The Reverend Martin Luther King, Junior

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, given before a “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” crowd of 200,000300,000.  Everyone is talking about it.

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Sometimes satire can barely stay a step ahead of reality.  Via Jim Geraghty’s daily e-mail newsletter (the Morning Jolt) today, the UK Telegraph reported over the weekend that

Staff working at America’s National Security Agency — the eavesdropping unit that was revealed to have spied on millions of people — have used the technology to spy on their lovers.

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Reform the IRS

August 24, 2013

Reform the IRS T-shirtThe Tea Party Patriots are asking for donations to run TV ads to educate the public about the IRS abuses.  They have an interesting note about word choice:

In the videos, why say “Reform the IRS”?  Why not “Abolish”?  

The goal is the same.  We want to get rid of the current system and replace it with something better.  The problem in getting overwhelming public support for it lies in how people interpret what we say.

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Thought of the Day

August 21, 2013

National Review’s Charles Cooke:

I’m still routinely surprised at the frequency with which the distinction between public and private, vital for all politics, is ignored.

Hat tip to Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt e-mail newsletter, who was talking about this, but it applies (as Cooke says) over and over again, all the time, e.g. in the unconscious leaps liberals make when they talk about caring for the poor.

From COAST:

COLUMBUS – Frustrated by the increasing inability of Washington to responsibly manage the nation’s finances, today Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich called on states to lead the effort to enact a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  He also called for the Ohio General Assembly to help jump start the effort by passing a resolution calling for a constitutional convention that would approve a balanced budget amendment.

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