Remembering 9/11 :: September 11, 2001

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RALEIGH – Election filing is over. Now the fun really begins, with what some around the state capital refer to as the silly season.

We can now look forward to stump speeches where candidates slip up and speak of visiting all 50 counties. We can enjoy mailboxes packed with fliers filled with grainy images making political opponents look as if they just emerged from an alley after beating a puppy. We can smirk as the TV news broadcasts are filled with 30- and 60-second interruptions that alternately make candidates look like George Washington and Osama bin Laden.

Before the merriment begins, the election filings themselves reveal a lot about the current state of politics in North Carolina.

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There’s an internet adage known as Godwin’s Law or Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies that states that the longer a topic of discussion goes on the greater the chances of comparisons to Hitler and the Nazi’s become. This concept is similar to Reductio ad Hitlerum coined in 1953 by political philosopher Leo Strauss. If you want to criticize something in a big way – play the Hitler card.

Of course there can be valid comparisons to Nazi Germany but I try not to quickly resort to that tactic. Sometimes, however, the Hitler card is laying face up on the top of the deck.

 

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RALEIGH -- Last summer, John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation, wrote eloquently about a conservative vision of public education, a vision in which parents of all income levels are given more choices about where and how to educate their children.

Those choices, he wrote, should be between competing educational enterprises -- government-run schools, independently-run charter schools with government oversight, non-profit private schools and home schools. In each case, some kind of taxpayer support -- whether vouchers, tax credits or other assistance -- would back those choices.

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When Alice went down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carol’s novel, Alice and Wonderland, she experienced all kinds of unpleasant surprises. What kind of surprises will we Americans face if our government bombs Iran?

The last time the United States went down the Iranian rabbit hole was in 1953, almost 60 years ago. In 1953 the United States and England engineered a coup that replaced a popular elected leader in Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, with a cruel tyrant, the Shah Pahlavi. The consequences of that intervention have been disastrous, not just for the citizens of the United States but for the whole world.

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