Behind the Headlines 2001 Commentaries

Behind the Headlines Commentaries INDEX

October 21, 2001

Warning: Value Judgements Made Here
Are there no limits whatsoever to free speech? Does every vulgar, antisocial outburst deserve protection?
Here’s How I Happened to Get Married
Some men have to be persuaded to get married; others have to be tricked.
Here’s Something Better Than a Diet
Marriage changes a man; it makes him fatter. But now there’s help!

October 14, 2001

Target State Sponsors of Terrorism
“Our current battle is not against terrorism per se, but against terrorists and their state supporters,
whose aim is to undermine liberal democratic self-rule.”
Religion & Patriotism Are “In” Again
“America’s age of innocence has been shattered.”
Rejoice in What’s Right With America
God has blessed this nation like no other. We should pray that He always will. This should be our daily invocation: God bless America!

October 7, 2001

Environmentalists Warring Against Us
“The national and international environmental movement has been engaged in undermining the U.S. military for years.”

September 30, 2001

Keep On Truckin’ with Pro-Life Message
Frank Pavone just bought himself an 18-wheeler, but he won’t be picking up or delivering goods in it. In fact, he’s not even a truck driver; he’s a priest!
Lite Motif: Diets with a Theme in Mind
There have been some silly diet plans published over the years, but none as silly as the new Thematic Diets.

September 24, 2001

Place Expiration Dates on Politicians
Term limits encourage competition, which means more choices and better quality for voters.
Greatest Senator of Our Generation
When Senator Jesse Helms retires at the end of his current term, the conservative movement and America too will lose a great champion.

September 16, 2001

Do Democrats Have a Lock on Latinos?
Can the Republican Party appeal to Hispanic voters without sacrificing its longstanding commitment to limited government?
What’s Behind “Behind The Headlines”?
There’s a method to our madness, and it’s time we told you what it is.

September 9, 2001

Day Care: the Ideology vs. the Reality
How could millions of mothers be persuaded that their children would be better off being separated from them for great periods of time?
Mind Your Own Business, You Eggheads
Intellectuals think they know what’s best for us better than we do, but more often than not they’re wrong.

September 2, 2001

The President’s Council on Freedom?
Bill Clinton sought to undermine our freedoms with his President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Shouldn’t President Bush reverse the process with a President’s Council on Sustainable Freedom?
When Thugs Masquerade as Protestors
The rioters in Cincinnati were common criminals taking advantage of a permissive climate created by pandering whites and racist blacks.
Whatever Became of What’s-His-Name?
People change as they grow older, and their names often change with them.

August 26, 2001

Human Rights vs. State Sovereignty?
“International law has always been messy, the Law of Nations has always been unclear, and the national sovereignty we cherish is a fragile creation. . . .”
Monuments in an Irreverent Culture
“Contemporary American culture views with suspicion the attitudes of respect, reverence, and awe that are necessary for the building of monuments.”
Our Clay Idols & Our Unsung Heroes
Are there fewer heroes today than yesterday, or have we just lost the ability to recognize them?

August 19, 2001

Random Thoughts on Politics & Voting
Our electoral system does need reform, but everyone seems to be going about it the wrong way.

August 12, 2001

Capital Punishment: An Act of Mercy
How can anyone take a position on the issue of capital punishment without considering the spiritual implications of death and judgment?
Make Endangered Species Act Extinct
“The world will be a better place when we stop letting the extremists impose their views on the rest of us.”
Mass Exodus from the Public Schools
“There is an educational and spiritual crisis of gargantuan proportions in public education.”

August 5, 2001

Governments Abuse Eminent Domain
There’s not much point in owning property if you can’t do what you want with it.
Good Parents Must Censor Curricula
What schools and media often denounce as “censorship” is really the legitimate exercise of parental rights and responsibilities.

July 29, 2001

Defense Spending Must Be Scrutinized
“The current national security budgeting and spending apparatus in Congress and the Department of Defense is broken.”
U.S. Military Must Change Drastically
The U.S. military needs fewer “all-knowing generals” and more “self-starting privates.”
Let’s Look for Life Here on Earth First
How can we hope to find life on other planets if we can’t recognize life here on earth?

July 22, 2001

Smart Growth vs. the American Dream
So-called smart-growth policies may seem like a good idea to established homeowners, but for lower-income families looking to buy for the first time they can make the American Dream a hopeless fantasy.
Will W. Affirm Traditional Marriage?
We all know what contributions Bill Clinton made as President to our nation’s moral decline. The question is, can George W. Bush use the power of that same office to reverse the downward trend?
Celebrate Diversity of Men & Women
We’re constantly assured that there’s strength in diversity, but we’re forbidden to apply this modern maxim to the one area of life in which it is undeniably true: the relationship of the sexes.

July 15, 2001

Lose Faith in America & Lose America
Sometimes fiction is the best way to reveal the truth.
Motor Voter Law Encourages Fraud
“The right to vote is not a trinket for politicians to give away to strangers who have no love or loyalty to America.”
What Color? Try Red, White and Blue
“Imagine a nation where government looks at skin color and ethnic background the same way it views our religion: none of the government’s business.”

July 8, 2001

Catch Lots of Trash with Fishy Polls
“Contemporary polls tell us almost nothing worthwhile about the policy choices facing the nation.”
Should We Settle for Sustainability?
What’s wrong with growth? We all want our children to grow, don’t we? Why shouldn’t we want our communities to grow as well?
Celebrate Bastille Day Without Me
It’s not freedom that’s commemorated on July 14th, but mass destruction.

July 1, 2001

Stiflling the Free Exercise of Religion
Our United States Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
Gun Rights & Privacy Rights Targeted
Any excuse will do for advocates of gun control — even tragedies like school shootings.
Fair Trials and Due Process Threatened
When the roles of prosecutor, judge, and jury are combined in one person or body, the rights of citizens are no longer secure.

June 24, 2001

Some Lawsuits Have Legalized Theft
Government lawsuits against tobacco companies and gun manufacturers are a threat to the basic freedoms of all Americans.
U.S. Has No Immigration Policy At All
“An immigration policy would set priorities and establish mechanisms for reaching those goals. By that standard, the U.S. has no immigration policy.”
One Nation Must Have One Language
“Immigration should promote a sense of national cohesion, based on shared values and a common language.”

June 17, 2001

Embezzlement? Look for Union Label
The Organized Labor Accountability Project of the National Legal and Policy Center never runs out of material for its Union Corruption Update.
California Shortage, Texas Surplus
“When this nation deregulates energy production and distribution, we will have more energy. Texas is proof of that.”
Amendment to Abolish Income Tax?
Did you know that there’s a bill in Congress right now to repeal the income tax? Seems like something that ought to make the news, doesn’t it?

June 10, 2001

Who’s Minding Russia’s Nuclear Store?
No one knows for sure what’s become of the nuclear materials stockpiled by the former Soviet Union.
Iranians Longing for New Revolution
“Iran has the potential to be a great regional power if it would give up its current role as a lonely, militant opponent of Western values and interests.”
Vietnam Vets Deserve Thanks & Praise
“The popular conception of a Vietnam War vet is that of a loser, a drug addict, a baby killer, or someone too stupid to have avoided serving.”

June 3, 2001

Networks Aided Attempted Gore Theft
Gore was determined to steal the presidential election if he had to, and the networks were willing to help
Vet Votes Voided by Greedy Gore Gang
To become President, Al Gore was willing to disenfranchise men and women risking their lives for us.

May 27, 2001

We Must Know What Went on in Waco
“In a free society, a person who commits a crime is not exempt from investigation or prosecution merely because he works for the government, wears a uni- form, and carries a badge.”
Waco Crimes Must Not Go Unpunished
Allegations of serious misconduct and criminal behavior on the part of government agents during the 1993 siege in Waco warrant further investigation.
DDT Ban Kills Millions in Third World
“One of the oldest pesticides is still the best for controlling mosquitoes; this is dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, commonly known as DDT.”

May 20, 2001

America’s Future in a Pacific Century
“As the U.S. crafts its China policy, Taiwan and missile defense are the issues that now pose the most vexing challenges.”
U.S. Can Use Its “Leverage” with China
“It is absolutely vital for American credibility that the Chinese understand that their actions have consequences, and that we mean what we say.”

May 13, 2001

An Environmental Attack on America
“Environmentalism’s impact on California will prove very costly. This is a lesson that should not be lost on the rest of America.”
Maintain World’s Best Fighting Force
Our troops must be ready to fight. We must have a ballistic missile defense.
Bush Deserves Credit for No to Kyoto
“Finally we have a President who has the strength of character to do what needs to be done, even in the face of howling environmental extremists.”

May 6, 2001

Legal Services Corp. Is Activist Front
“Legal services groups are supposed to give the poor equal access to the justice system. In fact, they give an advantage to particular political groups and causes.”
Education and Training Aren’t the Same

“The mantra of the day in education reform is high academic standards with accountability.”

April 29, 2001

Stop Pitting Elderly Against Young
There’s only one way to save Social Security, and that’s assuming that it’s worth saving.
Ever Endebted to Reagan and Pinochet

Ronald Reagan and Augusto Pinochet are two of the great antitotalitarian heroes of the twentieth century.
McCarthy and Pius: Heroes or Villains?

Two of the greatest heroes of the 20th Century are frequently portrayed as two of the greatest villains.

April 22, 2001

Be Prepared to Prove Your Personhood
“For most bioethicists, basic human rights are not inalienable, but must be earned by criteria they have created.”
Is Anything Left That’s Unthinkable?

“The constant message of the new medicine is that some of us deserve greater care and concern than others of us.”

April 15, 2001

States Should Rebate Super Surplus
If state governments are enjoying record surpluses, why aren’t taxpayers receiving the rebates and reductions they deserve?
Intervention Must Be Just and Prudent

“The American people will not support humanitarian intervention as a formula to impose American values on the rest of the world, but they will also not support a realpolitik that does nothing about genocide.”
Hey, Do-gooders, Reform Yourselves!

Our legal system can be just, or it can be philanthropic, but it cannot be both.

April 8, 2001

Global Warming Occurs Every Summer
Repeat after me: There is no global warming, there is no global warming, there is no . . .
It’s Better to Give Than to Have Taken

Tax cuts stimulate the economy, boost personal income, and promote increased charitable giving..
Taxpayer’s Lament: Let Me Keep More

Think of all the things you could afford, if you didn’t have to turn 40 percent of your income over to the government!

April 1, 2001

Acting Like Apes Instead of Angels
“The net result of the contemporary arts may be a society consisting largely of semi-educated, psychologically disturbed human beings.”
Count on Competition: Risk Rewarded

Lessons in economics sometimes come from unexpected sources. Even the career of a famous jazz musician can teach us something about the miraculous workings of our free enterprise system.
Why Prefer Scarcity to Abundance?

Skeptics think that seeing is believing; visionaries know that it’s really just the opposite. 

March 25, 2001

Unions Can’t Stop Advent of Vouchers
Educational reform is taking place in spite of the opposition of teachers unions
Gays Wage Unholy War Against Society
“America is in the midst of an enormous cultural struggle over homosexuality.”

March 18, 2001

Better Government Through Cloning
We need more men of principle in Congress — and fewer temptations to undermine their character.
It’s Time to Separate School and State

Outcome-Based Education, Goals 2000, and School- to-Work were proposed as remedies for “a nation at risk.” What’s really putting American children at risk, however, are these so-called reforms.
Need Teeth to Take Bite Out of Crime

There’s no mystery to fighting crime. The mystery is why so many public officials refuse to acknowledge what works.

March 11, 2001

Support and Defend the Constitution
“The electoral controversy in Florida has brought into focus some fundamental issues facing our constitutional republic.”
Education Department is the Problem

“Under the Department of Education, a deliberate plan to dumb down American students has been in place for decades.”
Give Generously, But Not Idiotically

Giving is a virtuous act, provided you give the right thing to the right people.

March 4, 2001

All Americans Should Take This Oath
“There can be no single American people if its members are at the same time legally and morally part of other nation-states.”
When Teachers Become Entrepreneurs

What teacher wouldn’t want to own a part of his own school and have both a financial stake in its success and a shareholder’s voice in its management?
Musings On The Purpose of Education

Are schools failing to educate our children, or are they succeeding in teaching them the wrong things?

February 25, 2001

Finding Out What R-E-S-P-E-C-T Means
Good intentions aren’t enough to make charitable efforts succeed. High expectations for the beneficiaries and an understanding of human nature are also essential.
Smoking Is Bad But Sodomy’s Okay?

Governments that try to eliminate risk may stifle liberty as well.
Stop Taking Care of Us and Let Us Live

“By attending to the moral and spiritual health of their offspring, mothers and fathers provide a far better guarantee of longevity than Nanny can offer.”

February 18, 2001

Should the U.S. Have a Cover Charge?
“When we import more poor people, we end up with more poverty.”
Think Globally for Missile Defense

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says the U.S. should build a national missile defense — and a global one as well.
Give Police the Credit They Deserve

“Law-abiding blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities have been the major beneficiaries of more proactive police and court proceedings.”

February 11, 2001

America Must Prepare for Terrorism
If Americans don’t know in advance how to respond to terrorist attacks with weapons of mass destruction, they could make matters worse.
Valentines: Ronald and Nancy Reagan

The greatest President of the 20th Century was also one of the most romantic and devoted husbands.
Evolution Theory Faces Extinction

Scientific theories are just that: speculative explanations for the way things are. They should be viewed with skepticism, not faith.

February 4, 2001

Clinton’s Legacy of Defenselessness
A U.S. ballistic missile defense system should, could, and would already be in place — were it not for two decades of determined Democratic obstructionism.
Enslaved by Their Victim Mentality

“Illustrious black elites are going for the gold, the ultimate prize — this time in the form of ‘reparations.'”
Quality of Life: It’s All in Your Head

Several of the best books published last year documented the fact that ideas have consequences, and that bad ideas have bad consequences.

January 28, 2001

Darwinian Roots of Judicial Activism
Before we can overcome judicial activism, we have to recognize and confront the pernicious philosophy that serves to justify it.
The International (Kangaroo) Court

Do we really want to participate in an international court that routinely violates our standards of justice?
Realistic Appraisals of China Threat
Last year saw the publication of several books documenting the serious threat that Communist China poses to the security of the United States.

January 21, 2001

White’s Vigorous Dissent in Roe v. Wade
Justice Byron White condemned the Roe decision as “an exercise in raw judicial power.”
Why Pay Taxes Before They’re Due?

Want to generate support for a federal tax cut? Repeal withholding and let Americans pay a lump sum every April.
The Consciousness of a Conservative

Conservatives can’t win the culture war unless they have a culture.

January 14, 2001

First President Invoked God’s Blessings
When George W. Bush delivers his inaugural address this week, he’ll be continuing a practice begun by George Washington 212 years ago.
Jackson Recognized Government Limits

In his first inaugural address, President Andrew Jackson acknowledged the limitations of the federal government and the rights of the states.
Teddy Roosevelt on Self-Government

In his 1905 inaugural address, President Theodore Roosevelt declared that “no people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours.”

January 7, 2001

Peaceful Coexistence is not Possible
“The China threat is real and growing. The solution is not trade but democracy.”
Stop Kidding Ourselves About China

“In a world growing more interdependent by the hour, China’s ambitions cannot be shrugged off.”
The Contentiousness of a Conservative

Liberals are forever trying to reshape reality to fit their utopian visions. Conservatives accept reality as it is and try to make the best of it.

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