Texas Textbook Wars

Published  Monday, June 7, 2010

As you may have heard (unless you were living under a rock for the past few months) The Texas Board of Education has been under fire for its recent changes to the textbook standards for our state.

Many have said that the board was trying to "Whitewash" the history books, put organizations like the NRA and the Moral Majority in a positive light, remove Thomas Jefferson from the list of important historical figures, and so on and so on.

The Harvey Girls

Published  Monday, May 17, 2010

Recently I was watching one of my favorite movies from my childhood, one that I hadn't seen in about ten years; The Harvey Girls. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. It's the story of love and blooming civilization in the wild west set to the technicolor musical genius of Harry Warren (music), Johnny Mercer (lyrics), Lennie Hayton (score).

About ten minutes into the movie Judy Garland, playing the main character Susan Bradley, made a statement that I think all Americans today really need to hear. Her startling comment was simple, straightforward and honest.

Representative Gutierrez Breaks his Oath of Office


I follow Congress.org on Facebook so I can get updates on the articles they publish and have a chance to reply to some of the comments when appropriate. In an article they recently posted about the Arizona immigration law there was some shocking content.

The Law

Published  Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I came across Dean Russell’s translation of Frederic Bastiat’s The Law, published by the Foundation for Economic Education when I began a project of my own in which I intended to write an article or small book logically identifying the purpose of the law. I knew that, in order to have any credibility, I would need to begin with a definition of justice that was readily agreed upon in legal circles. To that end I began a search for a basic, well recognized book on the law. I wanted something fundamental, not a specific case study or a text book, but something that treated on the topic as a whole; when I came across the title of The Law in my search I figured it was as good a place to start as any. It turned out to not be what I was looking for at all, however, it was instead exactly what I would have wanted to write, and I doubt I could have done the subject more justice, or written as convincingly as Bastiat did in his treatise.