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.

What Creates a Terrorist?

Faith over reason; group membership over individual identity; and blind obedience to authority. No matter what form these qualities take—and no matter what the specifics—they are always destructive. Those are the real root causes of terrorism, in Boston and elsewhere.

Genes and Racism

During decades of watching both collegiate and professional football, I have seen hundreds of touchdowns scored by black players -- but not one extra point kicked by a black player. Is this because blacks are genetically incapable of kicking a football or because...

Academic Cesspools

A rough rule of thumb to discover modern-day racism is to search a college’s website to see whether it has vice presidents or deans of diversity and diversity programs. If so, keep your money.

Race and IQ, Part 3

I happened to run into Charles Murray in Dulles International Airport while he and Richard Herrnstein were writing "The Bell Curve." When I asked him what he was working on and he summarized what he was writing, he could tell that I was concerned about him, so I told...

How your Tax Money Supports Amiri Baraka’s Hatred America

Amiri Baraka hates America. Yet, in the land of the free that he despises so deeply, this black nationalist writer has had no trouble finding fellow Americans to show him love. At the top of Amiri Baraka's donor list: The American taxpayer. In the 1960s, Baraka (then...

Business Model Bloopers and Blunders

You can talk about all of the things impacting our economy - government regulation, terrorism, the Fed's determination in 2000 to convert a virtuous cycle into a vicious cycle - but I think that there is another problem facing our economy: flawed business models....

The Battle of Environmentalists versus the US Military

As America's military deploys troops, armor, planes and ordinance to bases in the Middle East surrounding Iraq, they will do so after years of fending off another kind of attack, one by the massed forces of environmental organizations that have done everything in...

Race and IQ, Part 2

Professor John McWhorter, a black faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley, has made a suggestion that is explosive in itself and directly the opposite of what is being said by those who are seeking to promote lower college admissions standards for...

Lawmakers Who Love Lawbreakers

Democrat Sen. Bob Torricelli of New Jersey is not through yet. While media pundits are busy writing his obituary, the Torch and his colleagues continue to make America safe for lawbreakers. On Sept. 23, Torricelli and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.,...

Nobel Peace Prize Should Go To Those Who Really Support Peace

The Nobel Peace Prize was just awarded to Jimmy Carter. Although Carter's efforts to convince Egypt to recognize Israel's right to exist was a genuine achievement, he has otherwise continuously betrayed the principles on which peace depends. For many years Carter,...

Democratic Political Propaganda: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Imagine... ...a recent graphic ad on the Republican.com website pictures smiling Democratic leaders Tom Daschle and Richard Gephardt shoving a young girl with pigtails in front of a train with the words ‘public education' written on its side. Although Democrats called...

The Real Accounting Problem in America

Is it me, or have recent business stories begun to resemble episodes of VH-1's "Behind the Music"? Think about it: Executives cook the books and make millions. They live fast and high on the company dime, buying items such as $6,000 shower curtains and African...

A Polluted Process: Horse-Trading with Energy Policy

Politics, they say, is the art of compromise. You give something, I give something. In the end, we wind up with something everyone's happy with. That's how worthwhile legislation is forged, right? Yes, usually. But compromise could earn a bad name from the...

The Houdini Award for Judicial Curruption

You expect a corrupt politician to do corrupt things, so when Senator Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., withdrew as a candidate for re-election after ethics charges led to his falling behind in the polls, that was hardly surprising. Nor was it particularly surprising that...

Coloring the Sniper News: The Angry White Male Theory

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. -- Some profiling experts are convinced that the roving sniper who has terrorized my neighborhood and surrounding communities is a white male. -- Dr. Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist at New York University Medical Center, described the...

The Case for Action Against Iraq

There is no honest question that Saddam is evil. Saddam is a dictator in the classic Stalinist model and Iraq is the antithesis of a free republic. Rather than make reason, persuasion and individual freedom the hallmark of its regime, Iraq relies upon the systematic...

Did Christopher Columbus “Discover” America?

Columbus Day approaches and this year has a special meaning. Christopher Columbus is a carrier of Western Civilization and the very values attacked by terrorists on September 11. To the "politically correct," Columbus Day is an occasion to be mourned. They have...

Dangerous Restraint

President George W. Bush's speech on Iraq in effect reiterated what Edmund Burke said more than two centuries ago: "There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Today, in a nuclear age, those words apply more strongly than...

Black Leaders Silent Over Mugabe’s Destruction of Zimbabwe

Shakespeare Maya, Zimbabwe's leader of the opposition National Alliance for Good Governance, opined, "This land was stolen from our ancestors, and it follows that those who hold it now are thieves." It's this vision that has prompted Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe...

Permission to Speak: The End of Free Speech

Two recent events show the real meaning of two popular ideas: "hate speech" regulations and campaign finance controls. The real meaning of both is the end of free speech. The first story comes from Canada, where "hate speech" laws are already on the books. Last week,...

The Rise of Religious Radio

NPR liberals are horrified. Across the country, thousands of radio listeners are tuning out conservative-basher Nina Totenberg, and tuning in conservative heroine Phyllis Schlafly. The growing Christian radio audience is bidding "adieu" to "Morning Edition" and saying...

Would-Be Intellectual Vandals Get Their Day in the Supreme Court

In 1998 Congress, pursuant to its Constitutional power to determine the duration of federal copyright protection, passed a law extending the term of that protection by 20 years. This law brought United States copyright protection in line with that already afforded in...

A Spring-loaded Bull Market

U.S. corporate profits rose 56% in the first half of 2002, yet stock prices have plunged. The problem is not corporate governance, it's political governance Contrary to popular opinion, most of America's CEOs are doing a fabulous job. On the heels of a 50% profit...

Solar Power Statists: Blinded by the Light

For the past week, the National Mall in Washington has been host to the Department of Energy's "Solar Decathlon," a collegiate competition and demonstration project to build a 500 square foot home powered only by the sun. Despite generous government and corporate...