Thomas Sowell

 During a phone conversation, I mentioned to my brother in Ohio that all the posters in my neighborhood during the Democratic Party primaries were for Dennis Kucinich. He burst out laughing and said that there were no Kucinich posters where he lived. Kucinich used to be mayor of Cleveland, where he was a disaster.

 It is amazing how many people seem to think that the government exists to turn their prejudices into laws.

 One of the sad signs of our times are the twisted metal "sculptures" put in front of public buildings at the taxpayers' expense -- obviously never intended to please the public, and in fact constituting a thumbing of the artist's nose at the public.

 Recently I learned of yet another boy whose parents had once been urged to put him into a class for retarded children, and who now -- years later -- has done so well in school that he is being assigned to a class for very bright children.

 "Tell all" autobiographies sometimes tell more than all.

 The easiest way to get people to accept nonsense -- and even to sacrifice themselves for it -- is to flatter their egos. Hitler called Germans a "master race" and made them virtually his slaves. Race hustlers today likewise salve the egos of those blacks who follow them and sacrifice their interests just as ruthlessly.

 Under the terrible stresses of war, there are some in every country who commit atrocities. The difference is that Americans are upset, ashamed, or angry when their troops do it, while people in some Middle Eastern countries danced in the streets on 9/11 and when the bodies of dead American civilians were dragged through the streets in Iraq.

Thomas Sowell

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

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