Freedom is never free. As Americans are about to celebrate another national birthday, it’s good to think about the nature of freedom. Wrapped around all of our thoughts concerning the Fourth of July are, I hope, thoughts concerning the price that untold thousands of men and women have paid to obtain and perpetuate the freedom […]
I travel a lot. I have crossed the USA about 25 times by car and have also done a good deal of driving in Europe — France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and so on. Some time ago I noticed something that one might wish to explore more systematically than just relying on one’s personal observation. This […]
Freedom Communications Americans must be ever-vigilant that, in the name of combating terrorism, we don’t also undermine our vital liberties. That’s why we’re troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that upheld banning even clearly nonmaterial support to groups the government considers terrorist organizations. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, Chief Justice John […]
Americans rightly are jealous of their right to freedom of speech; it is a prerequisite of freedom and a bulwark against government tyranny in so many ways. That’s why the First Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Most important, the founders had political speech in mind when those […]
Freedom New Mexico This is the May of Americans’ discontent, to be made glorious this summer and fall. Tuesday, voters acted firmly against the Establishment, Democratic or Republican, in major races across the country. The major vote was in Kentucky, where Rand Paul defeated Establishment favorite Trey Grayson for the GOP nomination for the U.S. […]
Freedom New Mexico America long has been, and remains, a refuge for “your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” as Emma Lazarus’ poem on the Statue of Liberty puts it. But, increasingly, Americans are going the other way — to foreign countries — to escape the U.S. government’s repressive tax laws. […]
Freedom Newspapers Despite a belated recognition that most Americans care more about lost jobs and the faltering economy than an effort to increase government control over one-sixth of the economy, President Barack Obama has made passage of some sort of health care revision his signature issue. He wants something he can sign by early next […]
Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]
With all the issues causing Americans to look at the financial health of our country, here’s something that should worry us all: I ran across a short Internet movie: “I.O.U.S.A” (www.iousathemovie.com). As you can guess, the film deals with the federal debt and even takes you back through history, detailing America’s debt levels. As of […]
Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the most significant sign that U.S. policy toward Cuba might change beyond the lifting of restrictions on how often Cuban-Americans can travel to Cuba or how much money they can send to relatives there lies not in how enthusiastically President Obama shook somebody’s hand at a Latin-American summit — but in […]
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By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist John Kenneth Galbraith was a member of Harvard University’s economics department as well as ambassador to India for JFK and a outspoken socialist. His debates with his close friend, the late William F. Buckley, Jr., were famous — and he lost all of them! In his book “The […]
U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that New Mexico’s Native American communities will receive $12 million in funding through projects and initiatives Udall helped include in the omnibus appropriations bill the president has signed into law.
U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today renewed his effort to pass legislation that seeks to protect and strengthen Medicaid while saving taxpayer dollars. More than 50 million Americans rely on Medicaid, the federal-state funded health initiative for low-income individuals and families.
Freedom New Mexico Americans have lived under the same Constitution, and behind the same Declaration of Independence, for more than two centuries. It’s sad, then, to see that so many people don’t know — or at least don’t appreciate — the basic precepts those great documents assert. Sadly, even members of our own government — […]
A growing number of Americans appear to be facing a tough choice: live in fear of violence, or live in fear of going poor. Increasing numbers of U.S. citizens are choosing to move to Mexico when they retire. According to the Mexican Association of Retirement Communities, about 1.2 million American and Canadian retirees already live […]
President Barack Obama offered not only candor about the problems this country faces, but a sense of hope and confidence about America’s ability to come back stronger and more prosperous than ever. Whether the program outlined in Tuesday’s speech before Congress will do it or whether the country will recover more in spite of what […]
A USA Today-Gallup poll released last week reveals that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the Bush administration’s violations of civil rights — from torture at Guantanamo to wiretapping U.S. citizens without warrants — was extreme enough to merit investigation. Some 38 percent want a full criminal investigation, while about a fourth will settle for review […]
Freedom New Mexico Americans are addicted to the drug war.