"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Monday, May 30, 2011

Two Americas on Memorial Day
by Chuck Raasch
What is Memorial Day to you? A three-day head start to summer beach season? Shopping deals? The Indy 500 weekend? This year, approaching the end of a decade of war, will there be room to remember the more than 6,000 Americans who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Thinking Theologically About Memorial Day
by Kevin DeYoung
With Memorial Day on Monday (in the U.S.) and, no doubt, a number of patriotic services scheduled for this Sunday, I want to offer a few theses on patriotism and the church...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Obama Skirts Law to Reward Pals, Punish Foes
by Michael Barone
...One basic principle of the rule of law is that laws apply to everybody. If the sign says "No Parking," you're not supposed to park there even if you're a pal of the alderman. Another principle of the rule of law is that government can't make up new rules to help its cronies and hurt its adversaries except through due process, such as getting a legislature to pass a new law. The Obamacare waiver process appears to violate that first rule. Two other recent Obama administration actions appear to violate the second...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Obama and the Arab Spring
by George Friedman
...After the 2010 election, I said that presidents who lose control of one house of Congress in midterm elections turn to foreign policy because it is a place in which they retain the power to act. The U.S. presidential campaign season has begun, and the United States is engaged in wars that are not going well. Within this framework, Obama thus sought to make both a strategic and a political speech...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Children as Cannon Fodder
Jihad Watch
"Our mullah told us that when we carried out our suicide attacks, all the people around us would die, but we would stay alive"...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

How Leftism Poisoned a Psychiatrist's Mind
by Dennis Prager
...Most people who hold left-wing views when they are young abandon those views as they get older and wiser. But for those who never abandon leftism, the dogma is so powerful, it functions as a fundamentalist -- secular -- religion. Just as the Orthodox Jew, the evangelical Christian and the traditionalist Catholic views the world through his respective religion's eyes, so the leftist views the world and everything in it through leftist eyes...

Friday, May 13, 2011

What? Not Even a Look Out the Window?
by Keith Koffler
President Obama doesn’t seem to have even peered out his Air Force One window to view the swelling Mississippi, a minimal show of interest for which George W. Bush was pilloried when he took a peek at the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At least Bush bothered to look...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

U.S.-Pakistani Relations Beyond Bin Laden
by George Friedman
...The United States must either develop the force and intelligence to wage war without any assistance — which is difficult to imagine given the size of the Muslim world and the size of the U.S. military — or it will have to accept half-hearted support and duplicity. Alternatively, it could accept that it will not win in Afghanistan and will not be able simply to eliminate terrorism. These are difficult choices, but the reality of Pakistan drives home that these, in fact, are the choices.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Weak Dollars, Strong Oil
by John Hayward
...Our government has been printing dollars like mad, while pointedly refusing to develop oil resources. That’s not a recipe for long-term reductions in the price of gasoline. The value of oil is not abstract – its exact price bounces around as the market fluctuates and speculators shake their Magic 8-Balls, but the underlying value of this essential commodity is driven by demand. Everyone needs it, and by refusing to increase domestic production, our government places our needs into direct and brutal competition with consumers around the world...

Friday, May 06, 2011

To Get bin Laden, Obama Relied on Policies He Decried
by Michael Barone
...For years we heard supposedly enlightened people excoriate our leaders for torture, lawlessness, unilateralism -- the list goes on and on. Now the president they have wanted has used the tactics and methods they excoriated to get bin Laden. Good for him.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Bin Laden's Death and the Implications for Jihadism
by Scott Stewart
...The survival of the ideology of jihadism means the threat of terrorist attacks remains. The good news is that as one moves down the jihadist pyramid from the al Qaeda core to the regional franchises to the grassroots, the level of terrorist tradecraft these individuals possess diminishes and the threat they pose is not as severe...
Related: The Death of bin Laden and a Strategic Shift in Washington

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

How Bin Laden Resembled Michael Moore
by Mona Charen
...Yes, the late Osama bin Laden was a religious fanatic. But if religious zeal were his only motivation, he might have turned his hatred toward China -- a consistent persecutor of Muslims (and others) or India (which some Islamists have attacked -- though without justification). But bin Laden's garrulous videos reveal someone who had drunk deeply from the well of hatred for America that nourishes everyone from Hugo Chavez to Vladimir Putin. It's a well with springs that originate right here.