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Tuesday July 22, 2014
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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.

Are We Ready for
The Fundamental Transformation?

Nancy Salvato
Today, within American society, an ideological war is being fought on three fronts: 1) between those who believe in big government (government knows best) and those who believe in limited government (less government means more freedom), 2) those who want the United States to become more isolationist vs. those who want our country to remain involved in world affairs, and 3) those who believe national sovereignty backed with capable power will protect our interests and those who believe in a world government and redistribution of wealth, power, and influence. We are at a pivotal moment in time, not unlike the decade immediately following our independence from England. In the next decade, we could irreversibly change our political system (which many take for granted) to one in which we yield our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence) to the ascendance of a political oligarchy made up of entrenched politicians and unelected bureaucrats who are above the law.

When Friedrich Hayek Met Bruno Leoni
Todd Zywicki
I want to take as my text today a provocative statement that Bruno Leoni, not only a pioneer of law and economics thinking but also an early adopter of public choice theory, says in his introduction to Freedom and the Law: "My earnest suggestion is that those who value individual freedom should reassess the place of the individual within the legal system as a whole. It is no longer a question of defending this or that particular freedom--to trade, to speak, to associate with other people, etc.; nor is it a question of deciding what special 'good' kind of legislation we should adopt instead of a 'bad' one." Instead, he continues, "It is a question of deciding whether individual freedom is compatible in principle with the present system centered on and almost completely identified with legislation. This may seem like a radical view; I do not deny that it is. But radical views are sometimes more fruitful than syncretistic theories that serve to conceal the problems more than to solve them."

What Should a
'Do Something' Congress Do?

David Corbin & Matthew Parks
President Barack Obama announced last week that his "big motto" for the United States Congress is "do something." After winning the presidency with some other "big" slogans, all the president is asking the Congress to do six years later is to "hope" again. Not just in his ability to bring about real "change" in Washington, but for Congress to believe in its. Congress too can be the one we've been waiting for. It can give us "change we can believe in" and take us "forward"–and it can show the folks in America that change doesn't happen here from the top down, but from the bottom up–like all good things, except the ones that happen from the middle out. House Democrats also love their slogans and responded in lock step a day later, with an "action plan" meant to counter Republican inaction, gridlock, and petty constitutional lawsuits against the executive branch. The Democrat House leadership promised that if they become the majority party after the 2014 midterm elections, they would spend the first 100 days of the 114th Congress working to: (a) increase the minimum wage; (b) "jumpstart" the middle class, and (c) help women.

French Jewry’s Moment of Truth
Michel Gurfinkiel
On July 13, Bernard Abouaf, a French Jewish journalist, posted on his Facebook wall: "I just passed through one of the truest moments in my life." A bit earlier, he had been an eyewitness to a pogrom attempt. About one hundred Muslim thugs had gathered in front of the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue in Central Paris, a few blocks away from Place de la Bastille (Bastille Circle), and threatened to storm it. Two to three hundred worshipers, who had gathered for a pro-Israel religious service, were locked inside. There were five police officers to protect them–and two dozen Jewish youths trained in martial arts who were members of the Jewish community sponsored Security Organization or of the more militant Jewish Defense League. For Abouaf, whose family is of Tunisian Jewish descent, the whole scene looked like a reenactment of the storming and torching of the Great Synagogue in Tunis during the Six-Day War in 1967: a traumatic event that accelerated the flight of Tunisian Jews to France or to Israel.

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