Saturday, April 18, 2015

op ed review 4/19



THE OP-ED REVIEW        4/19   Number 766

THIS WEEK’S NEWS
As they rush to file their taxes by April 15, Ameri9cans are rightfully frustrated with the complexity of the 74,608-page-long federal tax code. The federal tax code is 187 times longer than it was a century ago.

President Obama puts an end to the Monroe Doctrine, indicating the United States will no longer act to resist overseas influence in the Hemisphere.
Instead, Obama is applying the “Gruber Doctrine” — this time to foreign policy. The Gruber Doctrine is based on the premise that, in the words of the now infamous MIT professor, “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that the “basic exploitation of the lack of ... understanding of the American voter” is “really, really critical” for enacting your preferred policies.

Obama believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US is over.

The day after President Obama announced the removal of Cuba from the Sponsors of Terror list, Cuban supported leftist FARC guerrillas killed 10 Columbian soldiers and wounded 17.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously backs bill demanding congressional vote on Iran deal.
"No U.S. leader has ever empowered a nuclear suicide cult. No U.S. president before this one could even imagine doing something so monstrous. Obama has gone rogue."

Wealthy Hillary Clinton wants to be a champion for “everyday Americans.”  Clinton's press office left an embarrassing typo in its press announcement, saying that she had 'fought children and families all her career' 
Hillary travels to Iowa in the back of a van.  “It's unlikely Hillary is behind the wheel: She said last year that she hadn't driven a car since 1996.”
 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3036385/ROAD-TRIP-Hillary-Clinton-starts-presidential-campaign-1-000-mile-journey-rural-Iowa-VAN-poses-pics-gas-station.html#ixzz3XCd3bUbH
“Reward Offered For First Photos of Hillary in Scooby Van!”
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announcement was not met with the positive response her team would have been hoping for
Hillary and her support groups are opening a massive fundraising effort to collect a historically-high $2.5 billion to win the White House.  That amounts to $37.92 per vote in the general election for the Democrat, more than ever spent in a national campaign. The math is based on the votes received by President Obama in his reelection, 65,915,796.

Pentagon deploys “may I kiss you” training for troops. An issue that could “dramatically affect” the mission of the United States Armed Forces is telling soldiers when it is okay to kiss a girl.
According to a Defense Department approved “sexism course,” the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence all contribute to modern sexism. Those three cherished texts all count as “historical influences that allow sexism to continue,” according to a presentation prepared by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, whose mission is to give a ”world-class human relations education.”
Obama’s surrogates in the military have made it clear to Christian chaplains that they should stay silent or leave.

Rubio launches his White House bid with a speech:  “Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday (Hillary) began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday. But yesterday is over, and we are never going back.

A major Appalachian coal mining company is laying off hundreds of workers in West Virginia and blaming the lost jobs on President Obama’s environmental policies.

Democrats made a big show Tuesday of promoting equal pay for women, unfazed by data showing that both President Obama and leading presidential contender Hillary Clinton haven’t walked the walk on pay equity.

Rand Paul had a good suggestion for the press last week: Why don’t you hacks start asking Democrats the same kind of loaded, gotcha, when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife questions that you always throw at Republicans?

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

Unless Congress moves to limit current legal immigration rates, the U.S. will add at least 10 million more legal immigrants over the next decade — more than the combined populations of seven major cities,
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Obama as Nuclear Arsonist
By James Lewis

Obama is the most dangerous president in history.  He lied when promising the world that the U.S. would never allow Iran’s war fanatics to have nuclear weapons.  While Obama was demagogically repeating, “Never! Never!,” his alter ego Val Jarrett carried on secret talks with the mullahs, resulting in today’s total surrender. Today we have a fuzzy “framework” (that Iran denies even agreeing to), which gives the world thirteen years before the mullahs can set off Armageddon.  After thirteen years, all bets are off, assuming the enemy doesn’t violate its “promises” tomorrow, which it has a long history of doing. This is not sane.

Dick Cheney has correctly called Obama “the worst president in history.” I think history will brand him with that flaming scarlet letter, because no U.S. leader has ever empowered a nuclear suicide cult.  No U.S. president before this one could even imagine doing something so monstrous.  Obama has gone rogue.


My guess is therefore that Saudi Arabia will be the first big target for Iranian assault.  The Iranians have already taken over the strategic country of Yemen, encircling Saudi Arabia from the south.  They also threaten Arabia from their side of the narrow Gulf, and they have developed a giant pincer movement to surround Israel and aim at Egypt and Arabia.

Khomeinist Shi’ites have always believed they are divinely entitled to Arabia, with the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.  Today they are closer to that goal than ever before, simply by waging proxy terrorist war in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.  Already they threaten Arabia across the Gulf.  The mullahs can choke off the world’s oil supply when the time is right, and nuclear weapons will keep them immune to retaliation.

Our puffed-up, preening hero is therefore the most dangerous character in history.  Bar none.  Never before has an American president surrendered to a fanatical suicide cult with nukes.

Now Obama tells us three lies.  One is that this sleazy deal is the best we can possibly get.  The second lie is that the only alternative is war.  The third lie is that Obama’s “framework” isn’t a “treaty” at all – so it doesn’t need to meet the constitutional standard of advice and consent by the U.S. Senate.

This is just like that used car salesman telling you not to bother reading the fine print.  Hurry!  Hurry!  Sign now, or you’ll miss your last chance!   This “deal” is so full of holes it’s hard to see any paper.  No sane person believes it.  Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz took it apart in the Wall Street Journal last week.

Four-star admiral James (“Ace”) Lyons is telling us outright that Obama has let the U.S. government be penetrated and sabotaged by the fascist Muslim Brotherhood, which has long-proclaimed genocidal goals.  They are just like the mullahs.  If it were up to Obama, we would be threatened by nuclear Arabs as well as nuclear Iranians.  Fortunately, Egypt caught the Muslim Brotherhood in time and knocked down Mohammed Morsi, who is now in jail.

Obama commands the greatest military force in history, and he’s done nothing but sabotage them under cover of “peace” negotiations.  Prime Minister Chamberlain’s infamous appeasement with Hitler was at least negotiated in good faith on the British side. Churchill’s comment on Chamberlain’s appeasement should ring in our ears today: "You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war."

That is the whole point the left pretends not to know.  Obama is not avoiding war.  Everything he has done in the last six years increases the chance of war, which is already going on everywhere Obama tried to fix things.  The latest U.S. defeat is in Yemen, but we’ve knocked down the pillars of stability in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Iraq.  In Eastern Europe we’ve endangered the Ukraine (now being torn apart by Putin), but Putin has threatened everybody in sight.

The only regime we’ve respected is Iran’s openly genocidal cult.  Obama tried to overthrow Israel’s elected government more than once, and Israel is stable today in spite of Obama – no thanks to his repeated attempts at sabotage.

Obama has never shown good faith in anything.  He is simply an enemy of this country and the civilized world.  “Why?” is irrelevant.  We can see it every day.

The U.S. Constitution, which Obama publicly despises, has a very clear definition of treason: “aiding and abetting the enemy in time of war.”  Judge Andrew Napolitano thinks that Obama has already crossed that threshold and can be charged with and tried for treason.  Any trial will expose a huge cesspool of provable betrayals by both Obama and Hillary Clinton, exposing many others in this administration.

At some point, the sane and sensible people of this country will have to have it out. The Senate is now trying to respond with SB 6615, the Corker-Menendez bill, now in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  It states that the U.S. Senate must be consulted on this suicidal surrender to the war cult. You can call your senators and House members.  If Congress does not stand up for its constitutional powers, Obama will get his way. We have to be heard. We must act now.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
 “I love conservative guerilla street art.  Among other things, it conveys the message that the establishment is controlled by the left, and conservatives are the true rebels.  Owing to the nature of hormonal development, teens and young adults have a need to rebel.  As it happens, the education industry, within which most young people live, is overwhelmingly leftist, so if they are to rebel, they ought to be conservative.  They just don’t know it yet.”
            -Thomas Lifson
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ISLAM
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released a new video showing what appears to be the terror group´s destruction of an ancient city in Iraq. It was a city that stood for 3,000 years, reduced to dust in a matter of seconds.

The University of Michigan is the latest American campus determined to prove that the central premise of higher education — the free and open exchange of competing ideas — is a cruel hoax. Last Tuesday, in a spasm of oh-so familiar political correctness, UM initially canceled a scheduled showing of “American Sniper” after 300 students and others whined about the “negative and misleading stereotypes” of Muslims portrayed in the film.
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ARTICLES
Natan Sharansky:  “When did America forget that it’s America?......in today’s postmodern world, when asserting the superiority of liberal democracy over other regimes seems like the quaint relic of a colonialist past, even the United States appears to have lost the courage of its convictions.”

One of the most frustrating aspects of the loud and vitriolic debates over police shootings is the extent to which they ignore common sense and human nature. In the quest to find grand narratives, we’re too quick to discount the simple realities of how human beings react during times of stress, and we minimize the reciprocal moral and legal responsibilities that citizens owe police and police owe citizens.

“It has been a couple of months since Barack Obama suggested that the Crusades were somehow on a par with, or even a justification for, 21st-century Islamic terrorism. I objected to Obama’s casual slur at the link, saying, among other things: There was nothing wrong, in principle, with the Crusades. They were an appropriate (if belated and badly managed) response to the conquest of the Holy Land by Islam……the most unfortunate thing about the Crusades is that they failed.”

Right to Bear Arms? Gun grabbing sweeping the nation…..

“Let's say you live in the great state of Maine, down on your luck and needing some kind of social safety net to get you through. Would you say that spending at least 20 hours volunteering, working or participating in a work-training program is a fair trade-off for getting on the state's food stamp program? Even if you spend all your time playing "Call of Duty," surely you could carve out some time on the weekends to volunteer at the local animal shelter. But that requirement was too tough for 9,000 Mainiacs. Some 12,000 people were on Maine's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program before Jan. 1. After the government started enforcing the 20-hour rule, however, only 2,680 people stayed.”

The Greatest Setback for Cancer Research Is Obamacare

“Some little bakeries operated by Christians, Muslims and Jewish bakers don’t want to place plastic figurines of a same-sex couple atop a wedding cake on the grounds that doing so violates their faith. The Indiana law says that these little, family bakeries don’t have to.  The Left, naturally, sees this as a big problem. (Forget about nukes in Iran. The Left is worried about wedding cakes in Indiana.)  Let’s be clear about what this half-baked “problem” is and what it isn’t. It isn’t that gays are unable to find a bakery to make a gay cake. Nearly all bakeries will. The people who finally found ones that refused were not actually looking to buy a cake, but to pick a fight.  And the problem isn’t that these rare religious bakers are out to prohibit gayness. They aren’t. They simply don’t want their private, family-owned businesses endorsing it.  So the real “problem” that the Left sees here is not that gayness is being prohibited, because it’s not. It’s that religion is being allowed.  To address this “problem” of religious people practicing their religion, the Left mobilizes their usual arsenal of shouting, name-calling, mockery and intimidation.”

Prager:  Hillary Clinton has announced that she is running to be the next President of the United States. What her likely nomination says about the Democratic party and tens of millions of Americans is depressing. Other than Barack Obama — whose résumé consisted of being a charismatic black — it is hard to come up with a less accomplished individual who has run for president in our lifetime.

A brief guide to Clinton scandals from Travelgate to Emailgate
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
6 Steps In Choosing Your First Handgun

About 5,500 more people could survive a major tsunami hitting the Pacific Northwest if they just walk a little faster to higher ground after roads are knocked out, a new study shows.
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WISE WORDS
"Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them."
                      -Joseph Story, 1833

Saturday, April 11, 2015

op ed review 4/12



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
This past month may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the leader of the global economic system.

Illegal immigrant children surge across border at highest rate since last summer’s peak

Munich, Anyone? Obama’s Iran Agreement in Translation
“Deal so good for Iran they don't even need to cheat.”

Poll suggests that Obama is twice as popular in Cuba as he is in the United States.
A new Rasmussen poll shows the vast majority of Americans do not believe the federal government is aggressive enough with deporting illegal immigrants.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead is wilting against leading Republican presidential candidates in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, and she finds herself in a close race with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in each state, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. In head-to-head matchups, every Republican candidate effectively ties her in Colorado….

A year ago, the VA scandal involving extreme wait times and cover-ups broke. President Obama pledged urgent reforms, and Congress gave him billions to fund them……so far, nothing´s changed.

The Army is "only generating enough readiness for immediate consumption" while grappling with cuts that have left only a third of the service´s brigades ready, the chief of staff said Wednesday.

A female infantry experiment implemented by the Obama administration has come to a close without the results they wanted to see. The Marine Corps Times reports, “The two-and-a-half year period in which the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course became gender-integrated for research will end without a single female graduate.

The Left, incensed that owners of Memories Pizza would decline to cater a same-sex wedding because of religious conscience, tried to protest the pizza parlor serving a one traffic-light Indiana town out of existence. Due to the threats, Kevin O'Connor closed his shop for eight days. But he reopened April 9 to a full restaurant and not a protester in sight. (Crowdfunding campaign by supporters raised more than $842,000 for the grateful owners.)

In 2010, Washington State voters overwhelmingly rejected Initiative 1098 and its' imposition of a new state income tax. Voters crushed it at the ballot box with a 64.15% NO vote. It lost in every single county, including King.  Nonetheless, last week, every House Democrat ignored that citizen mandate and voted to impose a new state income tax.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Phyllis Schlafly  3/3
The Obama Democrats have an audacious scheme for winning future elections. They just plan to import 5,000,000 non-citizens and credential them as voters who will, in gratitude, vote Democratic.

The way this devious formula works is stunningly simple. Just get the new Republican Congress (under Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell) to pass a full-funding bill for Homeland Security without any exception for the funding of Obama's illegal executive amnesty, which will allow Obama to give work permits, Social Security numbers and driver's licenses to five million illegal aliens.

Once the 5 million so-called undocumented persons are given those valuable documents, there is no way to stop them from voting. That conclusion is drawn from the testimony of voting experts such as Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who told the U.S. House Oversight Committee on Feb. 12, "It's a guarantee it will happen." Kobach's warning was reinforced by testimony before the same committee by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who noted that the 5 million non-citizens would receive the "same documents that federal law requires the states to recognize as valid forms of identification for voter registration." And once an alien registers to vote, Secretary Kobach said, it is "virtually impossible" to remove him from the voter rolls….

In case the illegal aliens need spending money, they can collect a special handout from the U.S. taxpayers called Earned Income Tax Credit, which was designed to help parents who are working to support their families. IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, told the Senate Finance Committee on Feb. 3 that as soon as the illegal aliens receive their Social Security numbers, they will be allowed to go back and claim the EITC for up to three previous years in which they worked illegally. What about the employers who illegally hired these people? They will get off scot-free, even though documentation clearly exists to prosecute and punish them.

Opponents of amnesty were cheered by the news that a federal judge issued an injunction against Barack Obama's unconstitutional and illegal executive amnesty. The judge ruled in favor of the lawsuit filed by the new Texas governor, Greg Abbott, along with 25 other states. Obama's outgoing attorney general, Eric Holder, has promised to appeal, and don't expect any help from Holder's replacement. His designated successor, Loretta Lynch, has already testified that she thinks Obama's executive actions are perfectly legal.

Meanwhile, Obama's 5,000,000 amnestied illegals allowed to remain in our country can cash in on free health care plus schooling for their kids, including free lunch, breakfast and even dinner. I heard one public school superintendent complaining on television that he now has 40 languages spoken in his school, and nobody has yet added up the costs that this burden imposes on the taxpayers.

Of course, these illegals will become eligible for all sorts of America's generous welfare benefits. This includes food stamps, Obamaphones, Medicaid, WIC, Social Security disability and dozens of other handouts.  Most important is that the illegals take jobs from American citizens. The Obama administration brags that the official unemployment rate is only 5.6 percent, but that number is misleading because it doesn't include anyone who stopped looking for work four weeks ago.

As many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or extremely underemployed. If you work just one hour per week for a payment of at least $20, you can't be counted as unemployed in the official government statistics.

The 5 million beneficiaries of Obama's executive action would be added to the already high number of foreigners who enter our labor force each year. They include 1.1 million legal immigrants, 700,000 guest workers on temporary visas, plus roughly a half-million work permits, which the Obama administration has been handing out each year to various categories of non-citizens who are not eligible for employment under the law.

It's no wonder that the Center for Immigration Studies could report last year that literally 100 percent of all net new jobs in the past decade have gone to immigrants and foreign workers. Fewer working-age Americans are employed today than in 2000.


Celebrate 50 years since the release of Phyllis Schlafly's monumental A Choice Not an Echo, the book that launched the conservative resurgence of the late 20th century. This special updated and expanded edition contains 50 percent new material placing the book in its historical context and applying the book's lessons to the issues of today. 
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“With sanctions lifted, its economy booming and tens of billions injected into its treasury, why would Iran curb rather than expand its relentless drive for regional dominance? An overriding objective of these negotiations, as Obama has said, is to prevent the inevitable proliferation — Egypt, Turkey, the Gulf states — that would occur if Iran went nuclear. Yet the prospective agreement is so clearly a pathway to an Iranian bomb that the Saudis are signaling that the deal itself would impel them to go nuclear. You set out to prevent proliferation and you trigger it. You set out to prevent an Iranian nuclear capability and you legitimize it. You set out to constrain the world’s greatest exporter of terror threatening every one of our allies in the Middle East and you’re on the verge of making it the region’s economic and military hegemon. What is the alternative, asks the president? He’s repeatedly answered the question himself: No deal is better than a bad deal.”
               -Charles Krauthammer

“Capital punishment clearly doesn’t deter every murderer, but does it deter any would-be murder? It seems obvious it must. Deterrence is a red herring because the function of the death penalty isn’t simply to scare a would-be murderer with the corpse of a convicted one; it is also to inform an entire society about what we take seriously.”
             -Jonah Goldberg
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BOOKS
The next book by former Vice President Dick Cheney is aimed directly at President Barack Obama. Cheney´s "Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America" will be published on Sept. 1 by Threshold Editions, the publisher announced Tuesday. The book, co-authored by Cheney´s daughter Liz Cheney, contends that Obama has abandoned a decades-long tradition of American global leadership.
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GLOBALONEY
The Mask Slips on the Climate Scam:   “We’re always told that revenue from emissions trading or a carbon tax will be used for energy and climate change adaptation purposes. But (Gov.) Inslee has let the mask slip and made obvious that it is a lie.   Liberal politicians especially are drooling for a carbon tax as a new revenue source. It isn’t going to be rebated to taxpayers.  It isn’t going to be used as a bargaining chip for a decent tax reform.  It’s going to be used to pay for more government goodies.”

The sustainability movement on college campuses across the country is not merely the work of a bunch of wacky students doing the harmless things that kids grow out of. It "distorts college curricula and cuts off free inquiry on important questions," said a new study from the National Association of Scholars. Sustainability: Higher Education´s New Fundamentalism begins with the explanation, " ´Sustainability´ is a key idea on college campuses in the United States and the rest of the Western world." And while it might seem like "just a new name for environmentalism," it "really marks out a new and larger ideological territory.
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ISLAM
What caused nearly 150 deaths at Kenya’s Garissa University College last week? The Associated Press summarizes: “The attackers separated Christian students from Muslim ones and massacred the Christians.”   But the White House response just blamed it on generic “terrorism.”

On the day Fort Hood victims finally received their Purple Hearts, “a 20-year-old man has been charged with planning a suicide bomb attack against the Fort Riley military base in Kansas, in an alleged plot to support ISIS.   John T. Booker, of Topeka, was arrested while trying to arm what he thought what a 1,000-pound bomb inside a van near the base.  “Booker also goes by the name Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, which might give a clue as to his motive.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who helped his brother plant pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon,  is guilty on all 30 counts. Tsarnaev's mother said, "America is the real terrorist and everyone knows that," adding, "My boys are the best of the best."

ISIS insurgents blew up a Christian church on Easter Sunday.  The militants reportedly planted explosives inside the 80-year-old Church of the Virgin Mary in Tel Nasri in Syria´s northeastern province of Hassakain.
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ARTICLES
There used to be a time in the American political landscape when Republicans could forcefully articulate their policy positions to sway public opinion. In the Obama era, facts have given way to spin and message discipline—two areas in which the GOP appears to run upfield into the political headwinds while Democrats always appear to be running downfield and on the attack. Consider the storm surrounding the Indiana governor and the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act he signed last week. To listen to congressional Democrats and the mainstream news media……you would think that Republicans have declared war on the LGBT community, when nothing of the sort has occurred. How did this happen? Quite simply, Democrats know how to manipulate both the press and get the desired political spin to constantly keep Republicans on the defensive while looking guilty.
Propaganda: The overreaction by politicians and advocacy groups to Indiana´s religious freedom law is distressing enough. Worse is the fact that big companies are now amplifying the disinformation campaign. Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn´t the only business executive to condemn Indiana´s law, but he was the most prominent. And, like others, he merely added to the confusion while exposing his hypocrisy. In his Sunday Washington Post op-ed, Cook complained that Indiana is part of a "new wave of legislation" designed to discriminate against gays. New wave? Nineteen states already have laws substantially like Indiana´s — most of them enacted over a decade ago.

Interesting story about New York City’s Success Academy.  “Though it serves primarily poor, mostly black and Hispanic students, Success is a testing dynamo, outscoring schools in many wealthy suburbs, let alone their urban counterparts.”  As you would expect, the New York Times just has to put a negative spin on it:   too rough on the students, too stressful for the teachers, etc.

The Obama administration smeared and lied about Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon mates when they knew they were telling the truth about the deserter Bergdahl. A military investigation discovered that Bergdahl was hoping to escape to Uzbekistan and then to Russia. The Obama White House accused Bergdahl’s platoon mates of “swiftboating” him….
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WISE WORDS
“Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity.”
                 -Eric Hoffer