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Random Thoughts

By Thomas Sowell · Dec. 25, 2012

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, “What you don't know would make a big book.” Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone, “What you don't know would fill more books than the Encyclopedia Britannica.” At least half of our society's troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of all.

Some people seem to think that, if life is not fair, then the answer is to turn more of the nation's resources over to politicians – who will, of course, then spend these resources in ways that increase the politicians' chances of getting reelected.

The annual outbursts of intolerance toward any display of traditional Christmas scenes, or even daring to call a Christmas tree by its name, show that today's liberals are by no means liberal. Behind the mist of their lofty words, the totalitarian mindset shows through.

If you don't want to have a gun in your home or in your school, that's your choice. But don't be such a damn fool as to advertise to the whole world that you are in “a gun-free environment” where you are a helpless target for any homicidal fiend who is armed. Is it worth a human life to be a politically correct moral exhibitionist?

The more I study the history of intellectuals, the more they seem like a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization bit by bit – replacing what works with what sounds good.

Some people are wondering what takes so long for the negotiations about the “fiscal cliff.” Maybe both sides are waiting for supplies. Democrats may be waiting for more cans to kick down the road. Republicans may be waiting for more white flags to hold up in surrender.

If I were rich, I would have a plaque made up, and sent to every judge in America, bearing a statement made by Adam Smith more than two and a half centuries ago: “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.”

If someone wrote a novel about a man who was raised from childhood to resent the successful and despise the basic values of America – and who then went on to become President of the United States – that novel would be considered too unbelievable, even for a work of fiction. Yet that is what has happened in real life.

Many people say, “War should be a last resort.” Of course it should be a last resort. So should heart surgery, divorce and many other things. But that does not mean that we should just continue to hope against hope indefinitely that things will work out, somehow, until catastrophe suddenly overtakes us.

Everybody is talking about how we are going to pay for the huge national debt, but nobody seems to be talking about the runaway spending which created that record-breaking debt. In other words, the big spenders get political benefits from handing out goodies, while those who resist giving them more money to spend will be blamed for sending the country off the “fiscal cliff.”

When Barack Obama refused to agree to a requested meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – the leader of a country publicly and repeatedly threatened with annihilation by Iran's leaders, as the Iranians move toward creating nuclear bombs – I thought of a line from the old movie classic “Citizen Kane”: “Charlie wasn't cruel. He just did cruel things.”

There must be something liberating about ignorance. Back when most members of Congress had served in the military, there was a reluctance of politicians to try to tell military leaders how to run the military services. But, now that few members of Congress have ever served in the military, they are ready to impose all sorts of fashionable notions on the military.

After watching a documentary about the tragic story of Jonestown, I was struck by the utterly unthinking way that so many people put themselves completely at the mercy of a glib and warped man, who led them to degradation and destruction. And I could not help thinking of the parallel with the way we put a glib and warped man in the White House.

There are people calling for the banning of assault weapons who could not define an “assault weapon” if their life depended on it. Yet the ignorant expect others to take them seriously.



MaryAnn in Texas said:

I do not hope he rots in hell;I wouldn't wish that on anyone. But I do understand the sentiment. Pray for him and all our "leaders".
Merry Christmas and God bless all of us.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Hell or hanging is maybe a tad too much.. ..
Deportation would be fine. Back to Indonesia, or Kenya or Siberia.....
In fact, I would rejoice just to see him impeached and removed from office.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Old Desert Rat, hell or hanging a tad too much, not for a traitor. Treason is still a capital offense.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

The list of traitors is growing longer everyday. John Kerry, Hanoi Jane Fonda, Odumbo, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, the unions, indoctrinated scumbags, welfare parasites, uneducated idiots, and whites who voted for Odumbo out of some so-called sense of "white guilt". What a sad ending to what once was the greatest nation on earth. I'm not sure we can recover from how low we have fallen. I will continue to hope that enough people will start to realize its time to stop the madness and go back to the values that made us great.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Tony in Texas replied:

You tell it like it is Mac.
Sarge, maybe it was to wake us up. We will never convince those people to change, but it has made us to realize how strong we must become in our values. Never give in.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

win.rem in St Peters Mo said:

85 % of the people do not think, 10 % think they think and 5 % do think. The unfortunate part of all this is that the 5% who do think do not think the same way so lets be fair and move 2.5 % to our way of thinking. So it seems, the think they thinkers make up 75 % of the 10 % who think they think but don't and then the 85% of those who don't are lead by the Harry Reid's, The Joe Biden's, The Chuck Schumer's, Diane Feinstein's et al. So the task at hand is not to throw invective at those who do not please us with their non thinking, or possibly thinking, but to find those with real possibilities and help to move them into the 5% of those who do. Now here is the rub, what think ye? How do and will we who think, assist in this challenge? That is the real question then we have no one to blame except ourselves when we complain but do nothing about it.

Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:12 AM

mary welch in dearborn hts. mi. said:

Right on the left have been drinking the kool-aid for over 40 odd yrs. Atleast jonestown people only hurt themselves. The Prez. is forcing it down our throat.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM