William F. Buckley, a founder of contemporary conservatism, once said he "would rather live in a society governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone directory than in one governed by the 2,000 members of the Harvard faculty." Since saying that, conservatism has gone from a fringe movement to the dominant ideology of American political life. It now controls two branches of the federal government and is about to add the third -- the Supreme Court. Alas for Buckley, Harvard still rules.
WASHINGTON -- After winning, at the relatively tender age of 51, a third Senate term in 2004 with 55 percent of Wisconsin's vote, five points better than John Kerry's winning percentage, and carrying 27 of the 45 Wisconsin counties that President Bush carried, Russ Feingold went to play golf -- on a public course, this fastidious populist stresses -- in Greenville, Ala. That town might hereafter be known as the birthplace of Feingold's epiphany.
SAN DIEGO -- People are busy talking about what this country is going to look like in a few years when a cohort of 78 million Americans acquire a title they never wanted: senior citizen. Hippies who turned into yuppies are about to turn into golden oldies. Just what I wanted to hear: more about the baby boomers. USA Today recently wrapped up a series on aging in America that touched on everything from life expectancy to saving for retirement to long-term health care issues.
SAN DIEGO -- Many nativeborn Americans worry that their jobs are headed to India or China, that globalization is destroying the working class, that the country's best days are behind it, and that the future is filled with doom.
Today is Veterans Day 2005. As the United States observes this day, 25 million veterans along with the rest of our citizens continue enjoying America's precious freedom. America has a long history of honoring those brave veterans -- the men and women who fought in defense of our country. The tradition began with Gen. George Washington, who told the nation of the "debt of gratitude ...
Since Sept. 11, 2001, almost 8,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers and airmen have served on active duty supporting operations in more than 30 countries around the world. Minnesota has an average deployment rate of about 60 percent, leading the nation in recruitment and retention, while both Air National Guard units are at over 100 percent of their authorized strength. The courage and dedication these men and women exhibit is truly commendable.
As American soldiers continue to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, Veterans Day this year takes on even more significance. This annual observance serves as an opportunity for all of us to publicly say "thank you" for the sacrifices of activeduty military, their families, and the 430,000 living veterans in Minnesota who served in wars past. We must show our support for veterans in both words and actions. This session, I worked to make Minnesota friendlier to veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families by helping to pass several provisions that will make their lives better.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The ecstatic crowd gathered to celebrate Democrat Tim Kaine's election as governor of Virginia was ready to shout its assent Tuesday night to absolutely every applause line. But you could feel the extra jolt of electricity when Gov.
Paris, Baghdad. Paris, Baghdad. As winter looms, the savvy traveler begins meditations on spring break and summer vacation. Naturally, I'm torn between springtime in Paris or ... Baghdad, the world's newest and unlikeliest fun spot for those who like a little adventure mixed with their relaxation. If you like paintball, you'll love the Green Zone! Coming soon to a brochure near you is a five-star, 23-story hotel in central Baghdad. With a new constitution under way and more elections down the road, tourism is freedom's inevitable offspring.
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: On fixing gas shortages: With motorists fuming in hours-long lines for fuel, a law requiring all gasoline stations to install electric generators sounds good at the moment.