Goodbye, Charley Reese
A Rare Voice Of Plain Common Sense In Journalism
Charley Reese, one of the few commentators on world affairs whose writings I've consistently enjoyed over the years and found little in to disagree with, is retiring and signing off with a piece entitled Goodbye on the Lew Rockwell Column. Charley's position has always been that of traditional, genuine American conservatism, which, before the word was hijacked and Orwellized by the powers pledged to serve foreign interests that now control the American government, meant, among other things:*
--Acceptance of the Constitution as a binding contract that should be interpreted literally and in the context of the time at which it was written and ratified.
--Commitment to fiscal responsibilty
--Noninterference in the affairs of other countries, with recognition that Americans have the right to govern only one country and an obligation to defend only one country--their own.
--Belief in a free economy and that beyond protecting the public from force and fraud, the government should not interfere in private affairs.
* Taken from Reese, No Conservative Party LRC, October, 2006.
A few more samples.
From The 545 People Responsible for All of America's Woes, Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper:
"Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
"Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high
"You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does. . . ."
From Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design, LRC, May, 2008
"I am an agnostic when it comes to explaining the origin of life. I don't believe yet in evolution, creationism or intelligent design. I can see flaws in all three. I just simply don't know and frankly don't think it matters whether we know or not.
"My main conflict with the evolutionists is that they wish to assert their theory as fact and to employ government power to ban discussion of creationism and intelligent design on the grounds that they are unscientific or, worse from their point of view, religious. I am against banning any idea, theory, speculation or body of guesses. Human history shows us to be far too error-prone to go around eliminating dissent by majority vote of one of the more ignorant classes in our society, namely politicians."
From The Un-American Treatment of Sami al-Arian, antiwar.com, April, 2008:
"When our government acts, it acts in our name. If its acts are lawful and honorable, all's well and good. When they are dishonorable, we have a choice: Either we dissent or assent, even if by our silence.
"In the case of Dr. Sami al-Arian, the Bush Justice Department has acted in a most disgraceful manner."
From Israel's Bad Influence, antiwar.com, January, 2007
"But let's lay out the undeniable facts. Israel considers Iran its main threat. Israel wants a U.S. attack against Iran. The Israeli lobby does what the Israeli government tells it to do. Anybody who claims the Israeli lobby is just another lobby is either ignorant or lying. The Israeli lobby is the second most, if not the most, powerful lobby in America.
"So, sit back and watch the Israeli amen corner start the propaganda to push America to war with Iran just as it did in the case of Iraq. It will try to have you believe that Iran can make nuclear weapons as easily as baking cakes. The truth is that even if Iran decided to seek nuclear weapons, the Iranians are a good 10 years away from having any. The truth is that Iran, even if it had nuclear weapons, is no threat to the U.S."
From I'm Sick of Killers, LRC, October, 2007
"Recently, on my favorite television channel, Turner Classic Movies, I saw a couple of old biopics. One was about French chemist Louis Pasteur, and the other was about Paul Ehrlich, a German scientist.
"They reminded me of how poisoned our culture has become. Hollywood's idea of heroes today are soldiers, cops, psychopaths or comic-book fantasy characters -- all essentially killers. Yet Pasteur and Ehrlich did more for the human race and saved more lives than all the generals who have ever been born."
Full list of articles archived from Lew Rockwell Column at http://www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese-arch.html
Thanks for a lot of down-to-earth sanity and points to ponder, Charley. Journalism's richness just went down another notch. Enjoy your retirement.