Elected officials fail to represent

Elected officials fail to represent If an 800-pound gorilla actually existed, it might represent the uneasily plausible political belief that with regard to big-picture economics and long-term issues of war and peace, the average person has almost no influence. But the 400-pound version in the room is real, and to me represents the pretty obvious […]

Time right to lift sanctions on Myanmar

The release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the house arrest to which she has been subject since 2003 is rightfully celebrated as a small step toward a freer and more open society in Burma. The Southeast Asian country was renamed Myanmar by the military junta that has ruled the country ruthlessly since […]

Taxes not cover charge for Democracy

Freedom New Mexico Imagine opening your newspaper or Web browser and seeing the following headline: “Supreme Court declares income tax unconstitutional.” It probably seems farfetched, but America’s court of last resort dropped this very bombshell in 1895. The legal battle represents just one chapter in the story of the federal income tax, which began in […]

Regime can’t silence Burma protests forever

By Freedom New Mexico Senior Burmese general Than Shwe did deign to meet Tuesday with United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari after giving him the cold shoulder for days, but he met from a position of relative strength. No public comments were made. The democracy movement in Burma seems to have been defeated, at least […]

Iraqi reports overshadowed

By Freedom Newspapers There’s a certain air of second-guessing from people who, quite frankly, are not in a strong position to be able to say “I told you so” in the 229-page report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence assessments made in January 2003. Only a few critics outside the […]

Bush reveals different side to journalists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist If there is one thing about President Bush that is different in private from his public persona, it is probably intensity. Before big crowds he is folksy and self-deprecating. Before the hostile press, he is a bit wary. But in our setting — a meeting with half a dozen conservative […]

Cooperation must rule Mexico before democracy can

Mexico’s Federal Electoral Judicial Tribunal has unanimously ruled that Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN) won the July 2 election as president. In many ways this marks a triumph for democratic procedures and transparency in Mexico. International observers agreed this was perhaps the fairest election in Mexico’s history, a challenge from the losing […]

Democracy grossly unfair

By Bob Huber: Local columnist It’s spring again. Daffodils are sprouting, cranes are flying north, and you’re trying to sell one of your kids to pay for gas for your summer vacation. Oh yeah, and city elections are also taking place, which doesn’t warrant a big applause, but any psychiatrist worth his sofa will tell […]

Democracy another form of tyranny

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist High up on my list of annoyances are references to the United States as a democracy and the suggestion that Iraq should become a democracy. The word “democracy” appears in neither of our founding documents — the Declaration of Independence nor the U.S. Constitution. Our nation’s founders had disdain for […]

President’s call for permanent tax cuts encouraging

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening was workmanlike and one of the better spoken of his time in office. There was nothing sharply new, such as last year’s call for a complete overhaul of Social Security. It mainly moved his agenda toward the November election. It was encouraging to hear […]

Beijing’s handling of Hong Kong counterproductive

Freedom Newspapers When the central government in Beijing assumed sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, it promised to respect the principle of “one country, two systems” and allow the economic freedom that had flourished under British control to continue. Most Hong Kong residents, who had enjoyed great economic and political freedom under the British but […]

Fight to save Cannon not over yet

By Clyde Davis What do July 4, 1776 in the eastern colonies and July 4, 2005 in Clovis have in common? At first glance, not much, except the date and heat that is borderline unbearable. We might even say worlds apart. Look again, however, and we can see some similarities. In each case, we can […]

Iraqi elections not cure-all, but definitely a start

CNJ staff Maybe, just maybe, the transformationists were right. We use the term to describe those inside the Bush administration and out who predicted that the democratization of Iraq would spark a wider transformation in a part of the world, the Mideast, where tyranny still largely reigns in one form or another. And while the […]

Idealism needs to be tempered with realism

CNJ staff After two years of rough going with our friends in Europe, President Bush’s trip there this week has begun smoothing things over. He doesn’t have the mischievous charm of former President Clinton, but Bush still has impressed Europeans with his own Texas quasi-cowboy persona. These things are not trivial in international relations. On […]

Letters to the editor: President’s speech well-crafted, dishonest

I can’t stand it. Even as a liberal Democrat who despises most of President Bush’s agenda, he gave a beautifully crafted, feel-good speech to us earlier this month. With a couple of exceptions, everything he said could be agreed upon by almost anyone with a brain and a good heart: Democracy, peace, etc. Of course […]

Iraqi elections fraught with irony, hope

CNJ staff Today’s elections in Iraq are brimming with ironies. A celebration of democracy and freedom features curfews under which citizens are not allowed on the streets after dark, candidates fearful of appearing in public, stores and restaurants closed, concrete barriers restricting movement in major cities and heavily armed police and security forces everywhere. It […]

Bush’s policies, as always, abundantly clear

CNJ staff One of the defining traits of President George W. Bush is his willingness to pick a side, stick with it and make the case for why he believes as he does. That can be frustrating when one disagrees with the president, given his immobility once he embraces a viewpoint, but at least everyone […]

Politics about limitation of government

By Tibor Machan California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who led the effort of the Democrats in Congress to hold up confirmation of the Electoral College vote last week, claimed the absolutely core principle of America is democracy. Because, she claimed, the past two presidential elections had threatened the democratic process, it was necessary to call attention […]

No, U.S. government is not democracy

By Walter E. Williams We often hear the claim that our nation is a democracy. That wasn’t the vision of the founders. They saw democracy as another form of tyranny. If we’ve become a democracy, I guarantee you the founders would be deeply disappointed by our betrayal of their vision. The founders intended, and laid […]

Democracy works best when handled locally

Freedom Newspapers The unfolding election drama in Ukraine continues to fascinate Americans. We want to see democracy succeed. But we must insist that Ukraine be allowed to work out its future without U.S. government interference. Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko appears to have handily won Sunday’s vote for prime minister, which was scheduled after last month’s […]