Dr. Thomas Sowell and His Realm of Random Thoughts


For many years that Thomas Sowell has written his columns, my favorite is when he writes his Random Thoughts. At one time, here at the Lighthouse Journal (originally called Keifer’s Korner), I asked if he would mind if I picked up on his style and write my own version I called “Random Thinking”. He said he didn’t mind at all when answering my email. It seems others have picked up on Dr. Sowell’s originality.
Well, unlike Mr. Sowell, I have not written in that manner for some time – and glad Thomas hasn’t stopped.

He begins his “Random Thoughts” (or entitles the column) …

Random thoughts on the passing scene …
And then just goes with the flow of whatever is on his mind …

How long do politicians have to keep on promising heaven and delivering hell before people catch on, and stop getting swept away by rhetoric?

Yes, indeed. I mention this in previous articles. It will happen when America wakes up, realizes that they must educate themselves and get the proper information in order to make better calls on who qualifies as a candidate – from the city council to the President of the United States. And, looking at the picks in this presidential primary campaign – people haven’t learned they are being taken for a ride. They always pick the ones the media favors with publicity and who the political establishment wants to win. Never a maverick, never one who will rock their comfortable political boat, and certainly not someone who has good character and logical ideas like Ron Paul. What the GOP deems as acceptable “moderate” Republicans are really RINOs – and not constitutionalists and/or are afraid to do the right thing.
Have you noticed that what modest economic improvements we have seen occurred during the much-lamented “gridlock” in Washington? Nor is this unusual. If you check back through history, doing nothing has a far better track record than that of politicians intervening in the economy.
It is because politicians feel it is the quantity of legislation they pass and not the quality. They feel they aren’t doing their job if they are not catering to special interest groups instead of using logic instead of emotion and only seem to be the busiest in what they are SUPPOSED to be doing when it is election year. That is when you get a flurry of mail from them asking you what you think on important issues, often the most important issues are missing from the list, and conveying the idea that they really do want to know what you think.
Here’s a great Thomas Sowell random thought in passing:
Some people are puzzled by the fact that so much that is said and done by politicians seems remote from reality. But reality is not what gets politicians elected. Appearances, rhetoric and emotions are what get them elected. Reality is what the voters and taxpayers are left to deal with, as a result of electing them.
I really do like Dr. Sowell’s way of thinking …
In politics, few talents are as richly rewarded as the ability to convince parasites that they are victims. Welfare states on both sides of the Atlantic (and poor England/UK is suffering for it in several ways, one way is that Muslims are taking over their society and trying to institute some form of Sharia Law) have discovered that largesse to losers does not reduce their hostility to society, but only increases it. Far from producing gratitude, generosity is seen as an admission of guilt, and the reparations as inadequate compensations for injustices – leading to worsening behavior by the recipients.
Some people say that taxes are the price we pay for civilization. But the runaway taxes of our time are the price we pay for being gullible.
Whatever the ideology or rhetoric of the political left, their agenda around the world has been preempting other people’s decisions and regimenting their lives. …
When politicians say, “spread the wealth,” translate that as “concentrate the power,” because that is the only way they can spread the wealth. And once they get the power concentrated, they can do anything else they want to, as people have discovered – often to their horror – in countries around the world.

In an old Western movie, John Wayne encounters a black man. Wayne tell him, “I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. I would shoot you as quick as I would shoot any white man.” That is what equality is supposed to mean.

My random thinking based upon Sowell’s random thoughts in passing:
Why couldn’t the first African American (“Black”) president be like Thomas Sowell? The man has it together – educated, uses logic to address issues, and knows what equality is. No one should get over because of their skin pigmentation, creed, or gender – they should be chosen for their qualifications, not their pretty rhetoric, personality or appearance.
I wonder what the first woman president will be like?
If the republic lasts that long.
The key to the answer is in Thomas Sowell’s words quoted above. It is the method the American voter uses to choose their candidates, and those gullible to the games that the media and political establishment play.
Maybe We the People need to quit asking for government’s “help”.
Reagan stated that the most scary thing that could happen to any citizen is a government official coming to your door and offering their help.
Another intelligent, educated, and logical American, but like John Wayne, he has gone to the golden city.
We need maverick constitutionalist fresh and logical leadership.
Know anyone who fits that description.

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