What Is the Meaning of New Year’s?

New Year's makes the attainment of happiness more real and possible. December 23, 2002 By Scott McConnell The meaning of most holidays is clear: Valentine's Day celebrates romance; July Fourth, independence; Thanksgiving, productivity; Christmas, good will toward men. The meaning of New Year's Day—the world's most celebrated holiday—is not so clear. On this day, many people remember last year's achievements and failures and look forward to the promise of a new year, of a new beginning. But this celebration and reflection is the result of more than an accident of the calendar. New Year's has a deeper significance. What is it? On New Year's Day, when the singing, fireworks and champagne toasts are over, many of us become more serious about life. We take stock and plan new courses of action to better our lives. This is best seen in one of the most popular customs and the key to ...
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The New Tobacco

July 2, 2002 By Peyton Knight You’re fat. Oh, come on, you know it. You are one big lard-o along the lines of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe. Well, maybe you’re not that "obese," but you’re certainly creeping into the "overweight" range of Cal Ripken Jr. and Michael Jordan. All of this according to the federal government’s Body Mass Index (BMI) scale, which has characterized the physiques of the aforementioned celebrities in terms usually reserved for the Rosie O’Donnells of the world. On the bright side, you’ll be happy to know that your ever-expanding waistline is not your fault. You are merely a victim of the savvy marketing of a sadistic food and beverage industry. One that preys on your weaknesses, and most unconscionably, your children’s weaknesses, to the degree that it’s all you can do to resist cramming one more Big Mac in your fat face. This obesity diagnosis ...
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Our Failed Congress

May 21, 2002 By Alan Caruba (from the June 2002 issue of The DeWeese Report) It seems to me that, not since the days that preceded the Civil War, has Congress been so filled with arrogant, ignorant, indolent, and sometimes outright traitorous poltroons bent upon the destruction of this great nation and the Constitution that is supposed to be the highest law of the land. Congress is filled with guilt-ridden millionaires who try to buy their way into Heaven by passing endless new social programs this nation cannot afford, absorbing more immigrants than we can assimilate, and doing nothing to guard our porous borders against our enemies. Congress has sold us out to the United Nations, signing on to endless treaties that suck the lifeblood of our sovereignty, our right to rule ourselves. They have sold out to the secret communists, the self-identified "environmentalists", who sit up nights devising new ...
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Funding Faith-Based Charities Is A Mistake

By Tom DeWeese As with many of President George W. Bush’s proposals, the intent may be pure, but the reality is unsound. So it is with his proposal to provide federal funds to “faith-based” charities. It is a sound and noble idea to open the door to these groups and ease their efforts in helping the needy and, at the same time, reduce government involvement. Anyone who has been a member of a church group or even a civic or service club over the past few decades is aware that it has become harder for these groups to get involved in charity work. Many tasks once regularly carried out by private groups were either taken over by the government or government regulations made the private efforts impossible. Church soup kitchens, charity housing and eye-wear programs are just a few of the noble causes that were once handled by private organizations, ...
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The American Prize

September 20, 2001 By Tom DeWeese "I can't imagine anything that would infuriate the Americans more. I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." Those words were spoken by Admiral Yamamoto in World War II after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Our new enemy, the Islamic terrorists, will now learn---as he did---the incredible truth of those words. Our enemies believe that Americans care only for luxuries; that we are mostly corrupt and weak. That is why they attacked. They fail to understand what Americans prize above all else. Freedom! "What do you think is wrong about America?" Put that question to a hundred different Americans and you'll get a hundred different answers and that's what's right about America! We're free to criticize our government, our churches, our schools, and all of our social institutions. Americans always want to perfect ...
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RESOLVE!

September 12, 2001 By Tom DeWeese America is a different place today. That’s good. Because we need to be. Many of our citizens were beginning to forget why America is special. When asked where our wealth and high standard of living came from, many would simply shrug their shoulders and say, "was is not always so?" Many Americans may have forgotten (or never were taught) that such a wonderful life has a price – eternal vigilance. It means we revere our history and understand how we got to be the greatest nation on earth. It means we stand for our liberties. It means we fight back when attacked. It means we accept no substitute for the right to live as we wish. The right to live, free of fear from government oppression; free to travel; free to associate with whom we choose; speak what we wish – as individuals is ...
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Bipartisanship is a Liberal Trap

May 8, 2001 Republicans seem to fall for it every time. They tell us that they just want to do the honorable thing. The Congress is evenly divided, they say, so we have to work with the other side. First – Congress is not evenly divided – Republicans have the majority of votes in both houses. Second – Democrats have no intention of working with Republicans, unless Republicans change their agenda to match that of the Democrats. Need proof? Read it in their own words. THE HYPOCRISY OF THE LIBERALS "The issues that Al Gore and Joe Lieberman ran on, strengthening education, protecting Social Security and Medicare, adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, passing a real patient’s bill of rights and using our current prosperity wisely and responsibly. These are the issues that will dominate the next Congress." -Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) December 14, 2000 "But while ...
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The Dollars and Sense Answer to Black Reparations

By Tom DeWeese Over the weekend of Friday, February 2nd, a National Reparations Convention was held in Chicago to draft a plan to see payment for blacks today based on the belief that the nation owes the present generation for the slavery imposed more than a century ago. Historian and Ebony magazine editor, Lerone Bennett, Jr., says, "We're not talking about a sentimental argument. We're talking about the fact that America owes us some money." The racism peddlers apparently know no bounds in what is becoming a growth industry. Its leaders like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Randall Robinson are having a great year. According to them, racism is everywhere. When a few dumb people in Florida couldn't figure out how to use the same voting machines that had been used successfully for years by thousands of others, racism was the charge. When the Attorney General-designate, John Ashcroft, fought against ...
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Behind the Quebec Demonstrations

April 24, 2001 By Tom DeWeese While George W. Bush and other world leaders went about their business to create a free trade zone throughout North and South America, the media focused on the demonstrators in the streets. Having achieved their attention-getting goal, they left before the Quebec conference ended. It is apparent from comments by George W. Bush that he is unclear as to who these demonstrators were. He called the demonstrators "isolationists." In fact, they are rabid environmentalists and unionists who see these summits as an opportunity to infect these trade pacts with their radical environmental ideologies. At the same time, labor unions use the opportunity to push for the stifling of labor practices in other nations. This one-two punch of environmentalism and labor demands would sound the death knell of free trade anywhere. These conferences, however, are not about free trade. One doesn't need a truck trailer ...
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The First Session of the 107th Congress… The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Peyton Knight, Associate Editor Out with the old, in with the new. On January 24th of next year, the first session of the 107th Congress will convene. When the dust settled over Election 2000, Republicans maintained their advantage over the Democrats in the House of Representatives by the count 220 seats to 211 seats (there are two Independent Representatives and two elections still undecided as of this writing). It also appears that Republicans will maintain a slim 51 to 49 majority in the Senate (as of this writing, incumbent Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA) is leading his rival by 5,168 votes—although he has not been officially declared the winner). Much can be determined by viewing the national results of the congressional elections. Most obviously, die-hard Clinton apologists are now trying to discern what type of cleanser is best suited to remove those oh-so-tough egg stains from their faces. Their dire ...
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Time for a Reality Check on America’s China Policy

April 16, 2001 By Tom DeWeese and Peyton Knight Just as Neville Chamberlain should not have been surprised when Adolf Hitler broke his dubious promise for "peace in our time," nor should America be surprised by the recent actions of Communist China. Pundits and politicians alike, when describing our tactful dealings with China, are quick to remind their audiences that today’s China is a "centuries old civilization" rich in tradition and ancient religious discipline. A Confucian civilization that is still upset over wrongdoings during the European colonization period. Such a view is wrong. The China we are confronted with today is nothing like the pre-nineteenth century nation to which is commonly referred. Since the reign of Mao Tse-tung began in 1949, Communist China, much to the dismay, torture and death of its own citizens, has been governed by tyrannical thugs, thirsty to expand their dictatorial regime and unrelenting in their ...
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Election Rejection

By Alan Caruba Al Gore has confirmed what those of us who have come to loath the Clinton-Gore administration have known for too long now. It's not about what is best for the nation, it is about holding onto the power entrusted to them at any cost. This is why Gore and the Democratic Party will put us all through hell when he knows and we know he has lost. It doesn't matter whether he losses by one vote. He's lost. Reversing that decision made by one half of the one half of eligible voters who even bothered to show up at the polls is the goal of Gore and the Democratic Party. The people and the electoral process be damned. Even Nixon had the good grace to concede to John F. Kennedy, knowing that the votes out of Chicago and Illinois represented a lot of dead people. Gore has ...
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Duplantier Joins American Policy Foundation

Noted Broadcast and Newspaper Commentator Washington, DC - F.R. "Bob" Duplantier, writer and producer of "Behind The Headlines", a conservative commentary broadcast daily on more than a hundred radio stations and published one-to-three times weekly in more than 500 newspapers, has joined the American Policy Foundation, an educational foundation devoted to public policy issues. "The addition of Bob Duplantier to our team marks a major expansion of our ability to reach out to an ever-growing number of Americans concerned with issues that include education, property rights, environmentalism, the United Nations and our national sovereignty," said Tom DeWeese, the president of the Foundation. It is headquartered in Herndon, VA. "As the new producer of Behind the Headlines," said DeWeese, "the American Policy Foundation will be continuing the great work of America's Future that, for more than a half century, has championed the conservative response to the challenges facing this nation." Duplantier ...
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DeWeese Offers New President and Congress a “Liberty Wish List”

While children worked on their last minute gift lists for Santa, Tom DeWeese, wrote his "Liberty Wish List" for President-elect George W. Bush and the 107th Congress. A complete review and reversal of executive orders issued by President Clinton and previous administrations that run counter to the mandates of the US Constitution. An energy policy that utilizes the vast reserves of oil, coal and natural gas that exist throughout the U.S., reducing our dependency on foreign imports. The reversal of the designations of National Monuments made during the Clinton years. Passage of the American Land Sovereignty Protection Act (S. 3146) to insure that neither the United Nations or any other international organization can exercise any jurisdiction over the US landmass, its forests, deserts, national monuments and historic sites. The rejection of any United Nations claims of jurisdiction over US citizens via its World Court. The absolute right of Congress to ...
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“Let The B. S. Flow…”

March 4, 2001 The price of first-class postage stamps will rise to 37 cents on June 30th. In fiscal 2001, the post office lost a whopping $1.68 billion, despite grabbing $3 billion in increased revenue from two previous rate increases. Justification for the increase is that the poor post office, we’re told, took a beating from an 8% decrease in letter volume after the September 11th terrorist attack. Not only is the Postal Service planning to raise $6 billion more with the new rate increase, but it is also seeking a massive $5 billion bailout from taxpayers. Americans should be asking if the post office needs another increase. What efforts has it made during hard times to cut costs? Has it enforced a hiring freeze? Has it asked (as some airlines have done) for workers to take pay cuts or reduced hours to help save costs? Has it begun an ...
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What We Need is a ‘Partisan’ GOP

By Tom DeWeese The Republicans won the November 7th election and now control both the White House and the Congress, the latter by a small margin, but even in horse races, you can still win by a nose. In addition, the Republican Party has more Governors. By any calculation, it is the majority political party. So why doesn't it act like one? Republicans, who are always accused of being partisan have fought hard to protect the electoral process from a candidate and a party that demonstrated it was willing to say and do anything to overthrow the results of the election to continue its control of the White House. Now the Republican agenda for the 107th Congress must be to wage an all out war to advance the conservative issues that gave it the control of Congress. They must begin to actually represent the views of those who gave it ...
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A Primer on the Electoral College

By Tom DeWeese It is no surprise that Hillary Clinton's first act as a U.S. Senator is an attempt to abolish the Electoral College. Her central philosophy of government is the displacement of the roots of power from individual Americans to the central government. She is an advocate of "Common-ism," the new global face of Communism, suggesting that the popular vote promotes an agenda of "social equality" or "social democracy." She would have us believe that the rule of law must take a back seat to "fairness" and the "needs of the people." The abolishment of the Electoral College would, in fact, establish an election tyranny giving control of the government to the massive population centers of the nation's northeastern sector and the area around Los Angeles. If these sections of the nation were to control the election of our nation's leaders the voice of the ranchers and farmers of ...
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…And They Call the Right Hate Mongers?

Perhaps you remember Paul Begala. He’s the former Clinton White House official who now serves as the liberal side of the MSNBC cable network news program “Equal Time.” His conservative counterpart is none other than Oliver North. However, Begala is better known for his infamous line about Bill Clinton’s excessive use of the executive order pen. Upon one occasion Begala was heard to say, “stroke of the pen, law of the land…kinda cool.” So it should come as no surprise that Begala can spout such self-righteous clap trap almost at will. And so he did on November 13th in an article written for the MSNBC web site entitled “Banana Republicans.” In the article Begala writes, “As they did during the right-wing lynch mob’s attempt to impeach our president, the American people are showing their usual good judgment… So pay no attention to the hot-air boys who are trying to railroad ...
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Bill Clinton Hates The American Flag

Bill Clinton just can’t stop messing with the American flag. In the September issue of The DeWeese Report (Volume 6, Number 9) I reported that Clinton aides had removed American flags from several public schools rooms in Thurmont, Maryland in an ignorant attempt to prevent offending Israeli and Palestinian delegates at the Camp David Middle East peace talks in July. Now comes the report that Clinton may have ordered U.S. Navy officials to change a two-hundred-year-old regulation that says no flag will fly higher than the American flag on a navy vessel. Clinton, in making preparations to visit Communist China and Communist Vietnam, apparently has agreed to make the American flag subservient to the communist flags. In a last-minute compromise with the Red Chinese, Clinton has reportedly agreed to have both the American and the Communist flag fly at even heights over the U.S. navy ship that bears the president ...
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Danger in the Final Days of Bill Clinton

By Peyton Knight, Associate Editor Father Time has finally accomplished what two elections, numerous scandals, and public outrage failed to do—remove Bill Clinton from office. On January 20th of next year, our new president will be sworn in, a new era will dawn, and William Jefferson Clinton will fall victim to the term limit. As Americans await this changing of the guard, complacency sets in. Complacency in Congress, as our elected representatives prepare for their dealings with a new President. Complacency in the general public, as they anticipate a new era of leadership. Yet what of the two and a half months between now and Inauguration Day? After all, Clinton is still President and he still assumes all subsequent powers. Will he simply ride out the remainder of his term, relaxing in his final days at the White House? Not on your life. This is the most dangerous time of ...
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