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Allowing Cubans and Americans to Be Free

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From this week’s New York Times: “President Bush announced Wednesday that Americans would soon be allowed to give their relatives in Cuba cell phones to use.” Now, doesn’t that just say it all? Notice the operative word: “allowed.” The American people are being allowed to send cell phones to Cubans. Hey, President ...

“We Don’t Torture”

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After the 9/11 attacks, President Bush assured the American people, “We don’t torture.” By “we” he meant people working for the federal government, including those in the CIA and the military. Since then, we’ve learned about the Abu Ghraib scandal, where some photographs or videos still remain under lock and ...

The Prosecution of Tariq Aziz

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U.S. officials might want to think twice before imposing price controls ever again in the United States, given what Iraqi officials are doing to Tariq Aziz, who served as deputy prime minister in the Saddam Hussein regime. Iraqi officials are prosecuting Aziz for enforcing government-imposed price controls against Iraqi merchants ...

The Conservative Gods

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To gain a good sense of how conservatives view the federal government, all one has to do is examine the words that conservative political commentator Tucker Carlson directed toward David Ray Griffin, an author who has claimed that the federal government was behind the 9/11 attacks. Regardless of whether one ...

Appeasing Bush

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On his recent trip to Israel, President Bush ignited a political firestorm within the Obama, Clinton, and McCain camps by suggesting that it would be wrong to “appease” the Ahmadinejad regime in Iran. Unfortunately, Bush has the appeasement issue inverted. The real appeasement question is whether people in the Middle ...

Crisis and Revolution in the Republican Party

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With their third straight loss of a House seat in a special election, Republicans are discovering that they’re in crisis. Well, duh! After all, here you have a political party that preaches the old libertarian mantra of “free enterprise, private property, and limited government” while embracing and supporting such socialist, ...

The Shameful Mistreatment of Foreigners

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Under ordinary circumstances, accused terrorist Mohammed Qahtani would be pleased that all criminal charges have been dismissed against him, especially since the Pentagon has alleged that he is one of the many “20th hijackers” on 9/11. But these are not ordinary circumstances given that Qahtani is one of the many ...

Immigrants and American Values

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An increasing number of newspaper articles are reflecting that Latino immigrants nationwide are suffering from the U.S. economic downturn. For example, an article in Tuesday’s New York Times entitled “A Tenuous Prosperity Lost” stated, “The economic downturn unfolding across the United States is imposing a particularly punishing toll on ...

Rising Prices and a Falling Dollar

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It seems that the mainstream media might finally be coming to realize that the soaring prices of commodities is not so much due to reduced supplies or increases in demand but instead to the enormous fall in the value of the dollar. In an article in Sunday’s New York Times entitled ...

The Constitution Protects Us from Them

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The Framers understood the most important point about the nature of government: It constitutes the biggest threat to the freedom and well-being of the citizenry. Unfortunately, it is a point that has been lost among many modern-day Americans, who have come to view government as their friend, protector, provider, ...

Sealed Borders Work Both Ways

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Apparently not having enough to do to keep illegal immigrants from entering the country, U.S. officials are now also spending their time looking for illegal immigrants leaving the country. According to an article entitled “Border Busts Coming and Going in the Los Angeles Times, federal customs and immigration ...

Cuba’s Socialism Has Lessons for Americans

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Americans ought to pay attention to what Cuban President Raul Castro is doing in Cuba because he is providing them with excellent insights into realities about America’s economic system. According to the New York Times, Castro has recently decreed that various modern consumer items, such as computers and ...
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