Political speech regulations revisited following ruling

Editorial In 2002 the McCain-Feingold election regulations legislation, or Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), became law. The law made it illegal for a corporation to use its general treasury funds to pay for “electioneering communication,” within 30 days of a federal primary election or 60 days of a federal general election. Despite obvious concerns about […]

Forced giving tyrannical use of power

Editorial “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Who could deny such words? Who among us would want our money taken from us and used to aid political groups and to advance political ideas that we find offensive and […]

Optimism overshadowed reports concerning Iraq

Editorial There’s a certain air of second-guessing from people who, quite frankly, are not in a strong position to be able to say “I told you so” in the 229-page report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence assessments made in January 2003. Only a few critics outside the political class […]

Iraqis should make barrier wall decision

Editorial Good fences make good neighbors, Robert Frost has his neighbor say in the famous poem, “Mending Wall.” But his own sentiment — this is poetry so it’s open to interpretation — seems to be rather contrary: “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And […]

Internet should be open forum for political ideas

Editorial An Indiana appellate court this month ruled, rightly in our view, that a verdict reached by a circuit court a year ago unconstitutionally violated a young girl’s freedom of speech. In a time where many of our freedoms are being usurped in the name of national security, we must take the time to treasure […]

Past year shows backslide in fight for freedoms

Editorial If there was a stock-market-like ticker that tracked the trajectory of freedom in 2006 — let’s just call it the “Freedom Index” — it would have been an off year. At home and abroad, personal political liberty, free markets, limited government and other quintessentially American values suffered setbacks, with a few notable exceptions. Here’s […]

Soldiers’ humbleness lesson to be learned

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist This year-end marks a political changing of the guard. It was a year of mixed blessings. The economy is booming, unemployment is down, the results of “No Child Left Behind” accountable education are encouraging, the prescription drug benefits program is a big success, we mark the fifth year post 9/11 […]

Political contributions should be voluntary

Editorial A fundamental American freedom is being able to spend — or not spend — one’s own money on political campaigns, for persons or initiatives. Money forcibly taken from a person to support a candidate or initiative that the person opposes is a form of tyranny. In early November the U.S. Supreme Court will begin […]

America isn’t always beautiful

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Communications As a kid in Budapest I read a bunch of exciting American novelists, including Mark Twain, Zane Grey, Max Brand and others. I also saw some pretty exciting movies before the Soviets marched in and banned them all in 1948. Even afterward, we kept trading the books back and forth […]

Foley’s e-mails another example of excessive power

Editorial The media and the blogosphere are brimming with comments on the sad story of Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who resigned from Congress after ABC News made public some of the suggestive — and well beyond suggestive — e-mails and text messages he had exchanged with young male congressional pages. Did the leadership fail […]

Religion, politics don’t belong together

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Communications A wonderful aspect of a free, capitalist society is that nearly everything is privately owned. That applies to churches. They are owned by the order — Roman Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Muslims and all the more than 4,000 different religious groups that exist now in the United States — or by […]

U.S and China talks may produce more than staged theatrics

Editorial Highly public meetings between heads of state, like the meeting in the White House on Thursday between President Bush and Chinese president Hu Jintao, are “90 percent political theater and about 10 percent substance,” says Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. But symbolic or theatrical […]

Republicans seek investigation into ‘temporary’ hires

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers have asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate the Richardson administration’s practice of hiring temporary exempt employees. A March 18 letter from Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, signed by two dozen other GOP lawmakers, said Gov. Bill Richardson’s practices have resulted in “numerous unauthorized hirings.” Lawmakers […]

Signs surface that Cannon review for real

Freedom Newspapers Two events this past week focused the picture on the future of Cannon Air Force Base once again. The bottom line is they indicate the fight to keep the base open won’t be a sham affair directed by military and Department of Defense officials who had wanted it closed. For the forward movement […]

E.U. constitution was short on political inspiration

Freedom Newspapers I t wasn’t exactly the French Revolution, but French voters’ decision Sunday to reject the European Union constitution is as revolutionary an action as one might find in Europe these days. It’s all for the good, as we see it, even though the reasons for the rejection weren’t entirely laudable. A coalition of […]

Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]

Politicians should work together for common good

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist This country has become so obsessed with polarization in recent years, I no longer feel confident in knowing what deserves consideration for what. Of course the most obvious division is Democratic and Republican. Most Americans are one or the other, but that does not eliminate the confusion, even in this […]

Civil society might be emerging among Palestinians

Freedom Newspapers Given the history, it is generally wise to be skeptical about signs that might portend a breakthrough toward peace, or even nonhostile co-existence between Israel and Palestine. Nonetheless a move by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to challenge powerful militant Palestinian groups is a sign that might be worth noting. It is important […]

Feds’ videoa news nothing more than propaganda

Freedom Newspapers There’s been a flurry of concern recently about the use of “video news releases” by federal government agencies and by the Schwarzenegger administration in California. These taped presentations of information with a spin are packaged like a TV news report and sometimes are used by local TV stations in ways that blend seamlessly […]

Government works best with its citizens involved

By Jim Lee A few months ago, four Portales people started talking about how they thought life could be made better for Americans if they could get people involved in the political processes of our republic, get people to think for themselves, and contribute to the preservation of our constitutional rights. Among the questions they […]