- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 1, 2007

A free army

“Martin Anderson … had been director of research for the 1968 Nixon campaign. … Anderson had already been influenced by [Milton] Friedman’s arguments for a volunteer military, and he urged Nixon to appoint a 15-member advisory commission, with Friedman as a member, to contemplate the future of the draft. …

“Vietnam troop commander [Gen.] William Westmoreland gruffly announced during one commission hearing that he was not interested in leading an army of ‘mercenaries.’ Friedman cooly replied, ‘Would you rather command an army of slaves?’

“Westmoreland bristled. ‘I don’t like to hear our patriotic draftees referred to as slaves,’ he said. ‘I don’t like to hear our patriotic volunteers referred to as mercenaries,’ Friedman snapped back — and pointed out that if they were, then he was a mercenary professor and Westmoreland a mercenary general. …

“Spurred by Friedman’s argumentative power and moral force, the commission unanimously recommended ending the draft in February 1970.”

— Brian Doherty, writing on “The Life and Times of Milton Friedman,” in the March issue of Reason

‘Hate’ and faith

“Our forefathers would have utterly rejected the concept of ‘hate crimes.’ As Thomas Jefferson succinctly explained in his Bill for Religious Freedom in 1779, ‘the rightful purposes of civil government’ are to punish ‘overt acts against peace and good order.’ Jefferson went on to say that no ‘civil magistrate can intrude his powers into the field of opinions’ because he would then make ‘his own opinion the rule of judgment and approve or condemn the sentiments of others only as they square with or differ from his own.’ …

“Hate crime legislation today is being used … to prohibit Christians from expressing their beliefs. …

“The day is rapidly approaching and perhaps is already here when speaking out in love against sin or contending for our faith … will become criminal conduct for ‘hating’ our fellow man. … What we believe is a matter between man and God.”

— Roy Moore, writing on “What’s not to love about ‘hate crimes’ laws?” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Beyond partisan

“It was Ronald Reagan who created the political doctrine, known as the ‘Eleventh Commandment,’ that ‘thou shall not speak ill of other Republicans.’ President Reagan, however, never lived to meet some of today’s Republicans, especially those running for office in Michigan. Had he done so, perhaps he wouldn’t have been so charitable in his counsel. Republicans who head for the tall grass whenever the issue of race preferences presents itself are different only to a small degree from Democrats who engage in demagoguery on the issue. …

“Far too many Republicans have essentially abandoned the core principle of individual rights. Aligned with the far Left, the race advocates, and other ‘diversicrats’ in opposition to [the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, a 2006 ballot measure that outlawed racial preference] were the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Dick DeVos, the GOP U.S. Senate candidate, the chairman of the Michigan Republican party and virtually every Republican candidate for office in that state. …

“Race preferences strike at the heart of American citizenship. … Is party allegiance more important than the kind of life my grandchildren will have and the kind of nation that we bequeath to them?”

— Ward Connerly, writing on “The Michigan Win,” Tuesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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