John W. Whitehead: Recovering the spirit of the Christmas season

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When I was a child, Christmas was the best time of the year. And what made it so exciting was that everyone seemed to join in the fun. There was a Santa in every store, songs like “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” played on the radio, and people generally acknowledged that the day had special meaning because of the Christ Child — thus the reason for the Christmas season.

John W. Whitehead: A Thanksgiving appeal for our wounded veterans

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“Appeal for Wounded Men,” proclaimed the New York Times headline. “An appeal to citizens to open their homes on Thanksgiving Day to the 15,000 wounded soldiers in the city was sent out yesterday. ... ‘Many of the disabled men feel the people have forgotten them.’”

John W. Whitehead: Are some televangelists unjustly fleecing their flocks?

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“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”
— Jesus

Acting on complaints from the public, Senator Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has launched an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing involving six high-profile televangelists, all of whom run “non-profit” organizations.

John W. Whitehead: Keeping the government off our backs

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“The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.” — Thomas Jefferson

John W. Whitehead: We are all potentially enemy combatants

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“There ought to be limits to freedom.” — George W. Bush

The fabric of our nation is unraveling, and our freedoms are hanging by a thread.

John W. Whitehead: Compare what happened to an earlier democracy facing peril

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“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.”—George Santayana

On May 9, 2007, with little attention from the snoozing media, George W. Bush issued a “presidential directive” that allows him to assume control of the federal government following a “catastrophic emergency.”

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