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Written by Norm Cohen Monday, December 17, 2012 05:48 pm
Hi all. A quick history lesson. Which American president wrote the following: "Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes and the opportunities of fraud growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
Written by Seth Grossman Monday, December 17, 2012 05:47 pm
Our Declaration of Independence says that although “our Creator” endowed each of us with “certain unalienable rights” including “life” (the right not to be murdered), we need governments “to secure these rights.”
This idea is in the Bible, where God tells Noah to respect and protect the life of every human being. And where Moses sets up a system of laws and judges.
Written by Harry Hurley Monday, December 17, 2012 05:47 pm
This is my penultimate column with The Current and Gazette Newspapers of Atlantic and Cape May counties. In other words, it's my next to the last column. I've never used the word "penultimate" in any column before. So, now is as good a time as any.
I also believe that it's my 415th column in this newspaper over the past eight years.
Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:32 am
About 130 years ago, Professor Woodrow Wilson started teaching the new doctrine at PrincetonUniversity that started the “progressive” movement in the United States.
Wilson taught that the basic principles of liberty in our Declaration of Independence and U.S. and state Constitutions were obsolete and unfair. He said it was wrong for each citizen to have “certain unalienable rights” because modern society is too complicated for ordinary citizens to make the most important decisions concerning their own lives. And they are too selfish to do what is best for the “common good.”
Written by Harry Hurley Monday, December 10, 2012 04:49 pm
A few weeks ago I mentioned that it looked likely that no prominent Republican (other than Atlantic County Freeholder Board Chairman Frank Formica) would step up and challenge state Sen. Jim Whelan in District 2.
I have learned that this is not the case. A very prominent Republican is preparing to come forward, and it's very likely that he will make a run.
Written by Norm Cohen Monday, December 10, 2012 04:46 pm
Yes, folks, the rumors are true. The Current and Gazette Newspapers have decided to go in a different direction for their politics page. So this column and the next two columns will be the last weekly columns from me, Seth, and Harry. Our editor assures me that, under the new format, starting in January, we will still be writing occasional columns, but not weekly. The Current is still finalizing its plans for a new and different politics page.
Written by Harry Hurley Friday, December 07, 2012 11:31 am
In the spirit of the holiday season, I am humbly asking for the following this Christmas: Can we banish from the English Language the term, "the new normal."
I am beyond sick and tired of being sick and tired of hearing this overused phrase that is so popular today to try and explain away why things can't be great in America anymore – that we have to settle for less.
Written by Seth Grossman Friday, December 07, 2012 11:30 am
“Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating has increased to the highest score ever measured for a New Jersey governor. According to a Quinnipiac University survey of registered voters released Tuesday, 72 percent approved of Christie’s job performance, up from 56 percent last month.”
-- Wall Street Journal, Nov. 30, 2012
Written by Norm Cohen Friday, December 07, 2012 11:28 am
What does Harry have against potted plants?
Before I move on to the main topic of this column, please indulge me for a moment while I make yet another request for justice for April Kauffman.
Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, November 27, 2012 03:41 pm
Last week I visited friends in the prosperous Maryland suburbs just north of Washington, D.C. Driving from South Jersey to our nation’s capital reminded me of a movie scene where the two “tributes” from District 9 rode the train to the Capitol for the Hunger Games.
Written by Norm Cohen Monday, November 26, 2012 03:30 pm
The Ocean City chapter of Amnesty International will observe and celebrate International Human Rights Day with a poetry reading by poet Lamont Steptoe 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., Ocean City.
Written by Harry Hurley Monday, November 26, 2012 01:08 pm
It's almost a new election year. 2013 will be a very big political year.
Gov. Chris Christie (although he won't yet say), I guarantee that he will be running for re-election.
Written by Harry Hurley Tuesday, November 20, 2012 06:24 pm
Some additional thoughts regarding Hurricane Sandy are warranted.
Sometimes storms get overhyped. Not this one! Superstorm Sandy will never be forgotten. Not since 1903 had a hurricane made such a dramatic, almost unprecedented left turn against all metrological odds.
Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, November 20, 2012 06:24 pm
Shortly after the “superstorm,” government “experts” reported that the sand dunes on South Jersey beaches “did their duty,” but now needed to be replaced at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, November 20, 2012 06:23 pm
It’s time for the annual Thanksgiving column.
What a year it has been, but we have much to be thankful for. Sandy spared our home and our family is doing well. Many people in South Jersey lost everything during Superstorm Sandy and perhaps are thankful only that they are alive. But Americans are resilient and will find their way back.
Written by Seth Grossman Monday, November 12, 2012 05:49 pm
Last week Democrat Obama defeated Republican Romney for president in a very close election (50.5 percent to 47.9 percent). Republicans lost two seats in the U.S. Senate but kept their majority in the House of Representatives, the branch of the federal government responsible for spending, taxes and borrowing.
Written by Norm Cohen Monday, November 12, 2012 05:49 pm
So the results are in. President Obama was re-elected to a second term by a large margin in the Electoral College, but by a small margin in the popular vote. Obama squeaked through thanks to a number of factors, including a high turnout of his base: Latino and African-American voters in the forefront.
Written by Harry Hurley Monday, November 12, 2012 02:05 pm
Many people – half of the people to be exact – want to know how Barack Obama won a second term as president Nov. 6.
It's a great question. The Obama four-year record was so abysmal that surely he was destined to be a failed one-term president, right?
Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, November 06, 2012 01:56 pm
This column was written Friday, and with the situation still very much in flux some of what I'm writing here may have been overtaken by events. So like last week's column, I'll just do my best. My post-election column will be for next week.
This columnist has been rough on our Gov. Chris Christie, calling him a bully, and opposing many of his actions as governor. Hurricane Sandy showed him in a new light.
Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, November 06, 2012 01:52 pm
“There are a handful of towns that have not reached the 90 percent evacuation level and that it may be difficult to get people out as conditions worsen. They are in harm’s way … these decisions are both stupid and selfish.”
- Gov. Chris Christie, Monday, Oct. 30, 2012
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