I write today to all those who read and to all those who comment on my columns, whether favorably or unfavorably. You are all my comrades on our journey of exploration in a complex and very troubled world. We learn from each other in a journey that searches for truth and honesty in a world where many do not pursue these goals. I wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy New Year, whoever you are and wherever you reside.
I am saddened by the reality that a sizeable part of my readers – those who reside in The Peoples Republic of China – are now denied access to these columns by a repressive dictatorship. Shame on the dictators! A closed society will never fully thrive because it denies to its subjects the precious opportunity to flourish as human beings.
I dedicate my contributions during this coming year to THE PROGRESSIVES OF ALL PARTIES. You are foremost in my mind as I craft each column. For when any one of you comes to realize that the progressive path is the wrong fork in the road, the time that I expend in crafting my thoughts into words becomes eminently worth while.
One cannot change the direction of a great nation quickly. It will take many years and a lot of luck to turn the tide back to the philosophy of the Founders. But I truly believe that one day American exceptionalism, grounded on the principles of private property, limited government and the rule of law once again will assume pride of place among a self-confident and self-reliant people.