Can We Learn from History?

Spanish- born philosopher and essayist George Santayana (1865-1952), in his 1905 volume, Reason in Common Sense, is especially remembered for these words: “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”  This is often phrased more pointedly: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

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Sifting out the Political Weasels, Dunces, and Jellyfish

The United States needs an immigration policy that benefits Americans. What we have is an immigration policy—or rather a deliberate failure to enforce immigration laws—that benefits illegal immigrants, businesses that profit from hiring cheap foreign labor instead of Americans, and politicians who want to change our society into a big-government-dependent welfare state.

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Obama’s Moral Equivalent to the 1933 Reichstag Fire

What Obama, Schumer, Reid, and Pelosi and their gang are doing to jam legislation through Congress by trampling the Constitution and parliamentary procedure and ignoring the voice of the people, is the moral equivalent of the Enabling Act that followed the February 27, 1933 Reichstag fire.

How the fire started is controversial. Berlin Police found a Dutch Communist agitator, Marinus van der Lubbe, in the building, but it was evident that he had help in starting such a large fire. Were the Communists starting a revolution or did the Nazis set up and manipulate van der Lubbe into starting it and then finish the job themselves? Nazi detectives completed the investigation. Herman Goering bragged to a gathering of high-ranking Nazi’s in 1942 that he was responsible for the fire.

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Remembering the Vietnam War

The late Harry G. Summers Jr., Colonel of Infantry, and distinguished faculty member of the Army War College, often called people’s attention to the fact that considerable differences in the treatment of the Vietnam War can be seen in the literature published in academia and that published by the veterans who fought it. He also pointed out that even among the combat veterans there are differences according to the time frame of their involvement and the role they played.

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Can It Happen Here?

The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus package passed last year pushed the annual fiscal deficit to $1.89 trillion, almost doubling the last Bush deficit of $1.02 trillion. Not that Bush has anything to brag about, the largest deficit in the Clinton years was $347 billion, and way back in the Nixon years the highest annual deficit was only $31 billion. More ominously, it looks like President Obama will chalk up another $1.8 trillion deficit this year. Our national debt is already $12.5 trillion. Yet the President is proposing healthcare, immigration, environmental, and education legislation that could send federal, state, and local government spending out of sight. 

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