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This issue's Motto is taken from "This Is America?" by James R. Otteson,
who graciously granted permission to reprint his splendid article.
Letters to the Editor
from Jay P Hailey
This Is America?
by James R. Otteson
I have long had an uneasy relationship with airport
security. Before September 11, I resisted the demand that I produce a
government-issued ID, believing that it smacked too much of the "Papers,
please" of the former Soviet Union that Hollywood movies used to mock
and we free Americans used to laugh at.
The Things You Learn When You Get Married
by Jonathan David Morris
Men learn a lot of things when they get married. I
know because I'm a man and I got married a year ago.
The way I see it, marriage is a totally awesome
institution. There's nothing better than two people
who love each other pooling their time, energy, and
resources together in an effort to make life better
for both of them. But I guess with divorce rates being
what they are in this country, some people just don't
see it that way. If you ask me, the problem with
marriage is a lot of people think their wedding is
supposed to be the high point of their love. They
don't realize marriage is an adventure full of
learning experiences. I don't know who to blame for
this, but my gut says it has something to do with
Jennifer Lopez. Either way, in an effort to make
marriage easier for future generations, here's a list
of five things every newlywed guy should expect to
by Keith R. Wood
I've coined a phrase, "Nehemiah Shudder," for the
various occasions in which the character Nehemiah Scudder is raised as
an unfair comparison for someone in today's society.
An Understatement: The Founding Fathers Hated Democracy
by Doug Newman
Thanks for writing. In the beginning America was a
constitutional republic. Then we degenerated into a democracy. Let me
explain. It would be an understatement to say that the Founding Fathers
hated democracy. They warned against it vehemently and relentlessly.
They equated itproperlywith mob rule.
Parental Rights vs. Public Schools
by Wendy McElroy
David Parker of Lexington, Mass., is scheduled to go
on trial on Sept. 21 for asking his son's public school to provide parental
notification before discussing homosexuality with the 6-year old.
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