the tradition of economist Thomas Sowellís "Random Thoughts
on the Passing Scene" columns...
benefit of not watching television news shows is that I miss out
on all the scare stories and dangerous crises that media types are
always discovering every week. Do you suppose Dan Rather lives for
the day when I contract "flesh-eating bacteria" disease
so he can say, "I told you so"?
"feminist" really the right word to describe a woman who
rejects everything feminine including childbirth and motherhood and
who seems instead more interested in pursuing traditionally masculine
of feminism, itís been reported that Gloria Steinem recently tied
the knot yes, got married to a man who must feel guilty because
he hasnít suffered enough in his life. In a related story, marine
biologists have discovered a new species of fish that traverses
the seabed via bicycle.
have nothing against old people; I fully expect to be one of them
someday. I just need someone to explain why the ruthless geezer
lobby wants an ever-growing chunk of my paycheck. These are people
who have had their entire lives to work their way up the earning
scale. Meantime, my idea of an extravagant dinner is the kind of
pizza rolls that have both sausage and pepperoni.
have an answer for everything. Itís usually "I donít know."
100 million people killed in the 20th century for an
idea called "socialism." I donít know whatís so sociable
about mass murder. Maybe we should call it antisocialism.
there wasnít a dimeís worth of difference between the Democrat and
Republican parties in George Wallaceís day, what about now, after
adjusting for inflation?
is strange how decades of treating the Constitution as a "living
document" have actually reduced it to a dead letter.
is for freedom, until they find out what that actually means.
do conservatives who should know better say things like "the
free-market system"? Markets unencumbered by bureaucratic interference
no more constitute a free-market "system" than freely
choosing oneís spouse constitutes a "marriage system."
the subject of systems, one of my favorite quotations is from 19th-century
French economist Frederic Bastiat: "And now that the legislators
and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society,
may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject
all systems, and try liberty, for liberty is an acknowledgement
of faith in God and His works."
Vatican caused quite a stir in the press recently when it re-iterated
traditional Catholic teaching on the Churchís vital role in leading
souls to salvation. Why, the media fairly huffed, those Catholics
have some nerve believing Catholicism is true! Apparently itís okay
with liberals if youíre religious, provided you donít actually believe
now have a Web site that boasts "Ana Nova," a computer-generated
"virtual news anchorwoman." This is a logical progression,
considering that professional journalists have been delivering "virtual
news" for years.
when I see news coverage that is relentlessly slanted leftward,
it makes me think that the Fourth Estate is really the Fifth Column.
you ever wonder why everyone, even Fidel Castro, is a "president"
now? Whatever happened to all the caliphs, pharaohs, emperors, and
plain old tyrants and dictators?
do liberals still consider it "risque," "daring,"
or "courageous" to insult the values of Christians, political
conservatives, traditionalists, and other cultural minorities? Nothing
could be safer to do. To find out what "daring" really
means today, just try publicly challenging affirmative action, gun
control, abortion, or any other liberal article of faith.
of my favorite quotations, from G.K. Chesterton: "The act of
defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration
of a vice."
as I might, I canít figure out what politicians mean when they say
we canít "afford" a tax cut. How does keeping more of
my money cost me anything?
to a recent study by Prof. John R. Lott, Jr. of Yale, womenís suffrage
coincided with "immediate increases in state government expenditures
and revenue and more liberal voting patterns for federal representatives."
The reader must draw his own conclusions from this. All I will say
is that I tremble for my country when I reflect that both major
presidential candidates are appearing on Oprah.
Bardallis is co-editor of LexNatura.Net,
a conservative, Catholic journal of politics and culture.