by Thomas Sowell • RealClearPolitics
Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza.
One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict. Continue reading
The question Left of center is, “How do you feel about it?” How do you feel about ObamaCare? How do you feel about gun violence? Do you feel that the rich pay their fair share? Feelings are legitimate, but apply to relationships and people, not public policy issues. I love my family. But I think about public policy.
Sadly, too many Americans “feel” about public policy issues which unfortunately “liberates” them from thinking. As a result, more and more people are becoming unaccustomed to rational analysis and thought.
I don’t visit the doctor to hear how he feels about my health, nor a plumber to learn his feelings about my leaky pipes. We want expertise, not feelings. Continue reading
“Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He’s just put in a billion in the pot. We don’t need to hurt him. It’s that kind of thinking — it’s that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands. That money needs to be back here, building our infrastructure and creating jobs — we’re smart enough to figure out how to do that.”
by Dr. Ben Carson[Excerpts from Dr. Carson’s recent speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, February 7, 2013. When most in the audience clapped, President Obama sat motionless without clapping, often looking down.]
FREEDOM OF THOUGHT AND EXPRESSION
One of the founding principles [of this country] was freedom of thought and freedom of expression. [Political correctness] muffles people. It puts a muzzle on them. And at the same time, keeps people from discussing important issues while the fabric of this society is being changed. And we cannot fall for that trick. And what we need to do is start talking about things, talking about things that are important. Things that were important in the development of our nation. Continue reading