Sunday, May 26, 2013

Why Camp David Changed Nothing. By Christian Caryl.

What I Left Out. By Christian Caryl. Foreign Policy, May 24, 2013.

Economy Needs Both Reform and Investment. By Fareed Zakaria.

Economy needs both reform and investment. By Fareed Zakaria. Washington Post, May 22, 2013.

Paul Krugman’s blog: The Conscience of a Liberal. New York Times.

What Conservative Reformers Don’t Like About Immigration Reform. By Ross Douthat.

What Conservative Reformers Don’t Like About Immigration Reform. By Ross Douthat. New York Times, May 24, 2013.

The “Sensible” Objections to the Gang of Eight Bill Don’t Make Much Sense Either. By Matthew Yglesias. Slate, May 8, 2013.

Solving the Immigration Puzzle. By Reihan Salam. National Review Online, May 9, 2013.

What Mideast Crisis? Israelis Have Moved On. By Ethan Bronner.

What Mideast Crisis? Israelis Have Moved On. By Ethan Bronner. New York Times, May 25, 2013.

Why Israelis Have Moved On. By Jonathan S. Tobin. Commentary, May 26, 2013.

Forty Days After the Boston Bombing: We Must Stop Radical Jihad. By Karima Bennoune.

40 days after Boston bombing: We must stop radical jihad. By Karima Bennoune. The Guardian, May 25, 2013.

John Quincy Adams on America’s Role in the World.

An Address Delivered at the Request of a Commission of the Citizens of Washington; on the Occasion of Reading the Declaration of Independence, on the Fourth of July 1821. By John Quincy Adams. Washington: Davis and Force, 1821. Also find it here, here, and here.

John Quincy Adams’ Address of July 4, 1821. By Jerald L. Banninga. Quarterly Journal of Speech, Vol. 53, No. 1 (1967).

Excerpt, pp. 28-29:

And now, friends and countrymen, if the wise and learned philosophers of the older world, the first observers of mutation and aberration, the discoverers of maddening ether and invisible planets, the inventors of Congreve rockets and shrapnel shells, should find their hearts disposed to inquire, what has America done for the benefit of mankind? Let our answer be this–America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government. America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity. She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, equal justice, and equal rights. She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations, while asserting and maintaining her own. She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart. She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama, the European World, will be contests between inveterate power, and emerging right. Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. The frontlet upon her brows would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an Imperial Diadem, flashing in false and tarnished lustre the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.

Skylar Neese, 16-Year-Old West Virginia Honors Student, Murdered by Classmates.

Skylar Neese Murder: Rachel Shoaf’s Plot To Kill Classmate Shocks Town. By Vicki Smith. AP. The Huffington Post, May 25, 2013.

Shock as 16-year-old confesses to stabbing classmate who was missing for two months “just because she didn’t like her anymore.” Daily Mail, May 25, 2013.

Court Transcript: Shoaf and Co-Conspirator Planned Skylar Neese’s Murder. By Kim Freda., May 16, 2013.

Body Found in PA Identified as Missing Star City Teen., March 13, 2013.

Skylar Neese

Why Liberalism Is in Trouble. By David Harsanyi.

Why Liberalism Is in Trouble. By David Harsanyi. Real Clear Politics, May 23, 2013.