Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Insights from Thomas Sowell

Sowell comments on the visceral reaction some conservatives have against Sarah Palin; but, he argues, we need Palin, or someone like her.

One of his great lines from this article: Governor Palin's "inexperience" is a talking point that might have some plausibility if it were not for the fact that Barack Obama has far less experience in actually making policies than Sarah Palin has. Joe Biden has had decades of experience in being both consistently wrong and consistently a source of asinine statements.

In another good article, Sowell indicates we have reason for pessimism, perhaps even despair, when as a nation we are concerned about the pay of executives and not the coming threat of a nuclear Iran. Sowell comes near to talking about God's providence in America's past and hoping for it again in her near future.

Poignant quote: Although, in some sense, the United States of America is still the militarily strongest nation on earth, that means absolutely nothing if our enemies are willing to die and we are not.

It took only two nuclear bombs to get Japan to surrender — and the Japanese of that era were far tougher than most Americans today. Just one bomb — dropped on New York, Chicago or Los Angeles — might be enough to get us to surrender.

If we are still made of sterner stuff than it looks like, then it might take two or maybe even three or four nuclear bombs, but we will surrender.

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