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No one is forcing you to get the vaccine

Let’s be clear. No one has to get the vaccine. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: “The federal government does not mandate (require) vaccination for people.” President Joe Biden did not change that policy when he announced stringent new regulations. Without a ...

President Biden’s stance will feed into culture war

Maybe President Biden should handle COVID-19 the way he’s handled Afghanistan. It’s a strange thought, given how badly he botched the U.S. withdrawal. But at least Afghanistan Joe had a clear idea about what we needed to do. COVID Joe has no such exit strategy. He’s making it up as he ...

Accepting Pelosi’s challenge isn’t very difficult to do

Responding to Democrats in her party who are troubled by the massive $3.5 trillion spending bill that would forever transform America into a debtor nation, Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked a question: “Where would you cut?” Her question carries with it a conceit held by many contemporary ...

When a western society goes insane

The 18th-century English philosopher Jeremy Bentham came up with the idea of the panopticon, a prison designed to allow all the prisoners to be observed by one guard. What even Bentham couldn’t conceive of, despite his creative musings about schemes of perpetual surveillance, was a society ...

Recollections of George Wallace

WASHINGTON — Many years ago, an eminent social philosopher named George Corley Wallace, otherwise known as the governor of Alabama, identified the root cause of the nation’s woes. It was because, he said then, that when most people were small children, “their daddies never carried them ...

Partisan squabbling after 9/11 was a preview of the present

I got back to the U.S. from my honeymoon on Sept. 10, 2001. My wife went straight home to Washington, D.C, to start her new job at the Justice Department. I went to Washington state, where we’d gotten married, to retrieve our dog Cosmo, whom we’d left with family. I was in a hotel room in ...