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  • Great quote from John Stossel

    11/08/2012 4:00:10 AM PST · by Jerrybob · 19 replies
    Fox news | 11/8/12 | self
    'Need' now means wanting someone else's money. 'Greed' means wanting to keep your own. 'Compassion' is when a politician arranges the transfer.'" - John Stossel
  • Commemorating a Non-Conformist

    11/02/2012 12:27:03 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 1, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Just one of the many misconceptions about conservatives, particularly in the academy, is that we all come off of an assembly line. To preserve this fiction, academics prefer to study us from a distance, if at all. Thus we get studies with bizarre conclusions about how much we love authority figures. They read us backwards: Conformity is the antithesis of our ethos. I’ve been to left-wing and right-wing events and found infinitely more diversity at the latter than at the former. “For all the cant about ‘openness to ideas’ (that word again!), they cooperate to impose an ersatz consensus on...
  • [Ann Coulter] NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE (R.I.P., Joseph Sobran)

    10/06/2010 3:03:36 PM PDT · by RonDog · 53 replies
    AnnCoulter.com ^ | October 6, 2010 | Ann Coulter
        NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOEby Ann CoulterOctober 6, 2010My friend Joe Sobran died last Thursday, and the world lost its greatest writer. To my delight, some obituaries noted that he had influenced my writing style. I only wish I had known he was so close to the end so I could have seen him again to let him influence me some more. The G.K. Chesterton of our time, Joe could deliver a knockout punch with a single line. Many of his aphorisms were so catchy that everyone repeats them now without realizing their provenance. It was Joe who came...
  • Joe Sobran's Timeless Lesson on America's Role in the World

    10/01/2010 7:41:48 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 13 replies
    Chronicles ^ | 10/1/10 | Srdija Trifkovic
    ...Sobran’s diagnosis of the domestic malaise started with the notion that “the regime we live under” derives its legitimacy from a blatant distortion of the United States Constitution. On the basis of a compact among the sovereign states, the federal government was to be a service confined to the specific enumerated powers the people delegated to it, pursuant to their general welfare and common defense. Over the past century and a half, however, the federal government has usurped all kinds of powers neither the people nor the states had delegated to it. It has become a “consolidated” or centralized government....
  • Joe Sobran, R.I.P. [Joseph Sobran, 1946 - 2010]

    09/30/2010 7:54:18 PM PDT · by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo · 155 replies
    Our former NR colleague, Joe Sobran, passed away today after a long battle with a variety of ailments. He was relatively young, just 64, and while physically beaten at the end, he also departed spiritually triumphant.   Surely, in short order, there will be ample reflection — much of it critical — on the hyper-talented, hyper-controversial writer. There will be a recounting of his history at NR, the break, the following years, and Joe’s soured relationship with WFB (happily, they rekindled their friendship before Bill passed away). Good, let’s discuss all that, and more. But later. Right now, let us,...
  • Joseph Sobran Endorses Chuck Baldwin

    11/03/2008 1:47:43 AM PST · by robert david · 26 replies · 743+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | 11/3/2008 | Joseph Sobran
    During the so-called presidential debates, I failed to hear a single mention of the U.S. Constitution, which should have been the chief subject. What are the proper powers of government, of the federal government, and of the president? These questions don’t even come up anymore. The debaters wrangle heatedly about “the economy”—a phrase that never appears in the text of the Constitution but preoccupies today’s pundits and politicians. Neither of the major-party presidential candidates, let alone President Bush, could have held an intelligent conversation with Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, or John Jay, the authors of The Federalist, our best known...
  • The Amendment Strategy

    07/29/2004 9:37:29 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 2 replies · 379+ views
    Sobran.com ^ | July 15, 2004 | Joseph Sobran
    The only thing sillier than a liberal is a conservative trying to outmaneuver a liberal. Consider the anti-sodomatrimony amendment that just suffered a first-round knockout in the Senate. Conservatives love the Constitution so much that every time a liberal court commits an outrage against it, they want to amend it. A state court — in Massachusetts, of course — has declared that the Fourteenth Amendment requires the legislature to certify homosexual unions as marriages. Equal protection of the laws, you know. Time for conservatives to swing into action! As usual in such cases, they chose the worst possible strategy. Amending...
  • Judicial Dictatorship

    01/28/2004 4:51:36 PM PST · by dixiepatriot · 21 replies · 205+ views
    http://www.sobran.com/columns/2004/040113.shtml ^ | January 13, 2004 | Joseph Sobran
    Brown Reconsidered by Joseph Sobran January 13, 2004 Judicial review was originally proposed (most notably in Federalist No. 78) as a method of making sure legislatures didn’t pass unconstitutional laws. Today it has become a method of changing the very meaning of constitutions under the guise of interpreting them. The problem was highlighted this past November, when the supreme court of Massachusetts handed down the sensational ruling that the state’s constitution required that same-sex “marriage” be recognized in law. The court didn’t even bother citing any specific passage of the constitution that might be construed to mean this; obviously it...
  • Joseph Sobran: New York and "National Service"

    11/26/2003 7:28:02 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 3 replies · 206+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 11-11-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    November 11, 2003 New York leads the country again, paying $141 per thousand dollars of personal income in state and local taxes. This is 72 per cent more than the national average, according to a new Citizens Budget Commission study. New York has been traditionally liberal — meaning, in practice, that it has been dominated by rapacious pressure groups, each seeking to live off the taxpayer. It illustrates Frédéric Bastiat’s description of government as the system through which everyone attempts to live at the expense of everyone else. Even if your self-respect prevents you from being part of the greedy...
  • A NEW CONSTITUTION -- COMING UP!

    10/15/2003 8:22:54 AM PDT · by WarrenGamaliel · 16 replies · 152+ views
    Sobran's ^ | 9/30/03 | Joseph Sobran
    A NEW CONSTITUTION -- COMING UP! September 30, 2003 by Joe Sobran The U.S. occupation of Iraq is getting seriously weird. The U.S. Government has served notice that the occupation won't end until the Iraqis come up with a constitution, and Secretary of State Colin Powell thinks six months is a reasonable deadline. The Iraqis appointed to do the job say they'll need at least a year. A year? The U.S. Constitution was banged out in a couple of months in the summer of 1787. Of course conditions were somewhat different. The delegates to our Philadelphia convention were sent by...
  • Joseph Sobran: "A New Constitution for Iraq?"

    10/14/2003 11:09:30 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 122+ views
    Joseph Sobran Column ^ | 09-30-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    September 30, 2003 The U.S. occupation of Iraq is getting seriously weird. The U.S. Government has served notice that the occupation won’t end until the Iraqis come up with a constitution, and Secretary of State Colin Powell thinks six months is a reasonable deadline. The Iraqis appointed to do the job say they’ll need at least a year. A year? The U.S. Constitution was banged out in a couple of months in the summer of 1787. Of course conditions were somewhat different. The delegates to our Philadelphia convention were sent by the 13 states, not chosen by a foreign power,...
  • Joseph Sobran Examines "Nutty Patriotism"

    10/09/2003 6:22:11 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 22 replies · 458+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 09-25-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    America is still a great country, and it would be cruel to judge it by its patriots. I mean the sort of “patriots” who think the way to express your love for this country is to insult other countries. The events of 9/11 have brought the nastiest jingoists out of the woodwork, and their most toxic venom has been directed against France for opposing war on Iraq. Now that the war has failed in its express aims, the French are hated worse than ever. After all, they have committed the extremely annoying faux pas of being proved right by events....
  • Joseph Sobran "Free and Independent" States No More

    09/25/2003 6:35:11 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 31 replies · 976+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 09-25-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    Free and Independent September 11, 2003 A recent biography of Thomas Jefferson contains an amusing statement. It says that Jefferson’s arguments in the 1798 Kentucky Resolutions “brought him dangerously close to secessionism.” Apparently the biographer doesn’t realize that Jefferson was an explicit secessionist. For openers, he wrote a famous secessionist document known to posterity as the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration proclaims the 13 American colonies “Free and Independent States” — adding “that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which...
  • Joseph Sobran: "Victory in 2004!"

    09/24/2003 9:31:45 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 196+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 09-09-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    Victory in 2004! September 9, 2003 Time to get moving if I want to be elected president of the United States in 2004. I’m not going on the road to campaign; I’m not spending money, much less seeking unconstitutional matching funds from the Federal Government; you won’t be getting mailings or seeing TV ads for me. I’m simply relying on word-of-mouth (and word-of-Internet) to spread my message. Those who agree with it can write my name in. My message is simple: no wars, no spending programs, no taxes. My legislative program is equally simple: the repeal of most Federal laws...
  • Can Arnold Make the Difference?

    08/27/2003 5:48:59 AM PDT · by Timothy Paul · 12 replies · 155+ views
    Can Arnold Make the Difference? My first reaction to Arnold’s announced candidacy was, I imagine, a lot like yours. What a refreshing novelty! What a grand joke on our politicians! What an impudent deflation of the silly fiction that governing a state like California is a form of skilled labor! I hoped Arnold (you know which Arnold I mean) would show up for his inauguration in the garb of Conan the Barbarian. That would round out the joke perfectly. For Arnold has made himself one of our great national jokes — a joke he enjoys as much as the rest...
  • Joseph Sobran Looks at "Bush, Sodomy, and Marriage"

    08/14/2003 8:51:32 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 170+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 07-31-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    Bush, Sodomy, and Marriage July 31, 2003 Many years ago I heard the first lady of the United States give a speech. I didn’t fully approve of her, and I was determined not to be easily impressed — my usual wary attitude toward the high and mighty. My resolution lasted about five seconds. Her opening sentence was a one-liner Bob Hope would have envied. It brought down the house. I wish I could remember it now, but it was so topical that it wouldn’t sound as hilarious as it was at the time — an allusion to her embarrassment by...
  • A Gay Man’s Manifesto (Sobran - good read)

    08/13/2003 8:51:36 AM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 22 replies · 211+ views
    Sobran's ^ | 07/29/2003 | Joseph Sobran
    July 29, 2003These are hard times for gay men. I speak with the authority of personal experience. You see, I am gay. It's just my nature. I've been this way as long as I remember. Even as a boy, when I watched the dapper, suave comedy of Cary Grant or Fred Astaire, I felt I was looking into a mirror of my soul. Life should be taken lightly -- that's my philosophy. My favorite writer is P.G. Wodehouse. When I hear a Rossini overture on the radio, I can't bear to turn it off. These are my gay brethren. I've...
  • Joseph Sobran Offers "Lessons in Patriotism"

    05/30/2003 8:08:42 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 182+ views
    Joseph Sobran Column ^ | 05-15-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    Patriotism, Mom, and the Bums May 15, 2003 War always seems to bring out a certain kind of patriotism we’d be better off without: the “love it or leave it” variety. A lot of people assume that patriotism means supporting any war your government chooses to get into — or, in this case, any war your president even wants to get into. Some people took it even further, hoping for an even bigger war than President Bush had in mind. One reader wrote to me that if he had his way, we’d have “nuked Damascus, Baghdad, Tehran, and, for good...
  • Conservatism as Exorcism

    05/24/2003 2:37:39 PM PDT · by sheltonmac · 73 replies · 390+ views
    Sobran's ^ | 05/08/2003 | Joseph Sobran
    Conservatives have lost their mind. Not their minds, but their mind. What the late Russell Kirk called “the conservative mind” seems to have disappeared from our political landscape. When I got acquainted with the conservative movement in 1965, it was still a serious thing. It had principles, and it knew what it wanted: limited government. It had a dual agenda: to resist and defeat world Communism, and to repeal unconstitutional government programs at home. There were problems with these difficult goals, but the movement made some kind of sense. It was very much a minority movement, even within the Republican...
  • Bush, Religion, and War

    05/07/2003 8:21:56 PM PDT · by ValenB4 · 23 replies · 260+ views
    Joe Sobran ^ | 4/22/03 | Joe Sobrn
    Bush, Religion, and War April 22, 2003 The hawks got their war, but it came at a heavy cost to America’s image and reputation in the world. As they tell it, France, Germany, and Russia were the petulant spoilers who tried to ruin the party. But this ignores the war’s huge unpopularity nearly everywhere, not so much with governments (which can be bullied and bribed) as with ordinary people. It also ignores the real spoiler: Pope John Paul II, who, in his measured words, made his own opposition to the war very clear. Robert L. Bartley of the Wall Street...
  • REPOST: How Tyranny Came to America [re: Constitutionalism 101]

    03/11/2003 11:05:47 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 137 replies · 1,147+ views
    How Tyranny Came To America By Joseph Sobran One of the great goals of education is to initiate the young into the conversation of their ancestors; to enable them to understand the language of that conversation, in all its subtlety, and maybe even, in their maturity, to add to it some wisdom of their own. The modern American educational system no longer teaches us the political language of our ancestors. In fact our schooling helps widen the gulf of time between our ancestors and ourselves, because much of what we are taught in the name of civics, political science, or...
  • The Catholic Position

    04/22/2002 10:45:30 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 65 replies · 159+ views
    lewrockwell.com via World Net Daily ^ | 4/22/02 | Joseph Sobran
    The Catholic Position by Joseph Sobran A few weeks ago I tried, in my feeble way, to express why I fell in love with the Catholic Church. I received many gracious and grateful responses from others who felt the same way, some of them converts like me. Inevitably, there were also a few jeers, directed not so much against me as against the Church. Some dredged up old scandals of wicked popes, or supposedly shocking utterances of Catholic saints, or mere clichés of traditional anti-Catholic polemics. Most of these were meant to embarrass, not to persuade; the usual ahistorical nuggets....