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Friday August 1, 2014
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Galectin Therapeutics: When Good
News Needs to Be Trumpeted

Frank Salvato
Seldom do I venture outside the subject matter of constitutionalism, ideology and/or politics, but when I do it is either something personal, remarkable or both. The unique and innovative research and development taking place at Galectin Therapeutics™ is just such a subject. Should the scientists of this corporation succeed in bringing their product to market, the lives of millions of people in the United States – and potentially tens, if not hundreds of millions of people around the world – could be saved. This issue is important to me because I have a personal experience with the evils of cancer and the fibrotic diseases. In 2000, my best friend from high school (a brother from the moment we met until the day he died) was taken from me, from his family, by the ravages of these diseases. He was diagnosed and taken in less than 30 days. The emotional toll on all his survivors was all encompassing and intense. It is with this personal understanding of the issue that the discovery of what Galectin Therapeutics is doing captivated my attention. What would you say if I told you that a company – a gifted group of scientists – has developed a therapy that will save the lives of well over 15 million Americans suffering from diseases that currently have no cure, and that today can’t be detected until it is too late?

Now Introducing: The Blame
America First Reading of History

Nancy Salvato
There are many who would like to find fault with our country's Founders and Framers, by pointing out their imperfections and inconsistencies. A common argument is that some owned slaves so they were hypocritical when they talk about the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Some point out that if all men are created equal, that women and blacks should have been given the same consideration. Sadly, those who make these arguments look at the Founders and Framers out of historical context and do not give them proper credit for pointing out that we are born with these rights, and that they are not provided to us by those in positions of leadership. They are unmoved by the words, "in order to form a more perfect union" and do not recognize that our US Constitution was probably the best and least invasive to individual rights that would have made it through the ratification process.


Big Business: Lapdog of the Left
Jonah Goldberg
It was a really nice try. Heritage Action (the activist arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation) invited Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak at an event dedicated to phasing out the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im, as it's known inside the Beltway, has become a favorite target of populist forces on right. The Ex-Im gives US taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to the foreign customers of giant US corporations that don't need the help. It socializes the risk while privatizing the profits. Basically, it's free money for big businesses like GE, Caterpillar, and particularly Boeing (hence the outfit's nickname, "the Bank of Boeing"). Even Barack Obama, shortly before he became president, derided Ex-Im as "little more than a fund for corporate welfare." Ex-Im is up for reauthorization in September. Not surprisingly, both the people who get free money and the people who enjoy giving out money that doesn't belong to them would like to continue doing so. Since Warren is the dashboard saint of left-wing populism these days, denouncing big business and Wall Street at every turn, the puckish policy pixies at Heritage Action thought they could enlist her in their cause.

Winning a Lose/Lose War
Victor Davis Hanson
Once again neighboring enemies are warring in diametrically opposite ways. Hamas sees the death of its civilians as an advantage; Israel sees the death of its civilians as a disaster. Defensive missiles explode to save civilians in Israel; in Gaza, civilians are placed at risk of death to protect offensive missiles. Hamas wins by losing lots of its people; Israel loses by losing a few of its own. Hamas digs tunnels in premodern fashion; Israel uses postmodern high technology to detect them. Hamas's missiles usually prove ineffective; Israel's bombs and missiles almost always hit their targets. Quiet Israeli officers lead from the front; loud Hamas leaders flee to the rear. Incompetency wins sympathy; expertise, disdain. Westerners romanticize the Hamas cause; fellow Arabs of the Gulf do not. Westerners critical of Israel are still willing to visit Israel; sympathizers of Hamas do not wish to visit Gaza.

Please Stop Helping Us
Walter E. Williams
While reading the first chapter of Jason Riley's new book, "Please Stop Helping Us," I thought about Will Rogers' Prohibition-era observation that "Oklahomans vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls." Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain that "one of the advantages and disadvantages of representing blacks is their shameless loyalty...You can almost get away with raping babies and be forgiven. You don't have any vigilance about your performance." In my opinion, there appear to be no standards of performance low enough for blacks to lose their loyalty to their black political representatives. Riley says that between 1970 and 2001, the number of black elected officials skyrocketed from fewer than 1,500 to more than 9,000, but black poverty has remained roughly the same. Between 1940 and 1960, when black political power was virtually nonexistent, the black poverty rate fell from 87 percent to 47 percent.


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