The Reader – Edouard Vuillard

Once again, historian Victor Davis Hanson asks the compelling questions.

If there is evidence of collusion, shouldn’t we follow it … even if it leads away from Candidate Trump and to Candidate Clinton?  Read more here.

What is “white” and what is “privilege” ?  Who actually benefits from “white privilege”? Read more here.

Which is better, “mellifluous illegality” or “crass lawfulness”?  Apparently, it depends on whom you are talking to.  Read more here.



“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”  – Thomas Sowell

A rerun, but a good one!


 (Writing the Declaration, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900) (Writing the Declaration, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900)

To celebrate this 4th of July, you could read these “charters of freedom” that changed our country and the world: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Bill of Rights. All three are available here (with commentary). That’s what the fireworks are all about.

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According to the US Census, there are currently 40.6 Americans living in poverty including 16 million children.  The US Department of Agriculture reports that 40.1 million Americans receive food stamps. HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report estimates over 550,000 homeless people in this country.  There are 72 million Americans on Medicaid.  According to the US Department of Education, 50.7 million children attend public schools (K-12) in the US.  The NCAAP reports that there are currently 6.8 million incarcerated adults in this country, with 2.3 million African-Americans included in this population.

The US Department of Homeland Security estimates 12.1 million illegal immigrants in the US (including 800K DACA designees).  This group uses social services including schools, healthcare and other welfare services (as allowed by states).  They also send $120 billion out the country to other countries.  Once you adjust for limited federal and state taxes paid by individuals, the cost of federal and state services provided to illegal immigrants is approximately $116 billion a year (as estimated by FAIR).

Opening borders and eliminating ICE would increase the number of people in this country living in poverty, receiving food stamps, covered by Medicaid, homeless or incarcerated.  This would balloon costs for social services while taking money away from schools, workforce training, roads, and emergency services.  This is exactly what has happened in European countries who have seen a significant decrease in quality of life, an huge increase in tax burden and public debt, along with strained public services and an increase in crime and violence.

While it is admirable to want for others what we have, we should not punish our own citizens including the poor, the young, the homeless, the disadvantaged, the incarcerated and the sick, by opening the floodgates of open immigration.  We should take care of our own first.

Lessons in you-know-what