Freedom Updates: January 10, 2001
All Freedom Updates by Ari Armstrong unless otherwise noted.
McCarthyites Smear Norton
After combing through every last word ever written or uttered by Norton, the "extreme anti-humanists" and "anti-property rights zealots" hit upon two quotes which, while innocuous, are adequate for the spin doctors to do their dirty work. Upon examination, both quotes are actually sensible.
The first quote, which Norton gave in 1996 at the Independence Institute, reads as follows:
Again, we certainly had bad facts in that case where we were defending state sovereignty by defending slavery. But we lost too much. We lost the idea that the states were to stand against the federal government gaining too much power over our lives.
Certainly the quote does not represent one of Norton's most eloquent moments. But her meaning is clear: slavery is a great evil which was unfortunately tied to the distinct issue of states' rights. We should achieve the dual purpose of condemning slavery in all its forms while still upholding the ideal of a limited national power. That's a noble sentiment, and one for which Norton should be commended. (The quote was published in the Denver Post on January 11, from a story from the Washington Post by John Mintz, who spun and respun the quote.)
In 1989, Norton said in another speech at the Independence Institute,
Interestingly, we might even go so far as to recognize a homesteading right to pollute or make noise in an area.
The only thing wrong with Norton's statement is that it isn't strong enough. For example, I grew up working in the peach farms of Palisade. Well, it so happens that peach farming makes some noise and causes some strange smells sometimes. Now, with all the new people moving in from out of state, the peach farmers are facing threats from the newcomers over these noises and smells. However, the peach farmers have pre-existing property rights which should be upheld. Thankfully, the Colorado legislature acted last year to protect the rights of peach farmers. So the "extreme anti-humanist" environmentalists can jump off the nearest cliff if they think they can threaten my friends in the peach farming business in Palisade. Maybe if the pencil-pushing lawyers and spin-meisters of the extremist environmental movement would put in one honest day of work in their lives, they wouldn't rush to dishonor the hard-working men and women of Colorado's Western Slope.
The Independence Institute released the following commentary January 11:
The attack against Gale Norton hit an all-time low today.
Chavez Takes a Beating
What was Chavez thinking? Was she out of her right-wing mind? How could she and her husband have allowed Marta Mercado to share their home while trying to get her life in order and obtain a green card? How could she have driven Mercado to English classes? Or showed her how to get around on the subway? Or occasionally given her -- of all things! -- spending money? She must have been deranged to think she could extend such compassion to another person and get away with it.
Lady Liberty is hiding Her face in shame.
If you can stomach it, you can read more at http://www.cato.org/dailys/01-10-01.html and http://www.lp.org/press/archive.php?function=view&record=176.
Response to Media Bias