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High Court's Ringing Endorsement of Religious Freedom

High Court’s Ringing Endorsement of Religious Freedom

New Visions Commentary /
Americans enjoyed their Thanksgiving time with family last week and simultaneously discovered a special treat. In a per curiamopinion the U.S. Supreme Court sided with ...
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Biden’s Appointments Betray Civil Rights Goals

Biden’s Appointments Betray Civil Rights Goals

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In assembling his anticipated presidential cabinet, Joe Biden appears to be more focused on how his top advisors look than how they might perform. And ...
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Black Activists Praise Employment Boom That Defies COVID-19 Challenges

Black Activists Praise Employment Boom That Defies COVID-19 Challenges

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Trump Free-Market Policies Are Credited for “Stunning” Economic Recovery Washington, D.C. – The latest federal employment report revealed yet another month of recovery for the ...
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Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America

About Project 21

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment.

Project 21 participants have been interviewed by hundreds of media outlets, including the O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, the CNN Morning News, Black Entertainment Television’s Lead Story, America’s Black Forum, the McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal and the Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Larry King shows, as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and many others.

Project 21 participants live all over the U.S. and have a variety of careers. What they have in common is a desire to make America a better place for African-Americans, and all Americans, to live and work. Project 21 members do this in a variety of ways in their own communities, and, through Project 21, by writing opinion editorials for newspapers, participating in public policy discussions on radio and television, by participating in policy panels, by giving speeches before student, business and community groups, and by advising policymakers at the national, state and local levels.

Project 21: A History

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, sense of family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment. This became most obvious during the April 1992 riots in Los Angeles, when the media provided extended coverage of the reaction of liberal civil rights leaders to the events surrounding the Rodney King controversy. Curiously, the media made little mention of those in the African-American community who spoke out in favor of law and order and individual responsibility – and against the rioting.

Rather than merely complain about the lack of attention given to conservative and moderate African-Americans as typified by the coverage of the riots, The National Center for Public Policy Research convened a meeting of conservative and moderate African-American activists in mid-1992 to determine whether it was feasible to construct a network to bring conservative and moderate voices in the black community to the attention of the media. The answer was yes, and Project 21 was born. By March of 1993, Project 21 secured the necessary funding to hire a full-time coordinator to pursue its goals. Project 21’s mission includes the active promotion of conservative and moderate viewpoints by Project 21’s network of members in the media, and the ongoing recruitment of new members to be promoted.

Project 21 acts as a public relations network for moderate and conservative African-Americans, and is interested in promoting those African-Americans who want to discuss their beliefs not only in the privacy of their own homes but in thousands, sometimes millions, of homes across America. Whether a member is a talented writer, articulate speaker, dedicated policy analyst or just have interesting viewpoints on important issues, Project 21 is there to help its members get recognition.

Project 21 has enjoyed enormous success. Project 21’s network of African-American moderates and conservatives have been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, talk radio shows and television programs throughout the country. Participants have been featured on such programs as CNN & Company, CNN Morning News, The McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, The Michael Reagan Show, BET’s Our Voices, and America’s Black Forum as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Detroit News, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and many others.

Project 21 members have been published, quoted or interviewed over 35,000 times since the program was launched in 1992.

Project 21 first burst into attention following the release of Black America 1994: Changing Direction in January 1994. A 77-page volume, Black America 1994 is a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the African-American community. A collection of 15 essays written by Project 21 participants, the report addressed important contemporary issues including economic stagnation, crime, education, health, welfare, and the disintegration of the black family.

In the weeks following the report’s release, its contributors participated in several hundred media interviews, and Project 21 received nearly 5,000 requests for information and numerous offers of support.

Project 21 released a major report, The Health Care Ghetto: African-Americans and Health Care Reform, at a National Press Club press conference in August, 1994. The report was the first of its kind to analyze how various health care reform initiatives would affect minority communities.

In January 1995, Project 21 released a second annual report: Black America 1995: A New Beginning. The report consisted of 38 essays by Project 21 members on topics ranging from the information superhighway to crime. In January 1996, a series of profiles were released of black conservatives and moderates who shun government spending and embrace greater community involvement as the way to solve problems. Black America 1996: A Time for Renewal also included an agenda created by black conservatives and moderates outlining what government needs to do – and what it needs to stop doing – if people are going to start solving their own problems.

In 1997, following two years of research, Project 21 released an in-depth report: Black America 1997: How Government Harms Charities… And How Some are Succeeding Anyway. Until now, it has not been widely known that humanitarian groups suffer from government’s regulatory harassment. The 90-page report received front page newspaper coverage in Washington D.C. and led to calls from lawmakers interested in repealing the regulations that harm the ability of charities to help the poor.

Project 21 also has taken a lead role in bringing to public attention the fact that a substantial number of government environmental rules have a disproportionately negative economic impact on minorities. In addition to assisting with the research and publication of over 60 studies, op-eds and press releases on this topic in recent years, in 2002, joining with the John P. McGovern Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs to form a Center for Environmental Justice, Project 21 released a comprehensive econometric analysis of the impact of so-called “smart growth” regulations on minorities. The study, “Smart Growth and Its Effects on Housing Markets: The New Segregation” was published in November, 2002.

Project 21 is also actively involved in educating the public on proposals to empower communities rather than the government. For instance, Project 21 was instrumental in promoting the ideas incorporated in the Community Renewal Act, sponsored by Reps. Jim Talent (R-MO) and J.C. Watts (R-OK) in the 105th Congress. Project 21’s Contract with Black America, proposed to the leadership of the Republican Congress in January 1995, started the process that eventually led to the crafting of the Community Renewal Act.

Press Releases

Taxpayers, Religious People, Internet Users, Handguns Owners Shut Out of Court

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Press Release The National Center for Public Policy Research For Immediate Release: June 27, 1997 Contact: Amy Ridenour (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Taxpayers, Religious People, Internet Users, Handgun Owners Shut Out of Court:Millions Affected by Supreme Court Decisions This Week Were Denied the Opportunity to See Cases Argued in Court Taxpayers, religious people, Internet users, handgun owners and anyone who might someday die were keenly affected by decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court over the last three days. Too bad these same people were effectively banned from watching these Supreme Court proceedings the way they can watch the ...
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Project 21 Asks Congress to Stop Letting Political Correctness Determine How We Fight AIDS

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"As AIDS continues to ravage black communities in America, we as members and associates of the black leadership group Project 21 are urging you to give serious attention to provisions contained in the 'HIV Prevention Act of 1997' as a means of combating AIDS in the black community," wrote 28 affiliates of the African-American leadership group Project 21 in a May 6 letter addressed to Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Maxine Waters and sent to the entire Caucus. "The difference in treatment of AIDS from all other contagious diseases is impeding early detection of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS," said ...
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African-American Group Supports End of Racial Preferences: California Civil Rights Initiative Defended; Endorsed by California Members, Including a Former Black Panther

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Diversity should be achieved through non-discriminatory outreach efforts, not preferences or quotas for special groups, says the African-American leadership group Project 21. Project 21's California members say that the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209) seeks to achieve this goal by prohibiting the state from using race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin to determine who should be favored or discriminated against by the state with respect to public employment, public education or public contracting. "The arguments made by many minorities for maintaining racial preferences show a complete lack of confidence in their abilities," says Project 21 member James Coleman, ...
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Conservatives Propose Their Own Brand of Urban Renewal: Proposal to “Save Our Children” and Revitalize Low-Income Areas Gets Its Day in Congress

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Contact: Arturo Silva at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Nearly 250 children are expected to attend a joint Congressional hearing and press conference on "Saving Our Children: The American Community Renewal Act of 1996" (H.R. 3467) -- a sweeping plan to renew urban areas through free market economics rather than government programs. The children will be wearing T-shirts that bear the name of the legislation. The press conference will be held on Tuesday, July 30 at 9:30 AM in front of Capitol Hill's largest hearing room, 1100 Longworth HOB. The hearings held by the Subcommittees on Human Resources and Early Childhood, ...
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President Clinton’s 100,000 New Cops Will Be Sent Where They’re Needed the Least

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Group Says Design of President Clinton's Program Virtually Guarantees That Lower Crime Areas Will Receive More New Police Than Higher Crime Areas The 100,000 new police officers President Clinton promised would be on America's streets before the next century are more likely to be sent to neighborhoods sporting nicely cut lawns and picket fences than those occupied by drug dealers and haunted with the sounds of gunfire, say members of the African-American leadership group Project 21. A Project 21 chart examining the geographical distribution of new police officers by comparing the 1994 Crime Bill's COPS grants with FBI Uniform Crime ...
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Poll Shows Union Members Oppose Having Their Dues Used for Political Agenda

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A majority of union members do not realize organized labor is using union dues for political purposes, and a strong majority opposes them doing so, says a new national survey conducted by the Luntz Research Companies. The national survey revealed that: 58% of union members did not know that the national labor unions were using mandatory monthly dues to pay for $35 million in election activities through November; 62% opposed use of their dues for such activities; 84% would support making union leaders disclose exactly how they spend member dues; When asked what the most important responsibility of unions was, ...
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New Visions Commentary

Looking for Mr. Tate, by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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Lionel Tate, the 12-year-old Florida boy who killed six-year-old playmate Tiffany Eunick, has been released from prison. He had been convicted of first-degree murder for what he said was an accident that happened while he was mimicking professional wrestling moves he saw on television. In the Sunshine State, such a conviction carries a penalty of life without parole - even, in this case, for a pre-teen like Tate. After serving three years in a juvenile prison, however, Tate was released on a technicality. In agreeing to plead guilty to second-degree murder, he will now serve a year of house arrest, ...
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Take Care of Your Foot Soldiers! by Mychal Massie

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Conservative leaders have slain one of their loyal foot soldiers - senior staff aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Manuel Miranda - in a vain attempt to appease their liberal counterparts. In a since-leaked April 17, 2002 memo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was apprised that Elaine Jones, the president and director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, had marching orders. Jones allegedly wanted Kennedy to "schedule Julia Scott Gibbons, the uncontroversial nominee to the 6th Circuit at a later date, rather than at a hearing [the] next Thursday, April 25th." If the memo had stopped ...
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Don’t Look this “Gift Horse” in the Mouth, by B.B. Robinson, Ph.D.

New Visions Commentary /
African-Americans must view the arrival of the new TV One cable channel as, at best, a "gift horse" with mixed blessings. The new cable television network recently began broadcasting nationwide primarily on cable networks in urban centers with sizeable African-American populations. Developed mostly by the largest African-American radio network (Radio One) and the leading cable television company (Comcast Corporation), TV One will operate 24-7, presenting a mix of all the African-American programming that its $135 million in start-up capital can purchase. The downside to this gift is that the programming TV One has to offer isn't good enough. The Washington ...
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Forgetting Black History at the Ballot Box, by Ak’bar Shabazz

New Visions Commentary /
February is Black History Month. Also, 2004 is an election year. If current voting trends don't change, 90 percent of eligible black voters will vote for liberal candidates, usually represented by the Democratic Party. This obviously helps liberals, but does it really help our community? Common thought processes would conclude this fierce loyalty would weigh heavily on the minds of liberals when determining policy and contemplating legislation. Actually, the opposite is true. Active here is the law of diminishing returns. Blacks vote so heavily for liberals that their power has become discounted almost to the point of insignificance. As a ...
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Real Reason to Oppose Affirmative Action, by Theodore R. Essex

New Visions Commentary /
Conservative leaders have slain one of their loyal foot soldiers - senior staff aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Manuel Miranda - in a vain attempt to appease their liberal counterparts. In a since-leaked April 17, 2002 memo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was apprised that Elaine Jones, the president and director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, had marching orders. Jones allegedly wanted Kennedy to "schedule Julia Scott Gibbons, the uncontroversial nominee to the 6th Circuit at a later date, rather than at a hearing [the] next Thursday, April 25th." If the memo had stopped ...
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Jesse Jackson: Can We Please Just Move Along? by Lisa Fritsch

New Visions Commentary /
As the 2004 political campaigns heat up, Jesse Jackson is making the rounds to rally support for liberal candidates and stirring the pot on hot racial issues. Officially in my hometown of Austin, Texas, to speak to the African-American Chambers of Commerce, he crammed more into this visit than a simple speech on business. As usual, much hype and controversy surrounded his visit as he continues to proclaim his himself the voice of equality for minorities. Not only is it erroneous to insinuate that blacks need a leader, it is an insult to be led by the likes of Jesse ...
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Why People Defend Michael Jackson, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
Michael Jackson. Go ahead, crack a joke, sigh or shake your head. Michael's lifestyle and his current predicament inexorably lead to those reactions. There seem to be only two main schools of thought concerning the one-time "King of Pop": he's either guilty of molesting a young boy and ought to be tried, convicted and put in a cell deep under a prison or he's innocent. These groups also seem to be split into two other categories: black and other. A couple of white friends have asked me why this should be. I chalk it up to history and love. Our ...
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How to “Make It” in America, by Geoffrey Moore

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Black America has a growing problem that needs to be addressed. It is, in my opinion, the most persistent problem facing us as a race in this country. Despite what "our" media-appointed black leaders tell us, this problem is not racism, reparations, affirmative action, President Bush or the Confederate Battle Flag. It's attitude. Overall, we have terrible attitudes. If we want our situation to change, our attitudes will have to lead the way. Many of our so-called leaders would like us to believe that we as individuals have absolutely no control over our lives. They want us to think that ...
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Ghettopoly Should Force Us to Look in the Mirror, by Geoffrey Moore

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"Ghettopoly," a parody board game, recently made big news and drew a lot of protestors. But the protesters were selective in their anger. Based on the popular board game "Monopoly," "Ghettopoly" claims to satirize ghetto "culture" and gangsta-rap stereotypes. Properties players can buy include "Tyron's Gun Shop" and "Smitty's XXX Peep Show," while game pieces include a crack rock, pimp, prostitute and an Uzi machine gun. "Hustle" and "Ghetto Stash" replace "Chance" and "Community Chest" cards. The game's objective is to get the most money through stealing and cheating. "Ghettopoly" is sold on the Internet and, until the controversy erupted, ...
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Black Leader Uncovers Modern-Day Civil Rights Scam, by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

New Visions Commentary /
  A New Visions Commentary paper published December 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. In the early 20th century, black educational pioneer Booker T. Washington noted: "There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their ...
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After the Voucher Wars, Poor School Kids in Cleveland Now Have A Chance, by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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  A New Visions Commentary paper published December 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. As a product of Cleveland's public school system, I can attest to its dismal state. To say that poor, inner-city students in Cleveland were not receiving a quality education would be like saying Michael Jordan is good at basketball. The school district couldn't meet any of the 18 performance standards set for it, and only one in ten 9th graders could pass a basic proficiency exam. In 1995, three years after I graduated ...
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Civil Rights Report Wrong on Environmental Justice Priorities

New Visions Commentary /
A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Select Steel, Inc. couldn't build a steel mill in Genesee County, Michigan due to "environmental justice" concerns. Now a federal commission is suggesting that environmental justice regulations be strengthened, meaning more companies might also find their expansion plans disrupted. To environmental activists and policymakers, "environmental justice" means all communities ought to receive equal environmental protection and regulatory enforcement regardless of race, income or culture.1 Controversies related to the topic thrive on the notion that minority and economically depressed ...
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Liberal Senators Discriminate Against Bush Nominee Because of His Religious Beliefs, by Matthew Craig

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A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Not many people can boast resumes like Alabama Attorney General William H. Pryor's. Unfortunately, discrimination plagues him in the U.S. Senate and may block his appointment to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Pryor graduated magna cum laude and was first in his class at Tulane University Law School. After clerking for Appeals Court Judge John Minor Wisdom, a renowned civil rights advocate, Pryor spent seven years practicing law and teaching at the Cumberland School of Law. In ...
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Life at the Bottom Created by Those on Top, by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Ever wonder why the poor are poor? Many believe there's a conspiracy to keep blacks in the underclass. And there may actually be something to it. The identity of those who are behind it and their justification, however, might surprise you. Dr. Theodore Dalrymple examines the British underclass in his book Life at the Bottom: The Worldview the Makes the Underclass. From his years ...
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Thanks Dad, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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  A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. I noticed him first. We were on our way to church when a boy of two, maybe three, appeared in front of us. Before I could wonder about his mother, he saw my husband. With a shriek of "Da!," he ran up and clung to his legs. While my husband tried to peel the child off, I looked for the mother. She showed up a few seconds later. She apologized, and told us ...
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Rush’s 80 Words, by Geoffrey Moore

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"I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there's a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he really didn't deserve. The defense carried this team." - Rush Limbaugh on Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Donavan McNabb Who would've thought these 80 words from the mouth of Rush ...
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The Right to Keep and Bear Arms, by Richard Dimery

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Our Declaration of Independence begins, "When, in the course of human events it becomes necessary..." This is important wording because it points out that we must always have the means to end a tyrannical government. Tyranny doesn't always come with a bang. Sometimes, it comes as a myriad of little whimpers. Likewise, the means and will of the people to rise up against tyranny can be stolen incrementally by convincing us to voluntarily yield it. Patriot's Day, observed on April 19, marks the anniversary of "the shot heard 'round the world" when the colonists committed themselves to throwing off their ...
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An Untouchable Monopoly: The United States Postal Service, by Sean Turner

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In 1998, the U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, maintaining that the world's largest maker of software held an illegal monopoly and stifled competition. Microsoft was found to use its monopoly power to harm competitors. This leads me to the question, "Couldn't the Justice Department then file a lawsuit against the United States Government for its blatant monopoly status in postal delivery?" The first official notice of a postal service appeared in the Colonies in 1639 to handle the correspondence between the colonists and England, and between the colonies. The establishment of a central postal organization in ...
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It’s Only Disfranchisement When Liberals Lose, by Kevin Martin

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Do you ever get the feeling you're being used? The black voter has become a virtual pawn in the liberal political strategy. Our "disfranchisement" was an issue in the elections of 2000, 2002 and in the recent California recall. While voting problems may, in fact, exist, it's the pattern of selective outrage that tips the liberals' hand. Disfranchised voters who don't help their cause apparently aren't really disfranchised. In California, the ACLU wanted to put off the gubernatorial recall for months (the day of the Democratic presidential primary, most likely) based on fears that voting plans were unfair to minorities ...
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American Trial Lawyers Take Aim at Beleaguered South African Economy, by John Meredith

New Visions Commentary /
  A New Visions Commentary paper published October 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. America's 34-million African-Americans should be outraged by the campaign of economic blackmail that a handful of profit-driven personal injury lawyers are waging against the financially beleaguered Republic of South Africa. Against the expressed wishes of the revered Nelson Mandela and President Thabo Mbeki, the lawyers are filing class-action lawsuits in courts against U.S. corporations who did business in South Africa during apartheid - ...
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