July 4, 2013 |
The holiday we observe today is a flag-waving celebration of the uniquely American values that have endured since Colonial times. First and foremost of these is liberty, which for the founders meant being liberated not only from the tyranny of King George III but from the oppressive hand of any ruler. It was one of the inalienable rights they asserted in the Declaration of Independence, and it remains a beacon that draws people from other nations to these shores. Yet the founders also recognized that some problems were too big to be solved by individuals on their own terms.
February 3, 2012 |
A thousand or so raucous supporters packed a Reno ballroom to hear Rep. Ron Paul spread what he likes to call his “message of liberty” Thursday evening. They booed Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve. They cheered the idea of the gold standard. They whooped and hollered when the 76-year-old, flanked by his wife, Carol, and two of his 18 grandchildren, talked about bringing American troops home from overseas, which he said would save money and lives both. But Afghanistan wasn't the only war that was on the Texas congressman's mind as he stumped in his political heartland - libertarian northern Nevada.
November 15, 2012 |
Libertarian icon and three-time presidential hopeful Ron Paul delivered his final address on the House floor Wednesday, admitting that while he sees little progress in favor of his defined cause of freedom, he sees a chance the tide can turn as he steps away from Congress. Paul, a Republican who leans heavily toward libertarianism and has served Texas' 22nd District intermittently since 1976, admitted that “according to conventional wisdom,” his tenure on Capitol Hill has “accomplished very little.” “No named legislation, no named federal buildings or highways - thank goodness.
May 12, 1986 |
The night before had been unseasonably cold for late April, with a low near 20, but now the campus was basking in sunshine. Shirtless joggers bounded past pale co-eds stretched out on blankets, and leafless trees seemed to sprout green buds in a matter of hours, as in time-lapse photography. In a dark and cramped basement room in venerable Sorin Hall, a restless freshman football player slipped on a pair of shorts and boat shoes.
May 22, 1999 |
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
February 2, 1996 |
Like most people, I've long regarded the Abstract Expressionist painting done in San Francisco in the decade after World War II to have been a quick, sometimes deft response to extraordinary artistic developments principally being generated in New York.
October 25, 1992 |
There are baldies and there are salties. They come with or without mustard--except in Philadelphia, it's mostly with. It is the soft pretzel, consumed by the thousands each day in the City of Brotherly Love and coveted in other cities by those willing to pay to have them shipped. Sometimes they're a snack, sometimes more. "They're like a meal and often substitute for lunch," says Sandy Brinkos, a legal secretary from Lansdale. "They fill you up and taste just great."
April 19, 1988 |
In a speech that provoked angry rebuttals from administrators and some students, U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett charged Monday that Stanford University's recent change in Western Culture studies was "an unfortunate capitulation to a campaign of pressure politics and intimidation." Bennett told a campus audience that protests by minority students scared the university into dropping a mandatory reading list of 15 classics from the course required for all freshmen.
June 14, 2008 |
When the Supreme Court goes on recess at the end of this month, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will be off to his summer teaching job in Salzburg, Austria. For the 19th year, he will teach a class called "Fundamental Rights in Europe and the United States" for the McGeorge Law School. He tells his American and European students that the belief in individual freedom and the respect for human dignity transcends national borders.