Thomas Sowell - Great American Part 1

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In the weeks ahead, a tribute to one of our greatest Americans, Mr. Thomas Sowell will be presented in a series here on our site. Sowell should be more famous than Will Rogers and an inspiration to all Americans. Sadly, the mainstream press does its best to ignore Thomas Sowell, mainly because he does not parrot the narratives of fellow Democrats in the media. Still, Sowell is arguably the most accomplished African American philosopher in U.S. history. Rather than being shunted in favor of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, Sowell's quotes should be required reading for every school aged child in America. We will present three of his quotes in this column.
Thomas Sowell was born June 30, 1930 in North Carolina. Sowell grew up in Harlem, New York. He dropped out of high school and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, then later earned a bachelor's degree, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1958. Sowell went on to earn a master's degree from Columbia University in 1959. In 1968, he earned his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is an economist and author by trade and currently a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, at Stanford University. During his academic career Sowell served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell University and University of California, Los Angeles. He has also worked for think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Sowell has written more than thirty books. Here is what Sowell has to say about Hillary Clinton:
Thomas Sowell
“For someone who has spent her entire adult life in politics, including being a senator and then a secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has nothing to show for all those years — no significant legislation of hers that she got passed in the Senate, and only an unbroken series of international setbacks for the United States during her time as secretary of state.
Hillary Clinton became an iconic figure by feeding the media and the Left the kind of rhetoric they love. Barack Obama did the same and became president. Neither had any concrete accomplishments beforehand besides rhetoric, and both have had the opposite of accomplishments after taking office.
They have something else in common. They attract the votes of those people who vote for demographic symbolism — “the first black president” to be followed by “the first woman president” — and neither is to be criticized, lest you be denounced for racism or sexism.
It is staggering that there are sane adults who can vote for someone to be president of the United States as if they are in school, just voting for “most popular boy” or “most popular girl” — or, worse yet, voting for someone who will give them free stuff.”
Of course one of the underlying problems in America is bad public policy. Sowell has this to say about the trends in public policy:
“Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.”
And of course the problem is our education system does not produce enough parents who can think and teach their children to think. This leads to America falling for what “sounds pretty good.”
The Clintons are experts in this field. Sowell might as well have been talking about the Clintons when he said this:
“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”
And of course, when you want to buy influence from the people and sell influence to others ready to exploit government, you try to hide your corrupt communications from full view.
The “pay-to-play” revelations contained in the Hillary Clinton emails, which remind us so much of the blatant corruption we saw with Bill Richardson in New Mexico, continue to show that the Clinton “Foundation” is nothing more than a poorly constructed conduit for influence peddling funds.
In our next column we will explore what Sowell has said about Obamacare.