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Crime in America

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As the English philosopher John Locke observed in his Two Treatises on Government, man's life, liberty, and property are not privileges bestowed by government. They are inherent and basic rights that preexist government. Thus, individuals have the natural or God-given right to live their lives in any way they choose, as long as they do so peacefully. Why was it necessary to institute government? Thomas Jefferson gave the answer in the Declaration of Independence: to secure the protection of these preexisting rights. And why was a Constitution needed? To place strict limitations on the powers of governmental officials. The Constitution aimed to assure the government's role as a protector, not a destroyer, of people's rights. The United States government, however, is now destructive of the very ends for which it was formed. For it no longer protects the lives, liberties, and properties of the American people. Instead, the chief ends of the U.S. government today are to direct and restrict the ...

The Causes and Consequences of World War II, Part 3

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In 1945, Nazi totalitarianism was destroyed by the military might of the wartime allies. But within a few months of victory, our comrade-in-arms, "Uncle Joe" Stalin (as he was affectionately referred to by President Franklin Roosevelt), was making it clear that the postwar period would not be an era of global peace and international harmony. Within months of the German surrender, Stalin was tightening his grip on the Eastern European countries that had been "liberated" by the Red Army. There would be no free elections, no democratic pluralism, no market economies in the nations now in Moscow's orbit. By 1948, with the communist coup in Czechoslovakia, every one of the Eastern European countries had been turned into a socialist "People's Republic." We now know that this was Stalin's intention from the beginning, despite the promises he gave to President Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference in February 1945. In early April 1945, less ...

The Drug War Hits Home

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Grady McClendon, 53, his wife, two of their adult children, and two grand- children were driving a rented car through Georgia to their Florida home when McClendon made a wrong turn on a one-way street. Local police stopped him, checked his identification, and asked to search the car. He agreed. Opening suitcases and purses, the police found jewelry, a registered handgun, and ten Florida lottery tickets. Then they pulled out something they said was cocaine. The McClendons were detained for six hours before being released, but the police kept the possessions found in the car: $2,300 in cash and items described as "instruments of drug activity and gambling paraphernalia"-that is, the lottery tickets. Eleven months later, the prosecutor finally admitted that lab tests on the alleged cocaine "came back negative." The prosecutor says the search was "a good stop. They had no proof of where they lived ...