Democrats secure base through fables

By Mona Charen The beating heart of the Democratic Party was on display when Al Sharpton addressed the national convention. Sure, other speakers received enthusiastic ovations. But Sharpton got something more. There was rapture in the hall as he delivered (shouted?) his address. Some wonder why Sharpton was invited to address the convention at all. […]

U.S. wrongfully distracted by Iraq

By Steve Chapman: Guest Columnist In its final report, the 9/11 commission reached an obvious conclusion that explains how terrorists were able to kill nearly 3,000 Americans: “Terrorism was not the overriding national security concern for the U.S. government under either the Clinton or the pre-9/11 Bush administration.” And guess what: it still isn’t. In […]

God, not politicians, saves us from evils

Letters to the Editor We finally heard who our earthly savior is! Did you hear John Kerry’s campaign speech at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia on July 15? He has promised to solve all of America’s problems. He will fix the 10 percent black unemployment rate. He will solve the medical needs for the 44 […]

Reagan gave inspiration to free people

When the talking heads with microphones and cameras show up, most of those in the long lines to honor Ronald Reagan say little more than, “It’s a piece of history,” or “You have to respect somebody who rose from nothing to become president.” But their very presence suggests the bond goes deeper than mere affection […]

Reagan established platform that set GOP on current course

By Calvin Woodward: AP analysis WASHINGTON — Ronald Reagan told Americans that government was the problem. They haven’t been quite the same since. Lionized by his party, mimicked by opponents when not mocked by them, he spoke the verities of a new age of conservatism that remains the strongest thread in American politics. A gift […]

Justice only way to repair abuse scandal

Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Today’s picture on the front page of my newspaper shows a naked Iraqi prisoner on the floor. A leash is tied around his neck. Holding the leash is an American soldier. This is a disaster. These photographs are a dagger in the heart of our hopes for Iraq and the wider […]

Redistricting power is killing democracy

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist In the heyday of communism, lots of countries held regular elections but never seemed to vote anyone out of office. The people in power always won. The “democratic” procedures were just a facade disguising the irrelevance of the people. Back then, Americans felt our system was superior, because we could actually […]

Rice and Clarke 9/11 testimony not too different

Freedom Newspapers National security adviser Condoleezza Rice was everything most people expected her to be — confident, on-message, in full command of a wide array of facts, self-assured and on balance reassuring. Unfortunately, in part because of the limited mission of the Sept. 11 commission to which she offered her testimony, her appearance offered little […]

Intelligence adn terrorism define Iraq after a year

Editorial Perhaps the recent bombings of and attacks on hotels in Basra, Baghdad, Falluja and Baquba should be viewed in some context. Even if things were going reasonably well, Americans could have expected opposition forces to be able to muster enough resources to create some chaos around the first anniversary of the start of the […]

Keep hyphens in perspective

The hyphen is in its own way a noble and exceedingly useful mark of punctuation. But it pays, I think, to keep hyphens in perspective. In our present age and culture, the hyphen is all too often seen as a mark of division when it serves just as well and far more nobly as a […]

State of Union struck a blow to personal liberty

Freedom Newspapers P resident Bush’s State of the Union address was little more than a campaign kick-off speech, and not a rousing one at that. For lovers of personal liberty and responsibility, limited government and free markets, the president hit only a few promising notes as he outlined the themes he will pursue in his […]

Foreigners defensive toward Americans

By Tibor Machan When one has contrarian views, it is not always easy to enjoy oneself. I often sit through movies with much to offer, only to find that characters unhesitatingly denounce something I value, such as capitalism, business, or some great feature of American culture. The same fate faces me when I pick up […]

No evidence that secession is unconstitutional

By Walter Williams A fortnight ago, in “Let’s Do Some Detective Work,” I provided unassailable evidence that Congress had vastly exceeded powers delegated to it by our Constitution. In a recent column, I argued that liberties lost are seldom regained, but there was an outside chance to regain them if enough liberty-minded Americans were to […]

Engineer describes poor Iraq

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Courtesy photo: Donna Russell By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — When Donna Russell, a project engineer from Cannon Air Force Base, volunteered to be part of a special forward engineering support team in Iraq, she didn’t know exactly where she would be going or what she would be doing. She wasn’t even […]

Iraq occupation not worth lives with no clear goal

Freedom Newspapers The news from last weekend that American soldiers killed 46 guerrilla fighters (the exact number is disputed) during several attacks in Samarra, a small town near Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit, suggests the “postwar” in Iraq has moved to a different level, one that more closely resembles, as several military commanders have […]

Occupation can’t work with today’s U.S.

Steve Chapman Faced with escalating turmoil in Iraq, George W. Bush spurns any talk of pulling out. “America will never run,” he vows. Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, disagrees: “This disastrous mission must be ended before any more lives are lost. It is time to bring our troops home.” Given […]

Debunking illegal immigrant fallacies

Thomas Sowell Many Americans are concerned because millions of illegal immigrants enter this country and little seems to be done to stop them. But California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, is upset because now something is being done to catch some of them. Police raids on dozens of […]

Reimportation of drugs counterproductive

Steve Chapman Americans have often wondered what possible use there is for Canada. If not for ice hockey, Pamela Anderson and Moosehead beer, they could forget it even exists. In the old cartoon map depicting life after the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico was labeled “manufacturing.” The United States was “retail.” And Canada? “Parking.” […]

Resolutions may prove irrelevant if Shiites are restless

Freedom Newspapers The United States recently tinkered with a United Nations resolution on Iraq enough to get the Security Council to pass it unanimously. In Congress the controversy over President Bush’s request for $87 billion for occupation and reconstruction of Iraq (and other missions) centers on whether part of the reconstruction money should be a […]

America should put fewer troops far form borders

Freedom Newspapers The news Friday that Nicholas Burns, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, is ready to talk about pulling U.S. and eventually NATO troops out of Bosnia, is welcome indeed. It would be more welcome if it presaged a strategic reconsideration of the U.S. policy of stationing troops around the world, but we’ll take an […]