Thomas Sowell

People used to take pride in the reliability of their word. As one fellow said, "When I tell you that it's raining, don't go lookin' out the window. Just get your umbrella."

The first time I flew into London, I was stirred by the thought that, in these skies during World War II, a thousand men of the Royal Air Force saved Western civilization. Today, I wonder how many of our young people have any idea what that was all about, given how little time our schools devote to history, except as a source of grievances, whining and excuses.

The phrase "glass ceiling" is an insult to our intelligence. What does glass mean, except that we cannot see it? In other words, in the absence of evidence, we are expected to go along with what is said because it is said in accusatory and self-righteous tones.

Anyone who is serious about the evils of slavery should read the April 2 issue of Scientific American magazine -- which discusses the slavery that is still going on at this very moment in other countries around the world.

It is appalling to hear some of our elected representatives say that we should wait to defend the lives of Americans until we have been given permission to do so by the United Nations. If someone punched you in the mouth, would you ask bystanders what to do or would you hit him back "unilaterally"?

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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