Those of us who love liberty, regardless of whether we call ourselves libertarians or conservatives, know all too well the depths of intellectual and moral squalor in which egalitarian ideology is mired. Still, we would be well served to familiarize or perhaps reacquaint ourselves with some theorists of yesteryear who fought the same battles that engage our energies today. One such theorist is the nineteenth century American conservative sociologist, William Graham Sumner, whose devastating critique of the egalitarian fantasy is well worth a look.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has yet to extend an invitation to Ron Paul or Sarah Palin to speak at the GOP convention to be held in August in Tampa, Florida. At the Nebraska state convention held July 14 in Grand Island, Nebraska, Congressman (and still candidate) Ron Paul hoped to guarantee himself a speaking slot by winning a majority of the state’s 32 delegates. Republican Party rules say that candidates can't be entered officially as nominees unless they've won a majority of delegates in five states. Paul fell just short of that goal, putting his position as a featured speaker at the mercy of Mitt.
Survivors of gunfire from a U.S. Navy vessel that killed one and wounded three others on a fishing boat off the coast of the United Arab Emirates have disputed claims that the crew had ignored warnings to stay away from the American ship, Reuters reported.
A March 2012 survey of November’s likely voters suggests that a person’s faith plays a considerable role in the issues he cares about and his decision about which presidential candidate to support. 1,005 adults, randomly chosen from across the 48 continental states, were screened regarding voter registration, voting intent, and perceived importance of this year’s election to select a base of 647 likely voters.
What could bring together the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and one of Virginia’s most conservative state representatives? The specter of drones filling the skies of the United States. In a joint statement released July 17 by Virginia Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) and the Virginia Chapter of the ACLU, the seemingly disparate pair announced plans to work to fight the unregulated use of drones by law enforcement in the Old Dominion.
The 2012 presidential election is becoming as testy as everyone knew it would. In fact, it is becoming downright ugly. This, however, should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to what President Obama’s campaign has promised on than more one occasion in the past.
A July 18 bombing in the Syrian capital of Damascus dealt the most powerful blow to the regime of Bashar al-Assad since the Western-backed armed uprising against his rule began more than a year ago. Syria’s Defense Minister, the dictator’s brother-in-law, and the chief of “crisis management” were killed in the attack, and other top officials were injured. Two separate groups — the establishment-backed opposition “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and an Islamist terror group dubbed the “Lord of the Martyrs Brigade” — both claimed responsibility for the attack.
As a contentious “farm” bill rages in Congress, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) argued Tuesday that unemployment insurance and food stamps (which are included in the legislation) are the two “most stimulative” measures to boost economic growth.