Random thoughts::By Thomas Sowell

Townhall.com::Random thoughts::By Thomas Sowell

Some people are so busy being clever that they don’t have time to be intelligent.

A public opinion poll back in 1964 asked if America was worth fighting for — and 87 percent of blacks said “yes.” Today, it is doubtful if any segment of the population would give that answer that often.

Climate statistics show that, with all the “global warming” hysteria today, our temperatures are still not as high as they were back in medieval times. Those medieval folks must have been driving a lot of cars and SUVs.

Little kids can be adorable when they are asleep. Or maybe we are just so glad that they are asleep that this biases our feelings.

Increasing numbers of people seem to think that it is “name-calling” if you refer to someone as a liberal. There are no inherently negative connotations to the word “liberal.” If it has acquired negative overtones, that is because of what liberals have done and the consequences that have followed.

Can you cite one speck of hard evidence of the benefits of “diversity” that we have heard gushed about for years? Evidence of its harm can be seen — written in blood — from Iraq to India, from Serbia to Sudan, from Fiji to the Philippines. It is scary how easily so many people can be brainwashed by sheer repetition of a word.

The criminal justice system cannot be regarded as serious so long as there are such things as concurrent sentences and sentences of community service.

There is nothing so good that politicians can’t make it bad and nothing so bad that politicians can’t make it worse. Compassion is good but politicians have turned compassion into the welfare state. Crime is bad but politicians have made it worse by going easy on criminals.

Too many intellectuals act as if they are press agents for blacks — who do not need press agents but who do need the truth. Wherever we are going, and wherever we want to go, we have to get there from where we are right now. Not where we wish we were or where we want others to think we are but where we are in fact.

It is staggering that anyone could be so self-infatuated as to single out their own particular policy preferences as “anti-war.” Anyone who is not a sadist or an idiot is anti-war. The only serious issue is how best to limit, deter or conclude war. But responsibility for confronting this issue is evaded by those preoccupied with the moral preening of being “anti-war.”