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The munificent elite are at once ready to both create and solve your problems. The former they deny with gusto and the latter rarely sees the light of day. In spite of years of evidence to refute most of the social engineering feats performed by the left, there is no less than millions still at work to create what cannot be created by man. To convince them otherwise takes a Road to Damascus like experience. Unfortunately, those are uncommon.
The presence of government gives one pause but not so much to prevent the additional formation of new agencies. President Bush seeks to reorganize the federal government to more effectively combat terrorism. This seems to be a commonsensical move in light of the apparent collapse in intelligence sharing of various government agencies prior to September 11, 2001. A watchful eye must be ever vigilant, both in defense of our way of life, and in the expansion of government.
Considering that there are now many eyes looking at the defense of our way of life, it is vital to look at other pressing issues. The citizens of the United States stand upon shoulders of giants who throughout our history endeavored to teach the following generations the lessons of the past. It is fitting to go backwards for edification on modern ills. Beginning with Adams and ending with Scalia, the modern problems are noted.
President John Adams foresaw the problems that we face with debt when he remarked, "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt." While America fights to prevent the sword wounds, we find that the debt continues to grow at an alarming rate. There is little argument that it takes money to fight terror, but the addition of pork spending, as exhibited by Senator Robert Byrd, (D), West Virginia, heaps debt upon debt. Carefully hiding the pork in important legislation, the money is a gravy train for states.
In spite of his unwavering commitment to silence, President Calvin Coolidge provides a statement on immigration that has special significance in our war on terror.
Restricted immigration is not an offensive but purely a defensive action. It is not adopted in criticism of others in the slightest degree, but solely for the purpose of protecting ourselves. We cast no aspersions on any race or creed, but we must remember that every object of our institutions of society and government will fail unless America be kept American.
War aggravates the problem of immigration. Since this nation is at war with an opaque enemy, some tighter control is necessary. Silent Cal makes the point with a style and respect for others that is indicative of thoughtful reflection.
Whittaker Chambers is courage personified. An ardent communist, he saw communism for what is truly was and became its greatest foe. In doing so, he challenged all of his earlier convictions. His book, Witness, is testimony to the courage and intellect of the man. He appreciated a free society and saw the danger in a nation losing touch with all faith. Mr. Chambers remarked, "There has never been a free society or nation without God. But history is cluttered with the wreckage of nations that became indifferent to God, and died." This is Mr. Chambers personified and one can see the connection to our current crisis.
The strength of black Americans cannot be denied. To persevere is to be strong. If there is a reason, a cogent argument, for the plight of black America in the last 20 years, it is found in the bosom of the great society and notions that blacks somehow needed help in the form of government intervention with respect to social issues. The government and the ruling elite handicapped people on the pretense of assistance. It is the modern failure personified. Dr. Thomas Sowell, the eminent scholar, echoes this sentiment with this admonition: "The black family--which survived slavery, discrimination, poverty, wars, and depressions--began to come apart as the federal government moved in with its well-financed programs to 'help'." The damage, which is ongoing, will take decades to sort itself out.
The Constitution is under attack by fatuous jurists who suspect that they can make decisions based on their own feeling or beliefs, rather than making rulings that are consistent with the document they purport to uphold. There are few who attack this notion with the fervor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia understands and imparts his wisdom with regularity. Take the following remark from his concurring opinion in Apprendi v. New Jersey: “Justice Breyer proceeds on the erroneous and all-too-common assumption that the Constitution means what we think it ought to mean. It does not; it means what it says.” Justice Scalia is arguably the finest legal mind on the high court. Regardless, he understands the difference between a living and breathing document that activists pursue, and the original document, which is dead.
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