In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR


A Day at the Beach

Updated at 9:48 pm ET President Obama and his entourage hit the beach today. The president figured if he was going to be in sand traps anyway, he might as well be near the ocean. Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Actually, information on Obama’s golf skills is very scant. For all I know he’s going to throw the election so he can get on the PGA tour. From

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Middle Class Warriors Dine Out for $260

President Obama and Michelle had dinner last night at Honolulu’s famed foodie paradise, Alan Wong’s. The middle class was not invited. I realize the Obamas are wealthy people, and that wealthy people have the right to drop $260 of their disposable income on chow. But if you’re going to invite Associated Press photographers along to capture your trip to Target and stage photo ops at PetSmart

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