Walter E. Williams (March 31, 1936 – December 1, 2020) was a conservative / libertarian economist, columnist, author, and professor at George Mason University. He made frequent radio and television appearances and was a substitute host for the Rush Limbaugh show. Besides economics, Williams often writes and speaks about race, climate hysteria, liberal academia, and excess government intrusion into private life.
Pat Buchanan described Williams's views:
- "We often hear the claim that our nation is a democracy," wrote Dr. Walter Williams. But, "That wasn't the vision of the founders. They saw democracy as another form of tyranny. … The founders intended, and laid out the ground rules for, our nation to be a republic. … The word democracy appears nowhere in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution."
- Indeed, the Constitution guarantees "to every State in this Union a republican form of government."
- Asked Williams: "Does our pledge of allegiance to the flag say to 'the democracy for which it stands,' or does it say to 'the republic for which it stands'? Or do we sing 'The Battle Hymn of the Democracy' or 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic'?"
- There is a critical difference between a republic and a democracy, Williams noted, citing our second president: "John Adams captured the essence of that difference when he said: 'You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.' Nothing in our Constitution suggests that government is a grantor of rights. Instead, government is a protector of rights."
- "The framers gave us the Second Amendment not so we could go deer or duck hunting but to give us a modicum of protection against congressional tyranny."
- "A panhandler is far more moral than corporate welfare queens....The panhandler doesn't enlist anyone to force you to give him money. He's coming up to you and saying, "Will you help me out?" The farmers, when they want subsidies, they're not asking for a voluntary transaction. They go to a congressman and say, "Could you take his money and give it to us?" That's immoral."
- "Sometimes the advocates of socialized medicine claim that health care is too important to be left to the market. That's why some politicians are calling for us to adopt health care systems such as those in Canada, the United Kingdom and other European nations. But the suggestion that we'd be better served with more government control doesn't even pass a simple smell test." 
- "It's easy to be a Marxist if you haven't read his writings"
- "Charity is reaching into one's own pockets to assist his fellow man in need. Reaching into someone else's pocket to assist one's fellow man hardly qualifies as charity. When done privately, we deem it theft, and the individual risks jail time." 
- "There's such a broad ignorance or contempt for constitutional principles among the American people that any politician who bore truth faith and allegiance to the Constitution would commit political suicide."
- "Three-fifths to two-thirds of the federal budget consists of taking property from one American and giving it to another. Were a private person to do the same thing, we'd call it theft. When government does it, we euphemistically call it income redistribution, but that's exactly what thieves do — redistribute income. Income redistribution not only betrays the founders' vision, it's a sin in the eyes of God. I'm guessing that when God gave Moses the Eighth Commandment, 'Thou shalt not steal,' I'm sure he didn't mean 'thou shalt not steal unless there was a majority vote in Congress.'"
- Duke, Selwyn (December 3, 2020). Intellectual Giant Walter Williams, a Character With Character, Dead at 84. The New American. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
- Walter Williams Biography
- Health Care: Government vs. Private
- Historical Tidbits
- Not Yours to Give
- Is it Permissible?
- Bogus Rights