Can a democracy exist as a permanent form of government? As you may have read, a democracy can exist only until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury. The result is that democracies always collapse over a loss of fiscal responsibility and is always followed by a dictatorship.
Last year I was interviewed by the Columbia Journalism Review on my belief (originally stated on this page) that we are in an era when many political reporters are amateurs and lack the political savvy of their predecessors like Jules Witcover, Ken Bode and Jack Germond. Here’s an example.
WASHINGTON — A couple of hours before Sen. Ted Cruz launched his doomed filibuster, his Republican colleagues staged an intervention.
WASHINGTON — When Dwight Eisenhower asked Gen. Georgy Zhukov how the Red Army cleared minefields, Zhukov replied: “We march through them.” Being profligate with lives is a perquisite of command and a luxury of those with an abundance of lives at their command. Some congressional Republicans, who do not command their party but can implicate it in their marches through minefields, might resuscitate Barack Obama’s presidency by restocking his pantry of excuses: The economy’s continuing anemia will ever after be blamed on any government shutdown.
In Tonopah, friends of the family of little Brooklyn Rose Bryan are doing all they can to rally on her behalf as the toddler goes through the arduous process of battling a kidney tumor.
t’s gone by many names, the Harvest Festival, the Fall Festival, but this weekend’s festival is still the best yearly entertainment in Pahrump Valley.
If there has indeed been a Republican war on women, Republican women in Nevada are striking back!
Whenever there’s an international dispute, such as the one involving Syria through which we are passing, people are almost certain to drag out two previous crises as supposed lessons to us. They are Munich and the missile crisis. Neither of these are normally described accurately. Right now I am particularly concerned with the missile incident, because it got quite a workout recently. Publications from the Washington Post to Mother Jones to the Jewish Post invoked it over Syria.