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Wednesday Chronicle

Chronicle

Aug. 15, 2001

THE FOUNDATION

“Government is instituted to protect property of every sort…. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.” –James Madison

INSIGHT

“It is time we realized that profit, property and freedom are inseparable. You cannot have any one of them without the others.” –Ronald Reagan

“Prayer is a wine which makes glad the heart of man.” –St. Bernard of Clairvaux

“He prays well who is so absorbed with God that he does not know he is praying.” –Francois de Sales

“Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.” –Polybius

“It is impossible for a man to be a Christian without having Christ; and if he has Christ he has at the same time all that is in Christ.” –Martin Luther

“Children develop character by what they see, by what they hear, and by what they are repeatedly led to do.” –James Stenson

“Next to the wicked lives of men, nothing is so great a disparagement and weakening to religion as the divisions of Christians.” –John Tillotson

“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tries, and a touch that never hurts.” –Charles Dickens

“When law and morality contradict one another, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his sense of morality or losing his respect for the law.” –Frederic Bastiat

“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning.” –Frederick Douglass

“History is to the nation … as memory is to the individual. An individual deprived of memory becomes disoriented and lost, not knowing where he has been or where he is going, so a nation denied a conception of its past will be disabled in dealing with its present and future.” –Arthur M. Schlesinger

“Man’s capacity for self-deception is unlimited.” –George H. Tausch

UPRIGHT

“It’s over now. Science has declared itself God. And government is its high priest. Let us worship, or else.” –Cal Thomas

“Now here is the secret: despite the softening of the rhetoric, the liberal project remained the same. Americans would no longer be citizens exercising sovereign control over their government, but a mass of raw materials to be worked upon by the government.” –Glenn Ellmers

“Be alert to the beginnings of evil. It never comes under the appearance of evil, but always under the appearance of the beautiful, the promising, the idealistic, the pleasant.” –Michael Novak

“No public-school system, which employs armed guards, barbed wire fences and metal detectors can be called even an acceptable system, much less successful.” –Charley Reese

“The republic was not established by cowards, and cowards will not preserve it.” –Elmer Davis

“Two-thirds to three-quarters of next year’s $2 trillion federal budget represents legalized plunder, where Congress makes it possible for one American to live at the expense of another.” –Walter Williams

“The hypocrite recognizes the honest man as his deadly enemy.” –Joseph Sobran

“If we accept the idea of objective truth when dealing with trivial questions, then logically we have to accept it when dealing with big questions about God and morality as well.” –Charles Colson

“Compromise with evil is still evil; a lesser evil wears no better face than the larger evil.” –Diane Alden

“You don’t have followers if you don’t lead. You don’t lead if you don’t stand up for things worth standing up for. You don’t win if you aren’t prepared to sacrifice yourself for what you believe – whether you think you can win or not.” –John L. Perry

“But the man who is at home everywhere is at home nowhere.” –Paul Greenberg

“A criminal justice system is supposed to make the expression of vengeance an orderly and dignified result of laws that give due notice of what behavior is criminal.” –George Will

“Defining what we’re talking about, by the way, includes defining how we’re supposed to FEEL about what we’re talking about.” –Barry Farber

“Liberty is a necessary ingredient for wealth.” –Walter Williams

“…[O]nly a liberal would equate prosperity with government largesse.” –David Limbaugh

“Property rights are one of the most misunderstood things in law and one of the most disregarded things in politics.” –Thomas Sowell

“Bipartisan reform commissions usually pair Democratic conmen with Republican chumps.” –Don Feder

“The longer a politician stays in Washington, the more likely he is to contract Potomac Fever, a condition that results in people trying to fix things that ain’t broke.” –Jonah Goldberg

“If ignorance were the explanation, I’d be optimistic. I’d simply send the president, congressmen and Supreme Court justices James Madison’s Federalist Paper No. 45, explaining the Constitution. After that, they’d mend their ways and eliminate most federal programs, state mandates and other gross constitutional violations.” –Walter Williams

“…[T]he media continues to salivate over the president as if he were a king, rather than a constitutionally-limited executor of the legislation passed by Congress.” –David Dieteman

“Government schools will teach children that government is wonderful.” –Neal Boortz

“Religious believers do not drop their political opinions at the door of their place of worship, nor do they disregard their faith at the ballot box. Religious morality will always inform the voting choices of Americans of all faiths.” –Rep. Ron Paul

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“In recent weeks, Mr. Bush has been swarmed by advocates of the [Israeli-Palestinian] peace process, whose argument can be summed up thusly: The peace process failed. We were wrong. Therefore, what you should do now is resume the peace process. …Israel should not be asked to stand down any further, least of all by its most constant ally. What Mr. Bush and the Administration need to say, and Congress will be behind them, is that they recognize that no civilized nation can stand down while these kinds of barbaric attacks are launched against its civilian population week after week. No one is opposing peace between the Palestinian Arab people and the Israelis in the Middle East. The Israelis want peace as much as anyone else. The Palestinian population is also filled with decent, educated people who yearn for peace. The Palestinians are not represented by Yasser Arafat and the other terror chiefs who claim to act in their name but who rule as by internal terror against Palestinians. These tyrants have to be driven out. What Mr. Bush and the Administration can do now is assist the Israelis, with all the human and technical means available, in targeting those who are plotting to perpetrate more bombings of civilians. These are not ‘assassinations.’ They are engagements in a war that is well under way and in which there is a right side and a wrong. …[N]either Prime Minister Sharon nor President Bush has any need to waver. ” –Wall Street Journal

DEZINFORMATSIA

“Well, certainly the weather has been the headline, but what’s troubled me is that the press hasn’t gone beyond the headline very much. This was such a great opportunity to talk about global warming and climate change.” –Pat Mitchell, PBS chief executive, on when summer becomes “newsworthy.”

“I remember the great thing on Saturday Night Live where the fellow who does President Clinton said, ‘You’re going to miss me.’ And indeed people miss him, he’s still a fascinating man even six months out of the White House.” –ABC’s Charles Gibson, on his affectionate admiration of Bill Clinton.

From the Commissars of Public Opinion: “In just a few hours the nation will hear President Bush’s decision on an issue that’s pitted Republicans against Republicans and the sick and dying against abortion opponents.” –MSNBC’s Monica Novotny on Mr. Bush’s recent stem-cell announcement

“If we didn’t know better, we might suspect nepotism,” complains a Washington Post editorial concerning President Bush’s appointment of 28-year-old J. Strom Thurmond Jr. as U.S. attorney for South Carolina. Indeed, they do know better. As noted in National Review Online, “The chairman of the Washington Post Co. is Donald Graham. His predecessor was his mother, Katharine Graham. Her predecessor was her husband, Philip Graham. His predecessor was his father-in-law, Eugene Meyer.”

LEFTOVERS

“From his voice I could feel that he was a president I could do business with.” –Red Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin on his first contact with Mr. Bush(43)

“He’s a great man, and I love the guy!” –Rep. Christopher Shays on Gary Condit

“He’s an honorable man.” –Rep. Jack Kingston on Gary Condit

From the “Race Bait” Files: “It’s not a matter of having come a long way; it’s a matter of having yet a long way to go in terms of equal employment.” –NAACP’s Kweisi Mfume, on his support for the Bush Justice Department’s decision to continue racial preferences in federal contracts **“You don’t solve the race issue by obsessing on it!” –Alan Keyes

“Clonaid will also offer a service called Insuraclone which, for a $50,000 fee, will provide the sampling and safe storage of cells from a living child or from a beloved person in order to create a clone if the child dies of an incurable disease or through an accident. In the case of a genetic disease, the cells will be preserved until science can genetically repair it before recreating the child (or an adult).” –Advertisement for cloning services on a Web site for Clonaid, Inc.

VILLAGE IDIOTS

“All the matter in the universe exists because Nature prefers matter to antimatter by a small margin.” –Wire-service description of conclusions from a physics and astrophysics conference

“Yes, and that the bad guys were winning, you know, that men could decide that it was alright to, everyone to have guns because they get to make money and own the gun companies and kill all the innocent kids and children….” –Rosie O'Donnell (AKA “Robustly Abominable”) responding to a query from Diane Sawyer **Rosie’s gun-toting bodyguards must have been hapless victims of the gun manufacturers’ devious and manipulative advertising schemes

“They are missing opportunities to show how extreme this administration is and how beholden they are to a special interest.” –Joe Sudbay, public policy director of the Violence Policy Center, on the DNC’s failure to vilify Bush on the gun issue.

This week’s “Cultural Devolution” Award: “[I] wanted to portray the image of a man who had suffered and whose earthly body is decaying.” –Michele Coxon, a Welsh sculptress, whose 7-foot-tall sculpture depicts a crucified Christ with a body rotting away

From the “Village Academic Curriculum”: “In a civics survey, more American teen-agers were able to name the Three Stooges than the three branches of the federal government (executive, legislative and judicial branches). Many Americans are similarly ignorant about our Constitution – so much so that a third of the people who were asked the origin of the statement, ‘From each according to his ability and to each according to his need,’ responded by saying it’s from our Bill of Rights.” –Walter Williams

SHORT CUTS

“President Bush is going to help build a Habitat for Humanity house on his vacation. The man will do anything to get on Jimmy Carter’s good side.” –Lyn Nofziger

“I’m startin’ to think that maybe they should just drop the charade of college athletes even being ‘students.’ Maybe they should just pay ‘em a lot of money and not worry about whether they have an ounce of sense in their heads. Sort of the way they do now with professors.” –From the cartoon “Mallard Fillmore” by Bruce Tinsley

“Whenever I hear Very Serious Journalists talking about how they are fast at work on 'the first draft of history,’ my eyes roll so far back I can see my frontal lobe.” –Jonah Goldberg

“Work is supposed to hurt. That’s how you know you’re doing it right.” –Scott Adams in the comic strip “Dilbert”

“This just in: It is said that the Bush White House has asked Martha Stewart to create a dish that can be thrown together quickly in case 3 million illegal aliens happen to drop in unexpectedly. … This just in: Harvard trustees are contemplating the addition of a Kennedy School of Over-government – or is that what they already have?” –Norman Liebmann

“Besides, who would be the good-news czar? It sounds like the sort of position they’d have in the Soviet Union if it were run by Walt Disney. Don’t even get me started on what an Office of Negative Stereotype Policy would look like.” –Jonah Goldberg on two elements of the Bush administration’s proposed “Communities of Character” initiative – encouraging more reporting of good news and discouraging negative racial stereotypes

“The fact is that there is about a 6-inch difference between the two [major U.S. political] parties.” –Diane Alden

“Democracy did sound better if you didn’t think about it too much. Of course, most people didn’t. Maybe that was the secret.” –Fred Reed

“Bill Clinton is going to get more than ten million bucks for his memoirs. Pretty good for a work of fiction. The publisher says Clinton’s memoirs will be nonfiction. Which is interesting because nonfiction is supposed to contain at least a grain of truth. The publisher says Clinton’s book will be a thorough and candid telling of his life. Anyone wanna bet? … Hillary’s memoirs are due out about the same time as Bill’s. It’s gonna be fun comparing their lies.” –Lyn Nofziger

Night Lines:

Jay Leno…. President Bush says he’s taking 30 days off because being outdoors keeps a person’s mind sharp. That works so well for the homeless, doesn’t it? …. It was first reported that Bill Clinton would be getting $10 million for his book. He’s really getting $12 million. See, the $10 million is just what he told Hillary …. Can you believe all the shark attacks this year? Still, statistics say you have a better chance of being attacked by a congressman. …. More trouble for Mike Tyson. He’s been accused of being involved in a sexual assault. One more of these and he’ll be eligible for Congress! …. Fidel Castro had a birthday today. Fidel Castro is 75 years old. He’s been hinting recently about retiring. So you know what’s ironic about that? Castro could end up living in Miami! …. In England, Prince Charles was knocked unconscious when he fell off his horse during a polo match. Luckily he has the kind of job where it doesn’t matter whether you’re conscious or not. …. This weekend marks the 60th birthday of the NBA. They still don’t know who the father is! …. According to a new study, only one out of four eighth-graders in America can demonstrate a solid understanding of math. Only one out of four. You know what you would call those kids? Asians. …. The title for the new Star Wars Episode Two movie has been released: “Sorry About the Last One!”

David Letterman…. Hillary Clinton, our junior senator from New York, has passed a bill for a ban on cock fighting. And who said she wouldn’t listen to the concerns of New Yorkers? …. So now that cock fighting has been outlawed, there is just nothing to do. Like today, I saw two guys in Central Park trying to get two pigeons to wrestle. …. Letterman’s Top New York City Tourist Questions: “Does it always smell like this?” “Did that rat just knock over a parking meter?” “$23 for a pretzel!?” “Are there really 2 ‘L’s in 'Rolex’?” “Who knew the diamond district had so many Amish?” “What do you mean the guy carrying my bags doesn’t work for the hotel?” “Do I have to come back to New York to testify?” “No, I’m not looking for a good time – hey, aren’t you President Clinton?”

Argus Hamilton…. Comedy Central canceled its presidential sitcom, That’s Our Bush. The scripts were absurd. In the last episode, when the president chooses to spend August in the Texas heat rather than on the coast of Maine, they make him look way too dumb. …. Bill Clinton agreed Tuesday to take a $10 million advance to write a book in which he promises to tell everything. He’s getting nowhere. Didn’t he just pay $10 million in legal fees so he wouldn’t have to tell anything? …. The U.S. on Friday sent China a $34,000 check to compensate Beijing for the expenses of holding 24 Americans hostage for 11 days earlier this year. What a precedent. Be sure and cash your tax refund check before the Iranians do the math. …. Bill Clinton addressed Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition Wednesday night in Chicago. It provided an opportunity to display solidarity. President Clinton and Reverend Jackson stood onstage together in the Missing Gary Condit formation. …. The Treasury Department is questioning CBS president Leslie Moonves about a business trip he took to Cuba. Things are bad down there. He wasn’t allowed to sell Survivor to Cuban TV until he agreed to re-title it Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. …. The Washington Post said a grand jury is investigating Gary Condit for sex with an intern, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Only one thing can save him now. Hillary Clinton must go on 60 Minutes and publicly forgive him. …. Bill Clinton said Saturday he will spend his future years building bridges across racial and ethnic lines. It’s true that black folks and white folks have a difficult time getting along in America. Neither one of us speaks Spanish.

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