Sunday, November 9, 2014

THE CASE AGAINST LIBERAL COMPASSION



















The following is reprinted in its entirety by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered at Hillsdale College by William Voegeli on October 9, 2014, sponsored by the College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship.

Four years ago I wrote a book about modern American liberalism: Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State. It addressed the fact that America’s welfare state has been growing steadily for almost a century, and is now much bigger than it was at the start of the New Deal in 1932, or at the beginning of the Great Society in 1964. In 2013 the federal government spent $2.279 trillion—$7,200 per American, two-thirds of all federal outlays, and 14 percent of the Gross Domestic Product—on the five big program areas that make up our welfare state: 

1. Social Security; 2. All other income support programs, such as disability insurance or unemployment compensation; 3. Medicare; 4. All other health programs, such as Medicaid; and 5. All programs for education, job training, and social services.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

IN SEARCH OF AN EBOLA AND ISIS FREE ZONE

















The following is an editorial by James Hall


The Comité De Salut Public during the French Revolution exhibited a pattern for nightmares far removed from their stated purpose as a Committee of Public Safety. The reign of terror that arose from the shambles created by the Society of the Jacobins, based upon extreme egalitarianism, actually produced a most violent outcome.  If you are one of those lost souls who cling to the latest narrative from the designer media reporting machine, the fear factor is working overtime. What can be more impartial than the threat of succumbing to an Ebola epidemic? Well, if you believe this hysteria, maybe the imminent acts of terror from those Islamic fascists; now called ISIS, will get your blood pressure to spike. Both share a paranoia manufactured in the labs of mind control more than in the actuary records of fact.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

THE HISTORY AND DANGER OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
















The following is reprinted in its entirety by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.
The following is adapted from a speech delivered by Philip Hamburger on May 6, 2014, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series. 



There are many complaints about administrative law—including that it is arbitrary, that it is a burden on the economy, and that it is an intrusion on freedom. The question I will address here is whether administrative law is unlawful, and I will focus on constitutional history. Those who forget history, it is often said, are doomed to repeat it. And this is what has happened in the United States with the rise of administrative law—or, more accurately, administrative power. 

Administrative law is commonly defended as a new sort of power, a product of the 19th and the 20th centuries that developed to deal with the problems of modern society in all its complexity. From this perspective, the Framers of the Constitution could not have anticipated it and the Constitution could not have barred it. What I will suggest, in contrast, is that administrative power is actually very old. It revives what used to be called prerogative or absolute power, and it is thus something that the Constitution centrally prohibited. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

OBAMA'S BROAD COALITION OF ONE TO FIGHT ISIS















The following is an editorial by David M. Huntwork


With great fanfare and a nationwide, prime time presidential address to the American people President Obama announced the formation of a "broad coalition" that would wage war together to destroy the Islamic State also known as ISIS or ISIL. Although few other details were given about the coalition, a senior administration official said on Wednesday "we are very confident that this will be a broad-based coalition with countries from the Arab world, from Europe, but also other key allies around the globe, like, for instance, Australia, which has joined us in humanitarian airdrops already in Iraq; or Canada, which has already put advisers on the ground."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 TRIBUTE

The tributes and remembrances of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 are not to incite violence, hate or fear towards any sect. This was not just an assault on America, but on everyone who believes in order, justice and freedom. These remembrances are to remind the world that depraved beliefs are an unfortunate reality and as much as the world strives towards respect and tolerance, we must also be prepared to battle hate and intolerance.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

REGARDING ISIS: A LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA


















The following is a letter to President Obama from Cody J. Carbone, a J.D./M.P.A. student at Syracuse University.

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write to you to express my current feelings and opinions on the current state of our newest adversary, ISIS, the “Islamic State of Iraq and Great Syria”. I am not an expert, nor will I portray one in this letter. I am just a student, concerned, nervous yet optimistic. I assume the latter will dissipate with old age, but there are a few things I am confident I do know.

I know you are not in the business of having Americans killed. I know you are in the hottest seat in the world. I know you believed you could achieve everything you promised back in 2008. I know you have tried. I know you care about our country, more than your score on the back nine. I know you know that we are the greatest country in the world. I know you know that we are being threatened.

Friday, September 5, 2014

DEFENDING LIBERTY















The following is an editorial by David M. Huntwork

We exist in a vast sea of ignorance and lack of understanding in regards to history, politics, and ideology. Not to mention the implications of each upon our nation and civilization. Perhaps we should not be surprised that large segments of society can’t put the Civil War in the correct century or begin to find major countries on a map. There are entire political ideologies that rely on that mind-numbing, and sometimes frightening, misunderstanding and basic ignorance that a significant portion of society manifests as a source for their power and strength.

I find liberalism/progressivism to be little more than a mental poison, an ideological and philosophical cancer on society that is malicious and destructive to everything that it touches from the sanctity of human life, to the traditional family structure (the basic foundation of all civilization), to national security, to free enterprise and beyond. It is the bane of Western Civilization, the concept of personal liberty, and a threat to all I hold dear. And it too often shares the mentality (and dare I say even goals?) of some of the nastiest political philosophies that have ever marred the face of the planet. It must be opposed however and whenever it can.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC












The following is an editorial by David M. Huntwork

For over two hundred and thirty years the American Republic has weathered wars, epidemics, hostile neighbors, worldwide conflicts, economic disasters, internal struggles, and competing ideologies. Its birth was a long and desperate struggle for independence against the strongest and most advanced military in the world.

In the War of 1812 its capitol was burned to the ground. It suffered the growing pains of expansionism against hostile natives as well as unfriendly claims and competition by Spain, France, Great Britain, and Mexico. It suffered through a tragic and horribly bloody civil war that helped to define the idea of federalism at the expense of states rights and ended once and for all the national shame of slavery. It endured the rigors of industrialization and eventually emerged as the most technologically advanced nation the world had ever seen.