Historical Political Events for November 23

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Year Event
1764 James Otis publishes his "Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved" in a series in the The Magazine.
1887 The Louisiana Militia, aided by bands of "prominent citizens," shot 35 unarmed black sugar workers striking to gain a dollar-per-day wage, and lynched two strike leaders.
1936 An expropriation law in Mexico empowers the government to seize private property. [The U.S. government, a little sluggish in progressive legislation, did not catch on until 1970. Now it leads the world in property theft.] (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1946 The French bombardment of Haiphong left 6,000 civilians dead and effectively marked the beginning of the drawn-out and unsuccessful French struggle to retain control over Indochina, better known as the First Indochina War. The Vięt Minh retaliated, and full-fledged war commenced. Over the course of the next 8 years, France would commit some 420,000 troops to the field, but still failed.
1988 ROBERT T. STAFFORD DISASTER RELIEF AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE ACT, P.L. 100-707, revised. It (1) established 75 percent as the minimum level of federal assistance to be provided for the removal of debris and repair of public facilities and (2) authorized federal reimbursement for the expenses associated with administering federal assistance. Such acts ultimately lead to the complete control of "disaster relief" by FEMA -- without ever a test as to the Constitutional authority.
1993 President Clinton (D) offers "an apology to Native Hawaiians on behalf of the United States for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii". They may not accept it -- see Washington Post article.
1998 A jury acquitted Whitewater figure Susan McDougal of charges she stole from her former employers, conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife.
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Quote of
the Day
Liberals believe government should take people's earnings to give to poor people. Conservatives disagree. They think government should confiscate people's earnings and give them to farmers and insolvent banks. The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one's property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage.
    — Walter Williams
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