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May 10, 1013 — Several days ago Amanda Berry escaped from a house of horrors where she’d been held as a kidnapped sex slave since 2003, along with two other women and her daughter, who was born of one of the rapes she suffered. The details of this shocking crime disgust all decent people and the monster responsible should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
But a bit of that disgust should be saved for a tormentor of Amanda’s mother, Louwana Miller. I mean the self-styled “psychic” Silvia Browne.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library is ready to open and the former president is giving interviews doubling down on the mantra that guided his administration: compassionate conservatism.
So it is time to decisively and deeply bury the decayed remnant of the Bush years in an impenetrable political tomb with a stake through its heart.
President Barack Obama’s inauguration for his second term was held on Martin Luther King’s birthday with Obama’s hand on King’s and President Lincoln’s Bibles. The event was tinged with grim irony.
In Debate Two with GOP opponent Mitt Romney, President Obama lied about the attack on the consulate in Benghazi and the murders of the ambassador and three other Americans. For nearly two weeks, the president and administration spokespersons had blamed the attack on a mob angered by an anti-Mohammad clip on Youtube before they finally admitted that it was a planned terrorist attack. Then in the debate Obama claimed that he had called it a terrorist attack all along.
President Obama has deployed one of the cruelest weapons of mass destitution in America’s current civil war between producers and expropriators. It’s an idea that will destroy the sense of self-worth and the productive capacity of any individual foolish enough to believe it.
Winter 2011 issue -- The suggestion that a movement can be both radical and conservative may sound contradictory. To be radical is to pursue “fundamental or revolutionary changes” (American Heritage Dictionary) or look to the root of an issue; to be conservative is to favor stability over change and look to tradition as a guide. Yet there is a precedent as old as the American Republic for combining the two, a precedent that shows how radicalism and conservatism can interlock. I refer, of course, to the Declaration of Independence.