ON MAY 3, we witnessed two soldiers from the Czech Army placing a red-white-and-blue wreath on a memorial to the 16th Armored Division. This event of May 3 was part of the city of Pilsen's Liberation Festival, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of that city from German occupation by American soldiers.
Take note also that the Houston Chronicle ran a Memorial Day editorial today -- not without its faults, but respectable. The newspaper's editorial board is mostly wrong about most things, but at least it has largely quit withholding its approval from standard American holidays, celebrations, and remembrances, usually by ignoring them. That's progress.
UNCA D ATTENDED a social event last night. A considerable number of guests were high-net-worth individuals. The thing for the well-off to do these days, it seems, is to be the first in their circle to travel to Cuba.
Notes were being shared by those who had been with those who are soon to go. Considerable comment was made on the lovely old 19th-century buildings in Havana, and -- unavoidably -- on their visible ruin. The decaying premises had a deep aesthetic appeal to the travelers. The consensus is that if one is to visit Cuba, one should visit quickly, before modernity or prosperity arrive and sweep away such beauty.
FOR STARTERS, the Clinton Foundation is not and never has been a charity. Bill and Hillary created it in 2001 as a vehicle to assist their continuing political ambitions, in particular Mrs. Clinton's run for the White House. Any good the foundation does is coincidental to its bigger role as a fund-raising network and a jobs program for Clinton political operatives.
A CHINESE SCHOLAR writing under a pseudonym ("Youwei") argues that modern Chinese prosperity rests on easy reforms that have already been made. Continued reform is unlikely, Youwei says, because "there is not much potential for further evolution within China's present authoritarian framework."
HERE IS MY first video, shot Sunday, May 3, at Maranatha United Methodist Church in Pilsen, Czech Republic. It was a special service of remembrance for the liberation of western Czechoslovakia by Patton's Third Army on May 6, 1945.
JUST ABOLISH all tariffs and most other barriers to entry of foreign good. Ignore the other countries. Let them do what they will.
It's a myth that the benefits of free trade depend solely on whether other countries open their door to American goods. Or that all trade liberalization must be tit-for-tat. Or that the goal of trade law is a "level playing field," which is more a political idea than an economic idea.
Our only real goal should be American prosperity. If we just do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may, the chips will fall in our laps.
Would this form of free trade hurt some industries and workers? Sure. So help'em out. Just don't help them out with protectionism, which hurts everyone to help a few.
. . . the Houston Chronicle's vigorous defense of free speech. Didn't expect it, frankly. The progressive position these days is that the free-speech stuff in the First Amendment needs a rewrite. Government needs power, you see, to shut up everyone less clever and less moral than certified progressives. The Chronicle, for whatever reason, is sticking with the classic liberal (in the traditional sense) position: that free speech is the beginning and end of a free society.
Now if the editorial board had guts enough to use its own free speech rights to call . . .
THIS ANALYSIS by Audrey Kurth Cronin sounds right to me.
In a nationally televised speech last September explaining his plan to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS, U.S. President Barack Obama drew a straight line between the group and al Qaeda and claimed that ISIS is "a terrorist organization, pure and simple." This was . . .
GOP POLITICAL INSIDER Ed Rogers says President Barack Hussein Obama is on the verge of being exposed as a failed president.
If Obamacare is hobbled by the courts and the president's executive actions on immigration are brought to a screeching halt, combined with the anemic economy and a foreign policy in disarray, it's hard to make the case that this is anything other than a failed presidency. (Ed Rogers, "The Insiders: Obama's governing legacy hangs by a legal thread," washingtonpost.com, February 19, 2015)
HE WAS a conventional FDR-style liberal Democrat. Other than that, nothing would have recommended him to intellectual elite of his time. They would have seen him -- to borrow from the essay quoted below -- as a member of "the hapless 'herd,' the 'booboisie,' all of whom [Mencken] deemed the 'peasantry' that blighted American cultural life."
Yet one night each week, while we lived on the farm, he . . .
. . . Marie Harf did not invent her rather strange theory of how to defeat Islamic terrorism. She learned it. All leftists since Marx have seen the world through a materialist lens. Thus it is perfectly sensible to ignore the perverted religious justifications from ISIS for burning infidels alive and cutting off their heads. The real motive . . . well, let her explain: