Good will can wait
© by Barbara Anderson

The Salem News
Thursday, December 11, 2014


“Peace on earth to men of good will.”

Wait. We can get to men of good will later in the holiday season. Let’s get the other people out of the way first.

As I write this, I am watching the hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, starring MIT professor Jonathan Gruber. Republican congressmen want an explanation from the oft-described “architect of the Affordable Care Act” as to why he told other academics that it was necessary to mislead Congress and the rest of us about Obamacare because “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”

Prof. Genius is having a hard time with the Republicans, who keep asking tough questions like “how much were you paid by the stupid taxpayers to mislead them?” So far he has refused to answer, though it’s assumed to be millions, counting all the state consulting contracts.

  Prickly City
  by Scott Stantis

  December 4, 2014


Flicking channel to news conference about American’s use of torture: apparently the Obama administration has an urgent need to finally tell the truth about something, even if it gives our enemies an excuse to attack Americans overseas.

I want you to know I don’t approve of torture. I would NOT waterboard Prof. Gruber to make him tell us the truth about Obamacare. Our government is not allowed to torture any American. When it comes to foreign terrorists, we should demand that CIA operatives be certain they have a guilty person with information they must get quickly in order to save innocent people from the torture of a terrorist attack.

One criticism in the report is that the CIA lied to us about the effectiveness of torture in keeping us safe. I don’t understand why it would lie; if torture is effective and has saved lives, tell us. If it’s not, stop doing it.

We live in a world that is filled with ugliness created by evil people, and we can’t just sing about “Peace on earth, good will to men.” Some men deserve to die. We honor the military when it does its job, trying to make our world safer.

We also honor our state and local police forces for trying to do the same job. We know policemen often cover for each other’s mistakes, like drunk driving, or even occasional brutality against helpless prisoners. And, we know they have a tough job, facing very real danger themselves.

So let the liberals who have created the welfare system and a permanent underclass take some responsibility for the demographics that show some racial groups are more dangerous than others, more likely to be a threat to a policeman, as well as to the rest of their community which that policeman is trying to protect.

Yes, I know I have an advantage being white, as Brian Watson wrote in his column this week, chiding us for not understanding “black anger and seemingly irrational violence.” He’s right, I don’t understand irrational violence. I can’t think of a single thing that is going wrong in this country and the world that is the fault of those who have always supported the rule of law, personal responsibility, and peace to men of good will.

Columnist David Shribman wrote last week about a fascinating historical dispute, between those who want the study of history to concentrate on the past 2,000 years or so, and those who want it to be taught on a 14 billion-year scale. Sign me up for the latter: until one goes back to our roots as human beings, nothing makes sense.

In early history, it made survival sense to be suspicious of anything, including other early humans, who were different from us; this is the root of racism. Good people have evolved over the centuries from genetic impulses and deserve credit for it. Others have not; this is what we need to understand and address. The race-baiting that has occupied the political environment since the election of Barack Obama has stopped evolution in its tracks here. Good people should be able to criticize a person who is doing the wrong things, regardless of his skin color. Black leaders shouldn’t encourage a return to the us-them mentality by excusing rioting and looting.

Clearly evolution and history are going backward in the Middle East, where barely human Muslim terrorists are beheading people, and in parts of Africa, where black Americans are lucky not to be residing.

In every country of the world, good people of all races struggle against others of the same race who refuse to let them live in peace. Good people founded America, and created a constitution to protect Americans from the bad people, hopefully far into the future. Good people emigrated here, recognizing that this is a better place than anywhere else, and were welcomed. Wise former slaves stayed here to work for equal civil rights, rather than returning, as some did, to West Africa.

This is why we must protect our constitution and our borders. We must make sure new immigrants are good people, then not destroy their spirit and their families with a welfare state. We should ignore race, and treat every person as an individual who might, when we get to know him, deserve both peace and our friendship. This is the spirit of America and of Christmas.

Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is president of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a Salem News columnist.

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Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. Her column appears weekly in the Salem News and other Eagle-Tribune newspapers.

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