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Monday Brief

Brief

Aug. 6, 2001

THE FOUNDATION

“Human nature will never part with power. Look for an example of a voluntary relinquishment of power from one end of the globe to another – you will find none.” –Patrick Henry

INSIGHT

“Why you fool, it’s the educated reader who can be gulled. All our difficulty comes with the others. When did you meet a workman who believes the papers? He takes it for granted that they’re all propaganda and skips the leading articles. He buys his paper for the football results and the little paragraphs about girls falling out of windows and corpses found in Mayfair flats. He is our problem. We have to recondition him. But the educated public, the people who read the highbrow weeklies, don’t need reconditioning. They’re all right already. They’ll believe anything. … Don’t you see that the educated reader *can’t* stop reading the highbrow weeklies whatever they do? He can’t. He’s been conditioned.” –C.S. Lewis

GOOD NEWS

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

“For wrath kills a foolish man, and envy slays a simple one.” (Job 5:2)

“A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he who is slow to anger allays contention.” (Proverbs 15:18)

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19-20)

ICTUS IMPRIMIS

“Theologians have felt no hesitation in founding a system of speculative thought on the teachings of Jesus; and yet Jesus was never an inhabitant of the realm of speculative thought.” –Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918)

FAMILY

“Our schools are totally controlled by a faceless bureaucracy in Washington, DC. The result are fourth-graders who know nothing of the nation’s history, nor are capable of competing with children in other nations; unable to master of the most fundamental skills necessary for an educated citizenry. Blame the schools, not the children.” –Alan Caruba

CULTURE

“…An unnamed state department official told The Washington Post the games will give Beijing a ‘powerful but intangible incentive’ to improve its human-rights record and foreign policy. Apparently, he’s never heard of Adolf Hitler. Hosting the 1936 Olympics didn’t humanize Hitler, but gave him a propaganda coup. ‘Foreign visitors are departing almost fulsome in their praise of German organization and German hospitality,’ wrote The New York Times. Three years later, much of Europe had a chance to experience Teutonic organization firsthand. Far from improving human rights, the Olympics will occasion more persecution.” –Don Feder

LIBERTY

“The poor immigrants arriving here at Ellis Island brought with them The American Spirit – that undaunted belief in the opportunity provided by General Washington and the other Founding Fathers who created our nation. The Ellis Island immigrants brought with them a work ethic, a faith and a desire to make for themselves a better life. …Churches were very active in taking in these new arrivals. …American citizens wanted to help these new Americans. Government did not do anything to help them! And yet they all were assimilated – and built the nation into the powerhouse it is today. …a testament to The American Spirit – a unique legacy we all should cherish and vow to protect. We all are inheritors and protectors of that unique gift. We have a duty to keep it alive – and to ward off the temptations to weaken or destroy it.” –John LeBoutillier

OPINION IN BRIEF

“I lived in the 4200 block of Pimlico Road. Drug dealers decided to open for business on a corner across from the house where I, my wife and two children lived. It wasn’t long after that this group – I immediately dubbed them ‘trifling Negroes’ – started camping out on my front porch and steps. They’d leave whenever I asked them, but I procured a shotgun for those who might be uncooperative. I didn’t plan to kill anyone, of course, just shoot off a few kneecaps. Trifling Negroes, I had determined, don’t really need or deserve kneecaps. But they do serve a purpose. Because of them, I went from being an advocate of gun control to being a staunch adherent of individual gun ownership for self-defense. When it dawned on me that liberal black leadership on a national scale had far more sympathy for the trifling Negroes than they did for me or other black folks who had both jobs and home training, I became a conservative. For years, I uttered the mantra few black liberals or nationalists wanted to hear: Black criminals weren’t victims; they were victimizers. It took more than 15 years, but the black conservative message is starting to seep through.” –Baltimore Sun’s Gregory Kane

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“Despite the significant socioeconomic gains of blacks during their 30-year alliance with the Democratic Party and its policies, a trip through any number of urban ghetto wastelands – try Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York or Houston, for starters – leaves one questioning whether the Democrats are getting more out of the relationship than blacks. Bill Clinton’s play of the race card in this respect may be unequaled. And his reception in Harlem this week by black leaders, given the fact that he is only there because he could not be somewhere else, suggests that, for now at least, this party’s treatment of its black supporters hasn’t changed.” –Wall Street Journal

THE GIPPER

“Our Nation’s motto – ‘In God We Trust’ – was not chosen lightly. It reflects a basic recognition that there is a divine authority in the universe to which this nation owes homage.” –Ronald Reagan

GOVERNMENT

“We are on the threshold of America’s entry into a post-religious, post-Constitutional era. Decades of liberal assaults on traditional values and institutions are bearing fruit – sweet or bitter depending on your allegiance. The final battles are underway, and the bulwarks erected to protect us from the dark side of our natures and from governmental tyranny are being battered down. The center is not holding. The Constitution was carefully constructed by the Founders to protect the people from overarching government. Centuries from now, historians will write that one of the greatest ironies leading to the demise of the grand American experiment was the fraudulent use of the Constitution to demolish the religious and moral underpinnings of the nation.” –Linda Bowles

ON THE LEFT

“Those of us who have long dismissed the National Education Association as a tool of the Democratic Party have been badly mistaken. Apparently it’s just the opposite. As documents now sealed under a judge’s order indicate, it’s the Democratic Party that is the tool of the NEA. That, at least, is the gist of a report from the Federal Election Commission, all the more tantalizing because the object of its investigation was not the NEA but the AFL-CIO. Yet the NEA’s name surfaces again and again as one of those organizations that, in return for financial contributions, were given seats on campaign committees in 1996 as well as the right to approve or reject the Democratic agenda. … All the while the NEA was sitting on these committees and financing these Democratic campaigns, it was listing zero dollars for political expenditures on its tax forms. … For years the great lament over American education has been that no one holds teachers accountable for the fact that ‘Johnny can’t read.’ The evidence of these documents suggests that might have something to do with the New Math the NEA uses on its tax forms.” –William McGurn

POLITICAL FUTURES

“American liberals are likely going to get everything they think they want and then they will discover that what they’ve created is a hellish, nightmarish society devoid of compassion or kindness or love or mercy. Thomas Jefferson wanted to replace an aristocracy of birth with an aristocracy of merit. Today’s liberal wants an aristocracy of mediocrity. Having discarded religion, they really can’t think of any reason why a sodomite should not share a tent with a 12-year-old Boy Scout. Science doesn’t condemn sodomy. Science is morally neutral. It views sodomy as just another of the human race’s many aberrations like necrophilia, a sexual preference for dead bodies, or sadism or masochism. Having decreed egalitarianism, having discarded religion and morality, modern liberalism’s only answer to Nature’s obvious inequality is to lower standards on everything and to declare everything is permissible.” –Charley Reese

FOR THE RECORD

“With the end of the Cold War, …the public now knows from Soviet scholar William T. Lee that the Soviets deployed a national missile defense, with some 9,000 antimissile interceptors placed around Moscow, in clear violation of the ABM Treaty, and with little concern for the theoretical posturing required by MAD. While American liberals patted themselves on the back for obstructing American missile defense development, the Soviets gained a strategic advantage over the U.S. Today, the Soviet-era antimissile system protects 70 percent of Russia’s population, while Americans remain defenseless.” –Thomas Krannawitter & Brian Kennedy

SELECT READER COMMENTS

“Since New York’s elected officials seem so concerned with the Navy’s bombing range on Vieques, I suppose she would not object to moving the range to another island – say, Manhattan.”

You quoted Colin Powell: ‘[The Red Chinese] still do not practice human rights to the standards that we think are appropriate, and they undertake proliferation activities that are troublesome to us. But…they need not be seen as an enemy.’ Perhaps Powell is practicing the diplomatic art of saying ‘nice dog’ until he can find a big rock.“

"So the Dumbocrats shortened the testimonial oath…. Their new version: ‘Do you swear?’”

(Correction: The four firefighters who died last week when central government bureaucrats refused to let helicopters snorkel water from the Chewach River – because it is habitat for endangered species – were not from Colorado but Washington. We regret the error.)

THE TOP TEN

In Brief 01-31, we asked our readers, “How are you going to spend all that tax rebate money – AKA the sub-partial refund of your tax overpayment?” Here is a representative selection of your responses.

*I’m using mine to buy a handgun. (Almost 50% of the 1500 responses were some variant on this theme.)
*Give it to my church!
*I’ll apply it toward the next installment of my estimated income tax.
*I’m using it to pay back taxes to the IRS.
*I’m going to take a five-hour and 57-minute vacation. That’s the portion of my annual salary that is now tax-free with the $300 refund.
*I am going to buy a spine for Trent Lott!
*I plan on donating mine to The Federalist! (Excellent choice!)
*I’m going to buy a muffler for my used car.
*That $600 will allow me to extend the lease on my Rolls one more week.
*That really is a two-cent question!

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