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I was fortunate to have some wonderfully talented professors

To The Daily Sun,

During my grade school and high school years, diverse personalities could easily be observed. One in particular bordered on antisocial tendencies. They were simply called bullies, who would intimidate one or two in every class. Of course they avoided the football team. There were those who studied hard and got good grades. Some struggled but persevered and finally graduated. I often wondered what happened to the bully and the class clown. Both personalities used up precious time that could have been used to study and learn.

I always assumed that people would grow up and leave their childhood tendencies behind. I have found this to be a large mistake on my part. When a dialog turns to clownish and bully rhetoric, it loses its honest and civil nature.

I have been very fortunate to have had some wonderfully talented professors. Doctor DeMille left impressions on me as a first-rate professor and humanitarian. The responsibility of being a college president and professor were demanding enough, he also served in his church leadership. He was a true humanitarian within the community and abroad. He invited speakers from the left and right and even the conservative side would be represented. I find it interesting that most students chose the conservative side. His classes were considered very difficult with lots and lots of reading and studying.
Where the classics have been taken out of most colleges, Dr. Demille brought them back.

Each year, in the spring, DeMille would gather students from around the world for a constitutional convention. Not to alter the American Constitution but to compose their own. The convention lasted well over a month. It was grueling and exhausting. Lasting well into the evening. These young students were the cream of the crop from around the world. Imagine a 17-year-old young man as a senior in college.

The final day of the convention an evening program brought all the students together in order to present their constitution to the convention and professors. A student representative read the constitution to those assembled. All followed along with their copy that had been placed on every place mat along with their name and state they represented. I represented Colorado.

The amazing thing that came to my attention was how close this constitution was to the Constitution of the United States of America. These students were well aware of how progressives have been not only destroying this country but have witnessed the intrusive behavior within their own lands. It was obvious to these students that their countries were failing on liberties. They placed checks and balances that gave more protection to the people from a tyrannical government.

Doctor DeMille had an interesting gift. He could take a book and retire to his office and within one hour or two if the book was a large one. When he returned he could easily cite each page of the entire book. One professor friend of mine would test him and found it very interesting how someone could do such a feat. Asking Doctor DeMille a question concerning a book he would think for a minute and refer you to a page of a book where an answer could be found.

Doctor Any Groft encouraged me to minor in political economy. I was privileged to spend well over a month at his home which kept me busy following his advice. I once asked him why he had a 12 volume set of Oxford dictionaries. He asked me to look up the word "The". So I did. The definition of the word "The" had over two pages defining its origin. In essence, the word refers to "God". Think about it for a minute. Theology is the study of God. Atheist might want to find a substitute for the word "The" less it brings God to mind.

Speaking on economics: how could anyone determine that some of Obamacare could be free to some people? Who pays the doctor, the nurse, the surgeon for their time? Its called redistribution. It takes from one and gives to another. Creating another poor class of people.

Required reading in school was a short essay by Frederick Bastiat titled "The Law", written in 1850, when socialist were influencing the French government. Much like today. I would encourage any who desires a hint of our problem today to get a copy and read it. Perhaps not in public because you may receive ire from the left. They are very controlling and dislike any who disagree with their dogma

Thomas Sowell asks this important question: "since this is an era when many people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice,' what is your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?" He also points this important fact out: "I have never understood why it is greed to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else s money."

We may ask the important question where has our universities gone? Or what have they become?

Perhaps here is a little hint. Robert Bork recalls, "One morning on my way to teach a class at the Yale Law School, I found on the sidewalk outside the building heaps of smoldering books that had been burned in the law library. They were a small symbol of what was happening on campuses across the nation: violence, destruction of property, mindless hatred of law, authority and tradition." From the radical movement of the 1960s emerged a subculture that failed to see how their world is destroying our nation. In the event that they awaken in time, they will see how they were conned and manipulated in such a way and they destroyed their own mythical Utopian world.

An old Russian proverb says, "It takes a lot of shovels to bury the truth."

Gene F. Danforth

Danbury

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Pat Buchanan - Obama leading us into war in Syria

"The United States is being sucked into a new Middle East war," says The New York Times. And the Times has it exactly right.

Despite repeated pledges not to put "boots on the ground" in Syria, President Obama is inserting 50 U.S. special ops troops into that country, with more to follow.

U.S. A-10 "warthog" attack planes have been moved into Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, close to Syria. Hillary Clinton, who has called for arming Syrian rebels to bring down Bashar Assad, is urging Obama to establish a no-fly zone inside Syria. Citing Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, John McCain is calling for a no-fly zone and a safe zone in Syria, to be policed by U.S. air power. "How many men, women and children," McCain asks, "are we willing to watch being slaughtered by the Russians and Bashar al-Assad?"

Yet, if we put U.S. forces onto sovereign Syrian territory, against the will and resistance of that government, that is an act of war.

Would we tolerate Mexican troops in Texas to protect their citizens inside our country? Would we, in the Cold War, have tolerated Russians in Cuba telling us they were establishing a no-fly zone for all U.S. warplanes over the Florida Strait and Florida Keys?

Obama has begun an escalation into Syria's civil war, and not only against ISIS and the al-Nusra Front, but against Syria's armed forces.

Mission creep has begun. The tripwire is being put down. Yet, who authorized Obama to take us into this war? The Russians and Iranians are in Syria at the invitation of the government. But Obama has no authorization from Congress to put combat troops into Syria.

Neither the al-Nusra Front nor ISIS has an air force. Against whom, then, is this Clinton-McCain no fly-zone directed, if not Syrian and Russian warplanes and helicopters? Is America really prepared to order the shooting down of Russian warplanes and the killing of Russian pilots operating inside Syria with the approval of the Syrian government?

In deepening America's involvement and risking a clash with Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces, Obama is contemptuously ignoring a Congress that has never authorized the use of military force against the Damascus regime.

Congress' meek acquiescence in being stripped of its war powers is astonishing. Weren't these the Republicans who were going to Washington to "stand up to Obama"?

Coming after Congress voted for "fast track," i.e., to surrender its constitutional right to amend trade treaties, the capitulations of 2015 rank as milestones in the long decline into irrelevance of the U.S. Congress. Yet in the Constitution, Congress is still the first branch of the U.S. government.
Has anyone thought through to where this U.S. intervention can lead?

This weekend, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regained full control of the parliament in a "khaki election" it called after renewing its war on the Kurdish PKK in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq. Erdogan regards the PKK as a terror group. As do we. But Erdogan also considers Syria's Kurdish fighters, the YPG, to be terrorists. And Ankara has warned that if the YPG occupies more territory along the Syrian-Turkish border, west of the Euphrates, Turkey will attack.

Why should this concern us? Not only do we not regard the YPG as terrorists, they are the fighting allies we assisted in the recapture of Kobani. And the U.S. hopes Syria's Kurds will serve as the spear point of the campaign to retake Raqqa, the ISIS capital in Syria, which is only a few dozen miles south of YPG lines.

Should the YPG help to defeat ISIS and become the dominant power in northern Syria, the more dangerous they will appear to Erdogan, and the more problems that will create between the Turkish president and his NATO ally, the United States.

Not only does a Congressional debate on an authorization to use military force appear constitutionally mandated before we intervene in Syria, but the debate itself on an AUMF might induce a measure of caution before we plunge into yet another Middle East quagmire.

When Saddam fell, we got civil war, ISIS in Anbar, and a fractured and failed state with hundreds dying every week.

And, as of today, no one knows with certitude who rises if Assad falls. The leading candidates are Jabhat al-Nusra, the front for an al-Qaida that brought down the twin towers, and the butchers of ISIS, who captured another town on the Damascus road this weekend.

Monday, The Wall Street Journal wrote that Erdogan's regrettable victory is "a reminder of what happens when America's refusal to act to stop chaos in places like Syria frightens allies into making unpalatable choices."

Now there's an argument for America's plunging into Syria: Send our troops to fight and die in multisided civil war that has cost 250,000 lives, so Turks will feel reassured enough they won't vote for "strongmen" like Erdogan.

America needs an America First movement.

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