“The whole aim of practical politics,” wrote famed journalist H. L. Mencken, “is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
Truer words were never spoken, which begs important questions: Will our “War on Terror” ever end? Will our need for national security ever diminish? Most likely not, as Washington is always on the lookout for more ways to protect us from our “enemies.” As Vice President Biden told recent graduates at West Point, “Prepare for new threats.”
But new laws designed for our safety threaten to reach deeper and deeper into our private lives with more intrusive surveillance, as many in our government have taken to heart words attributed to Cicero, “In times of war, the law falls silent.” Continue reading
This column was published in the Laurel Leader Call (Laurel, MS) on Tuesday, June 12, 2012:
As a young grade-schooler in the 1980s, I was fond of watching The Three Stooges show before departing for another eventful day of fun-filled learning at my local government school. I hated getting up that early, and still do, but at least a little slapstick comedy while eating breakfast would lessen the pain.
I remember one episode fondly. Moe, Larry, and Curly embarked on a duck-hunting trip on a nearby lake. While sitting in the boat awaiting the ducks, Curly, earnestly trying to get his gun to fire, accidentally shot a hole in the bottom of the boat. As water gushed in and pandemonium ensued, Larry devised a quick solution: He shot another hole in his end of the boat to let the water run out!
Now we all know how monumentally stupid such a move would be, but our Obama-led government has been doing exactly the same thing in fighting our current economic recession for the last three years, using a Three Stooges approach. A severe economic downturn caused by too much spending, too much debt, too much borrowing, and too much inflation is being fought with more spending, more debt, more borrowing, and more inflation, with no end in sight. Continue reading