WHO’S ever been up at                 Mansbach, usually writes novels, but he             The same goes for “He-- no, you can’t          ity. Among the well-educated, marriage
two in the morning with a baby or toddler       started writing these dirty little poems         go to the bathroom. You know where                rates have remained very stable over the
knows exactly the feeling that is being         when his daughter wouldn’t go to sleep.          you can go? The f-- to sleep.” And: “For          past several decades. College graduates
exploited here. “Total genius,” says the        The poems went viral online, and then            real, shut the f-- up and sleep.” And: “I         are thus (mostly) rearing their children
blurb on the front cover. Genius it is not.     people insisted it be a book.                    know you’re not thirsty. That’s bulls--.          in orderly, supportive environments in
Anybody could have written this book                                                             Stop lying. Lie the f-- down, my darling,         which kids are taught to study hard, de-
in 90 minutes, tops. It’s just having the                                                        and sleep.”                                       lay gratification and plan for the future.
“bright idea” of a naughty nighty-night                             Brent                           But acid-tongued people want their             But 54 percent of the children of high
book that might make the get-rich-quick
schemers jealous.
                                                              Bozell                             acid-tongued kiddie books. Another
                                                                                                 fashionable publisher, McSweeney’s,
                                                                                                                                                   school dropouts are illegitimate. Their
                                                                                                                                                   parents’ lives are marked by financial
                                                            (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
   The book could not be smaller (32                                                             printed a book called Baby Get Me Some            stress, conflict and turmoil.
pages, seven ounces, and less than nine         The book was supposed to be out in Oc-           Lovin’, by Lisa Brown. The promotional                Since income and education are so
inches by six inches), but it retails for       tober, but was selling like crazy online         copy promises, “If you’re a new parent,           closely linked, the outlines of a perma-
$14.95. This could be called getting your       in March, so publication was moved up            you know how hard it is to get quality            nent caste system become visible, with
cursing bang for the buck. There are 428        to June.                                         alone time with your partner. Instead of          the educated raising children who have
words in this stupid thing, and 24 are                                                           blaming the kid, put him to work! This            the tools to become successful them-
curse words. That’s about one profanity             NOW THE book is not only an                  handy manual will teach your baby how             selves and the poor and lower middle
out of every 18 words. Shakespearean.           American phenomenon; it’s been picked            to set the mood for an intimate evening           class continuing to give birth under cir-
   But wait! There’s more! Barnes and           up by Canongate in the UK, and Fox               (and then make himself scarce). Thanks,           cumstances that virtually condemn their
Noble is even helpful to the buyer of this      bought the film rights. A film? This book        Baby!”                                            children to poverty.
epic work of “genius” in recommending           literally takes two minutes to read. (In                                                               Much has been made by Democrats
other tomes in this genre. On the sales         fact, you can — and should — read it in              IS IT GETTING too serious to decry            of the increasing inequality of income
slip, they insist that if you like this, of     the store and put it back on the shelf.)         a book like Go the Bleep to Sleep? After          distribution in America. That inequality
course you’ll enjoy other literary works            Canongate’s Francis Bickmore says            all, if it takes two minutes to read it, it       is real. But it’s not the result of tax cuts.
of high art like S-- My Dad Says, Farts         the book is so clever and “resonant” with        might take two minutes to forget it. Is           It’s an artifact of family structure. And
and (A-Words) Finish First.                     “such a strong sense of voice.” What idi-        this just a faddish product you can only          unless we find a way to discourage un-
   The publisher of Go is Akashic               ocy. It “strikes a note of solidarity for all    package and sell once? Perhaps. But               wed childbearing and revive marriage,
Books, a small purveyor of “urban lit-          parents” and “might just become the ul-          best-sellers like this suggest people have        the chasm between classes will continue
erary fiction,” which is a fancy way of         timate gift book.”                               a love affair with profane rants, and that        to grow.
saying “junk.” The imprint’s founder,               There are critics, they briefly acknowl-     profanity sells, and sells very well. Such
Johnny Temple, told the U.K Guardian            edge, but the author bizarrely claims that       garbage could end up defining a culture.             GAY MARRIAGE is a distraction.
he was a little reluctant to buy it at first,   none of them are parents. Clearly, he                                                              The country depends on traditional mar-
but “it was definitely an interesting idea,     doesn’t get out of his own bubble much.                                                            riage.
 22                                                                                                                               Conservative Chronicle
  MEDIA BIAS: June 28, 2011

What was Chris Wallace driving at?
       was disappointed that Chris Wal- Harvard-educated Obama. Bachmann
       lace asked Michele Bachmann and Palin are panned as inexperienced
       whether she is a flake, but Wal- and lacking gravitas despite their
lace’s behavior is hardly the most im- records                             and      accomplish-
portant issue in-                                                           ments, and Obama is
volved. What he                         David                               treated as a heavy-
was trying to get                                                           weight despite his
at is another mat-         Limbaugh                                           miserable record
ter.                             (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate                 and voluminous
   It is no secret                                                            verbal blunders.
that a good number of people regard                        But much bigger factors driving the
Bachmann as a loose cannon who is media narrative against Palin and Bach-
given to gaffes and hyperbole. And it’s mann than their female attractiveness
not just Bachmann.                                    are their common personal and ideo-
                                                      logical characteristics. They are both
   INDEED, THERE is an enormous fearless, combative, energizing and
elephant in the room of GOP presiden- unqualified conservatives. Don’t get
tial politics, which is that despite their me wrong; they are two very different
individual popularity, both female con- people, but these shared qualities make
tenders, Bachmann and Sarah Palin, are them especially contemptible to the left
dismissed in many circles as cartoon and to certain elitists on the right.
characters.                                                Bachmann and Palin happen to be        other such candidates sound exercised       fied for one reason or another. But even
   I’m the last person who wants to in- among the most conservative of the                        and frustrated at times, you should be      here, I think we are allowing the liberal
ject identity politics into any equation, GOP field, and leftists and elitists rou-               grateful because that is precisely how      media to control the narrative.
but I can’t help but wonder what role, if tinely cast conservatives as a dozen fries              they ought to sound. We should be far          Who can seem electable after the me-
any, their gender may be playing here short of a Happy Meal. They consider                        more concerned with those who are           dia get done savaging them? And what
— not just that they’re females but also Reagan conservatives — just as they re-                  taking this national nightmare in stride.   mainstream conservatives do the media
that they’re attractive ones.                         garded Reagan in his day — dangerous        Where are their hearts?                     not savage? Conversely, look at how
   Though I doubt these are major fac- extremists and insufficiently nuanced                                                                  they treat the Republican candidates
tors for most people, they are for some. for prime time.                                             THE FACT IS that both Bachmann           who pay homage to global warming
In fact, a number of females have sug-                     Those who pull no punches in chal-     and Palin are far more qualified and dis-   and other leftist pieties. Why are they
gested that other women react negative- lenging the Beltway dogma that got us                     positionally equipped to be president       always deemed electable?
ly to Palin — and presumably to Bach- into this calamity are quickly shunted                      than Barack Obama. Both have acquit-           We must reject the conventional wis-
mann, as well — specifically because aside by the elites. But they are adored                     ted themselves very well in debates;        dom that in general, only a centrist can
they are women.                                       by mainstream Americans, who are un-        Palin has a very impressive executive       be elected. But this is especially true
   In other critics I detect a type of soft encumbered by the numbing realities of                record, with plenty of gravitas (see The    of 2012, when all bets are off because
sexism leading to a stronger reaction to Washington that prevent far too many                     Undefeated), and Bachmann has pow-          we are facing an unprecedented na-
their gaffes than to, say, Obama’s. They career politicians from taking immedi-                   erful academic credentials.                 tional crisis that has been given to us
regard their mistakes (or supposed mis- ate action to reverse our nationally sui-                    I realize that some conservatives        by the very politicians accepted by the
takes) as disqualifying while casually cidal course.                                              believe that Palin and Bachmann are         conventional wisdom as bursting with
overlooking far worse errors from the                      So if you think Palin, Bachmann and    unelectable or not particularly quali-      presidential DNA.
                                                                                                                                                 The voters are smart enough to know
                                                                                                                                              that centrism won’t save this nation. If
                                                                                                                                              elected, a centrist Republican would not
                                                                                                                                              only fail to energize the base; he most
                                                                                                                                              likely wouldn’t do what it will take to
                                                                                                                                              reverse this crisis.
                                                                                                                                                 If anyone should be worried about
                                                                                                                                              his extremism, it’s Obama, yet we hear
                                                                                                                                              nothing about that from the media or
                                                                                                                                              the elites. Despite their cover-up, the
                                                                                                                                              world’s worst-kept secret is that Obama
                                                                                                                                              is a disaster and is in deep trouble with
                                                                                                                                              the electorate.
                                                                                                                                                 Finally, for those who persist in mis-
                                                                                                                                              judging Obama as unrivaled in mental
                                                                                                                                              acuity, please consider that you are us-
                                                                                                                                              ing the wrong yardstick. In electing a
                                                                                                                                              president, wisdom and sound judgment
                                                                                                                                              are vastly more important than raw in-

                                                                                                                                                 ALL OF THE GOP candidates have
                                                                                                                                              more than enough intelligence to serve
                                                                                                                                              as chief executive, far more common
                                                                                                                                              sense and wisdom than Obama, and an
                                                                                                                                              incomparably better handle on the steps
                                                                                                                                              necessary to preserve the republic and
                                                                                                                                              the willingness to take them.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                              23
  JON STEWART: June 29, 2011

Daily Show’s Jon Stewart vs. Fox facts
           he Republican presidential         questions: Which party was in control would not be conservatives. When lib-                     HERE’S THEIR Exhibit A: Fox
           contest is picking up steam.       of Congress (Democrats), who was the erals get routed in an election, they do                viewers were more likely to believe:
           Obama is consistently poll-        secretary of state (Condi Rice), and not question themselves. The first and,                 “Among economists who have esti-
ing under 50 percent. This one’s a            who was the prime minister of Britain for most,                      the only verdict is     mated the effect of the health reform
toss-up, and in the thick of it is the Fox    (Gordon Brown)?                                     that the           American people       law on the federal budget deficit over
News Channel. It’s not just their role           Let’s document                                                       were disastrously    the next 10 years, more think it will in-
in hosting and vetting the candidates.        how the viewers                           Brent                         flooded by a tsu-    crease the deficit.”
It’s their role as the chief villain in the
eyes of liberal Democrats struggling to
                                              of Hannity and
                                              Colmes were bet-                         Bozell                         nami of stupidity
                                                                                                                      and misinforma-
                                                                                                                                              That is misinformation? This ques-
                                                                                                                                           tion is not about facts at all. It’s about
push their version of the “truth” about       ter informed than                (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate           tion.                the opinions of economists looking into
Obama.                                        Stewart’s Daily                                                            The     liberal   a crystal ball, and PIPA’s “economists”
                                              Show gigglers on basic political facts. pranksters masquerading as pollsters                 estimate that herding 35 million un-
   JON STEWART rhetorically asked             Hannity viewers beat Stewart’s on the at the University of Maryland’s Pro-                   insured Americans into a new federal
Chris Wallace about Fox on Fox News           Democratic majority (84 percent to 65 gram on International Policy Attitudes                 entitlement program is going to reduce
Sunday because he thought he knew the         percent correct answers), Condi Rice (a (PIPA) are to blame. Last year, they                 the deficit. This assertion by liberals
answer: “Who are the most consistently        dramatic 73 percent to 48 percent gap) claimed their survey showed that those                that Obamacare would cut deficits isn’t
misinformed media viewers? The most           and Gordon Brown (49 percent to 36 who watched Fox News Channel on                           technically a “lie” — yet. It is merely
consistently misinformed? Fox, Fox            percent). Overall, as a percentage get- a daily basis were significantly more                a patently ridiculous claim that doesn’t
viewers, consistently, every poll.”           ting all three questions right, Hannity likely to believe in “misinformation.”               acknowledge the real world. But some-
   In the real world — outside Stew-          won 42-30.                                          But how is that word defined? Look at    how, Fox News viewers are tagged as
art’s smug bubble — this is garbage.             But there is nothing the left believes the details, and you will be floored by            “misinformed” dummies because their
A 2008 survey by the Pew Research             in more robotically than the stupid- the misinformation — coming from the                    opinions are grounded in logic.
Center asked media consumers three            ity of conservatives. Otherwise, they pollsters themselves.                                     Here’s Exhibit B: Fox viewers were
                                                                                                                                           more likely to believe: “Most econo-
                                                                                                                                           mists who have studied it estimate that
  MARRIAGE: June 28, 2011                                                                                                                  the stimulus legislation saved or cre-
                                                                                                                                           ated a few jobs or caused job losses.”

New York’s marriage scam                                                                                                                   Once again, this isn’t about facts, but
                                                                                                                                           about economists and their estimations.

                                                                                                                                           The idea that there is “misinformation”
            arriage in New York State,        decision to set up a whole new institu-       for individual autonomy (a/k/a “What           afoot, and it’s not about the incred-
            by act of its legislature,        tion and label it “marriage.” New York        I Say Goes!”) is a convenient starting         ibly nebulous and politicized notion of
            and in spite of everything        State’s decision enjoys standing and re-      point for examination.                         “saving or creating” jobs — something
you’ve always heard, is for everybody,        spect in the eyes of all who think Real-         An intellectually sloppy and devital-       so nebulous it can never be factually
and every combination of everybodies.         ity is a concept politicians can rejigger     ized era that valued Self more than it         verified — shows you the bias of the
  Except, you know what — it’s not.           to their own satisfaction. No one else        esteemed some-ol’-God-out-there-in-            PIPA pollsters.
And, what’s more, won’t ever be.              has any obligation to pay the New York        space couldn’t think of a single reason           Let’s go all the way back to the
                                              megalomaniacs the slightest heed.             that people who clamored for “justice”         drawing board on this poll. Is it fair
   FOR ALL THE legislature’s gran-               The normative understanding of mar-        shouldn’t have it. Same-sex marriage           — whether the pollsters are liberal or
deur and power, and the fervent encour-       riage is rooted not in political pressure     came under that heading once the politi-       conservative — to expect the Ameri-
agement of the New York Times, no ag-         and horse-trading, but in what might          cal power of the gay lobby waxed and           can people to identify correctly the es-
gregation of human beings enjoys the          quaintly be called the natural law: the       that of the religious community waned.         timates made by a panel of economists
power to redefine marriage.                   law of that’s-how-things-are.                 Bring on the politicians! — the vote-          organized by news editors of the Wall
   What New York has done, amid much                                                        seekers, the money-raisers, the Cuo-           Street Journal? In a random polling
trumpeting and self-congratulation, is                                                      mos, the New York lawmakers in whose           sample, how many memorizing Jour-
create a secular-political institution and              William                             hungry mouths butter refused to melt as        nal subscribers are you going to find?
give it, spuriously, the name of mar-
riage, according to whose regulations         Murchison                                     they pretended to reinvent marriage.
                                                                                               Thus, for the first time in history, two
                                                                                                                                              There was a more serious polling
                                                                                                                                           problem here for PIPA. Their polling
two men may join themselves to each                     (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate        institutions, both known to their practi-      sample size was 848 respondents, for
other as may two women.                                                                     tioners as marriage, lie oddly alongside       a margin of error of 3.4 percent. Given
   It’s a sad and shabby charade, with           WE OURSELVES are male and                  each other: in New York and a grow-            that an average primetime audience of
consequences that will likely prove           female. Male and female are different.        ing if still gratifyingly small number         Fox News is 2.2 million out of a nation
proportionate to New York’s size, popu-       So are they complementary. Brought            of states. The institution that brings         of more than 300 million people, that’s
lation and megalomania.                       together, they make up a whole. The           unity out of difference is of course the       0.7 percent. Out of 848 poll respon-
   New York’s lawmakers have taken            marriage that’s in our bones, culturally      real one, rooted in Nature. The other is       dents, 0.7 percent would give us a total
upon themselves an authority that all         speaking and religiously speaking, is         phonier than a Bernie Madoff cross-my-         of about six Fox viewers. In their own
previous generations ascribed to God.         the institution that perfects and main-       heart-and-hope-to-die.                         polling breakdown, PIPA says 17 per-
The legislature’s calculation was that the    tains wholeness for the good of the cou-         In the end, reality trumps fantasy,         cent said they were almost-daily Fox
21st century has needs beyond the com-        ple and for the creation and projection       which is why New York’s experiment in          viewers, or about 145 people. Even that
prehension of generations that failed to      of new life.                                  moral Madoff-ism will shrivel and die.         is simply not high enough to test in a
see gay marriage as a matter of social           Formerly New York State understood         But how long before it does? And after         serious poll.
justice. After last week’s vote, the New      this truth. Formerly all states did — all     what number of disasters in the lives of
York Times quoted Gov. Andrew Cuomo           societies, all entities pretending to the     real human beings looking to their cul-        THAT IS WHY this survey wasn’t
as thus compressing the matter. “Their        attributes of civilization. Political enti-   ture for guidance?                          food for the national media, but it keeps
love” — that is, the love of gay couples      ties no more than ratified and regulated                                                  popping up on left-wing blogs and with
— “is worth the same as your love.            what God and Nature were believed to             PLAYING WITH real people’s real “fake news” hosts from Comedy Cen-
Their partnership is worth the same as        have put firmly in place. The political       lives and offering cheap and transitory tral. Jon Stewart did the right thing and
your partnership. And they are equal in       fraternity had a certain becoming mod-        satisfactions for the sake of political conceded that he was the one misin-
your eyes to you. That is the driving is-     esty in days of old.                          gain is more the mark of fascism than of forming people on Fox News.
sue.”                                            What happened? A lot of things did,        American democracy. Or at least it once
   Yes, indeed — the issue driving the        but the clamor that arose in the 1960s        was.
 24                                                                                                                                Conservative Chronicle
  SPEECH CODES: June 23, 2011

Feds crack down on campus flirting and sex jokes
             hen I was growing up, it eral funds — which amount to billions in
             was widely believed that some cases.
             colleges and universities                   The OCR letter includes a requirement
were the part of our society with the that universities adopt a “preponderance
widest scope for free expression and free of the                        evidence” standard of
speech. In the con-                                                       proof for deciding
formist America                                                            sexual harassment
of the 1950s, the                   Michael                                and sexual assault.
thinking ran, few
people dared to
                                 Barone                                      In other words, in
                                                                             every case of al-
say anything that                                                            leged sexual ha-
                                (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate

went beyond a                                                               rassment or sexual
broad consensus. But on campus, any- assault, a disciplinary board must decide
one could say anything he liked.                     on the basis of more likely than not.
                                                         That’s far short of the requirement in
   TODAY, WE live in an America with criminal law that charges must be proved
enormous cultural variety in which very beyond a reasonable doubt. And these
few things are considered universally disciplinary proceedings sometimes face
verboten. But on campus it’s different. charges that could also be criminal, as in
There, saying something considerably cases of alleged rape.
milder than some of the double enten-                    But more often they involve alleged
dres you heard in cable news coverage offenses defined in vague terms and
of the Anthony Weiner scandal can get depending often on subjective factors.
you into big trouble.                                Lukianoff notes that campus definitions      be sure if flirting will be welcome except     What the seemingly misnamed Office
   These reflections are inspired by a of sexual harassment include “humor                        after the fact. And how do you define of Civil Rights is doing here is demand-
seemingly innocuous 19-page letter on and jokes about sex in general that make                    “elevator eyes”                             ing the setting up of kangaroo courts and
April 4 from the Department of Educa- someone feel uncomfortable” (Univer-                                                                    the dispensing of what I would call Mar-
tion’s Office of Civil Rights to colleges sity of California at Berkeley), “unwel-                   GIVEN THE prevailing attitudes supial Justice against students who are
and universities. The letter was given come sexual flirtations and inappropriate                  among faculty and university adminis- disfavored by campus denizens because
prominence by Greg Lukianoff, president putdowns of individual persons or class-                  trators, it’s not easy to guess who will be of their gender or race or political atti-
of the Foundation for Individual Rights es of people” (Iowa State University) or                  the target of most such proceedings. You tude. Alice in Wonderland’s Red Queen
in Education, which has done yeoman “elevator eyes” (Murray State Univer-                         only have to remember how rapidly and would approve.
work opposing restrictive speech codes sity in Kentucky).                                         readily top administrators and dozens          As Lukianoff points out, OCR had
issued by colleges and universities.                     All of which means that just about       of faculty members were ready to casti- other alternatives. The Supreme Court in
   OCR’s letter carries great weight any student can be hauled before a disci-                    gate as guilty of rape the Duke lacrosse a 1999 case defined sexual harassment
since there are few things a university plinary committee. Jokes about sex will                   players who, as North Carolina Attorney as conduct “so severe, pervasive, and
president fears more than an OCR inves- almost always make someone uncom-                         General Roy Cooper concluded, were objectively offensive, and that so un-
tigation, which can lead to losses of fed- fortable, after all, and usually you can’t             absolutely innocent.                        dermines and detracts from the victims’
                                                                                                                                              educational experience, that the victim-
                                                                                                                                              students are effectively denied equal ac-
                                                                                                                                              cess to an institution’s resources and op-
                                                                                                                                              portunities.” In other words, more than a
                                                                                                                                              couple of tasteless jokes or a moment of
                                                                                                                                              elevator eyes.
                                                                                                                                                 Lukianoff and FIRE have an admi-
                                                                                                                                              rable record of defending students’ and
                                                                                                                                              faculty members’ free speech regardless
                                                                                                                                              of their point of view, but anyone famil-
                                                                                                                                              iar with their work knows that the most
                                                                                                                                              frequent target of campus disciplinary
                                                                                                                                              groups are male, conservative, religious
                                                                                                                                              or some combination thereof.
                                                                                                                                                 I wonder whether there is some con-
                                                                                                                                              nection between this and the dwindling
                                                                                                                                              percentage of men who enroll in and
                                                                                                                                              graduate from college. Are we allowing
                                                                                                                                              — and encouraging — our university
                                                                                                                                              administrators to create an atmosphere
                                                                                                                                              so unwelcoming and hostile to males
                                                                                                                                              that we are missing out on the contribu-
                                                                                                                                              tions they could make with a college or
                                                                                                                                              graduate degree?

                                                                                                                                                 EDUCATION SECRETARY Arne
                                                                                                                                              Duncan has shown an admirable open-
                                                                                                                                              ness to argument and intellectual debate.
                                                                                                                                              Perhaps someone will ask him whether
                                                                                                                                              he wants his department to be encourag-
                                                                                                                                              ing kangaroo courts and Marsupial Jus-
                                                                                                                                              tice on campuses across the country.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                              25
  CIGARETTE LABELS: June 26, 2011

Big Government regulation gets ugly
       t’s not unusual for the federal      habit and make an informed choice. signed by President Barack Obama. If                        labels allow no fond illusions about the
       government to provoke wide-          The point is to get people to avoid ciga- it sounds like the sort of bossy, intru-             fate awaiting tobacco addicts.
       spread retching among its citi-      rettes whether they want to or not.                  sive, big-government approach cham-          Sebelius apparently thinks the health
zens, but it rarely does so intention-         The Food and Drug Administration p i o n e d                         by Democrats, it       information has been widely over-
ally. The new warning labels required       finds it intolerable                                                     is. But it passed     looked. Not to worry. Vanderbilt Uni-
on cigarette packs, however, have that      that despite all the                                                     by overwhelming       versity law professor W. Kip Viscusi
goal. Designed to evoke disgust with        efforts to stamp                           Stephen                       majorities in both    has found that smokers greatly overes-
smoking, they may also induce revul-
sion at excessive uses of power.
                                            out smoking —
                                            through tobacco
                                                                                     Chapman                         houses, with most
                                                                                                                      Senate Republi-
                                                                                                                                           timate the risk of dying from ailments
                                                                                                                                           caused by tobacco. If the government
                                                                            (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
                                            taxes, advertis-                                                          cans in support.     wanted to make sure that Americans
   THE OLD cigarette warnings in-           ing restrictions, educational campaigns                   Health and Human Services Secre-     were accurately informed, it would
form consumers of straightforward           and smoking bans — nearly 50 million tary Kathleen Sebelius imagines that                      have to tell them smoking is consider-
facts, such as: “Smoking Causes Lung        Americans continue to puff away. The the FDA is filling an unfortunate infor-                  ably less dangerous than they assume.
Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema,           hope is that repeated assaults with nau- mation gap. With these labels, she says,                 Our leaders think that since stark
And May Complicate Pregnancy” and           seating photos will kill the urge.                   “every person who picks up a pack of      facts haven’t done enough to deter to-
“Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Re-              So anyone electing to smoke will cigarettes is going to know exactly                        bacco use, scary images are in order.
duces Serious Risks to Your Health.”        have to run a gauntlet of horrors: a what risk they’re taking.”                                The FDA predicts that by 2013, the
Thanks in part to such labels, Ameri-       corpse, a diseased lung, rotting gums                     By “every person,” she means ev-     new warnings will diminish the total
cans today fully grasp that smoking is      and a smoker exhaling through a tra- ery person who’s been trapped at the                      number of smokers in the United States
unsafe.                                     cheotomy hole.                                       bottom of a well for the past 50 years.   by 213,000.
   But the point of the new labels is                                                            Everyone else already knew. Cigarette        Contain your excitement. The agency
not to ensure that potential and actual        ALL THIS IS made possible thanks companies have had to provide health                       admits that the overall effect is “highly
smokers understand the hazards of the       to legislation passed in 2009 and warnings since the 1960s. The current                        uncertain” and that its estimate could
                                                                                                                                           be way off. Even if its forecast comes
  DECENCY: June 28, 2011                                                                                                                   true, the change would cut the preva-
                                                                                                                                           lence of smoking by less than one-half
                                                                                                                                           of one percent.

Why was that man allowed to fly?                                                                                                              As it happens, there is not much
                                                                                                                                           reason to expect even this microscopic

                                                                                                                                           reduction to materialize. Last year, re-
          n June 9, a man boarded           were to say to a group of randomly             allowed to fly constituted a “hang up.”         searchers commissioned by the FDA
          a US Airways flight from          chosen American college students that              So the god of tolerance is one reason       exposed adults and teens to such images
          Fort Lauderdale to Phoenix,       this man indecently exposed himself            for the death of the concept of “public         to assess the likely impact. Despite the
dressed in women’s panties, a bra and       and should not have been allowed to            decency.”                                       emotional punch of the pictures, they
thigh-high stockings.                       fly, that adult would be a) not under-             Another is the age of secularism            didn’t seem to induce adults to stop
   No US Airways employee at the Fort       stood — what does “indecent” mean?             in which we live. In a more religious           smoking or deter teens from starting.
Lauderdale airport asked him to cover       — and/or b) roundly condemned for              America, the human being was regard-               Based on the experience of other
himself. Nor did any flight attendant       intolerance and bigotry.                       ed as created in God’s image, a being           countries that have tried hideous pho-
ask him to do so. And obviously, no one        To judge this man as acting indecent-       that ideally aspires to a level of holi-        tos, including Canada, Britain and Aus-
demanded that he get off the plane.         ly, not to mention to bar him                  ness. As secularism proceeds with the           tralia, Viscusi sees no grounds for opti-
                                                                                           increasing force of an avalanche, how-          mism. “Smoking rates decline after the
   US AIRWAYS spokeswoman Val-                                                             ever, man is increasingly regarded as           warnings but at the same rate as they
erie Wunder was asked how the airline                      Dennis                          just another animal.                            did before the advent of warnings,” he
allowed a nearly naked cross-dresser
to board a plane and sit next to other
                                                      Prager                                   One way in which higher civiliza-
                                                                                           tions have demonstrated the human-
                                                                                                                                           told me. “The key for judging whether
                                                                                                                                           there is likely to be an effect is whether
                                                      (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
passengers who, one assumes, did not                                                       animal difference has been the wearing          the warnings shifted the trend in smok-
appreciate being seated next to an ex-      from flying, is to engage in violating         of clothing. Animals are naked in pub-          ing rates in these other countries, and
hibitionist.                                the only values a generation of Ameri-         lic; humans are clothed. But secular-           they did not.”
   As reported by the San Francisco         cans has been taught: not to judge, not        ism eats away at such religious ideals.            Why not? Maybe because people al-
Examiner, she “said employees had           to discriminate, to welcome diversity          Thus religion-based concepts such as            ready knew the risks. Maybe because
been correct not to ask the man to cover    and to fully accept those who are dif-         holiness and decency die out. You can           most smokers enjoy tobacco enough
himself. ‘We don’t have a dress code        ferent, especially in the sexual arena.        see it in the widespread acceptance of          not to care. Maybe because people
policy. Obviously, if their private parts                                                  public cursing as well as in public ex-         soon learn to ignore the nasty pictures
are exposed, that’s not appropriate. ...       THAT IS WHY I think it is very dif-         hibitionism, among many other mani-             the way they tune out other warning
So if they’re not exposing their private    ficult to have a dialogue on this matter.      festations.                                     messages.
parts, they’re allowed to fly.’”            For those who believe in public “de-               I don’t know if US Airways is alone            The likely ineffectuality of this man-
   The decline of American civilization     cency,” the matter is as clear as a bell       among airlines in allowing anyone to            date does not discourage anti-tobacco
since the 1960s has been so fast and        — this was profoundly indecent — and           fly as long as their genitals are covered.      crusaders. Its basic character, however,
so dramatic that it takes one’s breath      for those who do not believe in such a         But it seems to me that if restaurants          should spur everyone else to ask what
away.                                       concept, the matter is equally clear —         can post dress codes and announce that          business the federal government has
   That a woman speaking on behalf of       “decency” is an anachronism.                   they reserve the right to refuse service        interfering with a transaction between
a major airline can say with a straight        One caller to my radio talk show sim-       to anyone, an airline — in which peo-           legal sellers and informed buyers who
face that her airline allows anyone         ply could not see what was so bad about        ple, unlike in restaurants, are forced to       are minding their own business.
dressed or undressed to fly on its air-     what the man did and that US Airways           sit two inches from strangers — should
planes so long as they do not expose        allowed him to fly. I asked my caller if       be able to do so.                                  THE NEW labels thrust the govern-
their genitals perfectly encapsulates       he thought an airline should ban naked                                                         ment further into gratuitous regulation
this decline.                               passengers. While he acknowledged          IN THE MEANTIME, this is the                        of personal behavior, motivated less by
   The only question is: How did we         that public nudity is against the law, Brave New World that mindless toler-                    medical concerns than moralism. Now,
get here?                                   he saw no reason that it should be so. ance, diversity and lawsuits on their                   that’s ugly.
   For one thing, the concept of decen-     Basically, I suspect that in my caller’s behalf have wrought.
cy is dying. I suspect that if an adult     view, my opposition to this man being
 26                                                                                                                                       Conservative Chronicle

Lamar Smith’s E-Verify bill must be amended
         -Verify, a computer process             We’re told we need a nationwide con- into taking action and H.R.2164 is the                       gal aliens would be to amend H.R.2164
         that makes it fast and easy for      gressional law because states like Cali- appropriate result. In fact, those state                    with Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) proposal
         employers to check the validity      fornia and New York will never pass an laws were passed to protect their own                         to make E-Verify a condition for the em-
of employees’ Social Security numbers         Arizona-style law. Now that states have citizens from the enormous costs of                          ployer to take a tax deduction for wages
to ascertain if they are legal, was cre-      the go-ahead from the Supreme Court to d e a l i n g                      with illegal aliens by     paid, a provision already adopted by
ated by Congress as a voluntary system.       implement manda-                                                             schools, hospitals      Alabama. That would put the incentive
It demonstrates its utility by verifying      tory E-Verify and                                                             and various wel-       on the employer where it belongs, and
individuals within a few seconds with         voluntary attrition                     Phyllis                               fare programs, and     we would not need prosecutions or de-
99.5 percent accuracy, but only about
two percent of businesses actually use
                                              is taking place,
                                              there’s a better
                                                                                Schlafly                                  to protect their citi-
                                                                                                                         zens against unfair
                                                                                                                                                      Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) says about
it.                                           chance that many                 (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
                                                                                                                            competition     for    Lamar Smith’s bill, “The Supreme
                                              more states will                                                              jobs in our current    Court says state and local laws can be
    ARIZONA PASSED the Legal Ari-             imitate Arizona than that the Obama Ad- period of high unemployment.                                 enforced, and now the federal govern-
zona Workers Act in 2007 to require the       ministration will ever enforce E-Verify.                   Illegal immigration is a vast unfund-     ment wants to take that power away. We
use of E-Verify by businesses in that                                                               ed mandate. Given that states are man-         cannot allow this to happen.”
state and to allow the state to revoke the       SINCE ARIZONA’S law went into dated by the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 de-
business license of any companies that        effect, 80,000 illegal aliens have already cision in Plyler v. Doe in 1982 to admit                     THE BOTTOM line is that Lamar
knowingly employed illegal aliens.            left that state, and Georgia has seen a illegal alien children into tax-supported                    Smith’s H.R.2164 absolutely must be
    On May 26, the U.S. Supreme Court,        similar exodus. Their voluntary depar- schools, and mandated by Congress to                          amended to allow concurrent enforce-
in a 5-to-3 decision (Chamber of Com-         ture is without cost to the taxpayers.                give illegal aliens health care in hospi-      ment by the states, and to strike the sec-
merce v. Whiting), upheld the Arizona            We are told that Arizona’s law, and tal emergency rooms, the states should                        tions that allow businesses to continue to
law. The Court rejected the pro-amnesty       similar laws passed by other states in- have the power to defend themselves.                         employ illegal aliens unless the Obama
claque’s argument that immigration            cluding Ala., Mo. and Ga., were passed                     An additional way to get employers        Administration actually takes action
enforcement is exclusively the federal        only to prod the federal government to obey the law against employing ille-                          against them.
government’s responsibility.
    A similar case from Hazleton, Penn-
sylvania, was remanded by the High              SLAVARY: June 29, 2011
Court to the Third Circuit to be recon-
sidered in light of the Arizona decision.
Hazleton’s ordinance to protect itself        Ignorance, stupidity or manipulation
against employers hiring illegal aliens
was so popular with voters that they                     ep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.,            South’s original proposal but increased            ly than I do to see a plan adopted for
reelected its sponsor, Mayor Lou Bar-                    referring to his race and the          it over the North’s original proposal.             the abolition of it.” John Adams: “Ev-
letta, and then elected him to Congress                  Constitution on John Stossel’s             My questions for those who condemn             ery measure of prudence ... ought to be
in 2010.                                      recent show “The State Against Blacks,”           the three-fifths compromise are: Would             assumed for the eventual total extirpa-
    The pro-amnesty U.S. Chamber of           said, “I wasn’t even considered three-            blacks have been better off if slaves had          tion of slavery from the United States.
Commerce, which was the loser in the          fifths of a guy.” The Rev. Al Sharpton,           been counted as a whole person? Should             ... I have, throughout my whole life,
Arizona case, conspired with House            debating on Sean Hannity’s show, said,            the North not have compromised at all              held the practice of slavery in ... abhor-
Judiciary Committee chairman Rep.             “Any black, at any age at any stage, was          and a union not have come into                     rence.” James Madison: “We have seen
Lamar Smith (R-TX) to introduce               three-fifths of a human.” Even eminent            being? Would Rangel and                            the mere distinction of color made in
H.R.2164 that, unless amended, will re-       historian John Hope Franklin charged                                                                 the most enlightened period of time, a
verse Arizona’s significant victory. This     the Founders with “degrading the hu-                             Walter                              ground of the most oppressive domin-
bill sounds helpful because it pretends       man spirit by equating five black men                                                                ion ever exercised by man over man.”
to make E-Verify mandatory nation-            with three white men.” Statements such                  Williams                                     James Otis said, “The colonists are by
wide, but it actually ties the hands of the   as those either represent ignorance or                       (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate            the law of nature freeborn, as indeed
states.                                       are part of the leftist agenda to demean                                                             all men are, white or black.” Benjamin
    H.R.2164 preempts the states from         the founding principles of our nation by          Sharpton have agreed with Southern-                Franklin: “Slavery is ... an atrocious de-
requiring use of E-Verify unless employ-      portraying the nation’s Founders as rac-          ers at the Constitutional Convention,              basement of human nature.” Franklin,
ees work for state or local governments.      ists. Let’s look at the origin of the three-      who argued slaves should “stand on an              after visiting a black school, also said,
That’s equivalent to giving amnesty to        fifths clause.                                    equality with whites” in determining               “I ... have conceived a higher opinion of
millions of illegal aliens who are cur-                                                         congressional representation and Elec-             the natural capacities of the black race
rently employed in our country.                  NORTHERN DELEGATES to                          toral College votes? Abolitionist Fred-            than I had ever before entertained.” Al-
    H.R.2164 forbids the states from us-      the 1787 Constitutional Convention                erick Douglass understood the compro-              exander Hamilton’s judgment was the
ing their constitutional power to revoke      and those opposed to slavery wished               mise, saying that the three-fifths clause          same: “Their natural faculties are prob-
licenses from businesses that hire illegal    to count only free people of each state           was “a downright disability laid upon              ably as good as ours.” John Jay wrote:
aliens unless there has been “a showing       for the purpose of representation in the          the slaveholding states” that deprived             “It is much to be wished that slavery
by the Secretary of Homeland Secu-            House of Representatives and the Elec-            them of “two-fifths of their natural basis         may be abolished. The honour of the
rity, by clear and convincing evidence,       toral College. Southerners wanted to              of representation.”                                States, as well as justice and humanity,
that the employer had knowledge that          count slaves just as any other person. By                                                            in my opinion, loudly call upon them to
an employee is an unauthorized alien.”        counting slaves, who didn’t have a right             PATRICK HENRY acknowledged                      emancipate these unhappy people. To
There is no likelihood that an Obama          to vote, slave states would have had              reality, saying, “As much as I deplore             contend for our own liberty, and to deny
Administration will prosecute employ-         greater representation in the House and           slavery, I see that prudence forbids its           that blessing to others, involves an in-
ers who use E-Verify but fail to fire the     the Electoral College. If slaveholding            abolition.” With the union created, Con-           consistency not to be excused.”
illegals, or who contract out part of their   states could not have counted slaves, the         gress at least had the power to abolish
workforce to circumvent the system.           Constitution would not have been rati-            slave trade in 1808. James Wilson be-                 HERE’S MY hypothesis about peo-
    The arguments for Lamar Smith’s           fied and there would not be a union. The          lieved the anti-slave-trade clause laid            ple who use slavery to trash the Found-
H.R.2164 are fallacious. We are told          compromise was for slaves to be count-            “the foundation for banishing slavery              ers: They have contempt for our consti-
that only the federal government can do       ed as three-fifths of a person in deciding        out of this country.”                              tutional guarantees of liberty. Slavery
anything about the immigration issue,         representation in the House and Elec-                Other Founders condemned slavery.               is merely a convenient moral posturing
but the recent Supreme Court decision         toral College. The compromise reduced             George Washington said, “There is not              tool as they try to reduce respect for our
provides the definitive rebuttal to that.     the power of slave states relative to the         a man living who wishes more sincere-              Constitution.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                                    27
  U.S. CONSTITUTION: June 23, 2011

Our Founders vs. NBC and NY atheists (Part 1)
       n a few days, on July 4, we once and “New York Atheists Angry Over
       again will commemorate the work ‘Heaven’ Street Sign Honoring Sept. 11
       and courage of America’s 56 sign- Victims.”
ers of the Declaration of Independence.                  In November 2005, an MSNBC poll
                                                    asked,              “Should the motto
   FEW WORDS                                                             ‘In God We Trust’
are as inspiring as                                                      be removed from
those that rallied                      Chuck                            U.S.    currency?”
patriots in 1776:
   When in the
                                    Norris                              In March 2004, a
                                                                          CNBC poll asked,
                               (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
Course of human                                                           “Should the words
Events, it becomes necessary for one ‘under God’ be removed from the Pledge
People to dissolve the Political Bands of Allegiance?” Then, despite the fact
which have connected them with anoth- that more than 80 percent responded in
er, and to assume among the Powers of the negative to both of those questions,
the Earth, the separate and equal Sta- NBC twice omitted the words “under
tion to which the Laws of Nature and God” from a patriotic montage in which
of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent children recited the Pledge of Allegiance
Respect to the Opinions of Mankind during the start of the recent U.S. Open
requires that they should declare the golf tournament. NBC later apologized
causes which impel them to the Separa- for the omission after nationwide out-
tion.                                               rage, but the damage already had been
   We hold these Truths to be self-evi- done.                                                   doesn’t mean we have to abandon the           and growing. The wording of the Bill
dent, that all Men are created equal,                    Similarly, Fox News reported last      very principles on which they founded         of Rights is not ambiguous. But people
that they are endowed by their Creator week that some New York City atheists                    our republic. Freedom of religion and         who want to expand the power of gov-
with certain unalienable Rights, that are demanding the removal of a street                     expression (including religious expres-       ernment keep chipping away at, modify-
among these are Life, Liberty, and the sign, newly dedicated to honor seven                     sion) was so fundamental and important        ing and replacing what it actually says.
Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 terror-               to our Founders that they mandated the            In 1823, near the end of his life, Jeffer-
these Rights, Governments are instituted ist attacks. They say the new street sign,             liberty in the very first part of our Bill    son similarly wrote: “On every question
among Men, deriving their just Powers “Seven in Heaven Way,” which was                          of Rights. Whether on street signs, in        of construction (of the Constitution), let
from the Consent of the Governed ...                posted in Brooklyn outside the firehouse    congressional corridors or at sporting        us carry ourselves back to the time when
   Rights endowed by their Creator where the firefighters once served, is a                     events, government is called to protect       the Constitution was adopted, recollect
(“Nature’s God”) and secured by gov- violation of the separation of church and                  (not prohibit) our right to religious prac-   the spirit manifested in the debates, and
ernment?                                            state.                                      tice and speech. As Thomas Jefferson          instead of trying what meaning may be
   That doesn’t exactly sound like yes-                                                         said, “a Bill of Rights is what the people    squeezed out of the text, or invented
terday’s news or today’s understanding                   POSTING A street sign with the         are entitled to against every government      against it, conform to the probable one
of God and government.                              term “heaven” on it is a violation of the   ... and what no just government should        in which it was passed.”
   Consider these two headlines from separation of church and state?                            refuse or rest on inference.”                     The phrase “separation of church
just this past week: “NBC dumps ‘un-                     We definitely don’t live in our            Luckily, we have a Bill of Rights.        and state” actually comes from a letter
der God’ from Pledge at U.S. Open” Founders’ world anymore, but that                            But the threats against it are constant       Jefferson wrote in 1802 to the Danbury
                                                                                                                                              Baptists. He told them that no particu-
                                                                                                                                              lar Christian denomination was going
                                                                                                                                              to have a monopoly in government. His
                                                                                                                                              words “a wall of separation between
                                                                                                                                              church and state” were written not to
                                                                                                                                              remove all religious practice from gov-
                                                                                                                                              ernment or civic settings, but to prohibit
                                                                                                                                              the domination and even legislation of
                                                                                                                                              religious sectarians. The Danbury Bap-
                                                                                                                                              tists had written to him seeking reassur-
                                                                                                                                              ance that their religious liberty would be
                                                                                                                                              guaranteed, not that religious expression
                                                                                                                                              on public grounds would be banned.

                                                                                                                                                 LIBERALS WOULD have you
                                                                                                                                              believe it establishes a “separation of
                                                                                                                                              church and state.” But that phrase ap-
                                                                                                                                              pears nowhere in the First Amendment,
                                                                                                                                              which actually reads, “Congress shall
                                                                                                                                              make no law respecting an establish-
                                                                                                                                              ment of religion, or prohibiting the free
                                                                                                                                              exercise thereof; or abridging the free-
                                                                                                                                              dom of speech, or of the press, or the
                                                                                                                                              right of the people peaceably to assem-
                                                                                                                                              ble, and to petition the Government for
                                                                                                                                              a redress of grievances.”

                                                                                                                                                (Part of the article above is from my
                                                                                                                                              most recent New York Times best-seller,
                                                                                                                                              Black Belt Patriotism, now revised and
                                                                                                                                              available in paperback.)
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  CORRUPTION: June 29, 2011

AmeriCorps’ favorite scandal-plagued mayor
           prominent Democratic politi- General overseeing AmeriCorps, Ger-
           cian who was banned from re- ald Walpin, concluded that Johnson
           ceiving federal aid three years and aide                        Dana Gonzalez had
ago over fraud                                                              squandered       hun-
charges is once                                                              dreds of thousands
again raking in                      Michelle                                of a nearly million-
government funds
from the very                     Malkin                                     dollar grant ear-
                                                                             marked for his
same program he                    (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate               nonprofit youth
abused. It pays to                                                            organization, St.
be a FOTO — Friend of the Obamas.                       HOPE. Based on Walpin’s investiga-
                                                        tion, AmeriCorps’ parent organization        personal gain — and it freed Johnson to     inappropriate contact between Johnson
    OUR PUBLICLY subsidized con (the aforementioned CNCS) suspended                                  receive federal Obama stimulus money        and three female St. HOPE students.”
artist is Sacramento mayor and former Johnson and Gonzalez’s access to fed-                          for Sacramento. (My most recent check       Their stories mirror a similar incident
NBA star Kevin Johnson. He donated the eral funds. Here’s a refresher on their                       of the web site shows the      involving Johnson (then 29 and playing
maximum individual amount to Obama fraud and abuse that led to the ban:                              city has taken in at least $32 million in   for the Phoenix Suns) and a 16-year-old
for America, campaigned across the                          — Using AmeriCorps members to            stimulus cash.)                             girl dating back to 1995.
country for Obama in 2008 and bragged “recruit students for St. HOPE Acad-                              In keeping with this administration’s       Johnson’s attorney, Kevin Hiestand,
to California media during his mayoral emy.”                                                         brutal war on whistleblowers, Walpin        approached at least one of the St. HOPE
run about his friendship and access to                      — Using AmeriCorps members for           was unceremoniously fired and smeared       students describing himself only as “’a
both Barack and Michelle Obama. The political activities in connection with                          by Team Obama. The White House              friend of Johnson’s,’” and “basically
Obama administration’s Corporation the “Sacramento Board of Education                                baselessly questioned the veteran watch-    asked me to keep quiet,” according to
for National and Community Service election.”                                                        dog’s mental health and accused him         the student. She had complained to St.
(CNCS) recently bestowed Johnson’s                          — Assigning grant-funded Ameri-          of political interference. The first lady   HOPE officials that Johnson groped her
city with an AmeriCorps grant worth Corps members to perform services for                            then installed her former chief of staff,   sexually after instructing her to grade
more than $650,000.                                     Johnson such as “driving (him) to per-       Jackie Norris, in AmeriCorps’ top man-      papers with him in her apartment. The
    The money will flow into Sacramen- sonal appointments, washing (his) car,                        agement to ensure — in Mrs. Obama’s         report also highlighted what clearly
to’s “Get Fit Now! Initiative,” which and running personal errands.”                                 own words — that they remained the          looks like a hush-money and witness-
will hire 124 AmeriCorps members “to                        — Improperly using AmeriCorps            program’s “No. 1 cheerleaders.”             tampering attempt: “According to her
teach fitness and nutrition education to “members to perform non-AmeriCorps                                                                      interview with OIG investigators, about
children and offer adult fitness classes clerical and other services” that “were                        EVEN MORE troubling, Johnson             one week later, Kevin Johnson offered
for their parents. They will also set up outside the scope of the grant and there-                   continues to reap government tax dol-       her $1,000 a month until the end of the
school-based gardens where children fore were impermissible” for “the ben-                           lars for youth programs while he re-        program, which she refused to accept.”
will learn how to grow fresh vegeta- efit of St. HOPE.”                                              mains dogged by questions about his            Erik Jones, a teacher at St. HOPE,
bles.”                                                      Johnson didn’t get jail time. Instead,   predatory behavior with teenage girls.      reported to the police that one of his stu-
    That’s a lot of fertilizer-shovelers em- the Democratic U.S. Attorney in Sac-                    A little-noticed section of the joint       dents told him Johnson “started massag-
ployed in the name of “public service.” ramento cut a cozy settlement deal so                        November 2009 report by GOP Sen.            ing her shoulders and then reached over
If the award smells funny, it should. For Johnson could avoid criminal prosecu-                      Charles Grassley and GOP Rep. Darrell       and touched her breasts.” Jones quit his
Johnson, AmeriCorps has indeed been tion. The deal also allowed Johnson to                           Issa on Walpin’s firing revealed that the   job in protest over the seeming cover-
all about service — self-service, that is. repay just a fraction of the money he                     AmeriCorps inspector general’s inves-       up of Johnson’s harassment and wrote
    In 2008, the independent Inspector siphoned from AmeriCorps coffers for                          tigator “became aware of allegations of     in his resignation letter that “St. HOPE
                                                                                                                                                 sought to intimidate the student through
                                                                                                                                                 an illegal interrogation and even had the
                                                                                                                                                 audacity to ask me to change my story.”
                                                                                                                                                    Another student recounted for inves-
                                                                                                                                                 tigators how Johnson “kissed her cheek,
                                                                                                                                                 brushed up against her” and touched her
                                                                                                                                                 thigh on various occasions — as well
                                                                                                                                                 as flipping up her skirt on a St. HOPE-
                                                                                                                                                 sponsored trip to Harlem. She didn’t
                                                                                                                                                 report the incidents to AmeriCorps offi-
                                                                                                                                                 cials at the time because she “feared she
                                                                                                                                                 would be terminated.”
                                                                                                                                                    Another St. HOPE official, Jacque-
                                                                                                                                                 line Wong-Hernandez, also left John-
                                                                                                                                                 son’s nonprofit over the whitewash.
                                                                                                                                                 Michelle Rhee, Johnson’s fiancee and
                                                                                                                                                 former D.C. schools chief, was a St.
                                                                                                                                                 HOPE board member at the time. The
                                                                                                                                                 Grassley-Issa report noted, “Accord-
                                                                                                                                                 ing to Wong-Hernandez, Rhee learned
                                                                                                                                                 of the allegations and played the role
                                                                                                                                                 of a fixer, doing ‘damage control’” and
                                                                                                                                                 vouching for Johnson’s character.

                                                                                                                                                    HE’S A “good guy,” Rhee told Wal-
                                                                                                                                                 pin. Taxpayers — and especially parents
                                                                                                                                                 of teenage girls and AmeriCorps work-
                                                                                                                                                 ers in Sacramento schools — should
                                                                                                                                                 beg to differ.
    July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                                   29
  CORRUPTION: June 29, 2011

Corruption feeds crises worldwide
             hat links the Arab Spring         not hide the overwhelming evidence of Tunisian security forces were reluctant                    gangsters and terrorists. However, they
             rebellions with political         Western affluence and the West’s ability to fire on demonstrators complaining                    no longer enjoy the advantage of deep,
             agitation in China and at         to occasionally remove corrupt leaders. about lack of jobs and an oligarchy of                   permanent silence. The Internet and cell
least another five dozen simmering or             Communist elite corruption amidst                                 wealthy families and        phones put the power of the printing
emerging crises?                               systemic econom-                                                      government officials       press, telegraph, radio and television lit-
                                               ic failure certainly                                                   who had rigged the        erally in the hands of individuals.
    IF YOUR answer is “the Internet,”          influenced resis-                        Austin                        system for their mu-         This is why Beijing’s communists
you have identified one of the key in-
formation technologies that spread the
                                               tance throughout
                                               Eastern Europe
                                                                                          Bay                          tual benefit — in oth-
                                                                                                                          er words, systemic
                                                                                                                                                police the Internet so vigorously. Infor-
                                                                                                                                                mation alone does not end the tyranny
flames. However, the common human              and the Soviet                 (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
                                                                                                                          corruption benefit-   and stop the intimidation, but since
fire in these disparate struggles is intense   Union. The spe-                                                            ing favored con-      backpack video cameras began televis-
disgust with embedded corruption.              cial stores and vacation homes enjoyed stituencies to the persistent detriment of                ing slaughter in real time, we have seen
    Tyrants maintain control by isolating      by Communist Party favorites infuri- everyone else.                                              the dynamic. Slaughter exposed pro-
and intimidating their subjects. Howev-        ated workers denied similar access. East                 Tunisia’s comparatively well-educat-    vokes outrage, which escalates internal
er, since the advent of the printing press     European workers knew that they were ed (though underemployed) population,                       resistance and increases external politi-
and increasing public literacy, preserv-       industrialized serfs in handcuffed soci- thanks to the Internet as well as travel,               cal pressures on the perpetrators.
ing tyrannical isolation has become a bit      eties falling further and further behind knew there were alternatives. They un-                     Harsher crackdowns might assure
more difficult.                                Western European nations. In 1989, derstood how the corrupt system stunted                       short-term regime survival, but that
    Over time, subjects become aware of        when the Russians concluded the East- their own ability to create wealth.                        might lead to calls for forceful inter-
social, cultural, economic and political       ern European security forces could not                   Twenty-first century tyrants and        national intervention. Liberalization, to
alternatives to the despot’s rule, despite     — or would not — shoot everyone, the their loyalists can still intimidate. Iran’s                include anti-corruption drives, might
the despot’s propaganda. Just how deep-        Berlin Wall cracked.                                Khomeinists, Syria’s Bashar al Assad         weaken the regime. Losing the benefits
ly West German television influenced                                                               and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi have             of the regime’s corruption machine risks
East German resistance to communism               TUNISIA’S JASMINE Revolution crack troops and vicious secret police,                          angering or alienating favored cronies,
is debatable, but the Iron Curtain could       (January 2011) had echoes of 1989. and make savvy use of proxy thugs,                            tribes, co-religionists or kinsmen.
                                                                                                                                                   Iran’s clerics came to power claiming
                                                                                                                                                they would end the Shah’s corruption.
  BROWN V. EMA: June 29, 2011                                                                                                                   Absolute power, however, corrupts ab-
                                                                                                                                                solutely. The Khomeinist regime is now

Treating children as adults                                                                                                                     more despotic and more venally corrupt
                                                                                                                                                than the Shah’s. Discontent in Iran fo-

                                                                                                                                                cuses on the regime’s corruption and
          his week, the Supreme Court,         word, even though parents are supposed          curate, but it’s also morally incoherent.        economic failure.
          in a 7-2 decision, ruled that        to be paternal. New generations should          Children are children because they are              These same complaints, with local
          the state of California could        not have to rediscover old truths — rein-       not fully developed human beings. Sci-           variations, appear worldwide. Political
not bar the sale of violent video games        venting the wheel takes time, effort and        ence tells us that adolescents are bio-          and judicial bribery undermine Mexi-
to minors. The majority opinion, writ-         pain. They should be able to inherit the        logically driven to embrace risky and            co’s complex war on drug cartels, which
ten by quasi-originalist Justice Antonin       received wisdom of the past, glean from         stupid behavior. The part of the brain           is one reason Mexican President Felipe
Scalia, argued that the First Amendment        it and then make their own decisions.           called the prefrontal cortex, which ac-          Calderon emphasizes systemic reform.
requires that government not mandate               Historically, this has meant that par-      tually controls for risky behavior, isn’t        Popular anger at corrupt Communist of-
that minors be controlled by their par-        ents control what their children see and        fully developed until children are fully         ficials and police fuels dissent in China.
ents. Purer originalist Judge Clarence         hear. To a point, the more control par-         grown. Leave children and adolescents            Tribal cronyism and debilitating gov-
Thomas took the opposite view. “Al-            ents have had, the better. There                to their own devices, and they will not          ernment corruption spurred Kenya’s
though much has changed in this coun-                                                          make good decisions — they will attack           chaotic post-election conflict in January
try since the Revolution,” he wrote, “the                                                      any boundaries and cross any lines.              2008.
notion that parents have authority over                                  Ben                       What is government’s role in all of             Corruption, to a degree, afflicts every
their children and that the law can sup-
port that authority persists today.”                   Shapiro                                 this? Justice Scalia believes that govern-
                                                                                               ment should not put more power in the
                                                                                                                                                society, organization and soul. Corrup-
                                                                                                                                                tion’s public and political manifesta-
                                                         (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate          hands of parents — government should             tions — the Arab Spring rebellions have
   THIS IS the debate that defines our                                                         essentially be neutral between children          focused on graft, theft, bribery, embez-
time. The treatment of minors as tiny          is a reason that unwed motherhood is            and those who raise them. Justice Thom-          zlement and nepotism — are symptoms
adults is a dangerous move that threat-        the leading indicator of many of our            as believes that government should cre-          of avarice and ambition.
ens the foundations of our society. Civi-      most pressing social problems: Without          ate a system wherein parents get the last           The Italian poet Francesco Petrarch
lized societies have always recognized         a father in the home, children often run        word. In today’s world, more than ever,          identified avarice and ambition as two
that parents must control their children       out of control and grow into irrespon-          it is important that children not be treat-      of the five great enemies of peace resi-
until the kids reach maturity — that’s         sible adults. Government should do its          ed with libertarian casualness requiring         dent in the human condition (envy, anger
how we’ve historically passed along            utmost to maintain enough respect for           parents to be all-knowing and all-see-           and pride being the other three). Corrup-
morals and information. If we left chil-       the family unit to allow adults to raise        ing. Instead, government should place            tion is innate to the human condition. To
dren to their own devices, there is little     their children.                                 control firmly in the hands of parents,          paraphrase Walt Kelly’s cartoon charac-
doubt that they would engage in every                                                          requiring children to go to their parents        ter, Pogo, the enemy is us. This is the
selfish pursuit they could — kids aren’t          NOW, HOWEVER, we’ve moved                    for advice and guidance.                         point where open, democratic systems
the naturally altruistic folks non-parents     into a brave new world in which chil-                                                            governed by the rule of law assert their
seem to think they are — and hurt them-        dren are thought to be adults who are              FREEDOM AND responsibility for                moral and creative superiority — what
selves in the process. They wouldn’t go        far away. The left has pushed for low-          actions go hand in hand; only adults can         the East Europeans noticed.
to school, they wouldn’t go to church,         ered age of consent; they’ve pushed for         be held responsible for their actions and
and they certainly wouldn’t embrace            children to be able to attain abortions         the actions of their children. Therefore,           IN FREE societies, sometimes jus-
their parents’ value systems.                  without parental permission; they’ve            only adults should have the freedom to           tice calls the most-powerful elites to ac-
   But today’s left, and many on the lib-      pushed for heightened sex education, so         choose on behalf of their children. Any          count. Crooked leaders, executives and
ertarian right, have embraced the con-         children can make “informed” decisions          other moral system is a fundamental re-          even celebrities, along with their con-
cept of children making their own de-          without the input of their guardians.           jection of the superstructure of civiliza-       nected lackeys, really do go to jail.
cisions. Paternalism has become a dirty           This is not only scientifically inac-        tion in favor of a moral chimera.
 30                                                                                                                                    Conservative Chronicle
  FOREIGN POLICY: June 23, 2011

The vice of interventionism
          levating the fallacy of the false   in kind to an attack on our forces else- “Congress should sort of shut up” about                     represented a toxic strain of early 20th-
          alternative to a foreign policy,    where, as we did in the 1986 raids in Libya. This ukase might make more                              century progressivism — a cocktail of
          John McCain and a few others        Libya after American soldiers had been sense if                           Congress had said          racialism and political Darwinism.
believe Republicans who oppose U.S.           killed in a disco in                                                        anything institution-       Regarding Libya, McCain on Sunday
intervention in Libya’s civil war — and       Berlin? Were we                                                              ally about Libya.       said, “I wonder what Ronald Reagan
who think a decade of warfare in Af-          rescuing Ameri-                          George                                  Although     Ba-    would be saying today.” Wondering is
ghanistan is enough — are isolationists.
This is less a thought than a flight from
                                              cans in distress, as
                                              we did in Grenada
                                                                                      Will                                rack Obama’s shift-
                                                                                                                             ing reasons for the
                                                                                                                                                   speculation; we know this:

thinking, which involves making sen-          in 1983? No, we                                                                Libyan war are as        WHEN A terrorist attack that killed
                                                                        (c) 2011, Washington Post Writers Group

sible distinctions.                           were not.”                                                                    risible as his de-     241 Marines and other troops taught
                                                                                                    nial that it is a war, some conservatives      Reagan the folly of deploying them at
   LAST SUNDAY on ABC’s This                     MCCAIN, HOWEVER, says we seem to regard it as “a splendid little                                  Beirut airport with a vague mission and
Week, McCain warned that the GOP              must achieve regime change in Libya war.” That was Ambassador John Hay’s                             dangerous rules of engagement, he was
has always had “an isolation strain.” He      because if Gaddafi survives, he will description (in a letter to Theodore                            strong enough to reverse this interven-
calls it “the Pat Buchanan wing,” which       try to “harm” America. This is always Roosevelt) of the Spanish-American                             tion in a civil war. Would that he had
he contrasts with “the Republican Party       the last argument for pressing on with War. McCain has frequently expressed                          heeded a freshman congressman from
that has been willing to stand up for         imprudent interventions (see Vietnam, admiration for TR, the only president                          Arizona who opposed the House reso-
freedom for people all over the world.”       circa 1969): We must continue fighting who was an unvarnished imperialist                            lution endorsing the intervention. But,
Rather a lot turns on the meaning of          because we started fighting.                          (see Evan Thomas’ book The War Lov-            then, the McCain of 1983 was, by the
“stand up for.”                                  Sen. Lindsey Graham — Sancho ers). McCain’s bellicosity is, however,                              standards of the McCain of 2011, an iso-
   Between wishing success to people          Panza to McCain’s Don Quixote — says at least less obnoxious than TR’s, which                        lationist.
fighting for freedom, and sending in
the Marines (or the drones), there is
as much middle ground for temperate             FOREIGN POLICY: June 22, 2011
people as there is between Buchanan,
a sort of come-home-America conser-
vative, and McCain, a promiscuous in-
terventionist. When asked his response
                                              The world’s best policeman
to those, including Defense Secretary            Should the United States be the                great responsibilities, and sometimes                  None of this is to say that America-
Robert Gates, who say there was no vi-        world’s policeman?                                one of those responsibilities is to de-            as-Globocop is a perfect solution to the
tal U.S. interest at stake when the Libya        According to a new Rasmussen poll,             stroy monsters: to take down tyrants               world’s ills, nor that the United States
intervention began, McCain said: “Our         only a narrow sliver of U.S. voters — 11          who victimize the innocent and flout the           hasn’t made many grievous mistakes
interests are our values” and “our val-       percent — want America to be the na-              rules of civilization. If neighborhoods            in its actions abroad. But as the histo-
ues are that we don’t want people need-       tion chiefly responsible for policing the         and cities need policing, it stands to rea-        rian Max Boot argues, “America’s oc-
lessly slaughtered by the thousands,” as      planet and trying to maintain interna-            son the world does too. And just as lo-            casional missteps should not lead us
Moammar Gaddafi seemed to threaten            tional order. An overwhelming 74 per-             cal criminals thrive when cops look the            to abdicate our indispensable role, any
to do, “if we can prevent such activity.”     cent reject the idea.                             other way, so do criminals on the world            more than the NYPD should stop doing
Under the McCain Doctrine, America’s                                                            stage.                                             its vital work, simply because cops oc-
military would have just begun to fight,          THESE AREN’T anomalous results.                                                                  casionally do the wrong thing. On bal-
and would never stop.                         When Rasmussen polled the same ques-                                                                 ance, the NYPD still does far more good
   Americans are, however, war weary          tion in 2009, the results were virtually                                                             than harm, and so does the United States
— which is a good thing: What kind of         identical. Gallup regularly asks how                                      Jeff                       of America.”
people would they be if they were not?
U.S. involvement in the Second World
                                              large a role — leading, major, minor or
                                              none — the United States should take
                                                                                                           Jacoby                                      To say that America must be the
                                                                                                                                                   world’s policeman is not to call for wag-
War lasted 1,346 days. U.S. fighting in       in solving international problems; only                                                              ing endless wars against all the world’s
                                                                                                              (c) 2011, Boston Globe

Afghanistan reached that milestone six        a small minority of respondents ever fa-                                                             bad actors. Police officers carry weap-
years ago (June 14, 2005). America is         vors the “leading” role.                             NAZI GERMANY had conquered                      ons, but they fire them only infrequent-
fighting there, in Iraq, in western Paki-         America may be the world’s “indis-            half of Europe and Japan was brutalizing           ly. The cops’ main function is not to gun
stan, in Yemen and in Libya. Where            pensable nation,” as Bill Clinton said in         much of Asia by the time America finally           down criminals, but to suppress crime
next? Under the McCain Doctrine, wher-        his Second Inaugural Address, but most            entered World War II. If America hadn’t            and reduce fear by patrolling the streets
ever U.S. “values” are affronted — and        Americans, most of the time, are un-              rescued Kuwait from Saddam Hussein                 and maintaining a visible presence in the
those who demur from this global cru-         comfortable with the idea of U.S. global          in 1990, no one else would have, either.           community. Similarly, a well-policed
sade are isolationists, akin to those who,    hegemony. John Quincy Adams wrote                 If America hadn’t led NATO in halting              world is one with less combat, not more.
70 years ago, thought broad oceans and        long ago that America “goes not abroad            Serbia’s ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, no            The purpose of America’s nuclear um-
placid neighbors guaranteed America’s         in search of monsters to destroy.” As the         one else would have, either. If America            brella and its global network of military
security from Hitler and Japan.               polls consistently suggest, that isolation-       hadn’t faced down the Soviet Union                 bases is not to foment war on all fronts,
   Is Jim Webb an isolationist? Vir-          ist sentiment still resonates strongly.           during the long years of the Cold War,             but to prevent it — by deterring aggres-
ginia’s Democratic senator, who was               But in Adams’s day America was                no one else would have, either — and               sion, maintaining the flow of commerce,
Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy,        not the mightiest, wealthiest and most            hundreds of millions of human beings               and upholding human rights.
discusses Libya with a trenchancy that        influential nation on the face of the             might still be trapped behind the Iron
befits a decorated Marine combat vet-         earth. Today it is. The United States is          Curtain.                                              WE DON’T do it perfectly, not by
eran (Vietnam) and that should shame          the world’s only superpower, and if we               There is no realistic alternative to            a long shot. We don’t always live up to
reticent Republicans:                         shirk the role of global policeman, no            America as the world’s policeman. It               our own standards, we sometimes con-
   “Was our country under attack, or          one else will fill it. By nature Americans        clearly isn’t a job the United Nations             fuse police work with social work, and
under the threat of imminent attack?          are not warmongering empire-builders;             can do. Can an organization that makes             we are often rewarded not with thanks
Was a clearly vital national interest at      their uneasiness about dominating other           no distinction between tyranny and de-             but with resentment. A policeman’s lot
stake? Were we invoking the inherent          countries reflects a national modesty             mocracy rein in the world’s monsters?              is not a happy one. It is, however, an es-
right of self-defense as outlined in the      that in many ways is admirable — and              As the UN’s bloody trail of failure from           sential one. Our world needs a police-
United Nations charter? Were we called        that belies the caricature of Uncle Sam           Bosnia to Somalia to Rwanda makes                  man. Whether most Americans like it or
upon by treaty commitments to come to         as arrogant bully or “great Satan.”               clear, UN “peacekeeping” offers no pro-            not, only their indispensable nation is fit
the aid of an ally? Were we responding            Nevertheless, with great power come           tection against predators.                         for the job.
     July 6, 2011                                                                                                                                                                         31
  WAR POWERS: June 24, 2011

Just who is it that takes us to war?
       s the Libya war legal? Under the                        The worst of all possible worlds: In-
       1973 War Powers Resolution, it is sult Congress, weaken the presidency. A
       not. President Obama has exceed- neat trick.
ed the 90-day period to receive retroac-                       But the question of war-making pow-
tive authorization from Congress.                          er is larger than one president’s blunder-
    But things are not so simple. No pres- ing. We                          have a core constitutional
ident should accept                                                           problem. In balancing
— and no presi-                                                                war-making       power
dent from Nixon                         Charles                                between      Congress
on has accepted
— the constitu-           Krauthammer                                            and the presidency,
                                                                                  the Constitution
tionality of the          (c) 2011, Washington Post Writers Group                 grants Congress
WPR, passed uni-                                                                  the exclusive right
laterally by Congress over a presidential to declare war.
veto. On the other hand, every president                       Problem is: No one declares war any-
should have the constitutional decency more. Since World War II, we’ve been
to get some congressional approval involved in five major wars, and many
when he takes the country to war.                          minor engagements, without ever de-
                                                           claring war.
    THE MODEL for such constitution-                           But it’s not just us. No one does.
al restraint is — yes, Senator Obama Declarations of war are a relic of a more
— George W. Bush. Not once but twice aristocratic era, a time when, for ex-
(Afghanistan and then Iraq) did Bush ample, an American secretary of state
seek and receive congressional autho- closed his department’s code-cracking                              an encroachment on the inherent powers        of resolutions (Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq)
rization, as his father did for the Gulf office because “gentlemen do not read                           of the commander in chief.                    authorizing the initiation of war and rec-
War. On Libya, Obama did nothing of each other’s mail.”                                                      Moreover, the judiciary, which under      ognize them as the functional equivalent
the sort. He claimed exemption from the                                                                  our system is the ultimate arbiter of con-    of a declaration of war.
WPR on the grounds that America in                             THE POWER to declare war has              stitutionality, has consistently refused to      Second, establish special procedures
Libya is not really engaged in “hostili- become, through no fault of anyone, ar-                         adjudicate this “political question” (to      for operations requiring immediacy and
ties.”                                                     chaic and obsolete. Taken literally, it is    quote one appellate court judge) and          surprise, for example, notification of the
    To deploy an excuse so transparently as useless as granting Congress the right                       thus resolve with finality the separation-    House speaker, Senate majority leader
ridiculous isn’t just a show of contempt to regulate horse-and-buggies.                                  of-powers dispute between the other           and their opposition counterparts, in se-
for Congress and for the intelligence of                       We need, therefore, some new way to       two co-equal branches.                        cret if necessary.
the American people. It manages addi- fulfill the original constitutional intent.                            We therefore need a new constitu-            Third, in such cases, require retroac-
tionally to undermine the presidency’s The WPR was a good try, but it failed                             tional understanding, mutually agreed         tive authorization by the full Congress
own war-making prerogatives by implic- because it was the work of Congress                               to by both political branches, that trans-    within an agreed period — but without
itly conceding that if the Libya war re- alone, which tried to shove it down the                         lates the war-declaration power into a        any further congressional involvement
ally did involve hostilities, the president throat of the Executive, which, in turn,                     more modern equivalent:                       (contra the War Powers Resolution).
would indeed be subject to the WPR.                        for over three decades has resisted it as         First, formalize the recent tradition     The Constitution’s original grant of
                                                                                                                                                       power to Congress was for a one-time
                                                                                                                                                       authorization, with no further congres-
                                                                                                                                                       sional constraint on executive war-mak-
                                                                                                                                                       ing except, of course, through the power
                                                                                                                                                       of the purse.
                                                                                                                                                          The Libya adventure is too much of
                                                                                                                                                       a mess to expect mutual agreement on
                                                                                                                                                       this kind of constitutional compromise
                                                                                                                                                       now. Nor is Obama, having bollixed the
                                                                                                                                                       war powers issue in every possible way,
                                                                                                                                                       the man to negotiate this deal.
                                                                                                                                                          Resolution of this issue will require
                                                                                                                                                       time, dispassion and therefore inevitably
                                                                                                                                                       a commission — say, chaired by a for-
                                                                                                                                                       mer president of each party, Bill Clinton
                                                                                                                                                       and George W. Bush, and consisting of
                                                                                                                                                       former legislators, judges and generals,
                                                                                                                                                       with perhaps a couple of historians and
                                                                                                                                                       not more than one international lawyer
                                                                                                                                                       thrown in.
                                                                                                                                                          Then submit the commission’s pro-
                                                                                                                                                       posed new law for approval by Con-
                                                                                                                                                       gress and the president. And have David
                                                                                                                                                       McCullough read the final text aloud at
                                                                                                                                                       the signing ceremony. That will make it

                                                                                                                                                          WE NEED a set of rules governing
                                                                                                                                                       the legality of any future war. This will
                                                                                                                                                       allow us to concentrate on the most im-
                                                                                                                                                       portant question: its wisdom.

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