“The New Colossus,” by Emma Lazarus
The likelihood that Israel would ever lay claim to any part of Jordan seems to me not merely vanishingly small but absolutely zero. It just won’t happen. Still, this story reflects widespread Jordanian distrust of Israel, which does lay claim to Palestinian territories on the basis of the fact that Jews lived in them anciently:
This very, very sad story is one at which all Americans should be outraged and of which our government should be heartily ashamed:
It’s also a story that illustrates very well one of the reasons for my deep reluctance to grant more power or authority to the State than is absolutely necessary. I do not trust government officials to possess greater wisdom or goodness or compassion or competence than ordinary mortals. On the contrary, since the government is uniquely entrusted with the legal right to coerce, and since, even in a democracy, it is only minimually and periodically accountable to a crude majority of citizens and, in the specific case of unelected bureaucracies and unelected bureaucrats, even less accountable than that, I expect it to do considerable harm and to act irresponsibly.
I’ve always liked these early words of one of the great figures in the history of the American conservative movement, and a personal hero of mine:
“I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.” (William F. Buckley, Jr.)
Posted from St. George, Utah