- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Logic and liberty
"[W]e can't question the constitutionality of an Internet pornographer, because their protected right of free speech is listed in the Bill of Rights. But the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self defense listed directly afterward in the same Bill of Rights is not really protected.
"After all, free speech entitles Americans to own newspapers, Internet sites, radio stations, television networks, typewriters and computers, but self-defense only pertains to bare hands unless you're a policeman, federal agent or soldier.
"And it's common knowledge that the American Civil Liberties Union should be heralded because it uncompromisingly defends certain portions of the Constitution, but Gun Owners of America and the National Rifle Association should be shunned for uncompromisingly defending certain parts of the Constitution.
"Star power enters into the legitimacy of gun control, too. It's true, isn't it, that Charlton Heston, a movie actor who is head of the NRA, is a ridiculous lunatic who should be ignored, while Michael Douglas, a movie actor who represents Handgun Control, is a peace ambassador who is allowed to use guns in his movies and deserves an audience at United Nations arms-control summits.
"Gun control must be strengthened because we know that guns not people cause crime, just like men cause rape and women cause prostitution."
Jon Dougherty, writing on "Why gun control works, part 2," Friday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

History lesson
"[During the 1962 Cuban missile crisis] President Kennedy did not wait until those weapons became operational. He said the missiles were a clear and present and growing danger to the United States and that the U.S. would not allow them to become operational.
"The president engaged in an act of war by establishing a blockade around Cuba, telling the Soviet Union to remove the missiles or we will remove them.
"If the Allies had enforced the treaties Germany signed at the end of World War I and confronted Hitler when he reoccupied the Rhineland in 1936, we now know that the German general staff was prepared to remove him from power.
"How many tens of millions of people's lives would have been saved if we had stopped Hitler when he was comparatively weaker?
"History proves that appeasement with people like Hitler and [Iraqi dictator Saddam] Hussein doesn't work."
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Nov. 15 on National Public Radio's "On Point" program

Detroit nightmare
"For 14 months, since [September 11], American politicians and news media have bird-dogged the alleged injustice of U.S. government policy toward Arab minorities. But now along comes an unlikely source, the hit movie '8 Mile,' to remind us of the real government injustice in America: 30 years of urban policy that have crippled a generation of American youth.
"Behind the star power of the popular, foul-mouthed Eminem and a classic script about a young man trying to escape the ghetto, '8 Mile' topped the box office at $54 million in its first weekend. But the movie is more than a star vehicle it is a brave, un-PC, and brutally honest portrayal of America's most infamous urban nightmare, Detroit.
"The title of the movie is both a literal and symbolic reference to Eight Mile Road, the street that runs along the entire northern boundary of Detroit. For movie director Curtis Hanson, '8 Mile' is a metaphor for overcoming the odds.
"And as politics, '8 Mile' is stark evidence of the failure of liberal urban policy."
Henry Payne, writing on "Eminem's Real Detroit," Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.online


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