Honor Veterans, Rebuff Sacrifice

As a former captain in the US Army, I can attest that I never encountered anyone who joined because of some masochistic yearning to transform himself into a sacrificial animal.

What We Owe Our Soldiers This Veteran’s Day

For an American soldier, to fight for freedom is not to fight for a “higher cause,” separate from or superior to his own life–it is to fight for his own life and happiness.

Health Care Is Not A Right

So long as people believe that socialized medicine is a noble plan, there is no way to fight it.

Christie, Hillary and Obama

If anything good comes out of this shabby episode of political vindictiveness by Governor Christie’s staffers, it showed what a skewed sense of perspective most of the media have on what kinds of issues (Traffic Jams or IRS Targeting, and Benghazi) are important.

The Politics of the Minimum Wage

The politics of the minimum wage are simple. No congressman or president owes his office to the poorly educated black and Latino youth vote.

Presidential Candidate Howard Dean: Fascist of the Left

In an op-ed, presidential candidate Howard Dean wrote with pride about how his small donation supporters are helping "take back our country." Pat Buchanan used the same expression in his campaign back in 1992. However, Howard Dean is the probable nominee of one of the...

John Hinckley: Allegedly Cured

John Hinckley Jr.'s former psychiatrist said the other day that the man who shot President Reagan hasn't shown "any evidence of psychosis in the last 16 years" and should be allowed to visit his parents without supervision. Isn't it relevant that Hinckley showed...

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 6 of 12): The Breeding Grounds

So far we have evaluated America's policies toward its declared enemies, those governments which have openly announced their hostility toward the United States. But there is another category of nations, whose governments profess to support the American war, but which...

Almighty Government, Please Bless Us and Take Care Of Us

Q: You really are hard on compassionate politicians like Howard Dean and what you call "the welfare state." These programs, like Medicare and Social Security, are in everyone's benefit. Why oppose them? A: These programs are not in my benefit. I work hard and am both...

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 5 of 12): North Korea

Even though the current war has been deemed a "war on terrorism," this is a misnomer. One does not go to war with a method of fighting, one goes to war with an enemy. And for this reason the current war is far wider than even a war against militant Islam. It is...

Why Medicare Expansion is Wrong

Adding prescription drug coverage to Medicare, as Congress is poised to do, is merely more socialism — it will neither help seniors nor is its passage likely to gain their votes.

The Draft Is Anathema To Human Freedom

In his Op-Ed column, "To arms," Tony Blankley argues that the youth of America needs to be sacrificed for the greater good and hints that we may need the draft to do it. Referencing the last living veterans of this generation, Blankly writes: Just as the country that...

Islam: A Religion of Peace?

A "religion of peace," says President Bush about Islam. But investigative journalist Robert Spencer, in his new book "Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West," argues that what we call "Islamic extremism" stems from a straightforward...

The Republican’s Medicare Tyranny

The Medicare II bill (my name for it) that Congress is about to pass is an unmitigated disaster. The bill contains provisions for the largest expansion of socialized health care in this nation's history. It essentially nationalizes prescription drugs for the elderly,...

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 3 of 12): Afghanistan

While the objectives of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan differed significantly, their shortcomings had much in common. Whereas the war with Iraq was justified by reference to evidence of a somewhat indeterminate WMD threat, the case for war in Afghanistan was based...

Modern “Educators” vs. Reading

The results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a nationwide test to assess the abilities of elementary and middle-school children, are out. Though math scores showed some improvement over the last decade, reading scores did not. This should not be...

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 2 of 12): Iraq

Despite the rapidity and efficiency of the American war in Iraq--and the glowing moments accompanying the liberation of Baghdad--the Bush administration has confronted a series of embarrassments since major combat operations were declared over on May 1st. The worst of...

How the Judiciary Effectively Repealed the 10th Amendment

Many years ago, someone did a study of the IQs of municipal transit drivers and their accident rates. Those with below-average IQs had higher rates of accidents, as you might expect. What was unexpected was the discovery that drivers with IQs above a certain level...

Harm’s A Two Way Street

The largest losers of America's anti-tobacco crusade aren't tobacco companies and smokers, it's the American people who are incrementally giving up private property rights. You say, "Hold it, Williams, I agree that people have the right to smoke and harm themselves,...

The New Medicare Program: A Prescription for Disaster

At a cost of $400 billion over 10 years, Congressional Republicans have agreed in Conference Committee--with the enthusiastic encouragement of a Republican President--to the greatest expansion of government in two generations. This new Medicare program can only result...

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 1 of 12): A Report Card

Two years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there are two leading evaluations of the Bush Administration's "war on terrorism." One side, generally right-wing and supportive of the war, is optimistic about its progress, and regards Bush as heroic. The...

The Thinker

Back of the beating hammer By which the steel is wrought, Back of the workshop's clamor The seeker may find the Thought, The Thought that is ever master Of iron and steam and steel, That rises above disaster And tramples it under heel! The drudge may fret and tinker...

Letters About Medical Care

Reader responses to the discussion of government-controlled medical care in this column raised questions that need answering. The most frequently raised question was why American pharmaceutical drugs sell for less in other countries. Some readers considered this proof...

America’s European “Allies”: Liking Us When We’re Dead

In the days immediately following September 11, 2001 the outpouring of support from the governments and people of Europe was overwhelming. Americans living in or visiting Europe at the time remember the various Europeans hugging them on the streets and offering them...

Reverend Al Sharpton — The Democrats’ Moral Compass?

Democratic presidential candidate Reverend Al Sharpton, at the recent Democratic debate in Boston, took the front-runner, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, to task. Dean's sin? Dean, in an interview with the Des Moines (Iowa) Register on Saturday, Nov. 1, stated,...