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Hannah Arendt

“No one has ever doubted that truth and politics are on rather bad terms with each other.” —Hannah Arendt (in her 1967 essay, “Truth and Politics.”)    






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Opaque Pension System

Requiring government transparency is as necessary in those areas where governments can grant special favors as in those where governments can inflict direct harm. That is, it’s as important regarding government worker pensions as it is of the abuse of police power. In Nevada, the legal requirement for the state’s






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The Servers of the Self-Serving

Feel like Charlie Brown? That football . . . yanked away again. Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey announced he’s not recommending prosecution of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate. “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,”






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The Return of the Philosopher King

On Sunday, at Townhall, I addressed the whining attacks on referendums and “democracy” that followed the Brexit referendum. The most outrageous? A broadside from Jason Brennan. “To have even a rudimentary sense of the pros and cons of Brexit,” argues this Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Associate Professor of






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A Most Bizarre Misuse

Increasingly, folks in government balk at the commonsense requirement for transparency. They don’t like the basic idea of a republic, apparently — that we have rights; folks in government have duties. They are bound to serve us. And allow us to oversee their work. The latest bizarre attempt to wiggle






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Secrecy, Conspiracy, and the Sauds

The U. S. cleaves to some bizarre security standards. That is, about secrecy. Critics have been complaining for years about how “liberal” the federal government is in classifying information as secret. Or, put another way, how stingy the government is in providing us with information. Not liberal at all. This






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This Too Shall Pass

We are living in what I hope are the latter days of the Watergate Era. I’m old enough to remember Watergate. The un-making of President Nixon, before our very eyes, informed Americans in a deep and profound way. It led, in part, to the election of Jimmy Carter, often referred






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Disneyland vs. Politicians

Last week, when asked by reporters about the arguably deadly wait times that vets have endured (or not), Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald replied, “What really counts is how does the veteran feel about their encounter with the VA. When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of






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Big-Dollar Impact

Last Saturday, The Washington Post’s top-of-the-front-page headline blared, “50 donors with outside impact.” If that doesn’t curdle your blood, readers were further warned of a new “Gilded Age.” Yes, in concentrated fundraising the Post heard “echoes of the end of the 19th century, when wealthy interests spent millions to help






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Money Means Nothing to Her

Campaign finance reform is surely dead . . . if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Which would be good. Not Clinton being elected, mind you. What would be good is the death of so-called campaign finance reform — the kind supported by Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.






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Incumbent Upon Heaven

Many who pledged to limit their terms in Congress have gotten elected and, then . . . actually kept their word. Yet, with the temptations of power, combined with the acute narcissism of politicians, not a few have flung their honor aside to break their promise. Four years ago, Oklahoma






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Banking on Clinton

I’ve been tough on Bernie Sanders, the socialist Vermont Senator and Democratic Party presidential candidate. Why? Because socialism is — to quote a current GOP candidate — “a disaster.” But I appreciate his campaign for showing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for what she is, the ultimate establishment insider.






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