Columns/Opinions

Tue
05
Jul

The fraud goes on

By Thomas Sowell
 
Last week the Supreme Court of the United States voted that President Obama exceeded his authority when he granted exemptions from the immigration laws passed by Congress. But the Supreme Court also exceeded its own authority by granting the University of Texas an exemption from the Constitution’s requirement of “equal protection of the laws,” by voting that racial preferences for student admissions were legal.
 
Tue
05
Jul

Divorce agreement for America

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
A college law student supposedly wrote the following article. It is so incredibly well put and I think most of you will agree with its contents. Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al: We have stuck together since the late 1950’s for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.
 
Mon
27
Jun

The gun control farce

By Thomas Sowell

Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades. And most of those arguments are irrelevant to the central question: Do tighter gun control laws reduce the murder rate? That is not an esoteric question, nor one for which no empirical evidence is available. Think about it. We have 50 states, each with its own gun control laws, and many of those laws have gotten either tighter or looser over the years. There must be tons of data that could indicate whether murder rates went up or down when either of these things happened. 

 

Mon
27
Jun

Our own worst enemy lives within?

By Sammy J. Franklin

Louis R. Avallone submitted a column he had penned the other day. It is worth a read by everyone. I think he pretty well hit the nail on the head with his views of what is happening in America. Avallone said: “The horrific events at a nightclub in Orlando this month, where 50 people were killed, like those at an office Christmas party in San Bernardino or at a Navy Reserve recruiting station in Chattanooga, the bombing of the Boston Marathon, the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, or the “workplace violence” killing at Fort Hood – just way too many are treating Americans too darn poorly these days.

Mon
20
Jun

Is personal responsibility obsolete? Part II

By Thomas Sowell
 
Too many social problems are conceived of in terms of what “we” can do for “them.” After decades of massive expansions of the welfare state, the answer seems to range from “not very much” to “making matters worse.” Undaunted, people in a number of countries are coming up with new proposals that are variations on the theme of government-provided income -- which amounts to relieving people from personal responsibility.  
 
Mon
20
Jun

Missouri takes stand on immigration

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
The following was taken from an editorial written by Republican State Rep. Nita Jane Ayres. It was published by the Ozarks Sentinel on May 13, 2009. Missouri has no illegals; go figure. Shouldn’t the other states do the same? Missouri’s approach to the problem of illegal immigration appears to be more advanced, sophisticated, strict and effective than anything to date in Arizona. 
 
Mon
13
Jun

Is personal responsibility obsolete?

By Thomas Sowell
 
Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working to provide their own livelihoods. Generations ago, both religious people and socialists were agreed on the proposition that “he who does not work, neither shall he eat.” Both would come to the aid of those unable to work. But the idea that people who simply choose not to work should be supported by money taken from those who are working was rejected across the ideological spectrum.
 
Mon
13
Jun

Thank you notes appreciated

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
There is nothing like getting a hand written “thank you” note in the mail from someone who wants to express their thanks for something you have done. Oh, I appreciate the verbal words of thanks and those sent via email, but nothing can take the place of a hand written one. A thank you note can change a life... at least that is the message from John Kralik, the advocate and author featured on a recent CBS “Sunday Morning” program.
 
Mon
06
Jun

Socialism for the Uninformed

By Thomas Sowell

Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster. While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has turned oil-rich Venezuela into a place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to beer, where electricity keeps shutting down, and where there are long lines of people hoping to get food, people complaining that they cannot feed their families. 

Mon
06
Jun

Crooked government politicians

By Sammy J. Franklin

A faithful reader sent me the following, which he said had been around for a while, but I don’t think I have ever read it. It is by the renowned comedian Jeff Foxworthy, and contains some interesting and very true points. Every American should have the opportunity to read what Foxworthy had to say about our government. He titled the column, “A dumb country?” but my reader said he would like to make one clarification to the column, and that is this country is not necessary run by idiots, but by “crooked government  politicians”.  

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