It’s good that the government is relaxing rules about the use of electronic devices on airliners. But I’m not looking forward to being trapped in a confined space and having to listen to the lame babbling of rude loudmouths on their cellphones. The first airline that allows inflight texting — but not voice calls — will win my business.
Big Government has shown its distain for citizens by closing national parks and memorials — even in cases where closing them would cost more than keeping them open.
The sight of uniformed “public servants” keeping the public away from national monuments seemed like a police state nightmare, except that it was real. It is here, in the good old USA. And it is happening now, in our times — not just something that future generations will have to face as government grows and freedom erodes.
For our elite ruling class, the strong-armed shut-out of our national parks and memorials was just another way to make citizens feel the heat and bow down to acknowledge our dependency on Big Government.
Now, some state governments are stepping up to reopen the national parks, including the state of Arizona reopening the Grand Canyon. Well, doesn’t this spark a great idea?
Our hopelessly bloated federal government manages to mismanage just about everything it attempts to do, partly because it tries to do far too much.
So, why not allow state governments to run the national parks? This would put management closer to the scene. And because state governments are smaller, more efficient, and more responsive to their citizens, they’d be sure to do a better job than the federal government.
Political Islamists are winning in Turkey. Freedom is losing.
A nation once firmly committed to separation of church and state on Tuesday lifted the ban on public employees wearing the Islamic headscarf while on duty. Now, females who don’t wear the scarf will inevitably be subjected to even more intimidation.
Earlier this year the government tightened restrictions on alcohol sales and suggested a ban on white bread. Turkey continues among the world leaders in the prosecution and jailing of journalists. Yesterday, according to Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, a television host reportedly was fired after a government official criticized a dress she had worn during a recent game show. Too much cleavage, perhaps?
These are only the latest signs that Turkey is sliding quickly toward becoming an officially Islamic state that will steadily take freedom away from its citizens. Many other nations are on the same path. Will the U.S. be next?
U.S. Senator John McCain is hot to trot us into another war. Do you suppose he would want us to bomb China or Russia if they — instead of Syria — were suspected of gassing their own citizens?
How ironic will it be if Barack Obama’s ineptness leads to the most significant achievement of his presidency? His indecisiveness about Syria (coupled with the lack of respect other nations have for his leadership) is allowing citizens to rethink the circumstances under which American military aggression is appropriate.
Obama and McCain want us to force our will on the rest of the world — right or wrong, and regardless of whether other nations are willing to stand with us. As usual, the American people are showing that they have better judgment than the power-obsessed, money-driven and ego-inflated Washington elite.
Why does Washington continue to waste so much energy and money on the United Nations? We should continue to be willing to talk with anybody. But why invest so much hope in an organization that grants veto power to dictatorships? Perhaps long-term world peace would be better served if the U.S. instead concentrated on setting a good example of freedom, opportunity and prosperity at home.