Tag: Sowell

John Adams, Facts, & Brett Kavanaugh: A Primer

It was March 1770 when a crowd of Boston colonists began angrily harassing a British sentry. Soon other soldiers came to his aid. In the confusion, amidst the clamor, the throwing of snowballs, ice, and stones, and even being threatened with clubs, the soldiers misunderstood a command from the officer in charge and began firing into the crowd. Five colonists lay dead and six more were wounded. It became known as the Boston Massacre. Emotions ran high. Would the soldiers… Read more »

Have We Learned Our Lesson?

Let’s continue to talk about the ramifications of last week’s elections. Why? Because it’s a relief to finally have something positive to say about politics in our country. Most people understand what those elections meant. I say “most” because there are some who still just don’t get it: The hypocrisy and self-serving nature of Obama’s response is pretty blatant. At his now-infamous press conference the day after the elections, he revealed that he isn’t changing his views on anything. And… Read more »

The New Academic Year

I love this time of year. This is now my 22nd year of teaching full time at the college level. When a new academic year begins, I experience an emotional rush. I’ve experienced that for 21 of those 22 years [no need to talk about the exception—that’s history]. Students also seem fresh and ready. Yes, that early excitement will scale back as the semester wears on, but it never goes away entirely, particularly if you believe what you are doing… Read more »

Drawing Racial Lines

I’ve noticed there are some things that are very hard for people to do. For instance, once some individuals get into power, particularly political power, it’s fascinating how nothing they ever do wrong is their fault. They can always find someone else to blame. Charlie Rangel seems to be pretty good at this, as is Maxine Waters. Listen to either of them speak about the ethics charges against them and you will come away believing they are victims of a massive… Read more »

Constitution? What Constitution?

Republican congressman Joe Barton of Texas did something politically foolish last week, but constitutionally sound. In a hearing with BP executives, Barton used the word “shakedown” to describe what the Obama administration had done to the company. He then offered an apology for the way in which BP had been treated. That set off a firestorm, not just among Democrats but within his own Republican party. Pressure was so intense that he was forced that same day to apologize for… Read more »