Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Russell Feingold (D-WI) and the media have promoted their campaign finance "reform" bill (McCain-Feingold [S. 27] and Shays-Meehan [H.R. 2356]) as the solution to a "broken system" riddled with "too much money in politics." They also say that big, powerful, moneyed interests have a pervasive, vested interest in government that is detrimental to the public good.
In 1997, House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) spoke candidly to Time magazine regarding McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation. The Democrat admitted, "What we have is two important values in direct conflict: freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy. You can't have both."
Unfortunately, Rep. Gephardt sided against freedom of speech. He voted for the House version of campaign finance reform legislation in 1999. Moreover, he proposed a constitutional amendment to permit campaign finance reform to abridge freedom of speech.
Conveniently, these statist legislators neglect to tell you that in a free society good people must associate or they perish, swallowed up because of the voracious appetite of a runaway...
Most of us who enjoy reading books concerning our world, especially those dealing with acts of courage arising from human tragedy, find a few works that have a lasting effect on our lives, not just because of the subject, but because of the way in which it is presented. Few writers can fill the reader with an overwhelming sense of emotion that normally only comes with first hand experience. I found this in Alexandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago and Armando Valladares' Against all Hope.
A newly released book written by a very close friend of mine, Miguel Faria, called Cuba in Revolution. Escape From a Lost Paradise, now joins the ranks of these two previously mentioned works. Dr. Faria, a retired neurosurgeon and Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel, has captured the Cuban experience and much more. We not only learn of the terror of living in a communist island gulag under the control of a criminal thug, but we also are offered solutions to our own dilemma --- galloping socialism.
In the first of the book he takes us through the beginnings of the communist revolution, but through different eyes than such work is often presented, that is, from a writer who...
The role of gun violence and street crime in the United States and the world is currently a subject of great debate among national and international organizations, including the United Nations. Because the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the individual right of American citizens to own private firearms, availability of firearms is greater in the U.S. than the rest of the world, except perhaps in Israel and Switzerland.
The Bogeyman --- 'Easy' Gun Availability
Nevertheless, many individuals and organizations, particularly the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American public health establishment are concerned about the number of gun deaths in the U.S. --- 30,000 average deaths annually in the past decade, calling it a public health epidemic.
Moreover, public health researchers decry that violent injuries with firearms affect disproportionately older children and adolescents; tragically, up to 4000 of these deaths occur in teenagers and young adults. In 2002, suicides accounted for 16,586 deaths; homicides for about 10,801 deaths; and unintentional injuries (accidental shootings) for another 776...
From Pathology to Politics: Public Health in America. How the Public-Health Establishment Puts Us at Risk, by economists James T. Bennett and Thomas J. DiLorenzo, is a serious, eye-opening indictment of America’s public-health establishment. Bennett and DiLorenzo mark the release of the federal government’s Kerner Report of 1968 as the point when the public-health establishment (PHE), incarnated in the American Public Health Association (APHA), crossed its Rubicon and left the realm of science for the realm of politics. That report, discussing the “root causes” of poverty, was embraced by the APHA, which then boldly announced that “social policy rather than public health, per se, would henceforth become its main focus.” By the 1970s and 1980s, with the growth of government, the PHE came to have tentacles extending into virtually every government agency, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Defense, not to mention the Centers for Disease Control, state and local agencies, and the various schools of public health. The PHE became (and remains) bloated and highly politicized, more concerned with increasing its power, promoting...
This summer Bibb County Superior Court Judge Phil Brown ordered the new State Health Planning Review Board to review the open heart surgery certificate of need (CON) previously granted to Coliseum Medical Center. According to the judge, the former Board's decision was not clear in its findings and may not have followed legal requirements when it approved the CON for the hospital in September 2000.
Since the judge did not reverse the former Board's CON approval, Coliseum hospital "will continue to provide open heart surgery and angioplasty at least until the new Review Board reviews our case this fall," wrote Mike Boggs, CEO, in a memorandum to the medical staff.
With this bewildering decision, the Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), which has opposed Coliseum's CON from the beginning, will get another opportunity to block the hospital's request to provide those often urgent, life-saving treatments for ailing patients.
CON laws were enacted in Georgia over two decades ago ostensibly to prevent duplication of services and to help control health care costs. Since that time, though, health care expenditures have more than doubled primarily because Adam...
America's Founding Fathers, our prescient, venerable predecessors, established for us a Constitutional Republic, limited government by the rule of law and with the consent of the governed. They also said, in the voice of Benjamin Franklin (1787), that our newly founded nation was and should remain a Republic, if we can keep it, if we can preserve it as a cherished legacy for posterity.
Recall the words of our first president, George Washington, who in his farewell address in 1796 advised us: "Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign world."
John Adams, our second president, added in 1789 that "our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It's wholly inadequate for the government of any other [people]."
These words were echoed by our philosopher-president, the author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president, Thomas Jefferson, who advised us to remain free of entangling alliances with the rest of the world. In his first inaugural address, March 4, 1801, Jefferson said:
"Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state of persuasion, religious or...
Georg Hegel (1770-1831), the father of dialectical idealism, which Karl Marx transmogrified and misappropriated as dialectical materialism, lamented that what we learn from history is that man does not learn its lessons! Despite what we have learned about the deleterious effects of draconian gun control in other countries, particularly during the last bloody century, politicians with authoritarian leanings, mostly Democrats but also some Republicans, continue to beat the drums calling for more gun control.
Gun control features prominently in the police state designs of totalitarian states with which any student of history is familiar. Take for instance:
* Federalization of the police force with a vast network of surveillance and informants to spy on citizens.
* National identification cards for all citizens.
* Civilian disarmament via gun registration, licensing, followed by banning and confiscation of firearms.
Once this mechanism of oppression is firmly in place, persecution and elimination of political opponents follows, and every social, political and economic policy the Total State desires can be implemented. This has happened in National...
The Castro brothers' hatred for the United States became immediately apparent upon gaining power in 1959. Fidel began making his long harangues against the United States, and the Cuban mobs so inspired began collectively composing such anti-American slogans as Cuba Si, Yanquis No! and Fidel seguro a los Yanquis dale duro! ("Fidel, for sure, hit the Yankees hard!").
In the meantime, Raúl Castro and Ché Guevara were courting the Soviets. Fidel, at last, embraced Nikita Khrushchev (photo, left) at, of all places, the United Nations in New York! The Soviets were invited to visit Cuba and pluck the fruits of the Caribbean island paradise, still plentiful then — in exchange for Soviet arms and equipment.
The 21st Congress of the Soviet Party proclaimed that the U.S.S.R. would surpass the United States in agricultural and industrial production. In fact, at a Polish Embassy reception as early as 1956, Soviet Premier Khrushchev proclaimed to the despised American capitalists: "Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We shall bury you." Thus, it was not surprising that the Russian peasant who was now the Soviet dictator, emboldened by the spectacular success of...
Raúl Castro, the 70-year-old, younger brother of dictator Fidel Castro, has been publicly anointed successor to the Maximum Leader, and there is no reason to believe that leadership and the spoils of Cuban infamy will pass to anyone else in the Cuban hierarchy, unless Raúl's demise precedes that of his ailing 75-year-old, but still charismatic, brother.
Indeed, in my series of articles on the fall of Fidel Castro recently published on LaNuevaCuba.com and NewsMax.com, there is considerable evidence the Cuban people should be preparing for the unexpected and that they should be arming themselves with political information for the awaited final moment.
Raúl Castro (photo, right) is a sanguinary leader, and although he has perpetually played second fiddle to and flatterer of his older brother, the younger Castro has always been a feared hard-liner. This year he even warned the United States that they better deal with Fidel before he dies, rather than with him, Raúl, after he assumes power. Raúl Castro is minister of Armed Forces, second secretary of the Cuban Communist Party and first vice president of the Council of State. He holds these posts because he is the only...
On April 22, 2000, the Miami home of a Cuban-American family was raided by heavily armed INS agents, and the child Elián González was forcibly removed from the loving home and delivered to the hands of his communist father. The child was then taken back to the living hell of communist Cuba, one of the last remaining Stalinist bastions in the world. The forced repatriation was carried out by the Clinton administration in accordance with the wishes of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
The Cuban-American community, not only in South Florida but also all over the United States, was demoralized by this sad ending to the saga. But the Cuban exiles, peaceful and law-abiding, swallowed the bitter pill of disappointment and vowed to get revenge, American style, via the ballot box - and they got it. In the highly contested presidential election of November 2000, they went to the polls in droves and voted heavily for the Republican candidate, George W. Bush, carrying the state of Florida by a razor-thin margin that decided the election.
After the inauguration, the disappointments began anew. President Bush continued the Cuba policies of Bill Clinton and the repatriation of Cuban...